On the day of Obama's State of the Union sermon, Jobs, chief executive officer of Apple Inc., launched a magic mobile device called the "iPad." Perhaps Jillette thinks that the solution to America's economic inertia lies in visionary producers like Jobs, and not in vain, profligate politicians like the president.
Technology is certainly a task for which Obama and minions are singularly ill-equipped. But that has not stopped them from tinkering – and attempting to bend industry in "green" directions.
"We should put more Americans to work building clean-energy facilities," Barack boomed last night. "You can see the results of last year's investments in clean energy – in the North Carolina company that will create 1,200 jobs nationwide helping to make advanced batteries."
Not according to the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers. Against its politically correct instincts, the IEEE was forced to "cast stones at a wide selection of … poorly conceived technology projects." One of these was Government Motors' Chevrolet Volt, "a car known as a plug-in hybrid because it will get most of its power from the wall socket in a garage."
You see, unless the Big O issues a mandate compelling Americans to purchase the commie car, the Volt won't be making money.
"The first year's volume, by GM's own calculations, is 10,000 units, and you can't save a company with that. That's chicken feed." Or, as Johan de Nysschen, the president of Audi of America put it: "There are not enough idiots who will buy it." These vehicles, ventured de Nysschen, are "for the intellectual elite who want to show what enlightened souls they are."
Whether a vehicle is propelled by hydrogen-powered fuel cells or electricity, both electricity and hydrogen don't magically materialize in the vehicle. They must first be generated. Be it coal, natural gas, nuclear or a hydroelectric dam, these cars are only as clean as the original source of energy that generated the vim that powers them. Someone who doesn't understand this is hardly an intellectual.
According to yet another expert-IEEE assessment, "Lithium-ion batteries degrade substantially in just a few years. Owners will face decreasing range and, ultimately, the need to replace and recycle the car's giant, expensive battery." The verdict: "The Volt won't save enough on gas to cover the higher purchasing cost."
It was inevitable that the 2009 Guinness World Record for fuel economy was set by a non-hybrid: A 2009 Volkswagen Jetta TDI powered with Shell ultra-low sulfur diesel fuel.
The green-command economy is fraught with waste, mismanagement, misallocation of precious resources, and worse. Its commander, the man with the reverse-Midas touch, should leave it to the free market to make magic.