Detroit – Ever the nanny-in-chief, President Obama is lecturing Americans to ignore low gas prices and buy his preferred small cars.
“I would strongly advise American consumers to continue to think about how you save money at the pump because it is good for the environment, it’s good for family pocketbooks, and if you go back to old habits and suddenly gas is back at $3.50, you are going to not be real happy,” Obama said in an exclusive telephone interview with the Detroit News’ Dave Shepardson on the eve of his visit to a Detroit auto plant Wednesday.
Obama has been embarrassed by the fact that the plant — one of eleven Ford plants to split $6 billion in federal dollars to build hybrid and fuel efficient cars — has been shut down due to lack of demand.
Yet, rather than accept consumer preference for more SUVs — and help America’s oil and gas industry to produce even more oil to keep prices low — the president has turned scold. Despite the boom in oil fracking that has helped dive prices below $2 a gallon, Obama continues to tilt at his global-warming windmills and fight oil expansion.
Cheap oil would not just benefit consumers but also the Detroit automakers that Obama claims to support. The Big Three make far more money selling Ford F150 trucks and Jeep Grand Cherokee SUVs than they do hybrid-electric Ford C-Maxes or electric Fiat 500s.
“We have to be smart about our energy policy,” Obama told the News.
So the White House ideologue will speak at an idled plant Wednesday. An emperor with no clothes insisting that Americans buy its unpopular products. He’s smarter than us, you see.