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Yesterday I saw all the Ron Paul people holding signs down the street from me so I figured I’d jump on his website to find out his stance on renewable energy and solar power. Admittedly I’m ashamed I don’t already know.
So I Googled Ron Paul. I found his site and headed straight for the “issues” page. Dude!
It’s all right-wing-hot-topics. WTF! Energy concerns MATTER! Why the F isn’t it on here?! It matters! Haven’t you seen “An Inconvenient Truth?” You can’t home school children, arm them with handguns, and defend their low-tax jobs from Mexicans if they’re under water, Ron, can you? CAANNN YOUUU!!!???? Speaking of hot-topics… I’ll be right back I want a hot pocket.
Ok, yum. Well, then, as I click a few more links… It looks like Ron Paul’s got some seemingly not so shabby views on the environment and solar power… and some that are, we’ll say, idealistic. LET’S GO THROUGH THE POSTITIVES AND NEGATIVES (as I see’um) SHALL WE?
- MAYBE NEGATIVE: He said this on the Dennis Miller Show (here’s the clip): “the environment is better protected under private property rights… We as property owners can’t violate our neighbors’ property. We can’t pollute their air or their water. We can’t dump our garbage on their property…. Too often, conservatives and libertarians fall short on defending environmental concerns, and they resort to saying, ‘Well, let’s turn it over to the EPA. The EPA will take care of us…. We can divvy up the permits that allow you to pollute.’ So I don’t particularly like that method.” huh? That makes me think of him as an old codger in a rocking chair on his porch, telling kids to “Get the hell off my property!” or he would shoot them with rock salt. Only the kids are pollution?
- POSITIVE: But then Wikipedia (so it MUST be true) says that he “has voted against federal subsidies for the oil and gas industry, saying that without government subsidies, alternative fuels would be more competitive with oil and gas and would come to market on a competitive basis sooner.” Well, that sounds pretty awesome and coherent, although it’s not a quote. I reckon the quote probably had a “I reckon” or two in it.
- POSITIVE: Also, he seems to be pro hemp biofuels and pro nuclear power. Sweet.
- POSITIVE: I just ate a hot pocket, and it so delicious I stabbed my cat.
- NEGATIVE: Ron Paul is a nutjob?
- MOSTLY NEGATIVE:
Voted NO on criminalizing oil cartels like OPEC. (May 2007)
Voted NO on removing oil & gas exploration subsidies. (Jan 2007)
Voted NO on keeping moratorium on drilling for oil offshore. (Jun 2006)
Voted YES on scheduling permitting for new oil refinieries. (Jun 2006)
Voted NO on passage of the Bush Administration national energy policy. (Jun 2004)
Voted NO on implementing Bush-Cheney national energy policy. (Nov 2003)
Voted NO on raising CAFE standards; incentives for alternative fuels. (Aug 2001)
Voted NO on prohibiting oil drilling & development in ANWR. (Aug 2001)
Voted NO on starting implementation of Kyoto Protocol. (Jun 2000)
Repeal the gas tax. (May 2001)
So the bottom line is pretty simple. Ron Paul wants the government to stay out of yo ‘biness, and to stay the hell off yo propertay. Unfortunately, when the government stays entirely out of your business, people F up the environment.
Last modified: October 18, 2007