Usually I look for and read stuff related to alternative energy, electric cars, things that aren’t that obtrusive to the environment and that don’t harm our children and our planet’s future health. I have never thought for one second that in the 21st century someone can say:
“Oil, not Alternative Energy, is the Future”
For all of you who’ve been reading my blog for the past few years, please let me express my feelings about this statement in a messenger-esque style: ” =)) =)) =))”
Oh… my… God… period. This sentence has been used by Fortune magazine and OnEarth (ironically), an environment-related publication. I read it on smallcapnetwork.com, where (please excuse this) a square-headed editor by the name of Jonathan Yates actually supported this statement and even reasoned it with “logical,” business arguments.
His “logical” arguments were smoked ones, however. Read them here:
There are other costs to alternative energy that does not come with utilizing oil. Installing a wind mill for wind energy requires a major construction project. It is noisy during the building phase and afterwards. The turbines are very noisy as they turn. In addition, the blades kill birds. Wind mills must also be at least 30-feet higher than the closest structure. If a tree is 60-feet high, you are talking about a 90-foot wind tower.
“The blades kill birds!” Oh, yeah? Is that why we shouldn’t build wind turbines anymore? Cool… Mr. Yates, if people would have stopped researching how to make gasoline engines less polluting and more powerful, then nowadays we’d still be driving the Model T.
“The turbines are very noisy as they turn.” – BS, these are nonsense stories made up by angry peasants and have in rare cases proven to be true.
So, two of the reasons why we shouldn’t pursue alternative energy are because it costs a lot to build a turbine and because a turbine creates noise and occasionally kills a sleepy bird.
How many birds have oil spills killed? Numbers, anyone? How many lung cancers and countless other diseases have been caused by air pollution from factories and smoking cars? How about the noise pollution in larger cities? How’s that for a change?
Of course alternative energy “only provides energy in the low single digits in the United States,” of course, that’s because the government has been historically investing in oil and subsidizing it more than it has been investing and subsidizing clean energy!
And I could rant about this forever… I’ve been writing for more than four years about alternative technology and convinced myself that this is the way, regardless of how profitable oil companies seem to be…
I really don’t know how educated people can think like that nowadays. They think it’s all about politics. And they really got me mad this time.