The party of less government

The party of less government

So, I'm in a pretty good mood. My interview went well, and now a couple of our regions are vying to promote me. Life is pretty splendid.

And then I read this.

President Donald Trump ordered his energy secretary to take immediate action to stem power plant closures, arguing that a decline in coal and nuclear electricity is putting the nation’s security at risk.

”Impending retirements of fuel-secure power facilities are leading to a rapid depletion of a critical part of our nation’s energy mix and impacting the resilience of our power grid,” White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said in an emailed statement Friday. Trump has directed Secretary Rick Perry “to prepare immediate steps to stop the loss of these resources and looks forward to his recommendations.”

Trump’s directive comes as administration officials search for ways to extend the life of money-losing coal and nuclear power plants that are at risk of closing due to competition from cheaper natural gas and renewable energy.

Let me get this straight: We have to give huge tax breaks to the rich because that will pump the economy through the magic hand of free market capitalism. But, coal and nuclear plants have to be saved by forcing electricity utilities to buy energy from them because they can't compete in the free market of capitalism. Am I getting this right?

Trump's obsession with "beautiful, clean coal" is redolent of a child on the spectrum who fixates on a totem to bring him a measure of peace and security. But Trump isn't a child. Despite our protestations, he, for the moment, holds the presidency. And he's decided to resuscitate dying industries to make it look like he's fulfilling campaign pledges to his followers.

I'm old enough to remember Republicans saying that health care delivery should be dictated by market forces. But now those same Republicans want to force private companies to purchase a product they don't want to purchase.

In aspects of the economy where people's well-being is impacted, they're to be thrown to the free market wolves. But in energy production, a cold, bony-fingered Stalinist hand is to be imposed. And, of course, the barons of those dying sectors of the energy industry are major contributors to the GOP.

Mark this as one more thing we'll have to fix once we curb-stomp these fascists.



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