Killing the Patient
August 8, 2012
If you’ve bought groceries lately, you’ve probably realized that current American energy policy is driving the economy backwards and at breakneck speed.
The signs showed up long ago at the gas pump, where government mandates force us to burn what should be food for humans and animals, in pursuit of reduced energy output, poorer mileage and aggravated engine wear.
Now the signs show up at the checkout counter, where we’re writing bigger checks for far fewer items.
People are waking up to the environmental destructiveness of wind and solar energy, mandated by government and subsidized with taxpayer dollars. It’s unreliable, requires continuous fossil-fueled backup and subjects scenic open countryside and wildlife habitat to industrial development. All to produce the same volume of energy obtainable 24-7 from equipment that would fit inside an average suburban home.
Put aside the insane economics; the habitat destruction from alternative energy would once have been enough to trigger a series of National Geographic specials. Now, thanks to the alliance of left-wing greens and corporate subsidy-seekers, it gets a pass.
For years we’ve asked those involved with alternative energy if they could please find a way to save the planet that doesn’t involve burning our food. But we keep burning food anyway (and scarring the landscape,) even as prices inflate and people go hungry.
In the middle ages patients were bled to improve their health. It’s time to choose: Defeat the green idiocy, or let the government bleed us dry.