When it comes to Climate Change US Energy Secretary Steven Chu said the American People are like teens, and the Obama Administration as the grown-ups that need to teach the children on how to behave.
Chu said at a smart energy grid conference in Washington,D.C. “The American public…just like your teenage kids, aren’t acting in a way that they should act,” Dr. Chu said. “The American public has to really understand in their core how important this issue is.”
Chu thought the average American did not have knowledge or the will to change their behavior regarding the environment and climate change.
So the EPA is going to school. This fall the EPA will traveling to 6000 schools with the PTO Parent Teacher Organization to tech and engage kids energy efficiency and climate change.
“We’re showing people across the country how energy efficiency can be part of what they do every day,” said EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson. “Confronting climate change, saving money on our utility bills, and reducing our use of heavily-polluting energy can be as easy as making a few small changes.”
Asked about a town hall styled rebellion where the public is showed up in droves protesting Government’s Public-Option across the country this summer. Chu did not think so.
“I don’t think so…maybe I’m optimistic, but there’s very little debate” that a new green energy economy will bring economic prosperity,Chu told a group of reporters.
Later a spokesperson from the Energy Department Dan Leistkow said,
“Secretary Chu was not comparing the public to teenagers. He was saying that we need to educate teenagers about ways to save energy. He also recognized the need to educate the broader public about how important clean energy industries are to our competitive position in the global economy. He believes public officials do have an obligation to make their case to the American people on major legislation, and that’s what he’s doing.”