Monday, March 10, 2008

Energy Saving Time, NOT!

Jeff Jacoby revisits government intervention and the law of unintended consequences.

He doesn't mention Daylight Saving Time, which was meant to save energy, but doesn't.

Spencerblog, however, likes waking up in the dark and going to work. As long as it's not any further than the kitchen table.


Anonymous randal said...

Like I've been saying all along: Misguided Liberalism and its poorly concieved "solutions" is the problem. It's always the problem.

March 10, 2008 at 10:38 AM 
Blogger David Diano said...

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March 11, 2008 at 12:33 AM 
Blogger Spencerblog said...

Good point, David.

Republicans can be just as guilty of misguided government intervention as Democrats.

And when they are they should be called on it.

But let's face it, Democrats are the party of big government. They put more faith in it to do good and deal with problems better left to the private sector and free market.

Republicans are supposed to be the party of limited government and low taxes. If they aren't that, what good are they?

March 11, 2008 at 6:59 AM 
Anonymous randal said...

Bad point, Dave. I was referring to the article about how the Lib earth-huggers have jumped the gun on biofuels and how Liberalism killed the mortgage. Those kind of unintended consequences. I’ve been saying for years how Libs with their ill-conceived and backward “solutions” always end backfiring and up hurting the very people and causes they try to help. And that article offered proof to support my assertion.

I think extending Daylight Savings Time is a great idea, even if it doesn’t offer any real energy savings. And, something folks may not know, we can thank in part my late friend Dave Smith for his lobby efforts for extending it.

March 11, 2008 at 10:51 AM 
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March 11, 2008 at 11:53 AM 
Anonymous r said...

No on both counts, Dave.
If you read the article you would see how Libs and their coercing others into extending the American Dream to those who couldn’t afford it and had no business being extended such credit caused the mortgage mess. And it’s not just this guy says so; a number of others have expressed this same truth. But I don’t think anyone is surprised when LibDems like you try to pin it to Bush. After all, everything is Bush’s fault, right? (snicker)

As for the failings of biofuels, he was citing an article in the Journal Science (the same one I cited the other day, btw). I believe many would consider that a pretty good authority on things science. Sorry. Simply saying otherwise does nothing to change the truth. But then, you also believe all the dire shrill you've been fed about global warming too so...

I hope you see the lesson here in how your spinning often is in vain.

March 11, 2008 at 12:47 PM 
Anonymous TG said...

Randal, you truly are are idiot.

Like you, I will not bother using rational explainations to explain why you are an idiot, you just are.

March 11, 2008 at 1:12 PM 
Anonymous r said...

I are are? Just because I post something your feelings don't want to believe?

March 11, 2008 at 3:16 PM 
Blogger Spencerblog said...

When fully operational, the Zymetis process could potentially lead to the production of 75 billion gallons a year of carbon-neutral ethanol."

Cool. And when will it be fully operational? And does this mean we can stop worrying about global warming?

March 11, 2008 at 10:00 PM 
Blogger David Diano said...

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March 12, 2008 at 12:36 AM 
Blogger Spencerblog said...

The "final solution" eh.
You might want to come up with a better term, you know, for marketing purposes.

But, let me say, I'm all for it. I have more faith in ability of scientists to come up with solutions to problems like energy shortages and creating oil substitutes than I do politicians.

Having politicians pick and choose just which new technologies while be subsidized by our tax-dollars is a dicey business. But I don't suppose we can exclude them from the process.

Luddite environmentalists, however, need to be mocked and ignored. I'm betting they will be.

March 12, 2008 at 7:00 AM 
Anonymous steve mcdonald said...

bottom line: we need short term domestic solutions using our own natural resources to end our foreign dependance while we further R&D/implementation of better technologies. While I don't like the idea of drilling, I'd do it to end our relationship with OPEC/Hugo and help our pockets in the longrun.

1) Drill domestically or off the pacific coast as China has done. Regulate the supply, while Exxon/Mobil will complain, the citizens will have a different opinion. Place a 10-year cap on the project.

