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This Really Burns Me Up

Would that  I knew a more expressive word to describe my response to this article. Energy Secretary Dr Steven Chu has compared the american public to teenaged kids when it comes to  greenhouse gas emissions. A quote,”The American public…just like your teenage kids aren’t acting in a way that they should act.The American public has to really understand in their core(what in the world does that mean?) how important this issue is.”

There are so many ways to go with this. Allow me to start with this one. Dr Chu’s very own Energy Department is itself a huge energy waster. Let me repeat, the Energy Department is a huge waster of energy. Perhaps the good doctor could start there. But I digress. The latest government inspectors report, just a few months ago, discovered that the department wastes millions of $ annually in energy. How many of us unruly, normal teenaged Americans would have to change to offset that waste alone?

Want more? Sure! Dr Chu also said that  he did not think that average Americans  had either the will or know-how  to change their behavior enough to  reeduce greenhouse-gas emissions.

And this next comes from Energy Department spokesman Dan Leistikow( he needs some tips from Biden’s  speech corrector) “Secretary Chu was not comparing the public to teenagers.( Yes, he was!!!!!) 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( he did not mention clean industries in his comment) to our competitive position in the global economy. He believes public officials  do have an obligation to make their case to the American public on  major legislation, and that’s what he’s  doing.”

What a crock. I am all for saving energy, but the methodology of Dr Chu actually steams  me up more than anything else. Just makes me think   of the adage, the government knows what is better for you than you know yourself.

Now, Dr Chu is  asmart guy. He was co-winner of the Nobel Prize for physics way back in 1997. He is even married to a lady with an Oxford PhD. So, the smarts I get. But even smart guys can insert foot in mouth. Seems that Dr Chu did just that . If he does indeed want to accomplish great things in the energy field, he can start by reducing the energy consumption of algore’s home. Just kidding, a little. Work on the approach, a bit less dictation to those who lack the expertise that he has. Team effort does not have to be dictatorial to succeed.

Convince me  without condescension, intentional or otherwise, it will work better.

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September 22, 2009 - Posted by | Culture | , , , , , , ,

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