Biogenetic laboratories african mango super fruit diet African mango extract

How We Failed Our Children

Posted on July 12th, 2007 by Will Marre.
Categories: Leadership, Education, Community, Lifestyle.

How We Failed Our Children

Thirty years ago we didn’t have personal computers or fax machines.  What we did have was our energy crises.  Twenty years ago we didn’t have cell phones, the Internet, DVD’s or email.  What we did have was an energy crisis.  Ten years ago we didn’t have high definition television, plasma screens or Google.  What we did have was an energy crisis.  Today we have a full-blown energy catastrophe.  Why?  Because we choose to.

Gas near our home costs $3.35 a gallon.  A fill-up for my daughter’s Honda is $40 bucks.  She spends $60 a week on gas to get to school and get to work.  At her $10/hour wage, it takes her a full day of work to net after taxes a week’s worth of gas!  But the price of gas is not my daughter’s biggest problem.  It’s where the damn stuff comes from.  The financial price of gas is only a fraction of the true cost to our future. 

The engine of modern prosperity runs on oil.  That may have worked in the last century, but it’s a complete and total disaster in this one.  And unless we get to a radical new solution right away, our children will be slaves.  Oil plagues us in every way. It pollutes our air, over heats our atmosphere, funds terrorists, and gives sinister governments enormous power and sophisticated weapons. The people most hurt by this are students and lower paid workers who need a car to get to school or work.  It also hurts small business owners who have little power to raise prices, and no power to reduce fuel costs.

When oil is expensive it determines how warm we can keep our homes or how far we can drive.  It impacts the cost of everything that travels by truck.  Little things like food, clothing, and building supplies.  Other than that, it has no influence over us.

Think about it.  For over 30 years our government and business leaders have led us down a dark slippery path where our way of life and our standard of living would become increasingly dependent on religious fanatics or ruthless despots.  So what have we done?

We’ve darkened our children’s future. We’ve enriched scary countries like Saudi Arabia who support terrorism, Iran who wants to nuke Israel, and Venezuela who is becoming the new Cuba.  Meanwhile, Europe has turned reborn ruthless nuclear Russia into an energy-fueled totalitarian powerhouse.  And it’s only going to get worse.  Why?  World demand is exploding and too few people control the supply of “devil juice.”

There are solutions.  When we’re told there aren’t and that all we can do is conserve, buy a few hybrids, or stuff corn in our fuel tanks, it’s a lie.  We can do much more.  When leaders tell us they want to reduce our dependence on foreign oil by 20% in 10 years, they are just mouthing the words of the oil-lobby.  Conservation and hybrids help to be sure.  Growing corn for inefficient fuel is like mistaking a Twinkie for a protein bar.  It’s empty calories.  But practical ideas are abundant.

Billions of venture funds are flowing into solutions.  In the near future, we can increase average gas mileage by 50% by buying hybrids, using bio-diesel, and reducing the excessive weight of our biggest vehicles.  We can offer tax credits to buyers to get these cars on the road.  We can radically invest in new technology to create clean renewable fuels.

Sooner than we think we can free ourselves from fossil fuel.  The answers are maybe in new ways to harness hydrogen, waste product conversion, or electricity from the sun, wind, and water (for a great resource on renewable energy click here).  It will undoubtedly come from the radical experience of our imaginations like using chemical proteins we can grow (for more info. visit the J. Craig Ventner Institute).  But none of this will happen without leadership and a united public will.  We have a 13 trillion dollar economy.  Through incentives, tax credits, and direct investment, why can’t we spend one quarter of one percent ($320 billion) a year to find clean, renewable solutions that will create new jobs, hope for a more peaceful world and a future for our children?  If what we were spending on the “war” was spent on freeing ourselves from oil slavery, wouldn’t that be money better spent?

If you think all of this is impractical idealism.  It is only because we think so.  The idea of America was one of the most impractical, idealist concepts in history.  What was different was that we had leaders who were committed to our independence.  Isn’t it time to demand from anyone running for a major public office to have a real plan for energy independence.  Shouldn’t it be standard to be taken seriously?

