American Future Fund running ads against proposed energy compromise.

While running errands at lunch (and wasting precious fuel) I heard a radio ad from something called the American Future Fund. They ad urged me to call Isakson and Chambliss and tell them to not support the “Gang of 10” proposal. I went to their website and found this TV ad, which is very much like the radio ad I heard:

According to their website, the American Future Fund is…

…a 501(c)(4) and was formed to provide Americans with a conservative and free market viewpoint to have a mechanism to communicate and advocate on the issues that most interest and concern them. Conservative and free market principles will be under direct attack in America. In light of that, it is imperative there be a voice for conservative principles that sustains free market ideals focused on bolstering America’s global competitiveness across the country.

The American Future Fund is established as a multi- state issues advocacy group designed to effectively communicate conservative and free market ideals.

The American Future Fund will continue to educate citizens across the country on common conservative principles.

13 comments

  1. Raleigh Urbain says:

    What are these “oil resources” they speak of? Because in terms of barrels of oil the Saudis are sitting on about 263 billion in reserves, while the US only has about 22 billion?!?!?

    Also, gas prices in Saudi Arabia are set by royal decree.

    Pay no attention to these facts older Americans. Instead, focus on getting very, very scared.

  2. StevePerkins says:

    I don’t have enough information to cry “astroturf”, but I do wonder where they’re getting their funding from. Their Board has one member who’s a retired schoolteacher… the rest are all Iowa activists with ties to subsidized corn farming (very conservative). Under the “Issues” section of their website there are a few sentences about education and healthcare, but pretty much 100% of their press releases and blog posts deal with oil drilling and ethanol.

  3. Bill Simon says:

    Well, it’s better than hearing from T. Boone Pickens and his wind scheme. How exactly does he propose to power Georgia with wind?

    Park those windmills anywhere in Georgia where there is ENOUGH wind to generate electricity, and the line losses to transmit the electricity over that distance to the home will reduce the electricity delivered to be that of, perhaps, being enough to keep a porch light on.

  4. Bill, haven’t studied Picken’s plan in depth, but my understanding is that he wants to put the windfarms in the central U.S., pretty much from North Texas to the Canadian Border. He then wants to rebuild the transmission line infrastructure to get that electricity to the rest of the country.

    I have no way of judging the merits of that plan, and am skeptical, but at least he has put a concrete plan on the table for debate.

  5. StevePerkins says:

    Yeah, if you look at a topographic map of the U.S., the areas best suited for windmill installation are largely concentrated in the Midwest:

    http://www.eere.energy.gov/windandhydro/windpoweringamerica/wind_maps_none.asp

    It’s just a shame that we don’t have some kind of magic technology that would allow us to generate energy in well-suited locations, and transport it to other locations. Some kind of metal power wire, or oil pipeline, or some pie-in-the-sky things like that. Those would be cool inventions.

  6. Doug Deal says:

    Wind power is unpredictable, so you would need to build natural gas powered plants to meet unpredictable power shortfalls when conditions are not right for power generation.

    Plus, people still don’t realize that these are 300-400 feet high (from base to the tip of the blades) and to duplicate the power generation of one nuclear reactor or large coal plant, you would probably need nearly 1,000* of them.

    * although the largest are rated at 6 MW, most really provide about 1.5MW on average, as they rarely operate at their “rated” level.

    To see how rediculously monstrous these things are, look at this site.

    http://www.metaefficient.com/news/new-record-worlds-largest-wind-turbine-7-megawatts.html

  7. Bill, Pickens also says to drill where we can, use solar in the Southwest, convert as much as we can to natural gas in terms of transportation. Invest and research bio fuel alternatives where practical.

    Pickens’ only goal is to get us off foreign oil and anything that will do that is fine with him.

    He gave a great speech to our delegation in MN on Thursday morning.

  8. joe says:

    Pickens does not say NIMBY for any of the alternatives. He has short, mid-term, and long-term plans. It is hard to argue against doing everything at once.

  9. Bill Simon says:

    Is Pickens the one I hear also talking about CNG and how cheap it is right now?

    Whoever is talking about CNG apparently has failed to learn the lesson of corn and ethanol. Corn used to be dirt cheap…until…the guvment decided ethanol was a good thing…and, demand increased, ergo price increased.

    The same darn thing will happen with CNG. What’s cheap now will not remain cheap once someone mandates that it must become an alternative fuel.

  10. Doug Deal says:

    joe,

    If someone mentions an energy solution but uses the term wind, but doesn’t utter the word nuclear, they are a charlatan who probably has a lot to gain in the wind and CNG markets.

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