Republicans in Congress are saying a whole lot about energy infrastructure and associated jobs. Most of what they have been saying however is mostly a tissue of lies, distortions, and omissions of fatal data. Of course, right now they are pandering to a Canadian company in the interests of reaping more campaign funds from the fossil fuels industry.
This morning as I half-dozed through the sabbath gasbags on ABC and CBS, I started to think of a necessary expansion to the idea of energy infrastructure. It is not just pipelines and powerlines. "Energy infrastructure" also must be discussed also with reference to devices, systems, and processes that save energy or produce energy without generating millions of tons of waste solids and gasses which are now almost always considered to be environmentally harmful.
Republicans and also most Democrats in Congress and regulatory positions mostly discuss only half of the "energy infrastructure". They need to expand the definition and stop pretending it is only fossil fuels, powerlines, and pipelines.
I saw a good image today as well. It was of a protestor holding up a sign with "There is no PLANET B." We have earth and we better not destroy it as a place habitable by humans. We are very likely on that path now. And even if that is not a 99 percent certainty and only a 1 percent chance of human extinction, it seems like we need to start undoing damage and stop producing more damage. Especially since building energy infrastructure that saves energy and produces it without fossil fuel wastes is considered by most economists to be a wonderful way to generate jobs that mean meaningful and useful employement which benefit all.
*** Stay tuned and remember the other half of "energy infrastructure"-- Doug Wiken