With oil and gas prices setting records people are in a panic casting around for alternatives. In this type of atmosphere it is tempting to think that any alternative fuel plan is a good thing. But they are not equal. And the plans put forward most aggressively by Bush are indicative.
Bush supports ethanol, bio-diesel and hydrogen technology. Why? Because those alternatives preserve the oil companies' control over retail distribution. Ethanol and bio-diesel have the added "advantage" (for Bush) of being massive subsidies for agricultural interests. Americans should reject these approaches out of hand. The mere fact that Bush wants them should make us recoil in horror.
The real solution is electric car technologies; starting with hybrids. Ultimately we will continue to be "over a barrel" regarding energy so long as we allow big Texas energy companies like Exxon et al and Enron style energy brokers to have control over distribution. That means that nuclear power will not solve the political problem - it might solve the emissions problems as long as we can find a place to put the waste and the plants don't blow up. Solar energy, in combination with electric cars, is the solution. Solar energy would allow us to decentralize the power grid and electric cars would decentralize the transportation fuel infrastructure.
Republicans are too beholden to Big Energy. Only Democrats will consider the real solution. Republicans will continue to propose false solutions like ethanol and hydrogen that sound amazing. But the numbers don't add up on those sources and - worst of all - they lock in the power of corporate fat cats.
Wednesday, April 26, 2006
Posted by Raised By Republicans at 4:07 AM