Eva Braun Kosher Cookbook

Posted in Uncategorized by chamblee54 on September 29, 2010

There is a discussion going on at obsidianwings about the future of energy in America. It involves crafty politicians and the oil companies who fight them. The dialog says a few things about the future of energy policy, and the difficulties in enacting effective legislation to shape them.

The lame duck Governator of California gave a speech yesterday about something called Proposition 23. Yes, this is another zany ballot measure on the fun loving left coast. Prop 23 is about a law, AB32, which does something to reduce carbon emissions ( more about the “does something” part later. The
ballot measure … calls for suspending the climate law until the jobless rate hits 5.5 percent for a year, a level achieved only three times in 40 years.”
Some speechwriter did an outstanding job. The Governor had some great lines, and he read them with conviction.
“Does anyone really believe that these companies that out of the goodness of their black oil hearts are spending millions and millions of dollars to protect jobs? This is like Eva Braun writing a kosher cookbook — it’s not about jobs at all, ladies and gentlemen, it’s about their ability to pollute and thus protect their profits.”
As could be expected, the supporters of Prop. 23 are well funded, no doubt by the carbon industry. The oil companies like their profits, and don’t want the public to know the total cost of their energy addiction. The only problem is, AB32 is just a bit shifty.

A commenter at obsidianwings named “TheRadicalModerate” raises some issues.
“But of course, your argument is pretty much in keeping with the spirit of AB32, which does everything it can to hide the financial burden of its implementation from the voters. Rather than simply implementing a straightforward excise tax on petroleum products, the bill hands off near-plenary regulatory power to the California Air Resources Board and authorizes them to implement a vaguely-defined cap-and-trade system, plus whatever other regulations pop into their heads. The whole scheme is designed to ensure that the voters never find out what the emissions reductions are actually costing them.”
America is addicted to oil. The addiction gets us into wars, keeps us from exploring other sources of energy, and does grave damage to the environment. One way to fight this is through tax based government intervention.

However, an upfront tax on petroleum products will NEVER be passed by our governing bodies. So, they get sneaky and pass something like AB32, which tries to do the same thing by creating an “Air Resources Board”. ( To be honest, this is the first PG has heard of AB 32, and is depending on TheRadicalModerate (spell check suggestions:Therapeutically, Thermodynamical, Thermostatically, Moderateness) for his information.) When the people find out what is going on, they trust the government even less. The damage to the planet by oil addiction continues, with the people helpless to do anything to stop it.

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  1. Morgan K Freeberg said, on September 29, 2010 at 2:42 pm

    First question I ask when someone tells me we have to sacrifice to protect the environment, is how his bathroom is lit up. Mine has five CFLs, and I believe if you checked it now you’d find three unscrewed & left dangling. I typically break the contact on two or three of them and leave ’em that way. For those midnight visits this is actually a preferable setting.

    Anybody who tells me human activity is harming the planet, if he’s got his bathroom fully lit up I don’t want to hear a single syllable out of that guy. Because then I know it’s got nothing to do with conserving energy or any other resource, it’s about bossing people around.

    In the case of the AB32 board, and cap-n-tax, it’s about making obscene amounts of loot without producing anything that helps people. A pox on all of ’em.

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