March 16, 2005

Leave No Beautiful Place Undrilled

When I saw this story today, I sat down on the floor of my office and cried.


Phantom Scribbler said...

As long as you're crying already, check out Jimbo's links here.

Ianqui said...

Phantom, you beat me to it. But profgoose is also obsessing about this here.

Lisa V said...

I know, somedays it's like November 3rd will never go away. There is always something new to remind us how awful the current administration really is.

Psycho Kitty said...

The way I think it can't possibly get worse, and then it gets worse, over and over again, would be friggin' hilarious in a completely surrealistic way, except--I keep on thinking it can't get worse, and then it keeps on getting worse.

Prof. Goose said...

yeah, I am obsessing. To be honest, I rather hope that I am wasting all of this curiosity and energy that I am putting into learning about this (remember Y2k? tilting at windmills? etc., etc.)...but I really don't see how this whole scenario isn't going to happen in the relatively near the very least, lives are going to change.

jo(e) said...

Prof Goose: I don't think you are tilting at windmills at all. It's bound to happen.

Perhaps it's a failure of education in this country that so many people don't get it. We tend to put learning in limited little boxes. When we teach economics separate from the natural sciences, we come up with the most absurd model: an economic system based on the idea that our natural resources are infinite.

Oil is a finite resource. How is it that no one is understanding that point? I think the politicians, even the stupid oil whore in the White House, must understand that but they are never looking ahead more than four years. Most certainly, they are not willing to look ahead for five hundred. They don't care. It won't affect them. Because really wealthy people can often remain unaffected by any crisis.

And people are not willing to make decisions based on the need for biodiversity, the intrinsic rights of other creatures, for wildness, for beauty. Perhaps as a culture we have not lived on this continent for enough generations; we have not learned how to love landscapes and regard them as sacred rather than merely resources to be exploited.

Prof. Goose said...

jo(e), you're right, of course.

I've been putting together a post on this...but my main concern is that the whole peak oil phenomenon will result in a deterioration of rights and liberties.

Much like the notion that, the only reason we have time or apply sources to the study of the liberal arts is that we have the time and the resources...I worry that it might go the same way with the end of the oil-based economy and rights and liberties that we take for granted.

When and if this happens, there are going to be fewer jobs, women could be more or less excluded from those jobs in a return to the status quo of the 50s. Race, class, you name it.

(a lot to think about and mesh together...)

New Kid on the Hallway said...

This is horrible. The thing that I just can't get over is that they're drilling in the Arctic Natural REFUGE. There's a reason it's called a REFUGE. Drilling kind of doesn't fit with that whole REFUGE thing.


Friday Mom said...

When we teach economics separate from the natural sciences, we come up with the most absurd model: an economic system based on the idea that our natural resources are infinite.

I wholeheartedly agree with this!! I'm deeply saddened by the news of the planned drilling.

But, I'm glad to FINALLY get a comment to post here! The monestary reflection post allowed me to take a momentary retreat vicariously. Thanks for letting us have a taste of the experience.