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Energy Sec: Public Is Like ‘Teenage Kids’

From the Wall Street Journal:

Steven Chu: Americans Are Like ‘Teenage Kids’ When It Comes to Energy

September 21, 2009

When it comes to greenhouse-gas emissions, Energy Secretary Steven Chu sees Americans as unruly teenagers and the Administration as the parent that will have to teach them a few lessons.

Speaking on the sidelines of a smart grid conference in Washington, Dr. Chu said he didn’t think average folks had the know-how or will to to change their behavior enough to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions.

“The American public…just like your teenage kids, aren’t acting in a way that they should act,” Dr. Chu said. “The American public has to really understand in their core how important this issue is.” (In that case, the Energy Department has a few renegade teens of its own.)

The administration aims to teach them—literally. The Environmental Protection Agency is focusing on real children. Partnering with the Parent Teacher Organization, the agency earlier this month launched a cross-country tour of 6,000 schools to teach students about climate change and energy efficiency.

“We’re showing people across the country how energy efficiency can be part of what they do every day,” said EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson. “Confronting climate change, saving money on our utility bills, and reducing our use of heavily-polluting energy can be as easy as making a few small changes.”

Still, Secretary Chu said he didn’t think that the public would throw the same political temper tantrum over climate legislation has has happened with the healthcare debate.

Asked if he expected a town-hall style pushback, Dr. Chu said he was optimistic the public would buy the administration’s arguments that energy efficiency and caps on greenhouse-gas emissions will spark an economic rebound.

“I don’t think so…maybe I’m optimistic, but there’s very little debate” that a new green energy economy will bring economic prosperity, Mr. Chu told reporters

An update: Energy Department spokesman Dan Leistikow added: “Secretary Chu was not comparing the public to teenagers. He was saying that we need to educate teenagers about ways to save energy. He also recognized the need to educate the broader public about how important clean energy industries are to our competitive position in the global economy. He believes public officials do have an obligation to make their case to the American people on major legislation, and that’s what he’s doing.”

It seems that the Obama administration has a different dictionary from the rest of us.

“Secretary Chu was not comparing the public to teenagers.

Not only does their contain a different definition for ‘taxes,’ it must also have a new meaning for the phrase ‘just like,’ as in “The American public… just like your teenage kids.”

Of course the administration’s lack of English skills shows up in other places, such as here:

Partnering with the Parent Teacher Organization, the agency earlier this month launched a cross-country tour of 6,000 schools to teach students about climate change and energy efficiency.

‘Teach’ isn’t really the word they want.

They mean ‘propagandize’ or maybe ‘inculcate.’

If they really want to educate people they would encourage debate ‘global warming,’ instead of doing everything in their power to suppress it.

This article was posted by Steve on Tuesday, September 22nd, 2009. Comments are currently closed.

16 Responses to “Energy Sec: Public Is Like ‘Teenage Kids’”

  1. This is the guy who wants us to paint our Red Necks, Bald Spots, and Roof tops white to combat warming… right?

  2. GL0120 says:

    There they go again, resorting to dictionary definitions and stretching things to make a point.
    When will people ever learn that TCO and company consider the dictionary and the constitution to be fluid and therefore a word or clause may have different meanings depending on the current need?

  3. proreason says:

    Well, at least he has figured out that, as Energy Secretary, his job is to deal with Energy issues.

    That’s a lot of progress in a few short months for a libwit.

    But I’m confused by the seemingly negative focus on “teenagers”.

    I thought that was what Liberals wanted to be forever.

    Or at least, they never want to abandon their teenage though processes.

  4. Helena says:

    Holy mackerel. Could he be a little more condescending, please?

    “Still, Secretary Chu … didn’t think that the public would throw the same political temper tantrum over climate legislation has has happened with the healthcare debate.

