Regardless of climate change, we need sustainable energy.
Regardless of climate change, we need sustainable energy –
The number one reason offered to support sustainable, renewable energy is of course, the concept of climate change. The reason people readily bring out this line of argument is that it seems, on its face, the strongest.
After all, if you are going to be burning forests, or using up a lot of oil, this releases a lot of carbon in the air. Carbon starts trapping solar heat, and all of a sudden, the ice caps are melting, and islands start to disappear. This unleashes a tidal wave, both figuratively and literally, of nasty, natural, climactic devastation.
What’s to argue about? There are many weaknesses to that scenario, and it’s not really the point of this article to poke holes in that argument. What I am saying is that besides whatever perceived climactic emergency that we may encounter in the not-so-distant future, there are other reasons that should push us to a more sustainable energy policy. It doesn’t have to involve the end of the world or something dramatic.
The fact that heavy resource extraction plays a big role in cultural disruption should give
planners at the local, regional and national level some reason to pause for thought and understand that their decision doesn’t take place in a vacuum. They should also understand that their decision is not free-floating and completely unconnected to everything else in the region, as well as in the world. There are all sorts of social disruptions involved in mass scale extraction of energy.
This also involves political issues because a lot of the geopolitical problems that we have now really boils down to the fact that energy generation, by and large, is a monolith. A large chunk of the world’s electrical energy is produced through oil.
Something has to give, and by looking at the big picture, we could see that sustainable energy has a lot going for it. Even though it does cost more than traditional sources of energy, it also frees us from the often predictable side effects of a total dependence on only one source of energy. It also distances us from the negative consequences of such obstructive mindset and practices.
The good news with sustainable energy is that once it reaches a certain critical threshold, mindsets start to change, and it’s going to be very hard to change back. It creates its own ecosystem of accepted economic realities. These are realities that we would economically pay for.
You have to understand that we’re always making this choice. Don’t think for a second that everything you see around you is a logical choice of always looking for the most efficient economic result. That’s not true.
For instance, when you look at a highway in the United States, the speed limit is set in such a way that if they were to remove or allow it to be lowered or raised, it would have a tremendous impact on the number of people dying on the highways every single year. That’s a choice.
Accordingly, understand that there are always choices being made. It may seem that the government is making the best choices now which are not necessarily the truth.