PROGRESSIVE ??? More Like REGRESSIVE.

Not much to add to this  excellent piece by one of my favorite sources.

From Michael Bastasch at The Daily Caller.com

ANALYSIS: We’re going backwards

I would LOVE to hear asshats like THESE complain about “skyrocketing energy costs”. I’d BITCHSLAP the stupid right out of them.

ANALYSIS: We’re going backwards.

10:00 PM  11/08/2013  by Michael Bastasch

It’s the dawn of the 21st century and the country is on the verge of what  could be the biggest energy boom in history, but out-of-control environmental  policies could drag  us back into the dark ages.

From renewable  energy mandates to  anti-genetically modified crop campaigns, extreme environmentalism and federal  overreach threaten to undo progress and turn the lights out for good.

The green energy nightmare

U.S. environmental groups, regulators and Democratic politicians have been  aggressively pushing a renewable energy agenda for the last five years, ramping  up subsidies for fossil fuels while making it harder to drill for oil and natural gas or burn  coal.

Luckily, the U.S. is in the midst of an energy boom. Skyrocketing natural-gas  production has driven down energy costs for households across the country.  However, the energy boom can be stopped in its tracks by government policies  that favor green energy and one only needs to look across the Atlantic to see  how green energy is pulling countries back into a dark age.

Earlier this year, Europe’s top energy companies warned that  European Union policies favoring renewable energy production over fossil fuels  could lead to blackouts across the continent. In Germany, lawmakers are wrestling with ways to scale back green-energy subsidies in order to lower prices for  consumers — which are now among the highest in Europe. The German publication  Der Spiegel even remarked that electricity had become a “luxury good” in the country.

In the U.K., politicians and environmentalists have been successful in delaying  hydraulic fracturing operations from developing the country’s rich shale  formations. The Brits are now paying the price of dithering and face  skyrocketing gas prices. It’s become so expensive to heat homes during the  winter time it’s estimated that more than 24,000 people will die from the cold this winter.

Many elderly pensioners within the country don’t even leave their beds so  they can stay warm to avoid having to pay to high gas prices to heat their  homes.

“Gas prices would not be as high in Britain had we seen shale development  over the last five years,” Dr. Penny Peiser of the Global Warming  Policy Foundation told The Daily Caller News Foundation.

Renewable energy is often touted as the energy “of the future.” It sounds  nice, but it’s utterly false. Renewable energy is literally the energy of the  past, not the future. Remember, Don Quixote wasn’t actually fighting giants.

According to the International Energy Agency,  the world got 94 percent of its energy from renewable sources in 1800. Most of  this power would have been used for agriculture. However, even in this golden  age of renewable energy use, wind and hydro  power only made up small percentages of total power use — 3  percent and 12.5 percent, respectively, in 1800s Europe.

The onset of the industrial revolution brought on more  efficient energy  sources like coal, oil and natural gas. And today, renewable energy only made up  about 13 percent of world energy use in 2011.

Biofuels Don’t Put Food on the Table

Biofuels were once touted for their alleged environmental benefits and their  ability to help wean the the U.S. off its dependence on oil. It was seen as so  crucial to the country’s energy strategy that its use was mandated under the  George W. Bush administration in 2005.

However, this last year has seen huge backlash against the government’s  ethanol mandate as prices for renewable fuel credits went through the roof and  the industry approached the limits of what could safely be blended into the fuel  supply.

In the short run, the policy has caused food and fuel prices to rise and now  diverts about 40 percent of the country’s corn crop. In the long run, the  federal ethanol mandate could actually serve to limit  the U.S. fuel supply as refiners export more fuel abroad to avoid the law,  which will drive gas prices up even further.

The ethanol mandate also raises food prices in the world’s poorest  communities. Ethanol also does not yield the environmental benefits it once  promised.

“The mandate on corn-based ethanol in particular has had a devastating effect  on the entire food economy from livestock and poultry producers facing record  feed costs, to food retailers facing record food costs, to consumers here and  abroad struggling to balance food budgets in tough economic times,” reads a letter to Congress from anti-hunger and environmental groups opposing the mandate.

“Ethanol from corn also is concerning to many due to its global warming  impact and the use of natural resources such as water and native grassland for  producing fuel,” the letter continues. “The corn-based ethanol mandate is also  having a devastating impact in communities throughout the world, where people  living in poverty are facing increased food prices that threaten their food and  land security.”

Faux Conservationism

As mentioned earlier, the U.S. is in the midst of an oil and gas boom.  However, this boom is not being felt everywhere, as the boom is being blocked by  the Obama administration from occurring on federal lands, and by  environmentalists elsewhere.

The Obama administration has also been issuing only about half the number of the drilling permits  as the Clinton administration did, and Obama has issued a third less than the  Bush administration. All in the name of environmental conservation.

While the administration has slowed its drilling leases, it has fast-tracked  leases for more costly and less reliable renewable energy. Recently, the  administration suffered embarrassment when no one bid on a lease offer to build solar panels on federal lands in  Colorado.

Furthermore, promoting renewable energy development on federal lands is  anything but conservationist. For example, wind turbines are responsible for hundreds  of thousands of bird deaths annually, including the deaths of rare and  endangered birds.

The federal drilling standstill has had a much larger impact in the western  U.S., where more than half the land is owned by the federal government. These  areas sit on top of vast oil and gas reserves but largely lack the ability to  access them.

Specifically, environmentalists have been targeting hydraulic fracturing, or  fracking — a controversial drilling practice that pumps water, sand and some  chemicals to loosen rock formations more than a mile below the surface to  release oil and gas.

