August 15, 2009
20/20 ran a special a few weeks ago called "Over a Barrel" about oil. First of all, I simply hate the expression "addicted to oil." It's like saying we're addicted to houses or restaurants. It's necessary for our lifestyle. Just because we need it doesn't mean we have to sneer and call it an addiction. And it's not like cigarettes, where we'd be better off if we stopped using them. Our lives would be infinitely worse without oil.
Second, T. Boone Pickins really ticked me off. At the very end of the show, he said:
Um, we are if we're paying for it. You're entitled to anything available on this earth if you come by it fairly and pay for it in the free market.
To say otherwise gets right down to the core of my values and ruffles 'em up.
The US has nothing to fear from "dependency" on oil producing states - they are more dependent on you than you are on them.
Posted by: David Boxenhorn at August 15, 2009 06:19 PM (bjGKR)
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Posted by: david foster at August 16, 2009 08:55 AM (uWlpq)
I just coped and pasted that using Ctrl+Insert.
Posted by: Sarah at August 16, 2009 11:08 AM (TWet1)
Unfortunately, there is always an element of morality in what we buy/pay for/do. I think it's more of an issue with various warring moralities than it is with an emotion free simple transaction. Not everything is infinite, and the consequences of some things touch a lot more people than the ones doing the transacting.
This does not mean I buy into the Global Warming hysteria - and I don't plan to until Al Gore and Bono practice what they preach and do everything by teleconference while living in mud huts without air conditioning and only eating vegetarian porridge made from wheat grains that naturally dropped to the ground after growing wild in a field somewhere.
Anyway, defining "fairly" is certainly an issue in any free-market transaction. Is it fair that my husband (1/5 of the residents of our house) eats about 1/3 the food that comes into this house? Yes - he's the main provider and he's also probably the largest percentage of body mass in the house. However, if we take the points of people like you mentioned, he would not be entitled to the amount of food he eats.
Tortured explanation, but you see what I mean? They're completely unwilling to look at the equation using anything other than their preferred math formula, and that just irritates me.
Posted by: airforcewife at August 16, 2009 11:32 AM (CDkfD)
Thanks, Sarah. Doesn't work on my old laptop, but works fine on the new $340 netbook. Here's the Orwell quote:
"Our civilization, pace Chesterton, is founded on coal, more completely than one realizes until one stops to think about it. The machines that keep us alive, and the machines that make machines, are all directly or indirectly dependent upon coal. In the metabolism of the Western world the coal-miner is second in importance only to the man who ploughs the soil. He is a sort of caryatid upon whose shoulders nearly everything that is not grimy is supported."
Orwell was a socialist (also an asthmatic, which meant coal-burning must have caused him considerable difficulty), but he understood that a society needs energy. I can't imagine modern "progressives" showing the kind of appreciation to offshore oil platform workers that Orwell showed to coal miners.
Boone Pickens has extensive natural gas interests, and his energy ideas involve a combination of nat gas and wind. Does he object to the US using a disproportionate share of the world's nat gas?
Posted by: david foster at August 16, 2009 12:19 PM (uWlpq)
Also, it irks me when people talk about 'Blood for Oil' and don't bother to look up the fact that the US only gets 6% of oil from Iraq - less than the amount we get from Mexico. We get the most crude oil AND petroleum from Canada. I don't hear T.Boooone crapping on the people of Canada for selling the oil to the US.
How come when it comes to 'addicted to tobacco' the evil doers are the tobacco companies, but when it comes to 'addicted to oil' the evil doers are pegged as the end user????
The thing I think is that T.Booone is trying to make another billion off of the scam of global warming. The demand for oil while still high, is now at the same level as the demand for the mythical 'green' energy eurphoria that comes with building things like wind farms. Why do you think T.Boone isn't for nuclear plants (which costs around $5/kilowatt hour) but is for wind farms which cost more to build and cost more to use the energy produced by them (around $15/kilowatt hour). He's another Goracle - raking in the millions while shielding himself as the Piped Piper of 'Clean' Energy.
Posted by: bdol78 at August 17, 2009 02:11 PM (W3XUk)
I couldn't agree more. I'm finding that lately I agree with you more than I have in the past.
Totally unrelated, I'm glad we're seeing an ultrasound picture. And I'm super glad you've got morning sickness ;-)
Posted by: Sara at August 18, 2009 08:48 PM (F8fYH)
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