Are Environmentalists Winning the War against Tar Sands?

Originally posted on 10/14/2010 by D. Platt; republished here with permission

The term tar sands, also known as oil sands or bituminous sands, refers to a type of petroleum deposit that is so viscous that it is difficult to extract. In order to get the petroleum to flow as it does in more conventional deposits, heat must be used. So it’s necessary to invest energy (heat) to extract energy (petroleum). Consequently the extraction process is more expensive than that required by conventional deposits. But as oil prices increase, it becomes profitable to obtain oil from tar sands despite the greater extraction costs.

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Environmentalists’ frontal assault on suburbia

Originally posted by me elsewhere 10/31/2010

In addressing the U.S. Conference of Mayors this past January, President Obama laid out his vision for developing your local community, specifically local planning, zoning, things of that nature. You might think that in the divide between federal, state, and local powers surely local zoning and development are… well, local. But the President doesn’t share your parochial view. As he explained to the mayors in attendance, he believes the federal government needs to…

focus on creating more livable and environmentally sustainable communities. Because when it comes to development, it’s time to throw out old policies that encouraged sprawl and congestion…

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Sticking it to the (green) man

Originally posted by me elsewhere on Oct. 24, 2010

When I learned that my local department store had received a huge shipment of incandescent light bulbs, I went out and bought a full shopping cart of them. Why? I am tired of being bullied by the green movement and its government arm.

For years there has been a huge campaign to promote the advantages of CFL light bulbs. Nonetheless, not everyone has climbed onto the CFL bandwagon. In fact some people have even gone so far as to suggest that there are disadvantages to using CFLs (for example, this blog post by Co2 Art). Having grown tired of trying to reason with an unreasonable populace, governments around the world decided to coerce individuals into giving up their incandescent bulbs. In the U.S. our political class reached their exasperation point in 2007 when they passed the Energy Independence and Security Act.

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Regulating money right out of my wallet

Originally posted by me elsewhere on Oct. 19, 2010

Here are some of the latest consumer products that are reported to be super-energy efficient. You’d think if they were so good, the federal government wouldn’t be inflicting them on me against my will. Apparently the increased, up-front cost of a number of these products is so great that I won’t be able to recoup the difference by lower energy use.

My husband says that crates of incandescent light bulbs have just recently shown up at our local Meijer’s department store. I need to stop by and stock up before they’re gone forever.

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