Why, Oh Why, Can’t We Do It Too?

posted by Jael Ever @ 14:06 PM
June 14, 2011

Several countries in the Western hemisphere, as well as China, are making much greater strides toward renewal and safer energies than the United States.   Although it is going through massive austerity measures, Britain recently announced an official government goal to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 50 percent by 2025.  And that goal is even more ambitious than the European Union’s official plan to reduce emissions by 20 percent by 2020.  Denmark even now has a total “green” economy and environment.  Germany has vowed to shut down all nuclear power plants within the next decade, and to continue to invest in green energy plans.  And the neighbor to the north of the U.S. has already begun projects that will produce heat and fuel using common household waste.

 Canada announced this week that several corporate investors have put funds into their program of turing garbage into fuel for automobiles.  In one example, a company called Enerkem has a 25-year contract to receive all types of municipal waste.  After separating what can be recycled, it heats the remains to 750 degrees so that the waste emits hydrogen and carbon monoxide, which is then scrubbed resulting into methanal and other chemicals.  The process eventually produces excess heat that can be used to boil water and make electricity, and it even emits lower levels of carbon dioxide than corn ethanol. 

 Last year, the Pew Foundation’s report, “Who’s Winning the Clean Energy Race?” revealed that the U.S. continues to slide down the top 10 list of countries racing toward clean energy.  At the same time, that report says, China “is now the dominant power in installed clean energy and set new records for investment and manufacturing.”  China has surpassed the U.S. in investing in wind and solar energy and in manufacturing clean energy equipment.  The Pew report concludes, “It will be a miracle if the United States is able to stay in the top 10 countries in clean energy installation by 2020, much less hold our own.”

 This is bad news for a country that is accustomed to leading the world in energy technology, as well as everything else that is good for its own people, as well as for others.  But apparently no one in authority is listening.  Proverbs 29: 18 says “Where there is no vision, the people perish . . ..”  It is time for this nation to get back its vision of hope, promise and leadership for the good of the nation and the world.  Habakkuk 2: 2 – 4  says, “Write the vision, and make it plain upon tables, that he may run that readeth it. For the vision is yet for an appointed time, but at the end it shall speak, and not lie: though it tarry, wait for it; because it will surely come, it will not tarry. . . . the just shall live by his faith.”  Surely, the vision for Christians who live by faith is to begin praying for this nation in repentance and truth.  That is the vision to put on plus size Christian T-Shirts everywhere!

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