FOSSIL FUEL ADDICTION - Civilization has benefited from more than 6,000 products made from the oil derivatives manufactured out of raw crude oil at refineries.
None of these products were available to society before 1900. With no known replacement for crude oil in the foreseeable future, President Biden has stated “we are going to get rid of fossil fuels” implying that he is going to change society’s lifestyle and economy demands for the products made from fossil fuels that were not available before 1900.
Virtually all the components of wind turbines, solar panels, and all forms of transportation are assembled with products made from oil derivatives manufactured from crude oil. Ridding the world of crude oil would eliminate most forms of transportation and electricity generation from wind and solar.
The public has demonstrated that they are not going to be mandated and regulated away from using the products essential to maintaining their basic standard of living and keeping the prices for thousands of everyday goods and services low as it would reverse most of the progress humanity has made over the last century. Those products made from fossil fuels and the inventions of the automobile, airplane, and the use of petroleum in the early 1900’s led us into the Industrial Revolution and victories in World Wars I and II.
President Biden appears to be disconnected from most Americans, as he must be oblivious to his own Environmental Information Agency’s (EIA) Jan 11, 2022, report that US Fossil Fuels Production to Reach Record Highs in 2023. Biden may be sabotaging the American economy with shortages and inflation in the name of unattainable climate targets and may go down in history as causing the continent to be homage to China for the materials to go green, and to Russia and OPEC for crude oil.
His continuous use of executive orders, regulations, and policies to alter the social demands of society for Americans to live without reliable and affordable power supplies – supplies critical to peace, prosperity and the survival of Western civilization, and the products and infrastructures made possible from fossil fuels is not working. The shortages and inflation upon society with his tinkering of the supply chain of fossil fuels is not working as shown by his own EIA agency.
Under the Biden multiple restrictions on domestic oil production and climate plan, America will be discouraging U.S. energy independence, starting with tightening restrictions on fossil fuel development by suspending Federal Oil and Gas Permits, encouraging the shuttering, and halting of further fracking efforts in America, and the cancellation of the Keystone XL pipeline.
To reduce civilization’s demands for fossil fuels will require significant social changes to reduce the need for so many products, reduce flights, and reduce the need for so those products to be moved around the world. Only by reducing the demand, can we reduce the supply. There is no need whatsoever for the supply of fossil fuels if it were not for the demands of society, but the public remains unwilling to be mandated and regulated into an inferior lifestyle.
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(Ron Stein is an engineer who, drawing upon 25 years of project management and business development experience, launched PTS Advance in 1995. He is an author, engineer, and energy expert who writes frequently on issues of energy and economics.)