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Burnin', Burnin', Burnin': The Free Market and Renewables

Burnin', Burnin', Burnin': The Free Market and Renewables

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Critics of extreme environmentalists have long made the argument that the free market will solve the “end of oil” problem, and the recent boom in solar and other alternative energy producing companies has lent credence to that claim. This summer, skyrocketing fuel prices gave a boost to alternative energy and made “greening” popular, but in the aftermath of the global economic slump, energy prices came back to normal. The New York Times has reported that the poor economic climate and falling oil prices may hinder the development of new green businesses .

And it may turn out that the “end of oil” will never come. Biofuels may give us the ability to continue burning things in order to get our energy. Some environmentalists champion biofuels, but burning ethanol or sunflower oil is less clean than burning gasoline, and so fails to address the problem of global warming.

Crucial to understanding how we can protect the future of humanity is the distinction between “clean” and “renewable” energy. Recently, a fungus was discovered that can make biofuel more efficiently than any other known method , and which may enable us to avoid developing clean energy altogether. If the scarcity of energy that leads to widespread adoption of clean energy sources never arrivess, the free market cannot do our dirty work for us.

Therefore, we must take the movement towards clean energy into our own hands, and sustain it based on our informed ideals. If we rely on market forces to fix our lack of dedication to humanity’s future, we run the risk of choking on the fumes of renewable but unclean technology.

 

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