America’s Junkie Lifestyle

“We’ve embarked on the beginning of the last days of the age of oil. Embrace the future and recognize the growing demand for a wide range of fuels or ignore reality and slowly—but surely — be left behind.” -Mike Bowlin, chairman and CEO of ARCO (now BP), speech in Houston, 9 Feb 1999

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9 Responses to America’s Junkie Lifestyle

  1. osori

    May 23, 2010 at 11:25 am

    Yup. I haven’t checked recently,but last time I did we were still the world’s #3 oil producer.Way ahead of Iran. Yet it only covers what, around 40% of what we burn?

  2. Will "take no prisoners" Hart

    May 23, 2010 at 11:32 am

    This whole transition to alternative energy would be so much smoother if we didn’t have hypocrites like RFK Jr. going around advocating it but then frigging saying, “No, not in my backyard you don’t.” We ALL have to sacrifice – yes, even those far more money than brains residents of Hyannisport

    • osori

      May 23, 2010 at 11:40 am

      Will,
      in the interest of disclosure, I’ve been hoping to marry into the Kennedy family for many years.Arnold beat me to Maria, but actually any of them would do. Hell even a guy.I just want the trappings and not having to work. Kicking it at Hyannisport, touch football, not working……….

  3. Mother Hen

    May 23, 2010 at 11:43 am

    It is hypocritical for supposed supporters of “green” alternative energy to have a NIMBY attitude about it. But they do at least have a legitimate concern about it ruining an attractive view.

    There are enough ugly, barren, featureless plains in this country to support a huge number of wind turbines in areas that have little to offer for tourists. The wind farm in our state is the most interesting feature in that region, actually.

    • osori

      May 23, 2010 at 11:52 am

      We see windfarms alongside the freeways here in parts of Northern and Southern California. For years I wondered what they were.

  4. Stimpson

    May 23, 2010 at 12:53 pm

    I am reminded of something Kurt Vonnegut wrote in 2004:

    “We are all addicts of fossil fuels in a state of denial, about to face cold turkey. And like so many addicts about to face cold turkey, our leaders are now committing violent crimes to get what little is left of what we’re hooked on.”

    The oil addiction hurts in so many ways.

  5. Holte Ender

    May 23, 2010 at 5:26 pm

    The nice thing about wind farms, you can’t have a wind spill. Wind running rampant through the countryside, unless it’s a tornado or a straight-line storm, generally the wind keeps blowing, especially in the central plains and the coastal regions.

    • Jess

      May 23, 2010 at 7:39 pm

      Solar also, let’s not forget about that. I’ve been harping on about residential solar, to everyone I can, since we got ours last year. Our bill has more than dropped in half, because of that and some other things I have been doing. I started hanging my laundry outside and only using the dryer for about 5 minutes per load, instead of using it all the time. In winter I stuck one of those portable washing lines in the front room and hung clothes in there till they dried. Got myself a solar oven, have yet to try that though. If everyone did just one little thing in their own life there would be less need for the oil over time.

      I got to thinking about all the noise and “drill baby drill” coming from the righties. do you think PO is working in the background letting this crisis get to boiling point with the people, in the hopes we all just say enough is enough, get to working on alternative methods? I don’t know just me thinking out loud I suppose.

      There is enough land in like the Dakotas right, that could be used for this and maybe it might bring some needed jobs to that area for the people, living on the reservations there, that don’t have jobs. I think if they had been doing this since Jimmy Carter started talking about it, we would be so far ahead of the pack. But NOOOOO, old zombie Raygun had to do the bootlicking for the oil companies and we know where Poppa Bush and Bush the lesser got their money, big oil, so they would not do anything. I really do hope, this is the beginning of the end for fossil fuels because of this eco disaster in the gulf.

  6. fourdinners

    May 23, 2010 at 6:09 pm

    I’m a NIMBY!!!!

    They wanted to put these funny windmill things near my house for wind power!

    I explained that buying me Indian food in perpetuity would A) be far cheaper, B) provide far more wind and C) stop me whinging