It may seem odd that anyone would prefer scarcity of energy resources and the high prices that go with it, but followers of “Progressivism,” the new euphemism for socialism, want exactly that. George Will explains:
In 2011, for the first time in 62 years, America was a net exporter of petroleum products. For the indefinite future, a specter is haunting progressivism, the specter of abundance. Because progressivism exists to justify a few people bossing around most people and because progressives believe that only government’s energy should flow unimpeded, they crave energy scarcities as an excuse for rationing — by them — that produces ever-more-minute government supervision of Americans’ behavior.
Imagine what a horror 2011 was for progressives as Americans began to comprehend their stunning abundance of fossil fuels — beyond their two centuries’ supply of coal. Progressives responded with attempts to impede development of the vast, proven reserves of natural gas and oil here and in Canada. They bent the willowy Obama to delay approval of the Keystone XL pipeline to carry oil from Canadian tar sands; they raised environmental objections to new techniques for extracting gas and “tight” oil from shale formations.
Environmentalism is the greatest ruse ever found for getting people to voluntarily give up freedom, prosperity, and independence. The Nazis and Communists used violence and death to force on people what Progressives have been successful in getting millions of people to do to themselves. As the totalitarian movements in the twentieth century spread destruction and despair, the Green movement would very much like to do the same if that will put them “in control of every living soul” as Leonard Cohen describes in The Future, It is Murder. The evil then and now is different but in the long run can be about equal in its power to spread darkness in the world.
“New technology for extracting oil from oil sands could more than double the amount of oil that can be extracted from these abundant deposits. It could also reduce greenhouse-gas emissions from the process by up to 85 percent. Canada’s oil sands are a huge resource. They contain enough oil to supply the U.S. for decades.”
Environmentalists will naturally be against this. They used to say they supported natural gas because it’s clean. But that was before recent discoveries of natural gas such as the Marcellus shale and others have resulted in us having a lot of it, and the prospect that it might be cheap.
This discovery was assisted by a $10 Million grant from the Canadian government but it accomplished by business and technology from the private sector. A government that actually wants to have cheap, clean energy helped.