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“progressives” Don’t Care if Americans Suffer at the Pump

There’s widespread consensus in the United States that America needs to become less dependent on foreign oil. America’s growing, ongoing dependence on foreign sources puts her at ever-greater risk in an unstable world. This instability drives the costs higher.

Progressives who feel an overwhelming compulsion to immediately replace America’s existing carbon economy with a green one couldn’t be happier with the higher costs. The current administration and fellow progressives continue to push America towards the green end, come what may. Stiffer regulations on auto makers, stifling EPA regulations on energy producers, refusals by the White House to permit development of domestic resources, quid quo pro government funded paybacks to big “progressive” campaign donors involved in green energy companies litter the landscape.

While such progressive actions may eventually “nudge” America towards green energies, they’re hurting the American economy at exactly the wrong time…the very moment when there’s a tepid turn towards possible recovery from a painfully deep recession that’s led to unacceptably high levels of long term unemployment.

America’s public and industrial infrastructures are based on the use of conventional fuels: petroleum, natural gas, coal and nuclear power. While there are moves to convert more public sector automobiles and mass transportation vehicles to natural gas, the overwhelming majority of Americans drive or ride in vehicles that burns gasoline or diesel fuel. Natural gas and heating oil are used in furnaces to heat homes and places of business. Coal, natural gas and nuclear plants generate electricity which powers countless devices, the uses of which are taken for granted every day. Coal, natural gas and petroleum products power American’s industrial complex, the base of her economic engine. Clearly, America’s economy depends very heavily on these existing sources of power. These methods of providing and consuming energy are all deeply ingrained into America’s businesses, manufacturing and home life.

It’s entirely impractical to expect to change the method of powering an entire society of over 300 million people overnight. It’s going to take a lot of time to finish such a task. More time than most people realize. Indeed, far more than is believed by those who continue living in “progressive” fantasyland. First, before making any such transition becomes practical, green energy alternatives must become economically competitive with conventional fuels. Today, they are not.

In the meantime, what energy’s going to be used in the manufacture, delivery and installation of all those windmills, solar panels, turbines, generators and power grid needed to provide renewable energy to the public, the renewable energy delivery system that has yet to be built? No, sorry. Traditional fuels will generate the energy that’s going to be used.

Why does America continue to spend hundreds of billions of dollars on foreign energy? Why isn’t the United States keeping those billions of dollars at home, in its own economy? At a time when millions of Americans are out of work and the economy is starving for liquid capital, why isn’t the United States taking advantage of its own wealth of natural resources?

Why does this progressive government continuously oppose giving Americans jobs drilling for oil and natural gas or digging for coal? Why does this “progressive” government persistently fight putting people to work building refineries and power plants? What does this progressive government have against giving energy employees jobs delivering oil, coal and natural gas to consumers? How many peripheral jobs will be created in the process? For every new oil well, power plant, refinery or mine built there will be a need to build new roads, restaurants, stores, churches, schools, and housing. All brought to you courtesy of the private sector.

In the interest of national security and job creation, America should put Americans back to work delivering American energy to Americans. This is the only way the United States economy will be able to afford making whatever “investments” in green energy make economic sense.

Meanwhile, the very people who argue that they’re the ones who care about the little guy will force those little guys to pay increasingly higher gas prices until they’ve submitted to the prescribed “change”. Demonstrably, progressives don’t care if Americans suffer at the pump.

http://mjfellright.wordpress.com/2012/02/20/progressives-dont-care-if-americans-suffer-at-the-pump/

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  2. STEPHANIE C. says:

    …and on one note and not to be a complete hater on Germany right now. But have your brother’s back man. How are you going to kick Greece out of Europe? I stand behind Greece saying see you in Hell. My SDSU labor economics class was half filled with Germans and all they did was bitch and complain and then come to the test whip out their iphones to get the answers. The one guy says to me after class when I called him out that I must have been the only one in the row of them that wasn’t. WTF?! So as far as their credibility with me. Fail!

  3. DJ Redman says:

    “Today, I want new scientific findings to be included in the climate debate,” Vahrenholt told an interviewer from the German Spiegel Online. “It would then become clear that the simple equation that CO2 and other man-made greenhouse gases are almost exclusively responsible for climate change is unsustainable. It hasn’t gotten any warmer on this planet in almost 14 years, despite continued increases in CO2 emissions. Established climate science has to come up with an answer to that.”

    • DJ Redman says:

      Ouch, in a heaping helping dose of reality, John Ransom sums it up all-too-well,

      “It’s better that we leave the science to the true experts: radical, Gender Studies graduates who blog for environmental web sites and know how to upload pictures of polar bears and genuflect in the left direction.

