Edgewood Chamber Friday Blast 4.18.14

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  Friday Blast
           April 18, 2014
Your Chamber,
Working for you…


Happy Easter!

 

 

We had a great mixer last evening at the Chamber office, thanks to hosts Chris and Catherine Hopper from Mail and Copy Business Center! That BBQ pulled pork was very good, and so were the rest of the goodies you put together!

A big thank you to our speaker Danyell Sena, Manager of the Comfort Inn in Moriarty who did a fabulous job presenting her enthusiasm and excitement about the historical route 66 information in our area!  Their hotel has increased its revenue because of their participation in all things Route 66! As visitors increase to our area, we should all be thinking about how we can help them to have a positive experience!  That directly becomes a plus for your bottom line!

Ambassadors…

have already been out visiting members to
make sure you are utilizing the services to which you are entitled! 

And if you would like to become an Ambassador, please let us know in the office!

 

 

 

 

We are bringing in decals for your window or door to announce that you are serious about your business and have joined the Edgewood Chamber of Commerce!

 

 

Economic Development

The EDC research study  is ready to go….
If you would like to fill out a questionnaire about what you would like to see in Edgewood’s future, email the office and we will email you the form.  All information is anonymous, so be sure to answer all of the questions.  We want  to prepare an accurate report, and we want to hear from everybody!
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We will also be forming focus groups, and doing interviews with leaders at the state, county and local level. Deadline for all information is May 15.

After the data is gathered, we will prepare an Economic Impact Preparation Report which will be used by our committee and leaders to determine what’s next for Edgewood!

 

 

 

RETRO 66

-RETRO Events:

-Midway Trading Post Cleanup-

NEW DATE-

Saturday 26 April 2014

 from 9 am to 2 pm,

 Location: 1 3/4 miles East of Hwy 344 intersection

(Smiths Grocery Store) with Route 66 (Hwy 333).

This is in preparation for Summer visitors and the

 Czech Film Crew coming Sunday, May 25th, 2014


-Whiting Bros sign refurbishment;
Exciting news for Whiting Bros! 

Zeon inspected the high sign at Whiting Bros. over the weekend and came to the conclusion that a catastrophe could occur if an attempt was made to remove it from the poles. 

 They are more comfortable sending a crew to Moriarty to do the work in place.  The sign will be strengthened and restored right before our eyes!

Zeon will schedule the work at their weekly meeting on

Friday and let us know by Tuesday of next week what will

happen and when.  Sal has given all of this his ok

 and is anxious to see work begin!

We are still planning to have our celebration when the

NM Rt. 66 Car Cruise comes through town in June,

 so get those t-shirts pressed and GET READY!!!!!!

We are looking for someone to do a documentary of the entire process.  Please contact; Debbie Pogue at manager@sunseton66.com

 
 Teacher Star Awards
Please take a moment to nominate a teacher anywhere in the
East Mountains who has made an
impact on a child you know.   Presenting sponsor for 2013-14 is
Sandia Laboratory Federal Credit Union.
Please pick up a form at Mail and Copy or the Chamber office.
       Area Happenings

This Friday Blast Section is reserved for your events or happenings in the area!  If you have an upcoming event or a special happening that you would like to see in the Blast, please email it to the office by Wednesday. Approved information will be reviewed and inserted in the Blast on the following Friday. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Easter Egg Hunt
Saturday April 19
at the Athletic (soccer) field…

Light Pole Banners
If you are interested in a banner advertising your business along Route 66 or State Road 344 in Edgewood, you can still order yours!

 If there is a vacant spot or if the Town occupies a spot you wish to occupy along Route 66 and 344, you  

can order through the town office,
only $90.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

                     

  

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Board Meeting

Monday May 5 at 6:15pm
Chamber office

 

Luncheon

Thursday May 8

11:30 am
Edgewood

Community Center
Special Speaker will be Misty Miller Moonshine, CEO of
SASS who will tell us about “End of Trail” coming in June.

