Ianqui drew attention to a wonderful, fierce post at The Oil Drum today,
Discussions about Energy and Our Future:
"The political discourse on [rising prices of gasoline in the US] is simply so devoid of fact, and constructive discourse so buried and out of the mainstream, that we felt we needed to raise a voice of reason. Public officials will continue to misinform and obfuscate if we allow it.The rest of the piece makes some sharp points about what we all should know about the price of oil, and the comments are also quite smart.
The only solution is to educate the public about the most important problem we face as a generation. We, the citizens of the US and the world, must move our attention to this the issue of energy more than any other. We must hold our representative governments accountable for having an open and honest debate on the subject.
Simply put, we must learn more about where our energy comes from."
I've been an avid recycler for years--I recycle even when it's momentously inconvenient to do so, and I do what I can in terms of buying in bulk, shopping at garage sale, frequenting used clothing shops--to try to reduce my impact on the earth. I try to buy local produce, I try to cook in season. That said, I drive to work each day; Politica and I have two cars for our two-driver family; I'm not always as organic a gardener as I'd like to be. We're probably going to pave over the strip of grass (which looks more like a mud rut) on the driveway when the construction is finished. But I try.
If, like me, you think about these contradictions, read that post at the Oil Drum. It'll get you thinking more.
In a hail storm last week, our 1993 Corolla got damaged so badly that the insurance company wants to total it. We're thinking of buying a Prius (although I've read that the electric cars essentially let car companies trade off gas-guzzling big models with the CAFE emissions trades, so even that doesn't seem like a wholly virtuous move).
I'm wondering what you, dear readers, are doing to try to balance the needs of modern, sometimes urban, living with the needs for our earth to be well-tended?