Gulf exists between need for fuel and so-called ‘clean energy’

Perhaps the first thing that should go from the political and scientific lexicon is the obnoxious — well, it would be obnoxious if it weren’t oh-so asinine first — phrase “clean energy.”

Anyone who paid even the slightest amount of attention in introductory physics knows that “clean” and “energy” mix every bit as smoothly as “snake” and “oil.”

In other words, there is no such thing as clean energy.

Evidently, this simple truth evades our most complex of policy makers who still blither about “clean energy” and are vacantly unaware they make no sense.

It will come as no surprise to anyone who pays attention that when you drill into geologic structures hidden 5,000 feet beneath the waves, you undertake an extraordinary risk. Especially if you hit what you’re looking for.

Oddly enough, oil, which is under extreme pressure will, if given a chance, escape at high velocity,  as we have seen from the live video feeds showing crude oil spewing from the broken Deepwater Horizon rig like helium from a punctured balloon.

Just as it’s difficult to stop the helium from escaping because of the pressure imbalance, it’s difficult to simply plug a gusher, as is the case with the Deepwater Horizon well.

The damage from the spewing well is unmistakable and horrific. It’s likely that someday the fisheries will return, but that day is far off.

In the meantime, the energy stored in oil that would have fueled a modern hydrocarbon economy now is choking an entire population.

What this underscores is remarkable complacency on several levels.

For all the present administration’s criticism of the last one, it seemed to accept without question the regulatory techniques it inherited. The Obama administration even gave the Deepwater Horizon a safety award, for heaven’s sake.

On another level, it seems reasonable to observe that the Obama administration considers fossil fuels to be so 1960s, while it is ever so 2020s. Why should the feds take fossil fuels seriously when they’re so near being replaced, per federal order?

Yet so-called “clean” biomaterials and biofuels now replace 0.2 percent of petroleum products such as gasoline, diesel, and polyethylene. That’s per the people who have much invested in them at

Think that the spill isn’t taken seriously?

Then is it too late to wonder why the oil floating to the top wasn’t set afire? The effect on global air quality wouldn’t touch the 1 percent mark of the emissions from the volcano in Iceland, which is releasing pressure from bowels of the Earth far deeper and more significant than those in the crust tapped by the oil well. Think of how nice it would have been to spare those industries that live in harmony with the Earth, like commercial shrimping, which would be a lot less commercial without diesel.

Now we’re to believe that there’s a better, safer way in what is euphemistically called “clean energy.”

Last time we looked, the production of “clean energy” in the form of corn ethanol was creating a dead zone in, guess where? The same Gulf of Mexico into which the Deepwater Horizon well is gushing without inhibition.

Solar energy taps into the most powerful source of energy within 93 million miles. That’s not to be sniffed at, but clean it ain’t.

We can’t tap the sun without digging into the Earth to find rare earths — gold and other elements needed to translate its power into electricity and other. Ditto wind power. Let’s not even talk about nukes.

When you look to harness energy, there always is a risk of disaster.

That doesn’t mean you don’t do it, just that you take every precaution to prevent a tragedy and make every effort to limit its consequence afterwards.

When the most imaginative idea the administration can muster is to summon for advice a film director, James Cameron, whose qualifying credential is working on a movie called “Titanic,” it becomes pretty clear that the people in charge don’t know snake oil from shinola and don’t care too, either..


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