Electricity Grows On Trees

One can give John McCain style points for his generous offer of $300 million in tax dollars as a reward to the inventor of a super-duper car battery. But it is what it smacks of. It is a gimmick.

It is a gimmick that for one assumes that electricity grows on trees. The electric car is cleaner than what we have, but it is by no means a one-two punch versus our dependence on foreign oil. Electricity comes from somewhere, often generated with coal, which can lead to other issues, you know, such as horrific deaths of miners when mine operators in this deregulation-mad country get greedy and reckless. (See “Sago.”)

It is a gimmick because this is a problem that will require years and years from which to dig out. There is no one-two punch, there is no single technology that will rescue. This will require a complicated array of solutions and new technologies, a sophisticated amalgam that will make the layman’s brain boggle. It will be good for America because it will recreate industry here. Necessity will once again be the mother of invention.

If only there were a presidential candidate who understood that and who had a plan.

Wait. Look! Up in the sky!…

Obama will invest $150 billion over 10 years to advance the next generation of biofuels and fuel infrastructure, accelerate the commercialization of plug-in hybrids, promote development of commercial-scale renewable energy, invest in low-emissions coal plants, and begin the transition to a new digital electricity grid. A principal focus of this fund will be devoted to ensuring that technologies that are developed in the U.S. are rapidly commercialized in the U.S. and deployed around the globe.

You may go look at the energy plan of the next President of the United States here.

Here, wait. Dr. Maddow tells it better:

By the way. Isn’t it funny when Republigoats inadvertently tell the truth? Take McCain Advisor Charlie Black, for instance.

On national security McCain wins. We saw how that might play out early in the campaign, when one good scare, one timely reminder of the chaos lurking in the world, probably saved McCain in New Hampshire, a state he had to win to save his candidacy—this according to McCain’s chief strategist, Charlie Black. The assassination of Benazir Bhutto in December was an “unfortunate event,” says Black. “But his knowledge and ability to talk about it reemphasized that this is the guy who’s ready to be Commander-in-Chief. And it helped us.” As would, Black concedes with startling candor after we raise the issue, another terrorist attack on U.S. soil. “Certainly it would be a big advantage to him,” says Black.

It is events such as these that snatches Mad Mike Malloy’s identification of these people as “ghouls and flesheaters” from the beyond of moonbat ranting to a reasonable and accurate characterization. These ghouls, it’s been shown time and again, are only too happy to ride hard the nexus of politics and terror. Seldom, though, do they actually talk about it.

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