Lead in, by Brad Schaeffer at Big Hollywood on May 2:
Anyone watching today's installment of ABC's morning news program This Week had to feel some measure of pity for out-spoken left wing elite Bill Maher, making his first appearance on the show as a round table guest.
The condescending comic left the warm cocoon of his Real Time studio (which he routinely packs with like-minded far-left guests and an obsequious studio audience one would think hand-picked by moveon.org) and made the horrific blunder of allowing his abject ignorance and ideological blindness to be systematically exposed by the dissecting and relentless cross-examinations of conservative thinker George Will. And on network television no less!
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The acerbic Maher is used to making outrageous and factually empty statements on his HBO talk-show and getting nothing but an approving nod from his guests and howls of affirmation from his unwashed peanut gallery in return. But when he made this claim: "I could criticize America in general for not attacking this problem [dependency on fossil fuels] in the Seventies. I mean, Brazil got off oil in the last thirty years we certainly could've," he was woefully ill-prepared to be called out on it by the acutely observant Will who pressed him: "Bill, can you just explain to me in what sense Brazil 'got off oil'?"
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It was an uncomfortable moment of reality TV as Maher played the proverbial deer in headlights. "Uh...I believe they did. I believe they, in the Seventies they had a program to use sugar cane ethanol and I believe that is what fuels their country." A Ralph Kramden "hamana-hamana" could not have betrayed less command of the issue. Will promptly reminded the comedian: "They still burn a lot of oil and have a lot of it off-shore."
In case Maher needs some help, EIA statistics show that Brazil produces 2.4 million barrels of oil per day and consumes roughly 2.52mm bpd-ranking it #8 on the list of oil consuming nations....