reply to post by GradyPhilpott
Those who are not so well off, will just have to opt for public transportation, walking and maybe driving to the grocery store as infrequently as
That's not such a bad thing, and the upper class could take a lesson from those that are less fortunate. I woke up this morning with the news saying
record oil again above $135 p/b and it really struck me how people in the 70's 80's and 90's burnt gasoline and fuel like there was no tomorrow
and at dirt prices they (baby boomers mostly) were ripping off their children and grandchildren.
Lookout, here come the chickens!
Back when President Carter put solar panels up on the roof of the white house (only to see Ronnie immediately take them down) there were actually
genuine nationwide efforts to reduce energy usage. Where are these massive nationwide campaigns today? This administration has completely been out
to lunch on the issue (I'm not so naive as to not know they are all oil people and thus have an interest in not having a conservation policy, just
trying to make the point). Not only should we have started a massive alternative and conservation based energy policy starting in the late 70's and
up to now, but since we didn't and we are in the now right now, we need one now, and where are the candidates on this issue? This should be the main
issue right up there with health care and infrastructure ...well energy is infrastructure. It's reaching the point where it is becoming a national
security issue, and the politicians have their thumbs up their arses!
We can blame the politicians of course 8 ways to Sunday, but shouldn't we also take a close look at ourselves, get past the denial, and recognize we
all had cake and drank at the party? Now the sun is coming up, our heads hurt, and we need a tall glass of water, an asperin, and begin to figure out
our way back home.
The baby boomers and the x gen. I believe will go down in history as the most wastefull, greedy, and selfish generation ever. They may also be the
generation that not only created massive hardship for their children and grandchildren, but also ultimately led up to the threat of the downfall of
the nation. And all you people on the far right; don't forget we on the left tried to tell you so, but you were so drunk on prosperity and fumes
from burning fuel that you didn't hear us and even if you did you wouldn't care. Now here we are, and everyone is sober as a brick!
The irony with it all is that the reality of the situation may be the one thing that actually unites the nation again and brings the left and right
together with all in the center too all working at surviving the crisis. Alternative fuels and energy sources are now desired by both sides.
Conservation measures will become welcomed by all and eventually we will pass one another on the side walks, the bike routes, and will exchange
vegetables with one another from our gardens where grass lawns used to grow. We may actually have a more healthy, efficient, and happy society once
we pass this peak mess and change our ways living a few blocks from work and the market rather than across town. We will revitalize downtown areas
build more urban living, add green gardens on the roof tops, put in communal gardens for those to grow food who have no yards building community and
enriching society. Reclamation dpt's will spring up at the State level and reclaim the suburbs and put them back into forests or agriculture.
Massive freeways can be tore up, the asphault recycled, and the space converted to train tracks for rail mass transit, and bicycle paths for bikes and
motor scooters. That's when gas is above $15 per gallon.
[edit on 22-5-2008 by skyshow]