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Krauthammer On Obama's Algae Policy: "I Think He's On To Something"
Real Clear Politics ^ | 2/23/12 | staff

Posted on 02/23/2012 6:00:07 PM PST by Nachum

Charles Krauthammer responds to President Obama's suggestion that the U.S. turn to algae for energy production. After making his case, Krauthammer goes head-to-head with Washington Post columnist Charles Lane who defends Obama's energy policy.

"I was impressed by the president's analysis of this situation where we have no control over the global price of oil," Charles Krauthammer said. "We're dependent on oil from unfriendlies. And he says, as we heard, drilling for oil to relieve our dependency is not a solution, it's not a plan. He said we have to go to clean energy. He talks about something really revolutionary today. Algae. A $14 million grant for the development of algae. It's not oil. His solution is algae. And because we know that the Secretary of Energy is physicist that won the Nobel Prize, the president knowing this stuff said that one of the reasons we should do this is because we can grow algae here in the United States."

"Now, it happens that algae will grow on anywhere on earth. I looked it up while I was away for those three days. You thought I was sunning myself. I did research. It grows in oceans, in lakes and ponds, in your swimming pool when the pool man is on vacation. In snow, in ice, on soil, on turtles, on sloths, the bark of trees and rocks. Why are we drilling for oil? We are the Saudi Arabia of rocks. We have a mountain range called the Rockies and we are allowing ourselves to be dominated by these oil producers. I think he's on to something here that is truly revolutionary. Why would you build a pipeline, the Keystone pipeline with real oil from Canada to put in real refineries and put in real existing

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1 posted on 02/23/2012 6:00:12 PM PST by Nachum
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To: Nachum

“I Think He’s On To Something”

Correction: “I think he’s on something. What’s he smoking?”


2 posted on 02/23/2012 6:06:26 PM PST by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: Nachum

these people are all effin’ nuts....what is it about the atmosphere or tap-water in DC...that takes a braniac MD produces a dithering liberal skittle pooping unicorn who presume the right to rule over the rationale out in reality?


3 posted on 02/23/2012 6:09:01 PM PST by mo
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To: mo

Who, Charles or Obama? Actually, we know Obama’s on something, and it looks like Charles is sniffing the same stuff. This sort of comment is why Krauthammer has no credibility, at least with me.


4 posted on 02/23/2012 6:13:32 PM PST by izzatzo (All in for Rick(Newt would do in a pinch).)
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To: mo

I thought it was sarcasm, no ??


5 posted on 02/23/2012 6:13:52 PM PST by EDINVA
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To: Nachum

Obama’s full of it on two counts.

First, by spending us $14 trillion into debt he’s degraded the currency - oil has an intrinsic value, dollars have a value that can vary with national policy. Our policy under Obama is such that our dollars have lost value relative to the intrinsic worth of petroleum - consequently, the price of raw crude goes up to compensate.

Secondly, to the extent that the problem above is exacerbated by speculators, Obama could reverse the direction of speculation overnight by opening the Gulf, the Arctic, the coasts, and various public lands to drilling, as well as approving Keystone. But he won’t do that - as K-hammer points out, that would underut our algae strategy.


6 posted on 02/23/2012 6:15:09 PM PST by Stosh
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To: Nachum

Everybody’s got to see Krauthammer, he’s at his best.


7 posted on 02/23/2012 6:15:15 PM PST by tsomer
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To: izzatzo

I guess the sarcasm does not come across when you read it


8 posted on 02/23/2012 6:15:40 PM PST by statered ("And you know what I mean.")
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To: izzatzo
Apparently you missed the sarcasm in Krauthammer's comments. At the end he apologized for taking up so much time with drivel.
9 posted on 02/23/2012 6:16:12 PM PST by 1hedLyte
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To: EDINVA

Clearly sarcasm. Baier even added after, “Tongue out of cheek.”


10 posted on 02/23/2012 6:17:49 PM PST by Thane_Banquo
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To: Nachum

“Obama argues against oil because he’s right, it’s not going to happen overnight. But conservatives and Republicans have argued for 25 years to open up the Arctic. And what do Democrats argue in the ‘80s and the ‘90s and the last decade? ‘Oh, it will take three years or five.’

Yes, it takes 3 to 5 years to open up an oil producing site. Domestic production has indeed increased thanks to North Dakota and Obama has no problem taking credit for it. However, the big glaring hole in his new talking point is he had absolutely nothing to do with it.


11 posted on 02/23/2012 6:18:10 PM PST by vlad335
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To: 1hedLyte

Well the problem is we are so used to these turncoats being turncoats we completely EXPECT our side to seriously say something like this. Especially Krauthammer.


12 posted on 02/23/2012 6:19:00 PM PST by riri (Plannedopolis-look it up. It's how the elites plan for US to live.)
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To: Nachum

Not Krauthammer, too! The outcome of algae technology IS OIL dammit! Get a clue. You’re not going to do it in an adequate abundance like mother nature. Burning algae derived oil is every bit as polluting as Black Gold / Texas Tea.


