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Conservation polemic

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PostPosted: Sun Jul 24, 2005 11:09 pm    Post subject: Conservation polemic Reply with quote


This guy makes some great conservation arguments and rails against SUVs .....

Enraged about the high price of gas? A trip to the corner store might provide a much-needed reality check to the indignation over excessive fuel costs. Have a quick look at what you can buy for a dollar a litre. Milk? Nope. Bottled water? Not likely. Roofing tar? No way. For all the shrill outrage about rising prices, gas remains by far the most outrageously underpriced commodity in the world.

Consider the long journey that a litre of gas makes from faraway oil fields to your local filling station. Oil deposits must first be found ? often on the other side of the world or on the bottom of the ocean.

After massive infrastructure is developed, oil is extracted, transported across the globe, refined, and trucked thousands of kilometres to where you live. Let's not forget the massive military expenditures from countries like the U.S. to secure foreign oil supplies and the political and human turmoil that this creates. Considering all that, why then should gas cost about half as much as bottled water?

"If the complexity of our economies is impossible to sustain [with likely future oil supply], our best hope is to start to dismantle them before they collapse." George Monbiot
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