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Failed Ideas and Alternative Fuels

PoliticsGovernmentThe Democrats “Real Security” plan was released today. It makes me laugh because of its reliance on the same failed policies and dumb ideas the Democrats have been pushing for years. I think some of it was even lifted verbatim from John Kerry’s ’04 campaign web site.

Double the size of our Special Forces, increase our human intelligence capabilities, and ensure our intelligence is free from political pressure.

Unfortunately, when Kerry suggested that, those in charge of our special forces said you can’t double the size without reducing the quality or effectiveness. So I guess that’s out…

Achieve energy independence for America by 2020 by eliminating reliance on oil from the Middle East and other unstable regions of the world.

In other words, we’ll completely revamp our economic infrastructure (which relies on oil) in 14 years. I can see that happening, can’t you? That’s going to be about as effective as the War on Poverty has been since they launched the Great Society programs 40 years ago.

Increase production of alternate fuels from America’s heartland including bio-fuels, geothermal, clean coal, fuel cells, solar and wind; promote hybrid and flex fuel vehicle technology and manufacturing; enhance energy efficiency and conservation incentives.

Of course they leave out the cleanest, and most effective way to reduce fossil fuel consumption for power generation – nuclear. It’s amazing how the Democrat quest to pursue “sound science” stops short of embracing nuclear power. Even their socialist friends in France get about 80% of their power from nuclear, but that’s not enough to convince our lefty friends.

Wind, the favorite alternative fuel of the lefty set, according to the Department of Energy could produce, at best, 20% of our nation’s energy needs through the 18,000 square miles they’ve identified as good sites for wind farms. That assumes wind speeds will rise and fall with consumption and we will not have periods of light wind and heavy consumption. If we do, we’re screwed.

In addition, each tower requires a hole between 7 and 30 feet deep, more than 40 feet wide, and filled with steel and concrete. The devastating environmental impact of that much concrete and steel being pumped into the ground is staggering. It’s like urban construction spread out all over our open spaces.

For every megawatt generated, wind energy also requires 60 or more acres of land, so fulfilling the 20% of our current need (157,580 MW is 20% of our total consumption) with wind energy would require 9,454,800 acres of land (a space about the size of New Jersey, Rhode Island, and Connecticut combined).

At any rate, you get the point. Their “new” plan is nothing but rehashed versions of previously rejected ideas. I could beat this dead horse some more, but it’s not worth my time to write or your time to read. If you want the long version, just read every word written in opposition to every Democrat idea poised in the last two decades and you’ve got it.

Written by Michael Turk