What is green energy?  It’s alternative energy or clean energy using technologies considered environmentally friendly like solar or wind.  Conversely, brown energy is considered unclean.  It refers to sources of energy that aren’t renewable and pollute like oil or coal.

Last year my wife and I drove to her hometown to decorate the graves of her parents.  We were surprised to see hundreds of windmill turbines there, stretching for miles.  My first thought was: “How unsightly.”  At the cemetery I noticed one of the turbines was only a few yards away.  I couldn’t get over how tall they were, over 250 feet, and loud!  The rotors are as wide as the turbine is tall and that constant swoosh, swoosh, swoosh sound made from the spinning blades was annoying.

There are two windfarms there.  The one in her hometown is the second-largest in Indiana with 87 turbines and the neighboring windfarm down the road is the largest with 222.  Both are said to have the capacity to power 120,000 homes.

I see nothing wrong with the premise of green energy.  However, it’s been hijacked by some corrupt politicians and used as a crutch to get the public’s sympathy and hard-earned money.

The President constantly says he’s all about creating jobs, but the words of a man aren’t always his word.  He’s placed a moratorium on drilling for oil in the Gulf of Mexico.  The governor of Louisiana said it’s cost his state thousands of jobs.  The President’s also placed a heavy burden on coal fired power plants as well, trying to fine them to the point of extinction for the omissions they produce.  Then there’s also the Keystone pipeline in the news.  It would stretch from Canada to the Gulf Coast states and supply Canadian oil, and some 400,000 jobs would be created.  But the President has decided to wait on that until after the 2012 election.  He’s also decided to delay drilling through shale for natural gas in Ohio for six months as well – some 200,000 jobs are estimated to be created with that project.

There’s a much deeper underlying tide to this story we’re wading in though.

One might say this political shell game began with Al Gore.  He stood on that pulpit of his to preach the polar bears would become extinct, that the polar ice caps would be no more, and Florida would be mostly underwater because of global warming.  He made a film called “An Inconvenient Truth” about the prophecy which won him the Nobel Peace Prize and the million-dollar prize that goes along with it.  However, that same film is now banned in England as propaganda.  Most of the data used for its premise was falsified by a university researcher in Britain.  Mr. Gore has since slithered into the shadows.

The shell game the government’s playing with green energy is heinous.  The old adage the hand is quicker than the eye may be true, but the truth will be revealed.

Barak Obama raised over $1 billion for his election bid in 2008, a record.  Most of the funds couldn’t be tracked, but those who did contribute to his presidential bid surely wanted favors in return.  I believe that’s where the push by him for green energy came into play.  Billions of taxpayer dollars are being channeled into that system as political favor.

The bankrupt energy company Solyndra is just the tip of the iceberg – half a billion taxpayer dollars have vanished with that.  In fact, 80% of the government loans going to green energy companies are to companies that are Obama supporters.

A new book out called “Throw Them All Out” is revealing and tells of the game being played.

Remember Mr. Gore?  He and a partner invested $16 million in a California green energy company and gained $88 million in return thanks to a government grant that need not be repaid and is tax-free.

Then there’s GM, which could stand for “Government Motors.”  They’ve changed their marketing strategy by running a new television ad stating the Chevy Volt runs on gas too.  Billions of taxpayer dollars went into the development of that vehicle, but its sales have been horrific.  In part because its retail price is $40,280 and you can only travel some 35 miles on its batteries charge.  It takes roughly 10 hours to charge its batteries using a 120V outlet.  One could say the premise for the Chevy Volt is admirable, but it isn’t ready for prime time.  Even with its $11,000 taxpayer-funded government credit given with each vehicle purchased the public’s still standoffish toward it.

The charging stations used for the vehicle are made by GE; with this push of the wonder car have been a few reports of fires caused by the charging station apparatus as well.  It could be a coincidence that the CEO of General Electric is a personal friend and adviser to Barak Obama, but I think not.

The Chevy Volt is a hybrid electric car, that’s great, but it was overhyped using unethical corporate manipulation to the tune of immense abuse of taxpayer dollars.  It’s government ineptness on display with regard to wasteful green energy initiatives, cronyism at its best.

To say Washington has become corrupt is an understatement.  Should some of our politicians go to jail?  Absolutely they should, but to think they’ll become their own jailers and insert the key in the cell door is a fantasy.  It’s up to us to police them in 2012 for Congress won’t break out the broom – it’s their preconceived notion it’s best to sweep the corruption under the rug.  Yet there’s a day of reckoning always in store.

Greg Allen’s column, Thinkin’ Out Loud, was published bi-monthly from 2009 to 2017.  He’s an author, a former nationally syndicated columnist and the founder of Builder of the Spirit Ministries in Jamestown, Indiana.  He can be reached at www.builderofthespirit.org.

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