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Wednesday, December 20, 2006

Energy Blues

There is nothing new here. These words have all been uttered by myself, and by others before me. This country is coming to face one of the most critical changes of its existence. The era of plentiful energy is coming to a close, as are the careless lifestyles to which many have become accustomed. Unless new, clean technologies are developed which reduce our dependance on petroleum products, societal habits in this country will have to alter appreciably if we are to survive as a recognizable nation. While this is not necessarily a bad thing, after all, who really wants to spend 2 hours a day commuting across a gridlocked landscape of wasteful, avaricious development. Nevertheless, the American public is currently so consumption oriented that the change will be painful for some to accept.

I believe this is the ultimate impetus behind the PNAC group - to insure a subservient supply of "black gold" energy stores, and retain control of these supplies in the hands of a few selected entities who will piecemeal them out to the masses - for a price. 9/11 and the subsequent invasion of Iraq was a smoke and mirrors distraction from the ultimate goal of having military superiority in the region. Unfortunately, the planners of this charade were utterly inept at predicting the human variable of the equation, and have apparently encountered far more resistance than expected. Instead of endearing the populace we have enraged them - which is looking very bad for preferential treatment in oil sales in the future from those in the region.

As Americans, we must decide whether our national policies shall include military dominance over a region for economic gains which benefit disproportionately few, or whether the vigorously ballyhooed "open and free market" creed will actually be allowed to function in a world marketplace. Whether we choose to resume our growth as a world leader in science and manufacturing, or endorse the crony dealings which pervade our interactions with the remainder of the world and even our own citizens - as the avaricious, wasteful thugs of the "global economy".

What say ye?

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