13 posted on 02/23/2012 6:19:03 PM PST by pingman (Durn tootin'; I like Glock shootin'!)
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To: izzatzo

“Tongue out of cheek,” host Bret Baier joked.

“I’m sorry that I brought the level of discussion so low,” Krauthammer joked back.


14 posted on 02/23/2012 6:19:03 PM PST by Shelayne (NO ROMNEY--NOT NOW--NOT EVER!)
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To: izzatzo

Sarcasm. Go lookup the meaning.


15 posted on 02/23/2012 6:19:09 PM PST by Kozak ("It's not an Election it's a Restraining Order" .....PJ O'Rourke)
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To: Kozak

Bite me.


16 posted on 02/23/2012 6:19:59 PM PST by izzatzo (All in for Rick(Newt would do in a pinch).)
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To: EDINVA

“I thought it was sarcasm, no ??”

Yes, Krauthammer was being sarcastic, at Obama’s well-deserved expense.

Next two lines of article:

“Tongue out of cheek,” host Bret Baier joked.

“I’m sorry that I brought the level of discussion so low,” Krauthammer joked back....

“How about the Arctic Wildlife Refuge? How about drilling on continental coast of the Atlantic or the Pacific? All these are shut down by the Democrats,” Krauthammer reminded Lane.


17 posted on 02/23/2012 6:20:17 PM PST by thouworm (.)
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To: pingman

It was satire. He is making fun of the “won”


18 posted on 02/23/2012 6:20:45 PM PST by Nachum (The complete Obama list at www.nachumlist.com)
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To: mo

Well, while we’re at it, we could harvest my squirrels who run through, over, around, up and down with little backpacks to turbine the wind into battery packs.

I’m not kidding. I could probably generate 1/3 of my monthly bill with these rats.

But FUBO all the same. Drill here, drill now, send the muslims back into the nothing they are.


19 posted on 02/23/2012 6:20:57 PM PST by txhurl
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To: Shelayne

Oops. Didn’t get that far. Knee-jerk reactionary signing off.


20 posted on 02/23/2012 6:21:11 PM PST by pingman (Durn tootin'; I like Glock shootin'!)
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To: Nachum
If a viable, cost-effective method were developed to convert algae to a practical fuel, there's no doubt in my mind that within 10 years, the USFWS would have it declared a protected species.
21 posted on 02/23/2012 6:23:45 PM PST by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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To: Nachum
"Why would you build a pipeline, the Keystone pipeline with real oil from Canada to put in real refineries and put in real existing cars when you can do algae? I think he is on to something. And I think this shows the vision, the hope and change he promised in 2008."

Too bad sarcasm isn't a combustible liquid, Krauthammer could have the price of gas below $3.
22 posted on 02/23/2012 6:24:21 PM PST by AnotherUnixGeek
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To: mo

If you read the article, Krauthammer is using some heavy sarcasm with it.


23 posted on 02/23/2012 6:24:25 PM PST by gogogodzilla (Live free or die!)
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To: Joe 6-pack

Amen Baby to that!


24 posted on 02/23/2012 6:24:45 PM PST by pingman (Durn tootin'; I like Glock shootin'!)
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To: Nachum

A compost pile.


25 posted on 02/23/2012 6:25:30 PM PST by <1/1,000,000th%
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To: Cicero
Correction to correction...

That's supposed to read: "What's he smonking?"


26 posted on 02/23/2012 6:28:55 PM PST by gogogodzilla (Live free or die!)
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To: Nachum

Why doesn’t his Nobel Prize winning secretary tell him about big alge projects that were shut down last year.


27 posted on 02/23/2012 6:28:59 PM PST by DManA
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To: Nachum

Why doesn’t his Nobel Prize winning secretary tell him about big alge projects that were shut down last year.


28 posted on 02/23/2012 6:28:59 PM PST by DManA
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To: izzatzo

Sarcasm.


29 posted on 02/23/2012 6:29:12 PM PST by arkady_renko (I want to believe.)
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To: Nachum

Response from Gore, Al: “Gee!”


30 posted on 02/23/2012 6:29:24 PM PST by Revolting cat! (Let us prey!)
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To: Cicero
Fine. Where pray tell can I but the algae and how do I put it in my tank and how much does it cost. I need it by Saturday Obama you effing liar and you too Charles. Obamas empty words are not going to help me and by the way gas is $4.19 a gallon where I live
31 posted on 02/23/2012 6:29:58 PM PST by funfan (and his crew)
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To: Nachum

America, you elected a doofus!


32 posted on 02/23/2012 6:30:30 PM PST by Revolting cat! (Let us prey!)
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To: Nachum

When I read that for algae to grow like we want it to grow, it will take a tremendous amount of phosphorous, I get skeptical. Getting the quantity necessary to make it work will drive up the cost unless there is technology to recycle the phosphorous from spent algae organisms.


