Big government strikes (out) again

By Bill Coates


Dear Editor:

Once people are in Washington for a while, they get the impression they are smarter than the people who actually work for a living. Now Rep. Tipton has introduced HR 2907, requiring a federal agency to predict our energy needs over the next 30 years and create a four-year plan for meeting those needs. This would continue all the current regulatory roadblocks and subsidies which keep local governments and private industry from meeting demand in the most cost-efficient manner. He introduced a similar plan in 2013, which died in the Senate. Didn't they learn anything from all the Russian five-year plans that failed?

The only way out of our rising energy costs is for the federal government to stop planning and interfering in the free market process by which power is generated from the least costly source for a geographical area. Even the state is meddling by mandating the use of more costly, less efficient sources, and federal subsidies encourage such waste. Wind and solar require the construction of fossil-fuel plants to back them up at night and when wind is not strong enough, so the wind and solar are twice as costly.

As long as we know the government is fiddling with plans and regulations, cities and industries are unwilling to commit their money to an uncertain future. What we need is a guarantee that state and federal governments will keep their fingers out of the machinery, or at least stop right where they are for a considerable number of years.

Bill Coates
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