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The Militarization of U.S. Energy Policy: Donald Trump Enlists Fossil Fuels in the Struggle for Global Dominance

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As the recently published National Security Strategy shows, Donald Trump has turned the expansion of the U.S. fossil fuel industry and its exports into a major component of American foreign and security policy, writes energy expert and author Michael T. Klare. In the view of the Trump administration, anyone that stands in the way of American exploitation of oil, gas and coal resources is viewed as an obstructer of the national interest, notes Klare. He warns that this policy will lead to unprecedented environmental disaster. Article courtesy TomDispatch.

The new U.S. energy policy of the Trump era is, in some ways, the oldest energy policy on Earth. Every great power has sought to mobilize the energy resources at its command, whether those be slaves, wind-power, coal, or oil, to further its hegemonic ambitions. What makes the Trumpian variant – the unfettered exploitation of America’s fossil-fuel reserves – unique lies only in the moment it’s being applied and the likely devastation that will result, thanks not only to the 1950s-style polluting of America’s air, waters, and urban environment, but to the devastating hand it will lend to a globally warming world.

Last month, if you listened to the chatter among elite power brokers at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, you would have heard a lot of bragging about the immense progress being made in renewable energy. “My government has planned a major campaign,” said Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in his address to the group. “By 2022, we want to generate 175 gigawatts of renewable energy; in the last three years, we have already achieved 60 gigawatts, or around one-third of this target.”

Other world leaders also boasted of their achievements in speeding the installation of wind and solar energy. Even the energy minister of oil-rich Saudi Arabia, Khalid Al-Falih, announced plans for a $30 billion to $50 billion investment in solar power. Only one major figure defied this trend: U.S. Secretary of Energy Rick Perry. The United States, he insisted, is “blessed” with “a substantial ability to deliver the people of the globe a better quality of life through fossil fuels.”

Acts of payback

A better quality of life through fossil fuels? On this, he and his Trump administration colleagues now stand essentially alone on planet Earth. Virtually every other country has by now chosen – via the Paris climate accord and efforts like those under way in India – to speed the transition from a carbon-based energy economy to a renewable one.

A possible explanation for this: Donald Trump’s indebtedness to the very fossil fuel interests that helped propel him into office. Think, for example, of his interior secretary’s recent decision to open much of the Atlantic and Pacific coasts to offshore drilling (long sought by the oil and gas industry) or his administration’s moves to lift restrictions on coal mining on federal lands (long favored by the coal industry).

Both were clearly acts of payback. Still, far more than subservience to oil and coal barons lurks in Trump’s energy policy (and Perry’s words). From the White House perspective, the U.S. is engaged in a momentous struggle for global power with rival nations and, it is claimed, the country’s abundance of fossil fuels affords it a vital edge. The more of those fuels America produces and exports, the greater its stature in a competitive world system, which is precisely why maximizing such output has already become a major pillar of President Trump’s national security policy.

He laid out his dystopian world vision (and that of the generals he’s put in charge of what was once known as American “foreign policy”) in a December 18th address announcing the release of the administration’s new National Security Strategy (NSS) document. “Whether we like it or not,” he asserted, “we are engaged in a new era of competition.”

“To succeed we must integrate every dimension of our national strength, and we must compete with every instrument of our national power”

The U.S. faces “rogue regimes” like Iran and North Korea and “rival powers, Russia and China, that seek to challenge American influence, values, and wealth.” In such an intensely competitive world, he added, “we will stand up for ourselves, and we will stand up for our country like we have never stood up before… Our rivals are tough. They’re tenacious and committed to the long term. But so are we.”

To Trump and his generals, we’ve been plunged into a world that bears little relation to the one faced by the last two administrations, when great-power conflict was rarely the focus of attention and civilian society remained largely insulated from the pressures of the country’s never-ending wars.

Today, they believe, the U.S. can no longer afford to distinguish between “the homeland” and foreign battle zones when girding for years of struggle to come. “To succeed,” the president concluded, “we must integrate every dimension of our national strength, and we must compete with every instrument of our national power.”

