Do you ever wonder what all that oil money buys? Check out this link about Dubai.
In 2008, the Burj Dubai will be opening, making it the tallest
building in the world. I must admit, it's impressive. But is this where we want our American dollar invested. With 42% of our record trade deficit in oil, it's time to end the ADDICTION with alternatives!
"Any intelligent fool can make things bigger, more complex, and more violent. It takes a touch of genius -- and a lot of courage -- to move in the opposite direction." Einstein
There are a lot of ways to cut back on our oil consumption. Pick and choose, and you'll find them.
You misunderstood me.
I was only saying that we, an American people as a whole, have an immense addiction to oil that never seems to be satisfied.
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I don't use vegetable-based lubricants, although maybe I'll look for them next time I purchase my 2 oz bottle. Relativity is important here. I calculated that, at my current rate of chain lube usage, I would have to live to 176 years old to use one gallon. Compared to standing at the gas pump, and watching gallon after gallon of gasoline flow into the tank, week after week, I'd say this is negligible. Agree?
The only way you're going to break this country's thirst for oil, is to replace the current administration. They have been big oil's biggest cheerleaders and worse yet, in my humble opinion, they have broken the EPA and handed the "keys to the car" to Exxon and the rest. It is a travesty.
Thank you for that post, I have also noted it and put up as a bulletin on my websites and e-mail.
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I chime in:
I see that there's a great need for all active movements to underline that our causes are intertwined and that we move together for a better world. The envisioned peaceful, fair and sustainable world is fully possible within short time, if it is not actively hindered. In the spirit of be the change you are hoping for and there's no way to peace, peace is the way as well as nothing can stop an innovation whose time has come (this time the innovation is the social one we are already seeing growing all over the globe) I therefor want to address my friends in groups with different themes with this message and I find this thread in resonance with it:
If we, the ordinary peaceful citizens in all countries, take an active stance for the shift to renewable resources of energy, i.e. wind and solar, and some geothermal, too, and if we work in co-operation across borders, with great determination, inspiration and imagination to get rid of the present oil-addiction - then I think there could be a much more peaceful and prosperous future for all people - just imagine a peaceful, fair and decent as well as sustainable development all over the globe.
From the beginning of the protests against the USA attacking and occupying Iraq, yes, from the protests in 2002 and on against this illegal war, I have been absolutely convinced that the only reason for USA to do this is their strategical considerations about their oil supply, and more precisely only for the sake of the US oil-companies and their owners, not the ordinary Americans, who could have had their energy need met by better sources in their own country, providing work and opportunities locally - so now both Iraqis and Americans are made to suffer. And oil continues to drive climate change, from which people and animals all over the globe are made to suffer. The Iraqis suffer much more from the current war as a nation, that's clear, but this war is also a wrong against so many American citizens. I also want to stress that anywhere war and violence is not a solution, but always a waste everywhere, as it is the worst form of terrorism against ordinary citizens and it always destroys the environment and wastes much needed resources. Our support is surely much more needed for better causes than wars, on which we should not spend a single dollar.
What about using our choice as consumers and citizens? We can vote with our wallets (even the thin ones) and in all our everyday choices and habits show what we stand for. So if we take care not to use much oil at all, but turn to the renewable energy that there is plenty of in any country, then we simultaneously work both for solidarity with suffering people and for universal peace, the environment, the animals and natural habitats, and for political and climate stabilization. These are goals worthy of our massive mobilization for a better world on the whole earth.
These thoughts were inspired by reading the article below, with its horror scenario: nevertheless I hope this article contributes to making the awareness more widespread! Thanks to Senseless for submitting.
You can note this article for the Care2 news network here:
I have found REAL solutions that show a 100% zero carbon lifestyle and ways of doing business are possible. For example; one huge carbon producing source is our use of electricity in the home and businesses. Electricity for the average home comes from coal, oil, natural gas or nuclear power.. Uhggg, all dirty fuels that are obsolete in my opinion.
We are not going to stop using power. Not many people have the money to pay for a $30,000 solar or wind system to make their home Zero Carbon.The zero carbon term is defined here as generating enough power to offset the amount used by your home from a source that does not generate C02, such as gas, oil, wood, coal, etc..
Installing solar cells house by house will take much too long. installing small, expensive solar cell power generators is also not cost effective. We need HUGE solar farms, wind farms and massive energy producing facilities on a COMMERCIAL SCALE.
This points to the REAL answer that is achievable TODAY to make a home 100% carbon neutral. First, deregulate energy in all 50 states. Two states (Texas, New York) are already deregulated and more are coming, but a President or organizations like this one could speed up this process.
Give consumers the choice of who to buy 100% green, zero carbon energy or power from. That is the easy way to switch to Zero Carbon energy.. Just switch energy providers and mandate that 100% green, zero carbon, renewable energy be delivered to your home..
Investors will rapidly build renewable energy supplies on a MASSIVE scale if consumers demand it.. That is where we come in. DEMAND IT.
Buying 100% green energy from wind power is possible TODAY in New York and Texas for just about every household. Click on the link below to get more specific information if you live in these states.
A President could mandate all of this, and greatly speed up the process that is happening already. For an example of how this is available NOW, in Texas and New York, see my article/blog about this specific issue;
Yes, this is just part of the answer, but I point it out to show that where there is a will, there is a way.. We just have to be open, and look for solutions instead of focusing just on the problems. Then accept the answer when it appears. Finally, just GO FOR IT.
Well you see we are ignoring the importance of public vehicles. We travel in a car with four seats, but nobody sitting on the chair other than of the driver. How much petrol does it consume if there are just 1 million such vehicles? We can calculate.
Just imagine about the petitions, which seem to draw attention to the person and the cause without having great concern for what we have to or can do. When we drive a vehicle, does not it spreading pollution into the environment. Wait a minute, it may have a pollution free certificate, but still it spreads the gases harmful to nature.
We enjoy during without realizing that we are harming everything around us.
If we can ride horses, it does not make us ancient, it helps nature. We have to do something substantial; otherwise it is just a luxury of discussion. When we drive let us think what exactly is happening. We may find that we are not less harmful than the nuclear weapons for the small species and for all when in great number.
Can we do something about it or just make mockery of nature through wonderful appeals that really appeal us in reading, but not in action that can be humanly and thus caring. Let us try to ask a bird or a plant that smells our petrol burning in the petrol tank. We can think that way and find it what our hearts have to say. Thanks!
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Replacing some items with comparable items, now or in the future, will replace the need for oil.
That may not stop the overall addiction, but will transfer it to better alternatives.
We should not be absolutists on this, but just make efforts to find the replacements and it will naturally transfer.
As to the addiction, that is another matter.
There is no natural transfer. Things change only if people change and demand change from the leaders.
When Republicans hold secret energy meetings and hand over everything to oil companies, then natural change cannot occur. (Cheney meetings with oil companies)
When Republicans shut down, deny, or squelch movement towards alternative energy, it also does not allow the natural change referred to. Carter put solar panels on the White House, and Reagan tore them off.. This speaks volumes about Republicans view of alternative energy. Republicans support and give corporate welfare to oil companies, coal companies and nuclear power companies. If this is what someone wants, vote Republican.
By interviewing proponents of mass transportation, it seems apparent that funding for such an oil and carbon reduction strategy was systematically dismantled, discouraged and denied funding by Republicans.
It is not just Republicans doing this however, as the oil addiction has grown under both Republican and Democratic leadership. Why? Large multinational corporations now control Congress and the Senate.. Citizens have a very small impact on what happens there... Even Democrats are given money to get elected by these same multinational firms, so they 'owe' them perks and favorable laws.
Until we kick corporations out of the Peoples House, or we deny all lawmakers to accept any money from corporations through direct citizen paid elections campaign funding, they will continue to do what is good for them short term, (profits) and bad for the citizens of not just the US, but of the world.
Well, Respected Eric, you seem right in raising the point:
"It is not just Republicans doing this however, as the oil addiction has grown under both Republican and Democratic leadership. Why? Large multinational corporations now control Congress and the Senate.. Citizens have a very small impact on what happens there... Even Democrats are given money to get elected by these same multinational firms, so they 'owe' them perks and favorable laws. "
You may better note that these are not the leaders, who are being controlled, almost all leading people, whom we feel leading us-the sportspersons, preachers, doctors, lawyers, and the entire category of the working class, officials to the leaders in the world are in control of it.
The scientific control over brain is too high; you may not even guess it. The world scientists and technologists have united. Now, is people's turn to unite just to say no to all that is what is not natural and recyclable, is not it? If one does not contribute at such a crucial stage of human existence and life on the planet-all are alike whether wise or fool. Think how and kindly express your opinion about it. Thanks!
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Well, Respected Eric, once again, you seem right in raising the point.
I need to make it clear what I have expressed in the previous statement:
"The scientific control over brain is too high; you may not even guess it. The world scientists and technologists have united. Now, is people's turn to unite just to say no to all that is what is not natural and recyclable, is not it?"
I have appealed on many websites that the scientists are being enslaved by the technologists, industrialists and thus indirectly by the governments and authorities"
The reason is to get the best profits and sharing it-as it seems to be. However, our concern is nature and there is other topic about which I have any intention to say anything much about, otherwise. Thanks!
Here is how BP handled the Exxon Valdez spill... NOT. BP was the biggest shareholder in Alyeska pipeline who was responsible for any oil spill in Valdez...
How did they do? The company, along with their other oil buddy companies such as Exxon, lied, covered up and denied all claims, fought claims all the way up to the Supreme Court and refused to pay just about everyone... They waited to start the cleanup for THREE DAYS, and by then it was too late.. A storm blew up and spread the mess for five hundred miles of coast line.
They ended up paying just a small pittance.. top gun corporate lawyers are cheaper than thousands of poor people who do not have big bucks to hire those same caliber of top gun lawyers. That is how corporations win just about every time.