When the Sierra Club declared war on natural gas, they might just have well declared war on humanity.
Fossil fuels have been targeted by environmental groups who say, oil is bad, coal is bad and natural gas is bad. Drilling must be stopped, fracking must be stopped, coal mines must be shut down, pipelines must not be built.
Environmental groups consistently malign natural gas, coal and oil, yet these fossil fuels are hugely beneficial to mankind.
Here are some of the ways that fossil fuels contribute to society.
Airplanes could not exist without jet fuel and gasoline derived from oil. There would be no travel by air, and companies such as Boeing would not exist.
Railroads could not exist without diesel fuel, coal or natural gas (LNG). The entire industry, including railroad companies, such as Union Pacific, and locomotive and car manufacturers, such as General Electric and Trinity Industries would not exist, including all the associated jobs.
Steel could not be made without coal. Without steel, sky scrapers and suspension bridges could not be built. Jet engines and gas turbines couldn’t be built.
Roads capable of withstanding the heavy traffic of speeding cars and heavy trucks couldn’t be built without asphalt or cement. Asphalt is derived from oil. Producing cement requires the use of oil, natural gas or coal.
Many plastics and other chemicals couldn’t be produced without oil, natural gas or coal. Some plastics, such as PVC pipe, and some textiles, such as nylon, and some solvents, cosmetics and pharmaceuticals couldn’t be made without oil, natural gas or coal. CDs, DVDs and vinyl records are made from oil.
Refrigerators and air conditioning units require steel or aluminum and a chemical refrigerant. Oil, natural gas or coal are required at some point in the manufacture of these products.
Glass for windows, bottles, cars and everyday glassware require the use of oil, natural gas or coal.
Heating of homes and buildings require oil, natural gas or coal.
Other products that require oil, natural gas or coal at some point during their manufacture include cans, for canned food, the manufacture of copper wire, essential for the electrical industry, the manufacture of automobiles, trucks, earthmoving equipment and even toilets.
For a few of these items it might be possible to substitute wood, but it’s doubtful there would be enough trees to meet all these requirements.
Mountainsides are being denuded in Africa by people using wood to heat their homes and cook their food.
The list of benefits derived from fossil fuels is endless, including low-cost electricity that can’t be reliably produced in large quantities by wind or solar.
In short, fossil fuels are essential to modern day living and to maintaining our standard of living.
A war on fossil fuels is a war on humanity.
It is simply another reason why attempts to cut CO2 emissions is a fool’s errand.
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