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I always wanted to be a gastronomer

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.
Jul. 7, 2014 10:13 am
After I retired from my life's occupation I had the opportunity to work in the oil fields operating 75 ton cranes and heavy equipment. Those oil fields were nestled in heavily populated cities. Inside those oil fields were the most incredible flora and fauna that anyone could imagine. The oil fields were teeming with wild life, deer, nesting owls, foxes...I could go on and on. These lands are fiercely protected by the workers and companies that run them. I highly recommend anyone that opposes any such oil pipeline to go see first hand their closest oil field (not a refinery). If ever such a pipeline is built the flora and fauna will follow. In Southern California along the beach is an oil field that has federally protected land within it.
Jul. 8, 2014 2:51 am
One of the things I've read that is troubling to me is that a corporation is being given rights that trump the rights of private land owners. The pipeline is being built in such a way that farmers and ranchers can't even run their tractors over the pipeline that crosses THEIR OWN PROPERTY because it is either so close to the surface or it is not structurally sound enough to support the weight. This effectively cuts off the use of part of one's own land!
Jul. 8, 2014 2:35 pm
I'd give the thumbs up sign for a well written blog but I don't know where that stinker is on the Pad. I don't think many realize where and how our way of life happens. Should we be more conservative with our resources? HECK YES! Do we need to realize our infrastructures are trying to support ever so many more now and this is the result. Just months ago I was devastated to learn a major power line was going to go thru my property. It would have totally trashed it. Trust me on that. However, the line to supply more power to more people went another route. There was a lot of opposition to this route but it was one of many routes being considered. I am sorry others will have this major power line on their property but what are we to do? More people living in rural areas mean there is a need for electricity. Thank goodness we live in a country that can provide it. I truly try conserve my gas consumption. As much as I hate to agree with my dearly departed mother, she was right. We consume too much with too little thought. Conservation starts at home, we only have one planet to live on and we need to figure out the best way to take care of it. Sorry, I will get off my soap box now. Good blog!
Jul. 11, 2014 4:42 pm
Agree. Good blog. The problems with the pipeline also include that it's a temporary (and costly) measure. There are better ways to solve this. There is a 4 part documentary (Discovery Channel) called "Powering The Future". http://www.ovguide.com/tv/powering_the_future.htm . . . lots of folks working to solve our dependence on fossil fuel in creative, clean and sustainable ways. Hybrid vehicles (while not fossil fuel free) are a good start at using/storing the motion energy of a vehicle to reduce the use of fuel . . . http://www.hybridrive.com/how-it-works-hybrid-bus.asp . . . others are creating a clean, sustainable business community . . . http://masdarcity.ae/en/ . . . so, who goes first? I guess there are pioneers who are already working to BE first. Every step towards conservation is a step forward. Every step toward sustainability is important. With any luck, we'll be able to make the changes necessary BEFORE we hit the wall, so to speak.
Jul. 11, 2014 7:45 pm
I agree (regrettably) that oil has become a necessary evil in our lives. But my chief concern with Northern Gateway is it's route, and the resultant ecological/environmental cost of a rupture along that pipeline. As a native of BC, I'm sure you've heard it all...but truly, do you have enough faith in our federal government to protect your coastline?
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