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Krauthammer On Obama's Algae Policy: "I Think He's On To Something"

Charles Krauthammer responds to President Obama's suggestion that the U.S. turn to algae for energy production. After making his case, Krauthammer goes head-to-head with Washington Post columnist Charles Lane who defends Obama's energy policy.

"I was impressed by the president's analysis of this situation where we have no control over the global price of oil," Charles Krauthammer said. "We're dependent on oil from unfriendlies. And he says, as we heard, drilling for oil to relieve our dependency is not a solution, it's not a plan. He said we have to go to clean energy. He talks about something really revolutionary today. Algae. A $14 million grant for the development of algae. It's not oil. His solution is algae. And because we know that the Secretary of Energy is physicist that won the Nobel Prize, the president knowing this stuff said that one of the reasons we should do this is because we can grow algae here in the United States."

"Now, it happens that algae will grow on anywhere on earth. I looked it up while I was away for those three days. You thought I was sunning myself. I did research. It grows in oceans, in lakes and ponds, in your swimming pool when the pool man is on vacation. In snow, in ice, on soil, on turtles, on sloths, the bark of trees and rocks. Why are we drilling for oil? We are the Saudi Arabia of rocks. We have a mountain range called the Rockies and we are allowing ourselves to be dominated by these oil producers. I think he's on to something here that is truly revolutionary. Why would you build a pipeline, the Keystone pipeline with real oil from Canada to put in real refineries and put in real existing cars when you can do algae? I think he is on to something. And I think this shows the vision, the hope and change he promised in 2008."

"Tongue out of cheek," host Bret Baier joked.

"I'm sorry that I brought the level of discussion so low," Krauthammer joked back.

Krauthammer then took Charles Lane to task after the opinion columnist tried to make the case that domestic energy creation has increased under Obama.

"Obama argues against oil because he's right, it's not going to happen overnight. But conservatives and Republicans have argued for 25 years to open up the Arctic. And what do Democrats argue in the '80s and the '90s and the last decade? 'Oh, it will take three years or five.' Well, that was quarter century ago and they blocked it every year. The Clinton administration stopped it every year. And still today, after a quarter of a century, 'Oh, it's not going to happen tomorrow.' Of course not. But there is a history here of reducing domestic production in the United Sates. And that's the reason we're in the hole we are," Krauthammer said.

"Well, Charles it is a fact that thanks to North Dakota domestic production of oil in the United States has risen in Obama's term. Maybe he didn't do anything to help it but while he was there it went up," Charles Lane said to Krauthammer in an attempt to size him up.

"But why deny the opportunity to double and triple that increase?" Krauthammer shot back.

"I don't know that there's a policy ready in hand to make it happen," Lane answered.

"How about the Arctic Wildlife Refuge? How about drilling on continental coast of the Atlantic or the Pacific? All these are shut down by the Democrats," Krauthammer reminded Lane.

"Well, look, there some Republican governors who have been around called Jeb Bush who weren't crazy about drilling off of Florida either," Lane said.

"Crazy or not, the regulations are made in Washington," Krauthammer said.

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