Natural in Lieu of Renewable

John N. White – My Point of View

Renewable energy? What does renew mean? An online dictionary defines renew: to restore to a former state esp. so as to be used again.

I know I can renew a used car. In bygone years, shoe cobblers renewed my shoes. Annually, printed subscriptions and association memberships must be renewed.

Let’s test the concept of a renewable energy source.

Environmentalists describe sunlight and wind as ‘renewable’ while mischaracterizing natural resources like oil, coal, and gas as unnatural for human consumption.

How does one go about renewing solar energy? How about renewing wind energy? My limited command of the English language has not sufficient vocabulary to describe how I would go about renewing either the sun or west Texas wind.

For a moment, can we consider solar energy and west Texas wind energy as natural resources? Natural defined: existing in or formed by nature and not by humans.

Now, let’s consider other natural resources. Is there among us anyone above the age of 10 years who does not know oil, coal, and methane gas are natural resources?

As far back as the founding of our country our forefathers recognized all things natural as divine creations. Consider this phrase from the Declaration of Independence: the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them.

A gigantic plus to the natural resources of oil, coal, and gas is simply the fact these are already here in abundance in our country while most solar panels are manufactured in communist China. Some solar panels are manufactured here, also, but you should know it takes a lot of our natural carbon-based energy to produce them. Why not just go straight to the source?

Why are oil, coal, and gas superior to solar and wind? The first three are always on and always reliable. By the way, the ‘R’ in ERCOT stands for reliability.

Drill, Baby. Drill.

John White
Rockwall, Texas

Published by John White

A lifetime (over 50 years) of experiences with automation and control systems ranging from aerospace navigation, radar, and ordinance delivery systems to the world's first robotic drilling machine for the oil patch, to process-control systems, energy management systems and general problem-solving. At present, my focus is on self-funding HVAC retrofit projects and indoor air quality with a view to preventing infections from airborne pathogens.

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