Energy & Environment

Energy & Environment

Offense Is Better Than Defense

House Republican leaders have decided to go on offense on an issue that has resonance with the American people: gas prices. Rather than tie themselves in knots on an issue of dubious value, earmarks, they have decided to strike hard and fast against the Democratic Congress’s inability to act to bring down the price of gas.

The Republicans have some vulnerability on the issue, chiefly the fact that President Bush and Vice President Cheney are so closely associated with the oil industry. But the Democrats are even more vulnerable.

The fact that House Democrats have such a long record of opposing domestic production of oil and gas will be exploited time and again by House Republicans.

Europeans and the Environment

From Belgium

Like race, environmentalism is one of the pillars of the EU’s perceived superiority over the U.S.

A leading British politician recently stated that the name of the European Union should be changed to the Environmentalist Union. But in fact, Europe's environment is far from the pristine image they would like for the world to buy into.

For example, urban air pollution causes premature deaths, by their own account, of some 375,000 people yearly, roughly the same number as in China. By contrast, the United States’ number is 50-60,000 and steadily dropping.

The Politics of Oil Prices

Last October, Rep. John Dingell (D-Mich.) of the House Energy and Commerce Committee unveiled a proposal to increase taxes by 50 cents a gallon of gasoline and jet fuel.

He did it as to protest environmentalist efforts to put the entire burden of conservation on the backs of the auto industry, but his efforts were applauded by many Democrats who believed that gasoline was too inexpensive.

An important part of liberal theology is that American behavior must change if we are going to be able to protect the planet. That means that American consumers should take more public transportation, buy smaller cars, fly less and generally consume a lot less energy.

Mills on the Hill: Cue the Dancing Polar Bears!

Today's Mills on the Hill comes to you courtesy of the "You Can't Make This Stuff Up" department. Just in case you have not heard — they apparently are going to produce an opera based on Al Gore's "An Inconvenient Truth." Like I said. Couldn’t make this up, could you?

The buzz in Milan these days (Mills on the Hill is everywhere, folks) has it that Italian composer Giorgio Battistelli has signed on to produce "Al Gore — The Musical" for the 2011 season. OK — maybe that's not the exact name of the production, but we can dream, can't we?

Gore, who has won every award on the planet, including the prestigious Jesus Reincarnate Humility Medal, is not actually involved in the production. At least, I don't think he is; Mills on the Hill is not a big fan of research, especially while the Congress is on a weeklong vacation.

The Manhattan Project

Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) unveiled a good idea the other day. He announced a plan to focus our nation on the science of energy security. He calls it the Manhattan Project, which hearkens back to the last time we used our scientific resources to win the future.

What if we as a nation decided to actually invest serious resources into finding the energy source of the 21st century? What if we decided, through better science, to find a better way to run our motor vehicles, heat and cool our homes, use our PCs and iPods — a way that would protect the environment, make us completely energy-independent, and make electricity cheaper for all Americans?

Congress Passes Carbon-Neutral Mandate for Individuals

February 18, 2010

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Bowing to the demands of the environmental lobby and Al Gore, House Democrats passed historic legislation that mandates that each American citizen be carbon-neutral. Senate Democrats are expected to bring this bill up next week, and President Barack Obama has indicated that he will sign it.

The Be Green or Go to Jail Act imposes stiff fines on those who are not carbon-neutral. A person will be required to keep a log of all of his or her daily activities, from how many times he or she flushed the toilet to how he/she went to work to how many lights were turned on. The utility companies will be required to strictly monitor the output of each individual.

The Greening of America

Al Gore, Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Chuck Hagel, Mike Bloomberg, Sam Nunn, General Electric, Coca-Cola, DuPont, Johnson & Johnson, Nike, British Airways, Wall Street firms, venture capitalists galore, the Nobel Peace Prize Committee and the armies of the progressive Internet are all part of the greening of America that will transform our politics and business in ways that will astonish and amaze those who are left behind.

The greening of America is about the liberation of and inspiration for an America that will soon be de-Bushed, in which major changes are already advancing and the negativity surrounding Bush will be receding until it finally disappears into the dustbin of history and the real America re-emerges when he is gone from government for good.

The greening of America involves a mindset of politics, business, culture, entertainment, technology and patriotism that will liberate and energize an American spirit that will be Prometheus unbound from a status quo that American voters, consumers, investors and business have already left behind.

New Campaign Announced

Jan. 3, 2045

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Friends of the Earth and All Other Regions (FEAR) today announced a campaign to ban all electricity use by human beings.

“Electricity is a silent killer. It’s dirty, dangerous and destructive,” said Joseph Kennedy V, “and it is high time that we take this last step to get back to nature.”

This follows FEAR’s successful campaign to get rid of coal-based electricity, nuclear-based electricity, wind-based electricity and solar-powered electricity.

Doomed, Doomed, Doomed

We are all doomed.

Environmental activists and scientists have joined with religious prophets (usually seen on cable television) to put the final nail in the coffin of humanity.

Soon you will see them all join that longhaired, bearded guy on the corner who has the sign “The End is Near.”

But both scientists and the televangelists differ from the bearded guy in one important respect. The environmentalangelists (to coin a new phrase) have a pathway to redemption, where the bearded guy just lets you know that we are all doomed.

Al Gore and World Peace

What the hell does global warming have to do with world peace? That’s what a lot of people are asking, ever since Al Gore was awarded the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize.

And, of course, that’s just what the Nobel Prize committee wanted. That’s one of the reasons they honored Al Gore in the first place. They want people to face the disastrous consequences of global warming — by talking about Al Gore.