While looking back at my last few ideas I realized that this is sort of turning into a depressing and what seems like a hopeless topic. This wasn’t my intentions when I brought this page back but for me and a lot of other people out there, this is a pretty sad topic in general.
No one likes to talk about the destruction of our planet or how a few filthy rich people around the world are to blame for it, but facts are facts and ignoring the problem isn’t going to do any good.
A Little Bit From A Lot of People
In my opinion, there are 2 things that the general population can do that would greatly benefit our planet as a whole (and just maybe take a few bucks out of corporate pockets). Since we have been talking about the oil industry already, let’s change gears and talk a little bit about solar energy.
Back when I lived with my dad in Tulsa, my father worked for a casino that had solar panels installed right on top of their roof. He was actually the building architect for the entire casino and was in charge of working with the contractors that they hired to make sure everything went smooth.
I remember when it was first happening and how excited my dad was to be making such a great change for his company and the environment (and I wonder where my love for the Earth came from). Here was the commercial roofing company that they hired for the job and I tell you who it was because it made such an amazing impact on my dad’s position in his job. His bosses loved it and literally cut their electric bills almost in half.
So now you might be wondering why can’t everyone just have solar panels installed on their roofs? Well the problem is similar to what I was mentioning before… It’s not cheap.
Has anyone else found that even though comedians obviously poke fun at a lot of problems in the world, their opinions and concerns are actually spot on and completely warranted?
It’s funny because one of my favorite comedians out there today brought up an interesting point on a podcast that really got me thinking. If you have ever heard of him, Bill Burr will definitely be the first one to say that he isn’t the most informed guy out there but it is really hard to argue with a lot of the things he talks about.
The point he was trying to make was that over the 100 years or so that cars have been around, the miles per gallon that they get today has been improved so little while technology in every other regard has been improved so exponentially, that it is impossible to believe that big business isn’t preventing an improved and more environmentally friendly engine.
Less MPG=Less $$$
This is exactly the point I was talking about yesterday in regards to big businesses purposely trying to get in the way of alternative energy resources. Let’s face it, the oil industry is a multi BILLION dollar business and if engines all around the world worked so that they got 100 miles per gallon as opposed to 20-30, this would cost these all powerful corporations to lose millions of dollars.
We all know what the mentality is of these billionaires and what they would do to maintain their profits coming in.
Unfortunately, our Earth is the price we have to pay to keep the rich even richer.
If you were curious enough to read my about me page, you know that I am a recent graduate so I obviously have been gifted with an enormous amount of extra free time to read about things that I am actually interested in and do my own research. I’m not saying college was a waste of time but anyone who has gone through the whole thing knows that there are plenty of times where you feel like your time would be better spent somewhere else.
Now that I have this spare time, I have spent a lot of it researching opposition to alternative energy resources and global warming and I have found it absolutely fascinating. After much time doing this, I have noticed one general theme among those who oppose research alternative energy resources.
Follow the Money!
In almost every single instance of real opposition, there is some large investment in our current energy resources and looking for alternatives would cost those few a lot of money.
The opposition seems to be coming from a very select few groups, but the problem is that those select few carry a VERY large amount of money which in turn means a lot of power and influence.
Go ahead and look for yourself. Even the politicians who have no direct business with our fossil fuel industry have some sort of ties with the big guys up top who do directly deal with it. This means that the money the big corporations are raking in is being used and given to politicians who help make this decisions.
I don’t know if it’s just me, but I feel like the talk surrounding alternative energy sources seems to be fading away along with global warming and other environmental issues that are wreaking havoc on our planet.
I don’t know if it’s corporate money fueling the hidden problems we are facing or just sheer ignorance, but if something isn’t done we are going to be leaving the generations to come with an enormous mess that they had no part in creating.
We Need To Talk
I think one of the first and most important things we can be doing to try and help out our environment is to simply begin talking about it again. Like I said before, it seems as though everyone was aware of our need to begin finding some alternative sources of energy but as time goes on, the awareness and peoples’ desires to change seems to be dwindling.
So why should we even care about this problem? Is global warming really that big of a problem?
Well, simply put, the answer is absolutely to both of those questions. There is not a credible scientist alive who discredits global warming and anyone who knows anything about the fossil fuel industry is well aware of the damage they are causing to our planet. I am simply attempting to bring this topic back on the table in hopes to get those who feel the same to come out and speak together.