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Don’t touch that dial

There is a Machiavellian-inspired soap opera being scripted in Washington, and I don’t think our best interests are in its final episode. When do we start talking about the fact that the midpoint of oil extraction is staring us in the face? This is not about the last drop of oil. This has no more to do with that than with the jubilation over the first gushers in Pennsylvania.

Forget about the last drop – it will be more like scraping the last shovelful of tar sands out of a frozen pit the size of Pennsylvania. But that is for future generations. What I am eluding to is an energy-constrained lifestyle. The sands of Iraq hold little prospect for remedying the situation. A next generation of resisters are throwing rubble from behind bombed-out hulks even now. But enough romanticizing about a life defined by something more than consumption and self-indulgence. We may still have a choice as to how we behave. And finally, “Rapture” is not a back-up plan. Nowhere in the words of Jesus do I see that he will reward us for killing others and despoiling the very planet that gives us life.

Donald Een



Cedar Ridge


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