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A Political War Over Renewable Energy and Climate Change

Updated on June 11, 2017
The heated debate continues as to whether or not global warming is real. Most of the time the debate against it is backed by those who profit from business that contributes to global warming.
The heated debate continues as to whether or not global warming is real. Most of the time the debate against it is backed by those who profit from business that contributes to global warming.

Where Is America Headed Now?

This is a question that seems everyone in the world is asking since Donald Trump, millionaire real estate mogul, become president of the United States of America. In his campaign for the presidency, Trump promised to turn Washington "upside down", and that he is doing with tweets and pro-corporate budget cuts.

He promised the American people to make America great again. What he left out of that slogan was the word "corporations." His actions - along with the actions of those who support him - don't seem to be about making America as a whole "great again," but more about making big business and fake news great, again.

What lies at the heart of all this masquerading about is renewable energy versus the old timers who got wealthy from oil, coal, and gas; it's about global warming versus naysayers of global warming. This is all about politics and money. That is all it has ever been about, and it isn't going to change with voting. It changes with supporting what you believe in by investing into it with money, sweat, blood and tears. Period.

Trump Backs Out Of Paris Climate Change Agreement

Fake News and Politics Are Getting Better At Fooling the Masses

Hasn't anyone noticed that the same tactics employed by Nazi Germany are being employed by America and other superpowers? Maybe there aren't mass graves filled with people who were gassed in chambers; maybe there aren't slave camps forcing people to mine coal; maybe there aren't SS kidnapping people and torturing them to death for speaking out. Nevertheless, these people are employing the same Hitlerian media tactics - tactics full of propaganda.

President Trump promised to make America great again (just as Hitler promised to make Germany great again). And after years of war and a failing economy, the people of the United States are tired (just as the German people were tired). And as did the people who allowed Hitler to gain power, they are willing to accept evil leaders who make big promises to renew employment and lower taxes. What they fail to see is the half-truth in that promise.

Trump keeps reminding people how he promised them this and promised them that, so every time he makes some executive order that undermines positive growth and development, he is sure to say, "This was what I promised the American people!"

I don't remember promising to slash funding to the IRS. Tell us Mr. Trump, how does cutting funding to the IRS help anyone but the wealthy so that they can more easily shirk the system? How is getting rid of the Dodd-Frank Act help the people of America? Seems like getting rid of the oversight that keeps Wall Street and big banks in line isn't what you promised. But is it? And this, folks, is where the gray line of deceit comes into play.

He did make promises to create more jobs; he did promise to turn Washington upside down; he did promise to do this and do that. What he left out is how and by which method he would do those things. So, now everytime someone speaks out against his terrible executive orders, he simply answers, "This is what I promised the voters! I am keeping that promise!" Well, can't argue there, can we Mr. Trump?

The Great Climate Change Conspiracy

What Does This All Have to Do With the War on Renewable Energy and Climate Change?

There is a growing paradigm shift within the fossil fuel industries. More and more of them are beginning to see that fighting renewable energy is futile. Royal Dutch Shell Plc Chief Executive Ben van Beurden has admitted during at the CERAWeek energy conference in Houston that if they don't start investing in green energy, they will begin to lose public support.

Shell plans on investing $1 billion a year for the next decade in renewable energy. This is still way less than the $25 billion spent annually, but still a great start for an industry that has always been seen as an enemy of green energy.

"If we're not very careful, with all the good intentions and advocacy that we have, we may, as a sector and society, not make the progress that is needed," van Beurden continued.

The biggest challenge for the energy sector is to keep public acceptance. It doesn't seem politicians are able to change the public's outlook on the future of global warming and its possible impacts on the ecosystem. And oil company CEOs like van Beurden recognize this.

"I do think trust has been eroded to the point that it is becoming a serious issue for our long-term future," he continued. "If we are not careful, broader public support for the sector will wane."

Shell has actually been one of the biggest advocates for the carbon tax, even going as far as to invest a lot of money and resources in finding natural gas supplies, which is a cleaner burning fuel. Furthermore, Shell has implemented a reward system for those within the company who have succeeded in lowering greenhouse emissions.

Van Beurden is quoted further as saying, "This is the biggest challenge as we have at the moment as a company ... The fact that societal acceptance of the energy system as we have it is just disappearing."

Who Else Is Showing Concern for Renewable Energy?

As Saudi Arabia is beginning to rethink its reliance on fossil fuel as an income, selling large portions of their national oil company, other oil giants are beginning to feel the pressure.

The world's biggest oil giants are now starting to invest billions in electric battery storage systems, wind farms and carbon capture and storage (CCS). This also comes on the heels of the United Nations announcement of a climate change agreement between participating nations and with Shell and Exxon Mobil finding that their shareholders are demanding more be done to curb climate change.

The French company Total recently bought battery maker Saft for 1.1 billion Euro. Their goal: to take advantage of the emerging electric storage market. Chairman and chief executive Patrick Pouyanné acknowledge that electric storage solutions are a "key component of the future growth of renewable energy".

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      Russell William Fry 2 months ago from Indonesia

      I apologize for the late response. You are exactly on point. As I have been watching this madness called a presidency, I am still very confused as to how the public as a whole can take our government seriously anymore - especially the media.

      Funny thing is (like, I literally laugh), Trump loves to throw out the new catchphrase "fake news." Really? Is he accusing the Left of fake news? Now, I am not a political person; I never vote, nor do I care who wins, since someone somewhere already chose for us, but for Trump to call the Left "fake news" and a "bunch of loons" is like the kettle calling the pot black, excuse the pun.

      I have come to the conclusion that we are simply here to live and do the best that we can. I truly believe there is nothing we can do to stop what is happening. Only a few people with half a brain are trying, and it isn't enough.

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      Howard Schneider 3 months ago from Parsippany, New Jersey

      Excellent Hub, Russell. Some in the Big Oil industry are learning lessons and seeing the future but far too few. President Trump's Paris Accord withdrawal is going to put us far behind countries like China in the renewable energy race. You are exactly right. It is all about big moneyed interests. They support political campaigns. Both our economic future and our very existence is on the line and Trump has failed.