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Fossil Fuels, the Green New Deal, and Truth

Fossil fuels are bad. Green energy is good.

That’s upside down, says Andrée Seu Peterson in an outstanding article at World. She addresses some of the same themes we wrote about in What Does God Think About Overpopulation?

We are happy to point our readers to this gem from Ms. Peterson, titled “Gifts for Life.”


What man has not dreamed at some time of being Adam, plopped on this floating rock and told to survive. It is the theme of many a movie—Swiss Family Robinson, Cast Away—and even escape rooms and post-apocalyptic stories are really disguised fantasies of a first human, blinking in the light, thrown in a world with no instruction manual and ordered to master it (Genesis 1:26). This is both God’s playfulness and His gift to us, the presents He has hidden to be found and unwrapped one by one.

fossil fuelsWe speak of resources in the earth, but a resource is not a resource until raw material meets human ingenuity. Fire, however stumbled on, was but a fearful curiosity until some genius thought to roast his mastodon over it. Silver, bronze, and gold slept in impatience until Bezalel son of Uri woke their potential as tabernacle lamps and cups that God Himself took pleasure in.

Which is to say, God meant for earth to bear a human footprint.

Consider fossil fuels. What comes to mind by that phrase? Filth? Pollution? Fossil fuels are caches of living things long dead that God, in His thoughtfulness, saved for us till we should learn to tap their benefit for man. “Come and listen to my story ’bout a man named Jed. Poor mountaineer, barely kept his family fed. And then one day he was shootin’ at some food, and up from the ground came a bubblin’ crude. Oil, that is, black gold, Texas tea.”

The fossil fuel industry needs better PR. It supplies 80 percent of the world’s power, and makes life bearable and climate-proofed on this rock for large swaths of humanity, yet seems embarrassed about it. The first I ever heard of fracking (hydraulic fracturing) was not from a proud Chesapeake Energy or BP TV commercial but from a neighbor who saw Gasland but didn’t bother to see FrackNation.

Yet no other energy source has figured out how to generate electricity, heating, and transportation as cheaply and abundantly and on a worldwide scale. Far from causing climate-related deaths, the fossil fuel industry has protected us from climate-related deaths.

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