Thursday, August 13, 2009

Coal, Resource Limits, Micro and Macro Strategies

>Perhaps we're already on the precipice with coal,and just don't know it yet...

Of course we are...

How much coal do you think is in the ground?

Do you have any idea, how much we use on a daily basis?

Travel through Montana by bus, and maybe you'll see the seemingly endless coal trains taking out the dirty, less efficient black stuff going to the power plants and industrial applications further east. Go see how much they're taking out daily.

And the environmental destruction? First, the trees are all clear cut, and for what purpose? Then, mountain top, and mountain side removal. Have you ever been to West Virginia and environs and seen the acid mine drainage pollution of the rivers?

All for what?

To fuel a very brief inane, insane period of transient greed driven opulence and ostentation?

Fundamental, radical, demand side management needs to be the plan. I wish you all would get with me on that. This hippie BS about back to the earth on self-sufficient homesteads, while developing very useful survival strategies that you can teach and be of help to many others, is not in and of itself a survival strategy. You will perish with the rest of us.. It is important that we all work together as a united world, united regions, united communities or the very worst of the doomsayers' prophecies will engulf us all.

So, come on, individualism is fine within the context of community and world humanity, but ONLY within that context.

- "An individual has not stated living until he or she can rise above the narrow confines of his or her individualistic concerns to the broader concerns of humanity."
- Dr. Martin Luther Kin, Jr.

-"The essence of socialism is to take as one's criterion the collective interests and the interests of the individual and to judge every word and every action by this criterion"
- Chairman Mao Tse-Tung

The environment is each and every individual on the palnet and her/his relationship to their environment. The environment is not an issue. It is THE issue.
- Mike Morin

In Peace, Friendship, Cooperat ion, and Solidarity,

Mike Morin
Eugene, OR

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