Tuesday, September 27, 2005

Conservation in America...

To Conserve Gas, President Calls for Less Driving - New York Times

That's right, kids. The President wants us to conserve gas. And not becasue global climate change caused by our irresponsible energy use probably leads to outrageous weather. Not even because it's our responsibility as global citizens to try and curb our own destructive behavior. No, not for any of these reasons. Why, then, should we avoid unneccesary driving? to save our economy.

Now, I'm in general a fan of more people having money, but this seems so backward and selfish when there are concerns that involve all the citizens of earth for the rest of time (at least until the New Earth) which the Bush administration doesn't seem to care about. After all, we don't want to disrupt an "american way of life."

I normally try and avoid political rants on this blog, since it rarely leads to enlightening discussion, but I had to point this out.


kristen said...

Here, here!

I felt very much the same right after Katrina. What did people spend most of their time talking about? The price and small supply of gas. WOW! Americans can be so selfish!

o1mnikent said...

My thoughts exactly. America uses more than half of the world's energy and we're asked to conserve for economic reasons. Doesn't seem to solve any long term global energy problem, though.

Also, I've heard "whole nother" at least a dozen times during news coverage during the hurricanes. There's always a silver lining...

Marty said...

Conserve gas because of economic reasons, not the best reason, but it does make sense.

Its the business person in me that follows this but consumer confidence just hit a 15 year low today as ppl are scared about energy prices. This could cause a drop in holiday spending which sadly fuels our economy more then most people would like to admit. But its still a valid reason.

Now i would of loved to see Bush sign the Koyoto agreement and i am dissapointed that he didnt. But at least Bush is callin Americans to conserve oil, no matter what the reason.

I do like the push for more usage of Nuclear power in trying to get away from fossil fuels. We just need to start somewhere, and while this may not be the best way, at least its a start

MattyA said...

I can't tell you how happy I am the president "suggested" we drive less. Now that's putting your money where your mouth is. I know we Americans hate to give up our individual rights to do whatever we want (like drive a Hummer), but how much is it going to take before our government actually does something about the global climate problem? What I mean is instituting a carbon tax (already done effectively here in Europe), and use that money to seriously subsidize renewable energy, and institute real emissions testing on automobiles (like California has). Many of you know why I feel so strongly about this, but it's almost too late already. Recent projections say that if cut carbon emissions in half next year (like that will happen) London, LA, and Amsterdam will all be underwater by 2050, and the polar ice cap will be gone by 2100. Scary.