A wonderfully dim response to my Kentucky League of Cities Article

If there is an wonder why Kentucky is in the condition it is in, read the response to my article about the realities of energy descent and climate change will have on the state.  Despite great challenges, my story is essentially positive. But reality has gotten so politicized that many people can’t see straight any more. This writer is an elected city council member of one of Kentucky’s cities. It speaks for itself.


Dear Kentucky City Magazine:

I have read your article in your May/June issue and I am writing to tell you I don’t agree with Mr. Steve Austin who wrote the article, “Local Is the New Global.” He obviously is a proponent of Agenda 21. Not everyone knows what Agenda 21 is unfortunately. Agenda 21 is the United Nations blueprint for global transformation. It was drafted for the purpose of creating “sustainable societies.” Political, cultural and media leaders have embraced its alluring visions of social justice and a healthy planet for everyone. They hide their real intentions behind lies of doomsday scenarios, like “Global Warming” which is continuously preached to our children in the schools by Al Gore and his band of cronies.

After all, what would be wrong with preserving resources for the next generation? Why not limit consumption and reduce energy use? Why not abolish poverty and establish a global welfare system by redistributing the wealth? Why not save the planet by trading our cars for bikes and single dwellings (property) for dense “human settlements” (located on mass transit lines) where everyone would be equal and share a common existence. Then why would we need to own property and would you really need a car?

The answers to those questions are simple. Marxist economics has never worked. Socialism produces poverty, not prosperity. But still, local and national leaders (over 179 nations to date) around the world are following the United Nations blueprint for global management and “sustainable communities.”

Why is Agenda 21 with its “sustainable communities” or “community developments” being driven in every city in Kentucky by many of our appointed and elected officials? Why are they pushing hiking trails, bicycle paths and more green space in our communities? Why are they pushing those “sustainable communities” that will have a high density “human settlement?” The United Nations plan is for changing the way we live, eat, learn and communicate- all under the banner of saving the earth.

Want to really see what Agenda 21 is first hand; see what really happened in Richland County, South Carolina? It started out as a restructuring process to formally adopt a policy called a “comprehensive plan.” The Commission operating under the “plan,” utilized the color of law to try an force the tenets into a “sustainable development.” A “sustainable development” is the official dogma of the legislative and executive branches of the Federal Government. Responsible Richland County citizens read the “comprehensive plan” and alerted their neighbors. The result- implementation process was stalled. See their story- the force abrogation of God given unalienable rights at the following website: www.vimeo.com/8821807 .

I agree new energy sources should be explored but the technologies are not there yet to meet the needs of the United State to replace electricity produced from coal and gasoline from petroleum. We can’t bring fresh fruits and vegetables from California and Florida to Wisconsin using solar or wind energy, particularly in the dead of winter. Also, the United States has not reached its peak in oil. Mr. Austin states, “it is a myth that the United States could become “energy-independent” again because he thinks that we have no oil and that we could drill on every inch of these United States and still not come close to providing the amount of oil we use each day at present.

I beg to differ. The Bakken is the largest domestic oil discovery since Alaska’s Prudhoe Bay, and has the potential to eliminate all American dependence on foreign oil. The Energy Information Administration (EIA) estimates it at 503 billion barrels. Even if just 10% of the oil is recoverable… at $107 a barrel, we’re looking at a resource base worth more than $5.3 trillion.

“This sizable find is now the highest-producing on shore oil field found in the past 56 years,” reports The Pittsburgh Post Gazette. It’s a formation known as the Williston Basin, but is more commonly referred to as the ‘Bakken.’ It stretches from Northern Montana, through North Dakota and into Canada. For years, U.S. oil exploration has been considered a dead end. Even the ‘Big Oil companies gave up searching for major oil wells decades ago. However, a recent technological breakthrough has opened up the Bakken’s massive reserves…. and we now have access of up to 500 billion barrels. And because this is light, sweet oil, those billions of barrels will cost Americans just maybe $20 to $25 per barrel!

That’s enough crude to fully fuel the American economy for 2041 years straight. And if THAT didn’t throw you on the floor, then this next one should – because it’s from 2006!

Hidden 1,000 feet beneath the surface of the Rocky Mountains lies the largest untapped oil reserve in the world. It is more than 2 TRILLION barrels. On August 8, 2005 President Bush mandated its extraction. In three and a half years of high oil price s none has been extracted. With this mother load of oil why are we still fighting over off-shore drilling? They reported this stunning news: We have more oil inside our borders, than all the other proven reserves on earth. Here are the official estimates:

– 8-times as much oil as Saudi Arabia

– 18-times as much oil as Iraq

– 21-times as much oil as Kuwait

– 22-times as much oil as Iran

– 500-times as much oil as Yemen

– and it’s all right here in the Western United States .

