Energy Then And Now

Once, America was an energy powerhouse. Coal, oil, natural gas, hydroelectric power, and later, nuclear power generation brought reasonably priced energy to our people, spurring a lasting economic pace that reshaped and bettered the whole world. Then the Leftists emerged and systematically attacked all parts of the system and America’s energy resources were, one by one, made unnecessarily costly and difficult to bring to we, the People.

Energy Then And Now
Energy Then And Now

And just what do these jabbering Leftists have to replace America’s tried and true means of energy production? To-date all they have are drug-fueled fantasies and delusions stemming from the cognitive inability to differentiate between science-fiction and science-fact.

This is fact. Wind, solar, and geothermal power, along with the various alternative fuels are not ready for the market and none of them can survive as commercial concerns on their own merits. In many cases even extreme levels of government subsidies and tax breaks aren’t enough to ensure their commercial viability. Additionally, many of these means of harnessing energy by non-standard means have negative consequences that haven’t been nearly well enough researched or mitigated as of yet.

Of course, the Leftists, especially the Eco-Left elements, don’t care about that. If anything, they view these failings as positive things since their agenda is more about destroying America as it is and rebuilding it as something fundamentally different than about solving for America’s energy issues.

Global Sustainability requires the deliberate quest of poverty, reduced resource consumption and set levels of mortality control.

— Prof. Maurice King, MD,FRCP, FRCS
University of Leeds

That’s a large part of why they rejected Energy Independence in favor of Global Warming as a platform to work with in order to reach their goals. Their goals had and continue to have little or nothing to do with solving the energy / fuel situation.

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NOTE: None of the above should be construed as my saying that new forms of energy production shouldn’t be researched or that our government shouldn’t help fund that research. I’m completely in favor of both research and government help with funding that research.

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Solving For Urban Crime

[SinglePic not found] Solving for urban crime should be approached kind of like how the Romans used to conquer little villages in the Mediterranean. Theyd go into a little Turkish town somewhere; theyd find the first five guys they saw and they would crucify them. And then you know that town was really easy to manage for the next few years.

And so you make examples out of people who are, in this case, not compliant with the law. Find people who are not compliant with the law, and you hit them as hard as you can and you make examples out of them, and there is a deterrent effect there.

And, neighborhoods that are smart see that; they dont want to play that game, and they decide at that point that its time to clean up. And, that wont happen unless you have somebody out there making examples of people. So you go out, you look at an neighborhood, you find people violating the law, you go aggressively after them.

That’s my philosophy for solving for urban crime. You go into the ghettos and you crucify a few of the thugs. You make examples out of them and the rest of the hood toes the line.

And we do have some pretty effective enforcement tools. Compliance can get very high, very, very quickly.

You Can’t Do That!

The kindest, gentlest, and most civil cry from the Liberals and their minority tenants would be, “You can’t do that!” Most responses to this philosophy for solving for the Urban Crime question would be far more vicious and vitriolic, with some quarters making various threats of violence and insurrection in response to such practices.

Their response is, of course laughable – though history and current events have both shown Americans that the threats of violence from certain sorts must be taken seriously and dealt with accordingly – because their response is not based upon any sort of objective logic or moral standards.

Simply replace any reference I made to Urban Crime with violations of the EPA’s convoluted regulations and replace any references to neighborhoods or people with oil and gas companies and you have the statement that the EPA’s Region VI Administrator, Al Armendariz about his way of conducting operations in Texas.

Hear any Liberals or their minority tenants crying about tyranny, despotism, the police state, or anything over Al Armendariz’s way of running the EPA in his region? I sincerely doubt it.

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The Flat-Earth Crowd

Obama just loves insulting Americans. He loves to call us: bitter,lazy, selfish, and the always popular with him and his sort, racist. This is an odd view for someone who claimed he wanted to bring us all together, but it’s not an odd position for this petulant, narcissistic little boy play-acting at being a man to hold.

