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History has illustrated that our government really doesn’t want us to depend on alternative sources of energy.  They want us to be dependent on the government alone.  How long will it be before we no longer have power over our own destiny?  Who is to blame for our inability to advance our energy sources?  Brazil is way ahead of us with sugarcane ethanol, a cost-effective alternative to gasoline.  It’s made in Brazil so they’re weaning themselves off of energy imports.  Congress dictates how much Brazilian ethanol we utilize, and with a Democratic congress since 2006, the answer is on the wall.  It is Congress that is rolling back tax credits for good mileage hybrid cars and legislating subsidies to the oil industry.  A report released by Oxfam in June of 2008 criticized biofuel policies of rich countries as neither a solution to the climate crisis nor the oil crisis, while contributing to the food price crisis.  The report concluded that from all biofuels available in the market, Brazilian sugarcane ethanol is "far from perfect" but it is the most favorable biofuel in the world in term of cost and greenhouse gas balance.  The report also says that: “Rich countries spent up to $15 billion last year supporting biofuels while blocking cheaper Brazilian ethanol, which is far less damaging for global food security."  Who is to blame for our dependence on oil?  Enter Edwin Black…

Edwin Black is an accomplished, award-winning New York Times bestselling American author and journalist who specializes in corporate and historical investigations.  One of his books deserves a big mention, especially since Obama’s been preaching to us about his alternative energy agenda.  Sorry, but I don’t believe him any more than I believed any of our other past presidents.  Our government has been talking about alternative energy for a long time, and that’s all it’s been…talk.  Given how far we’ve come in technology today, one has to wonder why we aren’t making headway towards alternative energy sources.  Our government is one of the main reasons why we aren’t making progress.  Edwin Black’s book, Internal Combustion was published in 2006.  It’s an eye-opening account of the corporate forces that have sabotaged the creation of alternative energies and vehicles in order to keep us dependent on oil for almost 100 years.  There is enough truth in this book to transform our way of life, yet the media is mum about it.  Here’s a little peek into what the book’s about (courtesy of Wikipedia):

Black’s fifth nonfiction book was Internal Combustion, published in 2006, documenting how society never needed to fuel its industrial expansion on oil, and how rulers, governments and corporations have subverted the alternatives. The book accomplishes this by chronicling the history of fuel and transportation from the beginning of recorded times to the modern day. Extensive use is made of archives and obscure research in this highly footnoted work.

Black shows that wood was the original fuel, and this made it the most valuable commodity on earth, tightly controlled by monarchs, and subject to special "forest laws." Eventually, industrializing civilizations such as Great Britain exhausted their timber supply. When they could no longer invade other lands to acquire more woodlands, these countries turned to an "alternative fuel," mainly coal. Black writes that the rise of coal ushered in the first OPEC-style international fuel cartel, the Hostmen of Newcastle, which manipulated supply and demand, and pressured societies at will to achieve their goals and economic objectives. Coal led to trains, and trains necessitated batteries to operate telegraphs over great distances.

Black writes that when in about 1835 electricity was employed to power horseless carriages, the automobile was born. The author then traces the history of the automobile throughout the 1800s and eventually at the turn of the 20th century when vehicles were battery-powered to an abrupt conversion to internal combustion in the years before World War I. Black documents that eventually, in the first two decades of the 20th century, the corporate forces that controlled the electric car retired it in favor of internal combustion, which was considered more "manly" and profitable than the electric car.

The book reveals a heretofore unknown 1912 project by Henry Ford and Thomas Edison to switch the nation back to electric cars, but the project was subverted by corporate opposition, suspicious accidents, and a devastating fire at Edison’s factory. Black then documents the combine of five corporations led by General Motors to purchase several dozen trolley systems, destroy them, and replace them with oil-burning buses, using a front company called National City Lines. Eventually, the federal government prosecuted and convicted GM of criminal conspiracy, a conviction which was upheld by the Supreme Court. Calling upon previously unknown prosecution records and the court file itself, Black documents the realities of what had been termed an urban legend but was in fact authentic. At the same time, Black shows, GM was collaborating with the Adolf Hitler regime to motorize the Third Reich in preparation for war. The book concludes with a forward look into oil alternatives such as natural gas, electric and hydrogen.

