Obama Energy Nominee: We Need a Carbon Tax to Triple the Cost of Energy or Something

Posted by on Mar 25, 2013 at 12:45 pm

You ever notice Obama deliberately goes out of his way to nominate the looniest extremists possible? What other reason could this be except for the fact he’s also a far-left extremist?

President Obama’s Energy secretary nominee regards a carbon  tax as one of the simplest ways to move the energy industry towards clean technologies, though he notes that government would have to come up with a plan to mitigate the burden this tax places on poor people, who would pay the most.

“Ultimately, it has to be cheaper to capture and store it than to release it and pay a price,” MIT professor and Energy nominee Ernest Moniz told the Switch Energy Project in an interview last year. “If we start really squeezing down on carbon dioxide over the next few decades, well, that could double; it could eventually triple. I think inevitably if we squeeze down on carbon, we squeeze up on the cost, it brings along with it a push toward efficiency; it brings along with it a push towards clean technologies in a conventional pollution sense; it brings along with it a push towards security. Because after all, the security issues revolve around carbon bearing fuels.”

Only in Obamaworld can tripled energy costs be considered efficiency.

Moniz acknowledged that such a cost-raising mechanism is not very progressive. “I think it’s very important that any funds associated with that be recycled efficiently to productive uses and to address distributional questions, because some — the poor — may get hit harder than others,” he added. “So, it’s a lot of work to do there. But I think, in the end, if you take one simple thing, that’s the direction that I think we should go in.”

So everyone else will pay more to support the non-productive of society. Wonderful.

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10 Responses to “Obama Energy Nominee: We Need a Carbon Tax to Triple the Cost of Energy or Something”

  1. MT Geoff on 25/25/13 at 1:39 pm

    Of course Obama nominated someone who thinks like this. It’s how Obama thinks. Each president appoints Cabinet officials to move the president’s agenda. That’s why it’s so important to elect presidents who know their heads from holes in the ground.

  2. werewife on 25/25/13 at 5:18 pm

    Love these “scientific thinkers” on the Left. Just inflict enough suffering on enough people (never themselves and their set, of course), and the laws of nature will change to produce the results they want, such as cost-effective solar and wind energy. Or, make enough demands and inflict enough suffering (see above), and those lazy engineers will finally invent that magic new nonpolluting, inexpensive energy source they’ve been holding out on for all these years.

  3. Rich on 25/25/13 at 5:27 pm

    Just following through on the ’08 campaign promise to skyrocket electricity costs. I can’t believe Romney camp didn’t unmercifully beat Obama over the head with his own quote sitting there on youtube. I mean, he even framed it as “no matter what I say”. Told us he would be destructive and deceitful in one concise recorded moment.
    Unbelievable.

  4. lyle on 25/25/13 at 5:35 pm

    I can’t believe Romney camp didn’t unmercifully beat Obama over the head with his own quote sitting there on youtube.

    You must be thinking of a different Romney. A bizzaro Romney.

  5. Rich on 25/25/13 at 6:28 pm

    Ok…not Romney, but his campaign agency or the RNC..PACS…anyone. Imagine asking folks on the street who said they would skyrocket electricity costs..tell them..then ask them who they’re voting for.

  6. Rich K on 26/26/13 at 12:03 am

    Would someone please be a martyr and walk up to that guy and shoot him square in the head? PLEASE!

  7. Esau's Message on 26/26/13 at 9:07 am

    Here’s what’s so sad. This guy is not a lunatic. He is very much in the mainstream wonk-groove of all the enviro-energy guys. This enviro-energy racket is the greatest thing since sliced bread for the well-connected. (Okay, sliced bread was not a scam, but you get my point.) They don’t care about market efficiencies. Manipulating the market for some perceived benefit, which creates all kinds of juicy, profitable interstices, that’s what these guys (scamsters) are all about.

  8. lyle on 26/26/13 at 12:52 pm

    Manipulating the market for some perceived benefit, which creates all kinds of juicy, profitable interstices, that’s what these guys (scamsters) are all about.

    But they’re noble Unlike those crony capitalists with their filthy profit motive, comrade.