And that’s where, in the Trumpian worldview, energy enters the picture.

Energy dominance

From the onset of his presidency, Donald Trump has made it clear that cheap and abundant domestic energy derived from fossil fuels was going to be the crucial factor in his total-mobilization approach to global engagement. In his view and that of his advisers, it’s the essential element in ensuring national economic vitality, military strength, and geopolitical clout, whatever damage it might cause to American life, the global environment, or even the future of human life on this planet. The exploitation and wielding of fossil fuels now sits at the very heart of the Trumpian definition of national security, as the recently released NSS makes all too clear.

“Access to domestic sources of clean, affordable, and reliable energy underpins a prosperous, secure, and powerful America for decades to come,” it states. “Unleashing these abundant energy resources – coal, natural gas, petroleum, renewables, and nuclear – stimulates the economy and builds a foundation for future growth.”

So, yes, the document does pay lip service to the role of renewables, though no one should take that seriously given, for instance, the president’s recent decision to place high tariffs on imported solar panels, an act likely to cripple the domestic solar-installation industry. What really matters to Trump are those domestic reserves of fossil fuels.

“We will be dominant. We will export American energy all over the world, all around the globe”

Only by using them to gain energy self-sufficiency, or what he trumpets not just as “energy independence” but total “energy dominance,” can the U.S. avoid becoming beholden to foreign powers and so protect its sovereignty. That’s why he regularly hails the successes of the “shale revolution,” the use of fracking technology to extract oil and gas from deeply buried shale formations. As he sees it, fracking to the max makes America that much less dependent on foreign imports.

It follows then that the ability to supply fossil fuels to other countries will be a source of geopolitical advantage, a reality made painfully clear early in this century when Russia exploited its status as a major supplier of natural gas to Ukraine, Belarus, and other former Soviet republics to try to extract political concessions from them. Donald Trump absorbed that lesson and incorporated it into his strategic playbook.

“Our country is blessed with extraordinary energy abundance,” he declared at an “Unleashing American Energy Event” last June. “We are a top producer of petroleum and the number-one producer of natural gas… With these incredible resources, my administration will seek not only American energy independence that we’ve been looking for so long, but American energy dominance. And we’re going to be an exporter… We will be dominant. We will export American energy all over the world, all around the globe.”

Near-limitless supplies

In energy terms, what does dominant mean in practice? For President Trump and his cohorts, it means above all the “unleashing” of the country’s energy abundance by eliminating every imaginable regulatory impediment to the exploitation of domestic reserves of fossil fuels. After all, America possesses some of the largest reservoirs of oil, coal, and natural gas on the planet and, by applying every technological marvel at its disposal, can maximally extract those reserves to enhance national power.

“We cannot have obstruction. Since my very first day in office, I have been moving at record pace to cancel these regulations and to eliminate the barriers to domestic energy production”

“The truth is that we have near-limitless supplies of energy in our country,” he declared last June. All that stood in the way of exploiting them when he entered the Oval Office, he insisted, were environmental regulations imposed by the Obama administration. “We cannot have obstruction. Since my very first day in office, I have been moving at record pace to cancel these regulations and to eliminate the barriers to domestic energy production.”

He then cited his approval of the Keystone XL and Dakota Access pipelines, the cancellation of a moratorium on the leasing of federal lands for coal mining, the reversal of an Obama administration rule aimed at preventing methane leakage from natural gas production on federal lands, and the rollback of Obama’s Clean Power Plan, which (if implemented) would require sharp cuts in coal usage. And from the recent opening of the pristine Alaskan Arctic Refuge to that of those coastal waters to every kind of drilling, it’s never ended.

Closely related to such actions has been his repudiation of the Paris Agreement, because – as he saw it – that pact, too, stood in the way of his plan to “unleash” domestic energy in the pursuit of international power. By withdrawing from the agreement, he claimed to be preserving American “sovereignty,” while opening the path to a new kind of global energy dominance. “We have so much more [energy] than we ever thought possible,” he asserted. “We are really in the driving seat. And you know what? We don’t want to let other countries take away our sovereignty and tell us what to do and how to do it. That’s not going to happen.”

