Hillary Gives Brilliant Energy Speech

Hillary Clinton gave a brilliant speech today on the energy transition at the National Press Club.

Her positions EXACTLY mirror what I and many other rational voices have been saying for the past couple of years. She even mentioned Amory Lovins! The only significant policy position she omitted was my call for a petroleum fuel tax with fee-bates. But she did endorse the concept of fee-bates as a way of getting inefficient cars off the road.

FINALLY some leadership on energy. Her decision to make such a speech at this critical time signals that she is planning to make it a major plank in her run for the presidency. If Hillary sticks to her guns on this, she just locked up my vote and endorsement, no matter what else she does.

Video of speech

Comments (5 comments)

Mark / May 23rd, 2006, 9:58 pm / #1

Oh, please! The American consumer is too stupid to know what’s best for him, but her royal highness Hillary will “lead” us and manipulate the marketplace to bring us to an energy utopia. The energy saved can doubtless be used for her worship to continue George Bush’s wars and imperialism and juice up her two 747s and numerous limos.

This is one step away from believing in Jesus as your personal savior.

BlackSun / May 24th, 2006, 12:19 am / #2

“This is one step away from believing in Jesus as your personal savior.”

Mark, you REALLY missed the point. As discussed at length elsewhere on this blog, the only reason consumers keep guzzling petroleum fuels is because of market distortion. This comes in the form of huge government subsidies for oil.

So the almighty American consumer is living a lie. And yes, they ARE too stupid to know the difference. Just look around at all the wasteful industrial-sized trucks being driven around with one passenger and no cargo.

If the true costs (externalities) were reflected (pollution, climate change, military expenditures) gasoline would be in the range of $7-10 per gallon. (It’s already at that level in Europe).

Hillary’s plan would establish efficiency standards, carbon allowances, tax oil companies, and funnel money toward fuels that are sustainable, and are priced closer to their true market value. It’s long overdue, and couldn’t be further from the despicable pro-oil policies of the Bush/Cheney administration.

This is a very complex subject which you apparently haven’t studied sufficiently. You cannot effectively address the energy problem through simplistic anti-government rhetoric.

Reducing or eliminating government is a worthy long-term goal. Since the government is up to its eyeballs in the energy industry, you can’t advocate its elimination while propounding the status-quo in energy policy.

What’s your solution? I’m all ears.

BlackSun / May 24th, 2006, 12:29 am / #3


good point. I’m not a fan of her ideas on censorship, wealth transfer, etc.

But if we don’t make some drastic changes, nobody will be playing ANY video games. We’ve become quite spoiled in this country, and few people appreciate the “perfect storm” of energy problems we are facing.

Either way, do you REALLY want to take your chances for four more years with another religious Republican administration?

BTW, did anybody actually read the speech?

a / May 23rd, 2006, 11:58 pm / #4

I cannot judge Hilary Clinton (or any other politician) by here intentions but by the effects of her actions.

Allow me to get something off my chest…

Honestly I don’t give a rats ass what you claims she can do about the energy crisis (which most likely follows the logic “i will make a government institution to solve government problems”) because she is still gonna fuck up with her universal healthcare ideas and other 60’s era big government bullshit. Clinton called Grand Theft Auto a “major threat” to morality. She said, “Children are playing a game that encourages them to have sex with prostitutes and then murder them.This is a silent epidemic of media desensitisation that teaches kids it’s OK to diss people because they are a woman, they’re a different color or they’re from a different place.”
Shes just riding a fuckin wave that every other politician does to get some votes.
Who knows what else is brewing in that liberal head…

Ahem. Good too get that off my chest. :)

adron / May 24th, 2006, 10:43 pm / #5

I read the speech and was impressed. She has a much better understanding the the current or past several administrations (including her husband).

Just what she said at least makes it appear she is more open to REAL solutions with business & capitalists than current or the last several presidents.

I don’t like most of what I have seen or heard Hillary do, but this speech is rather amazing in that it shows she understands the situation and isn’t laying out blame left and right, but squarely stating that there is a problem that needs resolved.

If interested I wrote more on my site. Click on the my name above… otherwise

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