2) Nuclear energy - accept it. Wind/hydro/solar works in certain areas, but not in every situation and the technology may not be enough for the demand. Nuclear is the right way to go, no fossil fuels, no way france has more than us.

3) Use revenues from oil to further R&D and implementation of alternative technologies.

4) Pay America's farmers (ones that are currently being paid not to farm certain lands) to farm ethanol-based materials/products.

March 12, 2008 at 8:39 AM 
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March 12, 2008 at 2:05 PM 
Anonymous r said...

I knew Dave was a Hitler.

(Sorry for borrowing your line, D. ;) )

March 12, 2008 at 2:22 PM 
Blogger Pro Christ Pro Gun said...

Global Warming is a hoax. There is too much data coming in now that shows that the earth is not getting warmer, but may in fact be getting cooler. Carbon emmissions are such a small part of total greenhouse gases (about 3-4%) that there is no scientific data that links carbon with any known injury to the climate, and the biggest carbon polluter(s) is/are the oceans. In fact, the most abundant of all the greenhouse gases is water vapor. I have even read that decaying vegetable/animal matter in the oceans and other bodies of water, volcanoes, and forest fires, emit more carbon than the amounts that man emits.

I really like the idea of Nuclear power, especially since it is far cheaper and cleaner than oil as a source of energy, especially for home/water heating. It is amazing that democrats want more taxes for the climate change hoax, instead of tapping into more widespread use of nuclear power.

What say you Diano? By the way, if you have the guts to answer, please refrain from name calling. It is so unbecoming of a man as smart as you.

C. Scott Shields, Esquire

March 12, 2008 at 4:42 PM 
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March 12, 2008 at 4:56 PM 
Anonymous r said...

The bottom line is that it makes no sense to listen to weeping Libs and rush to legislation based on nothing more than their shrill Sky Falling emotions. We shouldn’t listen to Libs about global warming any more than we should listen to them about the war.

March 12, 2008 at 7:53 PM 
Blogger Pro Christ Pro Gun said...

Diano - how about a reference to something/anything scientifically proving that the earth is warming as a result of carbon emissions.

March 13, 2008 at 8:59 AM 
Anonymous r said...

wind use needs to be increased

The bird-huggers aren’t going to like hearing this!

March 13, 2008 at 11:02 AM 
Anonymous steve mcdonald said...

lol @ bird huggers!

shall we begin discussing the trade offs for fission?

March 13, 2008 at 2:01 PM 
Anonymous steve mcdonald said...

Let me state overall that I'm not taking a position on a global warming theory because both sides are overpoliticizing and over-lawyering the issue to make any data or claims clear.

I do, however, believe that we do have a responsibility to keep this world as clean and clear as possible when turning it over to the next generation, and that renewable energy is the economic way to go. After all, the $3.29/gal gas in Media is telling me so.

March 13, 2008 at 2:05 PM 
Anonymous randal said...

Global warming is a Liberal lie. The sky is not falling.

Sure, everyone should do their part to keep our world clean and tidy. But it shouldn’t be coerced through oppressive and expensive endrun initiatives and legislation based on little more than the shrill emotions of Chicken Littles and those who want to profit by selling carbon credits.

The bird-huggers really are funny. That people actually listen to them and let them hold up projects is not funny.
They oppose wind farms because a few dumb birds have flown into the spinning windmill blades and died. How many birds have actually lost their lives in this way, I do not know. Seems to me that if a bird is so stupid as to fly directly into a huge spinning blade, they would also fly into bridges and buildings. And the world is better off without these stupid birds. I say let em die with a little human-assisted Darwinism, if you will.
But it just goes to show the irrational and idiotic mentality of the Lefties who want to protect everything while obstructing progress or advancements. Just like the moose-huggers who won’t let us drill Alaska. They are a big part of the problem. This is but another reason Libs should be ignored and dismissed.

March 13, 2008 at 4:08 PM 

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