Palin Accuses Obama of Hijacking Energy Supply

Recently Sarah Palin, who recently announced her voluntary resignation by the end of this month, has slammed Obama for hijacking the security of our energy supply in considering imposing cap-and-trade measures on businesses (in essence the limiting of carbon emissions) in a Washington Post article.

She argued that “domestic” solutions are the best way to deal with the energy crisis, such as building of a pipeline from Alaska. She also said that every state can consider nuclear energy, and that Obama’s plan would “outsource [our energy supply and its environmental impact] to China, Russia and Saudi Arabia”. Obama, on the other hand, feels that America should be at the forefront of the green revolution, and also mentioned other countries in his first address to Congress, “We know the country that harnesses the power of clean, renewable energy will lead the 21st century. And yet it is China that has launched the largest effort in history to make their economy energy efficient.”

Palin wrote that the carbon caps would put more burden on the poor in the form of higher energy bills. She ardently supported drilling in ANWR, below is a quote:

We can safely drill for U.S. oil offshore and in a tiny, 2,000-acre corner of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge if ever given the go-ahead by Washington bureaucrats.

Palin, while making some good points in regards to how cap-and-trade would negatively affect businesses, especially those polluting industries that use oil and oil based products, seems blind to the ultimate goal of preserving the environment by decreasing oil consumption and allowing animals that small section of land that was set aside for their protection. She also is in a bad position of lecturing the President after suddenly announcing that she will be resigning at the end of this month. Formerly the champion of the “bridge to nowhere” until that “bridge to nowhere” was going nowhere, Palin lacks the authority to change our current more environmentally friendly energy policy.

In the global scheme of things, I think it’s best that people take the hit in the short term while looking forward to the advantages that come with increases in technology in renewable energy. Nuclear power is good as well but comes with increased risk of meltdown or subverse activity and also there is a limited supply of uranium and plutonium, and nuclear waste is a major headache.

With oil prices so low, it is harder to make money making renewable energy solutions, but with government backing to a tune of $15 billion a year, the industry should survive and hopefully come up with something is ready by the time the next oil price spike comes along. As someone who is accustomed to mass-transit (bus, subway, train), while also accustomed to the gas-guzzling lifestyle of a suburbanite (driving a car back and forth from school round-trip duration around 1 hour) I must say that sacrifices must be made and our current rate of consumption is unsustainable given the increases in demand across the world and the limited production capacity and most importantly the limited supply of the very dirty substance known as oil.

Renewable Energy is a Lie

Renewable energy, when one comes to think of it, is a lie. Nothing is truely renewable, as the law of entropy declares. How can one say that solar power is a renewable energy? The sun actually has a finite amount of energy left to give, and so does the earth’s core when it comes to geo-thermal. How can one say that hydro-electric power is renewable? The process of forming glaciers in the mountains is a result of evaporation caused by the sun. Although the finite property of the sun is hardly a concern to us, the sun is expected to function for a few billion more years… I would like to state this as a challenge to those who use the word “Renewable” from a linguist’s standpoint.

The so called \"renewable\" energy

Boon Pickens | Does he really care?

Who is Boon Pickens?

Mr Thomas Boon Pickens Jr, American oil tycoon and monopolist, has recently come to the headlines in his July 8th announcement of the “Pickens Plan“. Is this just a scam to divert billions of government dollars to help develop an ineffecient system of wind powerplants across America with his corporation Mesa Power as a middleman? Why is Pickens spending $58 million on advertising for his plan? Well, to find out I looked into his past.

The past of Boon Pickens

Boon Pickens founded his own company in 1954 after working for Phillips Petroleum. He was able to acquire Hugoton Production Company in 1968 and by the 1980s, his company developed into one of the largest independant oil companies in the world. After that, he became interested in the game of influencing political leaders / organizations.  He was a supporter of George W Bush before his 2004 election, and also founded groups to attack the reputation of John Kerry. An interesting article on one of his anti-Kerry undertakings can be found here. Pickens is also known for his charitable giving, he has donated over $400 million to Oklahoma State University and a major help in the Hurrican Katrina relief effort.

Boon Pickens Today

Today Boon Pickens wishes to end the dependence on foreign oil and wishes to capitalize on the strong winds along the plains of the US and use more natural gas. Below I have linked a video from his website:

Al Gore, Hero or lunatic?

Al Gore, vice president from 1992 to 2000, has in the last eight years become an environmental prophet. Just today, he proclaimed that the US should stop burning fossil fuels within the next ten years and rely instead on the sun, wind, and other environmentally friendly sources of power. This radical shift from skilled politician to an eco-zealot can only be explained from two points of view: either you think he is a hero or a lunatic.

Why would he be considered a hero? Al Gore has a clean political record and is known to be very intelligent. He has also served in the Vietnam War after being drafted, instead of fleeing to Canada like many of his peers at Harvard University. He graduated cum laude from Harvard with a government major, after switching from English.  During his term as Vice President, Al Gore strongly supported the development of information technology and is strongly credited for the economic success during that period.

Now, Al Gore seems to have been researching, and has become a devout follower of the environment. He has done lectures on the topic, and it seems that even at the risk of seeming absurd he continues to preach green.

This goal is achievable, affordable and transformative. It represents a challenge to all Americans, in every walk of life — to our political leaders, entrepreneurs, innovators, engineers, and to every citizen. -Al Gore

Cutting all fossil fuel use in ten years is a very ambitious plan, and although it is obvious McCain will disregard this speech, Obama has taken in Gore’s words

For decades, Al Gore has challenged the skeptics in Washington on climate change and awakened the conscience of a nation to the urgency of this threat, -Barack

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