Some people never learn. Even conservatives fall for bunk on occasion.
The American Enterprise Institute’s Steven Hayward wants to “bring corporate, university, and government scientists together to tackle big energy problems…” Hayward essentially follows the fallacy put forth by Obama during his presidential campaign. In the Obama-Biden plan, “Investing in America’s Future,” Obama proposed to use the wisdom of academics to “ensure that decisions that can be informed by science are made on the basis of the strongest possible evidence.”
Obama promised to “appoint individuals with unquestioned reputations for integrity and objectivity” by “[taking] advantage of work of the National Academies to identify the federal government positions that require a strong science and technology background.” That would be the same National Academies that has relentlessly and dishonestly pushed the junk science of human-caused global warming.
Candidate Obama pledged to “triple the number of the National Science Foundation’s Graduate Research Fellowships from 1,000 to 3,000.” That would be the same National Science Foundation that has relentlessly and dishonestly pushed the junk science of human-caused global warming.
Not only has the President followed through on his threats to tie, in Hayward’s words, “corporate, university, and government scientists together,” but Obama has stacked his administration with progressive, junk science-spewing, nonsense-pushing ideologues like Cass Sunstein (regulatory czar), John Holdren (science czar), Donald Berwick (head of Medicare and Medicaid), and Lisa Jackson (EPA administrator).
Jackson is in a unique position to make Obama’s green dreams come true with industry overregulation that will stunt economic growth and dwindle prosperity–all based on the fallacy of anthropogenic global warming.
But the biggest fallacy of all is that teaming government scientists with corporate and university scientists will produce an outcome that does anything but cause grave side-effects, like over-taxation and funneling tax dollars into ventures that benefit only the corporations and universities. In other words, pure corporatism.
Hayward usually puts forth well though-out analyses. But in this case, he has fallen for a tactic pushed by the usual progressive suspects.
Arrogant, know-it-all elitists ignore human history and offer central planning geniuses as the solution to the world’s problems. For Hayward to suggest that government can assemble brainiacs from industry and academia to point the way to America’s energy future brushes aside a stark reality: It is the free market alone that has always ignited steady progress toward prosperity. Governments impede progress and diminish prosperity.