Forcing us to use less energy by raising its cost is American government policy and it’s the reverse of American history. Stopping to consider that our standard of living rests upon expanding technology, that in turn, rests upon an increasing use of energy, raises concerns about the ultimate result of current policy on how well Americans will live in future years.
Some surviving Americans recall washing clothes by hand, over a bumpy board in a tub of hot water, then hanging them outdoors to dry… a memory that also recalls the unique, comforting smell of freshly air-dried washing, something no home dryer has been able to reproduce. If nothing changes, it seems likely that the great-grandchildren of a lot of those survivors may learn to recognize that smell as energy costs render home laundry machinery to costly for many. That outside air, one recalls, is free…
There are other effects that will attract even more attention that can result from continuing these policies. We’ve been seeing traditional American manufacturing departing our shores for cheaper places for a while now; energy, labor and regulatory costs have played into foreign competition. Our agriculture, once the largest U.S. employer, has been mechanized to the point that it now employs fewer than 1% of the wage and salary earners in the country. And those last resort for the unemployable fast food burger flippers are now facing new kitchen robots that may replace them.
Our politicians and their union partners are fighting successfully to maintain status-quo public education that turns out high numbers of minimally qualified proto-peons who, while decreasingly competent for the economy, are increasingly violent. The universities are turning out increasing numbers of failures-to-graduate and graduates with dumbed-down degrees, burdened with ridiculous student debts because the costs of these prostituted ‘educations’ have ballooned. .
None of this is my opinion; these are plain facts supported by government and other statistics. My single contribution to this is not an opinion, either; it’s a simple question:
The top of the I.Q. distribution and the progeny of those with money and influence will be fine I suppose, but:
What are the bulk of the coming generations going to do for a living?