Never mind that the Paris agreement in no way intruded on American sovereignty. It only obligated its partners – at this point, every country on Earth except the United States – to enact its own greenhouse gas emissions reduction measures aimed at preventing global temperatures from rising more than 2 degrees Celsius above their pre-industrial levels. (That is the biggest increase scientists believe the planet can absorb without experiencing truly catastrophic impacts like a 10-foot rise in global sea levels).

In the Obama years, in its own self-designed blueprint for achieving this goal, the United States promised, among other things, to implement the Clean Power Plan to minimize the consumption of coal, itself already a dying industry. This, of course, represented an unacceptable impediment to Trump’s extract-everything policy.

The Ukrainians tell us “they need millions and millions of metric tons [of coal] right now. There are many other places that need it, too. And we want to sell it to them, and to everyone else all over the globe who need[s] it”

The final step in the president’s strategy to become a major exporter involves facilitating the transport of fossil fuels to the country’s coastal areas for shipment abroad. In this way, he would also turn the government into a major global salesman of fossil fuels (as it already is, for instance, of American weaponry). To do so, he would expedite the approval of permits for the export of LNG, or liquefied natural gas, and even for some new typesof “lower emissions” coal plants.

The Department of the Treasury, he revealed in that June talk of his, “will address barriers to the financing of highly efficient, overseas coal energy plants.” In addition, he claimed that the Ukrainians tell us “they need millions and millions of metric tons [of coal] right now. There are many other places that need it, too. And we want to sell it to them, and to everyone else all over the globe who need[s] it.” He also announced the approval of expanded LNG exports from a new facility at Lake Charles, Louisiana, and of a new oil pipeline to Mexico, meant to “further boost American energy exports, and that will go right under the [as yet unbuilt] wall.”

Such energy moves have generally been viewed as part of a pro-industry, anti-environmentalist agenda, which they certainly are, but each is also a component in an increasingly militarized strategy to enlist domestic energy in an epic struggle – at least in the minds of the president and his advisers – to ensure America’s global dominance.

Where all this is headed

Trump achieved many of these maximal-extraction objectives during his first year in office. Now, with fossil fuels uniquely imbedded in the country’s National Security Strategy, we have a clearer sense of what’s happening. First of all, along with the further funding of the U.S. military (and of the “modernization” of the country’s nuclear arsenal), Donald Trump and his generals are making fossil fuels a crucial ingredient for bulking up our national security. In that way, they will turn anything (or any group) standing in the way of the extraction and exploitation of oil, coal, and natural gas into obstructers of the national interest and, quite literally, of American national security.

In other words, the expansion of the fossil fuel industry and its exports has been transformed into a major component of American foreign and security policy. Of course, such developments and the exports that go with them do generate income and sustain some jobs, but in the Trumpian view they also boost the country’s geopolitical profile by encouraging foreign friends and partners to rely ever more heavily on us for their energy needs, rather than adversaries like Russia or Iran. “As a growing supplier of energy resources, technologies, and services around the world,” the NSS declares without a hint of irony, “the United States will help our allies and partners become more resilient against those that use energy to coerce.”

As the Trump administration moves forward on all this, the key battlefield will undoubtedly be the building and maintaining of energy infrastructure – the pipelines and railroads carrying oil, gas, and coal from the American interior to processing and export facilities on the coasts. Because so many of the country’s large cities and population centers are on the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans, or the Gulf of Mexico, and because the country has long depended on imports for much of its petroleum supply, a surprising share of existing energy infrastructure – refineries, LNG facilities, pumping stations, and the like – is already located along those same coasts.

