Engaged On Energy

Welcome to this week’s “Engaged on Energy”. I’m Rick Whitbeck, and tonight, we’re going to talk about this whole push to “go green” with our nation’s energy grid. Hey, I’m not adverse to adding jobs to our nation’s economy by integrating wind, solar and hydro solutions to our electric grid, and although I question electric vehicles’ capabilities in extremely cold weather, I’ll give the ‘go green’ movement a pass on that one for now.

 

But, unlike the eco-Left, I’m a realist, and know that “going green” requires mining. Lots of it, and that we’ll need to open up mines in Alaska, Wyoming and all the western states. After all, ‘going green’ requires significantly more coal, copper, nickel, lithium, rare earth elements and critical minerals. And by ‘significantly’, I’m talking orders of magnitude more of each of them.

 

They’re needed to create the wind turbines, solar panels and hydro blades. They’re needed especially for storage – huge battery arrays for electric grids and their power distribution, and let’s not pass over those electric vehicles, that require three to four times the amount of copper that our current cars and trucks do.

 

Mining would open up jobs across Alaska and Wyoming, drive domestic economic growth and be done under the strictest environmental standards in the world. If we’re going to ‘go green’, we’re either going to mine in America, or continue to import 90-plus percent of the necessary components from the rest of the world, and from countries without the same environmental regulations, human rights standards or market-based economies. It’s a simple choice. I for one, choose America!

 

So the next time you hear someone say, “let’s go green”, make sure they also support domestic mining opportunities. If they don’t, point out their hypocrisy, and ask them to consider the alternatives; ones that are good for America, our jobs, communities and the environment.

That’ll do it for this week’s “Engaged on Energy”. Drop me an email at rick@powerthefuture.com with feedback, or suggestions for a future segment. Have a great week, everyone!