If some of these folks were around when Columbus set sail, they probably must have been founding members of the flat earth society.

— Barack Obama
March 15, 2012

The boy’s latest “quips,” describing the vast majority of Americans who disagree with the direction Obama is trying to steer our energy sector into as stupid “Flat-Earthers” is par for the course and perfectly in keeping with Campaigner-in-Chief’s politics of division.

Flat Earth
That’s What Happens When You Let The Powder Monkey Navigate

It’s quite, though unintentionally, apropos that the boy referenced Christopher Columbus when describing his own efforts to explore “green energy” technologies.

Columbus never achieved his goal of finding a new route to the spice rich Orient; his four voyages all ended in failure; at one point was arrested and imprisoned for multiple atrocities; and he eventually died a pauper and the subject of jokes.

That sounds familiar… 😉

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An Ill Wind Blows

failure should be painful and it seemingly is for Obama.There’s an ill wind blowing, both from the from the clean-energy program from last years Stimulus and from some of Obama’s erstwhile Democrats in the Senate. It’s carrying the wreak of failure and internal dissent straight into the face of President Obama and his Treasury Secretary, Timothy Geithner.

It seems that the renewable energy grants included in the Stimulus are stimulating other countries’ economies instead America’s and various Democrats in the Senate are rightfully angered by this.

From Politico:

Democratic Sens. Chuck Schumer of New York, Bob Casey of Pennsylvania, Sherrod Brownof Ohioand Jon Tester of Montana announced Wednesday a new initiative to require the “Buy America” provision of the stimulus to all programs, not just the government ones. A study done by the Investigative Reporting Workshop found that 79 percent of the $2 billion in clean-energy grants allocated since Sept. 1, 2009, has gone to foreign wind companies.

“We are demanding the Obama administration suspend this program immediately …[and] indefinitely,” Schumer said. “We are sending a letter to Secretary [Timothy]Geithner asking him to halt all payouts for this program until we in Congress can go back and fix this law.”

The senators highlighted a wind farm project in west Texas, which received stimulus aid and is projected to create 3,000 jobs in China and a tenth as many in the United States.

“Some of us complained about this to the administration back in November when this project was first announced, so it’s not that they don’t know about it, but the Energy Department in their reply said they were powerless to stop it because projects like this are automatically eligible for the grants. That answer is not good enough,” Schumer said. “The goal of the stimulus is to strengthen the American economy, and that means creating jobs here in the U.S. not in China.”

That’s right; 79% of the $2 billion in clean-energy grants allocated through the Stimulus since Sept. 1, 2009, have gone to foreign wind companies. That’s $1.58 billion of the American taxpayers’ money going into the coffers of foreign companies.

It’s shockingly refreshing and somewhat heartening to see at least some of the Democrats in Congress not bowing and scraping to Obama and actually looking out for Americans.

At least it proves that President Obama’s claims that the Stimulus and renewable energy would each create jobs was true, at least in a Rovian sense; just the bulk of them won’t be American jobs.

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Go Juice!

Coffee – the dark and invigorating brew that fuels Americans every morning – could soon be providing energy to far more than just our bodies and minds. Engineers at the University of Nevada have proven that used coffee grounds can be effectively used as a source for both biodiesel and solid fuel pellets.

Details of their findings can be found here [PDF].

Every 1,000,000 pounds of coffee grounds can produce just slightly over 13,900 gallons of biodiesel and 847,600 lbs of solid fuel pellets. Since Starbucks generates an estimated 210,000,000 – yes, 210 million – pounds of spent coffee grounds per year in the US, the researchers at the University of Nevada believe that Starbucks could amount to 2,920,000 gallons of biodiesel and 89,000 tons of fuel pellets. This would represent just slightly less than 2.00% (1.986%) of the estimated 147,000,000,000 gallons of diesel fuel required by the US and Europe annually. Now that’s some go juice!

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