Last week President Obama, escaping to his professorial instincts where results and production are not elements to measure, used a teachable moment to enlighten us why President Rutherford B. Hayes likeness was not carved into Mount Rushmore.
Speaking to a campaign rally about energy, President Obama slandered Hayes by telling a story how when shown the use of a telephone Hayes wondered who would ever want to use one.
Whether good, bad or mediocre, President Hayes was not the technophobe Obama portrayed. President Hayes had the first telephone installed in the White House along with the first typewriter and invited Thomas Edison to demonstrate the phonograph. What Hayes really said when he first used the phone was, “That is wonderful.”
Granted President Obama (likely not the best-versed President on American history) read the script from a teleprompter. But he ultimately is responsible for the historical sloppiness of his staff. Regardless of the merits of his energy position, his case could have been presented without distorting facts and besmirching a deceased President who cannot defend himself. Such carelessness is tolerated and continues only because the media largely ignores it.
Since President Obama has chosen to enlighten us using fabricated unrealized prophesies, it seems appropriate to review real predictions of his favored neo-Malthusian theory icons, who are still revered at most universities.
—Obama’s science and technology advisor and University of California physicist John Holdren has said, “it is possible that carbon-dioxide, climate-induced famines could kill as many as a billion people before the year 2020. In 1971 Holdren wrote “Some form of ecocatastrophe, if not thermonuclear war, seems almost certain to overtake us before the end of the century”—he was talking about the twentieth century, not the twenty-first.
—Three MIT scientists published and sold ten million copies of “Limits of growth” in 1972 for a think tank called The Club of Rome. The book predicted the earth’s supplies of oil, natural gas, gold, tin and copper would be completely exhausted by 1992.
—In 1919 David White of the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) predicted that world oil production would peak in nine years .
—In 1943 the Standard Oil geologist Wallace Pratt calculated that the world would ultimately produce 600 billion barrels of oil. (More than a trillion barrels had been pumped by 2006, and still known deposits are increasing as the US holds the largest untapped oil reserves in the world)
—“When the Paris Exhibition closes electric light will close with it and no more be heard of,” wrote Erasmus Wilson (1878) Professor at Oxford University. Perhaps congress in its wisdom has validated Wilson’s prediction by banning Edison’s invention albeit 134 years later.
Could it be that the weaknesses of the President’s energy policies necessitate fabricating past President’s records to support failed policies?
Have a fulfilling and profitable day,
WC (Bill) Augustine
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