Internal Combustion received four major awards, including best book of the year from the Society of Journalists and Authors, the Rockower Award for investigative reporting, the Green Globes, and the Thomas Edison Award.

I’ve included Parts 1 and 2 (videos) of Mr. Black’s presentation on his book, below this post.  An article about Obama’s energy agenda follows.

Look at the way the government has been taking over the banking industry and corporate conglomerates saying that the moves are "not intended to take over the free market, but to preserve it".  Fast forward to today…the government now owns 80% of AIG.  Look at what’s happening to the auto makers who received billions of dollars in stimulus money.  Even after a couple of government interventions, more stimulus aid requests from General Motors and Chrysler “may rise considerably”, according to Steven Rattner, a lead adviser to the Treasury Department on the auto industry bailout…“The current aid request from the two automakers depends on them achieving plans that are somewhat ambitious," said Rattner.  "Like all management teams they tend to take a reasonably, slightly perhaps, optimistic view of their business. So it could be more, I can’t rule that out."  Translation:  These corrupt auto makers are going to ask for more money, and the government will give it to them…again.  I’m seeing a red flag here.  I wonder if Edwin Black is thinking of writing another non-fiction book…one about today’s government.  If he does, it would be a best seller overnight.  Maybe the name of it could be, “The Demise of the U.S. Constitution”…



Obama Presses Alternative Energy Agenda

March 19, 2009: 03:20 PM ET

CNN Money

(Updated with additional details of grant program in the sixth, seventh and 10th through 13th paragraphs.)


WASHINGTON -(Dow Jones)- As his administration offered more aid to stabilize the ailing U.S. auto sector, President Barack Obama touted a $2.4-billion grant program to spark the development of plug-in hybrid cars.
"Show us that your idea or your company is best-suited to meet America’s challenges, and we will give you a chance to prove it," Obama told workers Thursday at the Edison Electric Vehicle Technical Center in Pomona, Calif.
The president toured the facility as part of a two-day swing through the Golden State designed to sell the public on his budget plans and to spotlight early results of the $787-billion economic recovery package. Later Thursday, Obama will participate in a town hall meeting in Los Angeles and appear on NBC’s "Tonight Show with Jay Leno."
In Pomona, Obama’s short address to workers focused on the administration’s effort to lessen the U.S.’s dependence on oil.
"We have a choice to make," Obama said. "We can remain one of the world’s leading importers of foreign oil, or we can make the investments that will allow us to become the world’s leading exporter of renewable energy."
Obama’s goal is to have one million plug-in hybrid vehicles on the road by 2015.
The grants Obama unveiled Thursday will be funded by the stimulus package. The majority of the grants – $1.5 billion – will go to manufacturers producing advanced batteries used in plug-in hybrids. Up to $500 million will go to makers of other components for electric vehicles, such as motors, while $400 million will be used to demonstrate plug-in hybrids and other electric infrastructure concepts.
The White House expects the projects to create tens of thousands of jobs.
The president’s push for new vehicle technology comes as the U.S. auto sector battles a severe sales slump prompted by the recession. The Treasury Department is weighing requests by General Motors Corp. (GM) and Chrysler LLC for more government loans.
Earlier, the Treasury launched a $5 billion program to assist struggling auto- parts suppliers, many of which are on the verge of bankruptcy.
Obama said his $3.6 trillion budget makes investments that will move the U.S. toward energy independence, confront climate change and create jobs. Republicans and some moderate Democrats have balked at the scope of the president’s plans, however, and skepticism is likely to mount further if the Congressional Budget Office’s soon-to-be-released budget projections are as bleak as anticipated.
Obama pledged to invest $15 billion dollars a year in wind and solar power, biofuels, clean coal and American-made fuel-efficient vehicles. He said the government is investing $11 billion to upgrade the power grid so it can carry renewable energy.
California, a state hard hit by the recession, is on the cutting edge of energy technology, Obama said, pointing to the "green freeway" the state is planning with Washington and Oregon. If completed, the freeway would feature rest stops that let drivers charge their vehicles or refuel them with hydrogen or biofuels.
"These are challenging times, but we know we can do this," Obama said. "It won’t come without cost, nor will it be easy. We’ve got 240 million cars already on the road. We’ve got to upgrade the world’s largest energy grid while it’s already in use. And other countries aren’t standing around and waiting for us; they are forging ahead with their own bold energy plans."


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