Potential Commander-in-Chief Michele Bachmann has followed in Ronald Reagan’s footsteps … well, in a way, as Ms. Bachmann appeared yesterday on the legendary 50,000 watt WHO 1040-AM, the same station where Ronald Reagan got his start in radio.
Ms. Bachmann got to sit in the “Hot Seat” while Jan Mickelson, the leading conservative radio personality in Iowa, invited callers to express their concerns.
Needless to say, Ms. Bachmann has a way to cool off any “Hot Seat” … ask a simple question, like “What time is it ?” and the Bachmann response will be “It’s time to Repeal Obamacare” … never a straight answer to a direct question, just utilizing her talking points to stay on message …. endlessly.
One caller posed a question that was probably not on candidate Bachmann’s short list of expected questions … asking about America’s electric gird … the high-voltage transmission lines — the “interstate highways” of our electric system — the electric grid that has suffered from decades of under-investment.
The current outdated system is costly, vulnerable and inadequate which hinders transmission of America’s virtually unlimited domestic clean lowest-cost energy to ratepayers.
At a recent Midwestern Governors Association, Iowa Governor Terry Branstad said “Efficient energy transmission is a key component to growing Iowa’s economy and keeping energy costs low.”
This caller had a real world question … one that would affect Iowans … and he wanted to know what the role of the Federal Government should be (implying that he wanted involvement.)
Ms. Bachmann response did not address the critical question of “transmission” but instead responded with her talking point advocating for “an all-of-the-above energy strategy.”
As Ms. Bachmann rambled on about unleashing domestic exploration, the host, Jan Mickelson, interrupted “I must throw out the ‘F-word’ ” … at which Ms. Bachmann gave a look, then smiled and said “oh, you mean “Fracking” … that was not a concern for Ms. Bachmann … after all, the impact to the environment has not been a concern for Ms. Bachmann as she has referred to climate change as manufactured science and questions the human role in the warming of the earth. Ms. Bachmann voted to bar the Environmental Protection Agency from regulating greenhouse gases in April 2011 and voted against enforcing limits on carbon-dioxide pollution in June of 2009.
The host used this subject as a segue to a discussion of Iran, who has repeatedly warned over the past week, that it could impose sanctions on oil exports and threatened to block the Strait of Hormuz — which could impact the movement of roughly 15 million barrels of oil per day that serves the world market.
Ms. Bachmann’s response was that America needs to be self-sufficient on oil production so that America would be impervious to any Iranian actions.
OK, that prompts a couple of questions …
IF, America was self-sufficient, would we reduce our military presences overseas … and thus reduce the military budget ? Has Potential Commander-in-Chief Bachmann promised those reductions ?
IF America was self-sufficient, would Israel use military action without regard to America’s concerns for stability in the region ?
IF America was self-sufficient, how would the American companies (and the petroleum-exporting states of Bahrain, Kuwait, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates) that currently rely on the Strait of Hormuz to move their oil products to the Indian Ocean mind that they would not have the U.S.taxpayer-funded military patrolling the waters ?
Potential Presidentress Bachmann seemed to laugh off the Iran situation as one that could easily be ignored if domestic production was increased … well, there is another “F word” that comes to mind — Ms. Bachmann is living in Fantasyland.
In the meantime, consider this article from the Wall Street Journal : U.S. exports of gasoline, diesel and other oil-based fuels are soaring, putting the nation on track to be a net exporter of petroleum products in 2011 for the first time in 62 years.
Another reporting from The Wall Street Journal : The number of rigs in the United States has been soaring during the Obama years. Oil drilling is up nearly 60 percent in the past year alone.
And from CNN : Gasoline: The new big U.S. export
NEW YORK (CNNMoney) — The United States is awash in gasoline. So much so, in fact, that the country is exporting a record amount of it.
While Ms. Bachmann may want people to think the “F-word” should refer to “Fracking”, Well-Informed Voters consider the “F-word” should only refer to FACTS.