Robert Samuelson looks at President Obama's speech and finds it wanting.
Just once, it would be nice if a president would level with Americans on energy. Barack Obama isn't that president. His speech the other night was about political damage control -- his own. It was full of misinformation and mythology. Obama held out a gleaming vision of an America that would convert to the "clean" energy of, presumably, wind, solar and biomass. It isn't going to happen for many, many decades, if ever.
Because there's a simple bottom line.
Unless we shut down the economy, we need fossil fuels.