Birds still fly


Here is a letter I recently sent to the Midland Daily News:

In his recent letter, Scott Miller states, “it appears that some of our legislators are more concerned with profits for big business than the health and future welfare of their constituents.  Contact senators Stabenow and Levin and urge them to come together around a bipartisan effort to develop affordable clean energy and climate legislation…” (“Go Green,” Jan. 21).

In one breath, Scott acknowledges that politicians are concerned with pleasing special interests.  In his next breath, however, he urges his readers to contact the very class of people he decries in order to create a solution.

I’m puzzled.  Is Scott unaware that several large businesses are currently lobbying for clean energy legislation?  These large businesses will profit from new regulations that crush their smaller competitors.  Once clean energy legislation is passed into law, it would also not be surprising to find that these same large businesses are recipients of special government permits that exempt them from such regulations. 

I admire those who seek to reduce pollution.  I am saddened by those who are blind to the colossal gap between desired outcomes and the actual outcomes generated by government intervention.  Once this gap is recognized, it will become painfully obvious that desirable outcomes will not emerge from encouraging fellow citizens to jump into the slopping pit.

Kurt Bouwhuis

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