 

Mixer

Thursday May 15
Wild Life West
and
The Bear Barn

 

Triple Crown Corporate Partners for 2014

RICH Ford Edgewood
EPCOR Water
Wal-Mart
The Independent
SASS

 

Executive Director:

         Madeline Heitzman


Board of Directors

President:
Chris Hopper       2015

Vice President
Robin Markely      2014
Secretary:
Babara Ormand   2015

Treasurer:
Martha Eden          2014   

 

Board Members at Large:

Ray Seagers                  2015

Saul Araque                   2015

Howard Calkins              2014
Tom Torres                    2014

Julie Bassett                  2015

Committees:
Economic Development:

Tom Torres – Jim Bouton

Ambassadors:

                   Howard Calkins

Political Affairs & By Laws:
Ray Seagers

Events:         Robin Markley

Education:   Julie Bassett
Programs:    Staff/Committee
Luncheon:     Martha Eden
Leadership Alumni Group
Kathy Courreges

RETRO Route 66:  

               Madeline Heitzman

Town of Edgewood
Meetings:

meets First and Third Wednesdays of the month
at 6:30pm
Edgewood Community Center
  Planning & Zoning meets First and Third Tuesdays of the month at 6:00pm Edgewood Community Center.

Other Chambers:
East Mountain Chamber meets
the first Thursday of the month at
11:30am.  Call 281-1999 or

info@eastmountainchamber.com

 

Moriarty Chamber meets
at noon the third Tuesday of the month at the Moriarty Civic Center.  Call 832-4087

 

Mountainair Chamber meets the first Tuesday of the month at 11:30am. 847-2975  or
mcc@mountainairchamber.com

 

About Us 
Hours of Operation:
Monday – Thursday
       9am – 5pm
Fridays by appointment. Call
850-2523  and we’ll be sure to meet you!

Location:

95 State Road 344 Ste 3
(Library/Chamber Bldg)
Edgewood, New Mexico

Phone Number

     505-850-2523

e-mail:

mfheitzman@gmail.com

 

 

 

 

 

If you are a chamber member,
you can leave your business cards, rack cards and flyers at the Visitors center inside the South door to the Library. Be sure to get your information over here.
It’s part of your benefit as an Edgewood Chamber member!

Stop by the office to see
Madeline if you have
any questions ,
or call my cell 850-2523.

2012 Edgewood Chamber of Commerce – All rights reserved Address:PO Box 457 Edgewood

PO Box 457, Edgewood, NM 87015, USA

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Conswpiracy Brews 4.19.14

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If you like your coffee and your politics flavorful, served with a heaping dose of civility by a diverse group of interesting people from all parts of the political spectrum then you should be joining us every Saturday. Started in 2007 over coffee and lively conversation by a group of concerned friends and neighbors, ‘Conspiracy Brews’ is committed to finding solutions to some of our State’s toughest problems. Our zest for constructive political discourse is only equaled by our belief that the only way forward is to exchange our views in a relaxed and friendly setting.   For additional information or to be added to our e-mail list contact:  ConspiracyBrews@aol.com.

Conspiracy Brews  

Not your average political discussion group!

April 19, 2014

9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
at
Southwest Secondary Learning Center
10301 Candelaria Rd NE
(northwest corner of Candelaria and Morris)

We think that government should be open and honest at all times.
People from all political parties are welcome.

 ***Quotes of the Week***

“No diet will remove all the fat from your body because the brain is entirely fat. Without a brain you might look good, but all you could do is run for public office.”

Covert Bailey

“Carry the battle to them. Don’t let them bring it to you. Put them on the defensive. And don’t ever apologize for anything.”

Harry S. Truman

 

Suggested Topics

 

– The Guv…how you rate her job performance and skills?

 

— Mayor Berry…how do you rate his job performance and skills?

 

– How serious is the fuel cleanup by the AF and how will it affect Albuquerque?

 

(Light Quotes of the week)

“If you die in an elevator, be sure to push the UP button.”

Sam Levenson

“Politics are almost as exciting as war and quite as dangerous. In war you can only e killed once, but in politics – many times.”

Winston Churchill

 

“I am extraordinarily patient, provided I get my own way in the end.”

