Picking Green Losers
Published: December 26th, 2011
By: Tom Morgan

Picking green losers

These are not the best of times for supporters of green energy.

First, politicians and bureaucrats poured billions of our tax dollars into all types of green projects. They figured they were all-wise. Wiser than the market. Private investors would not fund a lot of these projects. So the green companies came cap in hand to the politicians.

The politicians figured they knew more than those stupid investors. And it wasn’t their money they were gambling with, anyway. So they invested your tax dollars. And so far they’ve lost a lot of them. I suspect they will lose more.

Next, they invested many of those billions with their buddies. This is called crony capitalism. And it stinks. They invested billions with buddies who had contributed to their election campaigns. Buddies who rounded up money from their pals. Bundled it. Gave it to the politicians. The politicians rewarded them by funneling tax money into their green projects.

That is corruption. And corruption does not work forever in the market place. It is not working very well now.

So, we have corrupt politicians picking winners and losers. And rewarding their cronies. With your tax dollars. For the sake of green energy.

Politicians usually flop when they try to pick winners and losers. Japanese politicians tried to do this for years. They figured they were all-wise. Turned out they were all-stupid. All-wise Jimmy Carter picked winners with government money. Doled it out to synthetic fuel ventures. Turned out they were losers. As he became, next election.

Jimmy was soooo absolutely certain we would run out of oil and gas and other minerals he ordered up a book. Written by government and other experts. It forecast doom. They were certain that by now we would have only a few drops of oil left. Right.

The other problem green energy faces these days is oil and gas. An abundance of both. Especially natural gas. (Oil is not far behind.) New technology is bringing it to the surface and to the market place. New technology the green folks did not anticipate. Technology the all-wise politicians and bureaucrats did not anticipate.

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