What is wrong with us? We're quick to judge the alcoholic/addict when they continually go back to their drug. "Don't they have any willpower?" We shake our heads when we see all the different ways they use to stay stoned.
But we think its all about politics when we can't get our way with oil. Big Oil Companies are reaping record profits at our expense!!! "So give us some cheap gas." (Kind of the same philosophy when the expensive Cocaine, was made cheap through crack.)
As an oil spill works its way through the Mississippi River, we are desperate for a fix, so lets drill off shore. "To hell, with God's creatures, lets drill in Alaska." We need our oil and we need it now!
I watch a TV ad for a foreign car that brags of 35 miles to the gallon. And people ask why can't American cars do that? They did! I drive an old beater back and forth to work - an '85 Olds Cutlass. It's a four cylinder and I get anywhere from 33 to 37 miles to the gallon. We did get that gas mileage - 23 years ago.
But we liked our fix. We needed bigger cars, bigger houses, everything bigger - it was part of our fix. Now we're going through withdrawals and we're mad! And I can't figure out why.
You see, when I was in the first or second grade in the mid 60s, I learned that oil was a non-renewable resource. I learned that someday we would not have any oil. We all new this over 40 years ago. But we kept our fix alive. We didn't change and like any addiction it became worse.
Withdrawals suck! But life after withdrawal is awesome. All it takes is some responsibility. The responsibility to say "NO, I won't do it anymore." For the alcoholic/addict to succeed they need to quit being a victim.
It is always kind of comical listening to an addict who no longer has an escape. They blame everyone for what has happened - except themselves. "Exxon's got all those big profits, they can give me some of it." "All the politicians are in a partnership with Big Oil, it's their faults!" That may be true , but it doesn't excuse us for our habits.
We knew this day was coming over 40 years ago. We need to say no to a new fix. Let me clarify that - we need to say no to a quick-fix.
Drilling for oil isn't the answer. The answer is getting rid of oil. It won't be easy. No addiction is. But it all starts by admitting to the problem. "We admitted we were powerless over oil, that our lives had become unmanageable."
When the alcoholic/addict starts their new life they don't have a five year or a ten year plan to stay sober. They have a desire for a better life filled with promises. We first need the desire for a better life. Easy? No. Will our children and grandchildren thank us for the difficult challenge that awaits us? For sure.
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|Reviewed by Erin Kelly-Moen
|Enjoyed the analogy, Dave, and the article kept my interest. Your intro brought me in, when scanning titles, your words, style and self-humor made me stay.
Erin Elizabeth Kelly-Moen
|Reviewed by Dave Harm
Yup we need oil, as much as a heroin addict needs heroin. So to get him off his addiction lets have him run everywhere getting all the heroin he can find, so we can use it as a bridge to methadone.
Yes, methadone may not be the final answer for his addiction, just as ethanol is not the final answer to our oil addiction.
But getting more oil and more, and more, is also not the answer.
|Reviewed by - - - - - TRASK
|Nice To Dream-Huh.........!While Millions Homeless Sleep In Your Own Back USA Streets,Most Are Children Starving For Corn Fed(FOOD) Gasolina...
Credit Illuminating Write!
|Reviewed by Keith Rowley
|Very sane viewpoint.|
|Reviewed by Edwin Larson
|True to a point...but we need to drill drill drill while we build nuclear energy power plants, solar feilds (though not in Kennedy's back yard), and bio-deisel.
Y'see, actually drilling IS the answer. It's economics 101 or read Economy for Dummies cliff notes. World markets, Emerging industrial nations (China, India), supply and demand, Martket futures, speculation, and little things like plastics, adhesives, pharmaceuticals, fabrics, etc, etc, etc, etc.....)
Yeah, We NEED Oil and there is enough to bridge the gap until synthetics replace the market. Hemp has it uses but is best rolled in a fat joint. ;)
Also, FYI...98.7% of the EVIL Exxon is owned by guys like you and me. Teachers, Fireman, Police, State and county employees, Factory workers, Corporate employees (Yeah, that's right, most employees in the U.S. of A.) all own Exxon. IRA's KEOUGHS, 401K's, Mutual Funds, Hedge Funds, and every retirment/pension/annuity plan in this country owns Exxon. I've got it in my retirement fund...my retired mother has it in her pension plan. It's called Capitalism and serves our people well and sustains us more than any nationalized government program ever could. Ask this...what government contolled entity has ever earned a profit margin that even approaches the 8-9% marginal profit earned by Exxon?
The answerf is...Not one...ever. And economics prove that the Govt. has only achieved -12 to -16% losses at best over one hundred years. This is America. Tax and Spend is NOT the answer nor the type of 'CHANGE' this country needs. I truly wish all would get a clue.