I predict future happiness for Americans if they can prevent the government from wasting the labors of the people under the pretense of taking care of them.- Thomas Jefferson.

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Monday, July 19, 2010

As they say in Missoouri, show me- Alt energy

by Frank M. Hughes on July 16, 2010 at 2:30pm

One-time Congressman Willard Vandiver is credited with saying, “Frothy eloquence neither convinces nor satisfies me. I am from Missouri. You have got to show me."

I suggest this is a fitting reaction to today’s oil drilling debate, as well as the seed issue which fans the opposition to hydrocarbon fuels: global warming, now known as climate change because the original tag didn’t excite enough citizens. Many unsuspecting people accepted the declaration of some alleged scientists(the same experts who just a few years earlier were frantic about a coming ice age) that the debate is over, the science is in, CO2 emissions from fossil fuels is increasing the earth’s temperature and we are headed toward an apocalyptic calamity. With Climategate, we have all seen how that’s working out. It seems the scientific evidence wasn’t scientifically or diligently accumulated and reported.

So, instead of tricks, you who oppose oil drilling in the Gulf of Mexico, show me the alternative or renewable energy equivalents to fossil fuels that are immediately available and capable of actually replacing coal, oil, and natural gas. Webster’s says “equivalent” means to have power, value, or outcome equal to something else; so show me the alternative energy equivalent you will substitute for the versatility, reliability, economical efficiency, and energy output of any of the fossil fuels. Show me that these equivalent energy sources will provide the same low-cost energy that now preserves the personal and national security of the American people, and that this energy will maintain or build on the $13 trillion economy and affluent life styles bequeathed to humanity by fossil fuels.

Show me the energy source equivalent to hydrocarbon fuels in generating the nation’s electric power. I hear political trumpeting about moving forward with “clean energy,” but it is all show and no-go. Lack of substance stimulates scrutiny like “where’s the beef?”

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