Yet much of the energy supply Trump seeks to exploit – the shale fields of Texas and North Dakota, the coal fields of Nebraska – is located in the interior of the country. For his strategy to succeed, such resource zones must be connected far more effectively to coastal facilities via a mammoth web of new pipelines and other transport infrastructure. All of this will cost vast sums of money and lead to intense clashes with environmentalists, Native peoples, farmers, ranchers, and others whose lands and way of life will be severely degraded when that kind of construction takes place, and who can be expected to resist.

“The United States is “blessed” with “a substantial ability to deliver the people of the globe a better quality of life through fossil fuels”

For Trump, the road ahead is clear: do whatever it takes to install the infrastructure needed to deliver those fossil fuels abroad. Not surprisingly then, the National Security Strategy asserts that “we will streamline the Federal regulatory approval processes for energy infrastructure, from pipeline and export terminals to container shipments and gathering lines.”

This is bound to provoke numerous conflicts with environmental groups and other inhabitants of what Naomi Klein, author of This Changes Everythingcalls “Blockadia” – places like the Standing Rock Indian Reservation in North Dakota, where thousands of Native people and their supporters camped out last year in an ultimately unsuccessful effort to block construction of the Dakota Access pipeline. Given the administration’s insistence on linking energy extraction to U.S. security, don’t for a moment imagine that attempts to protest such moves won’t be met with harsh treatment from federal law enforcement agencies.

Building all of that infrastructure will also prove expensive, so expect President Trump to make pipeline construction integral to any infrastructure modernization bill he sends to Congress, thereby securing taxpayer dollars for the effort. Indeed, the inclusion of pipeline construction and other kinds of energy build-out in any future infrastructure initiative is already a major objective of influential business groups like the American Petroleum Institute and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. Rebuilding roads and bridges is fine, commented Thomas Donohue, the Chamber’s influential president, but “we’re also living in the midst of an energy renaissance, yet we don’t have the infrastructure to support it.”

As a result, he added, we must “build the pipelines necessary to transport our abundant resources to market.” Given the influence such corporate interests have over this White House and congressional Republicans, it’s reasonable to assume that any bill on infrastructure revitalization will be, at least in part, energy focused.

Just the beginning

And keep in mind that for President Trump, with his thoroughly fossil-fuelized view of the world, this is just the beginning. Issues that may be viewed by others as environmental or even land-conservation matters will be seen by him and his associates as so many obstacles to national security and greatness. Facing what will almost certainly be a series of unparalleled potential environmental disasters, those who oppose him will also have to contest his view of the world and the role fossil fuels should play in it.

Selling more of them to foreign buyers, while attempting to stifle the development of renewals (and thereby ceding those true job-creating sectors of the economy to other countries) may be good for giant oil and coal corporations, but it won’t win America any friends abroad at a moment when climate change is becoming a growing concern for ever more people on this planet. With prolonged droughts, increasingly severe storms and hurricanes, and killer heat waves affecting ever-larger swaths of the planet, with sea levels rising and extreme weather becoming the norm, the urge for progress on climate change is only growing stronger, as is the demand for climate-friendly renewables.

Donald Trump and his administration of climate-change deniers are quite literally living in the wrong century. The militarization of energy policy at this late date and the lodging of fossil fuels at the heart of national security policy may seem appealing to them, but it’s an approach that’s obviously doomed. On arrival, it is, in fact, already the definition of obsolescence.

Unfortunately, given the circumstances of this planet at the moment, it also threatens to doom the rest of us. The further we look into the future, the more likely international leadership will fall on the shoulders of those who can effectively and efficiently deliver renewables, not those who can provide climate-poisoning fossil fuels. That being so, no one seeking global prestige would say at Davos or anywhere else that we are blessed with “a substantial ability to deliver the people of the globe a better quality of life through fossil fuels.”

Editor’s Note

Michael T. Klare is a professor of peace and world security studies at Hampshire College and the author, most recently, of The Race for What’s Left. A documentary movie version of his book Blood and Oil is available from the Media Education FoundationFollow him on Twitter at @mklare1.

Michael T. Klare.

38 Comments on "The Militarization of U.S. Energy Policy: Donald Trump Enlists Fossil Fuels in the Struggle for Global Dominance"

  1. george on Mon, 19th Feb 2018 1:58 pm 

    Wonderful thoughts for a utopian world that will never come to pass.

