RENEWABLE ENERGY IN THE AGE OF TRUMP
These are difficult days to be a supporter for renewable fuels and an advocate for the environment. After all, up is down and truth is treason in an empire of lies. Thanks to U.S. President Donald Trump, his Energy secretary is Rick Perry, who doesn't believe in climate climate change. Meanwhile, his EPA administrator is Scott Pruitt, who is not only a climate-change denier, but who has surrounded himself with a chief of staff, deputy administrator, and others who line up with their boss. The entire Trump Administration is hostile toward the environment and climate science, seeing them as an annoying hindrance to the corporate interests that hold sway over Trump. In May, Trump's budget director, Mick Mulvaney, openly mocked climate science when he released the White House budget proposal for 2018. That budget cuts EPA funding 31%, from $8.2 billion to $5.7 billion, reflecting a cut in the program reporting on greenhouse-gas emissions altogether.
I would be thrilled if all we did was to stop subsidizing fossil fuels and allow renewables to compete on a level playing field. If that were the case, a free market would choose renewables, hands down. The long-term sustainability makes sense, not only from an environmental perspective, but also from a business model position. Renewables are cheaper to operate, safer to operate, and require fewer human-hours to operate. A generation from now, our children will wonder why we bothered at all with fossil fuels.
As for the geographical appropriateness of renewables, we could locate solar, wind, geothermal, and tidal generators in the various locations that are best suited for each.
As for energy density, I agree we're not to the point where renewables could replace all our energy needs that are served currently by fossil fuels. The graph above shows renewable produce only 10% of our total energy supplies today. But that 10% represents significant progress and certainly, we've proven these concepts enough to validate them for further development.
All I ask is that these technologies be allowed to compete on level ground with fossil fuels. Take away federal fossil fuel subsidies and allow the free market to decide. But I suggest that state legislators, governors, and members of Congress will never let go of fossil fuel interests that line their pockets and fund their campaigns. And so, while the fossil fuels' days are numbered, it will take years for them to yield their grip on the market. But once these parasites are weaned from the government teat, they will fade into history.
Dom De Bellis is an entrepreneur, author, public speaker, coach, and minister of the Gospel. When he's not serving his church or Boy Scout Troop, he is helping people in cities grow organic food.