There are always people who will tell us we can’t achieve our dreams because they profit from the status quo.  When we believe their version of the future we feel powerless and act like we are.  There is not shortage of solutions to solving our energy crisis, only a famine of will.

15 comments.

Barry
Comment on July 13th, 2007.

Will,
Thanks for this post! It is so refreshing to hear an honest, passionate, TRUTH espousing voice. I think what you say all the time and often feel foolish and idealistic when I express these ideas. You embolden me to continue to speak up and out for change so we can move beyond the insanity of our current way of doing things.Thanks for being a ray of hope for our future and our children (who afterall, are our future!)
Peace,
Barry

Jon
Comment on July 13th, 2007.

Will,
You are spot on with this post. Perhaps, your daughter, and millions of others will read this and see that there are choices to be made and consequences of those choices. Seeking employment where one could walk or bike to work is one way to reduce our oil dependancy. Civic and business leaders can facilitate this by permitting business and housing to coexist and creating jobs near population concentrations. Oil will be with us for a long time because it has a very high energy density. We could reduce our consumption of it markedly if we managed to delink conspicuous consumption and status. Take pity on a giant SUV owner, and offer a ride in your carpool. Personally, I’d like a veggie diesel Messerschmitt Kabinroller, but the closest thing out there now is a Smart car.

More investment is needed in alternative energy and conservation, I hope people will read your post and make it happen.

Kat
Comment on July 13th, 2007.

Will,
I always love to read your posts because they make me think about things that should be important to all of us. I too believe that money invested in alternative energy, conservation and education for same would be money much better spend than on funding a war that can’t be ‘won’. Thanks for keeping me informed and inspired.

Richard E. Bull
Comment on July 13th, 2007.

We need to restore our vision. Decades ago Buckminster Fuller pioneered effemeralization (doing more with less). Almost as long ago, a Japanese architect designed a self-sufficient city (a city that got it’s energy from converting it’s own garbage and waste). I wish I still had the article. To me the core of Freedom is the core of America, i.e. doing the impossible. We must have a new vision is we are to have a new and different world.

Pingback on July 13th, 2007.

[…] The American Dream Project Blog: Today’s Post RE: Oil Anyone ever see Will Marre on PBS? How We Failed Our Children @ American Dream Project […]

Jeff Blamey
Comment on July 13th, 2007.

I have been inspired by your writings and the situation with oil to move close enough to work to bicycle or ride an electric motorcycle (near zero carbon) when weather permits (3/4 of the year). I figure the savings in fuel and time allows me to live a less stressful life. As individuals we can make choices that lessen our impact on the earth, improve our health, and outlook on life without making sacrifices. I relish the added hour a day I can use to strengthen my personal relationships.

Sharon
Comment on July 13th, 2007.

Unfortunately, the average person in the U.S. is not visiting blogs like this one and thinking critically about energy issues and adopting practices that will lessen the drain on our energy resources. Which is why I think those who are interested in maintianing the status quo, ostensibly because they personally gain economically and socially for doing so, can continue to maintain their leadership position and power.

Dependency on/addiction to fossil fuels clearly has multiple negative implications for the world order and health of the planet, however how many people are willing and capable of proactively making new and different lifestyle choices that no longer fuel the dependency?

When we’re talking about the health of the planet and trying to mobilize people into doing something to improve and sustain the environment, we are really at a disadvantage, because the average person does not actively choose to improve and sustain their own health. The luminary mental health scientists will tell you that behavior modification is typically at best a very difficult process, which only a small percentage of people are able to achieve.

While we indeed have some great thought leaders in our country with regard to energy and environmental issues, the average person is not tuned in, I don’t believe. Most people are caught up in their own personal daily drama to notice. Consciously observe people going to and leaving work, on the elevator at the office, in the supermarket or other public places: most seem checked out, not vital and alive, inured to a tread mill existence, and I think this reality is getting worse.

