For a brief moment, I deluded myself into believing that our elected officials might take action and help make the U.S. more self-sufficient for energy. But recent developments have snapped me back to reality.
Environmentalism is the new religion, and it has either co-opted or swept all the old Western religions aside. (The Muslim world has yet to be converted). While Christianity has been banned from the U.S. classroom (as well as a large portion of Europe) young minds can be proselytized endlessly on preserving the environment - it is actually a core curriculum topic. Rachel Carson would be shocked to learn she created a movement that is likely to eclipse communism. And in what - a mere 46 years? It took hundreds of years for Christianity to spread across Europe.
The degree that organized Christian churches have been co-opted by this movement is equally impressive: note the propaganda, er...public service message by Al Sharpton and Pat Robertson (is it me, or does Robertson seem strange - like his head is too big for his body?)
The cause of my capitulation? First, the report that environmentalists plan to prevent construction of large scale solar power installations in the Mohave desert, because the solar panels could interfere with the habitat of the kit fox and some kind of rabbit. I thought that solar was the perfection, the Holy Grail of the environmental movement. Obviously I was mistaken.
Second, while Virginia apparently has one of the largest deposits of uranium ever found, VA has a law preventing uranium mining. Efforts so far to overturn that law have been unsuccessful, and environmentalists are now portraying a uranium mine as an apocalyptic landscape; akin to the surface of planet Mercury as it orbits dangerously close to the the sun, with bubbling magma spewing toxic clouds of sulfuric acid as it bakes and cooks in an endless wave of solar flares and x-rays.
And third, Democratic Senators, lead by Chuck Shumer, proudly announced that they would continue to oppose more drilling for oil and instead support renewable sources of energy. Thus, the circle is complete: nothing gets supported unless it is renewable, but then the New Religion prevents renewables from actually being developed to preserve the little desert creatures or prevent private property owners in VA from developing their own land.
So, my advice to everyone is to purchase some land and plant trees. It will become your preferred source of fuel to heat your home. Harvest some wood at least annually and store it away, because it is only a matter of time when you won't be permitted to cut down a tree...