The Dark Cloud of Going Green
- Apr 21, 2021 3:19 pm GMT
I was invited by a LinkedIn member to share the following post he read on my page. Having been involved in multiple projects, including the one to assist customers with natural gas availability to convert from electric to get them off the grid, I have becoming acutely aware that there are many fingers in the wind (no pun intended) gauging the next big answer to the alleged carbon woes. Sadly, the wind seems driven by "investments" from the Federal Government. If those funds were removed, would we have so many jumping on the green energy bandwagon? I seriously doubt it. In other posts on different sites, I have called into question the pressure of Americans to be the energy guineau pigs, especially now with the intense trajectory expected with Biden's infrastructure mandates. If the goal is to truly reduce carbon emissions, then why isn't anyone putting pressure on China? America's largest importer of goods is China, outpacing exponentially our own production under cleaner energy use. China is the greatest offender of any nation and yet we enable them by the continual purchasing of their products, including many of the components needed for green energy like solar panels and wind turbines. The level of hypocrisy is mind-boggling. The level of acceptance without question is even more staggering. The following is my LinkedIn post (which is not as long as my intro):
It is inevitable that solar and wind, which have too many variables, will fail without a viable means of storage...queue California’s energy woes. This means hospitals, manufacturing, etc, come to a halt when the conditions are not favorable. Yet, what happens when the power goes out? They fire up their gas or diesel generators. Natural gas and oil are essential to sustainability, not just for jobs, but daily life, and it can be achieved responsibly. To eliminate them is a pipe dream of epic proportions and an assault on the poor and middle class. I also question why geothermal energy is never in the conversation. As someone who heats and cools with a geothermal system, I can attest to the fact that my kWh use is half in my current home, which is twice the square footage of my previous home.
The ability to purchase carbon credits is a farce and divides the classes. When the John Kerry’s and Al Gore’s, along with the other privileged politicians, CEO’s and celebrities of the world give up their private jets as a tangible display of their commitment, maybe the rest of us can take this feel good rhetoric seriously.