Friday, July 25, 2008

Addicted to Oil

Good Thomas Friedman article in the Times the other day. Here's the link and a snippet:

What doesn’t the Bush crowd get? It’s this: We don’t have a “gasoline price problem.” We have an addiction problem. We are addicted to dirty fossil fuels, and this addiction is driving a whole set of toxic trends that are harming our nation and world in many different ways. It is intensifying global warming, creating runaway global demand for oil and gas, weakening our currency by shifting huge amounts of dollars abroad to pay for oil imports, widening “energy poverty” across Africa, destroying plants and animals at record rates and fostering ever-stronger petro-dictatorships in Iran, Russia and Venezuela.

When a person is addicted to crack cocaine, his problem is not that the price of crack is going up. His problem is what that crack addiction is doing to his whole body. The cure is not cheaper crack, which would only perpetuate the addiction and all the problems it is creating. The cure is to break the addiction.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Ditto ditto ditto. Artificially increasing the market is like these silly plans to stimulate the economy. The fuel prices stay low until--what's that?--oh yeah, they go up again.

Gas is too expensive, so you know what? I'm going to ride the bus. This is the way that gas prices are managed, just like any other market--supply goes down, demand goes up (higher prices). Demand goes down, supply goes up (lower prices). If everyone started shopping closer to home and took mass transit (or rode their bikes) 4 days a week, we'd have low prices in a couple months (reasonably, this is with the understanding that our low prices before were a result of our government protecting prices). Without pain, there is no impetus for maximizing alternative energies.