EDITOR: A recent column by United Pipeline CEO Bob Shoneberger made a case for continued expansion of fossil fuel energy and criticized the actions of what he called “anti-energy” activists.
Mr. Shoneberger claims “we eagerly transition toward the greater use of renewable energy,” but claims that renewable energy sources “will not supply the (nation’s energy needs) for the foreseeable future.” For one thing, we do not have “the foreseeable future” to wait out as global warming is already showing a profound impact on our environment. For another thing, other countries are successfully working now to make renewable energy their primary energy sources, while in this country we don’t really “eagerly transition” but instead, continue to expand our use of fossil fuels.
Mr. Schoneberger claims, “We cannot and should not try to silence fringe anti-energy voices, but science and technology do not support them …” For openers, it was the pipeline people who were silencing last year’s North Dakota protestors by siccing the dogs on them. Next, the voices are not “anti-energy,” but are part of a large — not fringe — environmental movement. Further, the scientific consensus on climate change supports converting to renewable energy. Finally, if as much technological effort and financing were put into renewable energy as has been spent on hydraulic fracking, mountain top removal and tar sands oil extraction, we could be well on our way to renewable energy dominance.
It’s already well past the time that this country’s energy policy be dictated by the fossil fuel industry.