Thursday, August 14, 2008


I read today that Nancy Pelosi, Speaker of the House is beginning to soften her stance against offshore oil drilling, especially in California. Not only that, but apparently the other Democrats are saying similar things, including Barack. What I don't understand is why this is happening. Well, I guess maybe I do. People are paying a lot for gas and want cheaper fuel. In order to get that, they need to have a larger supply of fuel so prices will go down. Blahblahblah. Can I just say how incredibly tired I am of the narrow-minded, typical American approach this country continues to take towards every imaginable issue? Really.

The problem is not that there isnt enough gas, it's that there are too many cars. Too many cars! Too many people who drive and too many cities with awful public transportation systems. But because it's a million times easier to complain about there not being enough gas than it is to consider how we could build an adequate way of moving people about our cities, we force our politicians into taking these ridiculous stances they know to be false and misleading. When are the politicians going to show some backbone? Our problem in America is that the answer to all these issues we confront is always "more." We send in more troops, drill more holes, build more buildings, etc etc etc. No one is talking about how the real answer to the gas price issue isnt more oil, but less driving. No driving. Why? where are these voices? Why aren't they heard?

And the weird thing is that people are so desperate to fuel their oil addiction that they're willing to do absurd things like drill more holes. And politicians are so desperate to get elected that they bend to this political pressure and compromise themselves. I personally don't think I can continue to support politicians who are afraid to tell the public that theyre wrong. Sometimes, we need people to tell us not only the truth, but what's right. That means having the courage and ability to tell us when we're wrong. And right now, no one is saying we're wrong. Why not?

I dont think I can continue to support a country that so ignorantly and idiotically aims to perpetuate a lifestyle and culture that is fundementally based upon waste and inequality. It's just too much.

I know the answers are obvious to many of us, but I'm wondering why so many people still genuinely believe that we can somehow drill or hybrid our way out of the automobile age. It's just not going to happen. Instead of attempting to slap 21st century technological innovations onto 19th and 20th century lifestyles and patterns of consumption, we should be attempting to define something new and sustainable. Unless we entirely reevaulate and rethink the way we live our lives and how we choose to consume, we cannot be saved. We shouldn't be searching for quick fixes or blanket solutions. But then again, we are led by people who are incredibly out of touch with today and dillusional about tomorrow. Maybe, the Baby Boomers are just avoiding the issue in the hopes that their children and grandchildren will be able to deal with it. Because that strategy always works.

Upcycle, please.

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