Fossil fuel as an energy source is nearly obsolete. Hallelujah!

Clean energy is burgeoning everywhere. Just last year, wind power became economical enough to compete with fossil fuels, and Warren Buffet spent $1 Billion on wind turbines for his utility company. India is currently building the largest solar energy plant in the world. And Ohio’s solar and wind power program is wildly successful – based on pollution reduction, job creation, and money saved.

With clean energy progressing so finely right now, wouldn’t it make sense to hold off on major fossil fuel projects?

If your child, for instance, needed braces, and you were aware of a new technology soon available that would be less painful, less expensive, and straightened teeth more quickly – you’d probably say, “Honey, let’s wait six months for your braces.”

Unfortunately, big oil companies have no loving parents. They have no wise authority figure to guide them. They have no protective boundaries set for them. They are just rich.

Bad News: Oil Pipelines Are Still Opening

In the face of near-obsolescence, big oil companies must have their “last hurrah”. Yesterday, the southern leg of the Keystone pipeline began delivering synthetic crude oil through Texas. The northern portion of the pipeline awaits approval. Does anyone doubt it will open?

Because of the exorbitant cost of oil pipelines, their use will be protected for decades. After all, you can’t expect a corporation to lose profit on an investment they have made. If you or I lose money on an investment, oops – we made an unwise decision. But large corporations are “too big to fail”. That is, they are rich enough to influence the bending of rules, regulations, and laws in their favor.

No one will ever ask large oil corporations why, as fossil fuel energy clearly reaches obsolescence, they did not become leaders in developing clean energy technologies. But I think the answer could be this: Huge corporations don’t like to take risks.

If there had been a big “clean energy race” among oil corporations, that would have required competition. That would have required them to put on their thinking caps. That would have required them to work hard. And in the end, only one or two corporations would develop the winning technologies. You see, not a sure thing. Too risky.

As it stands, the coddled oil companies are assured of getting their own way. It doesn’t matter that burning fossil fuel pollutes the environment – to the extent of global warming.


Maybe global warming is too subtle for all of us to grasp, but we all can see where U.S. land, water, and lives have been dramatically ruined by oil spills and gas leaks. The following time-lapse video from the Center for Biological Diversity shows the pile-up of pipeline incidents that have occurred from 1986 to 2013.

For a more personalized view of a pipeline oil spill, just remember Mayflower, Arkansas on March 29, 2013.

Today, nearly 10 months after the Mayflower oil spill, “home after home sits empty.” (You may visit the Mayflower Arkansas Oil Spill Facebook page to get the latest updates on their situation.)

When will the next tragic pipeline incident occur? Will it happen in your community? How long will viable clean energy need to be established before the oil pipelines are shut down?

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