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America needs to change its energy policy

Posted: January 31, 2014 2:00 a.m.
Updated: January 31, 2014 2:00 a.m.
 

I don’t know about you, but to me, reducing the threat of climate change would best be accomplished by having good flood control, stout construction, a reliable water supply and affordable energy — Not by following leaders who think we can reduce the threat of climate change by stopping the change.

How ridiculous. You might expect this belief in ancient cultures during a rain dance, a virgin sacrifice, or some spiritual chant.

Unfortunately, Americans have been very gullible of late. First people believed “If you like your health care, you can keep it.”

Now, Americans have been convinced to pay more for electricity, gasoline, and food, thinking it will affect climate. Yes, we should have paid less. But we had to save the world instead.

You know you have a problem when the EPA can never scientifically prove its policies have any tangible influence on climate, yet the FDA is suing Dial soap to get them to prove their suds kill germs.

It’s becoming clear that America needs to change its energy policy based on new findings about the Sun, and how CO2 has little, if any, influence on climate at all.

The reality is that our climate changes as the Sun changes. If the Sun never changed, the climate would never change. But it does, so we do.

We will survive climate change with strong economies and affordable energy. That way we can afford to run the heat in the winter and the A/C in the summer. Whatever the Sun and the climate do, we have to be prepared for it.

Thinking the climate is now at our disposal simply by controlling emissions is like believing, “If you like your climate, you can keep it.” And we should all know by now that just isn’t true.

 

Comments

Jackk: Posted: January 31, 2014 6:48 a.m.

Bull Puckey!

Perhaps we haven't poisoned eenough of our land and water with oil spills, train derailments, pipeline breaks or river fouling spills.

If we have the technology to advance to more healthy alternative, we must.

Using climate change to belittle the point is a tired strategy to keep subsidies and profits, up while suffering no liability at the petrochemical companies.

Why is there minimal liability for the damage done? Oh yeah!

Blame overregulation!


OldReliable: Posted: January 31, 2014 7:07 a.m.

Excellent LTE! Robert, disregard the left's frantic (humorous) exaggerations.


chico: Posted: January 31, 2014 7:18 a.m.

Is it healthy for the elderly on a fixed income to go without heat and a/c because they can't afford it?

I recall that years ago in France, that some 10,000 senior citizens died during a summer heat wave.

Think its going to be hot in So-Cal this summer?

Who's looking out for peoples health?


therightstuff: Posted: January 31, 2014 7:50 a.m.

Which statement is the biggest lie?

"The debate is settled. Climate change is a fact."

"If you like your insurance, you can keep it. Period. End of story."

"The attack in Benghazi was not by terrorists but a spontaneous reaction to an offensive video."

"The average American family will save $2,500 a year under my new health care law."

"We're going to find out what happened with the IRS targeting of certain groups and we're going to fix it."

There's a reason why most Americans do not believe Barack Obama is trustworthy. How do you trust a pathological liar?




projalice11: Posted: January 31, 2014 8:57 a.m.

"Average Americans dress like bums.
Skateboard Behavior.
Kudos to the Tennis Club..
There's nothing cool about graffiti.
All noteworthy LTE or Opinions instead of the old mundane post below.

BLAH BLAH BLAH
"If you like your insurance, you can keep it. Period. End of story."

"The attack in Benghazi was not by terrorists but a spontaneous reaction to an offensive video."

"The average American family will save $2,500 a year under my new health care law."

"We're going to find out what happened with the IRS targeting of certain groups and we're going to fix it."

Nothing more boring than the same old rhetoric over and over again.


therightstuff: Posted: January 31, 2014 10:11 a.m.

"""Nothing more boring than the same old rhetoric over and over again."""

I can think of one. That would be idiots who re-post the same comments while whining about the same comments.

If you're new here projalice11, let me give you a tip. Actually read your posts before hitting the 'Post This Comment' button. It will make it a lot less embarrassing for you in the future.


projalice11: Posted: January 31, 2014 11:31 a.m.

therightstuff you are the embarrassment. BLAH BLAH BLAH
The same old posting day in and day out.

