Is it All About Oil? (or What My Daughter Doesn't Know About BP) - Page 2
Like many Americans, I've been thinking about oil a lot - watching it spill into the Gulf, wrecking lives and nature and many, many futures. In fact, all of our lives. Our country. Our relentless push for energy consumption means drills like this were being built all the time. Even though Obama has (only now) put a moratorium on new offshore drilling, I don't feel confident it will stay in place.
Just like I don't feel confident that what we are doing in Afghanistan and Iraq is "nation building." Because all you have to do is scratch the very thin, oil-slick surface of the mainstream media and what you get is - you guessed it - stories about all the oil drills in Iraq. The money people want to make there, the oil they want. The oil we need. Is it all about pipelines and drills? Pipelines are being built across the countries of the former Soviet Union as we speak, and these are such big, greedy, thoughtless projects - plans that deeply affect all the geopolitics of the area, whether it's the top news of the day or not. Some now call the entire region "Pipeline-Istan."
I have family in Louisiana and friends in Florida, but even if I didn't, the spill would make me just as sad and frustrated as most of us are. The question is, what are we going to do about it?
This is an original New Jersey Moms Blog post. Theta Pavis is a poet, writer and editor. She knows how to peel a craw fish and is pretty sure she could handle an electric car with no problem..