HOUSTON — Domestic oil production will continue to soar for years to come, the Energy Department predicted on Monday, scaling to levels not seen in nearly half a century by 2016.
The annual outlook by the department’s Energy Information Agency was cited by experts as confirmation that the United States was well on its way — far faster than anticipated even a year ago — to achieving virtual energy independence.
The major theme of this piece by Clifford Krause and Stanley Reed is that the United States will continue to burn the most damaging of fossil fuels despite the fact that we now know it will lead to the disappearance of life as we know it on this planet. The fact that this will only happen to our children and their children seems to dissuade any guilt we might be feeling. This is madness, disguised as public energy policy. And why are we doing it? Because people don’t like paying so much to fill up their f***ing cars. I guess I shouldn’t be surprised. We seem to have lost the inability to think about our future in any rational way in this country. And then there’s this:
According to a separate report by the International Energy Agency, also released Monday, global consumption of coal, a major source of the greenhouse gases blamed for rising global temperatures and other pollutants, is likely to continue to grow at “a relentless pace” through 2018.
The report, released in Paris, underscored the problem facing the world with regard to coal. Because coal is relatively inexpensive and abundant, it remains the dominant fuel for the generation of electricity, especially in developing countries like China. Yet burning coal is also highly polluting, both in producing smog and greenhouse gases that have been linked by many scientists to climate change.
“Like it or not, coal is here to stay for a long time to come,” Maria van der Hoeven, the agency’s executive director, said in a conference call with reporters on Monday.
It would appear that a lot of the world, with no clear guidance from the United States or any other developed nations on this issue, is continuing apace with coal expansion. But who can blame them? They only want the prosperity the US found by burning these dirty fuels. Unfortunately, as a species we cannot survive if this happens.
This is what we are up against. The American desire to save money is apparently greater than the desire to live. It’s hard to fully describe this mindset or the capitalist ideology behind it without describing the psychosis that afflicts all mankind when confronted with this level of change. But we must change or we will cease to exist.