"He's a snake in the grass, I tell ya guys; he may look dumb but that's just a disguise; he's a mastermind in the ways of espionage." Charlie Daniels, "Uneasy Rider" Statism & clear partisan blindness: Joe Romm, Steven Milloy and ethical certainty over problems stemming from lack of competition in power markets - TT's Lost in Tokyo

Statism & clear partisan blindness: Joe Romm, Steven Milloy and ethical certainty over problems stemming from lack of competition in power markets

Joe Romm of Climate Progress has a new post up that lambasts a recent WaPo op-ed by "environmental ethicist" David Henderson. Romm provides useful information on the relative efficacy of government technology forcing efforts, but comes down like a ton of bricks on Henderson, all while ignoring the 800 lb. gorilla in the room - consumer frustration over, and energy inefficiency resulting from, the lack of competition in local power markets.

In this, Romm mirrors anti-enviro Steven Milloy, who has been raking GE over the coals for its actions to support "green mandates" for subsidies that benefit GE by stimulating markets for GE`s energy-efficient smart meters and smart water heaters

I left the following note at Joe`s that draws attention to the parallels:

Joe, you marginalize yourself and do the debate a disservice by continuing to mirror partisans like Steven Milloy, who`s so busy demonizing those who want more green power and greater efficiency that he forgets to examine WHY our power system isn`t MUCH more efficient and doesn`t provide greater consumer choice - namely, grants by local governments of power monopolies and related regulatory balkanization

Let`s not forget that the environmentalists` "ethical" argument for interfering with the market for electrical products is [based on the fact] that local governments have prevented competition in local markets for power generation and distribution.

[To comment, please visit this post at my main blog at the Ludwig von Mises Institute.]

Published Mon, Oct 5 2009 11:42 AM by TokyoTom

Comments

# Google electrifies power consumers by pairing its free PowerMeter software with a power monitor provider; sideteps public utility monopolies

Sunday, October 11, 2009 2:02 AM by TT`s Lost in Tokyo

# Joe, I have an idea - instead of mandating "green power" and greater efficiency in applinces, let`s mandate MORE COMPETITION in power markets

Sunday, October 11, 2009 2:16 AM by TT`s Lost in Tokyo