Actress Daryl Hannah, co-star of the 1990 movie Crazy People, was arrested in a protest outside the White House on tuesday. Hannah and other environ-mental-ists conducted a sit-in to protest against the planned Keystone XL oil pipeline, which would transport oil from Canada to the Gulf Of Mexico. The actress told reporters she wants to be free from fossil fuels. She's a fan of biodiesel.
I'm all for alternative energy sources, but I have to say, these enviro-nuts don't seem to have two brain cells to rub together. We are nowhere near to getting off of fossil fuels, and protesting against a Canadian pipeline when we are shipping half of our oil in on boats across the ocean (wasting a lot more energy than a pipeline would) is asinine. Oil and coal provide the majority of the energy used in this country. If we did what dingbat protesters like Ms. Hannah wanted, it would destroy our economy in about a month. Ah, I can picture Daryl Hannah's fossil fuel-free "utopian" dream world now - no fuel to transport food and other goods to the stores. No fuel for you to drive to work. No electricity in most of the country. Businesses collapsing. Unemployment at about 70%. Mass starvation. Utter chaos.......wouldn't it be lov-er-ly ??? But at least we wouldn't be causing global warming !!! There's that. Here's a little song for my fair lady, Miss Daryl Hannah...
Lots of chocolate for me to eat,
Lots of coal makin' lots of heat,
Warm face, warm hands, warm feet,
Oh, wouldn't it be loverly ?
Hannah was once quoted as saying, "I've never been good in the financial and business arenas. I handle the creative side of things". I'll drink to that. Tell you what, Ms. Hannah. You stick to playing mermaids and strippers in the movies, and leave the business side of things to people who have a clue.
While I'm on the subject of "green"...Solyndra, a major manufacturer of solar technology, touted by Obama as a source of all those green jobs the President envisions, is closing it's doors and declaring bankruptcy:
"I was told by a security guard to get my [stuff] and leave," one employee said. The company employs a little more than 1,000 employees worldwide, according to its website.
Shortly after it opened a massive $700 million facility, it canceled plans for a public stock offering earlier this year and warned it would be in significant trouble if federal loan guarantees did not go through.
Solyndra was touted by the Obama administration as a prime example of how green technology could deliver jobs. The President visited the facility in May of last year and said "it is just a testament to American ingenuity and dynamism and the fact that we continue to have the best universities in the world, the best technology in the world, and most importantly the best workers in the world. And you guys all represent that. "
The federal government offered $535 million in low cost loan guarantees from the Department of Energy. NBC Bay Area has contacted the White House asking for a statement.
Some Republicans have been very critical of the loans. "I am concerned that the DOE is providing loans and loan guarantees to firms that aren't capable of competing in the global market, even with government subsidies" Florida Congressman Cliff Stearns told the New York Times.
Sounds like the taxpayers are on the hook again. The lesson here is, you can't force a company to be profitable if it can't compete in the marketplace. You can prop it up with taxpayer dollars for awhile, perhaps even indefinitely, but since when is it the responsibility of all the citizens of the country to support private businesses ??? It isn't, even though the government forces us to do it all the time. The government subsidizes so many things these days that it's hard to even keep track of them. I always thought the free market was supposed to be the place where companies succeeded or failed on their merits. That's how we improve. The best are supposed to rise to the top. I always thought we believed in freedom in this country, not centralized control of industry. We still believe in freedom here...don't we ??? I'm no longer sure.
How much do you wager that the word 'Solyndra' doesn't come up in the President's jobs address to the nation next week ? I bet we'll still hear about those "millions of green jobs" though. What Obama doesn't bother to mention is that those millions of jobs won't exist for another 20 years, or that 3/4ths of them will be overseas. While you're waiting around for those green jobs to materialize, perhaps you can fill your idle time by renting the movie My Favorite Martian, with Daryl Hannah.
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