The Hydrocarbon (Oil, Gas and Coal) Industries have always turned a blind eye to the hazards of extraction, transportation, burning and waste products associated with their businesses. By overlooking the aforementioned problems, and the costs of their direct and indirect consequences, supporters of hydrocarbon usage have presented a cost/benefit (of using hydrocarbons) analysis that is favorable when compared to renewable energy (Wind, Solar and Conservation).
This lie has been told for so long and by so many that it is readily confused with truth. The hydrocarbon industry has continuously promoted this lie for its own benefit.
It is well past time to tell the truth and reduce problems and pollution, while actually growing sustainable industries and jobs!
Wind and solar must be built, installed, operated and maintained; job creation. Wind energy is captured by wind turbines of various designs well overhead of people and local buildings. Some claim that birds are hurt and killed by these turbines, without any known evidence, while showing no regard at all for the creatures (including people) hurt or killed just by automobiles using gas or diesel fuels; both are hydrocarbons.
Distributed electricity generation (net metered: roof top, solar panels or local, small to reasonably enormous wind turbines) require additional, intelligent distribution grids; more jobs created...
Conservation, wind and solar (distributed generation of electricity) present direct threats to the profit margins of oil, gas and large (enormous) utility companies and therefore have been, and will continue to be, resisted by any means they feel are needed; honesty be damned.
To restore and preserve the health of the only planet we have (and all the people, plants and animals that must live here) we must recognize the Climate Change that we the people have caused (there is no need to believe, because the evidence is everywhere) and change our ways. This not only grows the economy, it reduces health care needs and costs as well.
This is one of the prime reasons for government: enforced regulation of industry. Industries are in the business of making money and they, too often, will not take responsibility for their actions if it might reduce profit margins.
Register and Vote in every election for the people you think will do the best job in elected office. Remember, if your vote were not important no one would be trying to make voting more difficult. In 2008 and 2012 a concerted effort was made to purchase the Presidency of these United States for industry friendly candidates; both efforts were defeated by voters.
Give, “Hope and Change,” a Chance… and a Push!
Turning TX Blue in 2014!