An observation worth noting … and pondering, from Steven Chu:
In the scientific world, people are judged by the content of their ideas. Advances are made with new insights, but the final arbitrators of any point of view are experiments that seek the unbiased truth, not information cherry picked to support a particular point of view.
Our former U.S. Secretary of Energy offered those comments in his official letter of resignation, delivered earlier this year. [As reported in Peak Oil News by Kjell Aleklett, ASPO International, Friday, February 08, 2013.]
Why is this principle so disdained by too many in both the media and the fossil fuel industry (forget about those on the far Right)? Is what’s good for me/my company today the operative and wisest strategy?
Yes, oil production has been increasing recently, and yes, the marvels of technology and mankind’s abilities to craft new approaches deserve high praise. But when those in positions of influence decide that the message is that and only that, everyone loses in the long run.
Relying on those (admittedly important) few factors while ignoring the great body of factual evidence [the real kind!] which reveals a steady decline in conventional fuel production; rapid decline rates for the unconventional fossil fuels obtained by fracking; the hazards and concerns and challenges posed by fracking; the higher expenses and related production considerations required to frack shale formations, along with a host of other vital pieces of the same puzzle, serves industry officials and their media shills well (now).
The other side of that coin is that the rest of us will find ourselves burdened with far more challenges, far fewer resources available to address them, and far fewer options on a much shorter timeline because too much truth was obscured or simply lied about in order to protect the few in the short-term. What happens then?
Perhaps the question needs to be asked now, instead.
~ My Photo: Dad in a familiar pose, at Stage Fort Park, Gloucester, MA – Aug 2005
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