[Gasification] Range Fuels Closing Plant

Arnt Karlsen arnt at c2i.net
Wed Jan 26 16:48:12 CST 2011

On Wed, 26 Jan 2011 11:57:13 -0800, Mark wrote in message 

> Hi Jim,
> It is a nasty claim. But we shouldn't be shocked or in disbelief. In
> recent history we have the Iraq war as a paradigm, where the
> Blackwaters and Halliburtons hauled money by the C-5-load out of
> taxpayer's pockets. How many deals had side channels? A little
> experience in D.C. politics would erase any remnant of flag-waving
> innocence.
> When our President started talking about massive infrastructure
> investments last night and put the feel-good marketing phrase "Clean
> Energy" high on his list of infrastructure investments that the
> government would make.I cringed! Saying that the "US is open for
> business" sounds a lot like saying that Washington's K-Street is open
> for business. Most of the seminal advances in technological and
> industrial America have not been spurred by government largess.
> Without the catalyst of the "sink-or-swim" requirement that private
> investment implies, all of these government initiatives are bound to
> fail or at best, provide scant value for the money invested.
> In the 19th Century, sociologist Max Weber had it figured out: Once in
> place, a bureaucracy's main function is to maintain and grow its
> power and structure. The same goes for congressional committee
> chairman and staffers and the lobbyists who feed them and golf with
> them. (Our new Speaker of the House played golf 113-times last year;
> not with his parish priest, you may be assured.)
> Let the EXXONs of the world pay for "clean energy" development. They
> will be the ultimate benefactors in any case. I still remember the
> energy crunch of the 1970s and how rapidly the Energy Giants moved in
> to stamp-out the sparks of innovation.
> Reality is often depressing.
> Mark

..aye, and yelling at the messenger, is how you earn it. ;o)

..med vennlig hilsen = with Kind Regards from Arnt Karlsen
...with a number of polar bear hunters in his ancestry...
  Scenarios always come in sets of three: 
  best case, worst case, and just in case.

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