I understand that the study of macroeconomics is intricately and infinitely complicated. I understand that there are quite a few things that go into the energy produced and used in the United States. However, it seems to me that the way that the energy trade plays out is mind boggling.
I’m just going to lay it out as it seems. Forgive me if you are an economist.
UK energy company Centrica reached a deal today with the United States’ Cheniere that promises the shipment of 89 billion cubic feet of liquefied natural gas (LNG) annually over the course of a 20 year contract. Enough to heat about 1.8 million British homes a year.
This gas will be extracted from the underbelly of the continental U.S. through the controversial method of hydraulic fracturing, or fracking.
So . . . this is the plan. Use a method that has shown to be detrimental to the environment to export LNG.
Meanwhile, although LNG imports are at the lowest level since 1998 in the U.S., we’re still importing over 3000 billion cubic feet annually, mostly by pipeline from Canada and Mexico.
Here’s the question. Why destroy the environment, make drinking water toxic, destroy farmland, etc. to export a product we’re just going to need to import. How is that in the interest of the American people? If we’re going to be so destructive, could it at least provide some sort of direct benefit for the people? Yes, I know business isn’t in the interest of the people. But this is the very point.
How did this happen? What is the benefit and what is the cost, and why are we standing by saying, that’s just what the world’s turned into.
I guess the message is that we are not all standing by. Everyday thousands, millions, billions of people across the world say no. They’re out there shutting down headquarters of crooked businesses, stopping their friends from bullying the new kid, cutting peanut butter sandwiches into heart shapes.
Convincing the rest of the world that there is still hope is the hard part. Putting a stop to a culture so detached from its humanity that we allow lives to be destroyed regularly, is an uphill battle. There are people out there right now on the front lines of this war. You can see them everywhere. (Mr.) Fred Rogers is quoted as once saying, “When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.”
Look for the helpers. They’re everywhere. There is as much hope that the world can change as there is fear that it will destroy itself. It’s time for your choice. Which side will you choose?