Last week we discussed how fossil fuels are essential for our survival and everyone understands this. If case you missed it, you can read it here.
Why, then, did President Biden cancel the XL pipeline on his first day in office? This pipeline would have provided crude oil from Alberta, Canada, to refineries located in Texas, Illinois, and Oklahoma and created over 40,000 new US jobs.
After shutting down the pipeline, Biden made a trip to Saudi Arabia in July of this year to beg for oil. Even the far-left Washington Times admits that this is the first time an American president tried to shut down the nation’s economic lifeblood. Read the article here.
To further exacerbate the situation, the current administration has drained our strategic oil reserves down to the lowest level in 40 years. “President Trump built up the reserves by purchasing gas when the price was low only to see Joe Biden deplete the reserves as part of his failed energy policies,” said Chauncy Brown, national political commentator.
But why? The short answer is the environment—of course.
Environmentalists, primarily from the political class, would like us to believe that Carbon Dioxide (CO2) emissions resulting from the use of fossil fuels needed for modern civilization are destroying the earth.
However, over 1,200 highly respected but skeptical scientists from all over the planet have signed the World Climate Declaration (WCD) declaring that there is no climate emergency (Icke, 2022). “We should free ourselves from the naïve belief in immature climate models,” says the WCD.
Three things you need to know about the Green Energy phenomenon:
1. So-called “Green Energy” sources are manufactured.
The promoters of Green Energy sure have done a fantastic job with the messaging. By calling solar panels, windmills, and batteries for electric cars “renewable energy” sources, the implication is these products are easily reproduced and safe for the environment. THEY ARE NOT.
We’re told that vehicles powered using fossil fuels are destroying our planet, but cars powered by batteries that are charged using fossil fuels are not. Really?
A report from The Swedish Environment Institute concluded that manufacturing batteries for electric cars contribute to a very high rate of carbon dioxide in the air. Read the full article here. (Not to mention the fact that replacing an EV battery can cost as much as $30,000!)
To go one step further, the demand for fossil fuels creates good-paying jobs for Americans from lower-income regions of the country. The demand for lithium for batteries, however, incentivizes governments that don’t have laws against child labor to exploit their citizens. I detailed this in a previous post. Read it here.
2. Fossil Fuels are the REAL renewable energy sources.
In contrast to windmills and solar panels, carbon is found naturally in the environment. Fossil fuels—coal, petroleum, natural gas, and heavy oils—contain carbon which forms as a result of Photosynthesis, the geologic process that converts organic matter into energy (Britannica, 2022).
Do you see the irony here? Products manufactured in an industry dominated by China, with a finite lifespan and reputation for being unable to be recycled, are labeled as “renewable.” Meanwhile, carbon found in nature and created through recycling dead foliage through Photosynthesis is branded as harmful to the environment!
Others are pushing a narrative that natural resources are scarce and will soon run out, but they won’t. There’s no evidence to support that these are in limited supply.
In 2019, the US Energy Information Administration noted that the US has 47 billion barrels of crude oil reserves (World Atlas). More than 30 states in the US produce oil, with Texas, North Dakota, and New Mexico at the top of the list. There is no shortage of oil in America or elsewhere.
3. The earth is not in any danger, but humanity is.
Yes, it’s true, we need to be good managers of the earth and the resources at our disposal. No one disputes that. But even proponents of renewable energy understand that it could be decades before these sources ever replace fossil fuels.
Elon Musk, Tesla CEO, warned that “civilization could crumble” if we don’t use oil and gas in the immediate future. Wow. This is the man who stands to become a quintillionaire (or something like that) if countries were to officially transition to Green Energy.
During this same interview on August 30, 2022, Musk said that “we actually need more oil & gas, not less.”
The whole extreme environmentalist narrative breaks down the further you look. If our world leaders thought that climate change was an existential threat to our existence, to their own existence, they would immediately stop flying their private jets. Fat chance.
Fossil fuels such as coal, oil, and natural gas—energy sources critically important to modern civilization—are not harming the environment. In actuality, they are a component of our ecosystem. Even fourth graders understand that CO2 is needed to feed the plants and then the plants die to create more carbon for energy.
After researching this topic over the past few months, I came to the following conclusion: Fossil fuels are part of the natural order that God established at Creation. Genesis 1:26 establishes that mankind was given dominion over the earth. God designed natural resources to serve humanity—not the other way around.
Is it plausible that radical environmentalists are following the money, not the science?
It is equally impossible to ignore that there is a concerted effort to prevent us from using these invaluable resources. But why? We’ll explore the bigger picture in the upcoming weeks.