Margaret Thatcher

U.S. President George H. W. Bush awards former...

U.S. President George H. W. Bush awards former U.K. Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher with the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian honor awarded by the United States. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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You Are Going To Read Bizarre & Zany Junk Below

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And I’m not speaking to what I write below.

Fair Use Notice

I don’t know how many human leeches associated with the United Nations are sucking the blood from taxpayers and other contributors, but the number is huge if the weird ideas floating from their (the leeches) besotted brains are any indication.

English: A leech (Hirudo medicinalis) beginnin...

English: A leech (Hirudo medicinalis) beginning to suck. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

There’s  no shame or embarrassment  demonstrated when their hocus pocus to end global warming or climate change is trotted out.

We can say the leeches are not only brazen, but also tireless to the extreme. Their silliness is limitless as they waste time, money and other valuable resources.

They deserve to be prosecuted for being a drain on society as they continue with their elitist bull butter. Of course, most everything with the United Nation’s stamp of approval is wasted motion.  You should read the story which follows the link just below if you wish to find what they are doing now:

Zany & Bizarre

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Roger Mickelson’s History Today 4.12.14

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Ordinarily I post Roger’s stuff to Sandia Tea Party only.  However, today was a long day with around 8 hours of Edgewood Town Council and Community meetings.  My pace has changed for today … I hope you won’t mind a change of pace.

Chuck

 

Fourth Crusade:    in 1204, Alexius V, the last Greek emperor of a united Byzantium, fled Constantinople in the face of the attacking zealots. The Fourth Crusade had been called by Pope Innocent III to reconquer the Holy Land, but it was diverted to Constantinople. Following the Crusaders’ seizure and sack of the city in 1204, the European territories of the Byzantine Empire were divided up among the Western magnates. Whereas Byzantine resistance in Asia Minor was successful, so that two independent successor empires were established (those of Nicaea and Trebizond), most of Greece was quickly and effectively placed under Frankish (Western Christian) rule.

 

Innocent III marble bas-relief, one of 23 reli...

Innocent III marble bas-relief, one of 23 reliefs of great historical lawgivers in the chamber of the U.S. House of Representatives in the United States Capitol. Sculpted by Joseph Kiselewski in 1950. Diameter 28 inches. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

In 1606, the Union Flag, precursor to the Union Jack, was adopted as the national flag of Great Britain.
This earliest form of the flag used during the reigns of James I (1603–25) and Charles I (1625–49), displayed the red cross of England superimposed on the white cross of Scotland, with the blue field of the latter. Because in heraldry a red on blue is not considered permissible, the red cross had to be bordered with white, its own correct field.
American Civil War:    In 1861, active hostilities began when Confederate forces fired on Fort Sumter, which was garrisoned by United States Army troops commanded by Major Robert Anderson. Sumter was of no strategic value to the Union; it was incomplete and its 60 guns pointed out to sea, but it assumed critical value as a symbol of national union. When President Abraham Lincoln took office in March, he was faced with the Confederate demand for evacuation of the fort, which was threatened by other fortifications erected by South Carolina in the harbor area. Lincoln had either to attempt resupplying the fort, then in danger of being starved out, or to abandon it and accede to disunion. The president determined to prepare relief expeditions, but, before the arrival of supplies, Confederate authorities demanded Fort Sumter’s immediate evacuation. When this was refused, the South’s batteries opened fire at 4:27 am on April 12, and Anderson was forced to surrender after 34 hours of shelling. On April 14 Fort Sumter was evacuated by federal troops, who marched out waving the American flag to a gun salute; on the 50th round of a 100-gun salute, an explosion occurred, causing the only death of the engagement.
Fort Sumter Centennial

Fort Sumter Centennial (Photo credit: b316728)

American Civil War:    In 1864, Confederate Major General Nathan Bedford Forrest captured Union-held Fort Pillow in Tennessee. Almost half of the Union troops were black soldiers, and the Confederate troops proceeded to kill all the black troops within; some were burned or buried alive. A Federal congressional investigating committee subsequently verified that more than 300 blacks, including women and children, had been slain after the fort surrendered. After the incident, black soldiers going into battle used the cry “Remember Fort Pillow!”

