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Oil alternatives…

David Horsey,,
David Horsey,,

Good morning, Netizens...

Cartoonist David Horsey takes his shot at the billions of gallons of petroleum that modern society uses each day, and although he has only scraped the surface of the problem, he makes his point. If you look closely at the caricature you will see she is wearing some of those trendy plastic red shoes, which are made from petroleum. In fact, everything she has on requires petroleum: the ships that brought her jeans and t-shirt to the United States from China/Japan all are derived, in part, from the use of petroleum.

If you lean back in your Great Chair and contemplate the world around you, it won't take long for you to see how utterly dependent we are on petroleum for everything we consume. Thus we are part of the oil spill, whether or not we want to admit it.

What are the alternatives?

We could go back to the Stone Age, where we lived in caves, wore animal skins and hunted our food. Yeah, sure. Our kids and grand kids simply could not survive without their daily injection of television fare. Without jet fuel we couldn't migrate across the country, much less the world. The Internet would simply die for lack of electricity. The harder you look at an oil-free world, the worse it seems to get.

Sooner or later we will have to solve the problem of our dependence, but what is the solution to the problem?


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