23 Jul 11 - Americans need to be aware that major environmental
organizations such as the Sierra Club and Friends of the Earth are
desperate to maintain the fictions required to deprive the U.S. of the
energy it needs to function.
New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg just gave $50 million to the Sierra
Club to support its “Beyond Coal” campaign. Bloomberg actually thinks
it’s a good thing the Sierra Club has managed to stop 150 coal-burning
plants from being built. Meanwhile, during the current heat wave,
providers of electricity are worrying whether they can continue to meet
the increased demand for it. Coal provides 50% of all the electricity we
use in America.
How stupid or evil do you have to be to stop building the plants that
provide electricity at a time when the population and the demand for it
is rising? Must America become a third world nation with rolling
blackouts and brownouts?
Friends of the Earth are in a panic that Republicans might actually get
the U.S. government to cut back on the insane spending that has put the
nation on the edge of sovereign default. Lately they’re claiming that
Majority Leader, Eric Candor (R-VA) “is threatening to sink the American
economy and undermine environmental protections so that his wealthy
friends, including big oil corporations, can keep sitting on their
That’s the same Big Oil that hasn’t been able to build a single new
refinery in the U.S. since the 1970s. That’s the same Big Oil that has
seen ten oil rigs leave the Gulf of Mexico since the May 2010 Obama
“moratorium” for drilling sites in Egypt, Congo, French Guiana, Liberia,
Nigeria, and Brazil. They took a lot of jobs and revenue with them,
If you wanted to destroy America, all you have to do is make it
impossible to access several century’s worth of its own huge reserves of
coal and the billions of barrels of oil inland and offshore that would,
indeed, make America more energy independent.
The next time anyone speaks about “sustainability”, they are talking
about turning out the lights and emptying the highways of America. The
next time anyone talks about “the environment”, they mean the same
So, remember, it’s just a heat wave. It will end just like all the
others and, in a few months, we will all be talking about the blizzards.
© Alan Caruba, 2011