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.