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  • Big Goverment Spends Taxpayer Dollars to Study Energy Behavior

    From E&E News:

    “House Science and Technology Committee yesterday approved legislation to establish a social and behavioral sciences research program at the Energy Department.
    The Science Committee also approved three bills to focus DOE research on energy efficiency and advanced energy technologies through programs in advanced vehicle technologies, wind energy and natural gas turbines.

    Rep. Brian Baird’s (D-Wash.) H.R. 3247, would authorize $10 million annually over six years to better understand why people make certain decisions about energy technologies in an effort to spur greater market adoption, he said.”

    We don’t need to spend $10 million to understand why people make the energy decisions that they do. That is simple. Free people are rational and they want reliable energy at an affordable price.

    What requires studying (and we might even support this as a federal expenditure) is why politicians are so keen to force expensive, unproven energy technologies – making Americans pay doubly – for more energy subsidies and for pricier electricity.

    We know the answer to that, too. It’s this green movement that’s going on in Washington. But on Capitol Hill, it takes a different meaning. It’s green, as in cash.

    E&E goes on:

    Rep. David Wu (D-Ore.) pointed to numerous studies that show how changes in behavior can lead to substantial energy savings without huge costs. He added that the $60 million price tag over six years, while significant, is worth spending if it will lead to “free savings.”

    Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-Calif.) took GOP criticism of the bill one step further, arguing that establishing a program focused on changing people’s behavior oversteps the boundaries of the federal government’s role.”

    So the government is using taxpayer dollars to change people’s behavior? Rohrabacher goes on to say, “At some point controlling people’s behavior and social engineering becomes a threat to people’s freedom.” That point starts with the first dollar spent on social engineering. Social engineering is nothing more than an attempt by the government to manipulate people’s decisions based on certain political agendas.

    But we shouldn’t be surprised.

    Using social engineering to compel free people to engage in irrational economic activity is the only thing that Waxman-Markey cap and trade advocates have left. The fact is that their global warming facts are becoming demonstrably more fictitious with each day that passes.

    They preach about warming as we experience record low temperature. They tell us about scientific consensuses in the face of scientific dissent. We are promised jobs as unemployment rises. They say that energy prices will decrease despite a tax on 85% of our energy sources.

    Social engineering is pure arrogance. Perhaps they need a reminder from F.A. Hayek:

    The curious task of economics is to demonstrate to men how little they really know about what they imagine they can design.”

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    11 Responses to Big Goverment Spends Taxpayer Dollars to Study Energy Behavior

    1. Stephan Andrew Brodh says:

      Rep. David Wu (D-Ore.) pointed to numerous studies that show how changes in behavior can lead to substantial energy savings without huge costs. He added that the $60 million price tag over six years, while significant, is worth spending if it will lead to “free savings.”

      Democratic Socialists are all about infecting our lives with Kudzu government. They feel every American should be controlled from cradle to grave. They feel every thought, every action, every right should be under Kudzu government control. The 111th Congress "The Great Socialist Sovereignless Insolvent Society" wants to create lambs for slaughter, and corporate zombies that will fall for anything! This is an insult to the hard working Americans that pay the salaries!

      http://WWW.StephanAndrewBrodheadForCongress.com

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    3. Spiritof76 says:

      I have an idea to change Rep. Wu's initiative. Let us erect prison type bars in the Capitol Building, cut out the air conditioning and see what the idiots that we send to Congress do to survive in that condition. May be we will find out they will stop screwing around with tax payers' hard earned money. These people are criminals.

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    5. Bobbie Jay says:

      The government refuses to grasp the truth and facts. The country will collapse because of. This is intentional.

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    7. Debt Settlement Prog says:

      punctilious post. simply one unimportant where I bicker with it. I am emailing you in detail.

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    9. Lisa Hammer, Cambrid says:

      "Free people are rational. . . "

      Is it rational to pay to use a clothes dryer for 45 minutes at a crack when one could use a clothesline and bleach the clothes cleaner by sunlight, make them smell fresher, at NO cost (beyond erecting the clothesline)? Full-time workers may not always have the time to hang out clothes, but others do.

      Free people are not rational.

    10. http://e-uroloji.com says:

      The government does not to see the truth and facts. these are populist politics.
      http://e-uroloji.com

    11. Jerry, El Paso,TX. says:

      I'm not one to lit this pass. I did not see any coment that agreed with this assonine move. If you want to stop this type of abuse, lits talk and work out a plan or group to stop it.

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