The Sierra Club's Latest Foot-Stomping Tantrum
This article in today's Wall Street Journal describes the Sierra Club's next target--natural gas:
...[O]ne of the most powerful environmental lobbies, the Sierra Club, is mounting a major campaign to kill the industry.... The big green lobbying machine has rolled out a new website that says "The natural gas industry is dirty, dangerous and running amok" and that "The closer we look at natural gas, the dirtier it appears; and the less of it we burn, the better off we will be." So the goal is to shut the industry down, not merely to impose higher safety standards.... The lobby helped to block new nuclear plants for more than 30 years, it has kept much of the U.S. off-limits to oil drilling, and its "Beyond Coal" campaign has all but shut down new coal plants. One of its priorities now will be to make shale gas drilling anathema within the Democratic Party.
The political irony is that not too long ago the Sierra Club and other greens portrayed natural gas as the good fossil fuel.... So why is the Sierra Club suddenly portraying natural gas as a villain? The answer surely is the industry's drilling success. The greens were happy to support natural gas as a "bridge fuel to the 21st century" when it cost $8 or more per million BTUs and seemed to be in limited domestic supply.
But now that the hydraulic fracturing and shale revolution has sent gas prices down to $2.50, the lobby fears natural gas will come to dominate U.S. energy production. At that price, the Sierra Club's Valhalla of wind, solar and biofuel power may never be competitive....
Now, look for a moment at that pie chart, which shows U.S. energy use by fuel type. The Sierra Club opposes oil (40%), coal (23%), natural gas (22%), nuclear (8%), and hydropower (3%). Yes, they even oppose hydro. From their website: "...[B]ecause of the effects of large dams on wildlife and watersheds, the Club does not support large-scale hydropower."
That leaves us with renewables (3%).
It is outrageous that an irresponsible and childish lobby, opposing 97% of our energy sources, has such a great influence on our energy policy. They might as well be advocating for greater use of unicorn tears as a fuel source.