33 posted on 02/23/2012 6:43:33 PM PST by jonrick46 (Countdown to 11-06-2012)
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To: Nachum

Does anyone remember strange reports from the Gulf Oil Spill??
I’m freaking out, because I remember a lot of weird things going on— there were strange reports coming out all the time. (Grand Isle, LA-arrests taking place, air space being closed over area so journalists couldn’t take photos, and people being terrified?)
Remember how people on foot couldn’t take photos and weren’t allowed in certain areas?
( I bookmarked many links at the time, but that computer crashed long ago.)
As God is my witness, I remember some local people talking about how “someone” was going to get rich, because, as the Gulf died, algae would grow and there was going to be $$$ in it for certain people. (”spooky dude”?)
Does any of this ring a bell with anyone else?


34 posted on 02/23/2012 6:51:53 PM PST by Mortrey (Impeach President Soros)
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To: tsomer

$14 algae grant!?!?!?!? Glad to see someone with tongue-in-cheek. Too bad, Obama’s serious


35 posted on 02/23/2012 7:00:57 PM PST by therightliveswithus
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To: Nachum

Charles Krauthammer calls out Obama after the won tries to bamboozle Washington Post columnist Charles Lane with a lame story of making gasoline out of algae.


36 posted on 02/23/2012 7:03:45 PM PST by A. Morgan (Ayn Rand: "You can avoid reality, but you cannot avoid the consequences of avoiding reality.")
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To: Nachum

Charles Krauthammer calls out Obama after the won tries to bamboozle Washington Post columnist Charles Lane with a lame story of making gasoline out of algae.


37 posted on 02/23/2012 7:08:34 PM PST by A. Morgan (Ayn Rand: "You can avoid reality, but you cannot avoid the consequences of avoiding reality.")
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To: Nachum

They are actually trying it here in Southern New Mexico, they’ve been planning and building for about 3 yrs now.


38 posted on 02/23/2012 7:11:27 PM PST by tiki
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To: EDINVA

Of course it was sarcasm. The previous poster is an idiot.


39 posted on 02/23/2012 7:16:52 PM PST by Mercat
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To: EDINVA

It absolutely was sarcasm.


40 posted on 02/23/2012 7:21:35 PM PST by brytlea (An ounce of chocolate is worth a pound of cure)
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To: Joe 6-pack

I suspect you’re correct.


41 posted on 02/23/2012 7:23:41 PM PST by brytlea (An ounce of chocolate is worth a pound of cure)
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To: Nachum

What’s it all about ... Algae?


42 posted on 02/23/2012 7:26:04 PM PST by mikrofon (Are we always going to take more than we give....)
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To: Revolting cat!
America, you elected a doofus!

It's no use; those who elected the muslim liar, stupid, dishonest, deceitful self-centered pig are too busy kissing His posterior to ever notice they just ran out of gas.

43 posted on 02/23/2012 7:28:51 PM PST by stboz
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To: izzatzo
Headlines and first sentences do not tell the story. He does a fabulous job of calling it absolutely rediculous without ever saying it.
44 posted on 02/23/2012 7:29:45 PM PST by GizzyGirl
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To: Nachum
"We're dependent on oil from unfriendlies.

So cancel that pipeline from Canada that would send enough hundreds of thousands of barrels a a day from an ally.

45 posted on 02/23/2012 7:33:30 PM PST by glorgau
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To: Nachum
"I think he's on to something"
46 posted on 02/23/2012 7:34:10 PM PST by RckyRaCoCo (I prefer liberty with danger to peace with slavery, IXNAY THE TSA!...P.S. Why did FR ZOT Frantzie?)
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To: EDINVA; mo; Izzatso

Absolutely he was being sarcastic.

That’s why he ‘apologized’ for bringing the level of the conversation so low.

Krauthammer is D.C.-centric in a lot of ways but he was sneering at the commie-in-chief on this one.


47 posted on 02/23/2012 7:35:37 PM PST by Fightin Whitey
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To: EDINVA
"Why would you build a pipeline, the Keystone pipeline with real oil from Canada to put in real refineries and put in real existing cars when you can do algae? I think he is on to something. And I think this shows the vision, the hope and change he promised in 2008."

"Tongue out of cheek," host Bret Baier joked.

"I'm sorry that I brought the level of discussion so low," Krauthammer joked back.

Yes, it was sarcasm.
I'll be back later to see how many morons respond to the title (and maybe the first couple of paragraphs) and take Krauthammer to task.

FRegards,
LH

48 posted on 02/23/2012 7:41:23 PM PST by Lancey Howard
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To: mikrofon

An extra $14 million grant. Big Whoop.
That’s like what it costs to bring 14 land wells on line. Except the money will go to support his ACORN retread administrators and a couple of phoney companies set up by Chicago buds.
Guy is a delusional loon.


49 posted on 02/23/2012 7:45:32 PM PST by bossmechanic (If all else fails, hit it with a hammer)
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To: izzatzo
This sort of comment is why Krauthammer has no credibility, at least with me.

Krauthammer apparently does not do well with viewers who have a very limited attention span and capacity for understanding. Of course, I could reasonably guess that you never saw the clip, but seize any opportunity to criticize a conservative who does not agree with you 100%.

50 posted on 02/23/2012 7:46:03 PM PST by neocon1984
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