Strafor has an interesting column regarding what “activists” are pushing for in the area of energy and consumption. They are pretty much demanding that an energy source be discovered that has no tradeoffs. A limitless source of energy that has no waste, no risks and no pollution.
We all know what that is, don’t we? Magic Fairy Dust.
Essentially what they are demanding is that we all act together to force “industry” to develop a perpetual motion machine. They think that they can violate the laws of physics because their intentions are good. Not only do they want to violate the laws of physics, but they want to change basic human nature.
Sustainable Consumption: The Push for Using Less
By Bart Mongoven
With the world’s major energy consumers seriously searching for ways to reduce their dependence on fossil fuels and guarantee constant energy supplies, we are seeing the beginning of a revolution in energy production. The focus on finding new energy systems is mainly an outgrowth of economic and geopolitical concerns, in that none of the big three consumers — the United States, Europe and China — wants to continue to pay spiraling energy costs or be held hostage to foreign producers. A secondary aspect of this new interest is a search for “cleaner” alternatives.
Both the United States and China, for example, have substantial coal resources, but neither sees complete reliance on coal as a panacea because of coal’s impact on air pollution (especially in China) and climate change. Europe, meanwhile, is leading the charge on the climate change issue to the point that it appears willing to trade some energy security for new systems that seem less likely to exacerbate climate change.
After decades of struggling to bring their concerns over the air-polluting and climate-changing side-effects of fossil fuel use to the forefront, environmental activists finally are getting results. Governments and industries that are developing new energy systems will factor in climate change and air quality. In essence, however, as these secondary energy-related issues move from the drawing board to the boardroom, control over them has shifted from the activists who created and promoted the issue to the business crowd that is charged with instituting solutions. This has left the idealists searching for new ways to hold power over the direction of energy policy.