Interior Secretary points out how unrealistic the anti-energy left is
The Desert Sun:
President Barack Obama's Interior secretary had some sharp words for the "keep it in the ground" movement Thursday.It is not just solar powered cars that are missing. Aluminum, steel, and plastic used to make the components of cars and other forms of transportation cannot be manufactured without fossil fuels. The petrochemical business relies on natural gas to create materials that go into all sorts of consumer products as well as fertilizer for growing food. Those calling for keeping fossil fuels int eh ground have no alternative to replace it in any meaningful way.
Environmental groups have increasingly urged the federal government to stop issuing new leases for coal, oil and gas extraction on public lands. They've argued that if the world doesn't keep the vast majority of its fossil fuels in the ground, global warming will almost certainly exceed 2 degrees Celsius compared to pre-industrial times, the target adopted in Paris last year by 195 nations, including the United States.
Speaking with a Desert Sun reporter after an event at the Whitewater Preserve on Thursday, Jewell said the United States is "waking up as a nation to the impact of climate change, and the impact of carbon on our environment." Eventually, "we will transition ourselves from a fossil fuel-dependent economy to an economy where we are not as dependent," she said.
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But for now, the nation depends on coal, oil and gas, Jewell said. In California, she noted, "There are many, many miles driven every day. We don’t yet have solar-powered cars."
"It's going to take a very long time before we can wean ourselves from fossil fuels, so I think that to keep it in the ground is naïve, to say we could shift to 100 percent renewables is naïve," Jewell said. "We really have to have a blend over time, and a transition over time, that recognizes the real complexity of what we're dealing with."