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    Greg and Beth

    the political and personal musings of two
    mountaineers living in west-central Florida
     
    On the Politicalization of my Blog Comment
    Gregory Morris, 4/30/07 12:00:01 am
    Just been thinking about things. Needed an avenue to express them. I'll still post fishing reports and misc. rants here.

    Plus, all my "Thoughts on so-and-so '08" postings, which there will be more of, are as much for me to learn about the candidates as to speak my mind on them. I've been kinda writing these as I research each candidate.
    Hopefully, I'll have time to do a write-up on some of the other candidates:
  • Biden
  • Romney
  • Edwards
  • Hagel
  • Mccain

  • Bloomberg (*shiver*)
  • Richardson
  • etc.

  • [Comments are closed after a month.]

    Re: On the Politicalization of my Blog
    Leo, 4/12/07 2:26:51 pm
    I've got a wrench to throw into the works of your "free market trumps all" idea of enterprise.

    Why did refrigerator power efficiency improve so drastically in the late 70's? It was because the law required efficiency. The market did not ask for these gains, but everyone benefits from paying less for the electricity to refrigerate their food. The same can be said of most technology where the "free market" trades efficiency for "power" and the environment and the buyer lose out in the end.

    People, for the most part, don't think ahead more than a few years. This is why Easter Island is now bare and why people can still claim that dramatically improving MPG in vehicles and decreasing general energy expenditure will "hurt the market".

    Live and let live, but not at the expense of my grandkids.
    Re: On the Politicalization of my Blog
    Gregory Morris, 5/11/07 1:55:44 pm
    First of all, let me say that i consider myself an environmentalist. I cherish the world we live in, and I really don't want to see it get screwed up any worse than it already is.

    I think you may be a little bit confused about my standpoint here. You see, right now, the USA is one of, if not the worst polluters in the world. In a few years though, China (as well as other developing nations) will overtake us. China's economy keeps growing, because there are no limits on their environmental destruction. Sadly, this is how things go, until people get fed up enough to do something about it. What I'd like to see is us, as a country, lead the world in improving their environmental policy. I firmly believe, however, that this doesn't need to be done by taxing industries who pollute. Rather, it needs to be done by convincing consumers to demand greener products. I don't have a problem with the government enacting laws that basically say "if you make a mess, you have to clean it up." That is a big incentive not to make a mess in the first place. In my home state of WV, coal executives have gone to jail because they screwed up. After that, the rest of the coal executives said "oh crap, we better keep on the up and up here."

    The problem is, all the tree-hugging hippies out there want to push our industry into the ground by saying "you simply cannot pollute at all." That will kill our economy and allow other nations who have no intentions of following our lead to pollute their guts out. And they will. So, we need to find a fair balance where we, as a nation, can still compete on the world stage, without screwing everything up here.

    Back to "greener products"... the environmentalist collective loves to jump on some new "green" technology and demand that it be used to "save our planet" before much research goes into it. "ethanol from corn" is a perfect example. You simply cannot replace oil with corn... we'll never have enough to EAT if you try that. Also, as I mentioned before, we need a diversified energy strategy. See my previous posts/comments for more on that.

    When people demanded that we make electronics more efficient, the government passed regulations to force the industry to follow. I think the industry would have done it anyway. There are no laws saying car manufacturers have to make hybrid vehicles, but they are doing it because there is a demand. But both of those technologies save us money, in addition to hurting the environment less. Except in California, there are no taxes on emissions, rather the federal government has seen fit to give tax breaks to people who buy hybrids. See, its working!

    Your argument simply doesn't hold any water. Speaking of water, it also wasn't the government that forced dolphin-safe tuna nets... it was consumers saying they would gladly pay a few cents more for a can of tuna that didn't cause dolphins to die. That's what it takes. Demand from consumers. That is what drives our country and our economy. To say that a bunch of fat rich bozos in D.C. can fix our problems by writing loophole-ridden laws.... you gotta be dreaming.
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