Most of them believe fervently in global warming–that if we continue to pollute the atmosphere with biocarbons we will melt the solar ice cap enough to flood American coastal areas like Florida and New York.
Over 70% of our globe is covered by water. Ninety-seven percent of all water on earth is in our oceans. Life on earth began in the oceans 3.1 – 3.4 billion years ago and then evolved from the ocean to the land millions of years ago.
Today, the ocean remains a necessity to maintain life as we know it. The oceans provide necessities such as:
* most of the oxygen we need to breathe
* a reservoir for soaking up almost half of the globe’s gaseous carbon pollutants (more than 2 billion tons)
* a food source that can be managed to help feed the world
* the ingredients for many of today’ s and tomorrow’ s medicines
* making our weather, and
* is an essential part of the global economy.
FOR EVERY HUMAN, ANIMAL AND PLANT ON EARTH, A HEALTHY OCEAN IS A MUST!!
That’s the mantra and hope of all good environmentalists. If what they say is true, anything we do to pollute the oceans and air has catastropic consequences. However, I happen to believe that the world has a long way to go before anything close to that occurs.
Did you know?
* Three-quarters of all marine pollution comes from land. A recent National Academy of Sciences study estimates that the oil running off our streets and driveways and ultimately flowing into the oceans is equal to an Exxon Valdez oil spill – 10.9 million gallons – every eight months (Committee on Oil in the Sea, National Research Council, 2002).
* Many countries still allow untreated sewage to continually flow into the sea.
* Some fishing techniques result in billions of pounds of fish and other marine life being killed and discarded each year. Worldwide, it is estimated that fishermen discarded about 25% of the total catch during the 1980’s and in the early 1990’s. This adds up to about 60 billion pounds each year!! (Alverson et al., 1994; Alverson, 1998).
* Dynamite and cyanide are still used for fishing.
* Over half of the world’s original coastal marshes and mangrove forests are now developed as industrial parks, residential areas and farms.
Taking all of that into account, the fact remains that we face an even more imminent danger than global warming. It is the breakdown of our civilization from a crisis in energy which is already upon us. Of all the oil producing nations that we depend on including Saudi Arabia, America has no friends. That does not include Great Britain which has North Sea production, but they use their own oil and we purchase very little of it. The same is true for Canadian oil. The current Democratic congress is ill-equipped to respond to the energy crisis. They have been in power for going on two years and have done nothing to solve the problem.
We need to allow drilling in Alaska’s ANWR region, develop more wind and solar power, begin building nuclear energy plants, authorize removal of Utah’s and Colorado’s shale oil deposits where we have three times the oil of Saudi Arabia, and start drilling in the Gulf of Mexico and off other coastal areas around Florida. China and Canada are already drilling just 60 miles from U.S. territory, so why not us?
America can’t solve the world’s global warming problem by allowing ourselves to become weak economically.
In his book The Coming Economic Collapse Stephen Leeb cites geologist M. King Hubbert who observed that once you extract half the oil from a given field (which is the case in Saudi Arabia), production begins to decline. Applying this law to the United States as a whole, Hubbert concluded that oil production in the U.S. would peak in the early 1970s. It has just been since then that our oil production has dropped from over 9 million barrels a day to roughly 5.5 million barrels a day. This era marked the first time that the United States began consuming more imported oil than domestically produced oil. Foreign oil has comprised an ever larger percentage of the oil we have used ever since, yet we do very little to develop alternative sources of energy. Or what we have done is too little, too late.
Leeb wrote in his book The Oil
Factor: :”Any way you slice it, oil seems headed for triple-digit levels by the end of the decade. Oil at $100 will be a minimum. Just to put this in perspective, this could mean gas prices at the pump approaching $10 a gallon.”