 

1885 color poster of the "Fort Pillow Mas...

1885 color poster of the “Fort Pillow Massacre”. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

In 1945, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt died of a cerebral hemorrhage in Warm Springs, Georgia, at the age of 63.

 

President Franklin Delano Roosevelt prohibited...

President Franklin Delano Roosevelt prohibited racial discrimination in the military. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

In 1961, Russian cosmonaut Yury Alekseyevich Gagarin became the first human in outer space.

In 1981, NASA launched the first space shuttle, Columbia, which was designed to orbit Earth, transport people and cargo to and from orbiting spacecraft, and glide to a runway landing on its return to Earth.

Space Shuttle Columbia launching edit

Space Shuttle Columbia launching edit (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Regards, Roger Mickelson
Source material includes Associated Press International and Encyclopædia Britannica.
“Anyone who goes to a psychiatrist ought to have his head examined.”         Samuel Goldwyn
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Edgewood Moving Forward

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The following was received from Edgewood Moving Forward:

In response to the Edgewood Town Council’s Resolution 2014-01, we have formed a group called Edgewood Moving Forward.  Our goal and mission is to create an Edgewood School District separate from the current school district.  We have a vision for our children’s education.  We invite you to learn about this vision at the town hall meeting that will be held on Saturday, April 12th at 3:00 pm at Edgewood Middle School.  We believe this is the time for Edgewood to Move Forward and take charge of our childrens’ future. We hope to see you there. 


**Please help spread the word about this meeting. Please forward this email to friends and family that might be interested in attending. Thank you.

 

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Our Royal Highnesses Travel Addictions

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 Fair Use Statement

Thanks to Breitbart’s Big Peace for this story:

 

(Washington, DC) – Judicial Watch announced today it has obtained records from the U.S. Department of the Air Force and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security revealing that President Obama’s June 2013 trip to Belfast, Ireland, including a Dublin sightseeing side trip by Michelle Obama, her daughters, and her entourage, cost the taxpayers $7,921,638.66.

According to the Department of Air Force documents, the flights to, from, and around Ireland for the June 17-19, 2013 trip totaled 33.6 hours at $228,288 an hour, which comes to a flight expense alone of $7,670,476.80. The records came in response to a Judicial Watch Freedom of Information lawsuit filed on January 13, 2014.

According to the DHS documents, the total cost for “security and/or other services” for the Dublin side trip by Michelle Obama and her entourage was $251,161.86, including $55,004.85 at the Shelbourne Hotel and $70,855.44 at the Westbury Hotel. Vehicle rental charges were $114,721. The records also came in response to a Judicial Watch Freedom of Information lawsuit filed on January 13, 2014.

After accompanying the president to a meeting with Northern Ireland youth on the morning of June 17, the First Lady, her daughters, and her entourage departed on their own, apparently aboard Air Force Two, for a sightseeing side trip to Dublin. Though the White House claimed the trip was for diplomatic purposes,WashingtonDossier.com reported the itinerary showed, “She and her daughters will visit the Trinity College library to explore President Obama’s Irish family roots, attend a performance by the world-famous Riverdance troupe, and visit the Wicklow Mountains national forest.”

Access the complete story from here:

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If the goal is “energy independence,” what issues should be a priority in America?

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Greetings!
When I sat down to write this week’s column in Austin, TX, where I’ve been on a long personal weekend, I thought it would be short and easy to write. I had all my ideas developed. I’d received a copy of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee “2014 Priority Issues Survey” and intended to use its energy question as my framework—which I did. I tore into each survey point and exposed what it really meant and how it did—or, more likely, did not—lead to “energy independence.”

While writing If the goal is “energy independence,” what issues should be a priority in America? (attached and pasted-in-below) was fairly easy, it did take me almost the entire day Friday to write—and it didn’t end up being short. When I sent it to my proofreader first thing Saturday morning, I told her that it was too long and that I was going to have to cut some of the section on CAFE standards. I asked for suggestions on what to cut. She sent the corrected version back with no cuts and added that she thought it all needed to be there. So, it is all there and If the goal is “energy independence,” what issues should be a priority in America? is long. Sorry.

