Welcome to the fact-free zone that surrounds Harry Reid.
Writing in today’s Elko Daily Free Press, Nevada’s senior U.S. senator and senate majority leader, Harry Reid, unleashes a barrage of criticism at a run-out-of-town editor and the Nevada Policy Research Institute for deigning to question the economic impact provided by his cronies in the “green” energy scam.
Without so much as fact or statistic in spitting distance, Harry bloviates about his critics who say “renewable energy in Nevada doesn’t create jobs” (just $4.6 million in subsidies for each permanent one), “is bad for the environment” (intermittent “green” energy increases CO2 emissions), “and will cause your utility bill to skyrocket” (only 34 percent).
It must have been the comparison of his speech to the Nevada Legislature to George Orwell’s “1984” that got his goat:
“It conjures 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.’
“Not only was everything Sen. Harry Reid said in his speech on the floor of the Nevada Assembly this past week about ‘green’ energy false, it was the diametric opposite of the truth. False is Fact.”
To which Harry replied:
“But the truth won’t stop the doublespeak coming from the likes of shadow organizations such as the Nevada Policy Research Institute and run-out-of-town editors like Thomas Mitchell. To them up is down; left is right; and false is fact.”
At least show some originality, senator. And you might brag a bit and point out that the running out of town occurred one week after your re-election. I can’t help but be suspicious that some spiteful politician won an election bet.
Nowhere does Harry mention that “green” energy projects kill jobs by sucking money out of the private sector. Nor does he say anything about all the campaign contributions he and Obama get from “green” energy companies.
Without a shred of fact to back up his claim, Harry blithely boasts, “The renewable energy industry has been a bright spot during the recent economic downturn.”
It was a bright spot for his cronies — like Duke Energy honcho Jim Rogers, whose company recently forgave the Democratic Party $10 million in debt from the convention in Charlotte, N.C. — but not for NV Energy’s ratepayers and all taxpayers, who are footing the bill for uncompetitive renewable pipe dreams from politicians like Harry Reid, Barack Obama and Al Gore.