In a prescient original here on the site, contributor Houston Gaines noted President Obama’s run of bum luck in selecting officeholders: Charles “Chas of Arabia” Freeman, Van Jones, Susan Rice, Larry Summers and a half dozen more — all have been sunk, either during the nomination process or through their own misdeeds once in office.
Add to the list Ron Binz, President Obama’s nominee to head the U.S. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). News reports indicate he does not have the votes to clear the 22-member Senate committee necessary to take office. Or, as Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) put it, “I think he’s gone.”
So long to Mr. Binz, who sought to emulate the aggressive German build-up of renewable energy (Energywiende), while denigrating realistic energy sources like natural gas (a “dead end”).
…So long. Or should I say, auf wiedersehen.
—M. Blake Seitz is Editor-in-Chief of THE ARCH CONSERVATIVE
P.S. The Huffington Post blames the Koch brothers for Mr. Binz’s misfortunes. But if they’re looking for big money as the source of his woes, they should look no further than the $100 billion price tag Germany’s flopped energy policy has imposed on its citizens.