But here’s what I found most interesting. As a part of my preparation, I posted a question on my Facebook page about energy independence (which, just so you know, I don’t really think is the goal, but it was the survey question). As I address in the column, the answers were most interesting and revealed a total misconception of energy independence—even among my Facebook friends who generally read my work. The misconception is my particular pet peeve. I frequently state that wind and solar have nothing to do with getting the U.S. off of foreign oil, yet even on my Facebook page when asked the title question, many offered solutions that pertained to electricity. Argh!

So, while If the goal is “energy independence,” what issues should be a priority in America? offers an interesting glimpse inside the ideology of the DCCC, more importantly it points out what really will, and will not, move the U.S. towards energy freedom—the ability to use energy freely without peoples hostile to America using it as a weapon against us.

Please help me spread the word by posting, passing on, and/or personally enjoying: If the goal is “energy independence,” what issues should be a priority in America?
Thanks!
Marita Noon

Marita Noon

Executive Director, Energy Makes America Great, Inc.
PO Box 52103,
Albuquerque, NM 87181
For immediate release: April 7, 2014
Commentary by Marita Noon
Executive Director, Energy Makes America Great Inc.
Contact: 505.239.8998, marita@responsiblenergy.org

If the goal is “energy independence,” what issues should be a priority in America?
Recently the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) sent out a “2014 Priority Issues Survey.” In addition to the obligatory Tea Party bashing: “help the Democrats protect the progress we have made from Tea Party radicals, deliver the positive changes America needs and help Democrats win a Majority in the U.S. House of Representatives!” and the fundraising requests to “help protect House Democrats against Republican attacks”—there is a section on energy.

Section VII, asks: “Which of the following will help America achieve energy independence?” It offers five options that do little to move America toward energy independence—which isn’t even a realistic goal given the fungible nature of liquid fuels. Additionally, most of the choices given on the DCCC survey actually increase energy costs for all Americans—serving as a hidden tax—but hurt those on the lower end of the socio-economic scale the most. The proposals hurt the very people the party purports to champion.

The survey asks respondents to “check all that apply.”
Raising gas mileage standards for all new cars and trucks
This choice presumes that making a law requiring something will make it happen. Sorry, not even the Democrats have that kind of power. Even the current Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) Standard of 54.5 miles per gallon (mpg) by 2025—finalized on August 28, 2012 and called “the largest mandatory fuel economy increase in history”—will be tough to hit.

The CAFE standards mean that a carmaker’s passenger vehicle fleet average must achieve 54.5 mpg. To meet that, and produce the big pick-up trucks and SUVs Americans like to drive, the manufacturers must also produce the little itty-bitty cars with mpg above 60 and the more expensive hybrids (not one of which was on the top ten best-seller list for 2013)—or have a loss leader like the Chevy Volt to help bring down the average.

Suggesting a forced raising of gas mileage standards implies that auto manufacturers are in collusion with oil companies and are intentionally producing gas guzzlers to force Americans into buying lots of gasoline.

With the price of gasoline wavering between $3-4.00 a gallon, most people are very conscious of their fuel expenditures. If it were technologically possible to build a cost-effective truck or SUV that had the size and safety Americans want and that got 50 mpg, that manufacturer would have the car-buying public beating a path to its door. Every car company would love to be the one to corner that market—but it is not easy, it probably won’t be possible, and it surely won’t be cheap.

When the new standards were introduced in November 2011, Edmonds.com did an analysis of the potential impact: 6 Ways New CAFE Standards Could Affect You. The six points include cost and safety and highlights some concerns that are not obvious at first glance.

Achieving the higher mileage will require new technologies that include, according to Edmunds, “turbochargers and new generations of multispeed automatic transmissions to battery-electric powertrains.” The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the Environmental Protection Agency have estimated that the average new car will cost $2,000 extra by 2025 because of the proposed new fuel-efficiency standards.

