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Wednesday, May 30, 2007

The End of Big Oil and the Middle East Strangle

Picture courtesy of Biodiesel America .org

I’ve heard it said that the very last stage coach company in the world built the best damn coach around but the end of the horse and stage coach was inevitable with the invention of the combustion engine. Isn’t it ironic that the hay that once fed horses to pull that same stage coach is now somewhat replacing the fuel that runs the combustion engine little by little?

Our world is held hostage by our energy needs and the ones holding the knife to our throats are not just in the Middle East. Corporate America with its own multi nation partners is hijacking your wallet every time you pull up to the pump.

With any monopoly in any given industry comes the frugality of the American people in our selfish desire to overcome that strangle hold on our lives. Such is the American spirit that the brightest amongst us have had enough and all it took was the oil industry stealing not just food off of our tables but the unmitigated audacity of the oil barons of today telling us to pay it or do with out it. New inventions are popping up daily on saving gasoline in your car or mini-van and the tide is just starting to rise as far as more savings and new ideas go.

Hurricane Katrina is long gone, the gas refining plants are pretty much rebuilt and yet gasoline is over $3.00 per gallon. My only thought on this is that the industry is robbing the American people blind while they still can and the President simply has no authority or desire to intervene.

When faced with a bully, Americans fight back. Then we spread the word on how to fight back. There is a great web site on the daily progress of Biodiesel as it is happening in this country and around the world. It’s called Biodiesel America .org and it is a wealth of information. This is just one solution to the crime that is happening at the pump every single day…

Over at the New York Times they are pointing out that the threat from big oil that is raping and pillaging Europe much like Attila the Hun of centuries long ago has finally had its people saying enough is enough. Farmers are being paid higher premiums for raising crops that can be converted to biodiesel…

Europe Pushes to Get Fuel From Fields
Published: May 30, 2007

ARDEA, Italy — The previous growing season, this lush coastal field near Rome was filled with rows of delicate durum wheat, used to make high-quality pasta. Today it overflows with rapeseed, a tall, gnarled weedlike plant bursting with coarse yellow flowers that has become a new manna for European farmers: rapeseed can be turned into biofuel.

Motivated by generous subsidies to develop alternative energy sources — and a measure of concern about the future of the planet — Europe’s farmers are beginning to grow crops that can be turned into fuels meant to produce fewer emissions than gas or oil. They are chasing their counterparts in the Americas who have been raising crops for biofuel for more than five years.
– The New York Times

I was watching the local television magazine program the other day and the Massachusetts Maritime Academy that has over one thousand students is almost an entirely off the grid educational facility. With a constant breeze off of the ocean they have a huge wind turbine that runs non stop. If that isn’t supplying enough power for them then they are installing solar panels on the roofs of many of the buildings on the campus. At some points during the generation of all this green electric power the local utility is paying the MMA for excess power generation. That is just one campus in America. Can this be duplicated across America?

This movement towards alternative clean energy is not going to end any time soon. With the knives to our throats on our energy needs America has a few new solutions that pretty much turn that knife into a limp noodle. Europe and the rest of the world will follow our lead.

I do have to say that much like the attack on Pearl Harbor at the start of World War II, I believe it was Admiral Yamamoto that said we have only woken the sleeping dragon. America is an industrial nation and if our source for energy is threatened then we can fight on the fields of foreign lands to secure our needs or we can think of a better way to turn the wheels of our industry and society. One simple fact is that if the American people want independence from foreign sources for our energy needs then no amount of money will stop us to fight this side of the war on terror. Take away the source funding them and they have no teeth to bite us back with.

My only concern with this new alternative energy market is that the good old boys with the tens of billions of profits quarterly are going to try to buy up the future of America’s and for argument sake the world’s energy movement away from fossil fuels.


Cross posted at Bring It ON!

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