Capitol Bell – Here’s why the left is wrong to demonize affordable energy

Capitol Bell – Here’s why the left is wrong to demonize affordable energy

The Daily Signal
May 11, 2016
Good afternoon from Capitol Hill, where doubtless policymakers remember it’s National Receptionist Day as well as Eat What You Want Day. Amid the Obama administration’s war on coal, Nick Loris ponders a solar-powered plane that flies in the face of affordable energy options. Cully Stimson says the Army and Air Force should follow the Navy’s lead in providing a career track for trial lawyers. And Dana Perino remembers President George W. Bush’s powerful visits with wounded warriors.

Here’s why the left is wrong to demonize affordable energy. Innovation is a wonderful thing but can also serve as a reminder of just how good we have it. Take the journey of the solar-powered plane, for example. The Solar Impulse 2 is an airplane powered by solar panels and uses batteries at night. In promotion of weaning the world off natural resources like oil (a dubious goal), the designers and pilots want to fly around the world using no conventional fuel, writes The Heritage Foundation’s Nicolas Loris.
Army and Air Force JAG Corps need a history lesson (and career litigators). The Army and Air Force are engaged in an all-out legislative battle to preserve the status quo and kill a Senate and House amendment requiring them to establish a career litigation track for select judge advocates. This change would benefit both services as well as the professional careers of their individual lawyers, crime victims, and defendants alike.
Why George W. Bush let a soldier’s mom yell at him. He regularly visited patients at Walter Reed military hospital near the White House. These stops were unannounced because of security concerns and hassles for the hospital staff that come with a full blown presidential visit. One morning in 2005, Scott McClellan sent me in his place to visit the wounded warriors. It was my first time for that particular assignment, and I was nervous about how the visits would go, wrote Dana Perino in “And the Good News Is: Lessons and Advice from the Bright Side.”
What we’re reading: “Marine Corps Times reporter Jeff Schogol recently provided a stunning overview of the Marine Corps’ aviation capabilities. It is a tale of general disrepair, extraordinarily low level of readiness for combat operations, lack of flying hours for pilots (critically essential to gaining and maintaining tactical competence), and growing stress on the individual Marines themselves. Schogol’s report confirms that the Corps’ problems result directly from budget cuts imposed by the Budget Control Act of 2011,” writes The Heritage Foundation’s Dakota Wood in Real Clear Defense.

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