Increasing endlessly our consumption of fossil fuels, any of them witout sensible conservation measures IS the problem. Driven by profits, real alternatives aren’t on the energy company agenda.
“The Formula” was a “crime drama” with George C. Scott and Marlon Brando. It revolved around a Nazi formula to synthesize gasoline from coal. At one point, Brando, playing an American (multi-national) oil company CEO tells his aid how much to raise prices, and to hold off on the full increase. The aid then says, “it’s those damned Arabs.”. Brando’s response perfectly sums up reallity: “You idiot, WE ARE THE ARABS”.
Coal remains both necessary in some areas, and extremely nasty and destructive to extract and burn. It can be “cleaned up” a tad, but the phrase “clean coal” is a joke, and technology can NOT make it totally true, period.
All fossil fuels are finite, as is the ignorance of Americans with regard to where their food, or fuels, come from. “Deniers” expand that ignorance, with a dash of fear and loathing thrown into their formula for distraction and deception.
People need to wake up.