  4. STEPHANIE C. says:

    OR INSTEAD OF RE-INVESTING OUR MONEY IN A DESTRUCTIVE, OLD, PROVEN TO BE DETREMENTAL TO EVERYONE ON EARTH THROUGH WAR AND POLLUTION….WE INVEST IN A BRIGHTER IDEA. THEY’RE OUT THERE. SUGGESTIONS??? WATCH OUT THEY MAY SOUND SIMILAR TO SOME OTHER IDEAS OUT THERE…LIKE SOLAR POWER AND WIND ENERGY…ALONG WITH MANY OTHER HIGHER-TECH THINGS. GET AN IMAGINATION! GEEEEZ

    • DJ Redman says:

      Stephanie: When looking at “alternatives” in any free market system, one must consider a little thing known as “cost effectiveness.” For example, Germany’s Angela Merkel just announced that they will abandon the Solar energy fraud, simply because it can not supply Germany with enough “affordable” energy.

      Same thing with “Wind power” salesmen: They seem to refuse to answer the questions like what happens when the wind doesn’t blow? What keeps those windmills from freezing up? Hint: without that nasty-earth-destroying fossil fuel that you denounce so simplistically, windmills can not operate. Then there is the fact that the rare-earth minerals required to manufacture such things as electric car batteries and solar panels are just that “rare.”

      When talking about imagination, let’s start with ‘imagining” what will happen if the whole world relied on green energy’s rare earth minerals to produce electricity, and there simply was not enough to do it. What then?

      Of course when naive,misinformed green energy worshipers are also exposed to the skyrocketing energy prices Obama has promised America, they will freak out when they find out they can’t have air conditioning or heat at certain times of the day because the fraud known as green energy simply can not keep up with the demands of the entire country. Not to mention the fact that the middle class won’t be able to afford it without depending on the nanny-state government to give them “subsidies.” YES the rotten, evil big oil subsidies everyone hates so much will have to be given to the average family just to heat their homes,cook, do laundry etc.

      • STEPHANIE C. says:

        What first world problems we will have…no AC!?!

        With mass production clean energy will only become cheaper with time. Like your flat-screen TVs…from Unaffordable to enie-mini-miny-moe.

        So yes, the infrastructure is there for Fossil Fuels making it easier, but not better. We want a direction that will be progressive not destructive. The complete opposite of progress would be to invest in a failing company that is losing it’s edge.

        We could use the money to subsidize efficient energy until the infrastructure is in place. I’m willing to sacrifice to make this world a better place. That’s what it’s all about.

        You want to pollute…then pay a pollution tax. Have a cap on emmissions and pay for more emmissions. This could fund the green energy movement!!

        STARTaSKATERchicREVOLUTION.COM

        • DJ Redman says:

          Ok so you are ready to start paying for alternative energy programs that can’t supply the energy to run this country. Congratulations! Turn off your computer, shut down your electricity, and live in a dark cave, while the rest of us will enjoy reasonable electric rates, gas prices and freedom from corrupt greedy-crony-green energy scam artists like Al Gore and Obama’s Solyndra pay for play taxpayer fraud. Ya see, when all is said and done, it isn’t about saving the planet, it is about power and greed, that is all the green energy fraudsters are concerned about. Europe bought into the green energy fraud for decades… yet right now there is new oil and gas pipelines being built to deliver oil and gas from Russia to Europe. Why is that? Because they finally see the ignorance inherent in and ripe with fraud and waste of trillions of dollars spent for green energy, while it still can’t deliver enough energy to run Europe. Matter of fact, that lovely sounding “alternative energy” can’t even supply 10% of what Europe needs. Even the most naive people see the truth in those facts.

          Everyone wants to start a phony “revolution” today while completely ignoring the facts and realities of the green energy fraud being imposed upon economies throughout the world.

          • STEPHANIE C. says:

            change our work week to 4 days a week.
            have 3 day weekends being more family oriented.
            Save X amount of energy by having a longer work day 4x week.
            Cutting out a full day of traffic multiplied by 52 weeks.
            …I could look it up?

            but this is what I mean. We are brilliant creatures meant to maintain and live and thrive! We invented a way to source power. WE are divine and wonderful creations that can come up with an alternative a solution a better world.

            WE CAN MAKE A POSITIVE CHANGE. IF YOU WON’T I WILL.

            ACT LOCAL. THINK GLOBAL.

    • DJ Redman says:

      Explain to us “old and detrimental” folks just what war has to do with the global warming fearmonger and get-rich-quick scams of today please?

      • STEPHANIE C. says:

        A better question would be what doesn’t have to do with war.Our nations GNP is mostly made up of war products profit. We make money off distributing war-related arms. Maybe we could distribute something that doesn’t, you know, blow people up?

        …But that’s besides the point.

        Anyways, so what does war have to do with the global warming and the get-rich- quick schemes of today? Nothing. Your saying we need to not invest in alternative energy because we still have efficient energy. Well. Then you die and I’m fucked. Thanks for playing.

        See. It matters to me. It matters to me that myself, my nephews, and my grandchildren all have a breath of fresh air. The peace of mind that goes with knowing my friendly microwave that warmed my nice tea didn’t come at the price of soldiers lives, and acid-rain related mutations in plants that I ate.

        Truth.
        Love.
        Integrity.
        Respect for all life.
        Light.