Dangers of Big Environmentalism ; Arguments against Fossil Fuels Filled with Half-Truths

By Kozera, Greg | Charleston Gazette Mail, March 15, 2016 | Go to article overview

Dangers of Big Environmentalism ; Arguments against Fossil Fuels Filled with Half-Truths


Kozera, Greg, Charleston Gazette Mail


I grew up in Pittsburgh in the 1960s. The air was foul and the creek ran orange with mine acid water. My family lived near factories that were fouling the air. We couldnt afford to belong to a pool so we swam in the orange water and tried to keep our parents from finding out.

People finally got fed up and the environmental movement was born. I was part of it. Today the air in Pittsburgh is clean. The creek I swam in is full of fish.

But has the environmental movement grown to where money, power and its own agenda is more important than the environment? Big Environmentalism is bigger and better organized than Big Oil.

Clearly people at the grassroots level care about the environment. But are they being led astray by their leaders?

If we really care about the environment we cant just blindly follow. We need to think and see if what we read and are being told really makes sense.

Big Environmentalism is now using their half-truths, junk science and falsehoods to wage a war on oil and gas in favor of renewables.

Recent articles about how we need to be replacing our abundant fossil fuels and the jobs they provide with renewables are examples. We continue to hear that renewables are our future, not dirty fossil fuels.

I have nothing against renewables. They have a place in our energy mix. But based on basic science and engineering, they are not and will likely never be a replacement for fossil fuels.

Wind and solar power are very expensive and intermittent. Germany aggressively pursued renewable energy and their electric rates are three times higher than the United States. Germany is now building coal power plants again.

With the recent cold weather, my electric bill is $320. If Big Environmentalism succeeds my electric bill and others will be $1,000 a month.

How does this help people? Maybe rich environmental leaders can afford this, but few others can. Seniors on fixed income will be forced to move in with their children or go without lights and heat.

Unemployment will increase because the only renewable jobs we can expect are a few installation and maintenance jobs. …

The rest of this article is only available to active members of Questia

Already a member? Log in now.

Notes for this article

Add a new note
If you are trying to select text to create highlights or citations, remember that you must now click or tap on the first word, and then click or tap on the last word.
One moment ...
Default project is now your active project.
Project items
Notes
Cite this article

Cited article

Style
Citations are available only to our active members.
Buy instant access to cite pages or passages in MLA 8, MLA 7, APA and Chicago citation styles.

(Einhorn, 1992, p. 25)

(Einhorn 25)

(Einhorn 25)

1. Lois J. Einhorn, Abraham Lincoln, the Orator: Penetrating the Lincoln Legend (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1992), 25, http://www.questia.com/read/27419298.

Note: primary sources have slightly different requirements for citation. Please see these guidelines for more information.

Cited article

Dangers of Big Environmentalism ; Arguments against Fossil Fuels Filled with Half-Truths
Settings

Settings

Typeface
Text size Smaller Larger Reset View mode
Search within

Search within this article

Look up

Look up a word

  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
Please submit a word or phrase above.
Print this page

Print this page

Why can't I print more than one page at a time?

Help
Full screen
Items saved from this article
  • Highlights & Notes
  • Citations
Some of your highlights are legacy items.

Highlights saved before July 30, 2012 will not be displayed on their respective source pages.

You can easily re-create the highlights by opening the book page or article, selecting the text, and clicking “Highlight.”

matching results for page

    Questia reader help

    How to highlight and cite specific passages

    1. Click or tap the first word you want to select.
    2. Click or tap the last word you want to select, and you’ll see everything in between get selected.
    3. You’ll then get a menu of options like creating a highlight or a citation from that passage of text.

    OK, got it!

    Cited passage

    Style
    Citations are available only to our active members.
    Buy instant access to cite pages or passages in MLA 8, MLA 7, APA and Chicago citation styles.

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn, 1992, p. 25).

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn 25)

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn 25)

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences."1

    1. Lois J. Einhorn, Abraham Lincoln, the Orator: Penetrating the Lincoln Legend (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1992), 25, http://www.questia.com/read/27419298.

    Cited passage

    Thanks for trying Questia!

    Please continue trying out our research tools, but please note, full functionality is available only to our active members.

    Your work will be lost once you leave this Web page.

    Buy instant access to save your work.

    Already a member? Log in now.

    Search by... Author
    Show... All Results Primary Sources Peer-reviewed

    Oops!

    An unknown error has occurred. Please click the button below to reload the page. If the problem persists, please try again in a little while.