    Good luck with telling everyone to give up the so called “American way of life” as it exists today.

  2. Duncan Idaho on Mon, 19th Feb 2018 4:40 pm 

    “Donald Trump and his administration of climate-change deniers are quite literally living in the wrong century.”

    Well, along with most of the US population.

  3. Anonymouse1 on Mon, 19th Feb 2018 5:51 pm 

    Put a little more succinctly >>>> New uS policy, meet old uS policy. Or old one, meet new one. Works just as well either way.

  4. Shortend on Mon, 19th Feb 2018 8:46 pm 

    What mine is mine and what yours is negotiable.
    Works for me.

  5. Go Speed Racer on Tue, 20th Feb 2018 4:06 am 

    Trump is Making America Great Again.

    Oil Wars, Bigotry, 1978 Ford LTD Royal Brougham,
    Lincoln Continental with the 460 cubic
    inch V8,
    1978 Cadillac Sedan De Ville, all going
    straight back into production.

    11 MPG Highway will Make America Great Again!

    and its about time !!
    Political Correctness and Toyota Prius
    totally sucked green donkey dicks.
    Like now we’re waking up after a bad dream.

  6. Go Speed Racer on Tue, 20th Feb 2018 4:07 am 

    And we’re bringing back chloro fluoro carbons.

    CFC’s work great for molding the foam
    upholstery and dashboards for that 11 mpg

    Punch a hole in the ozone layer. We need
    the ventilation anyway. Let the smoke out.

  7. Antius on Tue, 20th Feb 2018 6:11 am 

    Sounds like a good old fashioned race to the bottom. Fossil fuel air pollution already results in 200,000 premature deaths every year in the United States. In Europe and Japan, with their higher population density, the situation is even worse.

    The US air pollution mortality rates are like having a Chernobyl every week. And Trump wants more of it, so he can face down the likes of Russia and China.

    The US has had practical nuclear power for over 50 years and fast reactor technology that is the closest humans are ever likely to get to a perpetual motion machine. And yet the Yanks (and Euros too) still insist on poisoning themselves with fossil fuel pollution, whilst crippling nuclear energy with burdensome regulation that stretches plant build-times to a point where no power plant would be economical.

    Even if you do badly with nuclear safety and have a few accidents in the next hundred years, the effects will not come close to the 200,000 early deaths per year that you are facing now in the US alone. Get a grip people!

  8. Dredd on Tue, 20th Feb 2018 7:28 am 

    Nothing to see here folks, move along (The Authoritarianism of Climate Change – 3).

  9. deadly on Tue, 20th Feb 2018 7:34 am 

    Newsflash! All fossil fuels are strategic, if a war breaks out, a real war, not the current fake wars, Pyrrhic victories abound, there will be rationing immediately.

    One hundred million barrels of oil are consumed by every nation on earth each and every day.

    Also, 20 million tonnes of coal are burned each day by the 7.6 billion people making it all happen.

    If you are going to replace fossil fuels in the next ten years or so, you will need a lot of luck and money. Good luck with that.

    Don’t hold your breath or stand on one leg.

    It ain’t gonna happen.

    Might as well haul coal to the space station and give the solar panels a break. Take some compressed air with you to burn the coal.

    The cosmo-astronauts need something more to do to break the boredom.

    It can work!

    An analogy of what renewables will be like on earth with no fossil fuels to use and consume. It ain’t gonna work.

    You can build reactors to generate electricity, cleaner than fossil fuels and they pack a punch.

    Since there is the knowledge and capability to harness nuclear power, it will do the job of providing electricity.

    It is doubtful it will reduce fossil fuel consumption.

    A decrease in supply will accomplish the reduction in fossil fuel usage, about the only thing that will do that. None at all will do it too, but that won’t happen all that soon.

    Just too far down the rabbit hole.

