“it’s the renewable – infinite – resources that have a habit of running out…”

13 Feb

The Intellectual Victor

The eco-pessimist view ignores history, misunderstands finiteness, thinks statically, has a vested interest in doom, and is complacent about innovation.

…when you use oil, coal or gas, you are not competing with other species. When you use timber, or crops or tide, or hydro or even wind, you are [competing]. There is absolutely no doubt that the world’s policy of encouraging the use of bio-energy, whether in the form of timber or ethanol, is bad for wildlife – it competes with wildlife for land, or wood or food.”

So to save the planet we burn our food…

Matt Ridely -Julian L. Simon Memorial Award Remarks

via  Master Resource

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3 Responses to ““it’s the renewable – infinite – resources that have a habit of running out…””

  1. tiffany267 February 13, 2013 at 4:31 pm #

    You seem confused about the energy crisis, indeed a bit confused about reality.

    1. Nonrenewable resources are not a good thing to be addicted to. We are addicted to nonrenewable resources, particularly gasoline. Our entire transportation infrastructure is dependent on this one resource. Out of all the infinite possibilities in the free market, why in the name of humanity would we stick to a filthy fuel like gasoline when cleaner ones can be developed that will last us longer? It simply makes absolutely no sense.

    2. Bio-fuel is not a great solution. A better solution is electric cars. Moreover, electricity should be derived as much as possible from sources that literally cannot run out, such as hydro, wind, solar, and geothermal energy. Regardless of what we dig up and refine from the earth, those sources of energy will never go away. They are the only ones we should be using.

    I understand that you’re pissed off that the state wants to tell us what fuels to use. However, that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t be voluntarily switching to renewable forms of energy. To say otherwise is simply anti-science, anti-reason, and anti-reality.

    • kootenaybob February 13, 2013 at 4:59 pm #

      “Out of all the infinite possibilities in the free market, why in the name of humanity would we stick to a filthy fuel like gasoline when cleaner ones can be developed that will last us longer?”

      Leaving aside your presumptions that I am 1. “pissed off” and 2. gasoline is filthy, and finite (neither of which are true) – it is telling that you refer to the “free market” as the agent that encourages us to “stick to” fossil fuels. The free market, such as it is, provides individuals to choose, of their free will, to acquire the resources they want/need at a price to which they agree. If alternatives were as clean, efficient and desirable as you suggest, consumers would abandon so-called “filthy” sources in droves.

      We have been subsidizing alternatives for nearly 40 years (and no Tiffany – normal expense tax deductions to oil companies – which are exactly the same as tech companies, health care companies and all others get are not subsidies). If the alternatives were useful and in demand, there would be no need for continued government support.

      If people wanted electric cars because they worked, were reliable and competitive with gas and diesel powered cars, the government wouldn’t need to distort the price discovery mechanism of the “free market” to encourage buyers – as it is, even the price distortion hasn’t worked.

      I understand you abhor oil – despite the fact it is organic, safe, naturally occurring, easy and cheap to produce and transport and has been the greatest driver of economic growth, higher living standards, longer and healthier lives, lower child mortality rates across the world.

      It is also the reason your tablet, desktop, phone or whatever device you use to rail against it exists at all – if you had the courage of your convictions, I doubt we’d hear from you at all – but life without oil is hard, so I expect your hypocrisy will continue.

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