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Saturday, April 16, 2011

You Decide

Here's a (liberal) NPR reporter's take on Congressman Paul Ryan's effort to control government spending, GOP resentment for his doing so, and the reaction of the American people to cutting everything they dearly love:
I mean, a lot of those Republicans are asking themselves: Are we going to follow this guy off the plank for a bill that would cut Medicare, upset a lot of Americans after he ducks and covers from a vote he made? ... I mean, it comes down to that and the fact that this is such an unpopular idea.
That is the liberal media take on circumstances, right?  Paul Ryan's proposed budget is despised by the American people, Republicans are running away from him because it means cuts in Medicare, and Obama will triumph because the people will see the GOP as overreaching and miserly.


Two of today's headlines sorta poke holes in that theme:

You want a do-over, sweetheart?

I've Been Waiting For This

Not just the release of the eagerly-awaited "Atlas Shrugged, Part I" movie, but a comparison drawn between its central theme (as I presume it to be, having not seen it) and our present day circumstance here in the USA, where some 42 million Americans are drawing food stamps, fully one-third of all adult American males are unemployed, prices at the pump and at the grocery counter are rising at an alarming rate, the federal debt has mushroomed to amounts no human can contemplate, and the moochers and looters among us demand more of the same.

And here it is:

Don't miss the Wagneresque background music.  Appropriate considering our present circumstances.

And make the central theme of Ayn Rand's work - as depicted, hopefully, in a film now showing at a theater near you - your way of life.

Lastly, use it to bring change to this tortured country of ours, before it's too late:

Hope and change.  Both are in our hands on Election Day.  The Day of Reckoning.

While They Dream of Windmills and Solar Panels ...

... there is an uncompromising reality that the rest of us have to deal with. Solar, wind - and biofuels - are but games they play to make them feel better about themselves.

Put together "green energy" doesn't produce squat.

And is expensive beyond the average person's ability to obtain.

Not that that reality will keep them from dreaming their silly dreams.

But to the sane world, here's a cold-water splash in the face from Kimberley A. Strassel, in showcasing Chevron CEO John Watson:
For decades—going back to Jimmy Carter—politicians have been peddling an America free of fossil fuels. Mr. Obama has taken that to an unprecedented level, closing off more acreage to drilling, pouring money into green energy, pushing new oil company taxes, instituting anticarbon regulations. America is going backward on affordable energy, even as oil hits $110 a barrel.

Enter the tall, bespectacled Mr. Watson, who a little more than a year ago stepped into the shoes of longtime CEO David O'Reilly. An economist by training, soft-spoken by nature, the 53-year-old Mr. Watson is hardly some swaggering wildcatter. Yet in a year of speeches, he has emerged as one of the industry's foremost energy realists. No "Beyond Petroleum" (BP) for him. On energy, he says, America "has a lot to learn."

Mr. Watson has little time for the Beltway fiction that America will soon be able to do without, or nearly without, fossil fuels. Yes, "we need all forms of energy." But the world consumes 250 million barrels of energy equivalent today, only a "tiny fraction of which" is wind and solar—and even those "are not affordable at scale," he says.

As for biofuels, "we would need to consume land the size of states" to hit the country's current ethanol targets. Chevron is investigating biofuels, but Mr. Watson says the "economics aren't there" yet. Unlike many CEOs, Mr. Watson insists on products that can prosper without federal subsidies, which he believes are costly and lacking in transparency when "consumer pockets are tight, government pockets are tight."

Bottom line: "We're going to need oil and gas and coal for a long time if America wants to keep the lights on."

That pretty much sums up the broader choice America faces on energy policy. It can listen to the Washington siren song on alternative energy, pouring scarce dollars into green subsidies, driving up the cost of energy, and driving out U.S. manufacturing and jobs. Or it can embrace our own fossil fuel resources, which are cheap and plentiful.

"What I see are people who want affordable energy," says Mr. Watson. "They want strong environmental standards—they want a lot of things—but first and foremost they want affordable energy. And if you want affordable energy, you want oil, gas and coal." [link]
First and foremost humankind needs affordable energy.   Absent that, nothing else matters.

It Is a Beautiful Day

How many times have you heard this?

"Words have meaning."

Well, here's a wonderful example of how that impacts our lives:

"It's only words. And words are all I have, to take
Your heart away."

The Bee Gees, 1968