  10. Sissyfuss on Tue, 20th Feb 2018 10:06 am 

    Klare illuminates and reveals the philosophy behind Trumps MAGA. We shall repeat the winning formula that we embarked on following WW2, albeit in the wrong century. Trump is the corporatists wet dream bringing about the environmentalists nightmare. Add snake oil to the many shabby products sold with the Trump monicker attached. The many more advanced in realism countries would find our governments actions laughable if they weren’t so damn deadly.

  11. fmr paultard on Tue, 20th Feb 2018 3:20 pm 

    Trump/Pence are the two most odious people ever to assume positions of power. They have no morals, principles, no intellectual curiosity. They are incapable of an original thought. Nothing matters except money and power. Pathetic and grotesque.

  12. Boat on Tue, 20th Feb 2018 3:45 pm 

    Plenty of US corporations and population to drive renewables regardless of what the Cheeto says. Export oil? Maybe in 2-5 years. That’s assuming $60 oil and up for those years. That’s assuming OPEC doesn’t dump oil on the market instead of cutting oil to the market.

  13. makati1 on Tue, 20th Feb 2018 5:39 pm 

    “We are a military culture engaged in continuous warfare.

    We have been a nation at war for most of our existence.

    We are a nation that makes a living from killing through defense contracts, weapons manufacturing and endless wars.”

    What goes around, comes around. the pain coming is well deserved by Americans. Nothing will prevent it.

  14. Anonymouse1 on Tue, 20th Feb 2018 5:58 pm 

    Little boat-we-tard still thinks he is some sort of woil wanylist. Aw, isn’t that cute. (not really).

  15. Boat on Tue, 20th Feb 2018 6:54 pm 

    a mouse

    If you followed oil you would call me captain obvious. Since you only insult without actual input leaves you just a weird wet behind the ears stalker.

  16. Anonymouse1 on Tue, 20th Feb 2018 8:25 pm 

    Done! You are captain of the boat-we-tard. Ask the exceptionalist to mail you a little captains hat with picture of a BOAT on it. If you ask real nice, you might get a little captain’s whistle to go with it.

  17. makati1 on Tue, 20th Feb 2018 11:58 pm 

    “Nearly three-quarters of Americans age 17 to 24 are ineligible for the military due to obesity, other health problems, criminal backgrounds or lack of education, according to government data. That’s a harsh reality check for the Pentagon’s plan to recruit tens of thousands of new soldiers, sailors, pilots and cyber specialists over the next five years.”

    Just as I have been saying. Fat, drugged and stupid. lol

  18. MASTERMIND on Wed, 21st Feb 2018 12:34 am 

    America: the future looks broke

  19. Go Speed Racer on Wed, 21st Feb 2018 2:36 am 

    LOL thx for the data Makita.
    Fat drugged an stupid.
    Like how U said that.
    Soooo true.
    And thats why it’s easy for the 0.01% to
    rule over the rest of them, cause they
    all fat and stupid.

    with hamburgers, guns, or both

  20. JH Wyoming on Wed, 21st Feb 2018 2:50 am 

    “1978 Ford LTD Royal Brougham”

    What a gigantic boat that was. The 5 mph bumpers definitely added a clown look.

    Sure, if we’re going back in time with Trump, then by all means bring that behemoth back. Mass produce them and play bumper cars out on the freeways of America while getting 8 mpg. Should give GDP a boost.

  21. Anonymouse1 on Wed, 21st Feb 2018 2:53 am 

    Do you think the reason they are so fat and stupid is because of Big Sofa?, aka BS? Big sofa lobbyists probably pretty powerful in washingdum I bet.

  22. Davy on Wed, 21st Feb 2018 4:56 am 

    “Nearly three-quarters of Americans age 17 to 24 are ineligible for the military”

    More stupid extremism above. The ¾ quarters is of the group which seek the military as a place to find a life. It is not of 17-24 as a whole. Many of these people come from the bottom of society. The US is a 3rd/1st world hybrid country. It always has been. This stupid extremism is endless with the anti-Americans here. I can just imagine what dumbass billy 3rd world looks like in the flesh. He never leave the condo or the anonymous Canadian weasel. Dorks usually look dorkie and dumb.