Come up with something new and interesting for a change?


philellis: Posted: January 31, 2014 11:53 a.m.

projalice11 sounds alot like another poster who seems to have been absent lately


therightstuff: Posted: January 31, 2014 12:40 p.m.

BINGO ! ! !


AlwaysRight: Posted: January 31, 2014 3:16 p.m.

These postings have been really boring lately.
Need to get them rolling again.

Obama is a communist.
Democrats kill puppies.
The Koch brothers can save America.
stevehw is a birther.
Indy does not know basic chemistry or economic theory.
BINGO! BINGO! BINGO!

Wait for it.....


CaptGene: Posted: January 31, 2014 3:46 p.m.

Altough the attack of TRS and the lack of intellect seem very Crazy Bingo Lady, the lack of superfluous punctuation and the rudimentary level of tech savvy betray a different poster.


projalice11: Posted: January 31, 2014 3:52 p.m.

Have any of you posters noticed lately the absence of the liberal and
progressive posters?

This is understandable, they don't want to deal with the likes of the
posters that have so much animosity.

Some of the posters have to get the last word in much to the annoyance
of the other posters. They continue to ridicule with much resentment
and deep-seated dislikes.

What is this Bingo?
Is this the same Bingo game covering numbers on a card?



technologist: Posted: January 31, 2014 6:04 p.m.

"Have any of you posters noticed lately the absence of the liberal and
progressive posters?

This is understandable, they don't want to deal with the likes of the
posters that have so much animosity."

You're here, projalice11. So, not so much.

In reality, the majority of "Progressive" participants engage in drive-by complaints and then disappear until the next interval. Intellectual rigor and dialectic discussion aren't their forte. Speaking of animosity, their specialty is ad hominem and projection of their behavior on others, projalice11.


therightstuff: Posted: January 31, 2014 6:30 p.m.

I think liberal posters know they cannot defend this administration so why bother? It's gotten so bad that liberal posters have to create alternate names to agree with themselves. Pretty pathetic.


projalice11: Posted: January 31, 2014 7:17 p.m.



Getting back to the LTE:
"America needs to change its energy policy"

"The overwhelming evidence is clear. Keystone XL would be a disaster for our climate. Tar sands are one of the most carbon polluting sources of oil on the planet, and limiting tar sands expansion is critical to fighting dangerous levels of climate change. Climate scientists, energy experts, the EPA, and even Wall Street and industry analysts agree that the oil industry's plans to expand tar sands development are not possible without the Keystone XL pipeline. Now, even the State Department acknowledges that Keystone XL will lead to increased carbon pollution."


technologist: Posted: February 1, 2014 9:34 p.m.

What's the source of your quote, projalice11?

Washington (CNN) -- A long-awaited State Department environmental report on the proposed Keystone XL oil pipeline indicates what the oil industry and its backers have been saying -- it won't have a big impact on carbon emissions that cause climate change.

The report released Friday appears to give the Obama administration the cover it needs to approve the politically charged project, but not until May at the earliest, after a 90-day review and comment period.

http://www.cnn.com/2014/01/31/politics/keystone-pipeline/index.html

The State Department report effectively said Canadian tar sands are likely to be developed regardless of U.S. action on the pipeline. An official added that other options to get the oil from Canada to Gulf Coast refineries, including rail, trucks and barges would be worse for climate change.


technologist: Posted: February 1, 2014 9:36 p.m.

Never mind, projalice11. I found the source of your quote.

https://secure.sierraclub.org/site/Advocacy?cmd=display&page=UserAction&id=12467&s_src=614ASCHT01


BrianBaker: Posted: February 1, 2014 9:41 p.m.

LOL!

Yeah... now THERE'S an unbiased "source".


OldReliable: Posted: February 1, 2014 8:12 a.m.

Dear Project Alice, I almost feel sorry for you since you obviously believe Obama is actually trustworthy and that his policies have not damaged America. Wake up and smell the coffee.


therightstuff: Posted: February 1, 2014 11:43 a.m.

