Recently, I received a comment from one of the many solar power idiots that have all-of-a-sudden “discovered” my site. One comment I thought was rather “noteworthy.”
Here is the comment in full:
Those pennies you pay per watt of electricity? Those are artificially low. Those prices are kept down by some 70 billion in subsidies to the fossil fuel industries. Most of that money goes to oil, to keep gas prices artificially low (and oil companies profits artificially high).
The subsidies for green energy are minuscule compared to the money this country is hemorrhaging into burning more hydrocarbons. Which is completely unnecessary since we can get all the power we need free from the sun.
First, as I’ve pointed out in my section on common liberal lies, tax breaks are not subsidies. Only if you assume that all wealth comes from the government – which the Founding Fathers of the US did not believe – could you make the link between tax breaks and subsidies, So, in short, not only is my detractor illiterate and ignorant, he or she is also a socialist. And we’ve seen what kind of damage they can do with their utterly stupid ideas.
Second, where a majority of this idiocy comes from is the report The Real Price of Gas, published by a bunch of socialist green morons. Let me debunk these outright fabrications one-by-one.
Program subsidies that support the extraction, production, and use of petroleum and petroleum fuel products total $38 to $114.6 billion each year. The largest portion of this total is federal, state, and local governments’ $36 to $112 billion worth of spending on the transportation infrastructure, such as the construction, maintenance, and repair of roads and bridges.
This is total idiocy. Building roads and bridges is “subsidizing” oil production? I guess these guys have never heard of the horse and buggy…
…or the electric car (which is another enviro-nazi boondoggle).
But consider this for a moment: just exactly how do the enviro-nazis expect all of the various components for making solar panels get transported from the locations where the components are mined (because virtually ALL of the stuff that makes up a solar panel has to be mined from the earth) to where the components are refined, fabricated, and assembled?
Oh wait, I forgot: the USS Enterprise, with Captain Kirk at the helm, will site-to-site transport all of those goods from one place to the next. All with the aid of dilithium crystals, plasma conduits, and Geoffrey Tubes.
And bridges? We subsidize oil companies by building bridges? Are these people frickin’ serious? How, pray tell, do these idiots expect to get over a river or a large expanse of water? By swimming? Or maybe they expect us all to just plain walk on water?
Someone must have been SERIOUSLY high to factor that moronic tidbit into the equation! As if there is some “alternative” to a bridge.
Beyond program subsidies, governments, and thus taxpayers, subsidize a large portion of the protection services required by petroleum producers and users. Foremost among these is the cost of military protection for oil-rich regions of the world. US Defense Department spending allocated to safeguard the world’s petroleum resources total some $55 to $96.3 billion per year. The Strategic Petroleum Reserve, a federal government entity designed to supplement regular oil supplies in the event of disruptions due to military conflict or natural disaster, costs taxpayers an additional $5.7 billion per year.
Saudi Arabia accounts for something like 9% of our oil imports, with Middle Eastern oil accounting for a sum-total of around 19% of total oil imports. The lion’s share of our oil imports come from Canada, Brazil, Russia, Mexico, and Venezuela. Of the 12 OPEC nations from which we import oil, only 2 of them have troops stationed within their borders.
However, I’ll bet the Canadians are glad to know that we’ve got troops in their country “protecting” them.
The nations where the greatest number of troops are stationed abroad are: Iceland (0% of imported oil), Great Britain (2%), Germany (0.2%), Italy (0.2%), Belgium (0.5%), Spain (0.3%), Portugal (0.06%), Austria (0%), Turkey (0.02%), Bahrain (0.02%), Djibouti (0%), Iraq (4%), Afghanistan (0%), Kuwait (2%), Japan (0.09%), Serbia (0%), Cuba (0%), and South Korea (0.4%). Of those, only 3 are “major” exporters of oil to the US, if you consider 4% and 2% to be “major” import percentages. The total percentage of oil imported from these countries total? About 10%.
Yeah. We’re really going out of our way to protect these “oil rich” nations, all right.
As for coal, the US is one of the MAJOR coal producers in the world. Our coal exports outweigh our coal imports by a factor of three. Imports account for about 3% of our total coal consumption. So, we essentially spend zero dollars protecting our major coal sources overseas.
As for the strategic oil reserve – this was created to prevent supply disruption, especially in the case of a national emergency. Then again, with solar power supply disruption is already built into the system…every night when the sun goes down. I wonder how many NiCad batteries the US government will be forced to purchase to keep the country supplied with electricity 24 x 7?
Environmental, health, and social costs represent the largest portion of the externalized price Americans pay for their gasoline reliance. These expenses total some $231.7 to $942.9 billion every year. The internal combustion engine contributes heavily to localized air pollution. While the amount of damage that automobile fumes cause is certainly very high, the total dollar value is rather difficult to quantify. Approximately $39 billion per year is the lowest minimum estimate made by researchers in the field of transportation cost analysis, although the actual total is surely much higher and may exceed $600 billion.
The leading cause of death in this country is heart disease, which is usually attributed to a poor diet, a lack of exercise, and/or genetic factors. This is followed by cancer – a majority of cancers have no known cause – followed fast by strokes, which is often attributed to age.
None of these have any direct linkage to automobiles, or oil subsidies. However, I’m sure there’s some nut-job out there who will invent one. Oh, and Black Lung Disease? It didn’t even rate.
Finally, external costs not included in the first four categories amount to $191.4 to $474.1 billion per year. These include: travel delays due to road congestion ($46.5 to $174.6 billion), uncompensated damages caused by car accidents ($18.3 to $77.2 billion), subsidized parking ($108.7 to $199.3 billion), and insurance losses due to automobile-related climate change ($12.9 billion). The additional cost of $5.0 to $10.1 billion associated with US dependence on imported oil could rise substantially, totaling $7.0 to $36.8 billion, in the event of a sudden price increase for crude oil.
To summarize, if you drive a car, it is only because the oil companies are causing you to drive, not because you need something to go from point A to point B, Oh yeah, and Henry Ford didn’t make the first car in the US, it was government subsidies to the oil companies that caused it to happen. That’s right! And, if you get in an accident with a drunk driver, it wasn’t the case of beer he polished off prior to getting behind the wheel. No, it was those evil, greedy fat-cat oil executives.
Travel time delays due to congestion? As if eliminating roads (as the report complained about earlier) will somehow resolve this problem?
Of course, this obviously “hard-hitting” report ignores the hundreds-of-billions of dollars generated in revenue from gas taxes, road tolls, bridge tolls, corporate income taxes, personal income taxes, and other government money-making schemes that feed off the private sector in their typical parasitic fashion. Not to mention that the US government, via regulations and drilling restrictions, prohibit oil and coal companies from drilling and mining, refining, and transporting their products. For example, by forcing oil companies via regulation to create a myriad number of gasoline blends per region, this then creates an artificial cost increase in the final product. By forcing gasoline stations to sell their product above cost, the government creates an artificial price floor by which gasoline can be sold.
Yet, despite the pages and pages of regulations that create artificially high energy prices, oil and coal companies STILL provide their products at a cost that the solar power nuts can only dream of at this point. And unlike solar power, these energy products can be transported across the country to provide a consistent, stable supply of energy that has no restrictions based on constantly fluctuating climate conditions.
Solar power idiots: driving mass-stupidity one lie at a time…