Given that Obama disapproves of Americans’ affluence, it isn’t surprising that he appointed one of the meanest greens of all to be his science advisor—John Holdren, who comes from the extreme branch of environmentalism that openly advocates the “de-development” of the United States.
Since abundant, relatively inexpensive energy has literally powered America’s unprecedented economic development, naturally, one of Obama’s principal goals as president has been to curtail Americans’ access to cheap energy. He seems to agree with Holdren’s some-time writing partner, Paul Ehrlich, who burnished his misanthropic reputation by fulminating, “Giving society cheap, abundant energy would be the equivalent of giving an idiot child a machine gun.”
Obama’s preferred strategy has been to implement whatever policies increase the price of energy to American consumers. He proved this by striving mightily to impose a cap-and-trade program on fossil fuels so that “if somebody wants to build a coal-fired plant, the can, but it will bankrupt them, because they’re going to be charged a huge sum for all that greenhouse gas that’s being emitted.”
Obama’s animus against fossil fuels explains why he chose Dr. Steven Chu to be his Secretary of Energy. Chu’s most famous policy goal is encapsulated in his statement, “Somehow we have to figure out a way to boost the price of gasoline to the levels in Europe.”