Let’s All Drown Ourselves In American Oil

George W Bush is in favor of drilling for oil on the continental shelf. John McCain has flip-flopped in favor of a similar policy. Barack Obama is in process of flip-flopping towards the same goal.

Why?

Because, we are told, the vast majority of Americans are also in favor, thus making it an election issue.

Exactly five years ago, thirty-five thousand people died in Europe, all within a few weeks, from the effects of the worst heatwave ever recorded.[1] Today, according to the US media, Texas and surrounding regions are “…. dealing with history-making heat; dangerous and unhealthy and unrelenting. Eleven straight days of 100+ degree temperatures….” according to NBC News.

California is rapidly becoming one huge bonfire, years of drought parch much of Nebraska, Tennessee, and Georgia,[2] while just a few months ago most of Iowa and parts of Wisconsin were under water following the wettest spring in the region on record.[3]

Why do George W Bush, John McCain, Barack Obama, and most Americans want to allow drilling for oil on the continental shelf? Because they believe it will cut America’s dependence on foreign oil, and ensure gas prices drop sufficiently so America can once again tank around in its big SUV’s for decades to come.

Personally, I believe the candidates have far more serious matters to consider. I understand that a majority of Americans suffer from acute blindness, serious deafness, and a shortage of commmonsense. I would like the mandatory issue of optical lenses and hearing aids to become an election issue. Sadly, as yet there’s no quick fix for stupidity.

Unfortunately, my suggestion won’t be taken on board, because the candidates themselves suffer the same afflictions. So, for them, and every American who believes this world exists solely to provide them with dirt cheap gasoline, let me spell it out as simply as possible:

EITHER THE FOSSIL-FUELED INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE IS DEAD, OR WE ARE.

I’m sorry I can’t make it any clearer than that. If you still fail to grasp it, please, just do the rest of us a favor. Take your trusty side-iron out to some solitary spot and blow your last few remaining braincells to the wind, where they’ll be of limited use, but have a more worthwhile existence than when adhered inertly to the inside of your thick skull.

America may want its gasoline prices to fall, but it’s the last thing America needs. Frankly, I’ll be elated if prices keep going up to the point no-one can ever afford to use a fossil-fueled engine again. Then, perhaps, we’ll all get off our backsides and start demanding vehicles that don’t pollute the planet. Vehicles, incidentally, that could be available today, if only the oil companies weren’t desperate to prevent us having them.

Not that they can stop us buying one, you understand. They just happen to own virtually every refueling station on the planet and are not keen to allow hydrogen-storage on their forecourts. Without that infrastructure, no vehicle manufacturer is going to invest too much in a hydrogen-cell vehicle, though to date Honda has the biggest balls in the marketplace.[4]

During the Iowa floods, ‘MarketWatch’ (link below) published an article focusing on the effect of the disaster on the ethanol industry, reliant as it is on the corn-producing lands so abundant in Iowa:

“….. looking at the flooded plains of the Midwest, we are confronted with the awful realization that domestic energy production is vulnerable not only to the whims of Washington, but to Acts of God in a way that oil fields, tucked deep in the earth, are not.”

MarketWatch got it horribly wrong on just one point. The Iowa floods, the European heatwave of 2003, the droughts in Georgia and Tennessee – none of these are Acts of God. They are all, irrefutably, acts of man.

If America, along with the rest of the planet, doesn’t shake off its complacency and condemn the fossil-fueled internal combustion engine to the scrapheap of history, within a few short years the planet on which we live will effectively do the job for us, not by eliminating the vehicles but through the destruction of those who drive them.

[1] “2003 European heat wave” Wikipedia

[2] “Georgians fighting over Tennessee border” TNJN, Feb 12th 2008

[3] “Corn-belt floods sweep aside ethanol hubris” MarketWatch, June 12th 2008

[4] “Honda FCX Clarity 2008

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8 Replies to “Let’s All Drown Ourselves In American Oil”

  1. The irony is that when the last drop of the world’s oil is finally used up, the seemingly (incurably) addicted America will probably be the first country to “die”.

  2. I’m still waiting for either candidate to stop pandering to the voter. Are we that stupid? Don’t people believe that we live in a finite world? Thousands of years ago someone wrote, “To everything there is a season, a time to live, a time to die.” Either we find another source of energy or it’s sayonara for us. Trying to drill the last bits of oil is a fool’s errand.

  3. I’d like to see gas rationing as a stop-gap until alternative fuels can be produced in sifficient quantities.

    Gas has been rationed here before, I believe, and for far less important reasons. No politician has the balls to do it though.

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