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.