Forgive my candor, but sometimes, the truth of one’s convictions cannot be conveyed accurately with any but vulgar argot.
Via DCDecoder, I ran into this gem from Gingrich’s victory speech in Georgia, addressing energy policy:
But the president had an alternative to drilling - and this is why debating him would be just one of those moments where you could almost sell tickets for charity. The president said we have to be practical, drilling won’t solve it. And then he offered his practical solution. Anyone here remember what it was? Algae.
This could possibly be one of the most infuriating things that Newt Gingrich has ever said. And he has an impressive catalog that defies even the most skilled archivist to index properly.
Gingrich is referring of course to oil-producing Algae that provide the most efficient bio fuel solution to date:
So far, researchers have been unable to create a process that is efficient enough to achieve cost parity with traditional sources of oil. But the implications of this technology are absolutely astounding. Imagine a world in which we can rely on an indefinitely renewable source of oil to meet our energy needs. No more blood and treasure wasted fighting over real estate in the middle east. No more giant shocks in oil prices whenever political unrest seizes a major oil-exporting country. The gains in political capital and national security alone are worth the candle.
The world runs on oil. There is a limited supply, and if history is any guide, the price will continue to rise. Meanwhile, research on renewable bio fuel sources continues, which will hopefully make the process more efficient, thereby reducing production costs. If both of these trends continue, there will come a time when cost parity between bio fuel production and traditional oil production becomes equal. When that happens, we will conceivably have a way out of our energy dilemma. Finally.
Think of it: a renewable technology that allows us to replace the blood oaths and hush-hush foreign policy deals that we rely on to meet our energy needs, with a natural, sustainable source of oil. We could scrap the oppressive network of global political relationships and unseemly compromises of humane values that litter our public policy when it comes to securing sources of oil for the largest economy in the world. The potential peace dividends alone are amazing to consider. And the opportunity to shed our dependence upon oppressive political regimes whose countries are blessed with fossil fuel is only too welcome a prospect.
For Newt Gingrich, a self-styled man of innovation and ideas, to denigrate one of the few promising technologies by which we could achieve these goals, and for mere political advantage, is the lowest, most disgusting form of political posturing. A textbook example of putting short-term political gain before the long-term good of his own country. This technology holds the promise of freeing us from inconvenient alliances with tyrants, while solving the dilemma of peak oil. A pipe dream that might be possible someday due to oil-producing algae, and similar renewable technologies.
Perhaps I’m totally off-base. I could simply be over-selling it this time around. I readily admit that I practically did a back-flip the day I found out about algae bio fuel and the promise it holds for a sustainable energy solution. I may simply be getting my hopes up without sufficient cause.
But one would at least think that the goals mentioned above were a bipartisan project; and that technologies which hold even the slightest promise of making them possible would find support on both sides of the political spectrum. That Newt Gingrich, a man who purports to be pro-business, could at least get behind that.
But apparently that’s not the case. Making Obama look bad is more important than solving our energy crisis.
Kudos Gingrich. Forsooth, I never thought I’d see the day when I found you to be an even bigger asshole than I thought previously. A herculean effort, to be sure. But you’ve exceeded my expectations. You have my sincerest lack of respect to date. And if there’s ever been a guarantor that you should never be anywhere near the Presidency, your most recent remarks have underwritten that proposition with exquisite profundity.