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February 24, 2011


The crappy part for my family is that my idealistic, brilliant physicist husband, with many potentially lucrative skills, has instead devoted his career to alternative energy research, which can't get consistent governmental funding to save its life. Or our lives, I suppose. It makes me CRAZY. He's spent the last week welded to congressional budget info on his computer, wondering if he's going to lose his grant.

Ugh. We are also dependent on grants.

May, that is such a big deal. I would love to see alternative energy research subsidized -- I personally believe the job of the government should be to assure the good of the people, and alternative energy certainly fits the bill from a health, environmental, and political standpoint. I am certain it would fit the economic standpoint with the necessary investment and updates to infrastructure (which we need NOW, regardless of what our energy source is, so why not tailor it *away* from oil?).

That said, I know that some don't want to see gov't subsidies for that kind of thing. I would challenge them to completely remove all government funding from the oil industry, the coal industry, and the nuclear industry -- all of which are only workable with astronomical infusions of government money.

You're smart.

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As a mother, I feel for those dolphin mothers out there. I know that they are not human, but as rather intelligent animal I imagine that they must feel some emotion at the death of their babies.

I certainly agree about ending subsidies for oil. It would be wonderful to see more government (and private) investment in public transportation. We live in an area (Pasadena) that used to be part of what was, arguably, the best public transportation system in the world. It is all gone now, but the rights-of-way remain in many cases and it is interesting and sad to me to walk by the alleys which were once trolley lines and wish things had turned out differently.

My husband actually works for the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), and the good news is they have been expanding and growing for some years now, hiring more researchers and engineers and building more lab buildings on the campus. The bad news is, with the recession and overall budget crisis, it is likely that some of the increased funding is going to get pulled soon...

I agree with all your points as to why it would be good to break our dependence on petroleum. Another point would be: Middle-East unrest, anyone? Most of our fuel comes from one of the most politically unstable regions in the world. Somehow I find that kind of unwise...

I want to end subsidies for corn. HFCS is the one thing that kicks my PCOS into overdrive. When I stopped consuming it, I actually started ovulating. HFCS avoidance did more for me than exercise and losing weight. So, "Say no to Big Ag."

Yes, I feel the same way about corn subsidies. Also, if you want to totally blow your mind, start thinking about the amount of oil and natural gas that go into corn production. From pesticides (oil) and fertilizers (natural gas) to cultivation and transport (oil) and processing and packaging and transport again...

Everything we eat is made of corn, and all the corn is made of oil.


Well, real cane sugar (and maple sugar and honey) don't mess with the PCOS so much. I am pretty sure a lot of energy goes into refining and transporting cane sugar, but I don't think the cultivation of sugar cane is subsidized by my tax dollars, so I'm cool with that as a sweetener, but I guess the price for even that is artificial if I am subsidizing the energy costs. Dang. Consider my mind blown.

I would be totally fine with an end to all subsidies (I mean, if they cut my taxes in proprotion to the money they'd not be spending then). Let the market go and see how people value certain things. We'll get more of the stuff people actually value and less of what we don't.

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