I am sure you have all heard the same thing as I have over and over and over again in the news: “America is addicted to oil!”. This is a bold-faced lie perpetrated and propagated by a small group of self-interested people who have stock in the oil industry. They are the addicts. They are addicted to the money and the power it affords them. And it is they who are holding our hands behind us, shoving oil down our throats, and blindfolding us to the reality that within a few years, we could easily convert our entire national infrastructure, including power plants for businesses and residential grids, and engines for vehicles, from expensive, war-inspiring, environment destroying oil controlled by a few, to safe, clean, renewable energy like solar, wind, and hydrodynamic, for the benefit of all.
It’s no surprise that my home state of backwards-thinking Texas is one of the worst to live in if you want to adopt alternative, clean, renewable energies; Texas politicians are more under the monetary influence of the oil industry than perhaps anywhere else in the USA, with oil derricks pumping out in the plains of the west and to the Earth, the offshore derricks in the Gulf Of Mexico, smelly eyesores visible from the coast in many cities. No matter how you look at it, Texas energy policy is one of the worst for it’s people and the environment. Living in Texas, I get to see the true nature of global energy economics, especially where the USA is concerned: Money for a few, despair and doom for the rest. It’s not the American dream; it’s the American reality.
Although Texas ports like Corpus Christi are major points of arrival for parts for wind turbines, most of these get shipped out west to other states that are less resistant to positive change. Many Texas town, cities, and counties have laws in place to prevent homeowners from using wind turbines (and probably solar panels, in some areas) unless they have a lot of land, which basically means if you are wealthy, do as you please to free yourself from the shackles of the grid, but if you are poor, you have no option but to be drained of your hard-earned income by the power barons and their monopolies.
I would be willing to be that Texas is one of the states most active in making new laws against biofuels, with many people converting their diesel vehicles to run on used fry grease, canol oil, etc. This practice is healthier for the world and it’s peoples, and more fiscally responsible for both the individual, by saving money not spent on gas for other expenses, and for the nation, by reducing our dependence on foreign oil and thus our need for war with hostile, oil-producing countries.
Why, you ask, would lawmakers criminalize something relatively safe and unoffensive like bio-fuels to keep people spending their money on something smelly, expensive, and dangerous like gasoline? Well, for the same reason that natural, inexpensive marijuana is illegal but prescription pills from pharmaceutical laboratories, despite causing increasing numbers of side-effects in increasing numbers of patients are legal … MONEY.
The level of greed amongst those who profit from the oil industry’s stranglehold on us is so powerful that it either blinds them to the hardships of the masses and the ever increasing natural and human disasters that are destined to wreak havoc on society on a global scale, or it makes them just not give a damn.
The millionaires and billionaires holding back the switch to alternative energies to protect their own oil interests don’t care that they are already among the richest and most powerful people on Earth, enjoying lives of security, freedom, and luxury that most of us can’t possibly imagine; it’s not enough… it’s never going to be enough for them.
They don’t care that global warming is melting the icy area of the world, raising sea levels, endangering %60 of the world’s population with a future of living underwater or migrating,. They don’t care if they are possibly contributing to a new ice age for the northern hemisphere, which could happen when the Atlantic Ocean’s Gulf Stream currents are cooled by ice and become heavy, no longer able to carry warm waters northward to keep North America and Europe temperate. They don’t care if the air becomes unbreathable for our children and grandchildren. I can only assume that they feel so insulated from reality by their seemingly endless financial resources that they believe they will be able to move anywhere in the world they need to, even building domed cities or underground layers or becoming the first citizens of the moon…
Since our government(s) seem to care more for the payoffs they receive from lobbyists than for the opinions of their constituents, the only thing that we, the people, can really do to avert this apocalyptic vision, is to use the power of our spending dollars as our voice. If and when you can, invest in hybrid, bio-fuel, and all-electric vehicles. If possible, get your energy from a power company that gets that power from solar, wind, or hydrodynamic sources. And, if you live somewhere where it is legal, and you are financially capable, invest in setting up your own wind turbines and solar panels, so you aren’t contributing to the problem by supporting uncaring monopolistic leaches.