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Sean Hannity Admits the Future Depends on Liberal Geniuses  
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Monday, March 7th, 2011 | 06:04 am (UTC)
Anonymous
I didn't hear the Sean Hannity thing, but just judging by what you said, I don't think I would have derived from it what you did. I think what Hannity was probably getting at is an overall frustration with alternative energy and the thwarting of energy independence while we're all waiting for a practical and economically viable solution to oil. Maybe what he was saying was, "Ok, if you guys want to focus on finding alternatives to oil, awesome, have at it, but in the mean time (because, let's face it, even with the best minds on the case, a real solution to oil might be decades in to the future)stop hindering our ability to use our own natural resources." In the mean time, while we're working on finding solutions, let's all make every effort to keep energy costs low so we can remain a productive and wealthy country.
Conservatives (I think) are frustrated with things like Ethanol and curly light bulbs that don't work properly. The new light bulbs suck, dude. They suck. And, Ethanol production is driving up the cost of food. Conservatives want alternatives, too, just like Liberals, but we just want them to be *good* alternatives. If the alternatives are more expensive and less reliable, then, let's not try to force them on the populace unless we truly are out of oil. Forcing a change to a technology that is premature, or cost-prohibitive, or simply sub-standard isn't progress. I think what conservatives find frustrating is the push to make oil obsolete *before* its time, before any real solutions have been offered up. We're not going to find the answers if we're all sitting in the dark because we can't afford to turn the lights on.
Tuesday, March 8th, 2011 | 02:18 pm (UTC)
In fairness to Hannity, I think that's probably closer to what he was trying to say. But I still think it's stunning that he doesn't think conservatives, whom he often touts as smarter, more sensible, more reliable, etc., than liberals, ought to be the ones inventing the new energy technologies.

The thing about Hannity is, he admits there is a problem. He's not one of the people pretending that the oil and coal will never run out. He agrees, when pressed, that eventually we'll have to come up with something else. Which makes it all the more appalling to hear him say, "You guys go invent the solution to all our problems. When it's perfect, we'll jump on board. Until then, let us keep digging for coal."
Wednesday, March 9th, 2011 | 07:53 am (UTC)
Anonymous
You mentioned light bulbs that don't work properly, what about the oil solution we currently have, that doesn't work properly? "Properly", to me, suggests that the solution does not cause problems. Why should we as a people, be forced into a form of energy that doesn't work properly? Have you done any research into the effect of burning fossil fuels in our atmosphere?
Wednesday, March 9th, 2011 | 07:56 am (UTC)
Anonymous
furthermore, why support Hannity's, "Let us conservatives just sit on our asses while somebody else deals with this." ???? Conservatives, get off your collective asses, and help the liberals figure out how to make a better future for energy needs. You already know that oil is not sustainable long term. DO SOMETHING about it (like we are).
Wednesday, March 9th, 2011 | 02:24 pm (UTC)
Anonymous
Hmmm. "Let us conservatives just sit on our asses while somebody else deals with this"? I assure you, this conservative, does very little sitting on my ass. Have I done any research into the effects of burning fossil fuels on the atmosphere? Well, I did sit through Earth Science last semester. Got an A, thankyourverymuch. I do try to stay current on the subject, but it is hard, what with working, going to school, raising a family and all. And, in doing all those things, I recycle my plastics, conserve energy where I can, and make my kids turn off the faucet when they brush their teeth. Frankly, no, the atmosphere is not really my first priority. But, I'll make a deal with you. If you can get China and India to get on board with doing their part to save the world, I promise to get off my "ass" and get to doing my "research."
Until then, I'm not going to loose much sleep over my inconsequential carbon footprint.
But, hey, if you wanna live in the dark until "you guys" find a way to harness clean burning unicorn farts, I say go for it. More electricity for me in the mean time, I guess.
Wednesday, March 9th, 2011 | 03:25 pm (UTC)
Anonymous
I can't speak for all conservatives, of course, but I think all Hanity was saying is in an effort to do "something" about the problem, lets not cut off our nose to spite our face.

If this

http://opinion.financialpost.com/2011/03/05/lawrence-solomon-don%E2%80%99t-count-on-constant-electricity-under-renewable-energy-says-uk-electricity-ceo/

is the kind of "something" liberals have in mind, -no thanks. Let's not resort to this kind of economic/national suicide until the oil really does run out. That's all we're saying.
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