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Saturday, January 28, 2012
Wake up and smell the oil, Americans
Spain, a cash strapped socialist country on the verge of bankruptcy, just announced that they are discontinuing the government subsidies to green energy concerns: they just don't have the money anymore to chase this Utopian idiocy.
Spain has for the past fifteen years spent an enormous amount of money trying to encourage its citizens to buy green, think green, spend green and breathe green. And now they are completely broke, after chasing this stupid dream for so long. They had to give up and smell the coffee - there is no economically feasible alternative to coal, petroleum, natural gas and nuclear energy. None. And it only took them fifteen years.
What lessons have we Americans learned from Spain's misery? We haven't learned bumpkus. Jack squat, zilch, nada, zippo. We as a nation still subsidize corn energy (ethanol), solar energy (the Solyndra's of the world), wind power, just to name a few of the offending dream energy sources.
And by subsidizing these Utopian dream sources of energy, we are spending TRILLIONS that we don't have on this futile effort. Like the Spaniards, we are told that we need to think green, to recycle our milk cartons, juice boxes, newspaper and the like. If you give this idiocy even a moment's thought, you will realize that all of this recycling we are doing is accomplishing two things: 1) giving the dolts who buy into the failed concept a feeling that they are doing their part in saving the planet, and 2) employing a guy (or two guys) for driving around all day wasting money and spending tax payer dollars doing it. That's it. That's all we get for our green effort, and it's not even arguable.
How much do you think it costs to have a guy (or two guys) driving a great big diesel powered recycling truck around picking up in your recycling bins what amounts to simple garbage? And maintaining that truck, and insuring that truck, and providing that guy (or two guys) a pension in their old age? Hmmmmm? And what do they produce for all of this? Recycled materials such as bags, floor mats and an endless parade of 'green recycled' products? How much would these green products cost to produce them the good old fashioned way? You know, buying raw materials and manufacturing the stuff. I would hazard a guess that it costs HALF as much as those recycled chatchkies that the greenies want to foist on us.
The chasing of green energy is simply a make-work program paid for by us taxpayers, and it's time we stopped flushing money down the drain chasing these simpleton, ineffective Utopian programs. Americans, it's time to wake up and smell the oil.