Energy crisis; what we’re not told

July 6, 2008

Every semantic artifice is utilized to focus our attention on our driving habits and their ill effects on the environment. Habits that have been consciously built into our lifestyle for a hundred years. Billions were spent on highways and infrastructure to facilitate our moving from place to place. Creating of suburbs and exurbs engendered a better, healthier life for our children. Now suddenly we are told that was all wrong. We were selfish and thoughtless of the environmental impact. And now the believers who bought into that dream after having been told it was the American way are expected to accept the blame for the destruction of the planet. Does no one perceive the foolishness in such malarky? Does anyone really believe this paradigm is in any way reversible?

More important than propaganda about how the public can be more energy efficient in their driving habits is what we are not being told. Fuel is not the only byproduct which places a demand on the supply of crude oil extracted from the earth’s surface. When I was growing up, literally everyone burned coal in their furnace for home heating. They claimed it was polluting our air, and indeed it was. What was the solution? Clean burning oil did the job. With modern technology it would be far easier to revert to clean coal than to reprogram the transportation habits of a third of the world population. There are myriad available oil resources within our own borders. We are told it will take ten years before we can extract any oil from them. What we are not told is many of these sources could achieve production in as little as a year. In lieu of having acted in a timely manner, the specious argument is put forth that drilling now will do nothing to solve our immediate problem at the gas pump. Based on this false assumption it is further rationalized drilling should not begin. Continuing to not act predicated on such a conclusion defies any known system of logic. Instead we are given slogans; “we can’t drill our way out of our crisis”. We were earlier told Ethanol was going to solve our problem. What we were not told is it would create a crisis in the food supply chain. Now we face world food shortages and increased cost in the raising of livestock. Another bad idea promulgated by government subsidized agribusiness to boost grain sales but sold to the public as something else. It will also take time to create alternative automotive power systems. But it should begin. We are years behind in the development of nuclear, solar, and wind power. Had we not been bamboozled by the bullshit from the overbearing environmental zealots we would have begun all these processes decades ago. I find it difficult to think we have not made some progress in these areas, but we have most certainly not been advised of it by the media or the government. Instead we have “chicken little”, Al Gore, running around telling us the sky is falling and all based on questionable data. And somehow it’s all the public’s fault.

Fuel of all kinds only accounts for roughly half of our oil consumption. What you don’t hear anyone speaking about is petrochemicals. Before we work ourselves into a frenzy over “big oil”; perhaps we should give some of the same kind of scrutiny to “big plastics”. How hard would it be for everyone to give up a free plastic bag for their groceries, or any other small purchase for that matter. Do we really need to put nearly every liquid we purchase in a plastic bottle, jar, or jug? Do we really need plastic disposable razors, plastic flatware, plastic cleaning bags, cling wrap, pilfer proof packaging that is nearly impossible to open, or any of the other thousands of throwaway items we use daily and to which we give not a second thought? One need only look around them to find innumerable instances of plastic. Vinyl flooring, upholstery—the list is enormous. I suggest if you need further itemization you check out the following website:
http://thomko.squarespace.com/petrochemical-petroleum-produc/
Much of this usage is convenient but not essential by any standard. There was a lifestyle and methods to accomplish all of these needs before cellophane and bakelite. I remember well when cookies were sold from large boxes stacked in front of the grocer’s counter. The grocer picked them out of the big box, dropped them in a paper bag and you were on your way. The butcher wrapped your steaks in paper. Pickles were frequently sold out of a big barrel as were lingonberries around Christmas. We all survived. We have—to mix a metaphor—”high-teched” ourselves into a corner. When the suggestion will be made to divert some of our oil resources away from these relatively nonessential uses, lobbyists for the petrochemical and plastics industries will be jumping around like a maelstrom of macaques. When they finally quit chattering they can begin to repurpose their plastic manufacturing plants quicker than an entire nation can change lifestyle patterns a hundred years in the making. We’ll also get a chance to see just how sincere both presidential candidates were when they told us how they would “get the lobbyists out of Washington”.

The point is this. It is time we start hearing what politicians, bureaucrats, and the propagandists in the media are telling us and begin parsing the sentences. That we begin to question the shaded meanings to determine if there are alternate solutions to those proposed by parties with a vested interest in the status quo. And, most importantly, that we not jump to emotional conclusions about what we only think we hear. For practice try listening to the pharmaceutical commercials. When they want you to believe their product is a cure for a particular malady you will hear something like; “…emerging research suggests there may be beneficial relief from the symptoms of…”. Unless you are a complete fool, this information will generally be ignored. However, when similar gibberish emanates from the mouth of a politician; it’s time to get nervous and scared.

In summation regarding my feeling toward propagandists and semantic manipulators of all stripes; I am tempted to embrace a statement attributed to Reich Marshall Hermann Goering; “When I hear the word ‘intellectual’; I reach for my revolver”.

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2 Responses to “Energy crisis; what we’re not told”

  1. melanie s said

    Well, July is a HOT month for ya huh! U and I are on the same page. I keep asking why we need huge markets w/85 choices of everything in plastic too!
    enjoy your rants, as always!

  2. What I’d like to see is a car that runs on wind power.

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