Obama Unapologetic About Solyndra

October/10/2011 16:54PM
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We all saw Solyndra coming. We knew our government can’t do the heavy lifting when it comes to making good decisions. Here is another example. My blog entry of January 7, 2009 predicted a Solyndra event.

Obama, to this day, justifies the loss. He says government must invest in new technologies to make alternative energy a reality. Justifying stupidity is a science with Obama. The majority of the decisions this man has made since becoming president have been bad. What do we expect from a community organizer? What do we expect from a career lab rat(Dr. Chu)? If you want to learn how to make good business decisions, you must be a businessman who has made both good and bad decisions and learned how to avoid the bad. Wednesday
Throw Another Trillion at a Failed Energy Strategy
Wednesday, January 7, 2009 at 07:48PM
Let’s throw another trillion dollars in ill-conceived government ideas about energy. Why not? Let’s waste another five years to find we are further in the hole. Why not? All you dreamers who believed in fusion, shift your weird thinking to chase new dreams. But, please, please never look back at our track record.

As I’ve written about in earlier entries, we have wasted billions trying to develop clean coal. We can do clean coal, it’s just the Greenpeace definition of clean that we can’t do. Too many want clean to be too clean. Not just safe clean, but past than to “Garden of Eden” clean. So we spent the money and got no where.

The great success of the government is ethanol. How very proud they should be about that. A product that uses more fossil fuel BTU’s to produce than the end value. A product that has taken billions in tax dollars to keep competitive. A product that drives up food costs. A product that lines pockets of Archer Daniels Midland, a company that has lined the pockets of many a politician. Their headquarters is in Illinois. I wonder why.

Then there’s the alternative energy federal and state vehicle requirements. Mandated, but no one who drives them buys alternative energy. They buy 93% gasoline because it’s convenient and less costly. There’s a great waste of your tax dollars.

Has Obama learned anything from all this? Of course not. He carries Al Gore’s picture in his wallet. He is an ardent supporter of the idea that the government will find the answers to our future fuel needs and all it takes is more of our money to do that. His big idea today for stimulating the economy, make government offices more energy efficient. At ten times the normal price to do that, he will get about 10% of the offices done. Shows where his priorities are.

One thing I’ve learned in this great life is the private sector is where things get solved, not in the public sector. You can argue that the government put the men on the moon, and that’s true. But, it was the private sector that figured out how to make the space program pay. The satellites that man your cell phone and lap top came from that. NASA is still a black hole where billions of dollars and a few lost lives are put so that a lot of scientists with big brains and no common sense get to hold jobs and spend our money to study things that interest them. Value added is not part of the deal.

So the private sector is pulling back from clean technology just as Obama is gearing up. Why? In 2008 $8.4 billion was spent there up from $6.1 in 2007 and very little produced any value added. Chump change to Obama. He’ll throw $100 billion at it. The result in 3 years will be the same as it has been in the private sector. The difference, the private sector walks away when it doesn’t work. The private investment fell 35% in the fourth quarter and is expected to fall more in the 1st quarter of this year.

So, hug those trees and wait to freeze. It isn’t going to happen. While we could be covering our energy needs right here at home by drilling for oil and gas, nuclear, and reasonably clean coal, shale, and other known sources of energy to run our businesses and heat our homes, we are going to the Land of Oz. Or, down the rabbit hole. Just keep buying into the idea that someone is going to find a magic bullet in their garage.

Look at what Russia is doing to Europe. That doesn’t even register here. We go merrily along our way thinking our future is bright. Hang on to that last government issued log

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