Digging Ourselves In Deep

Having spent the last two months watching oil blast out of that well a mile below the surface of the Gulf of Mexico, I’m struck by the lengths we are now going to to get our oil.

There’s deep sea wells everywhere now, since we’ve used up a lot of the oil that’s easy to get to.

BP, sponsor of the Gulf of Mexico oil disasters, is getting around President Obama’s shaky moratorium on offshore wells at their well in Alaska. BP is getting oil from two miles below the Beaufort Sea, because the well head itself is on an artificial island BP created, says the New York Times.

They drill down, then six to eight miles horizontally to get at the oil.

That’s not all the fossil fuel we’re getting by extreme means. Tip of the hate to Denis to send me a trailer for the documentary “Gasland” .  It’s about a new technique called “fracking” which cracks the rocks far under the earth to extract natural gas. The problem is, the method also produces huge problems with aquifers and drinking water.

See the trailer for yourself:

Call me naive, but instead of going through this arduous process of getting fossil fuel from ridiculous places,  wouldn’t it be easier to seek alternatives instead? That’s problematic, too, but if we put as much effort into alternatives as we do getting oil from impossible spots, we might make headway.

My analogy: You’ve picked all the apples from the bottom branches of the tree, and now you’re struggling to climb the tree to get the apples at the top. Wouldn’t it be easier just to go to the next apple tree and pick the fruit from the other tree’s low branches?

Just a thought.

Some people say that reducing our dependence on oil would combat global warming. (By the way, Pakistan, Iraq, Chad and Niger had their hottest temperatures EVER over the past couple of weeks)

Even if you think climate change is a crock, if we used alternatives, wouldn’t that screw up the terrorists, because we wouldn’t need the oil from their countries anymore?

And of course we end up with so many tragic scenes like in the following video. Pay attention to what the narrator says at the very end.

It’s true that oil companies provide a lot of jobs, but  a big push for alternatives would create lots of jobs.  And there’s no reason why oil companies can’t join the fray to find alternatives.

China is aggressive seeking alternative energy sources,  not because of any big concern about the environment, but to establish a strategic and economic advantage in the world.

Yes, we as citizens can turn down our thermostats, drive less, etc., but that won’t make a huge difference. Give us consumers what we want: Power from clean sources.

American used to have a can-do attitude, where we could solve or reduce any problem if we just applied ourselves.  I think a lot of people would love to get involved in this project, if we only knew how.

Has the corporate money from oil interests and others so gummed up the government, and the rest of the private sector that we can’t break away from Big Oil to look for other ways to power ourselves?

We  can’t wait to find out, in every sense of the phrase.

One Response to “Digging Ourselves In Deep”

  1. montpelier28 Says:

    Thanks, that Gasland one is particularly depressing. I had read about BP and the manmade islands.

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