Out of Gas: America needs to start THINKING about what happens next...
According to James Howard Kunstler in a new video entitled, "The End of Suburbia: Oil Depletion and the Collapse of the American Dream," when the world's oil supply runs out, American suburbs are doomed. Without gas, suburbs will become "the slums of the future."
That's a dreary thought.
Bush is always telling us that Al Qaeda is about to jump our bones.
Now this futurist is telling us that suburbia is doomed.
Where is the good news?
Who in corporate America is telling us stuff like, "We are doing research on alternative energy. Everything is going to be okay."
Who in Congress is telling us, "We are going to stop voting to spend YOUR money on manufacturing yet more useless oil-war machines -- and start voting to use tax payers' money to make oil wars unnecessary."
Who in the Pentagon is saying, "We're tired of being global bandits, holding up the convenience stores of the world for oil. We wanna be the GOOD GUYS for a change."
Who on TV is showing us commercials that say, "Let's give all our children a free college education so that we can think our way out of this swamp." Or "The future is ours if we prioritize what it is that we actually do need and stop buying trash meaninglessly." Or "Let's start using our Yankee ingenuity." Or "When there is no more oil, we will still be okay because we can do this, this and this..."
Who in our pulpits are saying, "Let's stop all this yammering about writing 'thou shalt not kill' on the walls of public buildings and actually go about stopping all this grisly killing-for-oil -- so that our future will be Christ-like."
It's like we are surrounded with Chicken Littles but have no Gandhis, Jeffersons or Einsteins.
What IS going to replace our gas-loving SUVs and soon-to-be-obsolete freeways? We need to start THINKING about this. When I turn on the TV, I want to see stuff like that. Right now the only show that might possibly be dealing with this subject is "Survivor".
All this lack of paying attention needs to change -- and change fast. We have a very short time-frame within which to start making alterations to our costumes if we still plan to keep dancing at the ball.
Bottom line: If you want to make an omelet, you gotta break some eggs. According to "The End of Suburbia," our eggs are about to get broken BIGTIME. So let's make sure that, when this happens, we have an omelet pan handy.
Sources: Order the video at http://www.endofsuburbia.com/
Baltimore chronicle review of the movie: http://baltimorechronicle.com/080304ThomasWheeler.shtml "It's the End of the World as We Know It," by Thomas Wheeler
Oil Wars: Transforming America's military into a global oil-protection service: http://www.commondreams.org/views04/1008-23.htm
From Mike: Oil companies see record profits as US and world economieshurt... http://money.cnn.com/2004/10/08/markets/oil/
Kelpie Wilson Four More Years for the Earthhttp://www.truthout.org/environment.shtml
From C.W. Swinney: WWW.COMPASSIONGATE.COM, great source for neo-con lies, damn lies and statistics.
From Robert: Iraq faces soaring toll of deadly disease: 13 October 2004: Soaring rates of disease and a crippled health system are posing a new crisis for the people of Iraq, threatening to kill more than have died in the aftermath of the war. http://news.independent.co.uk/world/middle_east/story.jsp?story=571593
From Tommy: The 1082 U.S. fatalities and the over 7,000 (I would estimate this is a VERY CONSERVATIVE FIGURE) wounded and maimed U.S. miltary are UNACCEPTABLE AND UNFORGIVABLE. WAR CRIMINALS MUST BE BROUGHT TO JUSTICE. THIS IS A WAR BASED ON A LIE. THIS IS A TOTAL AND COMPLETE DISASTER FOR OUR COUNTRY