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Even more government by fiat

This executive order, "the administration's latest effort to deploy cleaner and more efficient energy production in the country by working around political resistance to climate change and "green" energy legislation on Capitol Hill" according to Reuters, was signed last Thursday whilst people were paying attention to the wrap-up of the Republican convention in Tampa (via The Blaze):

By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, and in order to promote American manufacturing by helping to facilitate investments in energy efficiency at industrial facilities, it is hereby ordered as follows:
Section 1. Policy. The industrial sector accounts for over 30 percent of all energy consumed in the United States, and, for many manufacturers, energy costs affect overall competitiveness. While our manufacturing facilities have made progress in becoming more energy efficient over the past several decades, there is an opportunity to accelerate and expand these efforts with investments to reduce energy use through more efficient manufacturing processes and facilities and the expanded use of combined heat and power (CHP). Instead of burning fuel in an on site boiler to produce thermal energy and also purchasing electricity from the grid, a manufacturing facility can use a CHP system to provide both types of energy in one energy efficient step. Accelerating these investments in our Nation's factories can improve the competitiveness of United States manufacturing, lower energy costs, free up future capital for businesses to invest, reduce air pollution, and create jobs....
Read the whole thing and then listen to Mark Levin:

More than just a losing crap shoot

This is really a very thoughtful cartoon on a lot of levels...there is no "green" on a roulette wheel...there is a roulette wheel...Obama's betting it all..."investments" is in quotes.

Ah.  Maybe that's the key.

Energy Secretary Steven Chu not only has the gall to lecture us on light bulbs as one of our moral and intellectual superiors in the Obama administration, he also expects us to believe this:

...that he was unaware of predictions by DOE staffers in 2009, before the Solyndra loan was finalized, that the company was likely to face severe cash-flow problems in the future...

...[that] Solyndra’s demise [was due to] the “unanticipated” deterioration of the solar-panel market over the past several years...

...that “political considerations” had [no] influence on the DOE’s decisions regarding Solyndra...

...[that] he had “just learned” about this [the postponement of the announcement of layoffs of Solyndra employees until after the 2010 midterm elections], and insisted that “no pressure” was exerted by the DOE to convince Solyndra to postpone the layoffs...

There's more.  Read the whole thing.

Can you imagine the caterwauling if this had happened—I was going to say in a Republican administration, but really, in any administration prior to the current one?

When is the light bulb going to come on?

h/t Tom


January 1, 2012: The end of the world as we know it

Another thing we've posted on before...the coming darkness:

...the end of days is drawing nigh.  Not in the Biblical sense, but in the Environmental Protection Agency sense...As of January 1, 2012, Americans will have their freedom of light bulb choice snuffed out by an omnibus 2007 law requiring that general-purpose bulbs be 25% more energy-efficient than the current, justly-beloved, incandescent bulb.

...In July, the House of Representatives voted to repeal the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007.  As the House debated the ultimately failed repeal, Republican Rep. Joe Barton of Texas, who had introduced the doomed measure, argued:

The 2010 elections demonstrated that Americans are fed up with government intrusion. The federal government has crept so deep into our lives that federal agencies now determine what kind of light bulbs the American people are allowed to purchase.

...As I’ve written here before, part of the meaning of freedom is freedom of choice.  Every green American who wants to read by mercury-ignited compact fluorescent bulbs is free to do so. Every environmentally-motivated citizen who desires energy-efficient halogen bulbs should enjoy that choice, too.  But many of us desire incandescent bulbs, just the way Thomas A. Edison invented them.

You know something nefarious is afoot when the Obama administration trundles out its own personal Nobel laureate (other than the incumbent himself), Energy Secretary Steven Chu, to lecture us — us, the pathetic, scientifically uneducated, financially ignorant, unwashed, energy-profligate, unable-to-balance-our-own-checkbooks fools he takes us to be — on light bulbs:

“Right now many families around the country are struggling to pay their energy bills, and leaders in the House want to roll back these standards that will save families money.…

“You’ll still be able to buy halogen incandescent bulbs. They’ll look and feel the same, but the only difference is that they’ll save consumers money.”

Of tea partiers’s philosophical argument that the law would deprive consumers of the choice of lighting products, Chu said, these standards are not taking choices away, they are “putting money back in the pockets of American families.”

Contrary to Secretary Chu’s disingenuous statement in July, viz., “They’ll look and feel the same,” they neither look nor feel the “same.”  He may be able to fool some of the people some of the time, but I regret to inform Secretary Chu that he can’t fool me — or tens of millions like me– any of the time.

These ghastly light bulbs casting their ghoulish, glary light — all gussied up to appear to resemble the older, familiar bulbs — are the light bulb equivalent of a wolf in sheep’s clothing.

I, for one, did not elect President Obama, nor did I insist that he select Steven Chu to tell me how to “put money back in” my pockets. My pockets are my business, not his.  You look out for your pockets, Secretary Chu, and I’ll look out for mine...

Read the whole thing.


It's not paranoia when they really are after you

We've posted several times on Agenda 21, ICLEI, green energy, and sustainability.  Here's a tidy little primer on Agenda 21 as it relates specifically to property rights—and as you'll start to realize, that's what it's ultimately all about:

h/t Kathy


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