Who’s to Blame For the Unintended Consequences and Costs of Burning Fossil Fuel?

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In addition to the monumental environmental and economic injustices of global warming on our current and future civilization, caused by the emissions of greenhouse gases from autos, power plants, military and recreational vehicles, etc., in addition to the deforestation of the tropics which has occurred over the past 100+ years, there have been additional spillover cost and environmental damage, for example the 105,000 gallons of oil that leaked from an onshore pipeline along California’s coastline near Santa Barbara this week; the damage caused by trains carrying combustible oil exploding in various parts of the U.S. and Canada; the damage from earthquakes caused by fracking for oil and gas in the state of Oklahoma and Texas and the release of methane gas at the well site; the damage caused by frac sand mining, the damage, injury and death from motor vehicle operation crashes and the emissions of greenhouse gases and small harmful-to-human-health particles from the the operation of motor vehicles; the laying of more unneeded highway pavement in the country, the impacts of mining for metals and energy impacts required to build more automobiles, and the greenhouse gas releases from what the New York Times suggests is American’s biggest carbon sin – jet flying, to say nothing about the habitat destruction for airports and runways/taxiways, the strip mining and transport of coal and waste product at power plants, the stringing of transmission lines across the landscape, and the soot, sulfur dioxide and mercury released to the air by power plants that end up in our lakes, contaminating the fish.

U.S. consumers must share  a large portion of the blame, since without the consumer’s “need” to fly, drive and electrify and heat their homes, factories and places of recreation by burning fossil fuels, Earth’s coal, oil and gas would remain safely in the ground.

The number of environmental “bads” from our use of fossil fuels is nearly endless.


About Mike Neuman

Environmentalist; Father; Senior Citizen; Husband, School Crossing Guard; Green Bay Packer Fan; Wisconsin Badger Fan; Animal Lover; Humanitarian

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