Is "more oil" part of the Biden plan?
While perusing the Facebooks I found this interesting Margaret Flowers broadcast. Here are the key sentences from the intro:
The Biden administration claims to care about the climate crisis but it is currently allowing a dredging project to proceed in the Matagorda shipping channel to open the way for crude oil exports in Texas. Not only will this drive a surge in oil extraction, but it will also increase mercury pollution by digging in a Superfund site left by the aluminum company, Alcoa. The project will decimate the struggling local fishing industry.
At any rate, it appears that, for someone in the Biden administration, it's okay for oil exports to increase. The United States is the world's sixth-biggest oil exporter, and they think we ought to keep it that way. Moreover, someone in the Biden administration thinks that the oil industry is more important than the shrimp industry. Flowers' interview with the hunger striker begins at around 23:10.
So how is this channel building, this government handshake with the oil industry, different from climate change denial? I'm sure that the "bright green" people (as Jensen, Keith, and Wilbert would call them) will tell us that it's all completely okay, and that solar and wind will soon become so cheap that there will be no market for oil anymore. The market will save us! We will all, magically, not need oil anymore. Energy consultancies are telling us that, even by 2040, 85% of our energy will still come from fossil fuels, but somehow they're drastically wrong. I'd like to hear how this is so. It's a long drop from 85% to 0%.
So are you consuming oil in your gas tank? Shame on you! You're to blame for why we're all going to die! But it's okay, though. In the "bright green" imaginations, we will all drive electric cars, except, though, that we'll need at least 30 times more in terms of minerals than what we've got now if this-all is to be made possible. Or maybe they can make electric cars (and the solar panels which will run them in the bright green future) with magic instead of mining now. I don't know.
If I were a Congressmember (which I'm not), and if I were conducting a hearing on the Biden climate plan (which I'm not), I'd want to ask: what's the plan? Where are you going to find all these minerals, how are they going to be extracted, how is the ramp-up of "green" technology going to do anything more than supplement the fossil-fuel industry and, ultimately, who's going to pay for the electric cars?
You've all got enough spare cash lying under the household sofa to afford electric cars, right? No, wait, 80% of Americans are in debt! Does all that debt magically go away like the mineral requirements for electric cars and solar panels are magically going to go away? Like the fossil fuel industry will magically go away once the solar panels are cheap enough?
What's the plan?