Ernest Muniz Wants Your Energy Costs to Triple



To avoid being mistaken for a sellout, I chose my friends carefully. The more politically active black students. The foreign students. The Chicanos. The Marxist Professors and the structural feminists and punk-rock performance poets.We smoked cigarettes and wore leather jackets. At night, in the dorms, we discussed neocolonialism, Franz Fanon, Eurocentrism, and patriarchy. When we ground out our cigarettes in the hallway carpet or set our stereos so loud that the walls began to shake, we were resisting bourgeois society’s stifling constraints. We weren’t indifferent or careless or insecure.We were alienated. ~ Barack Obama

To borrow a phrase from John McCain, Obama really likes “whacko-birds.” Obama’s latest pick for Secretary of Energy is right up there with the wackiest!

Ernest Muniz, a physicist and director of the MIT Energy Initiative, is the nominee for Secretary of Energy. He supports nuclear energy and fracking. Sound good? Hold that thought.

I became interested in Mr. Muniz when HuffPo complained about his positive opinion of nuclear energy and fracking. Whatever HuffPo doesn’t like, I seem to like. Unfortunately, he is not all that, though he appears to not be far left enough for HuffPo.

Muniz is dedicated to a carbon tax to force energy companies into developing more Solyndras and Volts. He thinks energy costs have to triple to accomplish this task.

“Ultimately, it has to be cheaper to capture and store it than to release it and pay a price,” he told the Switch Energy Project in an interview last year. “If we start really squeezing down on carbon dioxide over the next few decades, well, that could double; it could eventually triple. I think inevitably if we squeeze down on carbon, we squeeze up on the cost, it brings along with it a push toward efficiency; it brings along with it a push towards clean technologies in a conventional pollution sense; it brings along with it a push towards security. Because after all, the security issues revolve around carbon bearing fuels.”

He wants the carbon taxes to be managed properly which means he wants to provide subsidies for the poor. That way, all of the employed can pay triple for their energy and a bit more to support the unproductive members of society.

Obama’s plan:

Chu made it clear: