September 12, 2017

Before and after hurricanes Harvey and Irma, fossil fuels saved lives

Christopher WilsonRebel Commentator

As the two massive hurricanes, Harvey and Irma, bore down on the US, press headlines suggesting that man made climate change was to blame due to the burning of fossil fuels heating the planet, were constant. 

There was also direct blame attributed to Republicans, the oil and gas industry and of course President Donald Trump.

What these sensationalist headlines by journalists fail to note is that it was thanks to fossil fuels that millions of people were able to evacuate Florida either by car, boat or plane before Irma hit.

It was thanks to fossil fuels that thousands of people were rescued in the immediate aftermath of massive flooding in Houston, it was thanks to fossil fuels that thousands if not millions have been surviving using generators, and it is thanks to fossil fuels that high rise condominiums on Miami beach were built to a standard to withstand hurricane force winds, saving countless lives.

These are the arguments philosopher and author Alex Epstein makes in his book The Moral Case for Fossil Fuels.

He argues that a major benefit of fossil fuels is it keeps us safer from the climate and allows us to flourish. But Epstein also makes the case that alternative green energy sources, loved by the cult of climate change, are unreliable.

Watch as I show you how there is no greater example of how unreliable renewables would be if we tried using them instead of fossil fuels in the evacuation, the rescue efforts, and as those without power cope using gas powered generators.

Why is it that we never see anti-fossil fuel crusaders acknowledge that there is simply no alternative but to use massive amounts of fossil fuels to rescue people?

The truth is the cult of climate and their fantasies of a fossil fuel free future are just that— fantasies.

Because when it comes down to it, if they needed to be rescued or needed to evacuate, they would use all the fossil fuels in the world to keep themselves safe from the climate, and that’s the way it should be.

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commented 2017-09-13 10:11:20 -0400
An electric car with a range of 250KM leaving Miami proper would have to charge about four times before it reached Georgia, and then twice to get far enough inland to avoid most of the effects of the storm. Add in the outside heat and the battery’s power output drops, so add another charge or two.

Oh, and some of that electricity from Florida Power and Lighting is generated by guess what!

Whereas me, with my PPD (Personal Pollution Device) would be able to leave Miami and reach the Florida border with Georgia (and cheaper gas) with one tank. Oh yes, I would have my AC on all the time because, well, its hot and humid outside and why sweat? No worry about draining the battery or where to recharge.

(Note: take the Turnpike – most people are too cheap to pay for the road so they end up on the I-95 at a snail’s pace when there is traffic.)
commented 2017-09-13 08:59:54 -0400
Repent ,Repent Rebel sinners ,the Pope has spoken and we are all damned for our denial of global warming.
And according to Stevie Wonder we are blind and unintelligent. Not to mention that we are racist Nazi white supremacists according to an ESPN sports broadcaster .Who would have thought that the least of our sins would be wanting men to use men’s washrooms and woman to use woman’s washrooms.
What a hopeless mess liberalism has foisted on our once reasonable society.
commented 2017-09-13 07:43:04 -0400
To all the people lamenting about bigger pictures…

Someone needs to do unbiased research on the affect all those car batteries will have in 10-ish years when their lifespan is over. When they become garbage. Is the impact on the environment:
A – Still better than if fossil fuel was used the whole usable time of the car including multiple battery changes
B – The same as fossil fuel all together
C – Actually worse than fossil fuel.
commented 2017-09-13 03:02:18 -0400
Come to think of it Drew, it is only natural that our friendly neighborhood trolls would all want electric trolling motors.
commented 2017-09-13 03:00:48 -0400
Hi Tammie,
Actually I have seen battery powered trolling motors, but that is it. Once the juice runs out you would need a good old fashioned generator to charge it because your solar panel/wind turbine power source would be gone with the wind.
commented 2017-09-13 01:16:08 -0400
Robert Mcclelland good question, i wonder what the trolls could make up for an answer?
commented 2017-09-12 22:42:46 -0400
WILSON , I like your fossilosophy
commented 2017-09-12 21:27:06 -0400
Robert McClelland, the contrarian Andrew Stephenson would argue electric boats are the answer! She is a theoretical EV owner. She has argued with an electrical engineer on this site, my guess she is an eco-fascist.
commented 2017-09-12 20:19:04 -0400
Let’s see how long would a wind turbine or a solar panel last in a Cat 4 storm? …..That is what I thought. Ever seen a battery powered boat?
commented 2017-09-12 19:27:16 -0400
There is an article on

It mocks a Guardian article where the Guardian “reporter” interviews a Keyes survivor of Irma. The survivor is cleaning up his yard and mentions it is the 4th (?) hurricane he has been through, and consequently does not think global climate whatever has any thing to do with Irma. Of course the Guardian mocks that sentiment, because what would a fifty year resident know.

Leading to the mocking of the Guardian.
commented 2017-09-12 19:12:48 -0400
Christopher Wilson, stop with the common sense already! You should know that just doesn’t fly in PC SJW world.
commented 2017-09-12 19:12:35 -0400
This is why the Rebel hires only intelligent reports. Great story Chris.
commented 2017-09-12 18:56:40 -0400
Climate alarmists will never admit fossil fuels saves lives; they are too indoctrinated to see what’s in front of their face!

Christopher, I like your comment to “Earth Mothers”.