Deliberately Ignorant or Thinking Clearly? UPDATED

The US Congress has not provided a budget in three years. Paul Ryan proposed a budget recently which could substantially changes the downward trajectory of our economy (public and private). Obama’s press secretary Jay Carney is having none of it:

“You have to be aggressively and deliberately ignorant of the world economy not to know and understand that clean energy technologies are going to play a huge role in the 21st century,” Carney said after decrying the clean energy spending cuts in Ryan’s plan. “You have to have severely diminished capacity to understand what drives economic growth in industrialized countries in this century if you do not understand that education is the key that unlocks the door to prosperity,” he added.

What clean energy (aka green energy) has to do with education is a bit beyond me, but if this is the best Carney can do, the advertisements will pretty much write themselves. Education would include telling people about the following: Solyndra, Beacon Power, Ener1, Fisker, and Tesla. Are these all examples of the role which is being played by clean energy in the 21st century? If so, is it not time that we stop paying billions for these roles to be played?

If anyone is being played here, it is Mr. Carney. Kudos to Mr. Ryan for proposing a plan that might actually work.


Speaking at another one of those clean energy companies today:

Obama mocked Republicans for having a lack of imagination and dismissing clean energy technologies just because they are new. The president says America must take risks and stay ahead of the curve in order to be competitive.

Mr. President, “clean energy technologies” are far from new. Yes, there have been new developments, but we’ve been pouring money into solar energy for 40+ years without seeing the rewards that we were told were just around the next corner. We don’t dismiss the technologies “just because they are new” but because they do not match up with expectations–decade after decade.

Who is being deliberately ignorant of the realities of clean energy, again?