Obama keeping us in the dark
By Trent Loos
It does not matter how carefully you manage a pot of water, once you pour too much heat it boils and will eventually boil over. If we are not close to a boiling point as a nation of consumers, I am not sure what is wrong with us. Last week the Barack Obama administration announced that they want to send your electricity prices through the roof by ending the conversion of coal to electricity. Today nearly half of our electric is still sourced by coal, but obviously putting an end to that is his goal.
On June 2, the Environmental Protection Agency announced the part of their plan to reduce carbon emissions from coal-fired power plants by 30 percent. The coal sector has already greatly reduced the greenhouse gas emissions in the past 50 years and have been asking the Obama administration to partner on new research and to develop the technology to take it to the next level, yet they fail to respond. In short, it is not solutions that Obama really wants but just death to coal-produced energy.
Take a poll of U.S. citizens anywhere and I would be willing to bet they will say it is time to move onto new sources of energy. Ask them why. Coal is our most abundant natural resource and the single most cost effective path to produce electricity. The truth of the matter is that we as a nation have been brainwashed into thinking that coal is bad without any scientific justification whatsoever.
But it produces greenhouse gases. Yes, it does, and we live in a carbon-based economy. If you are not producing GHG, including carbon, your nation is struggling.
Germany is a perfect example. Long ago Germany was the global leader in moving away from coal-based electricity and guess what has happened today. After the realization that German citizens were spending three times as much on electricity as the U.S. consumers, Germany decided to get real and reinvest in coal-powered electricity.
The story of German power giant RWE AG exemplifies the crisis facing the nation’s utility industry and those of many countries across Europe. RWE now generates 52 percent of its power in Germany from lignite, up from 45 percent in 2011. And RWE isn’t alone. Utilities all over Germany have ramped up coal use as the nation has watched the mix of coal-generated electricity rise to 45 percent last year, the highest level since 2007.
Whether it be with food or energy production I have to ask why is it that we feel we must continually make the same mistakes our European cousins want to make?
Here is the Obama gang’s alternative plan where since 2009 we have shelled out $14 billion in cash payments to solar, wind and other renewable energy project developers. This includes $9.2 billion to 748 small and large wind projects, and $2.7 billion to more than 44,000 solar projects, which will add just 48 terawatt hours of electricity. Yet according to EIA figures, wind accounted for only 3.4 percent of electricity in 2012, while solar accounted for a whopping 0.11 percent.
So back to my original sentiment, how long will this nation of consumers allow the Obama administration to continue to destroy valuable employment opportunities and increase reliance on the government while creating greater hurdles for business owners of all sizes? I for one plan to turn the light on for the America public so they can see that Obama wants to keep us in the dark literally.
Editor’s note: Trent Loos is a sixth generation United States farmer, host of the daily radio show, Loos Tales, and founder of Faces of Agriculture, a non-profit organization putting the human element back into the production of food. Get more information at www.FacesOfAg.com, or email Trent at email@example.com.