The carbon tax exchange was setup by Al Gore, run out of Chicago (Obama's home town). Al Gore stands to make millions and millions of dollars from this - and will repay the Democratic party with huge contributions. Thats why they want it so badly. Unions, the former big supporters, are losing influence, so they have to find a new cash cow. Look at where their money REALLY comes from, and surprise, that's what they push on you.
The Ethanol subsidy is a classic case of political corruption, greed, and pay to play. At the time it was passed, Corn prices were low due to a large supply. Working with the farm lobby, spearheaded by ADM, a pay to play deal was reached that guaranteed agribusiness a yearly purchase of a large amount of the crop at a fixed price that was above market. Refiners were mandated by law to purchase a fixed quantity of ethanol, regardless of demand. Farmers planted corn like crazy, destroying grassland, using way too much fertilizer, and doing major environmental damage. The fixed price government contract insured that corn went to ethanol, and not food, and there were food riots in Mexico, Latin, and Central America. Yes, we starved people to death to save the planet. Then, the economy went south, and the demand for gasoline dropped, but refiners were forced to buy the same amount of Ethanol and now they are literally drowning in the stuff. As the price of corn went down, more and more it was sold for Ethanol at the fixed price agreed to, insuring high profits for agribusiness - who returned the money to the Democratic party in return for the great deal they had. All the while, the Democrats told us how GREAT Ethanol was, and how important it was, and how the cared about us, etc. etc. It was all a complete fabrication. They favored the bio fuel that put the most money in their greedy pockets, thus insuring that bio fuel research would be set back several years.
Ethanol reduces mileage - to cover this up the EPA only does mileage tests with non ethanol fuel. Now, the EPA, never one to admit a mistake, wants to "mandate" the refiners to push us to E15 and even E20, which will destroy any engine more than 10 years old, hurting poor people, and minorities the most. So here we have one government agency colluding with another in order to keep the money flowing into the party, and hide the truth from the public. If corporations acted this way, they would be sued, exposed, and treated like criminals. The new story is that if we all buy new, flex fuel vehicles it will all be great! Guess who owns a third of a car company that's drowning in red ink?
Guess who gives money to Republicans? Big Oil, of course. That's why they are evil, pure evil, and need to be stopped. It's insane.
The huge contributions from the farm lobby? They keep on comin! And the Democrats praise the glory of Ethanol. When it's the MONEY they are praising.
I am not against biofuels at all. What I am against is environmentalism as a cover up for GREED and MONEY LAUNDERING where contribution X is repaid with legislation Y that gives a corporation a free ride at the taxpayer's expense. What I am against is the propaganda machine that fills people minds with complete nonsense to cover up the GREED that is behind so much of what the parties do.
Wind, same story. Wind turbines are primarily made by GE. Jeffry Immelt, CEO of GE, is a good friend of Obama. He brokered the deal for MSNBC, which is how it turned into the mouthpiece of the party, in return for huge tax breaks for GE on guess what? Wind Turbines. This was followed huge incentives to the blue states to buy the things, resulting in more income for GE, who paid almost no taxes, but contributed major amounts to the Democratic Party. Without the subsidies, Wind Turbines are not economically viable over the long term. Guess who benefits from these subsidies? General Electric... Who returns the favor by giving big contributions to Democrats. It's the same, exact story as ethanol.
Solar might just make it, not because the government helped it along, but in spite of the fact that the government meddled in it. Of course billions of dollars have been wasted that could have been spent building better systems.
Are the Republicans guilty? Yes. They have done plenty of Pay to Play deals. The Green Greed is pretty unique in terms of a crafty way to part people from their hard earned money...
So when someone tells you that they are saving the planet, or that we need X technology, FOLLOW THE MONEY TRAIL and then decide.
The TRUTH is that all this corruption has done more damage to alternative energy than all the polluters on the planet, combined. It perverts science in the name of money, and rewards the greedy. It pushes scientists to LIE, in order to get the GRANT.
The only way to stop this is to get the government OUT of all of this. Let all of these technologies compete, equally. Sure, the guy who comes up with the best idea will become fabulously rich, but what difference does it make if we all benefit? Get the government involved, and GREED will reign supreme, while the politician rails against "Evil Corporations" when THEY are far, far worse in so many cases. Government greed is the worst of all.
I am not some right wing nut case, or a paid troll for anyone. I've watched this go on first hand for 35 years - that's how long I have been working. What I'm telling you here is the tip of the iceberg. The Carbon Tax is one of the greatest pay to play schemes ever invented, and the chances of the Democrats getting away with this are somewhere between slim and none, given how badly the ACA give away to the insurance companies is doing. Same story, they tell us how evil the insurance companies are... while handing them boatloads of money... The ACA is the largest pay to play scheme EVER.