Friday, September 01, 2006
Find Another Vein for This Runaway Train
"O gluttony, it is to thee we owe our griefs!"
Don't you hate it when you get down to the last square? That moment of panic and anger you sense when you start cursing your spouse or roommate for leaving you in such a predicament instead of responsibly putting out a new roll. This country is headed down a track like that. Our country is a machine. A machine that runs on capitalism and oil. The world can be falling apart around the globe but as long as you and I can make it to work and pay our bills, eat to our hearts' desire, and go to the movies we'll keep on truckin'. $3 per gallon?
Well sir, I don't like it, but I've got to go. Go to work. Go to play. Go to Mcdonalds. Go run my jet ski all day at the lake. Go camping. See American. See American go....Go, American, go!
Ever since the automobile was invented we've had a need for oil. Everything we buy gets to the shelf because of oil. Without it, we're as helpless as we are holding the last square of TP in the house. And our suppliers know this. And we pay a hefty price for our drug. Our enablers?....Just look at the name on the back of your vehicle. GMC? Ford? Chevy? They've got that needle stuck so deep in our vein. And there it will stay until the last drop. Why pull it out now? They're greedy....no, they're lazy and shortsighted. WE are lazy, shortsighted gluttons. Why bother with new technology? Hydrogen power? Eh....that's too much work. Developing the plants, building the cars, who has time? I've got to make my tee time.
What we need now is another J.D. Rockefeller. Someone to step forward and put his money where our mouth should be....in our own back yard. The U.S. is the 4th largest oil producing country in the world. Not 4th largest USER....4th largest PRODUCER.
There's a technology out there that's been used since Hitler and the Germans developed it back in the 1930's& 1940's! It takes coal and converts it into oil. On an equivalent energy basis, the US has a larger energy resource base of coal than theOPEC nations have of oil. Here's the plan that's currently being sponsored by the CEO of JetBlue Airways. China's doing this. South Africa's doing this. Why can't we? Whatever opinion you have of our president, the war in Iraq, the middle east in general, you have to agree that we would be so much better off if we could be more self reliant with our oil needs.
Hydrogen power could be the future. Believe what you want about greedy oil companies like Exxon. Global warming arguements aside, oil is our drug. It's a hell of a drug, dude! I just dream of the day when we can tell OPEC "I think we should start seeing other people."
But most importantly... let's do it for the children.