Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Rational lies

The biggest rationalization I heard today:

O'Malley and other proponents of the bill, sponsored by Sen. Paul Pinsky and Del. Kumar P. Barve, argue that the bill could boost the state's economy by adding jobs in the solar, wind and alternative-energy fields.

A similar way to boost the economy: ban shovels and require all holes to be dug with spoons.


Anonymous said...

From the article:
'"They have basically said, 'Trust us: We won't lose any revenues and we won't lose any jobs,'" Holt said of the bill's sponsors.'

But the truth is that a steel plant rep claiming that steel making absolutely requires pollution is a huge leap of faith. I don't for a minute believe that it can't be done differently, and with much less pollution.

"State Sen. Andy Harris, a Republican, said the bill could impose fees up to $250 million a year on electric plants.
"That's a pretty high energy tax when our rate payers are already paying high taxes," Harris said."

We complain about government being in bed with large companies, and then when government actually takes action to stop large companies from pocketing profits on the black lungs of the rest of us, we're supposed to be upset?

I'm no O'Malley supporter by any stretch, but this may be one thing he's doing right.

jim adams said...

I agree with you Anon, O'Malley is doing the right thing.

The future going to be filled with these types of discussions, because of the wide impacts of the decision making.

Besides cleaning our air it may clean up politics a little, although I doubt it.

What I mean by cleaning up politics, is if a good and strong democracy is to exist it finds over time the need to become not just more accountable, but more transparent.

This is going to require more men and women in political office, who are not only informed on the enviroment, but also individuals of stong character willing to do what is best for the individuals they represent as they face the giants in the market place.