WE LACK A STRATEGIC ENERGY POLICY
June 26, 2008
President George Bush, Senate majority leader Harry Reid, House leader Nancy Pelosi, and the remainder of our U.S. Congress stumble and bumble into the future without a clue or a concept of a “National Strategic Energy Policy.”
That’s why we suffer $4.16 a gallon for gas. That’s why diesel hit $4.69 last week! That’s the reason for natural gas prices shooting through the roof! That’s why electricity costs grow like weeds in a junk yard! And fellow Americans: winter lurks around the corner!
Ever hear of the Peter Principle? Lawrence Peter explained it in the 1960s whereby most western people rise to their highest level of incompetence. Once they arrive, they make everyone’s life miserable because they cannot overcome their inability to manage their position.
George Bush stands as one of THE most incompetent presidents of all time. Senator Harry Reid couldn’t lead his way out of a paper bag! Pelosi acts like a bag lady as she sits with gavel in hand but few leadership qualities. Worse, Americans continue voting these Peter Principle pariahs back into office!
How, pray tell, did we devolve our nation into the clutches of this energy crisis?
Our president and Congress remain obscenely irresponsible to America! They knew about this crisis decades ago. Car manufacturers knew oil reserves depleted as humanity sucked and burned 85 million barrels of oil daily for decades. Yet, they killed the electric cars, they stifled economy cars; and, they promoted big V-8 engines with gas guzzling motors to bring on our energy crisis EVEN faster. Worse, the American public, trusting as a box of gerbils on a spinning wheel—thinking they’re going somewhere—inanely and insanely bought into bigger cars, larger engines and a less gas mileage paradigm until they found themselves in a Faustian dilemma.
Now, Obama and McCain continue with their political charade promising they work for renewable energy, wind energy and bio-fuel. What does that mean? Answer: diddily squat nothing!
Obama and McCain’s short-term, half-baked band-aid solutions pretend answers. Our nation stands nostril-deep in an energy crisis that needs a whole new paradigm shift to save our civilization—but instead; we discover both candidates offer 20th century solutions in the 21st century. Result: certain failure!
Why? Because solutions based on more drilling to find more oil won’t work.
“As we go from this happy hydrocarbon bubble we have reached now to a renewable energy resource economy, which we do this century, will the “civil” part of civilization survive? As we both know there is no way that alternative energy sources can supply the amount of per capita energy we enjoy now, much less for the 9 billion expected by 2050. And energy is what keeps this game going. We are involved in a Faustian bargain—selling our economic souls for the luxurious life of the moment, but sooner or later the price has to be paid.” Walter Youngquist
What idea might work? What new energy sources could work? Why won’t our leaders move out of old paradigms into new ones? Answer: money, power and arrogant privilege of the power brokers!
Instead of bombing Iraq and Afghanistan into the Stone Age while we spend $12 billion every 30 days, we need to spend that $12 billion every month on photovoltaic technology to create infra-red and regular sunlight power grids perhaps two square meters to set on top of cars to power their electric engines. How about super battery-powered cars that charge over night?
Solar grids need to power our engines of industry. Or, hydrogen power, or something besides ridiculous ‘bio-fuels’ that cannot give us the per capita energy we obtain from oil. As it is, we fail ourselves by burning oil, coal and natural gas until nothing remains.
Sunlight shines for another five billion years! Yes, it might take two technology breakthroughs the size of the Manhattan Project to accomplish our intentions—but we cannot succeed as we continue our war activities in third world countries. We employ 572,000 troops on 700 bases around the world at a cost of $1 trillion annually. For what? Why not bring them home and use that money for research and development?
“The U.S. must develop and sell to consumers affordable, efficient vehicles that use solar-power-charged super batteries, hydrogen cells, etc,” said Sam Flack, physicist.
How about massive wind, wave and river turbine energy going to waste daily while we idle in traffic? Why haven’t the Colorado, Arkansas, Potomac, Columbia and others rivers been harnessed with underwater turbines to catch all that power to provide electricity?
Instead of chopping down trees for paper bags and using massive quantities of oil for plastic containers—why hasn’t the nation engaged in a total recycling, 10 cent deposit/return law for all containers? Why do we keep using up over 300 billion paper and plastic bags every year that hit our dumps along with billions of plastic and aluminum cans?
How short-sighted and inept can Bush, Pelosi, Reid and Congress be? Because of our leaders’ non-action, only 30 percent of Americans recycle when economic incentives would exceed 98 percent recycling! (Michigan’s bottle, can and plastic container law exceeds 98 percent success rate.)
Finally, what topic does the media ignore like the plague?
Answer: we cannot and will not remain a viable or sustainable nation if we continue adding 200,000 immigrants, which fill two Pasadena Rose Bowls every 30 days--month in and month out, year in and year out. We cannot keep growing if we hope to maintain our civilization. We must come to terms with a stable, balanced and sustainable population.
“If present growth trends in population, industrialization, pollution, food production and resource depletion continue unchanged, the limits to growth will be reached sometime in the next 100 years.” The Club of Rome 1972
Visit ABC’s Bob Woodruff’s new web site for a discussion on our civilization’s future. He asked input from all citizens concerning the future of our planet. Go to www.earth2100.tv for a sobering reality check as to what we face and to what I have been writing about for the past 20 years. Our ‘window’ to change to a balanced population and non-polluting energy diminishes every day we ignore the symptoms manifesting all over America and the planet.
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Instead of waiting like a bunch of Blue Footed Boobies of the Galapagos Islands to be slaughtered without protest, how about raising our voices by demanding we enact a 10 year moratorium on all immigration both legal and illegal into this country. Let’s allow our stable and sustainable population to re-manifest in our nation.
It’s time for a change and your voice must be the change-agent. The most ignored and greatest issue facing America and the world in the 21st century accelerates if you fail to speak up. Let’s talk about it!
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