Ft. Lauderdale, Fl USA
Hidden within your question, Mike, is the assumption that alternative energy source can be found without higher taxes and more government controls.
Yep, that's right, Ron. Stop punishing the companies capable of doing that by constant increased taxes, have the government release the controls and get out of bed with the oil companies, and see what they can do. Right now they can't do anything,,,,the government has them bottled up.
No, I don't count on people's altruistic nature. You definitely know better than that about me! I, too, have faith in human greed. I count on it. I count on businesses wanting my money so badly they are going to give me the best product to keep my business. Do I care that they are doing it for their own greed? Not at all....as long as I get their best. Those who don't give their best don't stay in business too long. Greed and ingenuity are a wonderful combination.
I'm sure you remember Henry Reardon and his miracle metal. When he said, "I intend to skin the public for millions with my metal", one reporter said, "but won't the country benefit greatly from your invention?", to which Reardon replied, "Oh, have you noticed that??"
The role of government has to include getting everyone to do the right thing even if it's for the wrong reason.
Well, I could say then that, since tens of thousands of Iraqis were not killed that would have been under Hussein, that thousands of children who would have died of starvation didn't, that many were released from secret torture prisons, that Kurds did not continue to be massacred, that a possible safe haven for AlQaida was taken away then you must have agreed with Bush using the excuse of WMD's. Seems to me you didn't see it that way at the time.
But that's off-topic. In my view, the role of government is not getting everyone to do the right thing, it'a allowing them to do the right thing. Putting hands around their necks and squeezing is not allowing.
Supply and demand and an obviously unreplenishable source guarantees with absolute certainty that will eventually happen. But if we wait for it to happen naturally, it's going to tear this country apart. I honestly don't know if we can survive it, but I certainly don't have any doubt it will make unemployment the least of our problems
Eventually happen? Yes, but that takes me back to my question....why right now, at a time the world is in a recession without adding more taxes to it? Since we still have centuries worth of oil reserves, I doubt it will have much influence on our current unemployment, don't you? In this country we still have an incredible supply untapped. Remember the Obama campaign promises of tapping our own oil to get away from foreign dependence? Seen any of that happening lately?
This grand plan of Obama's has nothing to do with lessening our dependence on oil or finding alternatives. It is a plan to add more controls, bring in more taxes, all dressed up in the disguise of "saving the planet". It is a continuation of the grand plan of "redistribution of wealth". It is a carnival sideshow and we are ooohing and ahhhing at the shrunken head in the jar, even though we know it's rubber.
The government wants an alternative to oil? No problem. Tell it to get out of the way....