Giant Sucking Sound

“Oil is our God. I don’t care if somebody says that they worship, Jesus, Buddha, Allah. Whoever. They actually worship petroleum.” – Matt Savinar of www.lifeaftertheoilcrash.net

The above quote is one of the opening statements made in A Crude Awakening, a documentary film about the earth’s decreasing oil supply. While I usually shy away from alarming documentaries, this film interviewed a lot of experts and included a lot of unedited footage as bonus material. You can find out more at http://www.oilcrashmovie.com/

The ghist of the argument is that global oil supply continues to skyrocket as production is reaching peaks in many places throughout the world. While the earth is far from running out, people are quickly using up much of the easiest to produce and use crude on the planet. Cheap oil is likely to become a thing of the past. Prices will continue to edge up as expanding economies compete for the raw material used in everything from cosmetics to cheap toysto agrochemicals to gasoline.

Much of the U.S. economy has been built on cheap oil. This includes suburbia with its long commutes, easy travel, global sourcing, vast plastic products, etc. Without better technology to reduce consumption, the U.S. and its economy faces some real concerns for the future. Nobody wants to talk about it because in politics we like to shoot the messenger.

When you consider the energy and power produced by oil, it is still cheap compared to many other fuel alternatives. Think about it this way. You pay a lot more per gallon for many brands of bottled water and coffee than gasoline.

I hate the higher cost at the pump just like anybody else. But when you look at the benefits of petroleum for the cost, it remains the best short-term option.

The real giant sucking sound that you hear is all the vehicles and other users of energy on the planet. Unfortunately, the USA is the biggest culprit of gas gluttony.

As a Christian, I believe we should try to be good stewards of the planet. God gave us this mandate all the way back in the Garden of Eden. This has caused me to begin to look at lots of little things and ways to reduce my impact on the planet. I wouldn’t go so far to say that Jesus would drive only a hybrid, high-MPG vehicle. But I don’t think He would buy a Hummer just so that He can impress His friends.

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