Businesses are also joining in, and sometimes for less than altruistic reasons. General Electric, for instance, makes wind turbines. It’s therefore no surprise that GE subsidiary NBC Universal promoted environmental policies during its “Green Week” earlier this year by encouraging “…viewers and fans to go green with green-themed programming across all of its channels and affiliates aimed at entertaining, informing and empowering Americans to lead greener lives.”
Despite the hype about wind power and boasts about other renewable energy sources, 85 percent of our nation’s energy comes from fossil fuels. Energy from renewable sources such as wind and solar only currently provide about 7 percent of our power and cannot replace fossil fuels anytime soon.
In its September 2008 report, the federal Energy Information Agency predicteda 25 percent rise in heating oil prices and a 17 percent rise in natural gas prices this winter as well as a 9.5 percent projected increase in electricity costs in 2009. Adding to that, gasoline still hovers near $4 a gallon, and the public demands more domestic energy production. A recent Rasmussen poll of likely voters found that 67 percent supported new offshore fossil fuel exploration.
Our nation is blessed with an abundant supply of natural resources. The problem is that Congress, at the demand of Club Green, blocks access to these resources at the peril of families.
What’s disturbing is that, like Gore, many of Club Green’s leaders are among the elite. They are the wealthy, famous, politically-connected and largely immune to the sticker shock of high energy costs.
Something is terribly wrong because the wealth and the political access of a few are being used to dictate how everyone should live.
Deneen Borelli is a fellow for the Project 21, a national network of black executives.