Let’s ignore global warming

Blogs are occasionally sent to this website questioning the need for energy efficiency and renewable energy since global warming is a hoax.  Seriously?  Is global warming the only reason for energy efficiency and renewable energy?

Look, whether or not you personally believe in global warming should be completely irrelevant to the issue of energy efficiency and renewable energy.  So let’s just forget about global warming.  Is there any other reason why we might want to transition to an efficient, renewable energy based economy? Actually, there are a number of totally compelling reasons to immediately transition to an efficient, renewable energy based economy that have nothing to do with global warming: 

Economic
Do you think it is economically healthy or sustainable for America to spend $190+ billion per year to import billions of barrels of oil and trillions of cubic feet of natural gas just to keep this country going?  That money is ransom we pay to the oil producing countries so our economy doesn’t get murdered, with the oil companies serving as bag men. 

Geo-political
Do we really, really want to give that much power and control over our economic well-being to a few countries run by repressive regimes with contempt for America and the western way of life?  What is so wrong with America being more energy independent and less dependent on those countries?!

Strategic
It is an undeniable fact that there is a finite amount of oil, natural gas, uranium and coal in the world.  Which means they will run out.  OK, then what?  How do we replace them?  How long will it take to transition to the replacement energy sources?  How long do we wait to start transitioning to the replacement energy sources?  What happens to the American economy and our way of life if fossil fuels start to run out before we have transitioned to a renewable energy based economy?  Why shouldn’t we use replacement energy sources that can’t be depleted?  What even slightly rational reason is there to delay for even one minute our inevitable transition to an efficient, renewable energy based economy?  Especially considering the above economic and geo-political issues.

Societal
What is so bad about the American people using less energy and having lower utility bills?  Implementing energy efficiency measures would accomplish both of those goals.  Installing renewable energy systems at their homes would allow the American people to be more self-reliant and energy independent.  Except, perhaps, from the perspective of the big utility companies, is that so terrible?

About the Author

Mark H. Witte is a strong proponent for energy efficiency and renewable energy, and believes individuals should have more control over how the energy for their homes is produced.