Clear Fog Blog

Political musings from Warren E. Peterson

Lights Out for Climate Change

Posted by Warren Peterson on March 31, 2008

Here we go again. The World Wildlife Fund’s “Lights Out for Earth” much ado about nothing campaign to have everyone on the planet turn out their lights for one hour to raise awareness of climate change swept the world yesterday. While darkness fell on snowy Seattle, Al Gore was no doubt dimming the reading lamp on his private Lear jet enroute to yet another award ceremony honoring his scientfic achievements in climotology. Unfortunately, Gore’s popularization of Global Warming as the next predicted big disaster has caused the issue of climate change to be politicised thus ending any hope of rational discussion and research. Just try to get a study grant or article published in a peer reviewed journal if you don’t buy into humans as the major cause of climate change and carbon as the villian.

I’m all for reducing carbon based energy but not because it has anything to do with global warming. If in fact we could develop significant sources of alternative energy it would help solve two pressing problems. The first is the amount of money we send out of the country to buy oil and the second is where it is going and what it funds.

If the WWF and its ilk would spend half the effort wasted on world wide blackouts on support for nuclear electrical generation and battery technology for electric vehicles, they’d make a real contribution. Sorry folks, but wind and solar power, more efficient cars and appliances and corn ethanol are not enough to reach even modest goals to reduce imported oil. In the case of corn, by some estimates, it’s a net loser. Replacing foreign oil is years away and thanks to certain environmental types we have not exploited our domestic oil in time to forestall the energy supply caused economic and politcal crisis we face today. These same groups also oppose liquidfied coal fuel unless it emits 20 percent less carbon than conventional fuels. Nuclear remains as the only technology currently available today with any real chance of supplying a significant portion of our energy needs in the near term. Don’t be surprised, however, if the WWF opposses it too.

What we have here is a bunch of hand ringing Prius drivers who have decided what’s best for the country. They want to use the energy supply to inflict their vision on us by restricting our economy, extracting more taxes and forcing behavioral changes on the unwilling. Unfortunately, all three of the remaining major candidates for President give tacit support for this wolrd view. We can only hope that common sense will eventually emerge before it’s too late.

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One Response to “Lights Out for Climate Change”

  1. Miguel said

    It’s great to see an enthusiastic discussion about how to improve our energy future. With the cost of gasoline predicted to reach $4.00/gallon by summer and other sources such as coal and natural gas following suit, more and more people are interested in learning about the promise of alternative energy options. Many government and industry leaders believe hydrogen is an important part of the energy mix to help reduce oil consumption and improve our environment. Later this week the NHA Annual Hydrogen Conference and Expo US, March 30 – April 3, is taking place in Sacramento, CA. Please visit hydrogenconference.org to learn more. If you live near or if you’re traveling to Sacramento, we invite you to join us and experience how hydrogen can have a positive impact on our lives. The latest hydrogen technologies from all over the world will be on display, and there will even be opportunities to drive hydrogen vehicles from several leading auto manufacturers – all this is free and open to the public on Monday, March 31 at the Sacramento Convention Center. Stay tuned for upcoming announcements from the Hydrogen Expo.

    In addition, the Hydrogen Education Foundation has recently launched a website to help people better understand hydrogen as a fuel. Please visit http://www.h2andyou.org to improve your knowledge about hydrogen as an alternative fuel.

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