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The Preamble; Fix it or Nix It?

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At present, oil saturates the Gulf Stream. An official six-month cessation of permits for new drilling did not actually affect the industry or government decisions. Despite Moratorium, Drilling Projects Move Ahead. To explain such an authorization and waiver, the Department of the Interior and the Minerals Management Services Division which regulates drilling, pointed to public statements by Interior Secretary, Ken Salazar. He did not intend to forbid all first cuts in the Earth's crust. Absolutely not. The Federal Government approved wells off the coast of Louisiana in June. Regardless of the day, or realities that are anathema to our citizenry, little has truly changed. Today, just as in yesteryear, we, the people of the United States of America, in order to form a more perfect Union, polish policies to appear as though our civilization would wish to protect and defend all beings, equally.

In an earlier era, and now, the electorate embraces practices that establish justice, while we unreasonably raze the planet. As a devoted citizenry, we insure domestic tranquility through appeasement. Furthermore, for the sake of homeland harmony, we adopt practices that encourage petroleum production, excessive oil and coal profits, whilst we also rob crops of their inherent dignity. We, the countrymen, commit to the promise that we will provide for the common defense. In accordance with the demands of the public, policymakers further endorse perilous practices.

These pursuits are realized in the form of perpetual war. Blood for oil, minerals, or any resource that makes more money for the few, is what we, believe brings security to the native soil. Our energy plans, or was it the profound Preamble to the United States Constitution, afforded us world prominence. Globally, America is seen as powerful, so much so other countries chose to emulate us.

Our governance and Preamble now belong to many a proud nation. Collectively, in this country and the next, people clamor, "We the people commit to fossil fuels and biomass consumption."

Over the years, there have been many opportunities to consider our constitution, our commitment to country, and our love of power. Before this country was born, we could have seized on the chance to harness energy in a way that did not cause harm. In 1766, British Scientist Henry Cavendish identified the energetic element, hydrogen. By 1838, Swiss Chemist Christian Friedrich Schoenbein stumbled upon the "fuel cell." Only seven years later, Sir William Grove, an English Scientist and Judge, demonstrated the practicality of the discovery. Mister Grove created a "gas battery." For this feat, he acquired the title "Father of the Fuel Cell."

Most recall the Franklin kite experiment, which, while not the first appearance of an electrical consciousness certainly was one that gave us a jolt. That event occurred in 1752. Then, people began to realize that electricity, not produced from coal or dependent on fossil fuels, could make a meaningful difference in the society. Initially, there were struggles. Some people were afraid of an incomprehensible current. A few did not wish to succumb to a change in lifestyle. Convenience at a nominal cost convinced the citizenry to change their conventional ways, and of course, modify the meaning of the Constitution.

By 1769, with the advent of the first automobile, people began to ponder inexpensive means for mobility. The invention of engines and the Industrial Revolution completed the conversion. Steamships and steam-powered railroads became the foremost forms of transportation. These vessels used coal to fuel their boilers. Still, it was not until the 1880s that "coal was first used to generate electricity for homes and factories." Since then, there seemed no desire to turn back. Way back when, our constitution, or at least the Preamble as practiced today, was set in stone.

Give it to us cheap and dirty is the American credo. We guzzle gas, burn through barrels of oil, and belch out endorsements for big businesses that earn billions on our backs. Americans strip the countryside in search of more and more coal. We savage the seas and shores whilst we annihilate all the creatures dependent on these. Indeed, we ignore that we too are reliant on the chain of life to survive. We disregard what science teaches us; each species and specimen plays a part in the planet's endurance. Instead, we loudly state, "We the people commit to cheap fossil fuels and biomass consumption that we have become accustomed to." Damn the damage to the planet, and ultimately to humans and all other populations. We travel on, full speed ahead!

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As the Gulf Bay puncture wound bleeds, present and former Governors, Jurists, and citizens clamor, Drill Baby Drill! In June 2020, be it in Alaska, in the Gulf, anywhere, almost anywhere, regardless of known risks, we are ready! We want our fix. Fossil fuels and biomass flow through our blood. Petroleum, or the reliance on this and other hazardous forms of energy, run our boats, cars, trains, planes, and our lives. Even if a pipe, mineshaft, or the food chain are broken, the people say, Let it be!"

"Fix It or Nix It" defines the American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity campaign. This statement is not an endorsement for renewable energy policies. Nor does it address the altered Preamble, No. This group does advocate for further advancements in fossil fuel usage. "ACCCE\. cannot support the Kerry-Lieberman draft bill." This all-"powerful" organization considers these two Senators dissenters, or their proposed legislation a threat to the American way. Reflective of past policies and practices, those who rebel are often forced into submission. Popular opinion can suppress opposition.

Peers, polls, any pressure, can sway the people. Promotional pieces are abundantly persuasive. Ample advertisements feed the public and influence actions. Perhaps this explains why millions of people are easily fooled, or more likely just want to believe as we all do, that what we do now is wise.

Factoids from associations such as the American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity offer us food for thought. Statements that support what we yearn for speak to our heart, head, and soul. These satisfy the American appetite for energy and satiate the anthem. "We the people commit to inexpensive energy and welcome any reassurance that all is well, just as it is."

  • Coal costs less than any other major fossil fuel source.
  • According to an electric power industry journal, 23 of the 25 power plants in the U.S. that have the lowest operating costs (and therefore provide power to their consumers at the lowest prices) are powered by coal.
  • Thanks, in part, to $90 billion invested in new technologies, the environmental footprint of coal-based electricity generation has been significantly reduced.
  • Since 1970, the use of coal to generate electricity in the U.S. has nearly tripled in response to growing electricity demand.
  • Using coal to generate electricity is less than a 1/3 of the cost of other fuels.
Corporations that profit from the use of coal, petroleum, and biomass fuels flood the airwaves with anti alternative and renewable energy oratory. Lobbyists and Legislators who like the status quo are also hard at work.

Commentaries, commercials, Congressional concessions, and common cliche's do not negate the reality that whenever we invest in naturally replenished resources, environmentally friendly green energy, we ultimately provide jobs, as well as preserve the planet. Research abounds. studies confirm. Pew Charitable Trusts asserts Clean Energy Economy Generates Significant Job Growth.

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Nonetheless, the well-established Preamble persists. We the people commit to fossil fuels and biomass consumption." Nations that did not accept our programs, sooner or later, were "willingly" brought into the fold. Money and might can move mountains, petroleum fields, and large quantities of botanical mass. Indeed, the production and use of any fossil fuel is encouraged. Promised earnings offer a profound argument to dissenters.

Some followers of the more modern Preamble, an altered petroleum policy, were brought onboard reluctantly. The bid for biofuels proved profitable. Influential Advisors and Advertisers offered a rationalization. Plants can be grown. Vegetation is renewable. This thought removed a sense of guilt. The public purchased the argument. For most ethanol is envisioned as euphoria.

Some were less relieved by this opportune "reality." However, in time, they too do as the devotees do. They drive hither and yon. Petroleum and plants fill their gas tanks. These persons call themselves environmentalists. Yet, they know that they too, myself among them, consume gargantuan quantities of fossil fuels and biomass energy. To participate in present day life, we, the people, must pump petro and pledge allegiance to the American way, or else . . . For the sake of convenience, expediency, pragmatism and the Preamble, in a Twenty-First century culture, even conservationists surrender.

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