Along those lines, here's Sixth District congressional candidate Sam Rasoul's solution to another very serious - and worsening - emergency:
Rasoul outlines his energy policies
By Mason Adams, the Roanoke Times
Sixth District congressional candidate Sam Rasoul said Wednesday that the United States must invest more money in alternative energy sources and energy efficiency to protect national security and spur the economy.
Rasoul, a Democrat who is challenging Republican incumbent Bob Goodlatte, R-Roanoke County, said during a news conference at the Roanoke County-Salem Jail that the country missed an opportunity to achieve energy independence during the gas crisis of the 1970s, but failed to follow up and now buys nearly 70 percent of its oil from other countries.
"I now call on Americans to rally around a national energy revolution," Rasoul said. "My focus will be on the importance of energy diversification as a national security issue, how an energy solution can fuel economic growth for decades to come ..." (link)
And I call upon the Red Sea to part.
I have to tell you, I get a kick out of reading the details of these "energy policies" being put forth by Democrats these days. Mark Warner's comprehensive and complex fantasy comes to mind. These guys are falling all over themselves trying to come up with a meaningful solution to the world's energy shortage that doesn't include the energy generation sources that currently produce 99.5% of the world's power - coal, gas, oil, and nuclear. They instead focus on that 0.5% - biomass, wind, and solar. The "alternative energy sources" that Rasoul refers to.
Zero point five percent.
With the emphasis on the zero.
I hate to burst their bubble but estimates show that, even if the wind, solar, and biomass industries are infused with massive amounts of (taxpayers') investment capital, bringing about 10% growth per year to each, the percentage of power generated by the three will still only amount to 1% of the total by the year 2030.
This comes from Reuters:
So this Rasoul character is going to solve the planet's energy emergency by ... rubbing two sticks together. Or the equivalent thereof.
Despite the growing popularity of renewable energy sources -- top competitors like BP and Chevron Corp. dabble in it -- Exxon Mobil Corp. has shied away from investing in solar and wind energy, arguing that the business is viable only with Uncle Sam's help.
Exxon estimates solar and wind energy demand will grow at a 10 percent rate annually over the next 25 years, but only on the back of government subsidies and tax breaks to spur investment in cleaner, environment-friendly energy sources.
Strip out the handouts, and investing in wind and solar energy would be nonstarters, the manager of Exxon's energy demand and supply forecasting division told Reuters last week.
Exxon says that even if the economics made sense, solar and wind energy would stand to make up only a tiny slice of a company that posted nearly $300 billion (165 billion pounds) in annual revenues last year, surpassing the gross domestic product of countries like Indonesia and Austria.
That's because solar and wind energy will together only command 1 percent of the total energy mix in 2030 despite growing at a fast clip, from a roughly 0.5 percent share now, Exxon estimates. (link)
That's going to solve our problems? Please. Don't insult our intelligence.