legislator's modest proposal
to end energy crisis
California State Assemblywoman Marlene Jackson has put forth a
plan to solve California's energy crisis. It is a plan that could go terribly
wrong. The plan depends on a new invention, and physical labor. Two researchers
at Lawrence Livermore Laboratory, Michael Cavan and Tom Pinambo, have invented a
helical gear drive that transfers mechanical energy very efficiently. It is
nearly frictionless, and generators using it could produce twice as much energy
as current technology.
Assemblywoman Jackson proposes in a bill, California 401 AF,
that people walking on treadmills using this gearing system could produce enough
energy to meet California's ever growing demand. She thinks this would be a
great idea because it would give immigrants and other poor people a job.
This is a step down a slippery slope.
Power companies would be exploiting people as
beasts of burden. I am sure no one would walk on these treadmills, they would
have to run. There would be taskmasters seeing to it that they did not
slow down. Most "employers" of illegal immigrants are
nothing more than slave drivers. They hire aliens to do grueling, dangerous jobs
that no one else will take, and then call INS just before payday, so that their
work was for free. Others pay so little that workers could have earned as much
in a third world sweatshop, and what can they do? Illegals have no one to complain to.
Already, greedy robber barons are lining up to build treadmill
farms! THE UNCOVEROR has seized the plans for one, proposed by a company calling
itself Energon Thermodynamics. They don't include any kind of ventilation or safety
precautions. This facility, if it were built, would be like a factory farm. In
factory farms, animals are confined to tiny cubicles, wallow in their own filth, and die in alarming numbers from
infectious disease. Energon would put workers into just such an environment.
When this facility goes online, the workers will literally be livestock, and
will die from exhaustion and heat. Since most of them will be illegal aliens
anyway, Energon, and companies like them could get away with it.
Congratulations Marlene Jackson! your modest proposal will
reduce people to things, and make some very evil businessmen outrageously rich.
The road to hell is paved with good intentions, you lousy do-gooder!