Decarbonization cannot make the products civilization demands – OpEd – Eurasia Review


Until the 1800s the world was “decarbonized” because there were no coal or natural gas power plants, and what the Beverly Hillbillies sitcoms of the 1960s theme song “Oil , that is, black gold, Texas tea, ”had not been discovered as something that could be turned into usable products.

Before the 1900s, life was tough and dirty, and most people never traveled 100-200 miles from their birthplace, and life expectancy was short. Today, crude oil is made in all products used in the medical industry, fertilizers, electronics and more than 6,000 other products which are the basis of lifestyles and economies.

Today, global efforts are in place to have electricity generated by breezes and sun to decarbonize electricity produced by coal and natural gas. The “other” fossil fuel of crude oil is supported by efforts to phase out the 3 fossil fuels, but crude oil is rarely used for power generation!

Willow Omarova, who has stepped down as Biden’s candidate for currency comptroller, wants coal, oil and gas industries to ‘go bankrupt’ is a reflection that she is either oblivious or ignorant of how life and the economies of the world were before 1900. The world had no electricity generated by coal and natural gas, nor any of the products, nor fuels made from crude oil needed by airlines, ships and military around the world, as none of these existed before 1900! If confirmed, Willow Omarova wanted to take the world back to the carbon-free era of the 1800s.

As environmental, social and governance (ESG) factors gain in importance, there is a lost reality that the main use of crude oil is NOT for the production of electricity, but for making by-products and fuels which are the ingredients of everything that economies and lifestyles need to exist and prosper. Energy realism demands that lawmakers, policymakers and the media who exhibit widespread ignorance of the use of crude oil understand the staggering scale of the challenge of decarbonization.

The oil that reduced infant mortality, extended longevity to over 80 years, and allowed the world to populate to 8 billion in less than two centuries, is now needed to provide the food, medical care and communications necessary to maintain and grow that population. How can world leaders consciously support the demise of crude oil?

Just because 2 of the more than 6,000 products made from crude oil are gasoline and diesel fuels for short range and light equipment like cars and trucks, why continue to pursue the demise of crude oil? Electric vehicle technology is advancing to replace these two petroleum products. Electric vehicle owners have demonstrated that their use of electric vehicles for approximately 5,000 miles per year represents a real opportunity to meet this short-range need with electric vehicles.

What is the motivation for encouraging the deterioration of petroleum infrastructure which is a guarantee of inflicting irreparable damage to the crude oil supply chain in the 700 refineries around the world who manufacture petroleum products for global infrastructure and that’s 8 billion people, like efforts to stop the use of crude oil could be the biggest threat to civilization, not climate change?

The cancellation of the Keystone XL pipeline has increased global emissions and costs to Americans as this Canadian crude oil is now transported to the West Coast where it is then shipped around the world to China. Once China turns crude oil into usable products, in a country where environmental controls will be significantly less stringent than America, those products are then returned to America via air-polluting ships to coastal ports. west, for US consumption.

The current passion to implement a world with only intermittent electricity from breezes and the sun ignores the unintended consequences of a world without crude oil and products manufactured from it.

The signatories of the green movement failed to imagine what life was like without the infrastructure of crude oil and those products made from oil that did not exist before 1900 when we had:

  • NO medication or medical equipment
  • NO vaccines
  • NO water filtration system
  • NO sanitation system
  • NO fertilizer to help feed billions
  • NO pesticides to control locusts and other pests
  • NO communication system, including cell phones, computers, iPhones and iPads
  • NO vehicles
  • NO airline that now carries 4 billion people around the world
  • NO cruise ship that now carries 25 million passengers worldwide
  • NO merchant vessel that transports products around the world
  • NO tires for vehicles
  • NO asphalt for the roads
  • NO space program.

Wind turbines and solar panels may be able to generate intermittent electricity from breezes and sunlight to partially decarbonize the power grid, but these renewables cannot make any of the “black gold” derivatives that are at the base of the lifestyles and economies of modern society. .


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