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Thursday, July 20, 2006

Forcing Us To Finance Their Pipe Dreams

There are 2 (though not only 2) scientific-techno issues that liberals support with a religious fervor (though not of any religion): hybrid cars and embryonic stem cells.

Shikha Dalmia of Reason explains how hybrid sales have been consistently trending downward over the past months while gas prices have been increasing. She provides a "Dust To Dust" analysis of the energy expended to "to plan, build, sell, drive and dispose of a car from the initial conception to scrappage." The comparison finds the Hummer is less of an energy drain that a hybrid Prius (and the Prius' life is 100,000 miles while the Hummer chugs to its last breath at 300,000 miles).

How can the Hummer be more cost-effective and energy conserving that a hybrid. Dalmia explains:

Hummer is a far less sophisticated vehicle. Its engine obviously does not have an electric and gas component as a hybrid's does so it takes much less time and energy to manufacture. What's more, its main raw ingredient is low-cost steel, not the exotic light-weights that are exceedingly difficult to make – and dispose. But the biggest reason why a Hummer's energy use is so low is that it shares many components with other vehicles and therefore its design and development energy costs are spread across many cars.

It is not possible to do this with a specialty product like hybrid. All in all, Spinella insists, the energy costs of disposing a Hummer are 60 percent less than an average hybrid's and its design and development costs are 80 percent less.

As to embryonic stem cells, Michael Fumento discusses how adult stem cells have been clinically tested and proven to be effective at curing disease while there is no proven value-added for the ESCs. The proof is in the clinical trails. He explains that the ESC proponents used Science magazine to attack ASC:

The journal wants to flood unpromising ESC research with taxpayer dollars because private investors know just how very unpromising it is. Now yet again Science has showcased the scientific and moral bankruptcy of the entire ESC advocacy movement.

Both clunkers of science and technology have the avid support of the big government statists. They ignore a key component in the success of any new product. The free market. If there is the potential for profit from a new technology or science, money and time will be allocated to it. However, instead of allowing investors (i.e. people) to voluntarily reach into their pockets to support a new idea, they use the political process to force everyone to finance their pet projects.

And the scariest thing is they do not fathom that the coercion itself is evil.

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