Energy Secretary Stephen Chu’s honesty is President Obama’s political kryptonite. High gas prices, obviously, are unpopular. I would think Chu is in for a good scolding. But I may be wrong.
In response to a question by Rep. Alan Nunnelee whether the administration plans to combat the tumultuous rise in gas prices, Chu said no, because high gas prices translate into higher alternative energy use (like algae, maybe?).
Here are the specifics:
“But is the overall goal to get our price” of gasoline down, Nunnelee asked.
“No, the overall goal is to decrease our dependency on oil, to build and strengthen our economy,” Mr. Chu retorted. “We think that if you consider all these energy policies, including energy efficiency, we think that we can go a long way to becoming less dependent on oil and [diversifying] our supply and we’ll help the American economy and the American consumers.”
While Obama may fantasize about $10 a gallon gasoline, and has in fact admitted it in the past, he’s a politician to the core, one that will do anything — anything — to get reelected.
Generally speaking, he has no problem whoring himself out to Greenpeace and the Sierra Club. But at such a delicate economic time, and as the 2012 election peers around the corner, Obama is treading lightly.