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Drilling for Oil is a Crime Against Humanity

Original post made by a, Adobe-Meadow, on Jun 23, 2008

Why are Americans so reluctant to use our ingenuity and creativity to simply find better ways to make energy? We used to be the smartest people on Earth. Now Americans are plain stupid. We do the dumbest things, we look for the lazy, easy way out.

Global warming will drive hundreds of species to extinction. Drilling will exacerbate global warming. Using more oil exacerbates global warming. Bush is wrong. He's been wrong for 8 years, he's wrong on drilling too.

20 years ago Jim Hansen predicted extreme weather, melting ice caps, flooded coastal cities, mass extinction of species. Fast forward to 2008 and we see all these things happening before our eyes. Ice shelves collapsing, strange earthquakes, historic floods, massive hurricanes and typhoons. Yet Americans want to drill for more oil and burn more CO2 into the atmosphere. How dumb can we get? When you have a leader as dumb and stupid as Bush, you get dumb followers like the American people.

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Posted by ten18
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jun 23, 2008 at 8:36 pm

That's right, dismiss the obvious reality going on around you, and insult everyone who (strongly) disagrees with you. The world runs on oil, and will for decades to come (to paraphrase Gayvin Newsome) - "whether you like it or not." Alternatives are in the offing, but oil is the bridge. If you don't think so, you're living in a dream world.

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Posted by ten18
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jun 23, 2008 at 9:02 pm

As well, I think that many Americans have become wise to the big lie that is anthropomorphic global warming. They're more concerned about how they're going to live their lives and maintain their standard of living. We're looking at the greenies with a bit of a jaundiced eye, since it's essentially their fault (along with a total lack of leadership at the Federal level - Congress) we're in this mess.

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Posted by ten18
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jun 23, 2008 at 9:07 pm

Now I feel like the Fireman with all of these sequential posts, but Mr. A has hit a nerve here - you're somehow tying earthquakes to CO2 emissions? That's a geological event - how is that related to climate? And we've never had catastrophic floods on the Mississippi in the past? What about 1927? You don't think the Army Corps and all of their substandard levees have something to do with the current flooding? Hurricanes? Take a look at the period 1930 - 1970. How can you compare that to the present day?

As for Jim Hansen - he's a nut, like many other nuts that have predicted catastrophic events and the extinction of mankind. Give him a sign and put him on a street corner somewhere.

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Posted by Walter E. Wallis
a resident of Midtown
on Jun 24, 2008 at 6:13 am

Jim Hansen is another of those Ehrlich like guys who has found a niche where he is granted a respect by media and academia that, in the real world is undeserved. He is the willing shill of the left that has come on yet another hook from which to hang humanity's freedom of choice. Hansen has failed to support his fantasies with any real world validation of his theses, and so he is resorting to witch burning to silence his critics. Eric Hoffer had the Warmies pegged in "The True Believer".

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Posted by Kate
a resident of Crescent Park
on Jun 24, 2008 at 9:51 am

Continued use of oil by the WORLD, not just Americans, is a fact of life. While everyone wants to develop alternative, clean energy sources, the fact is that we cannot stop the WORLD's use of oil before alternatives are available. Russia, Canada and the Middle East are all drilling aggressively. Why can't we do the same WHILE better, cleaner alternatives are developed? It's just common sense. Stop depicting Americans as the lone culprits.

P.S. I don't buy into your hysteria about global warming.

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Posted by Zeke
a resident of Adobe-Meadow
on Jun 24, 2008 at 11:13 am

"Why are Americans so reluctant to use our ingenuity and creativity to simply find better ways to make energy? "

Kate's post explains why this question is so remarkably ignorant. Obviously the original poster has no grasp of either elementary economics or basic science.

"Find(ing) better ways to make energy" at a cost that is competitive with existing sources is no "simple" matter or it would already have been accomplished. Untold riches await the company or individual who can come up with the magic energy source a thinks is out there. It hasn't happened yet...though as oil rises in price (and eventually...after a long time...runs out), it will.

And attempts like Jimmy Carter's silly wasteful Synfuels efforts to have government do what private sector researchers can't aren't the solution....although it looks like Obama is set to demonstrate that fact using a lot of tax money once again.

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Posted by R Wray
a resident of Palo Verde
on Jun 24, 2008 at 12:46 pm

"Crime Against Humanity" is a misleading phrase designed by the viros to get emotional support. They have no interest in supporting humanity; they think humanity has sinned against nature and the less of humanity, the better. What they mean is "Crime Against Nature".