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Wednesday, December 19, 2007

The Terrible Energy Bill

This thing is quite atrocious.

Laws like this drive people like me nuts. But, they also serve a purpose, which is to show just how idiotic and corrupt a government can be.

First, let's talk about ethanol. Corn-based ethanol sucks. It drives up the price of food, it's bad for the environment, it does not work as well as gasoline, and it's more expensive. Some sugar-based ethanol (produced primarily in Brazil) shows promise, however we levy protective tariffs on Brazillian ethanol. We do this to give money to people in Iowa so that they nominate the candidates who sign energy bills.

The only people who will benefit from this are corn farmers. This bill will literally harm everyone else on earth.

This bill also phases out incandescent light bulbs. Fluorescent bulbs are more energy efficient, however, they give off a harsher light. I hate reading by fluorescent light. It's tough on the eyes. I want to be able to buy incandescent light bulbs. I will no longer be able to do so. That pisses me off.

Here is Cato on the subject.

Here is Nick.

2 Comments:

  • This is only a feel good piece of legislation. Ethanol is a energy wasting process that uses more energy to make than standard gasoline. The fact that our politicians are too stupid to do any research just makes it a bigger problem. We are quickly becoming a society that pays more for inferior products. Hopefully fluorescent lamps will be made to act more like incandescent ones.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 3:13 PM  

  • They do have "daylight" fluorescent bulbs. The light is different. I don't know if it is necessarily better though.

    Also, the bill is kind of a mess. Ethanol wins out, especially in presidential primary season. Plus, I'd like to see them raise the gas guzzler tax limits so that it taxes up to 35mpg than simply mandate it.

    By Anonymous Scott H, at 6:36 PM  

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