For almost thirty years now, the fossil fuel industry has received billions of dollars in subsidies from you, the taxpayer – while the alternative energy industry has been left to starve. In an attempt to rectify some of these injustices, the House has passed a bill that would take the $16 billion tax incentive give away to the fossil fuel industry (in the Energy Bill of 2005) and instead, give it to the alternative energy industry.
Bush and Dick, our oil-men in power, have threatened to veto this bill because it makes “no serious attempts to increase our energy security or address high energy costs” or promote domestic oil and gas production. Excuse me, but:
Our energy security would be greater if we were to generate more of it here in the US, especially if we can depend on that energy for as long as the wind blows, the sun shines, the waves break, and the hot springs flow.
Just remember; the Energy Bill of 2005 guaranteed that our energy costs would go up – by at least $16 billion dollars! And even though the fossil fuel industry gets all that taxpayer money, we still saw them raise prices exorbitantly. Have you heard Bush or Dick complain even once about today's high energy prices? More alternatives mean more competition. We know the price of oil, gas, and coal will rise. We know the costs for alternatives are dropping with better technology. There eventually will be a point where it will be cheaper to buy alternative power. If we get started sooner, that time will come sooner. If we had kept up with President Jimmy Carter's alternative energy initiatives, we might have already had our cheap windmills and solar panels.
What is this last statement? Bush wants a bill that allows us to drill in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, or he won't sign it? Or maybe; Bush wants pork for the fossil fuel industry or he won't sign it? This is just a silly excuse for not signing the bill. You choose not to sign a bill because of what's in it. If you don't like what was left out, just write another bill later.
The fossil fuel industry has gotten away with not having to pay billions of dollars in US royalties, have received tens of billions of dollars in subsidies, hasn't had to pay tens of billions of dollars of their share of taxes, have profited from the occupation of Iraq, and still they overcharge us for fuel. Just check their public profit statements. They're making billions at our expense. And face it, not all of those billions are being made legitimately.
So, for that kind of money, do you think that they would hesitate to lie to us? For that kind of money, do you think they would be above paying off the press, the politicians, and anybody else they can influence.
You may not agree with me. I don't expect everyone to agree with me. But I can point out that those who disagree with me may have been lied to. Just compare the news stories from the LA Times and the Associated Press (Fox News). The independent news reporter was far more objective than the AP reporter. The AP reporter slanted the story to make it appear that the poor little fossil fuel industry has been attacked by those evil do-gooders, who want to over tax them and give the greens an unfair advantage. Once you compare the stories, you would have to be getting paid under the table (or afraid you might lose your job) to think that the AP story wasn't biased.
The Associated Press, the news wire that many of our nation's news “providers” use as a resource, may not be worthy of our trust. This has been one of the top censored stories from Project Censored. Now, combine this with Big Media's merger with Big Business, and we had better be very careful what we believe. Maybe those venomous do-gooders are trying set things right for a change. Maybe the propaganda pundits are working overtime to see that the big corporations keep taking your money. Maybe I'm even trying to help you.