What Our Politicians Have Done To America Part 12
One of the most laughable ‘goals’ of the Agenda 2030 crowd is to ensure access to affordable, sustainable and ‘modern’ energy for all. I find this laughable because the only affordable, reliable, sustainable energy is fossil fuels and that is the energy source that they are trying to eliminate for ‘other sources’ which many don’t even exist. Question: Do you fill your car’s tank with gasoline that is part cellulosic ethanol, an environment-friendly distillate of wood chips, corn cobs, and switch grass? Let me answer for you: No, you don’t. You couldn’t if you wanted to. Petroleum products blended with cellulosic ethanol aren’t commercially available, because the technology for mass-producing cellulosic ethanol hasn’t been perfected. None of which has stopped the Environmental Protection Agency from imposing hefty yearly fines on oil refiners. According to the The New York Times, in 2011 automotive fuel producers were assessed $6.8 million in penalties. That amount is expected to climb dramatically this year. Guess who ends up footing the bill for the difference?
This has got to be the ultimate example of government bureaucracy gone mad. How did it happen? Blame can be divided over the last two administrations. In his 2006 State of the Union Address, George W. Bush promised to “fund additional research in cutting-edge methods of producing ethanol, not just from corn, but from wood chips and stalks or switch grass.” The following year, Bush signed into law the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 (EISA), which mandates that oil refiners begin blending cellulosic ethanol into their gasoline and diesel products.
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The “advanced biofuel contribution” under the law was to begin in 2009 at 0.6 billion gallons of cellulosic biomass and rise incrementally, first to 1.35 billion gallons in 2011, then to 2 billion gallons in 2012, and so on. By 2022, 21 billion gallons of fuel pumped into the nation’s cars and trucks was to be cellulosic ethanol.
The law further stipulated that if refiners failed to comply with the EPA mandate, they would pay a penalty.
The only problem with this arrangement was that the grant recipients responsible for coming up with Bush’s “cutting-edge methods of producing ethanol … from wood chips and stalks or switch grass” instead came up empty. 1
The real goal is to penalize coal, gas and oil while pushing what has been nothing but failed ‘green energy’. We saw Obama fund several of these companies and virtually all have gone bankrupt within a five year period. So far, 36 companies that were offered federal support from taxpayers are faltering — either having gone bankrupt or laying off workers or heading for bankruptcy. This list includes only those companies that received federal money from the Obama Administration’s Department of Energy and other agencies. The amount of money indicated does not reflect how much was actually received or spent but how much was offered. The amount also does not include other state, local, and federal tax credits and subsidies, which push the amount of money these companies have received from taxpayers even higher.
The complete list of faltering or bankrupt green-energy companies: Evergreen Solar ($25 million)*, SpectraWatt ($500,000)*, Solyndra ($535 million)*, Beacon Power ($43 million)*, Nevada Geothermal ($98.5 million), SunPower ($1.2 billion), First Solar ($1.46 billion), Babcock and Brown ($178 million) EnerDel’s subsidiary Ener1 ($118.5 million)*, Amonix ($5.9 million) Fisker Automotive ($529 million), Abound Solar ($400 million)*, A123 Systems ($279 million)*,
Willard and Kelsey Solar Group ($700,981)*, Johnson Controls ($299 million), Schneider Electric ($86 million), Brightsource ($1.6 billion), ECOtality ($126.2 million), Raser Technologies ($33 million)*, Energy Conversion Devices ($13.3 million)*, Mountain Plaza, Inc. ($2 million)*, Olsen’s Crop Service and Olsen’s Mills Acquisition Company ($10 million)*, Range Fuels ($80 million)*, Thompson River Power ($6.5 million)*, Stirling Energy Systems ($7 million)*, Azure Dynamics ($5.4 million)*, GreenVolts ($500,000) Vestas ($50 million), LG Chem’s subsidiary Compact Power ($151 million), Nordic Windpower ($16 million)*, Navistar ($39 million), Satcon ($3 million)*, Konarka Technologies Inc. ($20 million)*, Mascoma Corp. ($100 million). 2
Of course MSM will not remind us of these fiascos and they hope you don’t remember them either. It has seem to only prove that the fuels we are using now have been and will be the best in the future but the produce individual wealth and independence and that is totally against the goals of the globalists.
Another one of their goals is to provide a strong economy for full employment. This has never happened in the history of man and never will especially if the government is running the businesses. We are seeing what the party of the left is attempting to ‘equalize’ salaries by trying to make minimum wage, a wage intended to be for entry level wage, and make it a livable wage. They don’t understand the ramifications of their outrageous demands for high wages in low pay jobs. This is exactly what the left pushed for… Fast food chains were never meant to be a place for someone to raise a family of 6, they were to be part time positions with some full-time advancements. Mostly the fast food restaurants were for school aged kids to learn how to interact with people, with a job, to offer spending money, and to begin responsibility learning for their future.
The part time position was not intended to pay for a house, it is a stepping stone to move on.
$15.00/hr x 8 hrs= $120/day x 5 days= $600/week x 52 weeks = $31,200/year!!
Of course when this happens, like it did today in Los Angeles, the poor and unskilled workers will go on Welfare, and cost American workers more to support them.
McDonald’s recently came out with their answer to those that want $15/hr pay.
This month in Europe McDonald’s hired 7,000 touch-screen cashiers.3
History has documented that when government tries to control the economy it is a total failure. This is prevalent in FDR’s administration. The economic policies or FDR were disastrous for economic growth but it is an example of government attempting to control economic growth that has always been controlled by the free market. Two UCLA economists say they have figured out why the Great Depression dragged on for almost 15 years, and they blame a suspect previously thought to be beyond reproach: President Franklin D. Roosevelt.
After scrutinizing Roosevelt’s record for four years, Harold L. Cole and Lee E. Ohanian conclude in a new study that New Deal policies signed into law 71 years ago thwarted economic recovery for seven long years.
“Why the Great Depression lasted so long has always been a great mystery, and because we never really knew the reason, we have always worried whether we would have another 10- to 15-year economic slump,” said Ohanian, vice chair of UCLA’s Department of Economics. “We found that a relapse isn’t likely unless lawmakers gum up a recovery with ill-conceived stimulus policies.”
In an article in the August issue of the Journal of Political Economy, Ohanian and Cole blame specific anti-competition and pro-labor measures that Roosevelt promoted and signed into law June 16, 1933.
“President Roosevelt believed that excessive competition was responsible for the Depression by reducing prices and wages, and by extension reducing employment and demand for goods and services,” said Cole, also a UCLA professor of economics. “So he came up with a recovery package that would be unimaginable today, allowing businesses in every industry to collude without the threat of antitrust prosecution and workers to demand salaries about 25 percent above where they ought to have been, given market forces. The economy was poised for a beautiful recovery, but that recovery was stalled by these misguided policies.” 4 I don’t believe that these policies were really intended to revive the economy but to put businesses under more control of the government.
The more we see of these ‘goals’ the more we see the real reason for them is total control of the masses by the elite.
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