HOW can this BE? HOW can we NOT BE extracting this? Because the environmentalists and others have blocked all efforts to help America become independent of foreign oil! Again, we are letting a small group of people dictate our lives and our economy…. WHY? The other issue is that we have not built a gasoline refinery in the United States since the 1970’s. Want to guess why? The EPA mandates and regulations keep oil companies from building a refineries.

A lead researcher with the study says we’ve got more oil in this very compact area than the entire Middle East -more than 2 TRILLION barrels untapped. That’s more than all the proven oil reserves of crude oil in the world today, reports The Denver Post.

Don’t think ‘OPEC’ will drop its price – even with this find? Think again! It’s all about the competitive marketplace, – it has to. Think OPEC just might be funding the environmentalists? And also, what about the redistribution of wealth like, our president’s plan is to talk about green jobs at a windmill factory while loaning money to Brazil so they can drill off shore? He has chipped in $2 billion in loans to exploit offshore oil resources in hopes of extracting a major new source of petroleum.. in South America

As the United States economy continues to struggle, many politicians and energy regulators have adopted a ”green jobs” mantra. They espouse the view that policies mandating renewable resources will provide both environmental and economic salvation. Moreover, electric utilities that are being forced to purchase green energy at above-market prices have been hesitant to criticize the wobbly economics on which these policies rest, either because they can simply pass through the costs to ratepayers or, more likely, are afraid to challenge regulators who hold sway over the utilities’ earnings. Economists continue to point out that there is no such thing as a free lunch, green or otherwise. And, empirical evidence in other countries, such as Spain and Germany-both of which invested heavily in green energy-shows that the cost of these jobs is extraordinarily high. In Spain, for example, each green job created led to the loss of two jobs in the rest of the Spanish economy.

In Germany, the cost per green job created has been estimated to be 175,000 euros ($225,000). Moreover, as the authors of the German study note, ”proponents of renewable energies often regard the requirement for more workers to produce a given amount of energy as a benefit, failing to recognize that this lowers the output potential of the economy and is hence counterproductive to net job creation.” Yet, politicians, perhaps because their own lunches are paid for by others, blithely ignore economists and continue promoting a mythical ”green” economy that will soon emerge.

I do believe that we need alternative sources of energy, but we should not give up on natural gas and petroleum just yet.



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6 responses to “A wonderfully dim response to my Kentucky League of Cities Article

  1. Tim

    Wow. That’s unfortunate. Blah Blah Agenda 21 Blah Blah. Why can’t it just be a good idea? Using our intelligence? And notice how he doesn’t make any mention of the costs of all that oil extraction, or why in the world we need to have another 30 years of oil-free-for-all with these seemingly excessive supplies. Blah Blah Blah.

  2. Drew

    Perhaps more dismal than the councilman’s speculative fact-making is his understanding of capitalism. It’s sad that his animosity towards understanding ecological and environmental systems is hindered by defending failing capital markets. Maybe there’s Coors Light to be found under the Rockies too….

    Steve, in your infinite experiences interfacing with the public “commonplace,” how do we begin to approach and converse with such an unwilling, defensive audience? I’ve been working in the global south since we’ve last met (Logan Co. ’09) where populations are much more receptive to change as they deal with environmental despair on a daily basis. I’m very interested in how you would approach the councilman when trying to generate productive dialogue.

    • Hey Drew- I think the key think is not to engage a particular commentator in such a situation. For example, if you are in a meeting where discussion of adaption strategies is being attacked, I think the surest way to get around the corporatist/miliatrist/patirotic natty talk is simply to appeal to the good sense of the people in the community. What I advocate is releasing communities from control by the global system -both corporate and governmental – in order to help local people, business, communities, and envrionment. This always resonates with people. This is common sense to most and as such will always defeat the FOX News created paranoid tool-people.

      • thanks Rod – maybe my article will help suss out the real threat to our communities – like folks who think that people eating healthy food is bad – or ridiing bikes – or planting trees……

        To me it is amazing that in the year 2011 we are having these incidents – To join the politics of victimization, I guess I am a victim of the “it all gets better” school of thought from the 60s and 70s. It didnt. Economic growth and education didn’t cure it all. In reality education only benefited the few, and economic growth fewer. The rest remain. That is our challenge. What now? Arrogance, resentment, and hate have been sowed in the vacuum.

  3. Rod lindauer

    Another fine example of a truly ignorant person who discovers the whack-ernet, od’s on right wing websites, and starts spouting off like he has any kind of clue. You can’t even begin to have a discussion with these people.

  4. Lyfsatrip

    The councilman is correct and Mr. Austin you are wrong. If you will just open your eyes, read about Agenda 21 and ICLEI you will then understand. I will pray for you to gain insight, knowledge, and use your resource mechanism to fight the invasiveness of Agenda 21.

    Learn more at http://www.freedomadvocates.org or at http://democratsagainstunagenda21.com

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