posted on Aug, 23 2008 @ 12:14 PM
I don't think we should lift the ban on offshore drilling simply because it doesn't REQUIRE us to think of innovative new ideas to pull away from
using oil at all. It only prolongs our dependence on it.
Personally, I don't think the issue should be about our dependence on foreign oil at all. It should be about our dependence on OIL, period.
This day in age, oil should be a thing of the past. There are so many more ways to get energy now that our oil demand should be extremely low and
that alone would lessen our dependence on foreign oil and oil altogether.
I think the problem is that most people aren't looking at it that way. They are looking for domestic oil to replace foreign oil when they should be
looking for alternative, renewable energy to replace domestic AND foreign oil.
You start with baby steps. For one, all of my cities buses are run on natural gas. I think that we could also run them off biodiesel. We could
start with school buses. It costs very little money to convert a diesel running vehicle to biodiesel. Where do you get biodiesel from? The vast
amounts of vegetable oil that our multitude of fast food restaurants use every single day. A friend of mine was telling me about some sort of weed,
it's name has the word "grape" in it, but it isn't a grape vine, of course. Anyway, it can grow in nonfertile fields in vast numbers once it's
planted (it is a weed of course) so all the farm land and whatnot that is unusable due to soil erosion, depletion of nutrients and so on can be used
for the plant and the plant can be converted into biodiesel.
An SE Johnson company manufacturing plant runs it's entire plant solely off recycled methane gas from a nearby farm.
Those are innovative ideas that need to be implemented. And I'm just not sure that either candidate, especially McCain, is willing to take those
revolutionary steps to accomplish the task. Yeah, it's going to cost a lot of money, but how much money has the war cost? Really, we could have
easily, a while ago, used that money to save lives instead of take them (based on the idea that these wars are for oil anyway).
There is one hope that I do have and that is that these people that are hardliners for oil will start getting pretty damn old and dying off eventually
and a new generation of people will start moving in. It might be awhile but I'm looking forward to it. My generation especially and the one behind
me (possibly even the one before me) will be the ones to take these bold new steps because we've grown up in an era where we've seen the effects
that totally neglecting the planet and the environment has had. I think people in their 40's and younger will be those people.
THAT is a change we can believe in. And I don't believe it's Obama's nor McCain's type of change.