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Damn the facts and costs, full speed ahead

We often talk about how poorly we’re served by our political class.  The examples are legion (just take a gander at the “Gang of 8’s” travesty of an immigration bill).  But most puzzling about what they do is when there are real world examples of why what they propose is doomed to costly failure, they go ahead anyway.  Hubris?  Arrogance?  Ideology? A giant dollop of all?

Take Obama’s latest – his late entry into the climate change nonsense just as everyone else has realized it’s a costly boondoggle and are pulling out.  For example:

In May, Europe’s heads of state and government at the EU Summit promoted shale gas and reduced energy prices. They would rather promote competition than stop global warming.

Obama just returned from Northern Ireland at the G8 meeting where he evidently didn’t ask why the United Kingdom removed climate change from the agenda.

European carbon markets had collapsed with the price of carbon hitting record lows, wrecking the European Union’s trading scheme for industrial CO2 emissions.

British Gas owner Centrica was buying up shale gas drilling rights in Lancashire for fracking operations. Green investors faced bankruptcy as Spain cut subsidies even further.

Large German companies such as Siemens and Bosch abandoned the solar industry, which had lost them billions, while investments in failed solar companies, including Q-Cells and SolarWorld, destroyed 21 billion euros of capital.

In response, German Chancellor Angela Merkel told a June energy conference in Berlin to expect reduced government spending on energy like wind and solar power to keep Germany economically competitive. Europe’s clean energy economy had become a black hole eating euros.

Last week, Merkel’s government warned EU member states that German car makers would shut down production in their countries unless they support more affordable vehicle emissions rules.

At the same time, our oblivious president spoke at Berlin’s Brandenburg Gate, saying, “The United States will “do more,” before it’s “too late” to prevent “dangerous” global warming.

Yeah.  We’ll do “more”.  Meanwhile, everyone else has decided to do much less or … nothing.  And that “more” Obama is talking about?  Well, apparently it’s time to wreck another industry:

Myron Ebell, director of the Center for Energy and Environment at the Competitive Enterprise Institute, told me, “The centerpiece of President Obama’s climate plan is a declaration of all-out war on coal. The only affordable way to reduce emissions from existing coal-fired power plants – which now provide 40 percent of the nation’s electricity – is to close them down.”

Obama’s plan has political implications as well, Ebell said. “Coal dominates the heartland states that tend to vote Republican. Major industries are located there because coal produces cheap electricity. If electric rates go up to California levels in the heartland, where will American manufacturing go?”

Good question, no?  Answer: he doesn’t really care.  Seriously.  This is all about ideology.  Blinders on, facts ignored, examples discarded, it’s about legacy and “saving the world from itself” even if he has to do so autocratically.  Because, you know, that Constitution thingie just get’s in the way of good governance … or something.


15 Responses to Damn the facts and costs, full speed ahead

    England…blessed with both coal and oil…could well be going dark over the delusional energy move it made in honoring the witch-doctor religion of the Collective.
    I was struck by the madness when I learned that England is IMPORTING timber from our Northwest to burn for electrical generation.  Ye gods…!!!

  • Punish your enemies….

  • I love Obama. He’s the best at punishing the people for voting for him.
    More please.

  • The results from Spain’s “green job” fiasco were just coming in when Obama took office.  It showed they lost 3 jobs for every “green job” created.
    Going ahead with more energy initiatives was a given.
    What’s really scary is that Obama hasn’t changed a thing in the agenda he proposed at the end of 2007.  Sure they timelines aren’t the same but there have been no new ideas.
    Even the “Panic of 2008” didn’t really change anything.  It merely gave a vehicle to propel the agenda.
    The minions are just happy to continue on without questioning any part.   The “science is settled” and their consensus are all that matter.
    If a world ending comet were detected heading for the Earth this evening, that DC would just go on trying to pass the immigration bill, as if it really mattered any more

  • Hubris?  Arrogance?  Ideology?

    Or is it failure by intention?

    Can we all just switch to nuclear power now and get it over with?

  • I’ve been writing this week about Obama’s war on America, the war that Obama has his heart in. If you’re going to fight a war, you need troops, and Obama has staffed his administration and supposedly independent regulatory agencies with loyalists. Enter Ron Binz.
    This week Obama nominated Ron Binz, the former Chairman of the Colorado Public Utilities Commission (CoPUC), to be the Chairman of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. In keeping with many of Obama’s appointments, Binz is a far-left ideologue.

    So much for “pragmatic centrist Obama”.  Like that was EVER true.

  • “Obama is a man of ideas. And he has surrounded himself with men and women who share his ideas. For Obama and his advisers, what matters are not the facts, but the theoretical assumptions – the ideas – that determine their policies. If they like an idea, if they find it ideologically attractive, then they base their policies on it. Consequences and observable reality are no match for their ideas. To serve their ideas, reality can be deliberately distorted. Facts can be ignored, or denied.” —Caroline Glick
    Yep.  That about covers it.

  • According to articles available in the Internet, 14,000 wind turbines have
    been abandoned in the US; many in high wind energy locations such as Hawaii. 

    As to nuclear energy, the new generation plants are much safer by design;
    the old designs much safer than believed as with the partial meltdown at TMI
    that was contained in the vessel.  I worked in the nuclear field for 41 years
    and the biggest problem is administration.  Management is responsible for safety
    and keeping the units on line for profits.  I have seen people, including
    myself, who have been penalized for placing safety first; to error on the side
    of safety.  Reactor operations needs to be under the NRC just as air flight
    controllers are under the FAA.  I have written to elected officials for years
    about instituting this, but I have been ignored.  With air flight controllers,
    the airport can be shutdown for safety reasons and it is hard for the airport
    management to “get” to the decision makers.  In reactor operations your career
    is in the back of your mind when making a decision.  I evacuated a facility
    based on instrument readings that I was pretty sure were being impacted by
    welding in the area, but I would not obtain confrontation via any of our methods
    of communications.  So . . .

  • My USDA rabbit license requirement has taken another ridiculous twist. I just received an 8 page letter from the USDA, telling me that by July 29 I need to have in place a written disaster plan, detailing all the steps I would take to help get my rabbit through a disaster, such as a tornado, fire, flood, etc. They not only want to know how I will protect my rabbit during a disaster, but also what I will do after the disaster, to make sure my rabbit gets cared for properly. I am not kidding–before the end of July I need to have this written rabbit disaster plan in place, or I am breaking the law. 

    In his email message, Hahne also explained the timeline via which he must comply: 1) the new regulation became effective Jan. 30, 2012; 2) the written plan must be completed by July 29, 2013; 3) Hahne and his wife, Brenda, must be trained to implement the plan as written; and 4) the written plan must be available for review by USDA inspectors by Sept. 28, 2013.

    • I suggest a vacuum bag in the freezer.  Provided, of course, that you have a back-up generator.  Your bunny should do fine.

  • Green pressure group Friends of the Earth is preparing a bitter legal battle to try to block Britain’s trillion-pound shale gas bonanza. It wants to prevent any exploitation of this vast new reserve of cheap, clean energy forever and is already fighting to stop all exploratory test drilling.–lights-141-YEARS.html#ixzz2XjoYWwnh

    Compared to these witch-doctors, the Druids were Sons of the Enlightenment…