Connecting the Dots On Our Energy Future

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WAMC FOR JUNE 3 2010

Steven A. Leibo commentaries can be found on line at Leibo’s World Watch

“CONNECTING THE DOTS”

I must say the news is getting very repetitious these days. Don’t know about you but I am getting awfully tired of constantly hearing about the oil spill in the Gulf. And before that all that the coverage about that disaster in the coal mines. And then there’s been all that news about the people who‘ve lost their jobs since 2008’s meltdown. I mean that was two years ago. And if that were not enough we’ve had almost a decade of nonstop news about Afghanistan and Iraq. I mean, you would think the media could find some new topics.

O.k. Granted the BP’s Gulf fiasco is destroying an enormous natural resource. One that sustains the life of the millions upon millions of us that live near in the Gulf of Mexico from the sea life within it to the birds that fly above it. Deeply impact folks who live off the economy of the gulf from the tourist and fishing industries so, I suppose, it’s worth covering. And the coal industry’s record of destroying the environment and people’s lives; it’s record of trapping humans thousands of feet below the surface is probably worth some coverage

True a lot of folks are still looking for work, still losing their homes. So it’s hard to them deny some coverage either. As for Iraq & Afghanistan, two areas that are spewing out American casualties and blowing an enormous percentage of our hard-earned tax money well, they obviously deserve some reporting.

Still, how about just a little space for one more topic, the one that is hardly ever covered the one I call “connecting the dots”

You know that all-important moment when the media recognizes that all the topics above are really about the same thing. The downside of our increasingly unsustainable fossil fuel energy addicted economy And the burden of trying to drag that obsolete economy into this new century

Which is let’s just say it exactly why we find ourselves drilling at impossibly deep ocean depths that are so obviously beyond our technological comfort levels. Because after a hundred years of oil use ,the oil that is easy to find has largely already been found. and what’s left is either harder to find. Or harder to process into usable fuels like tar and shale oils that are even more destructive to the earth’s heat balance than conventional oil. Thus pushing us onto that climate change roller coast that is already threatening world society, even as digging coal keeps demanding more human blood sacrifice from the world’s miners. All while that very same coal, is destroying the future of the youngest among us.

And yes, ending our reliance of climate transforming fossil fuels contains the very real chance of winning back some of those lost jobs. After all, the renewable energies from the sun and wind may be free but building the infrastructure to capture them isn’t.

In fact, the conversion to a new energy future is the key to a new green energy economic recovery. Not forgetting that the only reason we find ourselves fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan Is because our addiction to the oil of the Persian Gulf eventually saw us arouse the anger of those from Saudi Arabia to Egypt who hated our interference in their region. Thus setting off our struggles with bad guys from Saddam to Bin Laden.

So yes, it’s perfectly fine to cover the gulf spill, the coal mines, the unemployment numbers and the casualties from Iraq to Afghanistan But how about just a few moments to connect the dots on what links all those stories; the necessity of moving toward a green energy future.

And while we at it, how about supporting those who are right now trying to do something about it, like calling your senators in Washington to support the national climate legislation.

And for the New York residents calling their own Albany based state senators who are, this very afternoon, having a major climate legislation information day. Senators who are literally waiting for your calls. The numbers for whom can be found easily enough Just by googling the New York State Senate

Yes, it’s just that easy to connect the dots and make a difference!

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