“Green slime” doesn’t just describe algae-based biofuels. It also describes the entire DC-mandated biofuel system. About the only thing really green about it is the billions of dollars taken from taxpayers and consumers, and funneled to politicians, who dole the cash out to friendly constituents, who then return some of it as campaign contributions, to get the pols reelected, to perpetuate the gravy train.
Even some Democrats are finally questioning their party’s “steadfast support” for policies that promote “renewable” energy over oil and gas: Ben Cardin (MD), Robert Casey (PA), Kay Hagan (NC) and several colleagues have openly expressed concern about renewable mandates. One has to wonder why so many Republicans still can’t say no to ethanol.
I wonder how strong their economy will grow if these “green slimes” were added to the unemployment queue. Of course, while compiling this post, I am watching John Stossel looking at ‘tons of government waste’.
As if we didn’t already know how useless and unnecessary the EPA is, following the government shutdown we saw just how little we really need them. When various government agencies were releasing many of their workers on furlough with lack of funding, the EPA went through its employees and decided which were “essential” and which were “non-essential”.
According to an EPA guidance, which Reuters obtained, the agency said it only had 1,069 of its 16,205 employees listed as “essential”. That is only 6.6 percent of their workforce! This guidance, which is used in the event of a government shutdown, also said that “most workers in the Office of Air and Radiation, which is in charge of writing and implementing most of the EPA’s major air pollution rules,” would be furloughed.
Why is it that we have an agency that could run on less than 7 percent of current staff? To be clear that means more than 9 out of every 10 employees at the EPA are non-essential.
Although this government shutdown may not be considered as the greatest way to get through funding differences, perhaps there is a silver lining here. When agencies are forced to go through their list of employees and whether they are integral to the organization’s work it seems we get quite a sneak peek into how we could gut and cut the government bureaucracy. Is it just me, or should all employees be essential in order to remain at their jobs? This could be a good way to go forward with finding places to cut money in the budget.
Meanwhile in the real green slime algae research area: Biofuel’s big future illustrated by expert
ESTABLISHING an industry founded on algae-based biodiesel could potentially overshadow Western Australia’s iron ore industry and could be up and running in as little as five years, according to a local expert.
Speaking at the WAFarmers annual conference in the Swan Valley recently Julian Cribb, author of The Coming Famine, said Australia’s green alternative to fossil fuels was in producing microalgae biofuels.
He says algae is basically a small sac that is 50 per cent oil and 50 per cent proteins and carbohydrates and can produce positive yields of between 50-165 tonnes of oil to the hectare. […]
I guess our own Oz Government are spending our money wisely/sarc.