Wednesday, March 10, 2010

5 Reasons to Drop Fossil Fuels other than Global Warming

(Picture from here.)

It continues to boggle my mind that Americans resist the whole global warming issue. I mean, we're no longer a scientifically literate country so I understand how emotions can trump rational thought. But there are so many reasons to pursue the course required by global warming I'm surprised to find people raring back on their heels and sticking their faces in the mud.

Remember, moving away from fossil fuels means moving away from energy dependence. It's not like we're going to run a big undersea extension cord to Saudi Arabia. When you look at it that way, global warming is just one of the reasons we should run, not walk
For the moment, let's just presume that there is no global warming. Let's look at moving away from fossil fuels:
  1. The USA becomes energy independent.
  2. The USA becomes politically independent. (Hint: follows from #1.)
  3. Issues of air and water pollution become much more manageable.
  4. Gasoline price spikes become a thing of the past.
  5. The USA becomes a leader of something-- as opposed to just watching our intellect and capabilities waft over to Europe and China.
All five of these goals are shared by progressives and conservatives. Even the air and water pollution. Nobody wants to breathe smog or drink bad water.

You'd think they'd embrace these. Forget the global warming-- these are still good goals and ones that we should target.

But we don't.

The only thing I've come up with is that the political theme park that is DC has no time for actually attacking problems that they, themselves, have said are important.

They just have time for attacking.
Wall of Idiots
Politics and wind power
Sinking Minnesota
Health Care Summit Inflation and here
WWE and politics
League of American Voters
Judicial Watch
Former Nevada state senator Sue Lowden
V: Lies about Obama and guns
Danish newspaper Politiken and here
Eric Massa
Liz Cheney

Links of Interest
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A guide to the Origin of Species
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Where HIV hides
Afghanistan's endangered species list
Artificial islands
Ultra efficient gasoline engine
Physics and time
Science and tech. of air traffic control

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