Math Is Hard, Facts Are Stubborn, …

… and socialist claims don’t add up. She Guevara’s latest silliness suggests that converting to a renewable energy economy will establish … oh, here are her own words—

As a matter of fact, it’s not just possible that we will create jobs and economic activity by transitioning to renewable energy, but it’s inevitable that we are going to create jobs. It’s inevitable that we’re going to create industry, and it’s inevitable that we can use the transition to a hundred percent renewable energy as the vehicle to truly deliver and establish economic, social and racial justice in the United States of America.

Ummm, I suppose Ms. Ocasio-Cortez is relying on the “fact” that the socialism being practiced in other countries isn’t the real thing, and that she and her comrades would finally get it right here in America. After all, the real world facts show that the proles in France (the intellectual cradle of Marxism and Post-modernism) are rebelling against a carbon fuel tax. And the socialist destruction of the carbon fuel industry in Venezuela has not had a positive effect on that country. (However, wrecking that industry was probably an unintended consequence of other socialist policies.)


What does seem to be true is that she’s been reasonably successful selling her brand of snake oil. She’s been elected to Congress. She’s developing a national following. And there seems to be a group of uneducated young people who are rallying to her promises of free stuff. It’s been suggested that she could be the Left’s answer to Donald Trump, a brash upstart who doesn’t play by the rules and who intuitively understands how to sell her program to a large segment of the voters. If that’s true, let’s hope that Reality catches up to her before she can do real damage.

3 thoughts on “Math Is Hard, Facts Are Stubborn, …

  1. Oh, it’s easy to create jobs by doing just about anything. That’s what jobs are after all. The third bit, however, is straight up ridiculous bullshit.

    I don’t think it’s fair to compare this sort of bullshit with Venezuela, though. That’s a corrupt undemocratic plutocracy, this is a congressional representative with a stupid agenda.

  2. Most consumer energy has the same value to consumers at any given time no matter how you produce it, thus, the energy that creates hundreds of jobs is gonna have difficulty competing… in particular when it tends to produce less as you use more. If you need a second power plant for all the times the first is offline, odds are the cost of production of energy will not be competitive. The only way around that is price manipulation. But if you’re manipulating prices, odds are you’re wasting energy, as energy is a large part of producing anything. If your solar panels costs a million dollars a pop, hundreds of thousands of dollars of energy were used making it, largely some of the dirtiest on the planet, given Chinese manufacturing…

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