Friday, October 24, 2014
1012 C Street  •  Floresville, TX 78114  •  Phone: 830-216-4519  •  Fax: 830-393-3219  • 

Lost & Found

Found: Calico cat, female, white, orange, and black, on CR 352, La Vernia. 210-667-1052.
Lost: Diamond set in gold mounting prongs, fell off my wife's wedding ring, in Floresville, reward offered. 210-867-1319.
If you are missing a pet in Floresville, be sure to check the Floresville holding facility. Animals are only kept for 3 days. Contact Las Lomas K-9 Rescue, 830-581-8041.
More Lost & Found ads ›

Help Wanted

NOW HIRING! Custodians/Lead positions, $9-$14 D.O.E., must have a clear background and reliable transportation, Live Oak County. Call 210-520-4848 ext. 111.
Salesman, $60K annual earning potential, no experience required, 9 a.m.- 7 p.m. Monday-Friday, Holiday Motors, 914 10th St., talk to Virgil, 210-389-4898.
More Help Wanted ads ›

Featured Videos





Video Vault ›

Commentaries


Demoralize the Anti-Oil Fringe




E-Mail this Story to a Friend
Print this Story

Disclaimer:
The author of this entry is responsible for this content, which is not edited by the Wilson County News or wilsoncountynews.com.
July 30, 2013 | 1295 views | Post a comment

By Robert L. Bradley

It has become a familiar scene at major oil company annual meetings. Protestors, some of whom have purchased token amounts of stock to appear, confound the proceedings by asking oil companies to exit their business in the name of the environment.

According to this fringe, oil companies have a responsibility to protect the planet from the scourge of fossil fuels. Oil companies are portrayed as pushing their product while the planet overheats.

This black-and-white view of energy policy puts the global warming issue into a moral context. It assumes everyone who believes in catastrophic climate-change theory is good, and those who don't are bad. It also asserts that replacing fossil fuels will make the world better and "sustainable."

How wrong! Oil, gas, and coal are increasingly abundant, clean, and consumer-friendly. Real climate is refuting warmist climate models. Fossil fuels are becoming more sustainable, not less, in the vernacular of environmental science.

The moral imperative is to deliver the best energies. To go in the opposite direction would create hardship for millions of families worldwide-and even result in civil strife. History shows people have little patience and little respect for law and order in times of great need.

CEOs Rex Tillerson of ExxonMobil and John Watson of Chevron were cognizant of this fact when they explained the importance of balanced energy policy at their recent annual meetings. They offered reason in the face of ecological zealotry.

Tillerson urged continued oil and gas development to support a growing world population. He demoted scary climate models as "not competent." He dismissed wind, solar, and biofuels as wanting. He asked his critics: "How do you want to deal with that great social challenge to what good is it to save the planet if humanity suffers in the process of those efforts when you don't know exactly what your impacts are going to be?"

Chevron's Watson said an effective energy policy must balance energy availability and cost and environmental considerations. While "some progress on carbon emissions" can be made, "it's going to take a lot longer than people think," he added.

Rather than subsidizing today's alternative energy resources, Watson called for economical efficiency gains and investments in breakthrough technologies. He noted that subsidizing wind, solar and other alternatives has "raised the cost of energy for consumers."

This brings the discussion to Obama energy policy and his infamous statement about how electricity prices would "necessarily skyrocket" under his carbon-dioxide cap-and-trade plan. If his policy was centered on consumer welfare rather than ideology, his Administration would approve rather than delay construction of the Keystone XL pipeline, for example. The privately funded $5.3 billion project would create thousands of jobs and deliver more than 800,000 barrels of Canadian oil per day to U.S. refineries on the Gulf Coast, providing the feedstock for the fuels and products essential to the U.S. economy and American families.

With political energy and leadership failing, it is refreshing to see leaders of global energy companies defend their moral right and financial opportunity to serve consumers with affordable, reliable energies. Energy education is well served-and corporate responsibility enhanced-by debunking the tired arguments of climate alarmism and rejecting government energy planning.

Robert L. Bradley Jr. is CEO of the Institute for Energy Research and author, most recently, of Edison to Enron: Energy Markets and Political Strategies (John Wiley & Sons).
 
« Previous Blog Entry (July 30, 2013)
 


Your Opinions and Comments
Be the first to comment on this story!

You must be logged in to post comments:



Other Commentaries
Commentaries
Commentaries page govtrack.us
Commentaries who represents me?
Blue Moon Karaoke & DJVoncille Bielefeld homeTriple R DC ExpertsWilson's Auto ChooserChester WilsonSacred Heart SchoolHeavenly Touch homeDrama KidsAllstate & McBride Realty

  Copyright © 2007-2014 Wilson County News. All rights reserved. Web development by Drewa Designs.