Climate change, global warming, or any other "evolving" catch phrase, falls along the most over preached "impending doom" story or our time. Before that, it was solar flares, asteroids, aliens, lack of freshwater, killer bees, overpopulation, etc. If we don't do something right now, they [many environmentalists, scientists, media channels, White House, Al Gore, and the IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change)] say there will be devastation across the globe.
Imagine if we follow their lead and forget their scandals thus far [ClimateGate1, ClimateGate2, and Al Gore's Inconvenient Truth]. Even if the U.S. had zero emissions, it would have a negligible effect on the burgeoning world. The U.S. has already cut its emissions dramatically and further reductions would come at an enormous cost to consumers. Moving from current levels to zero would do essentially nothing on a global scale.
Additional coal regulations are going to lead to big jumps in utility rates for electricity. The same advocates of increased regulations and alternative energy mandates demand more use of windmills and solar panels. While windmills kill hundreds of thousands of birds and solar panels fry many others, pipelines and electrical lines have been held up for a single nest of hatching eagles or an endangered toad.
The number of birds killed by wind turbines ranges from a low of 100,000 birds/year to 440,000 birds/year (calculated by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service). If 20% of the nation’s electricity comes from wind power by 2030, the American Bird Conservancy estimates that wind turbines will kill at least one million birds per year, probably significantly more.
Ethanol takes more fossil fuel to produce than it returns in energy. Algae is off the table indefinitely until its price is remotely affordable.
According to 2012 EIA (Energy Information Administration) figures, slightly more than 42% of U.S. electrical power came from coal, 25% from natural gas, 19% from nuclear, about 3.4% from wind, and about 0.11% from solar. Both wind and solar are unreliable time-of-day, season and weather-dependent, as well as geographically very limited, typically in areas remote from urban population centers where demands are greatest. They are also very cost-inefficient compared with coal, natural gas, and nuclear, requiring heavy subsidies and utility mandates to even begin “leveling” fields of competitive pricing.
With its abundant oil and natural gas possibilities, the U.S. should be drilling and stabilizing our fuel resources. Neighbors Mexico and Canada are also friendly, reliable sources of additional oil. The Middle East, on the other hand, has been depleting their oil for decades and has economies completely dependent on it. They will develop alternative energies to survive or have acquire oil themselves in the future. Saudi Arabia has already invested more than a $100 million in solar technology. Why should the United States destroy its economy and individual lifestyles while it sits on oil and natural gas that is conservatively estimated to last more than 100 years? Accounting for known resources from Canada and Mexico, that period expands significantly. During that time, technology is already in the works that would convert coal to liquefied gas (similar to natural gas). The U.S. has the largest coal reserves in the world, by far, that would extend our resources well out into the future.
Why should we go backwards in fuel efficiency when we are a country blessed with fossil fuels? Only fools would use more expensive fuels, when a readily, plentiful source of cheaper fuel exists. The fact that the U.S. is drowning in debt with a national debt of $17.5 trillion, and unfunded liabilities of $117 trillion for Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security, requires employment that only drilling would bring. Inflation, as proven, rises when fuel prices rise. Forcing an economy dependent on fossil fuels to higher cost alternative fuels is inflationary in nature. Why would you willingly accept a nickels' worth or energy for a dollar, when you can get a dollars' worth for a dollar?