President Barack Obama has claimed his administration will “restore science to its rightful place,” but his policies are increasingly faith-based. Obama’s insistence on mandating alternative energy use, regardless of the real-world consequences, is just the latest example.
The president last week signed a memorandum directing the federal government to nearly triple its use of renewable energy sources for electricity by 2020. Under that directive, the government will be expected to get 20 percent of electricity from renewable sources, up from the previous goal of 7.5 percent.
We have nothing against alternative energy — wind, solar, whatever — but those energy sources haven’t overtaken fossil fuels for one simple reason: Alternative energy production costs more and is less reliable. Thus, Obama’s memo is ordering the federal government to spend more for less. [Read more...]