• Connecticut’s Neo-Progressive Future And The Windmill Economy

    November 27, 2023
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    Connecticut Democrat Governor Ned Lamont and the state’s majority Democrat General Assembly seem determined to follow California’s Democrat Governor Gavin Newsom down a neo-progressive rabbit hole.

    One of the distinguishing characteristics of neo-progressivism is its vacuous unconcern with attendant consequences. After the neo-progressive assault on the internal combustion engine has been completed, radical environmental extremists in the United States likely will call upon the U.S. Congress to repeal Isaac Newton’s Third Law of Motion, which states that for every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction. Generally, the Law means that when one object exerts a force on another object, the second object exerts a force of equal magnitude and opposite direction on the first object.

    The law applies as well in the realm of ideas. Every idea, especially an insupportable one, generates an equal and opposing restorative idea.

    People in Connecticut who own, through no fault of their own, gas-powered cars are likely to detect a whiff of California in the air.

    Like the administration of Governor Gavin Newsom in California, the Lamont administration, operating under the watchful eyes of Democrat President Joe Biden, has pronounced a pox on gas powered vehicles and, unsurprisingly, on fossil fuel extraction.

    Numbers in politics matter more than policy prescriptions. And here in the “land of steady (bad) habits,” Democrat voters outnumber Republican voters by a two to one margin. The state’s larger cities, substantial Democrat anchors, have been dominated by the Democrat Party for at least three decades. Democrats in the state’s General Assembly enjoy a nearly veto proof majority, and Connecticut’s media has long regarded with a baleful eye conservatives and their solutions of annoyingly persistent problems.

    The central tenant of neo-progressivism is: We want more, particularly, a larger and more cumbersome government, and you cannot have more government if you cut spending. Since Democrats in Connecticut control the political, cultural and media heights, the average Connecticut voter is not likely to notice that spending cuts will be minimal and, in some cases, self-elapsing.

    Most components used in solar and wind energy, both supported by the Lamont administration, are manufactured in China. Most of the refining capacity for rare earth elements, cobalt, copper, and nickel, essential in solar and wind production, is located in China.

    Here are the figures, supplied through a recent book written by Texas U.S. Senator Ted Cruz, Unwoke: How to Defeat Cultural Marxism in America, a review of which was published in The Epoch Times: “‘China controls refining capacity for 73 percent of the world's cobalt, 40 percent of the copper, 59 percent of the lithium, 68 percent of the nickel, and 83 percent of the rare earth metals,’ Mr. Cruz said. ‘Every one of those is necessary for wind and solar power… China is responsible for 80 percent of global solar panel manufacturing. ... 70 percent of global wind turbine manufacturing, and 77 percent of global lithium-ion battery manufacturing.’”

    The fascist ruler of China, Xi Jinping, was recently royally received by California’s head of state. Not since Cleopatra’s seduction of the world conquering Julius Caesar in Egypt, was a hero so splendidly feted. Newsome made certain that the streets of San Francisco over which he once presided as mayor were cleared of human eyesores. San Francisco’s homeless were hustled off somewhere. News items celebrating both Newsom and Xi Jinping were vetted everywhere, and the Chinese President’s lapses – his vicious treatment, for example, of China’s much persecuted Uyghurs and other Muslims interred in Chinese re-education camps since 2017 as part of a "people's war on terror" – were munificently tolerated during his stay.

    Columnists and wits in New England have yet to suggest that Xi, a human vacuum cleaner, should be feted in other American cities where homelessness has come home to roost, such as illegal immigrant besieged Chicago and New York City.

    Qui bono?  Who stands to gain from the continuing war on the internal combustion engine, Biden’s suppurating open southern border, his inflationary spending, his absurd foreign policy choices – recklessly oblivious to Newton’s Third Law of Motion – if not Xi Jinping, who has cornered Connecticut’s market on the production of windmills and solar panel eyesores, while other clean energy resources in the United States such as nuclear energy production and natural gas production remain untapped?

    Xi’s problematic economy will be boosted by the sale and imports of products and materials most abundantly available in China, while a narrowing of energy products lying right under our feet such as natural gas, much cleaner than dirty coal widely available in China, will make a beggar nation of the United States as energy costs, owing to a reduction in supply, increases by leaps and bounds.

    Given these economic conditions, it should be relatively easy for voters in the upcoming 2024 election to compute winners and losers in what Democrats are pleased to call the economic “competition” between China and what remains of the free world. 

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    Don Pesci

    Don Pesci is a political columnist of long standing, about 40 years, who has written for various state newspapers, among them The Journal Inquirer, the Waterbury Republican American, the New London Day, the Litchfield County Times, the Torrington Register Citizen and other Register Citizen papers. He maintains a blog, among the oldest of its kind in Connecticut, which serves as a repository and archive, for his columns; there are approximately 3,000 entrees in Connecticut Commentary: Red Notes From A Blue State, virtually all of them political columns stretching back to 2004. He also appears once a week Wednesdays on 1080 WTIC Newstalk radio with Will Marotti.

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