GREENS: AGAINST ALL ENERGY ANYWHERE
By Alan Caruba
A classic case is the Communist paradise of North Korea that is almost completely dark at night, while just across the 38th. parallel, South Korea is ablaze with light, energy, and a thriving economy.
Dedicated Greens don’t really like any kind of energy, whether it is nuclear power, whether it is provided by burning coal, or is derived from use of natural gas, oil, or hydropower. They think that wind power is trouble-free and cost effective, when it is neither. They feel the same way about solar power. Both wind and solar power are deemed acceptable because they don’t “emit” anything. This viewpoint is not merely naïve; it is profoundly stupid.
Before we go further, let’s examine the basic facts of U.S. power, give or take a percentage point or two, coal provides over 50% of electrical power. Nuclear provides around 20%, natural gas is just over 20%, hydroelectric is close to 7%, and socalled “renewables” like wind and solar are credited with about 3%. Petroleum generated electricity is 1% and “other sources”, whatever they may be, come in at around 0.3%.
These are figures from 2009 and, suffice to say, are subject to change, but not much.
Friends of the Earth (FOE), an international Green organization, is no friend to humanity. Hardcore Greens think Earth’s problems would be solved if human beings were not part of its ecology.
Following the Japan earthquake, FOE sent an email to its members and fellow travelers saying:
Ironically, FOE is very unhappy with President Obama and his administration which has been very inclined toward nuclear energy.
The Sierra Club, another ultra-Green organization, put out a newsletter reminding its members that it is “unequivocally opposed to nuclear energy” and has been “for more than three decades.” The same newsletter warned that “politicians who owe their primary allegiance to the fossil-fuel industry (coal, natural gas, and oil) are quick to promote domestic drilling and deregulation, as if that would make the gauge on the gas pump start to run backward.” In point of fact, it would. U.S. domestic oil is always cheaper than imported oil.
The Sierra Club just conjured up a petition “to tell the Obama administration to protect the Arctic Refuge” because “We cannot allow these oil companies to destroy the pristine wilderness of the Arctic Refuge.” Every time you hear the words “pristine wilderness,” think of a place no human would ever want to live, let alone visit. And no one is really addressing the economic devastation the Obama administration has visited on the Gulf States because of its refusal to allow oil drilling to resume.
FOE recently was fulminating against the use of coal to light up the homes, businesses, and streets of South Africa and was equally unhappy about the effort to install a pipeline from Canada to the U.S.A. to transmit oil derived from its tar sands. A lot of our “imported” oil comes from Canada. That’s because it has been government policy for decades to make it difficult, if not impossible, to drill, extract, and refine oil here in America.
The March 21-27 edition of Bloomberg Business Week has an article by Brendan Greeley that is a good analysis titled “Facing Up to Nuclear Risk.” When nuclear plants have been built, as many safety factors as possible have been built into them, but it is impossible to calculate the impact of an earthquake. The U.S.A. has its own tectonic fault lines, all well known, but the fact remains nuclear plants have been built near or on them.
Were it not for Green propaganda, the U.S.A. would not be wasting billions of taxpayer dollars on idiotic wind and solar farms that are utterly dependent on government subsidies and mandates that require utilities to use the pitifully small amounts of electricity they produce.
The same can be said of the equally idiotic regulatory mandates for ethanol that drive up the cost of every gallon of gas pumped while, at the same time, reducing the mileage and damaging to your car’s engine. Even Al Gore thinks ethanol is a bad idea.
Ironically, more people have died from wind turbines than nuclear plants. In 2008, there were 41 recorded deaths. The carnage on birds and bats is rarely mentioned by the media. Despite all the blather about Three Mile Island, not one person has died from radiation since nuclear plants were first introduced.
It is surely worth noting that coal-burning plants in a nation that is the Saudi Arabia of coal do not have meltdowns causing radiation that can make large areas uninhabitable. That “smoke” you see coming from the smokestacks of such plants is steam. Water vapor. Clouds are made of water vapor.
If we were really serious about safety and the provision of more electrical power, the U.S.A. would be building a hell of a lot more coal-burning plants right now and into the future.
© Alan Caruba, 2011
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