Chu to Congress: We’re not interested in lowering gas prices

Ed Morrissey

Hey, at least Energy Secretary Stephen Chu gave an honest answer.  When asked by Rep. Alan Nunnelee whether the Obama administration wants to work to get gas prices to come back down, Chu replied that they’re not focusing on that — and that higher gas prices mean more of a push for the alternative energy sources the administration wants to push:

“We agree there is great suffering when the price of gasoline increases in the United States, and so we are very concerned about this,” said Chu, speaking to the House Appropriations energy and water subcommittee. “As I have repeatedly said, in the Department of Energy, what we’re trying to do is diversify our energy supply for transportation so that we have cost-effective means.”

Chu specifically cited a reported breakthrough announced Monday by Envia Systems, which received funding from DOE’s ARPA-E, that could help slash the price of electric vehicle batteries.

He also touted natural gas as “great” and said DOE is researching how to reduce the cost of compressed natural gas tanks for vehicles.

High gasoline prices will make research into such alternatives more urgent, Chu said.

“But is the overall goal to get our price” of gasoline down, asked Nunnelee.

“No, the overall goal is to decrease our dependency on oil, to build and strengthen our economy,” Chu replied. “We think that if you consider all these energy policies, including energy efficiency, we think that we can go a long way to becoming less dependent on oil and [diversifying] our supply and we’ll help the American economy and the American consumers.”…

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Related: The United Nations wants to crash the world economy in order to save the environment. You’ll see Chu’s talking points in this article.

Update:  Good Grief… Now Team Obama Wants to Blow Up 3 Dams In the Name of Junk Science. The Obama Administration now wants to demolish three dams in northern California to supposedly save the salmon…

Also, Inconvenient Truth — or To Catch a Predator? Star of anti-oil sands film ‘BC’s Huge Gamble’ is a registered sex offender

From SayAnythingBlog, Politicians Shouldn’t Promise To Fix Gas Prices 

Update 2: Obama: I’ll veto bill that will provide water to California’s Central Valley

…Once a breadbasket for the nation, the cutoff of irrigation water to the Central Valley has destroyed agriculture and tens of thousands of jobs as a tradeoff for the endangered fish.  Now, however, voices of sanity in Congress have begun to speak on the man-made economic and agricultural disaster, as Rep. Devin Nunes builds support for his Sacramento-San Joaquin Water Reliability Act…

Read the whole thing. Because farmers living on food stamps makes sense in Obama’s America.

Update 3: UK PM David Cameron says countryside wind farms have been ‘wasteful of public money’

Update 4:  Bill Clinton on Keystone Pipeline: ‘We Should Embrace It’ – Video 2/29/12


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