Can someone explain to me why, for example, if the majority of U.S. citizens no longer support the war in Iraq and our dependency on fossil fuel, we are not assembling in public and yelling at our government as a collective whole? While many complain about the situation, most of us are sucking it up, including the higher gas prices and the serious limitations it’s putting on our lives.

I think most of us are all working so hard that, at the end of the day, we just want to be comforted in whatever way we can … working out, eating, watching t.v., playing video games, other entertainment … and, for many, relief comes in the form of some insidious addiction … I won’t list the range of them here.

People, in general, need to hit rock bottom, before change can occur. The average person isn’t motivated to action until there is a crisis and that crisis touches their lives directly. With regard to the environment, when the crisis point hits, it may be too late, which is why people who are educated and in the know are becoming increasingly anxious, right?

Yes, when an environmental crisis point arrives, the average person may be powerless to do anything about it. I’m right now thinking about the Louisiana residents who were displaced, following Hurricane Katrina — an environmental crisis for sure that impacted the lives of many disenfranchised people. To this day, many of the Louisiana residents are without permanent homes and struggling to survive. Are they concerned with what they can do to conserve energy and contribute to environmental stability and health?

Perhaps the Katrina folks aren’t a good example because they’re not the ones that are directly taxing the earth’s resources. It’s the economically franchised folks that are, and, as I’ve been maintaining, the majority who could possibly contribute to affecting positive change, adopting an environmental praxis of care, are at a disadvantages or a loss to do so.

Change begins with the individual average person. And, in an unwell planet, filled with unwell people — mentally, physically, emotionally and spiritually unwell — it is sometimes very challenging to adopt an attitude that positive change is possible. Sometimes, I think, the damage is done. In some, the will to survive, however, is so strong that, even when the ship is sinking, they’ll be holding on to hope that there’s a way out and a new day.

Comment on July 13th, 2007.

I recently heard someone say “the sooner the oil is gone the better”,and “we should all spill some on the ground the next time we fill-up to help the situation”. In other words, nothing will happen until disaster strikes. Don’t we all know this to be true?

Pingback on July 14th, 2007.

[…] after I made my post on the end of oil I found this great post talking about the negative things that our dependence on oil has caused. Here are a couple of quotes: The engine of modern prosperity runs on oil. That may have worked in […]

Jared
Comment on July 19th, 2007.

Failed Our Children? Most definately. I recently received an email of an enormous hotel, actually it was a house. The house belonged to a Saudi Prince, who paid for this house, we did through price gauging at the pump. This Prince also had a car (Audi) made entirely out of Silver, not painted Silver, anything metal was made from Silver. He acheived this level of wealth when gas was below the $2.00 a gallon price. The only explanation for this is greed. The government could do something about this, and I am sure they are trying, but in my book their is no such thing as trying, you are either doing it or not. We cannot rely on the government for a solution, they don’t want one. It is time as Americans we start taking control of the situation discover new alternative fuel sources, they are out there!

Ben Jacobson
Comment on July 23rd, 2007.

Will, Forgive me, but what on earth is the matter with
little old Cuba and Venezuela? These countries only respond
to our excessive clandestine nonsense. All the money pumped
into intelligence in our country is spent accountability free. It is the hand of tyranny to these countries. Do you believe that all men are created equal or that all men who are American are created equal? Don’t forget. We hold by force a piece of cuba’s rightful land. Guantanamo.

Tanya Paul
Comment on November 12th, 2008.

adeiueas28ncmiui

Corolessgom
Comment on December 19th, 2008.

Seldom I write comments but resource really cool

Comment on May 25th, 2012.

Make sure the colors you choose can match with the outfits and accessories you have in your wardrobe. Some of them even come in more than one color.

Comment on June 7th, 2013.

743566 223130Glad to be 1 of several visitants on this awful site : D. 949452

Leave a Comment

Names and email addresses are required (email addresses aren't displayed), url's are optional.

Comments may contain the following xhtml tags:
<a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <code> <em> <i> <strike> <strong>