In Europe, “green” policies to eliminate nuclear and coal power for “green” alternatives worked so well that desperate Greeks and Germans resorted toÂ stealing firewood from local forestsÂ to keep warm this winter.
Sadly, it doesn’t appear that Obama’s nominee has learned from their mistake. Â He insists that skyrocketing energy prices are just what we need to force people away from fossil fuels towards a gloriously “green,” utopian future:
President Obamaâ€™s Energy secretary nominee regards a carbonÂ tax as one of the simplest ways to move the energy industry towards clean technologies, though he notes that government would have to come up with a plan to mitigate the burden this tax places on poor people, who would pay the most.
â€œUltimately, it has to be cheaper to capture and store it than to release it and pay a price,â€ MIT professor and Energy nominee Ernest MonizÂ told the Switch Energy ProjectÂ in an interview last year. â€œIf we start really squeezing down on carbon dioxide over the next few decades, well, that could double; it could eventually triple. I think inevitably if we squeeze down on carbon, we squeeze up on the cost, it brings along with it a push toward efficiency; it brings along with it a push towards clean technologies in a conventional pollution sense; it brings along with it a push towards security. Because after all, the security issues revolve around carbon bearing fuels.â€
Moniz position is not far from that of Energy Secretary Steven Chu before he took a job in the Obama administration. â€œWe have to figure out how to boost the price of gasoline to the levels in Europe,â€ Chu said in 2008. Last year,Â gas hit $9 a gallon in Greece.
As if poor and middle class families aren’t hurting enough trying to make ends meet as it is.