Additionally, new materials will have to be used, such as the proposed new Ford F-150 made with aluminum, which is predicted to add $1500 over steel to the cost of a new truck. Aluminum also complicates both the manufacturing and repair processes. Edmunds reports: “Insurance costs could rise, both because of the increased cost of cars and the anticipated hike in collision repair costs associated with the greater use of the plastics, lightweight alloys and aluminum necessary for lighter, more fuel-efficient vehicles. (Plastics, lightweight alloys and aluminum are all more difficult than steel to repair.)”

Another concern is safety. “The use of weight-saving materials will not only affect repair costs but could make newer vehicles more susceptible to damage in collisions with older, heavier vehicles, especially SUVs and pickups. Their occupants could be at a safety disadvantage.”
One of the subtle consequences of high mileage vehicles is the probable increase in taxes.

Edmunds points out that lower driving cost may increase wear-and-tear on the nation’s highway system as consumers drive more freely. “Declining gas sales mean a further decrease in already inadequate fuel-tax revenue used to pay for road and infrastructure repair and improvement. … As more untaxed alternative fuels such as compressed natural gas and electricity are used for transportation, fuel tax revenue falls even farther. All of this is likely to lead to calls for a road tax based on miles driven and not the type of fuel used.”
Instead of increasing costs by forcing a higher mpg, a free-market encourages manufacturers to produce the cars the customers want. The Wall Street Journal story on the Ford F-150s points out: “In 2004, as the auto market soared, Ford sold a record 939,511 F-series pickups. That amounted to 5.5% of the entire U.S. vehicle market. But four years later, gas prices rose above $4 a gallon, sales of pickups began tumbling.” Then, consumers wanted small cars with better mileage. I often quote an ad for Hyundai I once saw. As I recall, it said: “It’s not that complicated. If gas costs a lot of money, we’ll produce cars that use less of it.”

In response to an article in US News on the 5.45-mpg CAFE standard, a reader commented: “ALL CAFE regulations should be repealed. Let the market and fuel prices decide what vehicles are purchased. The federal government should not be forcing mileage standards down the throats of the automaker or the consumers. This is still America, right?”

 Develop Renewable Energy Sources
There is nothing inherently wrong with the idea renewable energy. However, the cost factor is one of the biggest problems. When I do radio interviews, people often call in and point out Germany’s renewable energy success story: “The share of renewable electricity in Germany rose from 6% to nearly 25% in only ten years.” While that may be true, it doesn’t address the results: “Rising energy costs are becoming a problem for more and more citizens in Germany. Just from 2008 to 2011 the share of energy-poor households in the Federal Republic jumped from 13.8 to 17 percent.”

Germany has been faced with a potential exodus of industry as a result of its high energy costs. For example, in February, BASF, the world’s biggest chemical maker by sales, announced that for the first time, it “will make the most of its capital investments outside Europe.” According to the Financial Times, Kurt Bock, BASF chief executive explained: “In Europe we have the most expensive energy and we are not prepared to exploit the energy resources we have, such as shale gas.”

Throughout America people are beginning to feel the escalating costs of the forced renewable energy utility companies are required to add as a result of Renewable Portfolio Standards that more than half of the states passed nearly a decade ago.

But the cost is not where I take issue with the DCCC’s inclusion of “Developing renewable energy sources” in its survey. The survey question is about achieving “energy independence.”
In preparation for writing this column, I posted this question on my Facebook page: If the goal is “energy independence,” what issues should be a priority in America? The first answer posted was: “Smart grid and fast ramp natural gas turbines.” Another offered: “High efficiency appliances and lights. I am a LED FAN!” Yet, another: “Solar, tidal, water.” Bzzzzzzt, all wrong answers.

All of the above suggestions are about electricity. The U.S. is already electricity independent. We have enough coal and uranium under our soil to provide for our electrical needs for the next several centuries. Add to that America’s newfound abundance of natural gas and we are set indefinitely. By the time we might run out of fuel for electricity, new technologies will have been developed based on something totally different, and, I believe, something that no one is even thinking about today.

