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  •  I think you make a great point... (4+ / 0-)
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    ...about governmental interference in the free market when it comes to energy and fuel alternatives.  The government has incentivized gasoline in a wide variety of ways since the end of the Second World War.  As a result, alternative fuels have had a very unbalanced playing field in the market.

    I also think we see some of the difficulties of amalgamtion in the energy industry.  If one company controls oil, natural gas, and alternative fuel funding and processes, they will emphasize their short-term profits to leverage against potential long-term gains as well.  Of course, libertarians aren't much for forcing corporate diversity either.

    As anti-collectivists by nature, libertarians are terrible at seeking solutions to common problems.  The best libertarian thinking I've seen on this subject tends towards hoping that someone will invent nanotechnology that will clean carbon from the atmosphere and such.  And maybe they will; less fantastical solutions to common problems have occured in human history.  That being said, seeing as this is an obviously collective problem, I tend to favor the notion that the better thinking on this subject will likely come from those who are collectivists by nature, and choose to defer to them hoping that they will recognize the narrowness of my support for their collective actions.

    The urge to save humanity is almost always a false face for the urge to rule it. ~ H.L. Mencken

    by Jay Elias on Tue Aug 29, 2006 at 07:33:34 PM PDT

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    •  There's no such thing as a "Free Market" (2+ / 0-)
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      There are always rules and regulations governing economies, even in a barter economy. Without rules, you return to the days when financial disputes were settled by direct violence by one party on the other. Now we have laws (rules and regulations) and courts that settle those disputes based on those laws, in a more civilized manner.

      You can have more or fewer rules and they can favor certain behaviors over others, but there are always rules. The important questions: "What values are supported via the rules and regulations that govern the economy?" and "Which values do we want to support via the rules and regulations that govern the economy?"

      If you answer those two questions, you can make reasonable decisions about which rules and regulations to support and which to oppose.

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      by mataliandy on Tue Aug 29, 2006 at 09:08:24 PM PDT

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