Morality of Fossil Fuels for Humans

Everyone wants to talk about climate change. Everyone has an opinion on climate change and the government's role in dealing with climate change. There are people on the far left who view the "environment" as some kind of all knowing power that can destroy all of human life if we don't go vegan yesterday. There are those to the right that view climate change as hoax made up  by the scientific community to limit people's ability to earn money so that the gloablist can some how feed on our beta male bodies and have pedo sex slaves or something. So what's really going on here? Are fossil fuels the sugar of the energy industry that is causing the diabetes of the earth through warming of the environment? The answer is Yes....and No. It seems pretty clear that there is evidence that the climate that we live in here on earth is warming and partially to be blamed on by humans. At the same time, however, we have drastically improved the lives of billions of people around the planet. Directly caused by the use of fossil fuels people are eating more, living longer, being able to have electricity and clean water. The use of fossil fuels in nations has directly correlated with the increase in the wealth of citizens. Fossil fuels improve our farms, improve our communications, improve our means of cheap reliable transportation and provide a means to create a stronger infrastructure. The computer I am typing on at this very moment is primarily composed of oil. The power that charged my phone last night was provided primarily by fossil fuels. The food I ate for lunch was able to be grown by fossil fuels. The car I drove home contains many fossil fuels and and is powered by fossil fuels. The refrigerator that I cool my milk is powered by fossil fuels, the container my milk is in is created by fossil fuels, the coating on the mug I drink the milk in is created by fossil fuels. Fossil fuels are everywhere in every single tiny aspect of our lives, but are they are problem?

The answer is yes, in some ways fossil fuels in their current state create waste and warm the air and have caused some pretty nasty events and trends to occur here on our planet. I think the left has a fair criticism of fossil fuels, but what they don't seem to have right is the solution. I will go ahead and state it now, wind power will never provide enough energy for a nation in the near future. "Green" Energy has done very little in the way of efficient energy transfer to be consumed by people. I will give you a number of where we stand today despite billions of dollars in subsidies to the green energy movement. 8%. 8% of the world gets it power from all sources of "renewable" energy combined, wind and solar's numbers are significantly worse. Just 0.5% of the earth's energy was supplied from solar or wind. That's not very significant by any stretch of anyone's imagination. In their current state green energy solutions if relied upon would kill more people than climate change has or will in the near future. They simply are not ready for prime time.

 

Despite high growth rates, renewable energy still represents only a small fraction of today’s global energy consumption. Renewable electricity generation (excluding hydro), is estimated to account for nearly 8% of global electricity generation. “
— http://www.bp.com/en/global/corporate/energy-economics/statistical-review-of-world-energy/renewable-energy.html

In the late 1970's and 80's environmental scientist were urging the ban of fossil fuel use down to rather extreme rationing (at this point in history according to them an individual would only be allowed to drive 4 miles worth of CO2 emissions from a car.) There were many claims that the environment simply could not support the continued use of fossil fuels and would have catastrophic consequences to our planet and way of life. So what happened? What laws were passed to dramatically reduce our use of fossil fuels? None. Instead we did what Americans typically do and over consumed and used GREATER amounts of fossil fuels for our energy demands. From 1980 to 2015 we increased the number of vehicles driver by 106%, we increased the population by 41%, we increased our energy consumption by 25% and our CO2 emissions by 18%. This sounds like a recipe for disaster for some super polluted wasteland of overcrowded polluted cities with grey smoggy skies and soot dust covering everything, but what actually happened? Pollution in the United States decreased by an astonishing 65%. That means we have somehow managed to both use more fossil fuels and decrease the level of pollution for all Americans. 

