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Forced conservation

May 4, 2011 - Blaine Hyska
There’s more than one way to skin a cat. That’s the old saying, though I can’t imagine anyone wanting to skin the family pet.

The crux of it is, of course, there is more than one way to get a job done.

You have to wonder if that’s what’s happening to our economy — and energy conservation.

You can encourage people to conserve, which is admittedly a slow process. Or you can force them.

Everyone wants to use less oil. That’s a good thing.

But you need to be patient.

President Obama has proven he likes to move things along. And it seems he has selected the method of forced conservation.

First, Obama selected Steven Chu to head his Department of Energy.

Chu and Obama want to get the U.S. off its dependence of foreign oil — and they want it now.

Chu is probably a great guy, but he doesn’t have a clue how real people feel, you know, the ones who need to drive to work every day.

In fact, Chu told the Wall Street Journal in December 2008, “Somehow we have to figure out how to boost the price of gasoline to the levels in Europe.”

So Obama’s and Chu’s plan is to raise gas prices so high that Americans will be forced into using less.

It’s kind of like conservation through poverty. You won’t use it if you can’t afford it.

It looks like Obama and Chu will get their wish.

Former Shell Oil President John Hofmeister predicted in December 2010 that we would see $5 a gallon gasoline by 2012 — that’s even before the revolution in Egypt began.

That ought to make Obama and Chu very happy.

But do the ends justify the means?

Obama must think so.

He isn’t doing anything to stop it.



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