Let’s be honest with ourselves here for a moment; we have a problem with oil. Sure, it wasn’t a problem before because there was plenty of it, we did not use that much, and we had no idea of the environmental effects of using it for everything. But we have a problem now – and some of our politicians and leaders want you to believe that our problem is with foreign oil, not with oil itself.
Not so fast…
It’s all oil from all ends of the earth – from the deepest shale in Canada to the deepest offshore well in South America to the deserts of Saudi Arabia – we are slowly running out of oil. You wouldn’t know it judging by the sizes of the cars that American manufacturers still make while asking for bailout money, or the amount of cars being put on the road in China and India each year, or by the fact that companies across the globe leave their lights on all night – you would think we were rolling in the stuff. Energy crisis? No way man! There is plenty of oil in the ground – we only have to destroy the environment to get to it!
Um, no there isn’t. Sure, there is a lot left – but at what expense do we try to get it instead of spending the money on alternatives? If we don’t start developing these now, when will we? When it’s too late and we don’t even have enough oil to run the machines to make the alternatives?
In order to extract the oil from every corner of this country, we would need to expend so much energy that it just is not worth it in the end. Expend more energy to get it than we get back in return? What sense does that make? Not much – but the politicians are very crafty because by saying “foreign oil” they get you to think of oil in far away lands that might be in the hands of a terrorist, thus we should allow them to dig anywhere they want here in this country. Don’t fall for it – oil is oil is oil – and the only solution to “fixing” the problem is to find alternative sources of energy, not continually drilling everywhere looking for a few drops. Someday, whether in 5 years or 50 years, there won’t be any drops left. Then what?
Oil has been used to create our entire society – from your car, to your roof, to your toothbrush, makeup, trash cans, street signs – and that is just a tiny handful of things made directly from oil, never mind the stuff that we just need energy from oil to create (everything, basically). I wrote before about the many things made from oil and it is a pretty amazing list. What would happen if we did not have it anymore?
Personally, I don’t want to find out.
That’s why we need our politicians and leaders to stop lying about “foreign oil” and get real – we don’t need to drill for more oil here in the U.S., but rather we need to get off the stuff completely. We need to start spending money on research and development rather than exploratory drilling in our National Parks. We need to get private enterprises with money excited and interested in alternative energy. We need a new “New Deal” for green energy. We need to start conserving every last drop that we can so we allow ourselves the time to figure it all out. And we need to start today.
Oil is running out – slowly but surely – both the foreign and domestic stuff. Those in power need to act accordingly instead of trying to convince us that one kind of oil is better than another. When it’s gone, it’s gone – no matter where it came from.
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