Weekend Wars: Green vs. Good
Prior to the start of the global financial crisis, you may recall, all the talk was of green energy. Al Gore's propaganda flicks and handouts of Nobel Prizes as if they were food stamps to anyone who preached the Global Warming gospel were running amok. Many a humanities major was dulling the senses of anyone who would listen with Peak Oil and a few other Climate Change talking points.
Then came the crisis and we once again were reminded to pay for things we could afford and to utilize the realities of our day rather than spend on the fantasies of tomorrow. As is usually the case in life, a nut got loose and a bolt slipped into the machinery, changing the way the gears move. That change was not an unqualified bureaucrat's empty rhetoric, but the success of the American energy industry. At a time when America struggles with debt, credit worthiness, spending, unemployment, inflation and a bevy of other issues it is those evil oil men who are coming to the rescue.
Cracking open shale rock has become the clear cut path towards American energy independence. States like the Dakotas, Wyoming and Montana enjoy burgeoning employment and improved quality of life. Newly minted billionaires are popping up at rates reminiscent of the 90's dot.com boom. Many Americans are finding employment, potential and prosperity as a result of the "shale boom" and many more will before it is said and done.
I find it very disheartening that this great news is getting so little press. You would think that all the garbage can drummers would be beating their palms off to the news that America could soon be free of dependence from foreign oil. You would think that an industry spitting out multi-billion dollar buyouts would be a cause for excitement and rejoicing. Especially at a time when the Solyndra's of government subsidy fame and lame are burning up dollars faster than if they were skewered to solar panels in the hot desert sun.
I know that there are a bunch of you guys here who blindly believe in the global warming gospel and that it will take a lot more than something as insignificant as reality to deter your views. I am not the least bit interested in trying to convert you. I am just curious what your next excuse will be?
How much longer will you willingly follow and worship false idols and pretender technologies, when the solution to most of America's socioeconomic problems literally sits in your lap.
I know that everyone has been doggie trained to believe that cubicles and shiny suits are the way, but for those of you who want a chance at real money, action, adventure and success...the formula is the same as it was one hundred and fifty years ago.
Head west...and dig your way to wealth, young man.