Out of all the things that Obama could have gone and done, this is one that I definitely wish he wouldn’t have. If his definition of energy ‘czar’ even remotely resembles the James Hansen’s (the guy whose Institute messed up NASA’s temperature report), we all might be in a load of hurt. Take a look at how he defines it:
Yep, you heard him right. If the price of oil fell from from a record high of $147/barrel to roughly $50/barrel, this “carbon czar” would be there to make sure you, the consumer, wouldn’t reap the benefits of lower prices. Wouldn’t want those pesky, inexpensive fossil fuels getting in the way of the expensive alternative energy sources, now would we?
“I look forward to learning more about the position of an ‘energy czar’ in the new administration,” Senator Inhofe said. “Certainly Carol Browner’s record as the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency under former President Clinton is well known. She is a proud liberal who has long advocated an environmentalist agenda that would drive-up energy costs on families and put thousands of Americans out of jobs. At a time when the economy is already suffering, it will be interesting to see how President Obama will reconcile what seems to be conflicting agendas in the White House.”
On a different note, why in the world would they use the word ‘czar‘ to describe this position? You know where that word comes from? It’s roots trace all the way back to the word ‘Caesar’ which basically means emperor, an autocratic ruler. So it appears that Obama has appointed someone to a position whose title precludes them from having to take orders from a lowly president. Doesn’t sound like there will be a lot of oversight or ‘checking and balancing’ going on with this new office.
Oh, but who needs Democracy anyways when our government only has our best intentions in mind.