Developing more “solar, tidal, water” or wind energy won’t “help America achieve energy independence.” Nor will a smart grid or natural gas turbines. High efficiency appliances or LED light bulbs won’t either.

 Encouraging consumer and industrial conservation
Consumers are already feeling the pinch of higher energy costs—both electricity and liquid fuels. When possible, people are restricting driving by taking a stay-cation rather than a traditional vacation. Many people who can afford the option are switching to more energy-efficient light bulbs.

As the BASF story above makes clear, most industry is energy intensive. In the story about the Ford F-150’s use of aluminum, the WSJ says that the new manufacturing process requires “powerful and electricity-hungry vacuums.” Industry cannot stay in business without profit. Therefore, in interest of preservation, energy conservation is virtually an instinct.
The cost of energy drives conservation.

Including this question in the survey is a red herring that would lead the respondent to think conservation is a big issue.

 Investing in energy efficient technology
When the word “investing” is used in reference to a government document or program, it always means spending taxpayer dollars. In a time of ongoing economic stress, we don’t need to borrow more money to spend it on something of questionable impact on energy independence.

Remember, much of the “efficiency” numbers bandied about refer to electricity, which has nothing to do with energy independence. Energy.gov states: “Every year, much of the energy the U.S. consumes is wasted through transmission, heat loss and inefficient technology…Energy efficiency is one of the easiest and most cost effective ways to … improve the competitiveness of our businesses and reduce energy costs for consumers. The Department of Energy is working with universities, businesses and the National Labs to develop new, energy-efficient technologies while boosting the efficiency of current technologies on the market.” Among the “solutions” presented on the page are “developing a more efficient air conditioner” and “a new smart sensor developed by NREL researchers that could help commercial buildings save on lighting and ventilation costs.” Nothing is offered that will actually impact energy independence.

 Increasing offshore drilling and oil exploration in wilderness areas
Respondents are discouraged from selecting the one item on the list that could actually lead to “energy independence” by the inclusion of the words “offshore” and “wilderness areas”—as if those are the only places drilling could take place.

Yes, we should increase exploration and drilling—and, while there are risks, it can be, and has been, done safely in offshore and wilderness areas. But there are vast resources available on federal lands that are either locked up or are under a de facto ban due to the slow-walking of drilling permits.

Instead of phrasing the choice “Increasing offshore drilling and oil exploration in wilderness areas,” if the goal is energy independence, the option should have read: “Release America’s vast energy resources by expediting permitting on federal lands.”

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While the options on the DCCC survey, even if a respondent checked them all, will do little to “help America achieve energy independence,” the survey didn’t include any choices that could really make a difference in America’s reliance on oil from hostile sources.

Some selections that would indicate a true desire to see America freed from OPEC’s grip should include:
 Approving the Keystone pipeline;
 Revising the Endangered Species Act so that it isn’t used to block American Energy Development;
 Encouraging the use of Compressed Natural Gas as a transportation fuel in passenger vehicles and commercial trucks;
 Expediting permitting for exploration and drilling on federal lands;
 Opening up the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge; and
 Cutting red tape and duplicative regulations to encourage development.

The fact that not one of these options that would truly make a difference was included belies the ideology of the Democrat Party. Its goals do not include energy independence. Instead it wants to continue the crony corruption that has become the hallmark of the Obama Administration as evidenced by Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz’s April 2 announcement that: “the department would probably throw open the door for new applications for renewable energy project loan guarantees during the second quarter of this year.”

Like the Ukraine, until there is a change at the top, the U.S. will likely remain dependent on the whims of countries who want to use energy as a weapon of control. The goal should be energy freedom.

The author of Energy Freedom, Marita Noon serves as the executive director for Energy Makes America Great Inc. and the companion educational organization, the Citizens’ Alliance for Responsible Energy (CARE). Together they work to educate the public and influence policy makers regarding energy, its role in freedom, and the American way of life. Combining energy, news, politics, and, the environment through public events, speaking engagements, and media, the organizations’ combined efforts serve as America’s voice for energy.

 

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