Time for a change?
Does anyone else think it’s time for the U. S. to seriously start developing various clean and renewable energy industries? I know that President Obama has already put 90 billion dollars into various eco-friendly energy projects, compared with the paltry 15 billion dollars George W. Bush set aside in 2005 for developing such technologies. I applaud the Obama administration for this, but I’m also a little upset by the President’s plan to open up more of the East and Gulf Coasts for offshore oil drilling. And the fact that many Democrats, even the President himself, have used the oxymoronic phrase “clean coal,” makes me want to puke. I know the Left just does this to placate those nut-jobs on the Right who are unwilling to accept the fact that fossil fuels have no future, but you have to draw the line somewhere.
There is nothing clean about any fossil fuel. Nor is there anything safe about fossil fuels – considering the recent mining disasters in West Virginia and Kentucky, and the catastrophe that is currently unfolding in the Gulf of Mexico. Since rational people can’t argue with the scientific evidence that proves fossil fuels are dangerous and archaic, the opponents of eco-friendly energies always fall back on the jobs issue – that many honest, hardworking Americans will be put out of work if the U. S. makes the switch to clean energy. This is a completely ridiculous position to take, since it would be possible to train many of those people to work in the new industries, but let’s just say for the sake of argument that it wouldn’t be possible to train these folks. It still doesn’t change anything.
I’ll be brutally honest: I don’t care if a few thousand people working in the coal, oil, and natural gas industries lose their jobs, if it means that the U. S. will have plenty of clean, renewable energy. It’s a sad fact of life, but progress marches on, regardless of whether you’re willing to accept it or not. Should Henry Ford have scrapped the Model T just to appease horse traders? No. Should the airplane have been sacrificed in order to pacify the railroads or commercial ocean-liners? No. Ever wonder why people stopped lighting their homes with whale oil? Or why nobody uses a telegraph anymore? Because a better technology came along and replaced it, that’s why. It’s time to stop coddling the opponents of renewable energy, because those people are just like fossil fuels, rotary phones, and typewriters – completely obsolete.