Love this, Barack Obama at his know-nothings skewer-y best! 🙂
…They’ve been talking down new sources of energy. They dismiss wind power. They dismiss solar power. They make jokes about biofuels. They were against raising fuel standards – I guess they like gas guzzlers, they think that’s good for our future. We’re trying to move towards the future, they want to be stuck in the past. We’ve heard this kind of thinking before. Let me tell you something, if some of these folks were around when Columbus set sail…they must have been founding members of the Flat Earth Society, they would not have believed that the world was round…You know, one of my predecessors, Rutherford B. Hayes, reportedly said about the telephone, “It’s a great invention, but who would ever want to use one?” [laughter] You know, that’s why he’s not on Mt. Rushmore [laughter], because he’s looking backwards, he’s not looking forwards [applause]…We put faith in the future; We are inventors, we are builders, we are makers of things, we are Thomas Edison, we are the Wright brothers, we are Bill Gates, we are Steve Jobs, that’s who we are! [applause] That’s who we need to be right now!
Response from Willard, Ayatollah Santorum, Felix Allen and all the other fossil fuel industry shills out there: nah, clean energy is a “great invention, but who would ever want to use it?” Yeah, it would be funny if it weren’t so pitiful, especially considering that clean energy is growing by leaps and bounds. As usual, Republicans simply don’t get it. Of course, it’s easy not to get it when you’re PAID not to get it!