This past State of the Union address by Barack Obama had the lowest rated coverage in 14 years. Why? Because most Americans don't trust this guy and don't have the stomach for more of his lies.

Thankfully there were re-runs of Storage Wars showing during the State of the Union address.


ricketzz: Posted: February 2, 2014 7:45 a.m.

This thread is about energy policy. Not the figurehead Presidential sock puppet.
Gas is as bad as coal. There is no such thing as clean hydrocarbon. Hydrogen is clean. Carbon is dirty.

Nothing can get done in the mainstream media, as it is under the complete control of the industrialists. The President should proclaim that ExxonMobil is a threat to the country, arrest their primaries on Long Island and in The Woodlands; and make an example of them for the rest of their cowboy industry. Put the fear of The People into these people who pay millions of dollars to haywire the conversation; sew seeds of fear, uncertainty and doubt.

What they do is a perversion of Liberty. You can't use Our rights against us, we will repay you tenfold.


technologist: Posted: February 2, 2014 10:05 a.m.

"This thread is about energy policy."

Precisely. It's not about media control, dictators or revolutionary rants of tenfold revenge.


ricketzz: Posted: February 3, 2014 6:12 a.m.

I was giving you radicals an opportunity to gracefully admit you've been brainwashed by the mass media, so you could then ask forgiveness and start working with the rest of us on the gargantuan task in front of us.

Policy is driven by consensus and consensus is driven by information. If the information is flawed the resulting policy is flawed. That is why we had laws regarding the public airwaves that required broadcasters serve the Public Interest and offer a wide range of opinions concerning matters before the voters. There were a lot fewer rightie radicals back then and the country was more prosperous for all.


ricketzz: Posted: February 3, 2014 6:14 a.m.

I don't trust anybody in a suit.


JohnnyCash: Posted: February 3, 2014 9:03 a.m.

"That is why we had laws regarding the public airwaves that required broadcasters serve the Public Interest and offer a wide range of opinions concerning matters before the voters."

"I don't trust anybody in a suit."

Ahh, a return to the wondrous days of the fairness doctrine...where a handful of FCC bureaucrats got to decide what was in the public's interest instead of allowing - gasp! - the public to decide for themselves.

Tell me, ricketzz, what you call the outfit FCC chair Tom Wheeler is wearing in the linked picture? Extra-fancy beachware? A Halloween-in-February costume?

https://885fa5ce61295ebf3c84-35b073afd3cf2f7bae35b2b9457774cf.ssl.cf2.rackcdn.com/cache/news/wheeler-fcc_medium.jpg


chico: Posted: February 3, 2014 9:05 a.m.

Carbon dirty? Reminds me of "Star Trek - Next Generation" and the episode with The Borg, a giant floating box going around to eliminate "Carbon Units" (people).

Carbon's not dirty enough to ruin the economy over, but some people are thinking like Borgs.


chico: Posted: February 3, 2014 9:19 a.m.

You have to cut Obama some slack sometimes - he wasn't lying when he was recorded saying he wanted to 'bankrupt the coal industry' and cause electric prices to 'necessarily skyrocket'.

Fewer jobs and higher electric rates - that's OK if that's what you want to do, but it is not authentic to then go around acting like your looking out for the poor and middle class.


therightstuff: Posted: February 3, 2014 9:21 a.m.

"""I was giving you radicals an opportunity to gracefully admit you've been brainwashed by the mass media"""

Thankfully I've never wasted a moment of my life watching Brian Williams, Diane Sawyer, Scott Pelley or any of the other shameless Obama wh0res in the media.


technologist: Posted: February 3, 2014 9:50 a.m.

"I was giving you radicals an opportunity to gracefully admit you've been brainwashed by the mass media…"

Coming from someone advocating government control of media. Risible.


technologist: Posted: February 3, 2014 10:55 a.m.

