Thursday, March 24, 2011

Of Pawns and Patsies

I got into a discussion on Facebook with a liberal friend of mine regarding high speed rail.  He had posted a link to an article wherein it was stated that the tea partier folks were patsies and puppets of the oil industry and the Koch brothers because of some tenuous link between a group to whom the Kochs donate and an unfavorable report regarding high speed rail.

Apparently the shell game meme du jour designed to keep the minds of the liberal public off of the fact that their golden boy has just gotten the US involved in another war is that those benighted provincials can't see the wonders of high speed rail and the joys that it would bring to the populace.

So let's take a look and see how well other 'green' initiatives have worked in practice, not just when someone is sitting around a table smoking dope and saying 'oh man wouldn't it be cool if...':

Wind Power: Scotland--In the middle of winter, Scotland had to buy nuclear-generated power from France because their turbines quit spinning (more on the problems with British wind power here).  Ironically enough, the Scottish government opposes nuclear power.

Solar Power:  Spain--Spain was the poster child for solar power.  Only it turned out that it wasn't actually solar power.  It was diesel on solar panels to generate solar power at night.  Since the government was subsidizing the cost, it was more profitable to bring in generators so the panels could work 24/7.  Without the subsidies, the solar power craze will (and is) crumbling.

High Speed Rail:  an article in the Boston Globe detailing some of the problems from 1992; a June 2010 article from the CATO Institute that looks at the issues with US high speed rail (actually moderate speed rail) along with the issues with Europe's and Japan's existing high speed rail systems and also debunks claims about the efficacy of high speed rail.

So we have proven issues with all of the above 'green initiatives' but yet the Obama administration, the MSM, and liberal greenies are still touting these as viable alternatives.  Maybe on a small scale, as a supplement, they are.  But not in lieu of existing methods of power generation and for getting from point a to point b.

Who really are the patsies and the puppets??

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