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Bakari
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Posted By Bakari

As you may have heard, an oil rig has exploded off the Southern Coast of the US, causing a spill almost certain to be the worst in human history, with a potentially devastating impact on the local environment and everything that lives in it (which would be everyone that is alive).

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20100502/ap_on_bi_ge/us_gulf_oil_spill

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Deepwater_Horizon_drilling_rig_explosion

In the news, and in political emails, and among people's conversations, there is talk about what BP did wrong, how they might have prevented it, whether the government response was quick enough, how consumers should react....

But the truth; which almost no one wants to admit is:

This is OUR fault.
If you drive a car, ever, for any reason, you are personally responsible for the spill.

If you don't own a car, but sometimes you borrow one, or get a ride with a friend, or take the bus, or take a long-distance train, if you fly or travel by ship, that oil was being drilled for you.
If you are a hard-core oil abstainer, never travel long distances, do all short trips by bicycle, nearly everything you buy, food, clothes, books, paper, your bicycle, the computer you are reading this on right now, was both produced and transported with the help of oil.

We don't get to blame oil corporations, or government, or BP executives, and the capitalist economy.  It is US.  All of us. 
Instead of writing angry letters or boycotting a particular company, how about taking this opportunity to use a little less oil yourself.  However much that is, make at least a little change, and use a little less.

Buy something used which you would normally have bought new.
Ride public transit, a bicycle, or walk, when you don't have that far to go.
When you do drive, drive a little slower.
And stop accelerating toward red lights - it won't get you where you are going any faster anyway.


 
2 Comment(s):
Bakari said...
I haven't heard of it as a phenomenon, but I know what you are talking about. Interesting addition to the concepts. Thank you.
May 6, 2010 9:06 PM
 
ralph bates said...
Bakari.. you are so right. We all need to do more to reduce our use of fossil fuel related products. You, Jessica, Jonathan and Megan are way, way out in front of all of us. That's great. We have an addiction that feeds all kinds of other addictions - like a complex fishbone diagram. Each bone or branch sprouts another branch. It took us a long time to get to this complex addiction and it will take many years to break it. I hope we have time but may have gone beyond the "tipping point". Have you heard of the "boiling frog phenomenon"? If not, I'll explain later. Be well, Ralph
May 6, 2010 12:22 PM
 
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