MONTGOMERY VILLAGE, MD., November 25, 2014 – Fresh from the bashing of Democrats in the midterm elections, the Right has something else to crow about.
Google appears to have given up on its effort to use its considerable brain, funds and enterprise savvy to find a better way for renewable energy. They stopped all efforts in this realm and decided to leave it to others with more expertise. It is also possible that this action by Google was precipitated by the results of the election. There appears to be at least a logical connection between the two.
The main reason for this decision was, as elaborated by Google’s spokesmen, that they couldn’t find a way to make renewables economically feasible. Without that ability, our dependence on fossil fuels appears to be assured for the foreseeable future.
What was not said was that the future of renewables is dead.
For any logical future for the human race, we need to start developing other sources of energy outside fossil fuels. The fossil fuel resource is finite and as it becomes more scarce, it will cost more to develop and market, bringing equally higher prices for the users. We should fight the push by the fossil fuels lobbies to put us into a corner with apparently no options.
In fact there are options.
Nuclear power is safe, readily available, environmentally protective and cheap. New designs that use spent fuel cells by recharging them, known in the past as “breeder reactors”, turn this technology into a renewable one.
Countries like France depend on nuclear energy to produce about 80% of its electricity. To date there hasn’t been a break down that has caused human lives. The French sell their excess production to other countries in Europe.
An enlighten option would be to start building nuclear energy capacity while all other options remain on the table. Renewable energy will still have to be developed and supported to complement nuclear as the fossil fuel resources wane.
Another message that we should hear from the Google decision, is that it sees our government as not willing to support renewable energy sources development vigorously. All emerging technologies require special tax treatment and tax breaks to a degree not seen in the US.
An example of the support by the government that renewable energy needs to be successful is what has transcended in Germany. By the year 2000 only 6.3% of the energy in that country was produced by renewables, today in 2014 the percentage is 31%. No doubt that the efforts by Germany have been heroic, but maybe that is what is needed.
Things look rosy for the fossil fuel industry today. All regulation affecting old coal plants will be stopped by the next Congress, only 35% of the American public believe Climate Change is an important issue, cheap natural gas has all but stopped any opposition to fracking and the Congress is packed with fossil fuel election funds recipients to do their bidding. If you add to that the fact that there will be a big push to approve the Keystone pipeline once the next Congress is seated, we could be back in the 1950s.
What we have to be careful about is what will be coming in the next decade or two or maybe even sooner when the chickens will come home to roost. Eventually the price of coal, oil and gas will start going up and we may find ourselves with a few or no alternatives. We will find ourselves paying more and having to correct the mistakes allowed in our thirst for cheap dirty energy.
The public should educate itself about Nuclear Energy and evaluate the current fear of it as just another subterfuge by the fossil fuel lobby to keep us hooked. We should also support renewable energy development since hydrocarbons are a limited resource.
Mario Salazar, the 21st Century Pacifist, is a strong proponent of Nuclear Energy to break our fossil fuel dependence. He can be found at Twitter (@chibcharus), Google+ and Facebook (Mario Salazar).
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