On “The Fallacy of Energy Independence”

3 Jul

I posted this response to a blog written by Mormon Paleo Thought

Energy Independence means that we begin to produce and store enough fuel from the trillions of barrels of oil shale (enough to last 24o years) and put it out on the US market for refining. Thus we remove our 25% drain on the world oil supply, making that oil available for the rest of the world to refine and use. Doing so reduces our dependence, reduces pricing, increases world supply, and strengthens our economy.

As for the constitution, it is not designed to govern every facet of our life. But the constitution does provide for the common defense, and for us to rely on our enemies to provide our oil supplies leaves us vulnerable, and flies in the face of defense. If our enemy decides that they no longer want to provide us with oil, then what? Our economy comes to a screeching halt, and we are left to their mercy.

Finally, the idea that it won’t work comes from a defeatist attitude. It won’t work as long as we believe, or are led to believe, it won’t work. The fact is, we have enough coal to liquify to last 250 years, and South Africa has been using German technology developed in the 40’s for 50+ years. It does work, we just have been badgered by fascists who have usurped the environmental cause to believe it won’t, and to stop trying.


One Response to “On “The Fallacy of Energy Independence””

  1. plato04 July 3, 2008 at 11:55 am #

    If in the first paragraph by “we” you mean Americans acting in a private (non-government) context, then I am in agreement. Private companies and individuals should certainly have more freedom to drill, to explore, to use oil shale, etc. I’m all for it. But when the government gets involved…

    You said, “As for the constitution, it is not designed to govern every facet of our life.” I agree. It is to limit government to only those actions the Founders thought necessary. A collective national energy independence is one of those unnecessary things. If it is essential, then let’s get a Constitutional Amendment, rather than just twist the Constitution to believe whatever we find convenient or personally appropriate.

    You said, “The idea that it won’t work comes from a defeatist attitude.” It could work if the government spent enough money. But the chances of that are thankfully slim. I know it could happen, but it would be problematic. What troubles me is that the rhetoric is so severe that it almost leads me to believe that advocates of “energy independence” would support nationalizing the energy industry if they thought it would help. I won’t support that.

    The point is that liberty and freedom (i.e. the free market) lead to the best energy policy for everyone.

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