Posted by: Grant | February 14, 2013

State Of Union 2012

Text of Obama’s State Of Union speech 2013.
Here –

Here is the Climate/Energy bit of it with my comments in pink.

ObamaErkel …After years of talking about it, we are finally poised to control our own energy future. We produce more oil at home than we have in 15 years. We have doubled the distance our cars will go on a gallon of gas, and the amount of renewable energy we generate from sources like wind and solar – with tens of thousands of good, American jobs to show for it. We produce more natural gas than ever before – and nearly everyone’s energy bill is lower because of it. And over the last four years, our emissions of the dangerous carbon pollution that threatens our planet have actually fallen.
Trite, platitudinous pap.
The USA “emissions” fell due to the GFC recession.
The global “carbon pollution” has continued to soar upward on an almost exponential path and yet there is no signifigant, corresponding, temperature rise. None. The planet is safe.  

But for the sake of our children and our future, we must do more to combat climate change. Yes, it’s true that no single event makes a trend. But the fact is, the 12 hottest years on record have all come in the last 15. Heat waves, droughts, wildfires, and floods – all are now more frequent and intense. We can choose to believe that Superstorm Sandy, and the most severe drought in decades, and the worst wildfires some states have ever seen were all just a freak coincidence. Or we can choose to believe in the overwhelming judgment of science – and act before it’s too late.
The American children will not thank the US president for punishing them for causing bad weather and disadvantaging them while Chinese, Indian, Brazilian and African children all prosper in their emerging economy.
There has been NO signifigant global warming since “carbon emissions” took off after WW2. The slight temperature rise seen is entirely consistant with natural variability despite the huge human “emissions” over those 60 years.    

The good news is, we can make meaningful progress on this issue while driving strong economic growth. I urge this Congress to pursue a bipartisan, market-based solution to climate change, like the one John McCain and Joe Lieberman worked on together a few years ago. But if Congress won’t act soon to protect future generations, I will. I will direct my Cabinet to come up with executive actions we can take, now and in the future, to reduce pollution, prepare our communities for the consequences of climate change, and speed the transition to more sustainable sources of energy.
Attacking our gigantic, intrinsic, fossil fuel based, infrastructure with no demonstrated viable alternative is place can only be decribed as dangerous folly.

Despite the hundreds of billions of dollars spent on them, “sustainable” energy scources have failed to provide any baseload power or a viable mass transport fuel. Until something new is invented, “meaningful progress” is doomed. Development has actually stalled.  

Four years ago, other countries dominated the clean energy market and the jobs that came with it. We’ve begun to change that. Last year, wind energy added nearly half of all new power capacity in America. So let’s generate even more. Solar energy gets cheaper by the year – so let’s drive costs down even further. As long as countries like China keep going all-in on clean energy, so must we.
Despite the hundreds of billions of dollars spent on them, “sustainable” energy scources have failed to provide any baseload power. The electricity grid can now just cope with the power surges, but only up to a point. Adding more “renewables” will tip us into blackouts and brownouts.
China is NOT going “all-in”. Solar and wind is also moribund in China now.

In the meantime, the natural gas boom has led to cleaner power and greater energy independence. That’s why my Administration will keep cutting red tape and speeding up new oil and gas permits. But I also want to work with this Congress to encourage the research and technology that helps natural gas burn even cleaner and protects our air and water.
One man’s “natural gas” is another man’s “carbon pollution”!  

Indeed, much of our new-found energy is drawn from lands and waters that we, the public, own together. So tonight, I propose we use some of our oil and gas revenues to fund an Energy Security Trust that will drive new research and technology to shift our cars and trucks off oil for good. If a non-partisan coalition of CEOs and retired generals and admirals can get behind this idea, then so can we. Let’s take their advice and free our families and businesses from the painful spikes in gas prices we’ve put up with for far too long. I’m also issuing a new goal for America: let’s cut in half the energy wasted by our homes and businesses over the next twenty years. The states with the best ideas to create jobs and lower energy bills by constructing more efficient buildings will receive federal support to help make it happen…. “
Energy effciency can only be driven so far before it becomes to expensive but the rest of this paragraph is good. Trucks, trains and ships will never use them but the new Lithium-ion battery technology offers a real alternative for automobiles. Electric cars are now an exciting new prospect, provided that robot battery-changing technology standards are introduced and encouraged by governments.

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