Tuesday, March 13, 2012

The Green Injustice

I just saw this story on ABC News:

Green Firms Get Fed Cash, Give Execs Bonuses, Fail

Now, a couple of things:

1. I'm all for alternative energy to reduce the amount of oil, coal, and gas we use.
2. Most of that technology is not economically viable right now, so we still need oil, coal, and gas.
3. I'd like to drive an electric car to get my kids to school and back.  It would be absolutely perfect!
4. But I'm d@mn sure not paying $57,000 or close to $100,000 for such a vehicle.  (The two cars shown in the video.  I'm also not paying $40,000 for a Chevy Volt when I can pay less than $15,000 for a car that gets 40 mpg or less than $10,000 for a car which gets 30-35 mpg.

It is most irritating that our tax dollars are being given to companies to produce vehicles which cost absurd amounts of money.  The average Joe or Jane who drives his or her car to work simply cannot afford to pay those high prices even if he or she would benefit from the car. 

Therefore, in effect, the U.S. government is subsidizing a car that only the wealthier folks in the U.S. can buy.  They have also implemented policies which drive up the cost of oil and therefore gas, to squeeze lower, and middle class families to the brink--who cannot afford to buy said vehicles.

Now, I want an explanation as to why many of those who are concerned with justice issues within my denomination aren't screaming bloody murder about this?  I want an explanation why they keep silent with policies that negatively affect the quality of life of the 99% and yet subsidize vehicles which those same 99% can't afford which might improve their quality of life? 

Anyone else see the fallacy in this whole picture?

One more example of energy injustice regarding light bulbs here.

*Shakes head at the insanity*


Kathy said...

Uh, my dear, haven't you noticed that the leader of your denomination is a flaming liberal? This (below) is from a website that you yourself feature on your website.


Kevin Haug said...

Kathy, are you implying my bishop is more driven by ideology than by justice?

Kathy said...

Yes, he is a firm Obama supporter. (I am speaking about Hanson.) Of course, only God knows his heart, but I can read his words.