Seems the Republican Party is the party of denial…climate change, personal rights, equity and fairness for the people, and most importantly, the ability of America, as a leader in the industrial world, to lead. It would cost too much….destroy our economy….blah, blah….
Rep. Cliff Stearns (R-FL), who chairs an energy and commerce subcommittee on oversight and investigations, originally supported the renewable loan guarantee program when Congress created it…. “We can’t compete with China to make solar panels and wind turbines,” Stearns says.
Seriously. We invented the modern solar cell, but after that, the Republicans say, Americans can’t compete. Ten years from now we will be moaning and groaning about importing “solar and wind energy” from China, like we moan and groan about importing oil from the Middle East.
Meanwhile, Germany is moving ahead with an eventual phase out of nuclear, and a concerted push for renewables.
“The great advantage we have in Germany at the moment is we really have the broad consensus in society that corresponds to the size of the task we face,” said Ulrich Luscher, who represents the CDU, the conservative party, on energy issues. “I definitely agree … that we have enormous possibilities for the economy in that [clean energy] sector.”
“We don’t have the situation like you have in the U.S., where you have this Koch brothers,” Untersteller said, referring to the billionaire heirs of Koch Industries.
Here are some quotes today from the “leadership” in the Republican Party on the Wall Street Protests:
CAIN: “I don’t have facts to back this up, but I happen to believe that these demonstrations are planned and orchestrated to distract from the failed policies of the Obama administration. Don’t blame Wall Street, don’t blame the big banks, if you don’t have a job and you’re not rich, blame yourself!
TRUMP: “Nobody knows why they’re protesting, but they’re having a good time,” he insisted.
ROMNEY: “I think it’s dangerous — this class warfare,” Mr. Romney said.
It’s all so stupid…but the 1%ers want us to remain stupid. This is just the tip of the iceberg…just like Egypt, Libya, Syria….the social movement is just starting here. It is going to be interesting at the Republican Convention this summer. Remember 1968? Power to the People!