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STATEMENT ON OBAMA ENERGY NOMINEES

Obama Picks Browner, Chu, Leads America
in Wrong Direction

 

Washington, DC, December 15, 2008 – President-elect Barak
Obama
today named Carol Browner and Dr. Steven Chu for top energy policy posts in his
administration.  That’s the wrong
direction for America,
explains Myron
Ebell, Director of Energy and Global Warming Policy for
the Competitive Enterprise Institute.

 

Statement by Myron
Ebell:

 

Today, as expected, President-elect named Carol Browner and Dr.
Steven Chu to lead his administration's energy and global warming team. They
are well-qualified and capable. The problem is that Ms. Browner and Dr. Chu
enthusiastically support President-elect Obama's energy and global warming
policies, which would push America
in the wrong direction.

Mr. Obama has said that he wants to lower oil prices, yet his
policies would raise gasoline prices to European levels of five or six dollars
a gallon. His other global warming policies would send electricity prices
through the roof.  Mr. Obama proposes to
achieve energy independence from foreign oil, yet he has consistently opposed
increasing domestic oil production. He proposes to reduce greenhouse gas
emissions drastically, yet hasn't noticed that emissions are going up in the
European Union and Canada,
which ratified the Kyoto Protocol requiring emissions cuts. He wants to create
2.5 million green jobs (down from the campaign promise of 5 million), yet
doesn't recognize that this will be a net negative to the economy. Forcing
consumers to pay more for "green" energy will mean less money in
their pockets to spend at their local Starbucks or Wal Mart or on vacation
travel.

Browner, a former Environmental Protection Agency administrator under
President Bill Clinton, is Obama’s pick to head a new White House post overseeing
energy and environment policy.  Chu, who
runs the Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in California, will be
nominated to head that agency.

For more commentary on energy policy, visit Globalwarming.org.

 

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