When you have been using something for 100 years like coal and Oil,
. . . it's hard to change!
Oil is used in transportation, in heating homes, in making plastics,
. . . like comfort food, it's a devilishly delicious addiction,
. . . fine when used in moderation,
. . . but so easy to become something, we can't live without.
But as more and more people, demand non-renewable resources, like oil,
. . . the inevitable forces of "Supply and Demand," force prices to rise,
. . . the pollution of oils waste products become more visible, and harmful,
. . . smog, non-biodegradable trash, spills, etc.
The first reaction is normally, find more source's of supply,
. . . like tar sands, even if it cost more energy to get . . . then it give's,
. . . and that's the sure sign of an unhealthy addiction.
The 2nd reaction is normally, to throw money at a problem,
. . . trying to raise supply faster and faster, than demand,
. . . which usually ends up in reckless accidents and spills.
The first reaction that is healthy, is to find ways to reduce our dependency,
. . . Insulating a home will reduce our heating and cooling costs,
. . . Trains can move a ton of freight nearly 500 miles on a single gallon of fuel.
The 2nd reaction that is healthy, is to invest in renewable energy,
. . . we should be celebrating the COST decline of solar by 50% in 2011,
. . . it brings us with in reach of the "Tipping Point" of renewable energy,
. . . and finally freeing us from the "Whipsawing of oil prices" and wars,
. . . we have had to endure since 1973.
Source: Tread Gently on the earth
it's the only one we have.
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