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Saturday, December 06, 2008

Obama starts to get specific about the New New Deal. As you know, the top of my wishlist is energy, and as I've said before, it's a place where I just don't think Obama's rhetoric has ever been ambitious enough.

ENERGY: “[W]e will launch a massive effort to make public buildings more energy-efficient. Our government now pays the highest energy bill in the world. We need to change that. We need to upgrade our federal buildings by replacing old heating systems and installing efficient light bulbs. That won’t just save you, the American taxpayer, billions of dollars each year. It will put people back to work.”
It's a few sentences from a short speech, but it's not at all a good sign. If there are four words Obama needs engraved into his desk in the Oval Office, it's these: "Manhattan Project for Energy." If not just one: Moonshot. Lightbulbs hardly even qualify as a baby step.