by Gray Graham
I know this is a rhetorical question, but I still want to go through the motions so to speak. As everyone in the world knows the BP oil rig has painted the Gulf of Mexico black and soon the Atlantic Ocean. It is already one the worst disasters in the history of the country, and it is not even finished yet. There doesn't seem to be any signs that this thing will be stopped anytime soon. It has been leaking for about 2 months non-stop.
I have heard people blame BP, Halliburton, Transocean, President Obama, President Bush, and many, many other people. What I have not seen is anyone actually blame the real people responsible for this, us. We the people are the cause of all of this and we are not innocent.
How may you ask? An unwillingness to change any of our habits. So many of us believe it is our God given right to use the Earth for anything we want, anyway we want, and no one can stop us. We want to drive our big trucks and SUV's. We want to turn the summer into the winter and the winter into the summer. We want to eat food out of season that has to be shipped over 2000 miles. We want to buy everything new even when we don't need it.
So everyone wants to scream and complain about who is the cause of this mess, but how many people are willing to change their lifestyle in order to save the Earth. Who is going to give up their big TV's to watch the Super Bowl? Who is going to live in a smaller house instead of the big 3500 sq ft dream house? Who is going to stop eating out and cook fresh locally grown foods? Who is going to stop wasting so much and learn to reuse and recycle? Who is going to give up their car and use public transportation? Who is going to walk or ride a bike places instead of driving a car around the corner? Who is going to turn off some lights in their house? I could go on and on.
The answer to the first question and all of these is simply very few if any. Instead we will just complain about how evil BP is and continue to work on the noble idea of safe clean green energy without addressing the main problem, consumption. Until we come up with a limitless energy source, we will always be in danger of using it up. This time it was the Gulf of Mexico, next time it could be something even larger. We can change now or die later, I believe like most problems we will not try to solve it until it is already too late. The choice is ours.