rwac, on 26 December 2011 - 08:00 PM, said:
I'm just saying that the US is not that far to the right of say the UK.
Yes, Britain is looking at legislation to end the NHS
. However, their vote was in September and it didn't go anywhere. Rand Paul's legislation to end Medicare passed the house of representatives in February 2011. So we are to the right of the Brits on legislation to end socialized medicine. We are first, and we passed the first legislative milestone.
And don't forget, we only have socialized medicine for the aged. They have socialized medicine for everyone. So, we are even further to the right of the Brits on that point.
We don't have any medicine, let alone socialized medicine for 45 million hapless people. Throwing 45 million people to the wolves puts the US so far out to the right that I don't think the Brits can even see us.
Well, the GOP (and all sensible people) mainly prioritize a reliable power supply. The only reliable renewable source is Hydroelectric power (as of today), and it is next to impossible to build a new dam. So we are basically dependent on coal and natural gas for the near future.
I am sure the people that died and their families from the poisoning would agree with you that the GOP is sensible. All of this EPA stuff has to be justified in terms of lives and medical costs saved, you know that.
It will be a big surprise to the wind power and solar power people that their systems are not reliable sources of renewable energy. Especially the people that put their own money into these unreliable systems.
Have you ever driven out highway 395 in California past Boron and seen the huge solar energy plant there? The plant has been there more than 30 years. Every time I drive by it is larger. The panels are in the shape of a parabolic trough. The sun focuses on a pipe suspended above the trough. The fluid inside the pipe expands into gas and drives generators. The parabolic troughs follow the sun during the day. The cost is 10 cents a kilowatt hour, winter and summer. (to see it, enter "Kramer Junction, CA 93516" into google satellite maps. It is to the north of Kramer Junction a block or two.) You will also notice thousands of sun drenched acres ready to be developed into solar farms.
And we have wind farms (google maps, Kellogg Road, Desert Hot Springs, CA) Those little pins sticking out of the map are 100 foot plus tall wind mills. Yeah, people are wasting their money building these wind farms.