Tuesday, February 21, 2006

Cynicism Watch

by Joe Miller

From CNN:
On the eve of a presidential visit to a renewable energy lab in Colorado, the Department of Energy said it has transferred $5 million to the operation, which had funding cut and employees laid off this month due to budget shortfalls.
I'm sure that there is a perfectly good explanation for this, and that it's not at all a sudden realization that what had been a perfectly good photo op was about to turn into (another) PR disaster. Of course the administration cares about renewable resources. What, you think we like it that oil prices are high? Oh, wait...


Anonymous Mitch Ullman said...

Buck the trend! Ignore society's evils! Live in the woods, by yourself!

Wait, wrong Cynics.

What is interesting to me about the whole "new" proposition is that it isn't new. It is about 15 years along now and was one of the things that was supposed to get the axe during the first Bush II's term.
I wonder, is this really a ploy to get those swing voters in time for the next election? Perhaps it's time to get out the "compassionate conservative" hats out again.

2:09 PM  
Blogger Rick said...

This has been going on since the late 70's oil crisis (when global cooling was all the rage). No one has really done anything about it. I admit (and so does Bush) that its a bit ironic that an oil man is touting energy reform. Is it at least POSSIBLE that the government sees the light when it comes to renewable energy? I hope so. Now if we can just get Dems to allow wind farms to block their view of an empty ocean, or enviromentalists to let a nuclear power plant be built, or pseudo-scientists to quit saying that solar power absorbs too much heat that is supposed to be reflected back into space (and increases global warming). As far as I know, cold fusion hasn't been worked out yet, there is going to be some impact from anything we do.

5:20 PM  
Blogger Joe Miller said...

I really hate to say this, but I'm pretty much with Rick on this one. One of the biggest reasons that we are "addicted to oil" is that it's really quite difficult to gain approval for any alternate energy sources.

Nuclear power is actually far safer than it was in the days of Three Mile Island, and reactors are far, far cleaner than once they were. Wind farms provide power basically for free.

My favorite (Beware: my inner SF geek demands to be heard!) are solar power satellites, which may be cost effective within a few more years.

9:53 PM  

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