by D. Brent Sauser, Architect
I never really understood why promoting or advocating the use of renewable resources for our energy needs meant we had to be against ALL non-renewable resources for energy use (i.e. oil, coal, and natural gas, etc.). Energy is energy whether generated by the sun, wind, or water; or by coal, oil, and natural gas. Granted, non-renewable resources tend to require considerable effort to access, extract, and refine. Environmentalist get all wound up about that. They say they are looking out for us and the environment. But, all I see is good people unemployed, with higher and higher gasoline, natural gas, and power prices. If these natural, non-renewable resources are in abundant supply domestically, why not continue utilizing them while building a growing strategy for renewable resources to eventually take over the bulk of the energy demand over time. Both renewable and non-renewable energy resources can work together in a way that will help maintain America’s competitive edge in the world. However, making one exclusive of the other only contributes to the unnecessary grief and suffering of the American people. Isn’t compromise in order? Can’t we come together just a little? Perhaps a little less politics and a lot more common sense is in order.
President Obama has been re-elected for the next four years. He has demonstrated his commitment to the continued research and development of renewable energy to the excess of billions of tax payer dollars. I have no reason to believe that his commitment to renewable resources will waver in the next four years. Money for funding may not be as free-flowing as with his first four years, but I believe the progress of renewable energy research and integration will continue to increase. This conviction would not be as passionate had .
These next four years should be very interesting in so many ways. In specific regard to Net Zero progress, I believe we are in store for continued technological progress and significant advances that will result in greater product efficiencies and lower costs to the consumer.