Friday, May 23, 2008

Fascism, Tiberi style

US Rep Pat Tiberi is tauting a plan that would have put Mussolini to shame. According to Tiberi and his fellow Republicans in DC, the state and industry must conjoin in order to solve the supposed energy crisis.

This ambitious plan was brazenly lifted from Italy of the 1920's and 30's, with Tiberi functioning as Ohio's Giovanni Gentile.

When did the Republicans drop the individual for the collective?

To think, if it wasn't for the voices of those like US Sen Robert Taft -- aka Mr. Republican -- the US would have continued down FDR's fascist path in the 1930's and 40's -- the very same path that Tiberi believes will solve our economic woes and lead to Tiberian Utopia.

Hey, Tiberi, the problem is folks like you; those whose ambitions and plans exceed their abilities. Read Mises's Socialism or Omnipotent Government, or Hayek's Fatal Conceit.

Time changes things. And now it's the Republicans with the big plans for big government.

From Tiberi's most-recent constituent email:

Dear Friend,

Today was the 15th consecutive day that the average price of gas per gallon set a record high. During the coming holiday weekend, I know many of you are changing your normal Memorial Day weekend plans, just like you’re changing your normal routines to pay for filling up the tank so you can drive to work or drop your children off at school.

When Democrat Nancy Pelosi was elected Speaker of the House gas was $2.33 and now nearly 16 months later, paying $4 for a gallon appears to be coming. While it may seem we’re playing the “blame game,” the truth is the rising price of gas is not a Republican issue it’s not a Democrat issue, it is an American issue because it’s affecting every single family across the country regardless of their political ideology. The thing is, in the House the Democrats are in the Majority and they control the bills that are brought to the Floor for a vote. As gas prices are causing rising prices at the grocery store and around every corner, the time for leadership is now.

I have voted in favor of increased gas mileage standards, I have voted for suspending deposits to the Strategic Petroleum Reserve, I have voted for alternative energy incentives, I have voted to give the U.S. the ability to investigate OPEC nations for alleged price fixing, and I have voted for the federal gas tax holiday. But it will take more. We have a production deficit in this country. The bottom line is among many approaches like those above, we also need to increase the production of energy to see a real dollars and cents difference in gas prices. Below is a plan outlined by House Republicans this week to do just that and I’d like to share it with you.

This plan is not set in stone. We’ll all have to give a little – gas producers and conservationists, Republicans and Democrats – to get to a real solution. But I am committed to increasing energy production, whether that is the production of biofuels or gasoline, I know the status quo, is unacceptable. I hope as we move into the summer the Majority will allow us to debate elements of this plan so we can transition to a 21st century energy plan.


Pat Tiberi
Ohio’s 12th Congressional District

Courtesy of the Republican Conference:

The Change America Deserves: Lower Energy Prices

When it comes to energy production, while our global competitors are pursuing 21st Century technologies, America is stuck in the 1970s. On electricity production alone, for example, just to keep up with new demand, by 2030, the United States must build 747 NEW coal plants, 52 NEW nuclear plants, 2,000 NEW hydroelectric generators, and add 13,000 NEW megawatts of renewable power. The dire need to increase domestic oil and gas production is no different. Yet, the Democratic Majority refuses to lead.

Republicans are committed to a comprehensive energy reform policy that will increase the supply of American-made energy, improve energy efficiency, and encourage investment in groundbreaking research in advanced alternative and renewable energy technologies. With 21st Century technologies and the strictest standards in the world, America can and must produce more of our own energy right here at home and protect our environment at the same time. That’s the change America deserves.

How Republican Solutions Will Fix It:

The Change America Deserves: Meeting Our Energy Needs with American Made Energy

The comprehensive House Republican plan will fund research and development of technologies and innovations which advance the use of renewable and domestically available energy sources, increase energy efficiency, and ease the environmental impacts of energy use.

1) Increasing the Production of American-Made Energy in an Environmentally-Safe Way
a. Support actions that reduce America’s dependence on energy from unstable foreign governments and dictatorships by increasing environmentally-safe production of oil and natural gas in areas such as the arctic coastal plain and in deep ocean energy resources; and
b. Promote unconventional fuels such as coal-to-liquids technology and recovering our vast oil shale reserves by:
Increasing access for environmentally responsible development of conventional and unconventional domestic oil and natural gas production;
Providing coal-to-liquids financing and tax incentives;
Advancing the commercialization of the nation's two trillion barrel shale oil resource, 80 percent of which occurs on government-owned land in the West. This is enough to supply America's energy needs for over two centuries.
2) Promoting New, Clean, and Reliable Sources of Energy

a. Encourage more production of environmentally-safe energy to increase the use of our vast domestic supply, reduce emissions, and keep coal-dependent communities strong; and
b. Expand emissions-free nuclear power, including long term nuclear waste storage solutions and recycling spent fuel by:
Providing production and investment tax credits for all new base-load electricity projects such as advanced nuclear power and clean coal; and
Providing production and investment tax credits for all new base-load electricity projects such as advanced nuclear power and clean coal; and
Allowing immediate expensing for new renewable or zero emission power.
3) Cutting Red Tape and Increase the Supply of American-Made Fuel and Energy

a. Expedite permitting for enhanced oil recovery projects, including CO2 delivery and injection, as well as permitting for new refining capacity;

b. Improve environmental review and permitting to encourage the deployment of technologies which increase the efficiency of existing power plants; and

c. End ill-advised policies that have led to the proliferation of unique gasoline and diesel fuel formulations known as “boutique fuels,” which have fragmented our motor fuels distribution system, choked off supply, and exacerbated the already-painful Pelosi Premium.

4) Encouraging Greater Energy Efficiency by Offering Conservation Tax Incentives

a. Support technologies to help increase energy efficiency in all sectors of the American economy, including removing bureaucratic regulatory barriers that prevent businesses from upgrading their facilities with newer, more efficient energy technologies, by:

Making home energy efficiency upgrades tax deductable;
Providing incentives for home builders and homeowners to make their homes more energy efficient;
Offering investment expensing for industrial and commercial building efficiency upgrades;
Extending the residential and business solar and fuel cell investment tax credits, with enhancements to the residential solar credit ($2,000 per ½ kw installed);
Extending the fiber-optic distributed sunlight investment tax credit; and
Increasing the energy efficiency of government-owned buildings.

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