I’ve been hearing a lot about global warming (aka climate change) during the past several years: and that a lot of bad things are going to happen to us in 50 years: We are going to burn up, freeze or drown. Take your pick.
Perhaps a history/reality lesson would be in order, especially for the kids who don’t get it in school. They appear to be taught that the world would be perfect if we didn’t use fossil fuels.
Fossil fuels are the ONLY reason we have the life we have today. Without them there wouldn’t be any trees, whales, dolphins, tigers, or any other endangered species. We would have stripped them from Earth long ago, for food and clothing. When I was a youngster we cut and burned at least 10 large trees a winter just to heat one room in the house. Multiply that by millions. Not to mention clearing the land for crops.
So what would a treeless Earth look like? We would be living in mud huts and burning dung for heat. Clean water would be nonexistent. The rivers would flow with animal and human waste. If that appeals to you, I hear there are places in Africa where you can still live like that. The lifestyle, medicines, and food sources we rely on would not be possible. Most of us wouldn’t exist. If we had been born, disease would have killed us before the age of 2 like the many gravestones I saw, years ago, from the early 1900s. Age 60 was a rare stone to see.
The clean air and water we enjoy today IS because of fossil fuels. I heard someone say recently that it was OK for wind generators to kill eagles, but people shouldn’t kill them. WHAT? Also, they say we must eliminate cattle because they generate methane gas. I guess we’ll have to eat the grass. Food – now there’s another interesting con, but perhaps a topic for another time.
I worked in several industries in my career. We made insulation, steel, plastic, and oil products (gasoline). Try going without any of these for a day or an hour. We always used as little fuel as possible because the cost of it reduced profit margins. That’s how a free market works.
I write this primarily for my grandchildren, since the truth is hard to find in the media they are exposed to. So, take a knee and thank God that he filled Earth’s fuel tank eons ago (or maybe that too was coincidence). Then, find ways to conserve what we have until someone comes up with a viable alternative, driven by the free market and not politics.
Make no mistake: if fusion was found to be viable tomorrow, the political left would cripple it like they have done with nuclear power. The reason has nothing to do about the energy. It’s about power and money.
Dave Copenhaver is a resident of Fort Mill.