I am tired of city council members that thoughtlessly squander months of people’s time, energy, and resources, only to string along their constituents, teasing a vote that the council never had any intention of making. The same council members, time and again, string constituents along, not in favor of their constituents, but in favor of industry.
The American oil boom started in 1859. We do not currently rely on the tools, technology, and wisdom of what was available in 1859. That would be ridiculous. So why are we emotionally attached to an industry that began before the Civil War, before women could vote, and when slavery was legal?
Technology and scientific development, since 1859 have given us choices we never thought possible. We now have enough consumer-based technology that with a World War II style national effort, we could convert the entire nation to renewables in one year. One Year.
In 2016, solar and wind became cheaper than traditional fossil fuels, according, to a new report from the World Economic Forum. The ridiculous, ongoing, false equivalence argument, of we can either have power or nothing, is now the mantra of the ignorant. That feeble argument has no place within the 21st century technological advancements.
Why remain beholden to an industry, that by all rights, were it not propped up with subsidies and Wall Street, would have gracefully ended with the turn of the last century.
All of this time, energy, money, and resources should not be squandered supporting a sector that will be gone within our children’s lifetime. We need to focus on what will preserve, protect, and propel us firmly into the 21st century, and in a way that does not ruthlessly and permanently destroy our land, air, water, and health.