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On This Earth Day, Thank Mother Earth for the Gift of Fossil Fuels

Today’s Campaign Update

(Because The Campaign Never Ends)

Today is Earth Day, and it is the perfect time to celebrate the natural resources like oil, natural gas and coal, which are gifts to humanity from Mother Earth herself.  These indispensable drivers of modern society will no doubt be demonized today amid all the frightful doom and gloom predictions that will be launched by environmental activists and repeated by various media outlets.

All the vitriol directed at these fossil fuels by the environmental community notwithstanding, it is a simple fact that our prosperous, modern, energy-hungry society was made possible by the existence of these fuels.  Without the discovery of and ability to produce fossil fuels, it is likely that mankind would still be mired in a primitive form of existence, reliant on burning wood for heat, horses for transportation, and still living largely in the dark after nightfall.

Without the miracle of the petroleum-fueled internal combustion engine, there would be no automobiles – or primitive ones at best – dirigibles would probably still be our main mode of air transportation, there would have been no space program to drive all the technological advancement of the second half of the 20th century.  Without those things, there would be no high tech industry to speak of, no Internet, and thus no ability to read what I’m writing here.

But what about wind, solar and nuclear?  The production of modern wind turbines, solar panels and nuclear power plants is extremely energy-intensive enterprises, and is by and large powered by the burning of fossil fuels.  In other words, without the massive energy levels generated by the fossil fuel chicken, the “green” energy eggs would not have been possible.  Few of those gigantic wind turbines you see dotting landscapes across America will, in their entire useful lifetime, generate as much power as was required to fabricate them, transport them to their locations, and erect them.

And on this particular day we should all be doubly thankful for the recent discovery of the means – hydraulic fracturing, combined with horizontal drilling – of producing oil and natural gas from shale rock formations.  Because while Europe continues to struggle with failing “cap and trade” carbon trading schemes that haven’t reduced that continent’s greenhouse gas emissions, those same emissions have been reduced in the US to pre-1994 levels through increased use of natural gas in the power generation sector.  Thus, while radicals in the “green” community have done everything they can to turn “fracking” into their cause du jour for limiting or banning, the product of their boogeyman has done more to clean the air through the free market than any of the myriad command and control regulations issued by the Environmental Protection Agency.

So on this 49th celebration of Earth Day, let’s all try to remember that one of the greatest gifts Mother Earth has ever given us is the fossil fuels that make such worldwide celebrations possible.

Meanwhile, as you will no doubt be assaulted all day today with all manner of frightful scenarios about our future environmental challenges, you might find it edifying to review similar pronouncements made by the environmental luminaries of the day at the inaugural Earth Day celebration:

“Demographers agree almost unanimously on the following grim timetable: by 1975 widespread famines will begin in India; these will spread by 1990 to include all of India, PakistanChina and the Near East, Africa. By the year 2000, or conceivably sooner, South and Central America will exist under famine conditions….By the year 2000, thirty years from now, the entire world, with the exception of Western Europe, North America, and Australia, will be in famine.” – Peter Gunter, professor, North Texas State University

“It is already too late to avoid mass starvation.”  – Denis Hayes, chief organizer for Earth Day

“Population will inevitably and completely outstrip whatever small increases in food supplies we make. The death rate will increase until at least 100-200 million people per year will be starving to death during the next ten years.” — Stanford University biologist Paul Ehrlich

“Most of the people who are going to die in the greatest cataclysm in the history of man have already been born… [By 1975] some experts feel that food shortages will have escalated the present level of world hunger and starvation into famines of unbelievable proportions. Other experts, more optimistic, think the ultimate food-population collision will not occur until the decade of the 1980s.” — Paul Ehrlich

And my very favorite of them all:

“By the year 2000, if present trends continue, we will be using up crude oil at such a rate…that there won’t be any more crude oil. You’ll drive up to the pump and say, `Fill ‘er up, buddy,’ and he’ll say, `I am very sorry, there isn’t any.’” – Kenneth Watt, Ecologist

Have a great Earth Day today.

Just another day in fossil-fueled America.

That is all.

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8 thoughts on “On This Earth Day, Thank Mother Earth for the Gift of Fossil Fuels

  1. jadon - April 22, 2018

    every earth day people are compelled to write pieces like this. why? do you think environmentalists think it’s bad that the industrial revolution happened? did you write this piece in a daze after inhaling a bunch of car exhaust to own “the libs”?

    1. David Blackmon - April 22, 2018

      You just answered your own question, though I am positive you have no idea why.

      1. jafon - April 22, 2018

        No I get it, you hate environmentalists and think that being an obnoxious contrarian is the same as bring clever or incisive. It’s not.

    2. Matthew F - April 22, 2018

      jadon: do you think environmentalists think it’s bad that the industrial revolution happened?

      answer: most of them openly say that, yes, in fact most openly impugn any kind of industrial, technological or commercial progress as being bad for the planet, its something that’s repeated ad-nauseum.

      The dirty little secret that most environmentalists don’t want to concede (because it takes them off their ‘holier than thou’ platform) is that we all want to be great stewards of our planet. Most of us just choose to do it in very practical means, recycling our garbage, reusing what we can instead of buying into the great CO2 hoax that is modern environmentalism.

      An article like this is a great reminder that practicality and common sense will trump environmentalist wishful thinking every day of the week. It also serves as a reminder of all those huge doom and gloom promises that were made decades ago that never came to fruition, and not because we made any kind of dent in co2 , but because we continued to modernize, and industrialize and commercialize land to produce even more food and humanitarian goods than ever before.

      We can still do better as planetary stewards as well, through more practical technology as it develops.

  2. Brett Thompson - April 22, 2018

    President Trump said: “Energy is abundant and affordable.” The earth we inhabit perpetually produces oil, natural gas and coal no matter what theory you follow. All the environmentalists have done is speed up the use of fossil fuel energy to create energy machines and technology that is mostly not environmentally friendly or economical. I myself would not exist if it were not for oil, gas and coal. I can’t say the same for wind turbines or other ‘so called’ green energy. On this Earth day we really have two things to worry about, our Sun and our surrounding Universe.

  3. Sam Morgan - April 24, 2018

    Fossil fuels are not fossil.
    Strong evidence exists that petroleum is abiotic. Please research the biotic oil vs abiotic oil controversy. Appears Russian scientists have a strong case that ‘fossil’ fuels are NOT ‘fossil’.

    1. Brett Thompson - April 24, 2018

      Bingo. The Earth naturally produces oil, natural gas and coal from it’s molten core. We will never run out of it.

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