It Makes My Head Hurt

We have stellar examples of how not to problems with the end of the Glasgow doomsday conflab and the announcement of the administration’s green plans. As stated before, you sell people by listening to their questions and resolving objections. The rich western nations led by the U.S. insist on telling the developing world they must use preferred renewable energy sources, wind and solar, to power growth. If poorer countries want help and financing for energy projects, don’t deviate. However, Africans favor natural gas and thermal projects to power much-needed economic development.

Africa and the other developing areas see Europe’s energy turmoil brought on by unreliable wind and solar and ask if these aren’t working for you, why should we follow? The real question is, why have we narrowed our solutions?

If we look at the recently passed infrastructure bill and the administration announced plans to build offshore windmills up and down our coasts, we see the plan to power America in the future. Windmills and solar panels power homes, industry, and electric transport. Oh, sure, they give lip service to other possibilities but have you seen a new nuclear, hydrogen, or thermal plant come online lately. Anything scheduled for next year? 

By the time new ideas are ripe for broad implementation, entrenched wind and solar-powered electricity will be well protected by stakeholders better known as crony capitalists. It’s nearly impossible to reverse once the politicians team up with special interests. Why else are we still burning corn in our gas tanks? 

Meanwhile, we impede fossil fuels at every turn. No pipelines, drilling on federal lands, or offshore. Capital investment in the sector is discouraged. As a result, we’ve lost our energy independence and paying sky-high prices.

Government pressure to close coal and nuclear plants and growing difficulty in building and supplying natural gas plants lead us to ask how we avoid what Europe is already experiencing. Unfortunately, wind and solar need either storage methods that don’t yet exist or backup power when the sun doesn’t shine or the wind doesn’t blow. In any case, powering heavy transport, planes, truck, trains, and ships with heavy batteries is unworkable, hence the interest in hydrogen.

Rapid strides in thermal, nuclear power, hydrogen, and fusion technologies could at any time provide more convenient, cheaper, and reliable energy. A combination of nuclear and hydrogen is drawing attention.  Nobody thought we could get oil and gas from rocks until we did. A breakthrough in any of these areas is possible anytime.

If a better solution comes about for us and the rest of the world, we may find ourselves over-invested in unreliable wind and solar. Who will want a heavy battery-powered car when everyone switches to lighter, more manageable hydrogen? If large trucks go with hydrogen, it would mean coast-to-coast pumps. Even without electric cars’ billions of charging station subsidies, hydrogen fillup would soon be available everywhere. 

The problem with the government dictating economic actions is over or under-investment. When many options compete, the market will sort it out if left alone. When government interferes with enormous subsidies for some and restrictions for others, you get the U.S.S.R. We know how that ended. 

Let’s level the playing field here and abroad and choose the best energy sources. Quit the subsidies for wind, solar and electric transport and show proper respect for natural gas as a great transitional solution. If we want to wean Africa, India, and China off coal, natural gas works better than wind and solar. Gas was rapidly replacing coal here, resulting in our world-leading reductions in CO2 and pollution. That should work for others. Why are we standing in the way?

Washington Post columnist Marc Thiessen, who exposed how Critical race theory (CRT) is in our schools, has provided a concise explanation of CRT from a leading historian. The U.S. was born in the “Age of Reason,” with our founding documents based on rational thinking. From Immanuel Kant’s “Critical Thinking” to the writings of Marx and Engels, we can see a reaction to the strict rules of reason. We can go to dark places if we forego reason, such as Marxism or Nazism.

Many teachers and administrators claim they don’t teach CRT in our schools are laughable. Immersing grade-schoolers in Marxism in the old Soviet Union is well known. Students saturated in propaganda, and the Marist version of history didn’t have to read “Das Kapital.'” The Soviets tailored their indoctrination to the age of the students. The same goes for today in China and North Korea.

The New York Times has just published a book version of its “1619 Project” with added materials and a children’s version called “The 1619 Project ‘Born on the Water.” Even after the Virginia parents revolt election, the Times doubles down. Could these be included in the “1619 Project materials the Times already provide to schools?

Reasonable scholars have found N.Y. Time’s “1619 Project” wanting. It’s clear the teachers, administrators, and the N.Y. Times aren’t interested in a rational discussion of race and our history. Like so many others, my head hurts because we should look at things through the constraints of reason when others place little value on rational thinking.  

Speaking of irrational thinking by those who should know better, how often are we told 17 Nobel Prize-winning economists favor Biden’s “Build Back Better” legislation. This letter was back in September. Even today, we haven’t seen the final version of the bill. It keeps changing. Precisely what are they supporting? How can they lend their names to something they can’t know? I believe there are 35 living American economics Nobel winners. What of the others? Were only the like-minded polled, or were the others unsupportive? Their letter is an embarrassment and further undermines our faith in “experts.” 

We’ve seen 27 “experts” claiming in the prominent Lancet Medical Journal; Covid couldn’t possibly have come from a Wuhan lab leak. Who now believes that? People who know better should stop putting their names on things that later make them look silly.

I think I’ll take some ibuprofen and wait for more crazy assertions.

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