The President of the United States has always been a powerful figure. The office transcends the man in all cases. It makes the weak powerful, the stupid smart (to a degree), and gives them a famed “bully-pulpit” to tell the country why we should (or shouldn’t) be doing whatever it is they want us to do (or not to do). And it is no different with Barack Obama. The only difference is his misguided plans and faulty thinking is costing us trillions.
Need an example? How about his “all of the above (except coal) energy policy”. Now, I live in the desert. The state of Arizona is the sunniest state in the nation. In fact, if you look at a list of the top ten sunniest places in the world, Arizona has five of them (trivia question: Where is the sunniest? Answer to follow). It makes a lot of sense to use solar energy here where we get 300 days of sunshine every year. I’m all for that. In fact, our electric company has a HUGE solar farm out west of Phoenix. And it was the very first upgrade my wife and I made when we moved in. We put 36 solar panels on our house. It took the electric bill from an average of $275 a month (it gets hot in the summer here) to $17.
But it’s not a smart play everywhere…even in the Mojave Desert. And that is where Obama has run into problems. There is a solar farm there called Ivanpah that is tanking. Why? Well, they put it in a place that is not producing nearly enough energy than what they thought. And the Obama administration gave Ivanpah a loan guarantee of $1.6 billion dollars. So what’s wrong with that? The plant is only producing 45% of what its capacity is, and the state of California wants to shut it down.
Remember another failed solar panel place up the road in Fremont, California called Solyndra? The US Government in its infinite wisdom gave them $536 million. The state of California kicked in another $25 million in tax benefits. And Solyndra promptly went out of business. That’s $2 billion of YOUR money that has been wasted. It’s gone. It’s just two examples of several hundred where the Obama energy plan has gone awry.
So, we have to ask ourselves, was it a bad idea or just bad timing? Frankly, I don’t have a problem with an “all of the above” energy strategy. They do a lot of wind power out near Palm Springs, California. There are many places that do. They have hundreds of wind mills. And they generate a lot of power with it. It makes sense. Of course, the birds don’t like it, but there’s always a price. And here, solar makes sense. But we still use oil, we still use coal. We still use natural gas, and you want to know something? Regardless what Gina McCarthy at the EPA says…and regardless what Hillary Clinton is telling the coal miners of southeastern Ohio…we will ALWAYS be using fossil fuel, including coal. And that’s the dirty little secret in Obama’s screwed up thinking. He thinks he can change the way America operates. Sorry Bobo. It doesn’t work out that way.
The world will continue to run on oil until there is an incredibly cheaper fuel source for all of us. That won’t happen in any of our lifetimes!
Carry on world…you’re dismissed!