source: https://www.epa.gov/air-trends/air-quality-national-summary

source: https://www.epa.gov/air-trends/air-quality-national-summary

The reason this is possible is simply human ingenuity. The amount of energy contained in a barrel of oil did not change, that is determined by the laws of physics, what did change is our ability to use more of the oil in that barrel to do more things. Oil has an incredible abundance of energy contained within itself, to put into perspective just how much energy is in oil, you can outside grab a rock that fits in your palm and look at it. The amount of energy contained inside of that rock is enough energy to fuel 25% of all the cars that drive in the US everyday in estimation. The oil never changed, the engineering and processing did. Oil is supposed to be bad for our lives. Fossil fuels should be trying to kill us, they are warming our planet. What really matters in the argument of climate change is the ability of humans to create an environment they can adapt to. Fossil fuels may have caused warming of our planet, but, the total number of climate related deaths since their inception has dropped by enormous amounts. The number of lives saved by air conditioning in a home alone saves thousands of lives every year, proof is in the fact that when power goes out for a day in the Houston summers, the elderly die. Fossil fuels have extended our life span and allowed us to spend more time with the ones we love. Fossil fuels have fed the hungry, enriched the poor, and developed infrastructure for the third world. How much can we really hate on a product that has done so much good for the lives of nearly all humans. Despite it's flaws, I still to vote for Fossil fuels as the primary energy source of the future and before you try to make the argument about electric cars such as tesla, that electricity also comes from fossil fuels. 

 

-Josh 

Is Amazon Too Big?

Recently Amazon paid $13.7 Billion to acquire grocery store chain Whole Foods. As Amazon reaches its capitalist nation now from the internet to the brick and mortar; people are starting to wonder when is big too big? Is Amazon a coming threat to the American way of life with it's near monopoly like state in the e-commerce industry. The core of this concern stems from worry, people are worried that Amazon will become too large that no company can compete. We should first study why and how Amazon reached it's state of business monstrosity. Amazon started as an online book company in the year of 1994 during the internet boom of the 90's. Jeff Bezos saw an opportunity to create a new online business that hadn't truly existed before that moment, this was a moment of luck, observation and determination. There are moments that happen like this  at all times that make them the most opportune moment for a certain industry based on where technology or society is at that percise moment. The idea of online book sales made economically very easy to compete with big brick and mortar  book stores such as Barnes and Nobles and the late Borders. Amazon did not need to open it's doors to  customers every day to sell a book, it could sell a book at any time of the day 24/7 by being 100% accessible through a website at a time when internet business were starting to find their footing. Since, the start Amazon has made wise decisions and had great future outlook to create a business that continued to grow and grow to give customers a better buying experience and price to match it. 

What happens when Amazon expands and dominates other industries as it did with books in the 90's and early 2000's, the answer is it already has. Amazon now offers groceries shipped to your door, subscription base free 2 day shipping. free music streaming, free move and TV streaming and hosts more internet websites that any other company in the world. Amazon is huge. Amazon's revenue is larger than almost half of the GDP of countries. You didn't misread that last sentence, just look at the figure below:

 

At a glance that may make one uneasy to consider that a corporation is larger than many countries. but let's think about what Amazon has done to your daily life, most savvy individuals will now check the price of any item in a store with Amazon to determine how good of a deal they are getting. Amazon now offers restaurant delivery, home services included assembly and install and groceries delivered fresh to your door. Amazon has consistently seen opportunity in which they can provide value to the lives of American's. 

What about how Amazon treats people? Many have heard the rumors that working at Amazon is a very stressful job. with lower than average pay for a tech company, less vacation time and inadequate benefits. This may stem from some truth, historically Amazon has put a lot of pressure on it's employees in the way of metrics and competition. There is very little in the way of job safety and constant competition in the work environment, but, things are starting to change at Amazon. Amazon now offers paternity leave for father's and mother's and will even pay for your spouses paternity leave if their company does not offer it. To be even more humanitarian in the public eye, Amazon has committed to building a homeless shelter near it's office in Seattle to house 65 families full time for free. 

Amazon has reached it's domination by being obsessive. Amazon is obsessed about it's customers, down to tiny details that you probably didn't even realize. For example, if you are returning an item, as soon you drop it off at the UPS store location you are issued a refund for the item. This is how Amazon continues to dominate many industries that it enters by giving more and more power to the consumer. It is even the first bullet of the Amazon Leadership Principles:

Customer Obsession
Leaders start with the customer and work backwards. They work vigorously to earn and keep customer trust. Although leaders pay attention to competitors, they obsess over customers
— https://www.amazon.jobs/principles

 

Amazon has achieved so much by the virtue of giving you, the consumer, so much power and flexibility when it comes to shopping. If the result of being obsessive about customer service is more services like those that Amazon currently offers, by all means please continue to expand and dominate industries. because as of now, Amazon is the best alternative to every other shopping experience.