Activists argue that fracking damages water and air quality, despite the failure of the Environmental Protection Agency to link the drilling practice to  groundwater contamination.

Environmental groups have been successful in lobbying the state government of  New York to keep in place a moratorium on fracking that has lasted about five  years. As a result, upstate New York — which sits over the natural gas rich  Marcellus Shale — still suffers from high unemployment and young people fleeing  the state as economic opportunity slips away.

“The Pennsylvania-New York border is the ‘Berlin Wall,’” Karen Moreau,  executive director of the New York State Petroleum Council, told TheDCNF. “Pennsylvania is West Berlin, and New York is East Berlin.”

“What’s happening in New York is just a continued decline in the economy of  the Southern Tier. Those are the counties right along the border with  Pennsylvania,” said Moreau. “Literally, people can stand there on the New York  side and look just across the political border and see all this prosperity.”

Meanwhile, down in Pennsylvania gas production more than quadrupled between 2009 and 2011, thanks to fracking and horizontal drilling. About 240,000  were people directly or indirectly employed by the oil and gas industry in the  Keystone State, a state official said in February.

Global Warming ‘Alarmism’

The threat of rising global temperatures has governments scrambling to expand their power and cut carbon  dioxide emissions — allegedly the main driver of global temperature rises.

In the U.S., this means that the Obama administration has set about banning  the construction of new coal-fired power plants unless they install expensive  and unproven carbon capture and sequestration technology.

Coal makes up 40 percent of U.S. power usage and the coal industry employs  thousands of people in the coal mines. EPA regulations have resulted in the  shutting down of more than 300 coal-fired generating units across the country,  according to coal industry estimates.

The Obama administration has also made  a pledge to not fund coal projects around the world, prompting other  international lending institutions to follow suit and deprive the developing  world of the fuel  source that powered the Industrial Revolution in the West.

Only if there is no other viable option than coal power will the  Obama administration consider funding, but even then the requirements for U.S.  dollars are stringent.

Government funding for energy projects isn’t necessarily a good thing, but  the administration is being hypocritical when handing money over for green  energy projects while blocking coal projects.

“Coal has been vital to global development — almost half of this century’s  incremental energy has come from coal alone,” said Milton Catelin, chief  executive of the World Coal Association. “If coal-fueled China were taken out of  the equation, the number of the world’s poor has actually risen since the  1980s,” Catelin added. “Virtually all of the world’s poverty reduction between  1981 and 2008 took place in China. No other poverty alleviation strategy in  modern history has been more effective than the one implemented by China and  driven by an economy fueled at over 70 percent by coal.”

The World Coal Association adds that reliance on traditional fuels, such as  animal dung, have harmful health impacts on  the 2.8 billion people who still use them. According to a National Institutes of Health  study, the long-used fuel source “affects women and children and is the cause of  significant global mortality and morbidity.”

Campaigns to end coal funding don’t only affect the developing world, but  also affect developed  countries. Germany  actually protested the move by Europe’s investment bank to stop funding coal plants as the country  expands its coal capacity to bring down its high energy costs.

“At least until 2030, or 2050, Germany will have to have some fossil-fuel  energy,” said Jutta Blankau, Hamburg’s environment minister, in an interview. “Hamburg is one of the industrial  centers of Germany. For now we can’t support that through renewable energy  alone. We need coal and gas plants to complement power from renewables.”

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This article spells out PERFECTLY the fallacy that is the “green energy” movement.

Around the WORLD, people with SENSE are waking up to the foolishness this is, especially when they see their energy procurement bills, be it electricity, natural gas, motor fuels, you name it. The inordinate amount of precious taxpayer resources going into this scam on a world-wide basis is stunning, to say the least. But, yet, we have the “smartest” among us tell us we are “killing the planet”. Fracking is going to destroy the Earth, coal will be the death of us all, yada yada yada.

All this hand-wringing, with absolutely ZERO facts to back it up.

I believe I have a solution to this problem. Let ALL those, the world over, who want to live in a “eco-friendly” environment, take up the eastern half of Russia. No power plants, no cars, no coal, no wood-burners, no fireplaces, etc etc, and let’s see just HOW LONG it would take them to whine and cry like the spoiled children they TRULY are.

While I have absolutely NO opposition to developing alternative energy sources, our carbon-based system is BY FAR the best, easiest, and CHEAPEST to work with for the far-foreseeable future. Along with the VAST improvements in technology to extract previously untapped deposits EASILY,CHEAPLY, and SAFELY, helping to keep a lid on the skyrocketing costs of all types of fossil fuels.

The next time ANY leftist opens their pie-hole about “green energy”, ask them WHY they are trying to increase the costs to the POOR to try and stay warm, and put FOOD on their tables, chasing the false  “crisis” of global warming, by blocking development of  PROVEN, COST-EFFECTIVE means of energy production .  Watch for the “deer-in-the-headlights” look.

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Clyde

 

 

 

 

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2 Responses to PROGRESSIVE ??? More Like REGRESSIVE.

  1. Hardnox says:

    Good piece and good commentary. It is stunning that they have already estimated the deaths from this stupidity. This winter is predicted to be severely cold. I wonder how long the tree-humpers can continue with this moronic bleat until the people finally say ENOUGH.

    • Clyde says:

      Thanks, boss. I just don’t get WHY these assholes call themselves PROGRESSIVES. Nothing ABOUT them is “progress”, unless you count taking us to a communist state.