Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Gonna be a Bright, Bright, Bright and Sun-Shiney Day!!!

How we doin', freaks? Miss me?

Sorry for the recent absence of posts. Thanks to Hurricane Irene, I have been out of power since pretty much right after my last post. The juice hasn't been turned back on yet, and according to the local power authorities we will be waiting until Friday at the earliest, if not some time next week.

But with that in mind, combined with the fact that I will be leaving for an actual planned absence tomorrow that will go through the weekend, I felt that I absolutely had to get something up here for you kids today. And what better topic to discuss during an extended power outage than alternative energy sources?

From CNN: Budget cuts trigger early end to solar energy credits

In case you ever thought of installing a solar energy system in your home, the time is now. Thanks to wide-spread budget cuts in the face of the current economic crisis, many of the incentives made available to citizens looking into alternative energy are going to end early. A 30% cash rebate from the Treasury will no longer be available at the end of this year, and the 30% tax-credit program from the federal government will be over by 2016. Many of the incentives put in place at the state level will also be coming to an end in short order.

As I have said many times on these pages, my understanding of economics could likely be trumped by a 5th grader (though I'm pretty sure I've still got Jeff Foxworthy beat). I understand that it is important to make necessary budget cuts. But why handicap something that is so essential to our societal evolution? As I can say from personal experience, our dated electric grid needs to go through a serious face lift, and removing our dependance on archaic power plants would be a great step in the right direction. If we really need to make some serious budget cuts, make them where they will make a difference: the military. We're constantly so up in arms about our need to defend ourselves from any and every possible source of attack. But has anyone ever considered that our need for concern over the possibility of attack wouldn't have to be such a prevailing issue if we weren't such assholes all the time?? Or, better yet, how about we stop handing out tax credits to the oil companies that we're all so hopelessly entrenched with. Maybe these industrial scum-fucks should start picking up their portion of the bill for the damage their doing to the planet rather than putting the hurt on the individual that is trying to make a difference.

Stop goose-stepping around the globe pretending to be the world police. If we stopped pushing our noses into everyone else's business all the time, maybe there wouldn't be so many pissed off militants itching to take us down a few pegs.

It all comes down to a simple choice between fear and love, as Bill Hicks so sagely said. Let's try and strive to make the world a better place for the world, rather than just a better place for American investment interests.

And with that said, thanks for tuning in kids. I'll be back next week. Try not to start the revolution without me.

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