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Thu Sep 11, 2014, 12:40 PM

Middle Eastern Wars and Energy Indpependence

It seems a laudable goal to destroy ISIS in the Middle East. ISIS may be an unintended consequence of a failed US policy, and it is a brutal, genocidal view of the future.

It seems an equally laudable goal to achieve energy independence. Unfortunately, "Drill, baby, drill" is a slogan that is proposed by those who would perpetuate the problem. What we need to be energy independent is to be able to make policy independent of fossil fuel corporations.

Let's not lose track of our priorities. We, as Americans, wish to become "energy independent." Going into the Middle East to secure a supply of oil is bad policy. Going to war to secure foreign oil is not being energy independent. It wasn't in 2003, it isn't in 2014.

Neither is it energy independent to tax homeowners for putting up solar panels.

Why is it that Republican party donors grin widely when McCain and Graham demand a bloody, aggressive policy in the Middle East? Why is it that Republican party donors, through ALEC, pushed through the solar panel in Oklahoma? Why is it that the Koch brothers are ground zero for the global-warming-is-a-hoax hoax?

I hate to sound like a conspiracy theorist, but it's pretty clear there a conspiracy here. Why should that be a surprise even to people like me, who thinks that Oswald killed Kennedy all by himself and that Osama bin Laden and his Al Qaida operatives were responsible for the September 11 attacks?

The questions we should be asking concern whether what the President is proposing good policy. We've allowed one president to overthrow a bloody tyrant in the Middle East in order to gain control over oil and it didn't work out too well. What we got was a power vacuum being filled Baghdadi the rabble rouser, an even bloodier tyrant than Saddam. Yet, because we have not become energy independent, but instead allow those who are most interested in perpetuating the dominance of fossil fuel based energy to dictate energy and foreign policy to what is supposed to be a government by the people, not the oligarchs, here we are again. Let's go overthrow a tyrant in the Middle East so that they'll not brutalize the people they rule and install a new puppet government that will allow the west to control their natural resources.

The oligarchs' imperialist war against Iraq was a colossal failure, but they are determined to do again and again until we get it right. That's right, they want us to get it right for their benefit. They expect our children and grandchildren to die in Middle Eastern oil fields to secure a supply of oil for them to sell. To make sure they can sell it, they'll strangle any nascent technology that might eventually supplant it in the cradle, for instance, by taxing its use.

Not only do the oligarchs want to stifle the development of renewable energy industry, but they insist on a new, dirtier and more dangerous technology: fracking. Of course, if we don't like that, then there's always nuclear power. Chernobyl, anyone? Fukushima? Does their business plan really involve the destruction of planet Earth?

I see a common enemy here besides ISIS.

Can we help Middle Eastern regimes destroy ISIS and at the same time limit the influence of our own fossil fuel industries? Those energy corporations insist that we keep them on life support with imperialist wars, taxpayer funded subsidies and bailouts and assistance stifling the growth of new and cleaner energy industry.

It should be the avowed policy of the US government to supplant fossil fuel with renewable energy by the middle of this century. We should have no higher priority. If the Messrs. Koch, Mr. Tillerson, Mr. Blankenship, the Dukes of North Carolina and others want to keep their corporations viable, they can diversify, invest in renewable energy and help that industry grow. If not, we should do whatever it takes to grow renewable energy industries, including direct taxpayer funding to develop the industry as a completely public enterprise. Yes, that is socialism. To paraphrase Patrick Henry, let us make the most of it.

If the government proves unresponsive, then We, the People, independent of the government must make the policy. We will not fight in the oil industry's imperialist wars. We will not pay taxes (did he just propose a tax strike?) to keep the fossil fuel industries on life support or to prosecute wars for their benefit. If the government at any level passes legislation to stifle the growth of renewable energy, such as a tax on solar panels, then put up the solar panels and don't pay the tax. General strikes should also be employed, although they are illegal under the infamous Taft-Hartley Act. Yes, this is a campaign of civil disobedience. Be prepared to go to jail, be prepared for worse than that. We have an idea what the oligarchs have in store for us under their oligarchy. We are fighting not only for our survival, but the survival of planet Earth.

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Jack Rabbit Sep 2014 OP
msongs Sep 2014 #1
Jack Rabbit Sep 2014 #2
woo me with science Sep 2014 #3
Jack Rabbit Sep 2014 #4
woo me with science Sep 2014 #5
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Response to Jack Rabbit (Original post)

Thu Sep 11, 2014, 01:07 PM

1. you are looking for energy independence leadership from the current crowd? lol good luck on that

gonna have to come from us - less driving, installing rooftop solar, voting out corporate whore politicians etc

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Response to msongs (Reply #1)

Thu Sep 11, 2014, 01:21 PM

2. Exactly

It's that last part I'm concerned about. The oligarchs will continue to do as they do now, buy elections and even rig them to exclude voters who tend to vote for somebody other than Republican whores. Not that there aren't whore politicians among the Democrats, too, but the oligarchs almost get money back guarantee that an elected Republican will be a total whore.

A Princeton University study made the case that the US is an oligarchy, not a democracy. If it is not a democracy, then let us maintain that We, the People, owe the oligarchs' government nothing. The taxing of solar panels was passed in Oklahoma because the Koch brothers purchased it, not because the people wanted it. Therefore, it may be the law of the state of Oklahoma, but not necessarily of the people of Oklahoma.

So, yes, as a matter of fact, I am saying it is time for We, the People, to take the law into our own hands.

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Response to Jack Rabbit (Original post)

Thu Sep 11, 2014, 08:27 PM

4. Dear DU --

I've enjoyed the old antiwar songs today.

Thank you.

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Response to Jack Rabbit (Reply #4)

Thu Sep 11, 2014, 10:00 PM

5. Me, too.

They are desperately needed.

Kick.

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Response to woo me with science (Reply #5)

Thu Sep 11, 2014, 11:19 PM

6. !!

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