“Nice one Rebecca. I subscribe to my senator's (Senator Vitter) email alerts. This morning I received on in which he talks about opposing the President's moratorium on drilling. I immediately wrote him back:
"I really think it is a waste of energy (no pun intended) to oppose the moratorium on drilling. You legislators really have to get on the ball up there. It's about finding alternatives to oil. It's about retraining oil industry workers to work in the green industries. And it is about developing a green energy economy in Louisiana to replace the oil economy."
Rebecca, our senators are the worst offenders when it comes to being in Big Oil's pocket. Rolling Stone Magazine named Mary Landrieu one of the 17 dirtiest offenders. But, they, and, indeed BP itself are not wholly to blame. In my article in the Examiner, I noted that we are all responsible. Our addiction to oil, to getting in the car, to consuming, consuming, consuming has led us to this point. We allowed our senators to stuff their pockets with Big Oil money, and we did not stop them when they voted against legislation that would have increased safety measures or even move to cleaner energy because we wanted the jobs now.
I am hopeful, as you are, that this crisis will open the eyes of every American and instill us with the strength to lead the world in clean energy solutions.”
Lorianne on Jun 9, 2010 at 22:50:48
“Yes, we need to reduce our consumption of oil. No brainer there.
But, in the meantime we should shoulder the risks of drilling ourselves, not push it off to other (poorer) countries where safety regulation are even more lax than our own.
We use the oil, we should accept the risks.
Our pelicans are no more precious than their pelicans (or whatever wildlife is endangered where ever oil is drilled/refined/transported).”
“Can I just say that it wasn't just the ACE. Take a look at the evolving maps of Southern Louisiana. Big oil ruined our wetlands by dredging. All of America has been using that oil. Louisiana provides a substantial amount of domestic oil, natural gas and seafood to the rest of the country. If we are truly on our own, then I guess we can take our toys and go home.”
Jan 18, 2010 at 18:59:54
“I would also like to point out that the cheapest foods are the most fattening food. Why is coke cheaper than water, for example? Why is cereal with HFCS cheaper than whole wheat no sugar? Why is organic affordable to only the richest Americans? Food production is controlled by about four large corporations in this country. Their goal is to make a profit. It is not to make good healthy food. You make good points that we have to be more proactive, but that includes being aware that they only way to vote in this country is through what we buy.”
“I am LOVING this idea. And, whether or not this "Screw the Oil Companies and Terrorist" week comes about, your ideas are clear steps that we can all take today. I also like that thing they are doing in SF and other cities with the Electric car...being able to rent one by the hour and picking it up at key points around the city.
"to mobilize the country, as if we had been invaded by a foreign foe"
What is so scary about the above quote is that we have been invaded! It's true! Reclaim America by saying screw you!”
gemcando06 on Jun 12, 2008 at 18:04:51
“I agree. I am living as if under siege.
We have all ready cut out extra driving and all ready doubled up.
We have stopped buying extra items; like a new shirt and a new pair of shoes, a new CD..
We are paying credit accounts with big - till it hurts - payments.
We have extra food and water on hand in case of power outages.”