By Dick Martin
I usually limit our Sunday Features to military related topics. Renewable energy resources, ie. Wind and Solar are not by themselves military topics, but the military’s deep direct reliance on energy require that if they want to continue to be a world power and affect the future of the world , they have to always be aware of the energy component of any decisions that they make. Personally, I don’t feel that I know enough about reliable renewable energy sources to have any firm opinions. I do know that:
Recently, I was talking to John Hollman about this topic, and he directed me to an article on the subject titled “Mines, Minerals, and “Green” Energy” authored by Mark P Mills, who is an senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute and a faculty fellow of Northwestern University’s McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science. The following is an edited summary of his article:
Among the material realities of green energy are:
Theoretically, we will eventually run out of fossil energy. This would make us a second-rate military power. All of the above problems are daunting, but my experience in the oil industry is that the US companies are able to solve or mitigate the above problems to a manageable level. The oil industry is capable of solving many complex problems, as long as there is an incentive to do so.
“Where there is a will, there is a way.”