“I’d like to join in on the blame game that has come to define our national approach to the ongoing environmental disaster in the Gulf of Mexico. This isn’t BP’s or Transocean’s fault. It’s not the government’s fault. It’s my fault. I’m the one to blame and I’m sorry. It’s my fault because I haven’t digested the world’s in-your-face hints that maybe I ought to think about the future and change the unsustainable way I live my life. If the geopolitical, economic, and technological shifts of the 1990s didn’t do it; if the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11 didn’t do it; if the current economic crisis didn’t do it; perhaps this oil spill will be the catalyst for me, as a citizen, to wean myself off of my petroleum-based lifestyle. ‘Citizen’ is the key word. It’s what we do as individuals that count. For those on the left, government regulation will not solve this problem. Government’s role should be to create an environment of opportunity that taps into the innovation and entrepreneurialism that define us as Americans. For those on the right, if you want less government and taxes, then decide what you’ll give up and what you’ll contribute. Here’s the bottom line: If we want to end our oil addiction, we, as citizens, need to pony up: bike to work, plant a garden, do something. So again, the oil spill is my fault. I’m sorry. I haven’t done my part. Now I have to convince my wife to give up her S.U.V.
But can your garbage collector afford one (I know you can)? Really don't disagree with you, but the law of economics will rule the market. The Galveston beaches that someone mentioned yesterday are the cleanest I've seen in years and hopefully the Gulf beaches be will too, I believe.
Man did not create the Earth, I hope I'm right when I believe we can't destroy it (look what a small volcano did to air transportation). Disaster is disaster man made or natural,if BP can stop the flow, we will recover, but if we implement contraction policies....well then see previous post. Good luck to us all.
Indeed. And perhaps that's the key. What does less sophisticated mean when it comes to this sort of thing? Is it less sophisticated to conduct yourself with one eye always on the future and how your actions impact it? Is it less sophisticated to think less consumeristically and more in terms of what's good for all of us? Is it less sophisticated to recognize ways of life that are unsustainable and begin to comport your behavior, both as an individual and as a nation, accordingly?
If so then count me among the uncouth and less sophisticated "class." There's a reason why I end all my posts as I do; and that writers commentary touches upon it.
there is nothing good about waste, but now the same zealots who wanted to make everyone a hero by consuming are going to eventually go to the other extreme and shun technology and maybe adopt an anti-intellectual atititude. Appeasing sensitive brats has become more important than solving problems with win-win technologyh advances. Brats seeking security ran to too-big-to-fail entities and used social skills to replace utility and competence.
The only way to cut back enough is to have Fred and Barney move in next to you and go back to low carbon footprint wood fires. ROFLMFO.
The sensitive brats cant even consider the possibility that critical analysis and penetrating insights could create maximum mutual benefit, it seems a back to nature and dope smoking attitude will make everyone happy. And they think republicans are reactionary.
the good ole daze seem better with glib analysis and dope.