posted on Jun, 5 2010 @ 11:41 AM
Originally posted by pr0digy
I'm tired of seeing people tell others regarding this subject to stop self loathing and blame yourself for this incident. Yes, we use oil, but the
fact of the matter is, it's all we've ever used, some of us here are not inventors and wouldn't know how to go about inventing an alternative
energy source, just because we have cars and use plastics does NOT mean we are to blame for this tragedy what choice do we have? Until alternative
energy sources are funded and put through by the government we are forced to use these things. So instead of reminding us how we are to blame, why
don't you point the finger at the people doing the drilling in such deep waters that noone can do anything about the spill. Or better yet, instead of
blaming others for not using alternative energy sources, how about you come down off of your pedestal and get to work on creating one. People have a
right to be sad by this, it's horrible. And those pictures are from the gulf, they were shown on cnn a few minutes ago.
You could have quoted me, I don't care.
First, I agree with you on the issue of drilling in such deep waters and I have said as much in other threads. It is ridiculous to think that there is
any measure of control over what happens at those depths. I think that if you can't send human divers to fix problems, the you are drilling in water
that is too deep. If that oil field in the gulf is indeed that large, then the oil can be pumped just as easily from wells in shallower water.
Second, the point of my calling people out on all this self-loathing tone that I see is that it is hypocrisy, pure and simple. I am going to go ahead
and assume that most everyone here drives a car and lives in a building that requires heating and cooling, the energy for which is most likely
generated by fossil fuels. When something like this oil spill occurs, these people I am talking about get all self-righteous and start trying to make
everyone feel bad for being such evil humans for allowing such a thing to happen. Give me a break.
As for alternative energy sources, having the government (DC) behind the development of any types of alternative energy generation is just stupid,
unless it is the military that develops it. Much of our advanced technology has come from military research. It really needs to be developed by the
private sector, because free enterprise will encourage the development of a method of energy generation which will be cost-effective and profitable
for the developers. Having politicians doling out money to develop inefficient means of generation such as wind and solar power is a huge waste of
money. Wind and solar will never be very profitable until technology is advanced well beyond what it is now. I think maybe those technologies can be
somewhat viable on an individual level, i.e., a homeowner installing those devices on their own home for their own use, but it is still very
cost-prohibitive for most people to do that and the homeowner likely won't recover that investment for a long long time.
I won't even get into technologies that have come and gone that have been suppressed by current energy interests. I suspect there have been some
really revolutionary ideas that never saw the light of day.
I am not smart enough to invent some kind of alternative energy that is efficient and cost-effective, and I have never suggested that I am. I think
government money (modest money) would be better spent on R&D rather than funding bad tech to implement right away so we can all "feel better". I'm
not sure what the ratio of funding is with regard to that, so if anyone knows, chime in.
So I hope I've clarified my comments to everyone's satisfaction, so you can stop assuming that I think I am better than anyone else, because I do