Friday, October 10, 2008

RePower America

WeCanSolveIt.org has sent out an alert regarding the following advertisement they want to run on television. They talk about the ads running during and after the election debates like so: ABC had Chevron. CBS had Exxon. CNN had the coal lobby. But you know what happened last week? ABC refused to run our Repower America ad -- the ad that takes on this same oil and coal lobby. Of course their allegation is ABC is in the pocket of big fossil fuel power interests, and that the presence of the given advertisements next to the program airing the debates indicates which industry paid for the debates. Maybe.

Repower America is an initiative by wecansolveit.org to push for increased use of renewable energy versus the nonrenewable fuels such as oil, coal, nuclear, etc. I agree with the goal but I find the argument presented here to be suspicious. They've conveniently sent me the script for the advertisement:-

Quote:

The solution to our climate crisis seems simple.

Repower America with wind and solar.

End our dependence on foreign oil. A stronger economy.

So why are we still stuck with dirty and expensive energy?

Because big oil spends hundreds of millions of dollars to block clean energy.

Lobbyists, ads, even scandals.

All to increase their profits, while America suffers.

Breaking big oil's lock on our government ...

Now that's change.

We're the American people and we approve this message.

Oh, great, someone else pretending to speak for me. Anyway... in the middle is this question why are we still stuck with dirty and expensive energy and they suggest it has to do with laws, pushed by lobbyists, that blocked clean energy.

Does it? This is largely true, and no doubt I've got a posting or two on this site complaining about this. But there's another part to this, because the laws aren't the whole of the story. Another part of the story is the technology and economics. The big fossil fuel industry is in this position because they have the infrastructure to deliver huge quantities of "energy". The renewable energy industry hasn't scaled up to this level of energy delivery, partly due to technology limitations, partly due to the economics due to the relative cost of different technologies.

There's more to the story than legal rules and politics. They have a petition drive going at: http://www.wecansolveit.org/page/s/ABC

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