With the recent events that have taken place in our southern states, due to Hurricane Katrina and Rita, besides the destruction and lose of human life, we as a nation need to look at our own state of affairs. While one city sat in despair waiting for help to arrive, another city sat on highways trying to escape.
As a nation we are ill prepared for any major disaster. When New Orleans sat under water, we watched in disbelief, as no one arrived to help and gas prices began to shoot-up. We also began to see the same rise in prices even before Hurricane Rita struck.
The warning signs are all around us. A nation that is so powerful and so advance shouldn’t be so fragile. We have made a life on instant gratification, with no one saving for the future. Our grandparents did it, our parents did it, and now we are doing it. But we are not alone; our nation does it as well. Spend and use, as you wish, this is our “price” for freedom.
I wonder if the time has come to start earning our freedom. To start using our power and our technology to move forward on a new path. I am not a politician, nor do I have any concrete plans to solve our problems. But our problem is clear to see – oil. I also believe that our answers are not found in the Alaskan wilderness.
Over 40 years ago, as a very young second-grader we were taught that someday oil would run out. That someday (many years from then) automobiles would become a thing of the past. Well, is that someday now? If we can look past the big oil companies and car manufacturers – isn’t it time for a change? As a second-grader there wasn’t as many technologically advanced nations and the world’s population wasn’t out of control.
Maybe it is time for our generation to say, “We’ve had enough.” If we do nothing, then we can pass along this burden to our children and grandchildren. In Nebraska, one man runs his vehicles on used vegetable oil. Not only is it cheap and plentiful, but is very safe for our environment. Ethanol is expanding throughout our country and maybe the time has come to push this expansion even further.
If we are to remain free and powerful, the time has come to quit buying oil products from foreign countries. The only oil we use is the oil produced – here. With this mind set, maybe, just maybe, we can create a cleaner and more abundant energy fuel.
Right now, the way we are going we will become more dependent on unstable foreign supplies. Right now, the price of gas has put an impact on my budget and has me worried that someday we will be held hostage for that precious oil. Right now, I would be willing to pay $5 for a gallon of gas, if it was our gas and a ten year plan was in place to eliminate oil from our vocabulary forever.
Easy? No. Needed? Yes. It would be a strain, it would be frustrating and difficult, but the next generation would see how our commitment to change, was built on a love for them. $5 for a gallon of gas, we know its coming. But shouldn’t we have a say on where that money is going? Do we want that money to go to the Mid-east or do we want to keep it right here? We need to learn from our past, to create a bright future.
(c)2005 Dave Harm