A Personal Observation – Dog Days of Fuel
July 7, 2012 2 Comments
As I write this, there are dark clouds on the horizon. We’re going to get some rain, but from the looks of it, nothing like what they’re getting in the States. The last few weeks down there have been brutal. Between the intense heat, and then the storms that follow, one would begin to wonder if the end of the world is coming.
Sorry, religious fanatics, it’s not.
I consider myself to be an amateur meteorologist. I’m always looking up at the sky or checking out weather data on the Weather Network and if there’s a show on television about weather, I’m watching it. Usually to the great disappointment of Sithboy. I know that thunderstorms like the ones happening down in the States are a product of the hot humid temperatures, and that hurricanes are the planets way of distributing the excess heat.
I also know that burning fossil fuels doesn’t help any. Now before you go rolling your eyes (I can hear that y’know. I’m a mother), I’m not stupid. We need energy in order to run the planet, but I think we should be looking at renewable energy and the technology that goes with it, and not relying on oil and coal. I cringe every time I see that ad on the American news channel about how coal is abundant, cheap and clean. One word-
First, coal is not abundant. It isn’t. Don’t be fooled. Coal, like oil is a limited commodity. Once it’s used up there’s no coal or oil fairy who can wave her magic wand and *p00f* more coal and oil. It’s good to have as a secondary option, but we have to move away from it.
Second, cheap and clean? Really? So the blood and lives of those who have died mining coal from the ground mean nothing? Are worth nothing? Not to mention the forest that are strip mined to get at coal and oil? They have to cut down trees, and considering trees help to reduce carbon emissions, isn’t that like cutting off your nose in spite of your face?
Nuclear is good and can supply a lot more energy than coal or oil. Yes, I know it can be dangerous and before you cite the Japanese plant that was damaged in the tsunami, did you know that the plant could have withstood the tsunami? That the meltdown was a result of man-made error?
‘It said the response “betrayed the nation’s right to be safe from nuclear accidents,” and was the result of collusion between the government, regulators and the utility itself that allowed lax preparation and precautions.’
Again, this is all about money; as in how to make it, and spend as little as possible to keep the energy going. I’m not saying wind turbines and solar panels are the only technologies we should be using, but I think we need to stretch our minds and think outside the energy box. The energy industry has to stop thinking with the bottom line and start thinking survival.