As I was initially dreaming up the theme of the blog, one of my thoughts was something I might call as a working title “Polar Opposites”. We are certainly a polarized country. We’re either Pro-This or Anti-That. There is increasingly no middle. I would generally fall into the conservative side of the political realm with a slant toward being a libertarian. I found Trump to be just too disagreeable. In full disclosure, I voted for Libertarian Gary Johnson.
But I do take pride in trying to see all sides of arguments and my “Polar Opposites” idea had to do with looking at the other side of of where you are and try to understand their points. For instance, I’m a firm believer in the Second Amendment. I believe that people (typically bad people) kill people, not guns. But I also think that “Damn there’s too many people getting killed with guns and might there be a reasonable means of limiting guns in the hands of bad people”.
So, with this kind of thought process, I wanted to talk about being green. There is a strong (and correct) assertion out there that the climate is changing. The Climate is always Changing. That’s a No-Shit truth. But why is it changing?
A lot of people on the Left assert that a good portion of our economic activity is causing it. I tend to not buy this as being anywhere close to a substantial cause. This earth is a very, very big place. The geographical pockets of economic activity in this country (think big cities New York, Chicago, LA) are small, minute percentages of the landmass that is the United States. When you fly cross country, look down. Thousands of miles of nothing happening but trees and deserts doing their thing. When you fly outside the country, look down. Thousands and thousands of miles of nothing happening but the oceans and mountains doing their thing. This earth is so vast that we lost a friggin’ airplane in the ocean a couple of years ago.
The preceding paragraph would certainly garner a lot of disagreement. Many in the FIRE community are strong believers that fossil fuels are destroying the earth. But instead of fighting from polar opposite views, let’s gather at the fence in the center and try to find some common ground.
We’re smart people. If there’s a better mousetrap to provide for our energy needs, we’ll find it. Heck, we may have already found it. Solar and Wind might get there. It just needs to become more financially feasible without government subsidies (and no government subsidies for fossil fuels either).
So, for all those on both sides of the aisle, our motivations might be different, but our goals are closer to the middle. Use less. It’s good for the earth and it’s good for our wallets. Win/Win.