Tuesday, February 23, 2010
Why is President Obama supporting more drilling, more coal, and more nukes? I can tell you -- in one sentence each -- why these are the wrong paths for our energy policy.
# 1. Offshore Drilling: Every known drop of oil in the U.S. makes up less than 2% of the world's remaining supply, yet we consume 25% of the world's oil, meaning no matter how much we drill, we won't have enough to be sustainable.
# 2. Coal: We have plenty of coal, but its CO2 emissions are responsible for global warming, and the ways of getting coal have leveled hundreds of mountains and poisoned hundreds of miles of waterways -- oh, and the technology the coal industry refers to when talking about 'clean coal' doesn't exist.
# 3. Nuclear: Yes, nukes are almost CO2 emission-free, but we have no guarantee that nuclear waste can be safely stored for the length of time it's toxic, and one nuclear accident is all it takes to kill millions.
And that's just off the top of my head. And, one more thing, so nobody accuses us of nay-saying, there's enough sunfall in the United States to power the entire world, add to that wind and geothermal and our energy needs are taken care of -- if we go down that path.
So please, take a minute right now, and tell President Obama he needs to stick to the right path -- clean, renewable energy -- and not fall for the lies of the dirty energy industry:
Thank you -- and after you send your message, please help out by passing this message along to your friends and family, and invite them to take part as well.
If you turn on a light switch 10,000 times, 7.98 of those times, it was thanks to solar power, and 33.59 it was thanks to wind power. The rest is nukes and fossil fuel.
1. In 2007, according to the Department of Energy, 84.9% of our energy comes from fossil fuels. This includes coal (22.43%), coal coke (.02%), natural gas (23.28%), and petroleum (39.77%)
2. In 2007, nuclear power accounted for 8.29% of our energy
3. In 2007, 6.71% of our energy came from 'renewable sources', this includes biomass (3.54%), biofuels (1.01%), waste (.42%), wood (2.11%), geothermal (.34%), hydroelectric (2.41%), solar (.08%), and wind (.34%)
Instead of investing yet more billions in energy sources that are dirty, unreliable, and already make up the vast majority of our energy sources (fossil fuels and nukes account for 93.18% of our energy), why not go with the new clean, and underutilized energy sources?
Environmental Action Organizer