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  •  I have an idea for a diary that I am working on.. (4.00)

    it will probably be titled "Kicking an Oil Addiction" or some such.  It is related in a bit to the points you are making here - my major point will be that it isn't so much an oil addiction - it is out materialistic impulses and greed which combined together cause us to consume a lot of oil.  Trying to treat the symptom (the oil consumption) without trying to deal with the underlying problem of overconsumption of everything in general isn't likely to succeed.  Or something along those lines - all I have now is a bunch of rough ideas and a series of points that I need to wrap together into one coherent story.

    Anyways, it isn't so much that we are substituting bullshit for oil.  The problem is that there are lots of people who fear change - they don't want to make a change in their lives, and if someone tells them something that on the surface sounds plausible they conclude that the problem will be solved and the go back to whatever it was that they were fussing about before.  

    From the standpoint of Exxon, they fear change too - if people suddenly start to conserve like crazy, they won't make as much money.  

    From the standpoint of GM, they don't have a clue what they are doing, but they notice that people are concerned about fuel - as a quick-and-easy they make more flex-fuel cars so that they can tell people the things will run on ethanol.  The vehicles would still be gas-guzzlers, but for people who don't pay attention to all of this, the flex fuel cars are a 'solution' because you have the option of using ethanol.  They never think about where all of that ethanol is going to come from.

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