America is in fast pursuit of President Biden’s stated goal “to get rid of fossil fuels” as part of the Green New Deal’s (GND) plan to deploy massive numbers of wind turbines and solar panels to provide electricity to run the world. But there’s one big catch: Everything in our materialistic lives and economies cannot exist without crude oil, coal, and natural gas.
Everything that needs electricity, from lights, vehicles, iPhones, defibrillators, computers, telecommunications, etc., are all made with derivatives manufactured from crude oil.
The need for electricity will decrease over time without crude oil. With no new things to power, and the deterioration of current things made with oil derivatives over the next few decades and centuries, the existing items that need electricity will not have replacement parts. They will ultimately become obsolete and the need for electricity will diminish accordingly.
The Green New Deal proposal calls on the federal government to wean the United States from fossil fuels and focus on electricity from wind and solar. But why? What will there be to power in the future without fossil fuels?
Rather than list the more than 6,000 products made from the oil derivatives manufactured from crude oil, I will let the readers list things that are not dependent on oil derivatives but that will need electricity. They can begin listing them here ______ ________ _______.
And by the way, crude oil came before electricity. The electricity that came after the discovery of oil, is comprised of components made with those same oil derivatives from crude oil. Thus, getting rid of crude oil also eliminates our ability to make wind turbines, solar panels, as well as those vehicles intended to be powered by an EV battery.
Today, Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) divesting from fossil fuels are all the rage with big banks, Wall Street firms, and financial institutions. The goal is to sell off investments in coal, natural gas, and crude oil. Both President Biden and the United Nations support allowing banks and investment giants to collude to reshape economies and our energy infrastructure toward electricity provided by wind and solar, and little else.
A forced reduction in the use of coal, natural gas, and crude oil would lead us to life as it was without the crude oil infrastructure and those products made from oil that did not exist before 1900, i.e., the decarbonized world that existed in the 1800’s and before when life was hard, and life expectancy was short.
Ridding the world of crude oil would result in less manufactured oil derivatives and, as a consequence, less of all the following essential items:
- The 50,000 heavy-weight and long-range merchant ships that are moving products throughout the world.
- The 50,000 heavy-weight and long-range jets used by commercial airlines, private owners, and the military.
- The wind turbines and solar panels for the Green New Deal, as they too are made with oil derivatives from crude oil.
- Pesticides to control locusts and other pests.
- Tires for billions of vehicles.
- Asphalt for millions of miles of roads.
- Medications and medical equipment.
- Water filtration systems.
- Sanitation systems.
- Communications systems, including cell phones, computers, iPhones, and iPads.
- The number of cruise ships that now move 25 million passengers around the world.
- The space program.
Before we rid the world of all three fossil fuels of coal, natural gas, and crude oil, the greenies need to identify the replacement or clone for crude oil, to keep the world’s population of 8 billion fed and healthy, and economies running with the more than 6,000 products now made with manufactured derivatives from crude oil. That includes the fuels required to satisfy the long-range needs of the more than 50,000 jets and 50,000 merchant ships listed above, and our energy-hungry military and space programs.
Open government policies should be focused on reducing our usage, via both conservation and improved efficiencies, to reduce not eliminate crude oil, and shrink its footprint as much as practical and possible. It’s truly the only plan that will work.
Wind and solar may be able to generate electricity from breezes and sunshine, but they cannot manufacture anything. Again, what is the need for the Green New Deal’s electricity from breezes and sunshine when you have nothing new to power in the future?
Ronald Stein is an author, engineer, and energy expert who writes frequently on issues of energy and economics. Ron serves as a Policy advisor for The Heartland Institute on Energy, and national TV commentator on energy and infrastructure with Rick Amato.
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