President Obama has been crisscrossing the country touting his accomplishments in alternative energy while demagoguing Republican desires to increase domestic oil production and other forms of carbon based energy. In his current speeches he ridicules Republicans, for their stand on expanding oil drilling (“old energy”), shale recovery and “fracking” in lieu of new sources such as wind power, solar and algae among others.
Wind and solar power are technologies that have been around for decades or longer. In fact Columbus crossed the Atlantic using wind power! Had these been truly transformative technologies the private sector would have pounced on them long ago. Unfortunately, the US power grid is so vast and hungry that at best these alternatives will only have a minor impact in the decades to come.
But our President doesn’t really care about technological and economic feasibility he’s much more interested in idealogical practicality. So in order to appeal to his left wing base, he has staked his reputation on green energy and green jobs even at a cost of $5 million per job. Never mind a few inconvenient truths:
Old energy works. New energy has yet to be proven commercially scalable
Oil exploration, extraction, transmission, refining is a proven job generator
What’s wrong with drilling for oil while we explore other alternatives?
That’s why during a speech this past March at the Copper Mountain Solar 1 facility (with a backdrop of 400 acres of solar panels) the President failed to mention that the solar company only had 12 full time employees.
This is the type or reasoning that “Barack the Venture Socialist” doesn’t like to consider. Since he’s beholden to the left wing environmental groups, he forges ahead investing massive public funds into untested, un-vetted, alternative energy companies that appeal to his political base.
However, here’s an idea for you:
In the spirit of bi-partisanship, hope and change I will propose an idea to the President that will transform him into a true energy revolutionary, create millions of green jobs and guarantee his re-election. It will be called OPEGA; The Obama Personal Energy Generation Act and will work as follows:
Solyndra, and all other US solar panel manufacturers will be put back in business with massive government subsidies. They will redesign and produce, in large quantities, a smaller solar panel that can be comfortably worn on a person’s back…much like a digital billboard.
Ener1, and all other storage battery manufacturers will also be turned around with government help to develop a super storage battery which can be worn around a person’s waist.
A Personal Energy Kit (PEK) will be produced to combine a solar panel with a backpack type of harness and a battery pack worn around the waist. The kit will be inter-connected so that the electricity generated by the panel is stored in the battery.
When the battery is fully charged the user will simply go to a Government Owned Discharge (GOD) station and upload the stored electricity into the power grid. An immediate “power payment” will be issued and deposited directly into the user’s checking account.
Every unemployed person and all welfare recipients will be eligible to get a PEK when they apply for benefits.
And that’s all there is to it! Pure green energy. Millions of unemployed put back to work (lowering that pesky unemployment rate). Can there be a better job? Fresh air, sunlight, walking around with the sun on your back or simply hanging out. For those a bit more ambitious, the solar panels can serve as digital billboards when the sun sets at which point advertisers will pick up the cost.
Imagine how much power could be generated just by issuing PEK’s to the Obama surrogates as they crisscross the country!
Let’s not forget:
With 82 days left until Barack The Pretender gets voted out of office
US National Debt stands at: $15.9 trillion
Unemployment stands at: 15.2 million people
The price of gas is: $3.70 for a gallon of Regular
And that’s the way it is here: a little left of right