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Chu’s Lies

Posted by Jeff Id on September 23, 2009

Chairman Stephen Chu a one time scientist has made the full transition to politician.  He’s been caught in a widely non-published quote comparing us to teenage kids and the administration to parents.   I hope you realize that this is exactly the kind of statement which the Chinese government would release.

The American public…just like your teenage kids, aren’t acting in a way that they should act,” Dr. Chu said. “The American public has to really understand in their core how important this issue is.”

Chairman Chu’s views on economics are hidden behind the administrations dogma on green energy improving the economy.

CHINA STEVEN CHU

Asked if he expected a town-hall style pushback, Dr. Chu said he was optimistic the public would buy the administration’s arguments that energy efficiency and caps on greenhouse-gas emissions will spark an economic rebound.

“I don’t think so…maybe I’m optimistic, but there’s very little debate” that a new green energy economy will bring economic prosperity, Mr. Chu told reporters.

Stephen Chu is a liar in my opinion.  He, like greenpeace know that the point is to drive up prices and limit usage.  This does not help the economy.  However his dogma and rhetoric are still  bought into by some of the unwary public.

Here’s a supporting lie from the also communist Lisa Jackson:

“We’re showing people across the country how energy efficiency can be part of what they do every day,” said EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson. “Confronting climate change, saving money on our utility bills, and reducing our use of heavily-polluting energy can be as easy as making a few small changes.”

Followed then by the lie of Dan Leistikow in response to the previous lies:

Energy Department spokesman Dan Leistikow added: “Secretary Chu was not comparing the public to teenagers. He was saying that we need to educate teenagers about ways to save energy. He also recognized the need to educate the broader public about how important clean energy industries are to our competitive position in the global economy. He believes public officials do have an obligation to make their case to the American people on major legislation, and that’s what he’s doing.”

If everyone is lying to us on the details, why the hell would we listen to the plan.

Quotes from Wall Street Journal, about the only real paper to report it.

17 Responses to “Chu’s Lies”

  1. Jeff Id said

    Here’s a quote from Chu where he admits to wanting higher gas prices for America before changing his mind

    http://blog.heritage.org/2009/04/23/secretary-chu-admits-his-views-are-silly/

    He wants you to be poor and under his altruistic thumb.

  2. TerryMN said

    These arrogant fools truly believe that the people of this country will let them implement a system of the royals (politicians and their aparatchik) and the proletariat. They’re in for a rude awakening.

    IMO, the entire lot of them cannot go to hell soon enough.

  3. Tom Fuller said

    I have to say that I sometimes wonder if AGW activists are even serious about their ‘monumental struggle’ given the idiocy of their public communications. If you were a senior administration official charged with executing a public policy initiative that requires significant changes in lifestyle habits and spending decisions on the part of the electorate, would you ever, in your wildest dreams, call them rebellious teenagers? That’s not leading with your chin. That’s having a ‘kick me’ sign on your butt.

  4. William said

    Considering the average American can barely understand a newspaper written at a 4th or 5th grade reading level, I’d say Chu comparing Americans to teenagers is a huge compliment.

    Let’s keep in mind this is really not about the environment, its about statism and the government extending it’s control over you.

    If you think that statement is a reach then name me one thing the government does not have some degree of control of other than your unspoken and unwritten thoughts.

  5. PhilH said

    Although I understand that he is a physicist, Chu is apparently something of a practical fool as well as a liar. Feynman would stand open-mouthed in his presence. Not long ago he said that we can produce all the electricity this country needs by putting windmills off our east coast. I read an estimate that this would require a chain of towers hundreds of miles deep stretching from Maine to Florida. That he is seriously promoting this kind of engineering, scientific and economic insanity tells you that he doesn’t know or care what the hell he is saying just as long as it fits the mad schemes of this mad administration. And that, sadly, seems to be the modus operandi of our President.

  6. curious said

    What are the …. in this line?: “The American public…just like your teenage kids, aren’t acting in a way that they should act,” Dr. Chu said.

    Was it a pause or an edit?

