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It’s Our Fault

June 10, 2010

It’s interesting to watch the government react so poorly to this disaster. While BP has no doubt bungled the PR around this event, what they should really be saying to the press, the government and to anyone else that will listen, is that if you want to know why this happened, just look in the mirror.

We did it. All of us. Every American.

We demanded multiple automobiles for our households, even though we didn’t need them. We drive larger cars than anyone else in the world. We own bigger homes than anyone else in the world. Our carbon footprint is larger than any other country’s. We have made virtually no investment in alternative energy or energy conservation.  It’s just as NIMBY as having a dump in your backyard.  No one wants to be the one to rough it w/reduce energy demands. And the government, who we elect, has done virtually nothing to encourage conservation or alternative energy.

Just look at our priorities: we invested a trillion dollars on a mess in the middle east largely to secure the price of oil. Would we have any interest in the Middle East w/out oil? Would we care at all about Saudi Arabia??? No one here would care about Iraq or Iran if we didn’t demand so much oil.

If we had spent even a tenth of what we spent on the Gulf War, here at home, subsidizing alternative energy, getting Americans off of foreign oil; finding ways to change our habits towards conservation… none of this would have happened.

Deep water drilling?  Who did that?  Who made it so profitable for oil companies by putting in liability caps?  Cmon, we did it. We do it every day. We want that oil, and the truth is we don’t really care if the environment could be impacted because we need to drive our big cars. Who’s fault is this? It’s ours. BP knows it but can’t say it. The government knows it but can’t say it either. But for the rest of us, let’s call a spade a spade. Until we change our habits, this is only the beginning.

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