Oil has always been pitted against green energy in a battle between black gold and “green” gold. Still, experts say that in light of the recent U.S. presidential election, maybe it is time for both green energy and black energy to unite under the new president so that the benefits of both can finally shine through—both on the save-Mother-Earth front and on the green jobs front.
Experts say that a push for oil isn’t necessarily a bad thing. After all, increasing the drilling and delivery of oil definitely can help to generate energy jobs. Plus, an increase in the number of people who work in the oil industry can lead to more spending in the economy, which, in turn, creates even more jobs across the nation in a wide range of sectors.
At the same time, it is imperative that green energy and fuel efficiency be given its due attention. Experts say that America needs to promote oil drilling and refining while simultaneously pushing people toward more fuel-efficient vehicles and green energy sources, thus preserving our oil supplies.
The automotive industry in the United States can embrace this idea because although traditional vehicles remain popular, green automobiles are gaining steam. And with fluctuations in oil prices causing consumers to cringe at the gas pump—and their old gas-guzzling rides—from time to time, at least carmakers have a backup in-demand product with green vehicles. In addition, America’s car industry can better compete with foreign automakers’ fuel-efficient vehicles.
It actually is true: You indeed can have your cake and eat it, too. If more Americans dig into the economic benefits of both black energy and green energy, then perhaps both sides can call a truce, and we can finally have an energy sector that is as diverse as the nation of people in whom America takes pride.