On Earth Day 2012, Let's Celebrate our Abundant Domestic Energy Treasures from Mother Earth
According to Wikipedia, Earth Day is a "day early each year on which events are held worldwide to increase awareness and appreciation of the Earth's natural environment."
We're coming up on Earth Day this Sunday, and it might be a good time to celebrate the fact that we still get most of our plentiful, affordable energy directly from Mother Earth in the form of fossil fuels (coal, natural gas and petroleum) that helps to fuel our vehicles and airplanes, and heat and light our homes, businesses and factories. Shouldn't that be part of the "awareness and appreciation of Earth's natural environment," to celebrate the Earth's bountiful natural resources in the form of fossil fuels?
The two charts above illustrate the fact that despite Obama's claims that oil and fossil fuels are "energy sources of the past," they are still very much the primary energy sources for both domestic production and consumption (EIA data here) of energy, and will likely remain so for many generations to come. Despite all of the billions of dollars in
The theme of 2012 Earth Day is "Mobilize the Earth," and I suggest we recognize the significant increases in recent years mobilizing our country's energy treasures in the Bakken Formation of North Dakota, the Marcellus Formation in Pennsylvania, and the Eagle Ford Formation in Texas. On Earth Day, we should also celebrate the fact that extracting oil and gas from the earth creates thousands of jobs for Americans. We now have more direct jobs in the domestic oil and gas industry (193,000) than at any time since 1988, and the industry has been creating more than 100 new jobs every day for the last year.
Happy Earth Day 2012~!