    “…maybe I’m optimistic, but there’s very little debate” that a new green energy economy will bring economic prosperity …”

    Perhaps there’s “very little debate” that you have heard, Mr. Chu, but I assure you, it’s going around. To the best of my knowledge, very few people believe manufacturing windmills and solar panels will bring anything resembling economic prosperity. And those people are deluded.

  5. Confucius says:

    Hey Chu,

    您性交!

    Get help.

    • sen says:

      Haha, hilarious =) I think it’s one of those rare occasions when you manage to get away after dropping the f-bomb (albeit in Mandarin)!

  6. Hat Tipped and quoted your post for Obama Picks Steven Chu for his Department of Energy Secretary archive of articles.

  7. wirenut says:

    The administration aims to teach them-literally. EPA focusing on real children? Sounds like gun range terms to me. How about the real children remark? Huh??? The real children are the ones in office, before Aahh-Chuu takes it to the masses. Focus your aim at the dogs I run with and me. We are the fake children marx and lenin warned you about
    Comrade Chu. See you at the range, class dismissed.

  8. P. Aaron says:

    Imagine this White House and its cabinet calling us teenagers.

    They’re the one’s who’ve swiped all the tinfoil.

  9. Liberals Demise says:

    I’m gonna hold my breath and turn blue until he changes his mind!
    (that’ll show him who he’s dealing with)

  10. wirenut says:

    Rumor has it that, Chu was a kindergarten hall monitor with a special interest in bathroom privileges. All of which led him to become class “stool pigeon” and voted most likely to be a communist, by the 5th grade! After a rather tough puberty, and debate team rough-ups. The chess team beating him at basketball, one on one, he snapped.
    The rest of his high-school years were filled with hate and self loathing. Still motivated by bathroom privileges he moved on to politics. Now he’s trying to stuff his s**t in our mouths.

  11. BigOil says:

    Great. Now we get lectured to by a crackpot from academia – serving the worthless role as Secretary of Energy – who has never produced a btu’s worth of energy in his life.

    Mr. Chu needs to be returned to whatever tree Obama scraped him off of in Berkeley.

  12. DW says:

    But hey! On the bright side, the latest meeting on climate change is being held in Copenhagen.
    Personally I think it’s really nice that all these adults who are trying to save us from ourselves are having the chance to fly to all these nice places (Bali, Indonesia; Bankok, Thailand; Hololulu, Hawaii…).

    Meanwhile those of us who live anywhere north of Arkansas have been told to expect yet another colder than usual winter. Oh, yeah, and if people like Mr Chu get his way, we can also expect to go into debt trying to purchase the oil/electricity/natural gas/propane or whatever you use to heat your home.

    But that’s cool (no pun intended). I can see a huge scientific experiment coming up. People like Chu, Al Gore, David Suzuki, etc, invariably live in big energy-sucking homes and it will be interesting to see how much greenhouse gasses these mansions produce when they are burned to the ground by outraged, freezing North Americans.

    Just thinking out loud…(hey buddy, got a light…?)

  13. wirenut says:

    DW, good call and nice catch. Why not meet in Death Valley for effect, no air conditioning or electricity for the big punch to drive it home too! Thank you world savers for that extra step.

  14. DW says:

    Thanks wirenut. It’d be interesting to do some research and see where, exactly, these arseholes go for these meetings. They seem to have one every few months -and it’s invariably in some great tourist destination that neither you or I could ordinarily afford to fly to.

    I noticed that after they damn near froze to death in Montreal a few years ago, their winter meetings now seem to hug the equator.

    (got a light?)

  15. wirenut says:

    No one wants snowflakes on their swimsuits while lecturing us on global warming. It would clash with the rhetoric that’s being spun. I hear Copenhagen in early fall is quite nice indeed. Problem is all jets, SUVs and limos, I have part ownership in are taken by the elite. DW, I’ll send my staff car, ( “96” Ford work van ) with ladder racks to pick ya up for a beer. Howz that? Mrs. wirenut can put up a plastic palmtree in the garage. Do you have a air compressor?


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