American Elephants

Obama’s Clean Energy Policy Makes No Sense. by The Elephant's Child

Oh my. The clueless Jay Carney, press secretary, slammed Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan’s budget, taking particular aim at cuts to renewable energy programs.— a top priority for the Obama administration.

“You have to be aggressively and deliberately ignorant of the world economy not to know and understand that clean energy technologies are going to play a huge role in the 21st century.”

Jeff Zients, the acting director of the White House Office of Management and Budget, said in a blog post that cuts to clean energy programs in Ryan’s plan would ruin “efforts to put a million electric vehicles on the road by 2015, retrofit residential homes to save energy and consumers money, and make the commercial building sector 20 percent more efficient  by 2022.

GM’s Volt factory is shut down until the supply of Volts actually sells, if they can convince the public that it doesn’t catch on fire.  The Fisker Karma keeps just quitting, refusing to run.  The Tesla Roadster apparently turns into an unmovable  brick if the charge runs down. Other than that we’re supposed to have a million on the road by 2015. They are all nice looking, maybe they could retrofit them with gasoline engines.

The larger electric car problem is that they all run on electricity from coal-fired power plants which produce roughly half of our energy, and which Obama is aggressively trying to bankrupt or forcibly shut down. I don’t know if our current grid would support recharging a million electric cars, that is if they can get them running.

Headline: President Obama doubles down on efforts to boost solar energy. From today’s column from Michelle Malkin, by Doug Powers:

“Obviously, we wish Solyndra hadn’t gone bankrupt,” Obama said. “But understand: This was not our program per se.”

“Congress — Democrats and Republicans — put together a loan guarantee program because they understood historically that when you get new industries, it’s easy to raise money for start-ups, but if you want to take them to scale, oftentimes there’s a lot of risk involved, and what the loan guarantee program was designed to do was to help start up companies get to scale,” he said.

Remember all those cheering Republicans standing behind Obama as he signed the stimulus bill? Me neither. And now “This was not our program per se.”

The free market is messy. There are winners and losers. But the free market has a long record of creating wealth, making countries prosperous, and raising the standard of living for all. We also have long evidence of administrations, dictators and kings choosing the winners and losers in the marketplace, and it never, never works.  There are no experts that clever. But the decisions of millions of people in a free market —that’s real expertise.

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