"That is why we had laws regarding the public airwaves that required broadcasters serve the Public Interest and offer a wide range of opinions concerning matters before the voters."

The assertion that a diversity of opinions on issues doesn't exist is in want of evidence.

Regarding regulation, how can one not presume the opportunity for bad faith by government officials and still maintain a "Republic of laws and not of men"?

Governments by definition have a monopoly on force. They have large, well funded bureaucracies that not only permit malfeasance to be hidden behind anonymity, but also by techniques such as security classifications and sovereign immunity. To believe that government bureaucracies by virtue of being government as opposed to corporate bureaucracies thus transform their members into angelic beings is magical thinking at its most farcical.

I can understand where this sort of thinking comes from in a Marxist, Fascist, or a National Socialist for whom the government is an agent of a higher historical force. But, for a liberals/leftists/progressives, this sort of willful blindness is stunning.


ricketzz: Posted: February 4, 2014 7:18 a.m.

There were no censors approving programming during the era of Broadcast Fairness. The subject only came up when the licensee applied for a renewal of their license (every 3 years during the relevant time). Their actions were then reviewed in light of their commitment to providing a public service. If another potential licensee wished to challenge the renewal based on public service they were free to do so. No one ever lost their license for failing to provide equal time.

The "Fairness Doctrine" still lives. That is why we let the idiot Republicans have 4 replies to the State of the Union.


17trillion: Posted: February 4, 2014 8:20 a.m.

"That is why we let the idiot Republicans have 4 replies to the State of the Union."

Don't watch! I didn't and I'm a conservative.


technologist: Posted: February 4, 2014 10:51 a.m.

Ricketzz thought it was a mandate to watch, 17t. He's a good little subject and does as commanded.


ricketzz: Posted: February 6, 2014 5:49 a.m.

You speak to your peer group and right past me. That is bullying. That is piling on. Camaraderie my arse.


technologist: Posted: February 6, 2014 6:16 p.m.

I'll only tell you this once as an act of kindness, ricketzz. Entry into the club requires a secret handshake and password.


ricketzz: Posted: February 7, 2014 7:13 a.m.

If we cannot power our civilization without dangerous methods we need to start conserving until we can. There is no savior on a white horse, no benevolent alien race, no magical geo-engineers reversing the heat.

Petrochemical companies, born in Texas-fled to Tax Havens, will kill every one of us rather than admit they are wrong. That their party is over. The corrupt courts allow propaganda; an unaware citizen hasn't got a chance; I expect the aware ones amongst us to side with the People and not with Bubba the Wildcatter.

You should really know better. Voluntarily stupid is no way to go through life, son.


technologist: Posted: February 7, 2014 11:03 a.m.

"Petrochemical companies, born in Texas-fled to Tax Havens, will kill every one of us rather than admit they are wrong."

That's quite a business plan. I don't think I've ever encountered one that stipulates suicide and an end to posterity.

Do you have an example of a plan you can cite?


ricketzz: Posted: February 8, 2014 8:49 a.m.

Then please explain why they spend millions of dollars to sabotage the democratic public discussion about a grave matter? Fiduciary duty mandates lying if it advances the interests of the shareholders (a major flaw in The Corporation), but I think a Higher Power is at work here. These people actually think they are doing the work of a Celestial Overlord of some kind.

The Crazy is bad when it affects the lives of non-believers.


technologist: Posted: February 8, 2014 6:57 p.m.

Your response is nonsensical despite repeated parsing.

Please provide the example as requested.


ricketzz: Posted: February 9, 2014 6:25 a.m.

You'd never understand unless you lived in Southeast Texas. 2nd Baptist Church on TBN is a good place to start. A few miles away is Joel Osteen (barely mentions Jesus, but loves him the moolah). Oil is a blessing and these yakes were chosen by the Lord to power the world.

I told you psychopathy is higher in executives than any other class of people (except surgeons, Dr. Carson). These oil men are on a Mission from God and we will die for their insanity if we don't stop them.


CaptGene: Posted: February 9, 2014 8:29 a.m.

