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In times around July 4, our National Independence Day, thoughts go back to the founding of this great nation and the tribulations involved in its creation. On April 19, 1775, British troops were sent to Lexington and Concord to confiscate arms assembled by the colonial militia. This force of 800 trained British troops were engaged by the militia of shop keepers and farmers who chased them back to Charlestown with a loss of 273 troops. The Colonial militia were called “Minutemen” because they could be assembled rapidly in case of emergencies. The first shot fired in this skirmish is called “The shot heard around the world”. One of the reasons for the revolution was the tyranny of unfair taxes Great Britain inflicted on Colonial Americans.
At his speech on climate change at Georgetown University June 25, 2013, President Obama said, “So today, for the sake of our children, and the health and safety of all Americans, I’m directing the Environmental Protection Agency to put an end to the limitless dumping of carbon pollution from our power plants, and complete new pollution standards for both new and existing power plants.” These remarks are intended to eliminate the use of coal for electric power generation. With this success, elimination of the use of other fossil fuels may be expected.
There is an encyclopedic amount of peer-reviewed literature challenging President Obama’s view carbon dioxide from burning fossil fuel causes global warming. Paraphrasing poet Elizabeth Barrett Browning, “How much information refutes carbon dioxide-caused global warming. Let me count the ways.” A good start is the two reports by the Nongovernmental International Panel on Climate Change Climate Change Reconsidered and Climate Change Reconsidered: 2011 Interim Report published by The Heartland Institute. These reports published in 2009 and 2011 contain over 1200 pages and are available online.
The war on fossil fuels causes increased taxes and electricity costs for all Americans with a severe decline in living standards. When considering history of the United States, it is obvious President Obama’s orders cause greater harm to our citizens than taxes mandated by George III back in the 1770s.
Possibly the first action testing President Obama’s decree against fossil fuels may occur in Georgia when the Georgia Public Service Commission makes a ruling July 11whether to force Georgia Power Company to add 500 megawatts of solar energy to its energy supply system. Tracing back 238 years, this meeting is analogous to the battles of Lexington and Concord where British troops were harassed back to Charlestown. This was called “The shot heard around the world” in 1775 and defeat of the solar energy mandate in Georgia July 11 may later be called “The shot heard around the world against energy mandates” defeating President Obama’s ruinous energy policies.
Georgia has the opportunity to send a clear message to President Obama by defeating his fostering expensive, unreliable solar energy on Georgia’s citizens to support his demands for cessation of fossil fuel use. Like the situation in 1775, battle lines have been drawn with supporters for President Obama being environmental groups, other advocates against use of fossil fuels, and those who promote solar energy. These groups would have been labeled Tories 240 years ago.
Leadership in the battle against Georgia solar energy mandates is Georgia Americans For Prosperity(GAAFP) under State Director Virginia Galloway. They have promoted a letter writing campaign, shown here, to Georgia Public Service Commission members asking them to decline the wishes of President Obama to expand his demands for renewable energy sources. If victory prevails, GAAFP may lay claim to be modern day “Minutemen” firing “The shot heard around the world against energy mandates” that led to the demise of President Obama’s debilitating energy policies. The Georgia Tea Party is noticeably absent in this fray.