Democrat Jared Polis may not be familiar with the book by the late Dale Carnegie – HOW TO WIN FRIENDS AND INFLUENCE PEOPLE – but his actions, behaviors, and remarks since gaining elected office owing to political gerrymandering suggest that he may know another tome: HOW TO OFFEND PEOPLE AND MAKE ENEMIES.
Mr. Polis – he does not deserve a title more reflective of his elected position – has long held to the undeniably subjective opinion that because he is a Democrat and openly homosexual he is superior to many others and, therefore, everyone should submit to his demands, threats, insults, contempt, and whims motivated by self-serving partisan politics. Those who do not submit to him may find themselves on the receiving end of legal action.
Additionally, Mr. Polis holds to the opinion and misguided belief that anything he wants he should have without regard or concern to the outcome and unintended consequences. For example, he wants to bring an end to much of the livestock industry in the State of Colorado because he was once inconvenienced by cattle on a road inside of an area designated open grazing. He wants to wipe out the coal, gas, and oil industries in Colorado because he deliberately purchased a residential property within spitting distance of a drilling operation, and then claimed the operation was harming his health and well-being, and the owners should submit to his demands to shut down. Finally, he wants to make the State of Colorado reliant on 100 percent renewable energy by 2040.
It is the latest demand that provides reason for why many Coloradans see Jared Polis for what he is: Unfit to hold elected office because he does not deal with reality as most Coloradans know it.
If Jared Polis had knowledge of such things, if he did a reality check on a regular basis, if he understood basic science as well as fundamental finances and economics he would not have made this demand public and would have stopped short of expressing it in order to preserve any credibility and respectability he might otherwise possess. Simply, the science behind the call for a 100 percent energy portfolio based on renewable energy does not exist, and what science is presented fails upon superficial examination when framed by basic economics and finances.
An engineering professor at Stanford University named Mark Jacobson published a paper in 2015 that claimed the United States of America could fulfill its energy needs and demands using only renewable energy by 2040. Such a claim should have been examined down to the last period by scientists, academics, and professional journalists. Instead it was embraced and championed by politicians and the National Academy of Science without hesitation or exception.
Fortunately, there are those who do not accept such declarations unconditionally, which constitutes the foundation of learning and knowledge.
A scientist who once worked for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (N.O.A.A.) named Chris Clack, along with a number of other scientists peer-reviewed the work produced by Jacobson, and publically challenged his findings in the same publication Jacobson was published in, asserting that the paper did not demonstrate feasibility economically, practically, or technically that a 100 percent energy portfolio using wind, solar, and hydroelectric energy was realistic. They also noted that the claim contained errors and that the system could not work with reasonable cost to the consumer and provide reliability – two fundamental requirements for success in this matter.
If Jared Polis lived as many Coloradans do he would understand that his proposal is unrealistic, prohibitive in establishing and maintenance costs, and, simply, a staggering burden to all Coloradans. Just ask those living in Pueblo, CO., burdened with the high energy costs inflicted by another Democrat named John Hickenlooper, who also has a tenuous grip on reality.
Facts and truth are irrelevant to Jared Polis because what matters foremost is his political legacy. A legacy derived of now-former President Barack Obama’s energy plan involving cap-and-trade, which existed to destroy the overall economy of the United States of America.
Mr. Clack and his fellow scientists could have refuted the paper published by Mr. Jacobson with such terms as “ignorant”, ‘slip-shod’, and ‘outrageous’. Instead they politely pointed the errors and failings, negating it as credible and professional science.
For their troubles they have been met with the preferred approach of Jared Polis to anyone who dares to challenge him and his demands: Mr. Jacobson has claimed that he has retained legal counsel to address the charges made to his otherwise flawless presentation.
Anyone who challenges Jared Polis, who declines to vote for him as he pursues the governorship of the State of Colorado, should expect the same.
I have not voted for Jared Polis. I will not do so because of his willingness to pursue an agenda which does not serve the greater good. If he were the public servant he professes he would offer his entire financial fortune to prove out the economic and financial viability of a 100 percent renewable energy portfolio. He has not done so. He will not do so. Therefore, he does not deserve to be elected to any public office.