Please note that thoughtful people acknowledge that climate change is happening. There is little doubt that our planet is warming, and that man's activities are contributing to it, namely, burning fossil fuels.
Seems like now is the time you'd want a communications director. Why the huge shortfall, council?
You still have to be REGISTERED to vote - illegal immigrants can't register. Fraud doesn't exist according to the last two Secretaries of State - one of which was Matt Blunt.
I love LEDs. They are expensive now for home use, but they sip energy and last a long time. Notice that most industries have gone to this technology - from stoplights to the headlights on cars - because of efficiency. Conservation makes economic sense.
The real savings of switching comes in lower energy usage. Since we burn coal for most of our electricity, it's keeping pollutants out of the air. China is struggling with smog issues right now because they don't have all the protections we added over the years.
When you buy a bulb, there's no charge for what the energy needed to power it does to the enivronment.
The last line says it all.
“It undermines the ability of the Energy Department to enforce standards that are going to give consumers tremendous savings as well as reduce pollution.”
This is a great example of why governement is necessary. We can't wait for the market to make the right decision, It's always cheaper to exploit the environment.
Long term, more efficient bulbs are the right decision, but it's hard to see past the purchase price. It's incorrectly percieved that the market has spoken, but in reality, it's a sign of an imperfect market.
Actually, oil prices peaked at nearly $150 a barrel in 2008 under... wait for it... George W. Bush.
Oil shale is an evironmental train wreck, just as the tar sands have been. Supply has stagnated, while demand around the world continues to grow. US production peaked in 1970, and while it's crept up the last few years, we don't have enough to supply us even a few months a year.
Here's the kicker - the world's largest supplier, Saudi Arabia, is exporting less because of growing demand in their own country, something that's occuring in other OPEC countries.
Prices will continue to rise for the forseeable future. Obama talks about conservation because that's the reality - we'll have to get by with less. Period.
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