NIMBY and Environmentalist role in energy independence

Thomas G. Brown |

NIMY (Not In My BACKYARD)……….this is probably the most destructive acronym to the U.S. in terms of becoming more energy dependent. Everyone wants wind power but no one wants to have the windmills in their back yard. Take an out of country example ……Donald “Don’t say I went bankrupt” Trump late last year. He purchased a golf course in Scotland and threw a fit when the talk of windmill Construction of it’s shore came about. There is also, Ted Kennedy the senator from Massachusetts whom fought to stop windmills from corrupting the the view from the Cape.
Natural supplies are also effected by this attitude of anywhere but near my house. Re gasification plants are in short supply and with more natural gas coming from abroad these plants are needed on our coasts. This is due to natural gases need for liquidation before shipping can occur. Our re gasification plants are at or near capacity.
Oil is another problem in that we do import a majority of are oil but the statistics only paint part of the picture. We are increasingly importing refined petroleum products such as diesel and gasoline. This is due to the last new refinery coming on line when I was just born. I may not have a genius IQ but I can figure out that production needs to keep up with demand. In addition the new discoveries of oil are increasingly high sulfur crude which takes more time and energy to refine. Another blockage to weaning ourselves of oil from unstable parts of the world is the government impairment of drilling of the coasts, particularly the Gulf of Mexico. This despite the Chinese drilling just 50 miles away of the shores of Cuba. Also, the Alaska National Wildlife Reserve (ANWAR).
Nuclear energy has been taboo in the United States for several decades and unfairly so. I will expand on nuclear energy at a later date. Nobody wants one in their backyard but I we got the majority of our electrical energy from nuclear power this would not only reduce oil consumption but stop the production of green house gases…..preventing what environmentalist are working for (at least I think so most days) cleaner air. This all I have for this week as I am in the hospital for abdominal problems. Hopefully out this week……yummy beef broth and jello for dinner!!!! Have a good week.

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