This week’s newspaper column revisits Sen. Harry Reid’s comments to state lawmakers this past week about the need for more and more renewable energy.
His comments conjured images of Orwell’s “1984” newspeak and doublethink with the three slogans of the Party plastered on the wall — “War is Peace, Freedom is Slavery, Ignorance is Strength.” Read it at the websites of The Ely Times and the Elko Daily Free Press.
“The renewable energy industry has been a bright spot during dark economic times,” Reid claimed, “helping our state attract new businesses and create thousands of jobs that can never be outsourced.”
Dark is Bright, because of “thousands of jobs.”
Nevada Policy Research Institute added up the money spent on renewable projects. Since 2009, taxpayers have funneled more than $1.3 billion into geothermal, solar and wind projects in Nevada, creating just 288 permanent jobs — $4.6 million per job.
Reid singled out for laudatory remarks three renewable power projects without deigning to mention that their executives are contributors to his campaigns or that the power they produce is more costly than fossil fuel generators.
“These successes didn’t happen by accident,” Reid boasted. “They are the result of more than a decade of coordination between businesses, utilities and all levels of government.”
Patronage is Coordination.
Reid complained that “loopholes” in the law allow the utility company to “evade the spirit of the law. In fact, those loopholes are so large Nevada’s major utility could meet the standard without building a single megawatt of new renewable energy for the rest of the decade.”
Imagine that, stable power bills, but no income for his “green” contributors. Your Positive is their Negative.
In Harry’s world, Ignorance — the ignorance of your legislators, that is — is his Strength.
Meanwhile, the inconvenient truth is: There has been no perceptible warming of the planet for a decade and a half. Warm is Cold.