Have you heard the expression, “America is addicted to oil”, or “we’re all guilty of being addicted to oil”?
Where did this concept come from?
It came from Former President George Bush’s State of the Union Address in February, 2006. Here’s his exact wording:
“Here we have a serious problem: America is addicted to oil, which is often imported from unstable parts of the world.”
During the winter of 2006, it was not uncommon for gasoline prices to reach $4 per gallon in some parts of the country. The outcry for renewable energy had less to do with improving our environmental impact, and more to do with ameliorating short-term financial woes.
Fuck that shit.
I believe the significance of Bush’s so-called admission was to lay guilt on everyone, but in a way that tolerated acceptance of the status quo. I’m saying Bush’s “confession” was merely a political move to appear he had some semblance of concern towards the planet’s well-being.
Our immediate reaction to being told we’re addicts – is that we’ve acknowledged we have a problem, and we’re helplessly tied to it. The mere fact that we’ve recognized the “problem” is somehow a positive step, and good enough for now.
There is no serious attempt to replace our usage of oil. The US government will subsidize, inadequately, a host of possible solutions, but never make a full-fledged effort. The government will throw a few billion dollar for some research (pennies relative to the federal annual budget) and the masses can sleep easier. The US budget is over 3 trillion dollars a year. So, spending 10 billion on a renewable industry over the next 5 years, is not as impressive as it seems at first glance.
I encourage people to not buy into the idea that our economy and lifestyles are inextricably linked to the oil industry. A true market economy is one that constantly adapts to changes and innovation – newer, efficient industries supplant the obsolete.
Yes, you may lose your fucking job. But, you’ll be able to get a new fucking job. And maybe it will be one that doesn’t involve destroying the earth. Life won’t end!
As long as people view themselves as helpless addicts, I promise the US government will take her time on this “problem”. And Oil Tycoons will continue, without any shame, to uphold their powerful place in our economic and political system.