Friday, January 15, 2010

Who Cares About the Country?



Now the right is crying about subsidies, tax breaks and incentives to promote the clean energy market. I mean how Un-American not to support research and development. But the game has always been to eliminate the competition. God-Forbid we move to a clean energy economy. Obviously that's in the general public's best interest. But for those crying about subsidies and tax incentives for the Clean Energy sector I would like to point out one thing:

THE OIL COMPANIES GET ENORMOUS SUBSIDIES AND ARE HUGELY PROFITABLE- THE TIMBER COMPANIES WOULD SHUT DOWN WITHOUT GOVERNMENT SUBSIDIES. NUCLEAR WOULDN'T EXIST WITHOUT SUBSIDIES AND IS LINE TO GET A HUGE AMOUNT OF TAX PAYER DOLLARS INFUSED INTO ITS MARKET SECTOR.

Sorry for the caps but those with a political axe to grind are disingenuous at best. The moderates in the middle (that's the majority) know we don't have to raise taxes. All we have to do is say to those market sectors already receiving billions of tax payer dollars - you are loosing 15% and divert that money to the new clean energy sector.

For the far right they need to consult with the Pentagon - the largest solar thermal arrays are on Nellis Air force Base....WHY? BECAUSE ITS A NATIONAL SECURITY ISSUE. Sorry for the Caps, but the facts are well understood by those in charge. We are hugely vulnerable until we gain energy independence.

Another point - there is an abundance of energy - the dirty energy sector would like you to think its finite and that we must invade other countries or prop up dictators to keep the oil coming in from overseas. The net result of those attitudes and actions have given rise to Al Queda, and the needless bloodshed of our own and of innocent citizens world wide.



But physics teaches us that we are a wash in energy. We haven't learned how to convert it except by burning (coal, oil, uranium, gas) - there are plans (even the oil companies are working on) to promote algae as a combustible energy source.

The point is as long as we stay wedded to the past through fear and complacency, and the strength of the status quo fiercely protecting their unscrupulous business models, there's nothing ethical about monopolies or invading other countries, then we delay the future.

So if you are going to cry about subsidies - eliminate them all - if not - then I would say redirecting 15% of our tax dollars to these new emerging markets is more than reasonable and to spur on research and development is a wise choice.

Look Washington D.C. is just a huge distribution center. The money comes in from taxes. The powers that be squabble like stuffed pigs over that huge pot of gold and to rig the laws in their favor. That's our system for better or worse.

Play politics all day long if you want but there is serious work to be done by serious people with serious issues. All the other stuff is window dressing to manipulate the popular vote, to divide and conquer and to stay in power.

One other point as we transition from a dirty energy smoke stack energy sector based on last century technologies - people will have to transition out of those jobs. Maybe they will become doctors, nurses or green tech engineers, maybe they will update the grid and run the transmission lines. The day and age where you had one job for your entire life ended decades ago. It forces people to continue with education. If you are a survivor you will figure it out.

The United States is already behind the curve in regards to this emerging market. China, India and Western Europe are leading the way. It would be wise to divert our tax dollars away from the antiquated technologies of the past and into the future. But if you are the Status Quo or stock holder you will fight kicking and screaming and we will have to drag you into the future.

It's UN-American that the Status quo is so selfish when they ask our sons and daughters to die to prop up their business models, but in the end you can't stop progress.



Paul Burke
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