Monday, March 12, 2012
Five Penn. Coal Plants Will Close - Obama Gets Another Win
Well, I just can't wait to see how we will be able to get the electricity to power our electric cars that are being forced down our throats. Not that I am against the concept, in fact I would buy a Volt if they made a truck version that was not wildy expensive. I was thinking of wearing woolen clothing for static build-up, but that could be dangerous if I did have to go to the gas pumps, so I nixed that idea.
The Obama administration has opted to do a modern-Day version of Chairman Mao's "Great Leap Forward", the grand plan to industrialize Chinese villages and to make them into scattered mini self-sufficient producers of steel and such. Remnants of the furnaces are pretty much all that is left of this. These stand in mute testimony to his master plan to change the nation overnight; that and memories of wrecked communities and families.
Obama's anti energy Secretary Steven Chu made his point clear recently concerning his stance on the current fuel prices:
"Shortly before he became President Barack Obama's energy secretary, Steven Chu declared, "Somehow we have to figure out how to boost the price of gasoline to the levels in Europe" -- which were around $8 per gallon at the time.
Has he changed his mind since then? It seems not. On Tuesday, during a hearing in the House of Representatives, Chu said high gas prices are helpful in spurring research on alternative energy.
A frustrated Rep. Alan Nunnelee, R-Miss., asked Chu, "But is the overall goal to get our price" of gasoline down?
"No," Chu replied. "The overall goal is to decrease our dependency on oil, to build and strengthen our economy.' "
This is in line with Obama's promise to make new coal-fired plants too expensive due to taxes and regulations:
Of course the plants that are to be shut down are older ones, but you get the idea. Make new plants prohibitively expensive, and tax and regulate old ones until they too are shut down.
Recall too Obama's explanation that his cap and trade regulations will cause prices for electricity to, "necessarily, skyrocket". Yes, and he also mentions "mobilizing the citizenry" in order to get them on board with his plans.
Here's the deal - the Obama administration has every intention of making electricity and fuel costs so expensive that many of us will be forced back into the cities and on the buses and trains. Our abundant coal will sit in its seams unused. Our oil, both liquid and shale will remain untapped, as will our natural gas, the fracking for which apparently does not pollute anywhere nearly as badly as is being claimed. In fact, the truth seems to be that many of these areas had high levels of NG in their water prior to this process becoming commonly used. We will also not be able to benefit from the Keystone pipeline. That oil will go to China.
If he winds up being able to jump-start green power even on a marginal scale, he gets to claim victory. If it flops, then he gets to claim victory anyway by saying, see I told you, we have to fundamentally change the way we do things.
It seems apparent that he desires to remake us into his Fascist/Socialist society of extreme urban populations and corporate-owned farms that employ newly brought-in voters from other nations and the few traditionalists who just can't bring themselves to leave rural regions. Private property will be dead as a concept, a relic of the pre-Obamian era.
The enemy has a firm grip on the reigns and they are riding our horse over a cliff. I am having a hard time coming up with scenarios that will allow us to avoid that which troubled Daniel Webster and killed Lincoln - the dismantling of our Union. Those two men were and are people whom I still believe we should all strive to emulate, but I cannot imagine that they would have the same outlook if they could see what is happening to us right now.
States will, at a minimum, have to begin taking control of regulating energy mining, exploration, and production. They need to free up the companies that have the men (Sorry ladies- I call poetic license on this one) and material to get the job done. We should never have allowed our tax money to be fronted for green companies. Want a solution for that? Easy, make all truly green energy companies completely free of taxes for, say, 20 years. It won't hurt us as we essentially get not tax revenue from them now. If the green companies can then make their products competitive, great.
Our states can no longer remain idle. They will have to take actions that will result in court battles and decisions that will have to be defied. Those who are fortunate to live in states that have any chance of making such bold but necessary moves need to petition their leaders and potential leaders. They will have to force the courts and the EPA to come after them and take steps to forbid the inevitable injunctions and warrants from being enforced. Those who take action will have the overwhelming support of much of America.