And I will keep my comments directed at the USA. We are, by far, the cleanest (to a fault) industrialized nation in the world. We have developed techniques that allow for the clean use of the dirtiest of fuels. And yet, we have folks that want to regress to a time when the only energy was fire and water. Could America attained such greatness without fossil fuels? Could we have fought and won two world wars? Or created a standard of living that is second to none? The answer is simply no. All of the things we take for granted is due to inexpensive fuels. From the variety of food and clothes that are found in our stores, to the terrific trifecta of transportation that allows us all to enjoy longer vacations, and more job opportunities: Planes trains and automobiles. Yup think wagons, horses, and balloons would provide the same ultra-convenient life style?
This is not to say we can’t incorporate wind,water, and solar power into our lives. Heck, I think all new homes should have solar panels. Nothing wrong with tossing a few windmills on the mountain tops. But it is societal suicide to suspend, or retard the use of fuels that helped build, and would take us beyond the already altitudinous standard of leaving we now have. We have more natural gas, and crude under our feet, than has ever been extracted from the entire planet to date. If we would develop the industry, we would be able to pay our national bills, with enough left over to appease the 53% of the population who likes to give crap away to those who don’t do crap to earn it. How is this not a win win, win situation?