Wednesday, September 21, 2005

Excuse me if I engage in a bit of random thinking today.

With all this talk of global warming potentially contributing to the rather brutal hurricane season we’re having I need to say this, so brace yourself Bridget. We seriously need to kick the fossil fuel habit. I’m not talking about better mileage for every soccer mom’s SUV. No friends we need to quit the fossil fuels entirely. Right now our country resembles an alcoholic lying in a pool of his own vomit trying to convince everyone he hasn’t got any problems at all. We need to quit and soon.

I know that fossil fuels aren’t entirely to blame for global warming. A large part of global warming could be a natural cycle. The Sun is getting more energetic, for example. But they pollute our air. They are a finite resource, meaning once we are out we are out. The require damage to the surrounding environment to extract them. All around fossil fuels are a bad solution.

Why do you we continue to use them? It’s greed children. Plain and simple it all boils to down to there’s enough wealth behind the drilling and mining for fossil fuels that we won’t stop until we got the last drop. It also helps to remember that greed is seldom seen holding hands with progress or change. That’s why we are not moving away from our fossil fuel fix, there’s just too much money behind it.

If we can put a man on the Moon, then we can end our dependence on fossil fuels. It’s time to move forward and kick the habit before it’s far too late.

Here’s an interesting fact I picked up today. The World’s oceans have warmed by 1 degree over the last 50 years and could rise by as much as 5 degrees by the end of this century. That’s potentially bad. You see hurricanes feed of warm water. You start getting warmer water and you then run the risk of more hurricanes like Katrina and Rita. Now I’m not saying that it’s humanity’s fault. It could part of a natural cycle. Our weather records only go back about 250 years and our planet is about 4.5 billion years old. So there is a lot we don’t understand. But we must be forever vigilant of nature, because when man fights nature, nature always wins.

Anybody else think it would be poetic justice if Hurricane Rita wiped out President Bush’s Crawford, Texas ranch? I’m not wishing devastation on anyone, but the coincidence would be impressive.

The Dalai Lama has written a new book “The Universe in a Single Atom: The Convergence of Science and Spirituality” which I shall read as soon as I am able. Why is it however, that he sees the need to reconcile science and religion, but a great many religious leaders in this country regard science as the enemy? Just asking.

I shall also read Kurt Vonnegut’s new tome “A Man Without a Country” but I’m a huge Vonnegut nerd. I’m so addicted to Vonnegut I’d read Vonnegut’s shopping lists.

Good Night Mrs. Ochmonek, wherever you are.


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