  7. TerryMN said

    #6 – All of the quotes (3 or 4 sources) I’ve seen have had the ellipses, so my guess is that it was a pause. Could be wrong though.

  8. TerryMN said

    Meant to say wrong just like each of the articles that quote him btw, as they should have used an em dash instead.

  9. Matt Y. said

    What a pain in the ass it must be to have to constantly make sure you don’t accidentally say what you really think. Based on that explanation, Chairman Chu needs a new spin doctor I’d say.

  10. curious said

    Thanks Terry – I saw a couple of sources and they looked like cut and paste of the WSJ letter for letter.

  11. Kenneth Fritsch said


    Considering the average American can barely understand a newspaper written at a 4th or 5th grade reading level, I’d say Chu comparing Americans to teenagers is a huge compliment.

    Which, of course, brings forth the question of how such uninformed and misinformed people can vote for the proper people to do our thinking for us. Teenagers, as a group, might tend not to have learned to spend money responsibly or save for the future. Now who would that remind you of?

    I think I heard some administrative official attempt to correct Chu’s statement to something like he wanted to say that teenagers need to be educated in the “proper” ways of AGW and its mitigation.

  12. DeWitt Payne said

    Kenneth,

    In a republican form of government, the populace doesn’t need to know the details of everything. One votes for someone who best represents one’s own way of thinking. Demagoguery will always be a problem, but I’m not at all sure that education is the cure for that. Ones representatives are also expected to show leadership ability and to be able to take actions that may not always reflect the majority opinion in their district. I know, I’m dreaming again.

  13. Dave said

    So far, Dr. Chu is doing a really good job helping our (skeptics) cause. Let’s hope Obama doesn’t muzzle him soon.

  14. AEGeneral said

    We’re showing people across the country how energy efficiency can be part of what they do every day — Lisa Jackson

    No you aren’t, you’re telling people, not showing.

    Hypocrites.

  15. oakgeo said

    I’m Canadian, and a fairly liberal-minded one at that, but your leadership have scared me in ways that Bush & Cheney never could. At least Bush and his apes never hid behind the the mantle of intellectualism to promote their agenda. The “nanny knows best” doctrine I’m seeing in the US is deeply troubling. Canada has been closer to that doctrine for decades, and I believe that we have been able to be so because we were able to rely on the benefits of trade with the US, historically the world’s largest economic engine, to finance it. I wouldn’t have thought it last November, but its sure starting to look like Obama et.al. want the US to be the next great socialist experiment of the Americas. It seems that the Dem leadership’s supposed intellectualism has disconnected the very real and obvious point that socialism could only work if there is a powerful economy to support it. Their “less is more” approach to economics is just mind boggling.

  16. Dave said

    @Oakgeo:

    “I wouldn’t have thought it last November, but its sure starting to look like Obama et.al. want the US to be the next great socialist experiment of the Americas.”

    Anybody who’s been paying attention to Democrat politics would know that it’s been their goal for about the last 80 years or more. As we go farther into this insidious process, the pace will accelerate, as people, when faced with the unanticipated side effects, will be even more inclined to turn to the government for relief. The goose that laid the golden egg is on the chopping block.

  17. Kenneth Fritsch said

    In a republican form of government, the populace doesn’t need to know the details of everything. One votes for someone who best represents one’s own way of thinking. Demagoguery will always be a problem, but I’m not at all sure that education is the cure for that.

    DeWitt, my point always has been in matters of an informed/uninformed public and in answer to those who consider the free market place to be a danger when influenced by the uninformed, that when government controls more and more of our lives we will be at the mercy of the lowest common denominator – and for most things in our lives.

    When operating in the market place, it has been my experience that people become informed about the products they purchase out of necessity, whereas in the political arena with a big and strong government, people come to depend on politicians to think for them. Politicians in turn do what ever they think will get them elected and reelected. The fact that many of these politicians are good at articulating and spinning some bad ideas should not be misconstrued with viewing the politician as some responsible leader looking out for good of the sheep in his flock and the initiator of policies for the good of all his intellectual inferiors. That is all way too Platonic.

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