​Earth Day

Digging through my files and I found this oldie from April 22, 2009

Another Earth Day has come and gone. A chance for the Al Gores of the world to scare us into believing the world as we know it will soon come to an end. While others will warn of the environmental extremists that want to impose on our rights and change the way we will live forever.

President Theodore Roosevelt once said, “It is not what we have that will make us a great nation; it is the way in which we use it."

Everyone says they want to be free from foreign oil dependency. However, it seems that when opportunities arise to actually do something about it. Whether it is solar power, windmills or drilling, we don’t want to make the sacrifice, or even consider the possibility of taking the first step. We want everyone else to take the lead, and, in waiting we don’t move forward.

Gas is creeping up to $2.10 a gallon, Ethanol is about $2.30. The cost of Compressed Natural Gas is $ 0.79 per gallon. What is CNG? It is the fuel that, according to the USA Today July 2007, powers over 150,000 vehicles in the US and 5 million worldwide.

CBS Sunday Morning on March 15, 2009, discussed electric cars with swappable batteries as a solution for solving our dependence on foreign oil. These cars are already being used in Israel, Denmark and Australia, with Ontario and Hawaii getting ready to start using this new technology. There is talk of an additional 25 countries, as well as several, US mayors considering these new cars.

The technology is out there, but it is not yet perfected or widely available. If we are to transition from foreign oil dependency to green types of technology we need to use the resources we have in our country. We need to clear the way for responsible exploration and research, not over regulate and continually put up hurdles.

In the end we need to stop trying to scare one another, and work together in solving the problems we face.