Re: [SolarAustin] Outrageous Subsidies for Natural Gas
- In a message dated 1/24/04 11:14:50 AM Central Standard Time, cw@... writes:
It is a topsey turvey world. Black is white and white is black. The
high priests of The Market(*) happily hand out subsidies that render
The Market ineffective, ensuring that no significant market penetration
will be made by alternatives, because they aren't "cost effective".
"If I were king", I would REALLY use the market. I would find every
cost attributable to fossil and nuclear (military, health, environmental,
depletion) and phase it into a tax of these sources (I would reduce
other taxes by an equal amount), over a few years.
I would be exceptionally unpopular for making Americans give up
our energy fantasy. But, with $10 per gallon gasoline, and other
conventional energy sources equally expensive, a massive change
would commence immediately, without additional programs. There
would be widespread discomfort as everything around us aligned
to the changes. SUVs would be out. There would be less food
from the other side of the world, and more from local farmers.
Industrial agriculture would be undermined, as would certain parts
of globalization. Travel would be a luxury. Suburban sprawl would
halt. Mass transit would be in, and high speed train projects would
suddenly appear profitable. Local energy production from renewable
sources would suddenly be "cost effective". Corporate interests
would lose, people would win.
Alas, it seems that the "matching subsidies" game is the only
politically feasible path. Is it enough to avoid the cliff farther down
(*) Capitalized because of its Godlike significance to us.
>Note that in the story below, the Federal giveaway is for a supposedly
>mature technology. Maybe we should jump on this story and demand our
>own subsidies for the same percentage.
This is an excellent common-sense explanation of why forgiving the royalty payments on offshore gas is a bad idea. Unfortunately the reasons for this are not immediately obvious to the general public.
It would not take much to develop this into an op ed (which I hope you will do while it is still current news) and submit it to a few major newspapers around the state. If you do not wish to do that, please advise if you would object to my doing so, using many of these thoughts.
Thanks for the input. As they say, common sense is pretty uncommon.