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    Is an Undersea Volcano of Oil enough to slap us in the face?

    We have to wonder what it might take to get American society to recognize how damaging our addiction to oil is at some fundamental level.

    Our addiction weakens us financially, puts our economy's health at the whim of foreign actors, helps fund those threatening us, shortens our lives due to health impacts, threatens our future security due to the risks of catastrophic climate change, and leaves us vulnerable to significant disruption due to any single point failure like that we're seeing in the Gulf of Mexico with the Deepwater Horizon's explosion and resulting massive amount of oil flooding into the sea.  

    We have to wonder whether the painful reality of lost fisheries and unemployed (for generations) fishermen, massive bird and wildlife kills, destruction of tourism on the Gulf, and other heart breaking damage to come will be enough to get through our collective psyche.

    George W Bush was right:  We are addicted to oil.

    And Destroying the Gulf. For what? Better paths forward ...

    During the 2008 campaign, a Palin-McCain Michigan ad had this line:

    "Offshore drilling to reduce the price of gas to spur truck sales."

    How many times does it need to be said? Offshore drilling is, at best, a 1 cent, 1 percent solution 20 years off to the question of gasoline prices.  According to Department of Energy analysis, offshore drilling would:

    1. Lead to a 1.2 cent reduction in gasoline prices.

    2. Provide 1 percent of today's US oil demand and 0.25 percent of global demand (about 200,000 barrels per day of production compared to 20 million barrels/day of US demand and global demand (over 80 million barrels / day)

    3. Do this by 2030 ...

    Yes, a 1 cent, 1 percent solution, 20 years from now would "spur truck sales".

    And, of course, without risk because (as BP told us) offshore drilling is safe and clean ...
    There is a better way.

    Blogging regularly at Get Energy Smart NOW! for a sustainable energy future.

    by A Siegel on Mon Jul 26, 2010 at 03:45:19 AM PDT

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