People who are not consumed by greed or blinded by Trumpism understand that the human race is racing toward self-extinction as a result of careless lifestyle habits in the industrial age. It isn’t just one single thing, but a conglomeration of many things, the extraction and burning of fossil fuels, increasing use of plastics, increased consumption of beef and pork, overpopulation, far too many vehicles on the roadways, and more. Credible climate science tells us that we have a very narrow window of time to take major steps to control and reverse the damage being done to the atmosphere. And yet, while many countries are heeding the call, the United States is not, as a nation, taking the warnings seriously.
Point in case is this headline from ThinkProgress:
Republicans push anti-wind bills in several states as renewables grow increasingly popular
In regions like the South, the potential for renewable energy abounds. That isn’t going over well with fossil fuel interests.
Data shows that renewable alternatives to energy sources like coal are increasingly cheaper, in addition to helping offset greenhouse gas emissions. But as they continue to gain prominence, power sources like wind are becoming a popular target for those with a vested interest in fossil fuels. Now, opponents are using everything from national security arguments to targeting tax incentives in order to hobble wind power.
North Carolina is one of several states in which lawmakers are pushing new proposals to undercut wind energy. State Senator Harry Brown has proposed Senate Bill 377, the ‘Military Base Protection Act’, that posits that wind farms pose a national security risk and would essentially outlaw wind farms built on land within 100 miles of the state’s coast.
North Carolina’s Amazon Wind Farm, the first large-scale wind farm in the state, went through years of review and permitting studies, in addition to coordinating with the U.S. Navy and Department of Defense. Proponents of renewable energy say arguments about national security are just another way for fossil fuel interests to dissuade potential wind and solar investments in the state.
Folks, I don’t care if you’re republican or democrat, Christian, Jew or atheist, you are a member of the human race, and as such ought to care a bit more than this about our home. Members of Congress, state legislatures, and voters need to wake the heck up! CEOs of fossil fuel interests need to take their heads out of their patooties and realize that all that lovely money they are making isn’t going to do them a damn bit of good when they’re dead! And dead is where they, their children, and their children’s children are going to be before the end of this century if this greed and ignorance continues!
An environmental firm, Energy Innovation in partnership with the grid analysis company Vibrant Clean Energy, issued a report on March 24th. Their findings …
America has officially entered the “coal cost crossover” – where existing coal is increasingly more expensive than cleaner alternatives. Today, local wind and solar could replace approximately 74 percent of the U.S. coal fleet at an immediate savings to customers. By 2025, this number grows to 86 percent of the coal fleet.
There is no longer any justification for the fight against renewable energy, and yet corporate greed and politicians in the pockets of the fossil fuel industry are trying to keep this nation from moving ahead. Trump has claimed that there was a “war on coal” and that he is ending it, even calling for a bail-out of the coal industry. There is no “war on coal”, but there is a battle to save the human race from extinction – a near certainty if we do not act soon.
Take Iceland, for example. They are the country that generates the most clean electricity per capita on earth, with almost 100% of its energy coming from renewable sources. Sweden, Costa Rica, United Kingdom, Germany, Denmark … the list goes on of countries that are taking climate change effects seriously and being proactive in the fight to save lives, to save the planet. The United States does not even come close. There are states, cities and even some companies that are doing their part, but the effort needs to be wide-scale, it needs to start at the federal level.
I wish to leave you with something to think about. Look ahead just a few years. Many countries will have, through great effort and planning, ceased drilling, mining, or using fossil fuels, but instead will be relying 100% on renewable energy sources. They will have become carbon-neutral, have stopped using single-use plastics, and found innovative ways to clean up the air and coastlines. The United States may be the only nation that is doing … nothing. Now, our pollution doesn’t just affect us, but affects the entire globe. If you were, say, Germany or the United Kingdom, how would you feel about this?
I can foresee a time when the European Union joins with other nations to offer an ultimatum to the United States that, if ignored, could lead to all-out war. I wonder if the fat coal and oil barons will still think their profits are so all-important? Frankly, if they were smart men, they would have seen this coming long ago and began investing their resources into renewables, phasing out the coal mines and oil fields. But they are not intelligent beings, only greedy ones. And they don’t give a rat’s you-know-what about you or me, or even their own grandchildren.
It’s time to get serious about this, folks … matter of fact, it’s way past time. Stay tuned, for I am not finished!