Collegians For A Constructive Tomorrow (CFACT) is attending the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) with interactive tongue and cheek criticism of President Barack Obama’s – a giant hamster wheel.
CFACT is allowing CPAC attendees to run in a human sized hamster wheel that powers a small light bulb. CFACT’s National Director Bill Gilles explains, “Considering the restrictions President Obama wants to put on energy production and the failure of government subsidized wind and solar, we may very well be reduced to running in the hamster wheel to produce the energy we need.”
CFACT’s Christina Wilson says, “If everybody in America had one of these in their houses, we would no longer need fossil fuels. So this our Green Energy Enhancer Employment Act of 2011.”
According to CFACT’s policy advisor Paul Driessen, “America runs on abundant, reliable, affordable energy to support jobs and living standards, and power homes, schools, offices, factories, campuses, hospitals, computers and internet services. Nearly 85% of our nation’s energy still comes from oil, gas and coal. Making energy more expensive, less reliable and less accessible destroys jobs, reduces living standards, and hurts poor and minority families.”
President Obama stated on the campaign trail that, “Under my plan of a cap-and-trade system, electricity rates would necessarily skyrocket.
President Obama called for a “renewable portfolio standard” in his 2011 State of the Union Address. He wants 80% of America’s electricity to come from “clean energy sources” by 2035. Gilles commented, “The hamster wheel may be clean, but it’s no more practical than the wind and solar sources President Obama calls for.”
Driessen states that, “We need to let free markets tap America’s energy resources and creative potential. Government should set rules that prevent harm to people and the environment, and then let our vibrant marketplace create the technologies, opportunities and jobs we need.”
CFACT is borrowing the human sized hamster wheel from the Randolph College Physics Department. CFACT organizer Christina Wilson noted, “In no way should the generosity of the physics club be construed as an endorsement of our message, but we are grateful to them for lending us the wheel.”