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#1 Jul 20, 2008
It is very difficult to see how a fish farm could be attached to an oil rig that is several miles off of the Northern California Coast. The nets or pens that confine the farmed fish could not survive the battering they would get off of the coast of Northern California.
It is true fish farms pollute the bottom. But that is a red herring so to speak.
What exactly is wrong with an oil rig which has pumped all the oil in its area being turned into a wind mill platform --- other than, of course, it might be owned by a corporation heaven forbid. If not for corporations like Chevron, how would the trucks that deliver the food that you eat be powered? With dried mushrooms? Or maybe the residue of weed?
The reporter, or is he writing an editorial, it is hard to tell, writes: "... European governments are increasingly subsidizing energy development and insisting on local control of local resources..." But adds that President Bush is in favor of market solutions. Not so fast Mr hartzell.
The United States first started subsidizing wind and solar energy after the first energy crisis in 1973. These subsidies have lasted for decades. California has subsidized solar for up to 50 percent of the price of the equipment.
Mr Hartzell is totally in a fog about the way projects get funded.
If we want to be paying ten dollars a gallon for gas in a few years, then by all means we should submerge ourselves in the paranoid mantras Mr Hartzell trys to foist upon us.
If we want to continue seeing 700 billion dollars fly out the window to the Middle Eastern suppliers every year, four times the yearly cost of the war in Iraq, then we should block every oil well, sink every wave energy proposal, veto every wind mill in the ocean, and nix every power line to link solar furnaces to cities. Then in a few years we will see our standard of living equalize with Mongolia.
If on the other hand we want to remain the leading economy in the world, we will tear down burdensome laws that slow down the deployment of ocean projects sometimes for 20 years. If we streamline some of our laws, we could see a decline in the price we pay for energy and a lot of that energy could be clean.
Unless the Charters and Hartzells of the world reign supreme.
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