GOP ignored energy opportunity
Thursday, April 25, 2019
Back in the 1970s, America, in its dependence on fossil fuels, suffered from the OPEC oil cartel embargo. It caused everything to rise, inflation, unemployment, interest rates, all connected to higher prices at the pump. President Carter saw our national vulnerability to polluting toxic finite fossil fuels and went full fledge into seeking alternative energy sources, and as a symbol from the top down he put solar panels, then in their infancy, on the White House roof. Ronald Raygun came in with his Bechtel crowd, scrapped every alternative energy program, and tore those panels down from the White House roof — Republicanism at work.
I maintain that if we stayed on the road of developing and implementing clean green energy sources, by now, 39 years later, we would have a different world. We could have incentivized clean green start-ups that provided quality low-cost energy while implementing a Manhattan project style push toward renewable energy and developing new sources as well as technologies. There is no telling what technologies would have been developed by now. And with our government funding it like it did the space program, the emerging resulting technologies and patents could be retained by the U.S. government to be used freely by the free market for low cost energy to be used by the public. That would have circumvented disasters like Solyndra.
But now China has cornered the market on solar panels, not us. It's as if we are stuck with buggy whips even as automobiles were emerging. They let the “free” market lead us by the nose. No wonder they didn't want to change over from their cash cow. Family home energy independence is not as profitable, but you cannot serve God and mammon. We see what Republicans represent.
Robert W. Tyson