It’s all over the news. The oil spill. More like an oil deluge. We all feel bad. We all sit at our desks, working, typing away while watching the latest news unfold about it. We shake our heads and place the blame—BP. “This is their fault.” “They need to do something about it.” We say things like “what a tragedy” and go on with our lives. The world watches and places more blame. From Obama to the little guy trying to do his job to fuel the world. To the people who lost their lives. We all place the blame. But we don’t stop to think who is really to blame:
That’s right. You heard me. We are the ones to blame. Our big SUVs, trucks, cars, the constant need to drive everywhere even it is just down the street. We have become dependent on oil. We consume it like candy. It is our drug of choice. We spend money for it. We buy accessories for it and spin around in parking lots for it. We drive on sunny days for hours to show off. We defend the use of it. We are even killing for it—each other, animals, the environment. It’s the worlds drug of choice. We are addicted. It’s like heroin. We need more and more. We can’t get enough. Eventually, it will kill us. We reject the rehabilitation plans. We don’t think there is a problem. We think Ed Begley, Jr. is a nut case because he drives around in an electric car while we freely give our money to the the drug lords. We worship at their feet and beg for more. We accept their excuses for price increases because we need their products
As much as I want to blame BP and other companies like them, it isn’t just their fault. So go ahead and place the blame if it will make you sleep better at night. If it will help you forget about the lives that have been lost, the animals that are dead, the environment that is ruined. If it will help you forget about the oil guzzling machine you drive 3 blocks to work. Just remember, when you get in your big ass SUV and drive home from work or to the grocery store; that mess in the gulf? It’s your fault too.
While the UK faces a total ban on cod fishing several countries that had signed the whale hunting ban have started up again.
(According to The Times).
Do they have no idea about the state of our ecology?
I don’t know what kind of worldwide circulation it’s achieved but there’s an acronym in use in the U.K. used to descibe a person who has objection to the siting of…well…almost anything really near to property they own. NIMBY stands for “Not In My Back Yard”, not literally the rear of one’s property you understand, just uncomfortably close to.
One of the installations that one sees run foul of the NIMBYs on a regular basis is Windfarms. In my part of the world (Eastern England) there are a few of these windfarms around. It seems to be a fairly regular occurence that local councillors are reported as objecting to the siting of proposed windfarms in their locales, the most recent example being County Councillors refusing to back plans for the Sheringham Shoal Offshore Wind Farm off the North Norfolk coast on the grounds that it may impact the local fishing industry. While I have a certain amount of sympathy with the issue of the fishing industry (although not sufficient not to back these plans), it’s way past time that some people opened their eyes to “the bigger picture”.
West Devon Borough Council turned down plans to build nine wind turbines in January of this year and admitted that
“the main reason for refusing the application was the impact of the turbines on the landscape.”
which is the reason guaranteed to have me climbing up onto my virtual soapbox. Perhaps these people would prefer a nice picturesque nuclear power station? Ok, I know that a nuclear power station wouldn’t be sited there but there’d be objections to it whereever it was proposed.
My point is that society today demands electricity. Surely its better to try and generate it by means that don’t further impact the environment as a whole even if it means putting these wind turbines in “areas of outstanding natural beauty”? If some climate change models are to believed (and they are, increasingly by people who know about these things) then the point of choosing whether to try to generate our power by renewable means, even if it does have an aesthetic impact on the environment or losing most of the land mass of Great Britain to rising sea levels has already been reached. Is it really that difficult a decision to make?
And on the subject of “aesthetic impact”, I don’t find that these wind turbines are that objectionable. Tall and brilliant white, they have a strange otherworldly elegance which is far more pleasing to the eye than the endless ranks of steel pylons which for years have carried electricity across the countryside with hardly a murmur against them.
Dependent on the approval of my landlord, I would like to offer here and now that if any electricity generator would like to site a wind turbine in our back yard then they’re more than welcome. An offer of a roof installation, generating power exclusively for us would be met with a very favourable response and could be a PR coup for someone!
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