Re: Gulf Oil Spill Reaches Land
My question is, “How do you stop the consumption of fossil fuels that are in everything from gasoline to lipstick?”
Unfortunately, most Americans are not willing or even considering lowering their quality of life for any reason or for anybody. I am not quite ready to start riding a bicycle to work. It would do wonders for me, but is not practical. The point is, that the higher the per capita consumption of energy (all energy) also translates into the strongest economic output. That puts the United States right at the top of the consumption chain and pretty high on the QOL charts as well. Simply put, we are addicted to oil and to prosperity.
My intention is not to single you out but to draw attention to a problem that is not going to go away any time soon. I am just trying to draw some clarity between just wishing for something and practical solutions. I cannot find any. Please note the blog enclosed by Robert Bryce of the Energy Tribune; these are the real facts that we are dealing with. And please pay particular attention to the pie-chart. There is not even a sliver for the vaunted wind/solar energy because it is so small on the world’s energy usage list that it would not show on the chart.
At the end of the day, this is a very serious problem with no practical solutions!
Then we’ll stop when stopping is done to us. If we survive that, we’ll discover what’s practical in the new reality. It’ll be much easier to discern when reality isn’t a spectacular petroproducts smorgasbord.