I was whipping through Kurt Vonnegut's 'A Man Without a Country' when I was stopped in my tracks by this passage: 'We are all addicts of fossil fuels in a state of denial. And like so many addicts about to face cold turkey, our leaders are now committing violent crimes to get what little is left of what we're hooked on.' That was written in 2005.
Man's wanton destruction of planet Earth is nearing a crescendo in the Gulf of Mexico. And, talk about an exclamation point. Wow.
We shouldn't be blaming the Gulf disaster on BP, Halliburton, Obama, Cheney, W. or anyone else. It's everyone's fault. We're the ones who chose to ignore the 1970s oil crisis. We're the ones who took so long to seek other, alternative fuel sources.
As a result, we're stuck with at least another 20 years of 'drill, baby, drill' because the alternative energy infrastructure simply isn't robust enough to handle the load.
Did you read that another deep horizon type drilling was just approved in Alaska? Since each of the major oil companies has the same exact crisis response plan (probably authored by one of the holding company PR firms, btw), maybe we'll have competing oil spills?
It could be a World Cup of Crude. I can imagine the play-by-play: Chip, the Alaskan oil spill has really picked up momentum in the past few hours. They're up to 2 million gallons spilling into the Bering Sea as we speak. I have to believe we'll begin seeing some seals and polar bears washing up on shore any minute now.'
'That's right, John. The Gulf folks must be worried. They've held the top spot for 72 days now and, sure, they've killed thousands of creatures, but this new Alaskan spill has gotten everyone's attention. This may turn out to be a real horse race. Or, should I say a real sea otter race?'
But I digress.
Image and political pundits shouldn't be opining about who did what right or wrong. That's tactical thinking. They should be talking big picture. They should be pointing the finger at the entire human race. We should be taking the image hit on this one.
Fish and wildlife die. Shorelines are destroyed and the ecosystem teeters on the brink of collapse. All because, as Vonnegut wrote, 'We're joined at the hip to the most abused, addictive and destructive drugs of all time: fossil fuels.'