It ain’t easy being green

8 Mar

I’m not an environmentalist by any means, which tends to make me think of Greenpeace protestors and other sorts of cause to the extreme folks.

But I do consider myself a conservationist. Someone who sees beauty in nature and understands the practical value of preserving as much of the earth as possible, while not withholding the needs of the population.  Treat mother nature well and she’ll treat you in kind, much the same way that we take care of our cars and homes.

Having said that, the idea of green energy just doesn’t jibe with reality and I rage about the constant talk of its need.

Before we continue, lets get this straightened out. Environmentally friendly and green energy are two different things. Environmentally friendly is things like reusable shopping bags, CFL bulbs, or products made with less waste and packaging, etc. These are generally good things.

Green energy on the other hand are things like wind and solar energy, and electric car companies. These are companies that aren’t offering standard consumer products that simply appeal to a buyers more noble intentions, but rather utility companies. And nobody likes utility companies, despite their utmost necessity. Nobody.

I offer you video from Nightline ABC, the segment offers up a nice piece of journalism on electric car companies and their lack of success.

The first problem is that the United States Government is spending billions of dollars on these green energy companies, which are failing left and right. The billions that is spent on this is really only a measly drop in the deficit bucket, so fiscally the problem is quite small against the bigger mess (but that’s a talk for another day).

The real problem is that the President has been pushing green energy on the market, even though it’s legitimately not ready to do the job, while simultaneously pushing good ole fossil fuels and coal off the dance floor while they’re still cutting a rug.

When you give $500 million dollars to a company like Solyndra and they go broke, it’s because there is no market for their product. It would be swell if we could use solar and wind energy as a viable option or if electric cars could be the next great thing, but they aren’t viable, not now anyway. The technology and the need isn’t there yet and throwing money at it won’t make it happen any sooner. Markets and technology have to follow their natural course, whatever that entails.

Put it this way, you can’t sell Ipods if you don’t first create Itunes.

The government needs to learn that it can’t dictate markets, not effectively, not if you have to force it. And not ethically, not if you have to force it.

At most, the government should plan for a future with green energy, not spend billions trying to make the future today.

And if the want to know what that future entails they don’t have to waste billions figuring it out. Go talk to and learn from the garage engineers and basement tinkerers. The folks who invent things in their own homes, with their own money, in their spare time. The people who end up in popular mechanics, not TIME magazine.

These folks are the innovators, discoverers, and builders. The ones who see a need and address it as a challenge to be met. Non-partisan and goal oriented. The complete opposite of the relationship that currently exists with the broke and bankrupt green energy companies.

Ironically the folks who rage against the evil oil companies for A) Obscene profits B) Environmental hazards and destruction, and C) Tax breaks, don’t realize that they’re essentially arguing for swapping in Solyndra for Exxon. Just because they make solar panels doesn’t mean they too can’t commit those three exact claims.

I’m not necessarily defending oil corporations, but I at least see their value and necessity and how important they are.

Keep it up and in 50 years we’ll see who’s gouging consumers, the guy who’s competing for your business, or the mandated wind energy company who charges you more (while giving you less) when the wind dies down cause you’re suddenly hogging a greater percentage of the already pathetic power yield.


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