In the letters section of the Aug. 30 Tribune, Stanley Schaffer labels Proposition 39 a “government fiasco.” Dubbed the Clean Energy Jobs Act, this proposition has not, he claims, fulfilled its promises. And only three years have passed!
The wheels of public change grind slowly; due diligence in the spending of public funds requires the hiring of consultants, auditors and the formation of oversight boards. True, the private sector moves more quickly, but also more foolishly; fracking is just such a case in point.
Adam Smith’s invisible hand so touted by freemarketers has produced the nightmarish planet we now occupy.
So, what to do?
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If we rely solely on the private sector, established energy interests will blithely continue their mad rush to astronomically higher CO2 and methane levels.
The public sector, for all its warts, is our only choice. Just as we don’t want private militias and only private schools, we also don’t want the fox to guard the energy henhouse.