Open Letter to Environmentalists

Dear Eco-Jihadist,

Just what DO you propose that we do?

Nuclear energy emits nothing into the atmosphere but water vapor. But you say it’s both dangerous and that there’s no solution to storing nuclear waste. Granted, most nuclear plants say they can store all of the nuclear waste they’ve ever produced in one 55 gallon drum. But apparently that’s still too much.

Coal plants burn an abundant natural resource that is found right here in the United States, but yes, when you burn stuff, it creates smoke. Apparently smoke is bad? We’ll ignore the fact that nature in fact emits more carbon than everything man made – in fact, nature emits 96% of all carbon each year… not people.

Wind energy is fantastic, except that the wind doesn’t blow all the time, and you couldn’t put up enough turbines to run even a small city. It’s just not practical. Oh yeah, and they kill birds and mess up the view from the Kennedy mansion.

Solar energy is often cited by environmentalists as the way to go, however there are a few small problems. First, the sun doesn’t shine all the time. We don’t currently have a method of storing solar energy that is efficient enough to work, and if we DID manage to make a battery that could do it, it would probably be a much bigger environmental disaster than coal smoke. Batteries are basically toxic waste when you’re done with them (I’m talking to you, Prius owners), and we know you people don’t want that. And let’s not forget that both solar panels and batteries require power to be made in the first place… where do we get that energy?

We could dam up every river in the country, but it wouldn’t be enough power. And you environmentalists would say that dams are bad for the environment, too, because they flood areas that are natural habitats for… I don’t know… a dung beetle.

Just what do you suggest that we do? Should we all move out of cities and live on subsistence farms, burning candles for light (or does that emit too much carbon, too?)? Livestock emits methane, another greenhouse gas, so I guess we all need to be vegetarians, too?

The fact of the matter is, there’s no silver bullet. 99% of people who call themselves environmentalists drive a car, live in a house that… well, uses electricity, purchases manufactured products, shops at the grocery store, and wears clothes that were machine made.

I submit that if you do all of those things but pass judgment on companies that produce energy, you should first remove the beam in your own eye. You are not willing to lower your lifestyle (except maybe using those retarded fluorescent bulbs that are half as bright as a normal one), but you somehow expect us as a country to stop producing energy.

So just what do you propose? Because frankly, I think you’re all full of crap.

  6 comments for “Open Letter to Environmentalists

  1. BJD
    January 13, 2009 at 5:56 pm

    Spot on. I’ve met very few (maybe no) dogmatic environmentalists who are actually living a lifestyle to match their retoric.

    Another problem with the big solar fields is that they require a lot of water, which is usually scarce in a place hot enough to host a solar field.

  2. January 14, 2009 at 12:09 pm

    It’s a shame I can’t harness my own personal “methane” production. I’d never need electricity agan.

  3. Keith
    January 14, 2009 at 4:41 pm

    You left off the fact that some of the most toxic spewing factories on the face of the earth are . . . solar cell factories.

    I still think that the good ideas from “environmentalists” are also good “reduce dependency on foreign energy sources,” and some more research would be a good plan.

    Oh, and for anyone who still thinks ethanol is a good plan, STOP IT!

    I don’t think there is any one plan that is going to work. Overall we need to stop looking for the magic bullet and figure out what local solutions we can come up with.

  4. Incredipete
    January 14, 2009 at 4:51 pm

    I’m personally planning to buy the first home-sized nuclear reactor that GE comes up with.

  5. Hurricane
    January 16, 2009 at 11:34 pm

    Definitely spot on. It’s almost tragically comical to listen to talk about wind farms and solar panels. The truth is that it will be a small percentage of power at best.

    What we need to talk about is the end of the internal combustion engine as the default powerplant of humanity. Everything from oil and coal burning powerplants to gasoline and diesel mechanical engines are the root cause of our pollution problem, our energy crisis, and our national security entanglements. We need to move to a purely electrified society. The only answer right now is nuclear power.

    Not only that we need to move forward on fusion power. We need serious investment and we need to know once in for all whether it is possible or practical to go down this path. From what I have read it is possible to create a fusion powerplant that will be more efficient than nuclear fission and cleaner as well.

    I also think we should invest resources on nuclear waste disposal. I for one do not believe the issue of nuclear waste disposal and overall nuclear reactor safety are insurmountable problems.

    I think the establishment of a nuclear power backbone to the infrastructure of this nation would have a trans-formative effect both on the quality of life in this country but will create the “green” industry Obama wax’s peotic about. That coupled with all the other ancillary technology needed; like more power efficient electronics; electric heating and cooking; electric transportation both public and private; and battery technology will create the new industry.

    We can exploit these new industries to bring jobs back to America; establish a new industry with products ans services to sell globally that will establish a truly meaningful and tangible wealth and prosperity to this nation.

    And also make a cleaner, safer and beautiful America.

  6. Incredipete
    January 17, 2009 at 11:13 am

    Here, here, Hurricane.

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