Will we ever say good bye to oil? If we want to be strong again - we need to.
Some times I wonder if we live in a fantasy land. Some blame oil companies for all their profits – yet isn’t that what our society is about? Profits and greed? We scream when gasoline raises a dime. And cry conspiracy when it goes up a quarter. Yet no one wants to admit how fragile our country has become. We sit back and watch a world battle for oil. We live in fear of China and all the oil they are using. We watch hot spots throughout the world and our anger raises when a barrel of oil reaches $75. We live in this fantasy that oil is our birthright.
This wonderland we live in is fueled by our automakers, giving us vehicles so big that are really useless. SUV’s that get 10 miles to the gallon and luxury cars that can only be bought in the USA because no one else would want them. It’s not only the automakers fault because we buy these monsters!
Some would say we can survive if we drill in Alaska and off shore. Maybe for awhile, but the reality is that it would only be a temporary solution to a permanent problem. As a fourth-grader, in the late sixties I learned in geography class that the day would come that oil would disappear. If I knew it almost 40 years ago, then I would like to believe our leaders knew it and the automakers knew it. Yet they did nothing, like I said, oil is our birthright!
Our unrealistic beliefs are about ready to explode in our faces if we don’t do something soon. Brazil recently became the first country to be “energy independent.” They do not rely on anyone for the energy they consume. Some of it is through their oil production. But they realize that this is a temporary answer until everything else is in place. There vehicles are not allowed to run straight gasoline. They must have a blend of ethanol. Theirs is made from sugar cane.
As being citizens of the world’s strongest country when will we show our own strength? Oil is not the answer! We can drill in our own backyard or around the world, but it will not solve our problems. We have waited to long, we can not afford to wait any longer.
First, right away we need to eliminate regular unleaded gasoline. All gasoline in this country must be an ethanol blend. Then every three years that blend is increased. Right now, ethanol is mixed at a 15% ratio in our gasoline. In three years make it 25%, then another three years 35%. And so on. In the short term prices will be higher, but if we do it, the long run will make a better life for our children and their children.
It isn’t just gasoline that is destroying us. Every winter, more and more people are wondering how they will heat their homes. While in the summer we wonder how some people will stay cool. It isn’t just the poor who live in fear. It’s the elderly who have worked their whole lives just to see their retirement money disappear because of circumstances beyond their control.
Our government needs to step in and make it a law that every house meets guidelines with insulation that people can be comfortable year round. It isn’t just a matter of comfort, it is a matter of saving energy. If a person can’t afford to “upgrade” their homes, the government will give them money either through a grant or a loan. Please don’t think of this as a handout, because the less everyone uses energy the better off we all will be.
The biggie in all of this is the oil companies. They need to be split up. More competition will create new ideas. They are the first step in making our country great again and more importantly – independent again! If everything took place starting today, let’s say that the big three oil companies don’t split up in a year. Then they are taxed at 50-75% of their profits. The money raised from this will begin helping everyone get their homes “upgraded.”
Next the automakers. They want to feed our greed. Then make them also pay for it with a “fat tax.” They want to make Hummers or SUVs, and then fine them 50-75% of the cost of that vehicle. This money would be used to help with creating new sources of energy. As for the people who buy these machines? Let’s start charging them an excise tax. Make it a law that they need to report every month with their vehicle to their local courthouse and be charged for every mile it is driven. A $1 a mile? $2 a mile? Let’s get them off the road! They represent our gluttonous past and have no plans in our future.
All new vehicles can run a 15% ethanol blend. Let’s make it that every year the vehicle has the capability of running on a higher blend. And let’s make it a law that all vehicles can have the option of running on more then one type of fuel. Today we have automobiles that run on both electricity and gasoline. Tomorrow, why not have cars that can run on electricity/gas, hit a switch and have it run on a blended gas, hit that switch again and it runs on straight ethanol.
Let’s have no more lip service about mileage. Make it a law. Today, let it be at 25 mpg, next year 30 mpg and so on.
Radical thoughts? Maybe, but isn’t it kind of radical times? We live a half world away from the oil fields, but every day we live in fear of what happens there. We watch societies that we have no control over – dictate our lives. It isn’t going to be easy, in fact in the short term prices will skyrocket. But I would like to think we as a nation could live with that if we shared a common goal – energy independence.
As an alcoholic years ago I learned the Serenity Prayer. A prayer that goes well beyond addictions.
God grant me the Serenity to accept the things I can not change, (oil is disappearing)
Courage to change the things I can, (us)
And the Wisdom to know the difference…
Are we willing to come together as a country, to once again become Independent?
©2006 Dave Harm
Web Site: Creating Dreams
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|Reviewed by Jennifer Butler
|Dave Harm ... are you any relation to William Hurt?
Personally, I have no attachment to oil what-so-ever. In fact, my first car was my dad's slightly banged up Datsun, and it never needed any oil at all. Doesn't solar power sound so much cleaner, with handy little garage plugs in convenient places and rechargable batteries?
|Reviewed by Mr. Ed
|I would have to agree with Joseph on this one, Dave. Most of our politicians today are in bed with Big Business - and that means the Oil and Power industries. And as long as oil is in short supply, they can milk us dry, and laugh all the way to the bank.
And all this talk of all this oil in Alaska which will save us is a bunch of Horse Manure, too. Government studies show that the tiny amount of oil in Alaska won't even put a dent in gasoline prices, or on our severe dependence on foreign nations for our gluttonous oil demands.
Alternative fuels have been around a long time now, but Big Business, and our government, seem extremely reluctant to even pursue them; there is just too much money to be made - in oil.
|Reviewed by Joseph* OneLight*®
What country has a President and VP both heavily involved in the oil industry (and do you think they want the price to rise or decline while ordinary people pay the price for the huge profits they are reaping)?
What country recently rejected an offer from Venezuela for $30 per barrel oil? Why, on earth, would they do that?
The answer to both questions is the same.
GW & DC are laughing all the way to the bank and they don't give a flying fcuk about anyone else.
They don't want anything to do with alternative sources of energy because that means the end of their pirate ways. They will milk us all as long as we allow them to do so.
In all sincerity,
|Reviewed by Felix Perry
|Well writtem article dave with lots of data and facts to reinforce what we all know but tend to dismiss or look the other way. Let's give our kids a chance by starting to change now.
If the money that has been spent fighting wars over oil had been spent in research and development and supporting price reductions for items such as hybtrid cars just think how far along we would be.