Today I am putting on my political advisor hat and will stage an intervention to rescue Joe Biden from the fracking fracas.
Part of the problem is of his own making, when he answered “yes” when asked if he would ban fracking.
Here is what he should have said, and should say in the future. (Tomorrow I will help Donald J. Trump on law and order.)
Mr. Biden, will you ban fracking?
Yes, I will ban fracking.
But I will not ban fracking now.
Even Bernie Sanders said he would ban fracking as soon as possible.
Right now, it is not possible. I know it, Bernie knows it, and you know it.
I will also ban fossil fuel, such as gas, oil, and coal.
But I will not ban fossil fuels now.
We know these fuels pollute the air and the water. We also know, someday, they will run out. That is not the issue.
We can’t ban fracking and oil and natural gas and coal now because we do not have sufficient replacements from solar, wind, tidal, rivers and nuclear. Banning fossil fuels now would crash our economy and send us back to living in caves. With no air-conditioning! Even the Green New Deal has a timetable for change in the future.
No sane person would ban fracking and fossil fuels now. And I am sane.
So that is the truth: As a nation we have moved from horse power to sail to steam; we have moved to electrical power and fossil fuels and nuclear power. They will be replaced by renewable sources of energy.
Replacing fossil fuels is inevitable, it will relieve the environment, it will cost less, and one day we all will wonder what the big deal about fracking was.