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November 02, 2008

Obama: Spike Energy Costs To Make People Go 'green'

Obama: Spike energy costs to make people go 'green'

2007 interview: Proposes government create 'price signals' to control behavior


By Drew Zahn

JOHNSTON, Iowa – In a recently publicized video from the Democratic primaries, Sen. Barack Obama said the government should drive energy bills up through "price signals" in order to force Americans into more environmentally friendly choices.

In the Nov. 9, 2007, interview on Iowa Public Television's "Iowa Press," Obama said Americans like driving SUVs and leaving the lights on, but since "it is undisputable that the climate is getting warmer," consumers would have to change their habits.

When asked what would make consumers change, Obama said government-created "price signals" would make people more mindful of energy costs and compel them to start changing light bulbs and turning off light switches.

Associated Press reporter Mike Glover asked, "How do you convince people to change their lifestyle, to live differently?"

Obama's answer, viewable in the video below, was, "I think it is important for us to send some price signals to change behavior. You know, if electricity goes up, people start becoming more mindful of their electricity bill."

When Des Moines Register reporter David Yepsen asked Obama what part of his campaign Americans may not like to hear, the candidate returned to the theme of price signals.

"Number one, we're going to have to start doing a better job of conserving on energy," Obama said. "Americans like to drive their big SUVs. They like to leave all the lights on in their house. We're going to have to change our habits."

He then clarified how the government could implement the kind price signals that change consumer habits.

"We're going to have to cap the emission of greenhouse gases," Obama said. "That means that power plants are going to have to adjust how they generate power. They will pass on those costs to consumers. … A lot of us who can afford it are going to have to pay more per unit of electricity, and that means we're going to have to change our light bulbs, we're going to have to shut the lights off in our houses."


Wild Thing's comment..........

Sorry but WTF??!!

Barack Hussein Obama literally will destroy our economy, our industries just to make our country into HIS WAY OR NO WAY.

Please God this man cannot become President!!!!!!!!!

....Thank you Mark for sending this to me.

Posted by Wild Thing at November 2, 2008 05:47 PM


There is only one way obama can spike energy costs and that is if he controls all energy producers. So government owned and operated energy companies could very well spike energy cost when consumption goes up beyond what the government thinks is necessary. This is big time socialism. Chavez type, castro type it will drive us to ruin. I think this is his goal. The man is a complete bastard.

Posted by: Mark at November 2, 2008 07:00 PM

Mark, he is just like they are your right. I can't stand him !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: Wild Thing at November 2, 2008 07:41 PM

This creep is the biggest danger to the American way of life that has ever existed. How does it get so many lemmings to follow it and it's Marxist leanings?

Posted by: Bob at November 2, 2008 10:08 PM

Bob, I have never heard or seen any election with so many ignorant and very stupid people. A totally corrupt and mismanaged public school system and an immoral and unethical main stream media have poisoned the country with a "stupidity" disease far more virulent and destructive than HIV/AIDS. We are in for some very troubled times ahead including a Republican Party that is clueless about winning in 2010 and 2012.

If the most liberal far left Socialist and Senate Democrat can win the White House then conservatives need to take over the Republican Party and go after Obama/Pelosi/Reid with a vengeance starting on November 5th.

Posted by: Les at November 3, 2008 01:42 AM