Plano Texas Politics

July 1, 2009

The Problems with the Cap and Trade

Only 2% of the world’s energy comes from renewable resources, yet Obama believes that we can now make that number skyrocket just by making it a bill. Dr. Keith Lockitch of the Ayn Rand Institute wrote this about using more “green” resources.

“This view is a fantasy–one that could devastate America’s economy. The reality is that “green energy” is at best a sophisticated make-work program.”

Barrack Obama said:

“Under my plan of a cap-and-trade system, electricity rates would necessarily skyrocket.”

Why? Because it will be nearly impossible to use green energy. Dr. Lockitch said that it would take “1,000 wind turbines, occupying tens of thousands of acres, to produce as much electricity as just one medium-sized, coal-fired power plant.”

Despite our promises from our president this Cap and Trade bill will not work.

We need to stand up and show President Obama that he can’t sneak things in behind our back. We will stand and fight! We must protest this Cap and Trade bill and not allow it to be passed in the Senate. Let us act now before it is too late. Our government for the people, and by the people will not perish!

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~James Dalley



  1. But nobody asks the next question:

    Q. Are 1,000 wind turbines a lot?
    A. No

    Q. Once in place are they eternally reusable?
    A. Yes

    Q. Do they provide permanent jobs for construction and maintenance?
    A. Yes. Whereas coal plants eventually run out of coal, shut down and destroy whole communities.

    Comment by Simon — July 14, 2009 @ 6:00 pm | Reply

    • 1,000 wind turbines may not seem like a lot but that many turbines has to cover ACRES of land, multiple acres, probably about ten thousand acres. And yes they are reusable. Of course they break down like anything else, and wind isn’t always blowing. And finally, you don’t need people out there doing maintenance the whole time! It doesn’t help jobs that much.

      Comment by jdalley — July 14, 2009 @ 6:12 pm | Reply

      • Have you ever seen wind turbines in operation James? They don’t need 10 acres of land each, they’re very efficient. You can fit them quite close together. Some countries have way more than this from Australia to Egypt. In Copenhagen in Denmark they have some out in the sea itself (which looks pretty weird :)).

        They also don’t always need the wind to blow. Modern electricity networks have capacitors and other similar devices on them that allow the storage of electricity generated at periods of high wind for use when there’s not much. They’re a very viable technology and nothing to be scared of.

        Comment by Simon — July 14, 2009 @ 6:53 pm

      • I do not fear them, in fact I rather like them, but I do not believe that it is the governments job to force companies to have to start using wind turbines. Also as I previously stated things like wind turbines only produce a small, small percentage of our energy.

        Comment by jdalley — July 14, 2009 @ 6:58 pm

      • That’s because you haven’t built a lot of them yet 🙂

        But the topic here is, again, government. Who else but government can ensure fair treatment from energy companies, fair prices and good business conditions. It’s all well and good to say companies should not be forced to use turbines (which they’re not, it’s just one way the electricity they use can be generated) but they do need an energy provider.

        Remember Enron? Remember the forced brown-outs in California just to drive up profits, ensuring that businesses could not operate, hospitals, schools, etc. That’s what happens key infrastructure is left in unaccountable hands like a company.

        I am all for free business and freedom to determine your life. I am not for allowing bigger businesses to hold everyone else hostage for their own short term gain (as Enron did) because that damages everyone.

        Comment by Simon — July 14, 2009 @ 7:25 pm

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