I remember playing a computer game as a kid called Civilization, and sometime arouond the Age of Industrialization the game started warning me that I was destroying the environment with pollution. I didnt have time to pay attention because I was busy waging war. Besides, my people were happy and the economy (dependent on the land) was strong. As time progressed, small scale natural disasters began to occur, and where my resources used to be, black patches started appearing…. I was getting irritated. I still ignored these signs, because not only was my civilization too busy, but it wouldve taken too much time and money to invest in environmentally friendly solutions (like eco-cars, alternative fuel solutions, and conservation systems). So I continued on.
I started launching space ships to explore and gain the upper hand in the game, and that was the straw that broke my ecosystem’s back. KATRINA STYLE natural disasters flared up, destroying my biggest coastal cities, killing hundreds of thousands. Mother Earth was PISSED. Flooding increased worldwide and my farmlands start shrinking. My economy began to suffer severely. I had to do something, because my people were starting to starve and I was loosing money (I had no resources). I had to attack a neighbor that had more resources. Unfortunately, they had observed conservation principles decades earlier. Their economy was stable, and not reliant on imports from other countries. And since militaries run on money, their military defeated mine, invaded my country to the last weakened city, and I lost.
…these oil wells arent bottomless, they can and will be used up within our lifetimes. What happens then? Chaos is what.
This might not be too far from what will really happen. Politicians are so concerned with meddling that our economy has fallen asleep, the dollar is locked in a tug-o-war with the yen and euro, China has just come onto the world scene, with 15,000 new cars hitting the street every single day (and China has sealed negotiations with several oil rich nations, including Nigeria and other African countries). And by the way, these oil wells arent bottomless, they can and will be used up within our lifetimes. What happens then? Chaos is what.
No gas means no food trucks can move. No chemical trucks can deliver purification to water plants. Nothing moves, not planes, not trains, not your gay-ass little VW bug. When people get hungry, they get violent. What did you think the French Revolution was all about? (Marie Antoinnete: “Let them eat cake”. She lost her head to the mob)
So we all start rioting. The government has to do something. The either start war or start begging, and other nations wont just give up handouts to what was once the most powerful and war-mongering nations on Earth. They want something in return. What will we have to give up? By then, will it be too late? Will our damage and apathy be irreversible? Will nature decide enough is enough and make post Katrina Louisiana look like a minor inconvenience?
Now I ask:
1. Even if global warming and climate change is political and media hype and isnt really happening, what harm is there in doing more to keep our environment clean?
2. If America had invested in flex-fuel or alternative energy sources in the 70′s (the first energy crisis, very similar to this one), would we have $2.50 gas? Would we be at the mercy of oil rich middle eastern countries?
3. What if a terrorist cell turns its attention away from military action and towards disrupting our oil supply (blowing up pipelines, refineries, sinking oil ships USS Cole style and causing major economic and environmental disaster) ? Heres a hint…A BP refinery that produced only 3% of the U.S. petrol supply in the early 90′s caught fire. That lead to a nationwide increase in gas prices that was higher than was ever seen. What happens when our suppliers in unfriendly countries, who supply more than 40% of our oil and natural gas, are disrupted by terrorists in their backyards? Or just decide to shut us down and ship to the more lucrative Chinese. Are you ready for $10 a gallon?
***UPDATE. THIS IS ALREADY HAPPENING IN LYBIA AND EGYPT!****
4. The technlogy that brings us ecocars and clean energy can lead the way to breakthroughs in industries ranging from spaceflight to medical synthetics.
SO BLACK MAN AND WOMAN: IF WE WISH TO TAKE THE ECONOMIC AND ECOLOGICAL LEAD IN THIS CENTURY, OUR AREA OF FOCUS SHOULD BE DEVELOPING SUSTAINABLE, ECOLOGICALLY RENEWING TECHNOLOGY THAT IS OIL INDEPENDENT.
Going green isnt an option, and the ORIGINAL PEOPLE should be in positions of leadership on this issue TODAY! Go to school to learn green technology and eco-engineering. Create sustainable and independent communities like Tama-Re. Make sure we survive the next GLOBAL CATASTROPHE!