A far greater power resides inside us, greater than all the coal mines’ worth of QBTUs, all the drillable crude or snaggable shale oil deposits and acre miles of frackable methane just pocketed and waiting for our frackers to frack into.
It’s wisdom. Call it caution or environmentalism or old school. The truth remains: We are goofing it up for all of us and for the tiny little shared consciousness in all of us that says it’s maybe NOT okay to be blowing around in a 10 mpg SUV and cooling or heating our leaky house to 70 degrees or 75 degrees because of the known impact this kind of luxurious squandering of resources clearly has on our economic well-being, our societal development, the futures of our children and this paradise which we are stewarding by default and apparently by blurred hindsight, fogged by the thrill of speed and the elixir of convenience.
To be clear, let’s assume that we are all environmentalists on one level of commitment or another to take care of ourselves and our place because of two big reasons:1) There’s as much mystery to the evolving understanding as there is satisfaction in a firmer grasp of the half-understood!.2) This is the only home we’ve ever known. An ‘environmentalist’ is just the all of us in each of us.
And environmentalists run in many stripes. But the path out of our fossil wake is going to happen when we awaken our grasp of tomorrow’s energy path, not yesterday’s. When we begin to see the impacts of the consumption of our recent past on our planet, the environmentalist in many leaves us scratching for our corrections for the future, and we begin to see that sanity in a future world is within our reach, but not held in our collective grasp.
We are strangling ourselves with deceit when we accept gluttony and drunkenness as norms of self-development, ignorance and apathy as standards of education, and usury, slavery and deceit as acceptable practices in commerce.
Our country uses between 19 and 21 million barrels of oil each day! That’s 1/4 of the entire world production! Like most low-hanging fruit, the easy-to-get oil is already being tapped out. The U.S. has ~5 million producing wells. We peaked at 9.8 million barrels a day in 1970. Now production is at @4.3 million/day and we have been drilling deeper and deeper to make less profit!
“Why do you think we are drilling in 5000 feet of water??” BP says to drill that deep and remain profitable, the crude oil price has to be at least $60/barrel.
We need to address HOW we use the energy and what our using has done to us and to this little environment before we ask where we are planning to find the next kwh or gallon of unleaded. Nothing’s free.
Accounting for the cost of comfort and convenience must also reconcile creatively the loss of what we might have learned if our lives were less sheltered from the harder lessons and sterner masters. Little round kids always want more cookies.