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  •  Big Oil $$ = Political Trepidation. (7+ / 0-)

    OIL in America, at least - if not the world over - is THE MEANS OF PRODUCTION.

    It makes most of the things we have and it generates our power.

    It's also massive money and power for what is a rather tiny handful of people into whose pockets flow the lion's share of the wealth that monopolizing this means of production brings.

    ANYTHING that would even remotely threaten even a fraction of a percent of that massive income or massive power - Big Oil OWNS our government - isn't welcome in the least and is met with ferocious resistance. (Big oil is one of the reasons cannabis is still illegal - simply to prevent competition, but I know nobody wants to hear about that).

    Wind and solar represent big challenges to Big Oil. Wind and solar perfected would alleviate significant need for petroleum and the price WILL fall.  It won't be as valuable. The money that used to flow in from electricity generation will be reduced and it will be spent elsewhere and will not flow into "those pockets" who feel it is there profit and theirs alone.

    So your local political entities DO approach you with 'trepidation". You are out their risking THEIR political lives.

    "Congressman, we saw you at that alternative energy rally. Remember the contributions we gave you. Smile at them but give them nothing or you can go look for other work."

    Spray tons of carcinogens into the ocean to hide petroleum spewed from a hastily-drilled hole from a greedy corporation, but don't smoke pot.

    by xxdr zombiexx on Mon Aug 30, 2010 at 03:55:06 AM PDT

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