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  • The Renewable Electricity Standard Game Plan

    This week, National Journal hosted an energy, environment, and economic policy summit on the Renewable Electricity Standard (RES). Participants included Sens. Mark Begich (D-AK) and Sam Brownback (R-KS); Dr. Robert Simon, the Majority Staff Director of the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources; David Friedman, the Research Director of the Union of Concerned Scientists; and Phil Sharp, the President of Resources for the Future.

    RES proponents acknowledged that the nation’s current double digit unemployment makes near term adoption of RES politically impossible, but they also outlined a long-term strategy: 1) personal relationships and deals with other Senators; 2) national security messaging; and 3) putting a figurative gun to the nation’s head in the form of the EPA.

    Not discussed was how RES fans plan to get around the huge economic costs their policies would inflict on a fragile economy. The Heritage Foundation’s Center for Data Analysis has found that an RES would cut national income by $5.2 trillion between 2012 and 2035, cut income for a family of four by $2400 per year, and reduce employment by more than 1,000,000 jobs.

    While diverse energy sources are ideal, the market is far better at picking industry winners and losers than the government ever could be.  Investors will develop competitive energy products where they see a profit to be made and this is much better than powerful special interests pushing for government funding of uncompetitive products, making energy more expensive for all and disproportionately hurting the poor.

    Finally, the strategy gets harsh.  If they cannot win their friends and cannot convince the public that they are acting in what they would consider their best interest, though causing the economy to nose-dive, they will put a figurative gun to the heads of their colleagues through EPA regulations.  Using this back-door method to mandate intrusive environmental regulations is not only unsavory but also ignores the collective will of the people.

    There is never a good time for policies which hurt our economy, but pushing costly environmental agendas through at a time when our country is in economic trouble will not only be ineffective but shows an insensitivity to the livelihoods and security of Americans.

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    3. Al Pipkin says:

      The beginning premise that we "need" a National Energy Policy is fallacious. Those who develop the policy are saying, among other things, that they are smart enough to determine what the country's energy mix should be into the future. California has a default energy policy called AB 32 and those who are setting the policy are driving the state into bankruptcy.

      We became the greatest nation on earth … and in history, because until recently We The People didn't let an elite group of "intellectuals" write policy that controlled our lives. Today, unfortunately, the nanny state is alive and well.

    4. Jeanne Stotler, Wood says:

      We are seriously considering solar panels with battery back ups. We already have an emergency setup where if we lose electricity batteries take over some and then have a generator for things like the frig and freezer. The Elec. companies do not like it if you provide your own electric, in Fla. a man put up a windmill and provided all his needs and most for the neighbors on each side. FP and L took him to court and he won,(can't provide neighbors) in fact FPand L was ordered to buy his excess power, most of us home owners can do the same, just need laws to allow us to put up a windmill or just install solar panels. These panels are capable of storing unused power. Florida had them in the 40's and 50's then they started to fade out, new ones are more effeciant.

    5. TJS, FL says:

      We do have a national energry policy. It is to cripple all conventional energy, including nuclear. Big government is our enemy, working hard against us every day. We need to cut all government in half, including all regulations.

    6. Dennis Georgia says:

      We the people ruled by the elite. We the people are to stupid to make our own decisions, business is to stupid to make sound investments, the only ones with the ability are those that have an ivey league degree, and are in the "guvment" employe. Oh well the dumb lead by the ignorant are following along like the good little sheep we are, all the way to the slaughter house.

    7. Tom Georgia says:

      Most of the cost of government folly will be dumped down the income ladder into the lives of the people and families toward the bottom. The further down it gets dumped, the harder it hits and the worse it hurts when it lands on someone's or some family's back.

      Then the freedom-fearing regressive statist so-called liberals who commit the folly will almost always find a way to convince their victims that it was not they who caused the pain but that instead it was conservatives and that their victims should certainly go the polls in the next election and vote for liberals.

      Don't you just love politics, political parties and politicians?

      Has our federal government passed the point of no return so that its collapse is now inevitable and unavoidable? I think the odds are greater than fifty percent that our federal government is now F. U. B. A. R.

    8. Spiritof76, NH says:

      Let me put a figurative gun to the environmental wackos, killers of jobs, prosperity and creators of poverty. Cut them off from the electric grid-no power from the conventional power plants. Let them survive witn solar and wind. Cut them off oil, gasoline, diesel, jet fuel and natural gas. Let them walk or use sail boats.

      I am sick and tired of these wackos. Let us start with the Concerned scientists- phony scientists that spread lies on nuclear energy production and killed that industry.

      Let us see how long these useful idiots survive in a cave. Solar and wind energies are losers. They can never succeed because they have to be concentrated and second, there is no known viable electric hige storage devices.

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