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August 11, 2008

My Response to How to Deal With the End of Oil

Category: Cool Sites,Take Actions – Tom Harrison – 9:59 pm

Environmental Defense is a very solid organization, despite a name that might suggest radicalism. Who knows, maybe it is “radical”. But mostly, I believe they have good ideas, and solid, defensible positions. When they asked

Tell us your ideas—big and small—for how you, your family, and our country can rethink the way we live and work in a time when oil doesn’t come cheap.

here’s how I responded.

  1. Leadership. We need a voice that is unwavering, authoritative, powerful and respected to set a course and lead us to take it.
  2. One clear problem. Climate, energy, economy, war, food and disease are treated as distinct; yet in many dimensions they are related. If we see a single problem, we will make one single, good decision.
  3. Pragmatism. I am, amongst others here, on the very edge of the US opinion and beliefs. Bringing the US together will require compromise and backing off from non-essential positions.
  4. Singular message. If the last 8 years of politics haven’t shown that a singular, oft repeated, never varied message can convince people of something, then you haven’t been paying attention. Many disagree with some of what the rest of us see as obvious truths. A singular, orchestrated message that is as good and pure as the current disastrous course is wrong can be every bit as effective. Use what we know works.
  5. Unity. We must find how differences with alternate and conflicting viewpoints can be reconciled. A war has been brewing for years, worse than Iraq: a civil war in the US. This would be our undoing, and we might take the rest of the world down with us in our fight. We must find a way to unify and bring together the truly wonderful, powerful, enduring and unique strengths of the US.

How would you respond?

If you have (constructive) thoughts, add your views. Act fact, as of 8 hours into the open request, scores, or maybe hundreds had already added their points.


  1. We must change the way we think. We must consume lesswhether it’s oil or consumer goods, try to buy necessities locally as much as possible as well as think about and advocate sustainable alternatives. Additional drilling is not the best solution.

    As far as transportation, we must encourage government spending on convenient and affordable public transportation in the short term and public transportation infrastructure for the long term. It’s a huge shift in thinking, but it can be done.

    Comment by Artineh Havan — August 12, 2008 @ 2:30 pm

  2. Instead of using a gas or electric dryer for clothes, go back to the old fashioned clothes line and let the sun work it’s magic!

    Comment by Debra Norvil — August 15, 2008 @ 9:34 pm

  3. Debra —

    After I got my PowerCost Monitor (shows how much power you’re using at the moment), I realized how much the dryer really used. My daughter has been at camp this summer, and every day we would throw her towels in to dry for the next day. But when I saw the cost, I invested in a clothes line.

    Unfortunately, we have had stormy weather or at least “possible thundershowers” almost every day — a record for our region, which is usually parched this time of year. My several attempts at line dry towels have not gone well. Foiled again!

    We sure watch that dryer like a hawk, these days, though.

    Well, for those of us who live in drought-afflicted areas, dry something for us who are getting rained out!

    Comment by Tom Harrison — August 16, 2008 @ 12:09 pm

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