Friday, November 26, 2010

How Many Jobs Did Al Gore’s ‘Mistake’ Cost Us?

Most of us were astonished to hear former vice president and failed presidential candidate, and long time ‘green energy’ advocate Al Gore Jr. come out and admit that his early support of ethanol based fuels, made from a major food source, corn, was largely based on an effort to gain votes for his run for the presidency.

Gore, labeling his early support a “mistake” indicated he was
“more concerned with garnering votes from farmers in Tennessee and Iowa than with what was best for the environment.”

Al Gore: Votes, not science, led me to back corn ethanol

Gore went on to say,
“Corn ethanol is not a sustainable alternative to fossil fuels. The process of converting corn into ethanol is highly energy intensive and also requires using a food crop for fuel.”

While we cannot forget the record food prices we saw in 2008 or the protests around the world over shrinking food supplies, I am particularly struck by the comment, “ethanol is not a sustainable alternative to fossil fuels.”

Fossil fuel is defined as, “any combustible organic material, as oil, coal, or natural gas, derived from the remains of former life,” the very fuels we have been barred from drilling, refining and using in our every day energy needs, increasing our dependence upon foreign sources that all too often hostile to us.

It has been shown that we have billions of barrels of petroleum sitting in the ground that the government continues to deny us access to as they promoted these “green energy” sources like ethanol as superior, more environmentally ‘friendly’ and at a cost of Billions of dollars each year in subsidies to corn growers.

Not being said in all of this, as we continue facing record unemployment in the country and a deeply struggling economy, is the hundreds of thousands of jobs not being filled that are also just languishing there and waiting to be filled in the Petroleum Industry.

What About Jobs Obama? Unblock The Jobs!

Missing The Boat On Job Creation

Of particular note too is Gore’s financial stake in the ethanol industry. He padded his own wealth while promoting higher unemployment amongst the American people!

And now, he simply says it was a “mistake?”

We now stand poised to have an even higher ethanol base forced upon us even before adequate studies on E-15 are completed, thanks in part to years of Al Gore’s “mistake.”

Many of our energy policies have been based upon Al Gore’s “mistake” and have cost us dearly over the years, while Gore lived a life of luxury, flying across the globe in a private jet promoting his “mistake.”

In 2007 he shared the Nobel Peace Prize for “efforts to build up and disseminate greater knowledge about man-made climate change, and to lay the foundations for the measures that are needed to counteract such change” on the back of that “mistake,” while our unemployment numbers began rising.

Using petroleum and natural gas to fuel our economy and energy needs while viable alternative fuels are sought and being perfected is not a mistake, it is the responsible thing to do to continue our lifestyle and meet our responsibilities in the world community.

Al Gore might now come out and admit he made a “mistake,” but it is my opinion the real mistake was in anyone listening to a pampered charlatan who grew his wealth on our backs by the very energy needs he denies us.

One is left to ponder too, if this was a “mistake,” just what else is there he promotes that is based in large part on a similar “mistake?”

We need energy and we need jobs to recover from this economic nightmare we are mired in. The Petroleum and Natural Gas Industry are prepared to help with massive numbers of jobs in drilling and refining sources that will meet our energy needs and that will result in their payment of more taxes into our treasury to help close the deficit.

What we don’t need is any more “mistakes” by Al Gore or his devotees who think “green” is a cure all.


Storm'n Norm'n said...

Good post Lew!
I happen to have some first hand knowledge of this corn-for-fuel controversy.
Ray (that's his real name) used to be my foreman before I retired. I ran the night shift at a large food processing facility and Ray was the hardest working foreman I ever encountered in all my working years. It was Ray's second job or should I say first and primary job for his real job of farming peanuts and cotton forced him into taking a second job. You see, when Al Gore pushed his corn-for-fuel program Ray and a whole lot of other peanut farmers switched over to corn... It was one big mistake! The price of corn dropped because of the over abundance and in Ray's case was not even worth the harvesting so the corn rotted in the field (I should mention it was over 300 acres!). I visted with Ray at that time and we sat out at the edge of the corn field and drank a six-pack of beer while Ray cursed Al Gore.

LewWaters said...

Norm, you don't know how glad I was to see Gore lose in 2000. I think he would have been a disaster, much like Obama.

Storm'n Norm'n said...

Ditto on the Gore loss in 2000!

Actually Gore could have won hands down if he distanced himself from Bill Clinton by resigning the Vice Presidency and/or publically calling for Clinton's resignation during the Monica Lewinsky scandal. Of course once Gore got into the climate change crap he lost all credibility.

LewWaters said...

Gore got into the climate nonsense early on, I assume as his platform to gain political office.

He obviously doesn't buy it himself since he does not follow the policies he advocates.

He might have stood a chance with distancing himself from Clinton and to a small degree did.

But, he still would have been a disaster as president. LOL, show me a Democrat who isn't.

Storm'n Norm'n said...

Not only would he had been a disaster but he probably would have surrendered to the United Nations under his administration...
Obama is leading us down the same path!

LewWaters said...

Just the thought of Gore being at the helm when 9/11 happened makes me nauseous.

I have no doubt he would have instantly began apologizing all around and then, leaning on his "war record," taken a few photos.