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Voluntary Energy Starvation and the Green Agenda

New Republic recently admitted that, "Utopian environmentalism...is a form of escapism and disengagement from reality." The extremists scoff at science and would apparently prefer scarcity so that bureaucratic rationing will enforce a change in American lifestyles.

Instead of producing more of the cheap, abundant energy that fueled America's dynamic growth, the extremists who support and surround Obama dream of drastically cutting American consumption. _ReasonMag

Powerful green (and Luddite) lobbies believe that a source of clean and abundant energy would be an unmitigated disaster to their cause (and their livelihood). That is one reason that the Obama administration is trying so hard to bankrupt coal before clean technologies can gain a foodhold, and to prohibit shale gas and oil sands through backdoor faux environmental regulations. Abundant, clean energy would be a boon to the private sector of the economy and to economic growth. Greens and Luddites hate nothing more than a prosperous, growing private sector.

Geoffrey Styles confronted the energy starvationists on a recent webinar, where the fanatical zeal of energy starvationists and dieoff.orgiasts was on full display.

Yesterday I participated in a webinar on The Energy Collective examining the sustainability aspects of the shale gas revolution. The online audience asked good, probing questions, and if there was a theme to them, it seemed to be that somehow the sudden abundance of natural gas resulting from a novel combination of shale-exploitation technologies--as well as the technologies themselves--must at a minimum be considered a mixed blessing, if not actually too bitter a pill to swallow, because of its perceived shortcomings and the potential threat it poses to other, favored energy technologies.

The biggest uncertainties associated with shale gas don't concern the size of the resource or our ability to extract it safely, but whether we will decide to allow this to be done on a scale that would make a meaningful difference in our energy and emissions balances, or under such tight restrictions that we will forgo its game-changing potential. Like anything, shale gas drilling and fracking must be done responsibly, in accordance with state and local regulations and to industry standards that are constantly improving. Post-Deepwater Horizon, that's a much tougher sell, but it doesn't make it any less important. Shale gas isn't perfect energy, not because of any unique imperfections, but because there is no perfect energy source. It requires mature, reasonable assessments of its risks that don't assume that there is. _GeoffreyStyles

Greens and Luddites want nothing more than to starve the developed nations down to a much smaller size. Their motives are mixed, being based on both political biases and faux environmental premises. The end result -- if Salazar, Holdren, Obama, Boxer, etc. are allowed to succeed -- is an industrial collapse in the west due to "voluntary" energy starvation.

The rest of the world will survive in better condition, because China, Russia, India, Brazil, and other nations are not so foolish as to destroy their own nations' industrial and commercial capacity via energy starvation. Unfortunately, the EU and the Anglosphere may be too invested in carbon hysteria and faux environmentalism to reverse course before running aground on its own idiocy.

By. Al Fin

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  • Anonymous on December 08 2010 said:
    Just a little too dramatic for me Mr Al Fin, but some of it makes good economics sense. That bit though about Obama & Co being in the energy starvation business just didn't make it with yours truly.You see, I have spent years trying to educate some ignorant academics about energy economics, but as yet without any real success. They just cant absorb everyday, ordinary logic. And that is the problem with your friends in Washington, to include that bag of wind Professor Holdren. Of course, maybe things will improve. I once read the New Republic in libraries all over the world, and if there is such a thing as a purveyor of 'utopianism', they are it, but maybe they have it right this time.
  • kervennic on January 27 2012 said:
    I think too much diesel gaz has smoked up your brain.
    I am a complete fan of Ned Ludd, an I really have big doubt that Obama is closer to Ludd than Bush is.

    What you do not undertand is that there is no cheap energy by definition. Energy has a price as well as every act has a consequence.

    Energy wether green or not is by definition the amount of change of a system and the system is the earth, an evolution of millions of year and catastrophes to fine tune an equilibrium by the invention of successive interacting species.

    When 100 000 human were making campfire on earth, this was a perturbation of a small magnitude compared to natural variation,and nature coped rather well with all natural variation by then, except for a few well documented volcanic periods when human nearly went extinct.

    When 300 million american burn so much of the "cheap energy" they change utterly the face of the earth, as seen from sattelite. This is not cheap on the long run because it initiates so much change that the system cannot cope with the perturbation and collapses. This is the real price.

    All chemical and physical parameters are changed in such a way that everything that was for free becomes now luxury:
    - Water is out of price because it is polluted, overeploited and irregularly falling.
    - Food is out of price because there is:
    a) no fish anymore due to cheap energy which caused emptying of oceans, pollution and tomorrow acidification that will prevent any rebound.

    b) no soil, erosion has never been so fast because of cheap energy, that is mechanisation, pesticide and fertilizer. Crop yield are already starting to fall though fertilizer and pesticide use are going up

    and so on (we'll see when there will be no bees in five years time)

    - Raw material are out of price because "cheap" energy has emptied all productive places.

    No doubt You can always find a technically more difficult switch if you manage to terrorize a few engineer, it will just make even deeper damage.

    One day there will ne no fixes anylonger, and the longer we will have follown this road, the more bloody will be the end station.

    And my guess is that we went so far using oil to plunder earth resource to feed an excess of human fat, that we are in for a massive bloodshed as soon as something goes wrong. And it does not seem to go so smooth already.

    A Luddite is just somebody who thinks that there is something more to life than accumulation of gadget for the idiots, and that this definitely is not worth such a miserable end.

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