Wow.


chico: Posted: February 9, 2014 9:50 a.m.

There he goes again shouting for the proverbial rooftop - if you like your climate, you can keep it!

Who is insane?


SingleMomOfOne: Posted: February 9, 2014 10:14 a.m.

Computer commandos can rarely keep up with those who are educated on any given subject, which is why they come and go...just a thought...


ricketzz: Posted: February 10, 2014 6:40 a.m.

Technologist, et al, should learn about mind control and propaganda so he and his can see it, and not embarrass themselves by claiming it doesn't exist.

http://www.theocracywatch.org/yurica_weyrich_manual.htm

If the "tool" fits, use it.


technologist: Posted: February 10, 2014 4:58 p.m.

We use you as an example of the effect of "mind control and propaganda", ricketzz.

Hey! Is that someone behind you?


ricketzz: Posted: February 11, 2014 6:20 a.m.

"In actuality, the concept that dominionist minded conservatives should establish parallel or dual institutions is a new form of segregation. This is especially apparent when a conservative institution offers the same services or products as the liberal oriented institutions. In other words, if it is not possible for dominionists to takeover or grab power in every institution-they create a parallel world so that the left is to be separated and segregated from the right and conservatives are urged to purchase from the conservative institutions.

The fact that Weyrich's plan has actually been instituted is all around us. The Council on Foreign Relations is mimicked by the secretive dominionist Council for National Policy. [2] The so called "liberal" press is countered with Fox News and Sun Myung Moon's Washington Times , and dominionist talk show hosts spew their right wing political views and venom from coast to coast. Public schools are countered with private home and chartered schools. And in the last few months a move has been made within the churches to break-up and divide denominations along the lines of conservative beliefs in certain social issues so that two sets of churches will be created: one that practices right wing politics and one that is liberal!

It almost mimics what Jesus said he would do in the Bible: those on the Lord's left will be cast into outer darkness, those on the Lord's right will be the chosen elect, the over-comers of God's people. This biblical imagery appears to be a powerful biblical affirmation for church-goers who desire to be on the Lord's "right" politically as well-until one realizes that when the two groups of people stand facing the Lord-the mirror image is reversed: those on his right will be those facing him on the left; those on the Lord's left will be those facing him on the Lord's right! It's just an aside, but it suggests to me that justice will actually be done, when the Lord says, "I never knew you" to those who loudly proclaim their hypocritical religious devotion to him, while ignoring his command to feed the poor and cloth the naked. The biblical passage goes on to say that those about to be cast out ask, "When did we fail to feed the poor and cloth the naked?" The answer is: "In as much as you did it unto the least of these my children-you did it unto me." When dominionists seek to privatize medicare and social security, and deregulate corporate controls on whole industries, so that the poor and needy become poorer and needier, they have done it to the Lord." -Yurica Report


chico: Posted: February 11, 2014 7:03 a.m.

My name is Elmer J Fudd, millionaire, I own a mansion and a yacht.


technologist: Posted: February 12, 2014 11:20 p.m.

Thanks for revealing one source of your ideology, ricketzz.


ricketzz: Posted: February 12, 2014 7:41 a.m.

If you want to read about my ideology I suggest you start with The Age of Reason by Tom Paine. Then read Thomas Edison's essay about Tom Paine.

http://www.ushistory.org/paine/reason/singlehtml.htm

http://thomas-paine-friends.org/edison-essay-on-paine.html

What happened to Tom Paine is what any hillbilly culture does. We attack and destroy anything we don't understand. Understanding is difficult when there are so few institutions promoting it. --edited.


ricketzz: Posted: February 12, 2014 7:43 a.m.

Damn "edit" mucks up formatting. I apologize.

http://www.ushistory.org/paine/reason/singlehtml.htm

http://thomas-paine-friends.org/edison-essay-on-paine.html


ricketzz: Posted: February 13, 2014 7:30 a.m.

It appears the formatting error on the post edit preview isn't real (adding a new dimension to the concept of preview). Be advised.



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