  23. makati1 on Wed, 21st Feb 2018 5:26 am 

    Davy’s family…

    His farm house…

    Nah! They’re too nice looking!

  24. MASTERMIND on Wed, 21st Feb 2018 6:55 am 

    Pentagon budget increase will lead to a ‘major economic disaster,’ says retired US Army officer

  25. Davy on Wed, 21st Feb 2018 7:03 am 

    This is friggen great. lol. billy 3rd world can’t ignore me anymore. I succeeded in making him eat crow! You stupid old man you think you are so above it all then you lower yourself to who you really are. Just for the record the Ozarks are a great place to be. I have live in some of the best places too. I would rather be here with simple people who are real. I would rather be in a place close to nature with low populations and clean fresh water. I would much rather be here than where you live billy 3rd world:

  26. Hello on Wed, 21st Feb 2018 8:27 am 

    >>> I would much rather be here than where you live billy 3rd world

    That’s not the right P you go there Davy. Mak is all about makati. Where he lives in a luxury condo and sips starbucks…. paid by working americans.

    The picture you are showing is either fake news or it’s not the P at all. But if it is it’s all the US’s fault anyways. Because Ps are all clean, industrious, over-achieving, over-educated, over-perfect people not fit for the bad world made by america.

    Do you get it now? *wink* *wink*

  27. Davy on Wed, 21st Feb 2018 9:13 am 

    You pegged 1st world Billy who’s is billy 3rd world wannabe. Good one hello

  28. Duncan Idaho on Wed, 21st Feb 2018 10:06 am 

    “But that means much lower wages have to be paid to workers in tropical places like parts of Florida and Hawaii.”

    Lived without electricity or running water in Micronesia for a year. Got really good with a Palauan Gun– the locals were jealous.
    We need to lighten up a bit. A split bamboo off the tin roof into a 55 gallon drum worked great for water (as long as it rained).

  29. Butch on Wed, 21st Feb 2018 1:34 pm 

    The Exceptionalist says “The US is a 3rd/1st world hybrid country. It always has been.

    always easy for those who are members of the 1st world elite to say.

  30. DerHundistLos on Wed, 21st Feb 2018 1:49 pm 


    Please tell more. Why did you choose Micronesia to live? How long have you lived there? Are the neighbors/local population helpful and welcoming? How’s the cost of living? Do you own or rent? Is property expensive? Are you happy with your decision living in Micro?

    Just curious, friend.

  31. GregT on Wed, 21st Feb 2018 1:49 pm

    Wow, that’s a disgusting amount of plastic. Where could it possibly all have come from? I wonder, could these guys have anything at all to do with it?

    Dow Chemical

    “Dow is an American multinational chemical company headquartered in Midland, Michigan. Dow provides chemicals, plastics, and agricultural products and operates in approximately 35 countries. It has more than 6,000 product groups that are manufactured at 179 sites across the globe. Dow is the leading global supplier of every major polyethylene (PE) resin worldwide (2016) and the world’s largest producer of chlorine and polyalkylene glycols. It was ranked as the world’s largest plastics manufacturer during 2008.”

    Exxon Mobil

    “Exxon Mobil Corp. (ExxonMobil) is an American multinational oil, gas and chemical company headquartered in Irving, Texas. It is a direct descendant of John D. Rockefeller’s Standard Oil Company and was formed in 1999 by the merger of Exxon and Mobil (both formerly the Standard Oil Company). It is the world’s 9th largest public company by revenue and was ranked no. 6 in sales and no. 17 in profit globally in Forbes Global 2016 list. ExxonMobil produces plastics, petrochemicals, diesel, and gasoline among many other products in all major countries of the world and explores for oil and natural gas in six continents. The company is one of the top worldwide producers of polyolefins and other polymers and resins.”

