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.

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Comments (8)

Oct 23, 2011 - 12:58pm
Blank999, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Great post. It isn't getting press because we have a president who is force feeding electric and "green" energy.

Oct 23, 2011 - 12:58pm
peterlake, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Would you care to expound on what you mean by blind belief in the "global warming gospel"?

Oct 23, 2011 - 4:58pm
LancelotLink, what's your opinion? Comment below:

I'm for using any other sources of energy we can find, but I heard a lot about fracking (or the chemicals used to frack) damaging and contaminating the ground and water supply. There's youtube videos of people lighting the flowing water from their kitchen sinks on fire. That can't be healthy. EPA will do something about fracking, you can be sure of that.

I think an efficient alternative for energy is still a long way off. We use wind, solar, geothermal, nuclear, but the technology isn't ready yet. We need to invest more in R&D.

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Oct 23, 2011 - 6:26pm
useraccount, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Yes, because even though 98% of scientists agree that man made global warming exists, it's still gospel. And ANT, I don't know what's so bad about greentech? Solyndra was a waste of money, but it just means that the government shouldn't subsidize unproven technologies.

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Oct 23, 2011 - 7:44pm
Mr. Hansen, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Shale fracking seems so promising, but, like someone mentioned, I can't help but think of water contamination and people lighting their tap water on fire.

Oct 23, 2011 - 9:29pm
down on the upside, what's your opinion? Comment below:
Mr. Hansen:
Shale fracking seems so promising, but, like someone mentioned, I can't help but think of water contamination and people lighting their tap water on fire.

if you are referring to the documentary gasland, the water on fire from the kitchen tap turned out to have nothing to do with fracking and more to do with existing damaged aquifers. Much like the higher rates of cancer downstream of oil sands has more to do with larger amounts of bitumen in the water naturally than oil sands mining of these locations.

Oct 24, 2011 - 12:05pm
In The Flesh, what's your opinion? Comment below:

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