The View From 1776
Saturday, March 21, 2009
More Power to the Energy Commissariat
Local opposition is stalling Federal government planners’ ‘green’ energy projects.
The Wall Street Journal reports:
The risk that President Barack Obama’s plans to promote “green jobs” could bog down amid local and state opposition to the transmission lines, windmills and other clean energy hardware is becoming an issue for both supporters and critics of the president’s agenda.
A new U.S. Chamber of Commerce Web site launched Friday catalogues 62 wind, wave, solar and biofuel projects and 15 high-voltage transmission proposals across 25 states that have faced significant local opposition, often enough to shut them down entirely. It also documents how 18 natural gas projects, 17 nuclear power plants and around 175 coal plants worth more than $62 billion in investments have encountered local antagonism.
Perhaps President Obama should drop the mask of bipartisan comity and emulate his socialist soul-mate Stalin. When local opposition stood in his way, the Soviet dictator never hesitated to liquidate a few million people.
As the nation already is a long way down the road to serfdom and apparently enjoying its increasing servility, let the President follow in the footsteps of his liberal-progressive-socialist predecessor Franklin Roosevelt, who nationalized farming, labor, and manufacturing. Simply empower the Washington bureaucrats to override any state or local opposition, without regard to the Fifth, Ninth, or Tenth Amendments.
After all, we are taught that only the liberal intelligencia know what is best for the nation.