  32. john kelley on Wed, 21st Feb 2018 3:12 pm 

    Professor Klare is probably not aware that he is bent so far to the left that his biased opinions are of no use to us.We need clearminded people to help solve this energy predicament.

  33. makati1 on Wed, 21st Feb 2018 5:03 pm 

    Nice pix posed for the cameraman, Davy. In my 10 years here, I have never seen that much trash or kids doing that. In the US they would never mention/show the millions of homeless families living on the street, or the 42,000,000+ in the soup lines, or the hundreds of kids shot in the last year while at school, or the child sex slaves (yes, they exist in America) or….

    “Massive pedophile ring busted; 230 kids saved – US news – Crime & courts”

    “The FBI has rescued 168 children and arrested 281 pimps in a weeklong child-prostitution sting operation carried out across the U.S., in partnership with local law-enforcement agencies and the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC).”

    “72 charged in online global child porn ring”

    “The United States has one of the worst records among industrialized nations – losing on average between four and seven children every day to child abuse and neglect.”

    And on and on. Better look in the mirror, Davy. Child abuse comes in many forms.

  34. Davy on Wed, 21st Feb 2018 6:26 pm 

    3rd world billy, where did I deny that shit? Right I didn’t. You are the one in denial and the reason I neuter you every day that you will face me like a man…which is rarely. Oh, 3rd world, I thought you were ignoring me. LOL.

  35. Sissyfuss on Wed, 21st Feb 2018 7:46 pm 

    J Kelly, clear minded people know that an energy predicament is insolvable. It’s a predicament which is a problem on steroids. Perhaps someone is bent too far to the right.

  36. Cloggie on Wed, 21st Feb 2018 9:44 pm 

    “Professor Klare is probably not aware that he is bent so far to the left that his biased opinions are of no use to us.We need clearminded people to help solve this energy predicament”

    Do I have a clearminded treat for you! And rightwing too!

    Don’t listen to Siss, he thinks life is a joke, so much so he has become one himself.

    Klare is right about the potential for a “third carbon age”, but he is another Trump-bashing beta male a la Richard Heinberg. If you really have an open eye for the predicament western civilization is in, with all these barbarians at the gate, or within the gates rather, then Trump is a breath of fresh air. After this speech I forgive him anything:

    Trump maybe a buffoon, but I love him for his enemies. The whole media system of that stinking US vempire is going beserk, day in, day out and he is still there, mocking the media 24/7. They still haven’t managed to topple this intruder and the longer he stays, the more damage he does to the prestige of the deep state. It’s a pity Bobby Fisher is no longer around to enjoy this spectacle.

  37. Go Speed Racer on Thu, 22nd Feb 2018 7:00 am 

    Big Sofa has been blocking sofas-to-energy
    (S2E) for decades now. They do it to keep
    senators in power in the coal & oil states.

    That’s why we don’t have 100% renewable
    sofa energy.

    Yo JH Wyoming, out there ya got long straight
    roads purrfect for driving big 1978 cars.

    Like this one:

    Or what about:

    WITH THE 460 CUBIC INCH sofa-burning
    11 MPG hot-rod to the stars. Worse
    Gas Mileage than Elon Musk’s rockets.

    Check it out, oooo laaa laaa

    Ford 460 … Don’t Leave Home Without It !!

    AND TRUMP is bringing it all back, American
    steel with American workers making 11 mpg
    land barges and we’ll all go to church
    on Sunday in our Ford LTD’s, 1970’s style.

    Makin America Great Again.
    AND he’s gonna bring back 8-track tape players.
    AND he’s bringing back Freon 11.
    And drilling for oil in National Parks.
    And it’s OK to beat your wife again.
    And drain out your used motor oil into the
    nearest street-grate.
    And we’re gonna blow North Korea sky high,

    Oh yaaaa Trump Makin America Great Again.

  38. Sissyfuss on Thu, 22nd Feb 2018 9:52 am 

    Cloggers is happy, he found a fellow traveler.
    Hang on tight before he’s carried away on the breeze of an off shore windfarm. Or he’s unmercifully by we leftist cretins.

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