Jul. 6, 2014 9:21 pm
Updated: Jul. 11, 2014 7:45 pm
No not cooking oil. The other kind, the goop from which springs forth the lives we lead, even Petey's.
As of late, I seem to be coming across more and more opposition to the Northern Gateway pipeline that recently acheived federal approval, That disapproval that I'm seeing has extended itself to facebook blogs, and repeated advertisements both online and in
magazines showing a poor dead duck mired in oil from the Valdez disaster ten years ago.
This stuff pisses me off really really bad. Not because it looks bad or paints a nasty picture of oil. Oil is a nasty business, we war over the stuff and we poison our land and water in our hunger to get it. What pisses me off is that when we bitch and whine
about it we forget that our very ability to do so is rooted in that the fact that we can bitch and whine, because of that oil. I don't just mean that the plastics that encase the electronics that are so pervasive throughout our society and enable us to easily villify
oil wouldn't exist without it, but the very society that we have would be unattainable on the back of anything else. Oil is the very currency of our lives. Most of us fuel our cars with it. We look at the electric things available and wish we could afford
them but they're so dear, that even if we managed to get a nice Tesla, we'd be shocked at how much our electrical rates would jump, as if we dont already pay enough for electricity.
And electricity comes largely from burning hydrocarbons and with the current states of alternative electrical generation, that isn't going to change any time soon. The planet be damned. We as a people want the right to protest the possibility of an oil spill
and make demands of those who would venture to move oil in a way that might endanger our forests, beaches and waterways but ask those same people to give up their Lexus and morning lattes (because without oil, those are goners) and you'd be asking for trouble.
I see pictures of fields filled with solar panels and the fact is that that is exactly what you need to power a single freezer, a football field full of solar panels. One freezer. The wind generation thing can largely beviewed a supplemental sourse of electrical
generation, we currently consume over a hundred thousand times more electricity that is being generated by wind and no one, but no one shows a picture of the mangled birds who hit those giant blades (and thats a very real problem).
Its such a bloody travesty, the very hypocrisy of complaining about oil while busily consuming it as fast as you can.
David Suzuki is a long time Green Advocacy scientist in Canada, a celebrity. He was green long before the term was invented and he stands at the forefront of those who decry the Northern Gateway pipeline and he travels extensively to give speechesd on why we
shouldn't have this pipeline. By horse right? Bicycle? no no, Dave is a tad more civilized and uses his private jet which btw, aint electric and it sure don't run on sunshine.
I can appreciate what all the naysayers are saying, I know that oil is a horrible scourge and that we desperately need to change the way we live to save our planet but who will go first? There needs to be some balance in these trendy complaints, but then balance
would diffuse the BANG impact of said complaints so.....
The food aspect is this, most of the food we consume comes directly via the massive oil driven transportation industry. Without that oil, were all gardeners and it wouldn't be all that long before we'd be hunting bush meat.