Going West by Mark Powers

Friday, September 5, 2008

Political rant

I read a news article today called "Asian soot, smog may boost global warming in US." First, I think its funny to say "global warming in the US". What's the point of writing global if its just happening in the US?

The other funny thing is I think the press is putting the blame for Global Warming on the wrong people. There is no doubt in my mind who are the biggest polluters in the world. Look in the mirror America, because its you! The US burns three times more oil and fuel per day than any other country in the world, period. According to the US department of Energy, the US goes through over 21 million gallons of oil a day, while the next closest country, China, goes through about 7 million. And they have 3 times more people!

On July 21, construction reached 1,680 feet on the 141st floor of the Burj Dubai tower in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, making it the largest building in the world. The skyscraper is now 13 feet above the former record holder, Tapei 101 in Taiwan, which is 1,667 feet above the groundSo I think the press needs to keep focus on where focus is due, on US consumption of energy and its effects on the globe. We need to be the leaders of new alternative energy technology, not pinning the blame on asia. And we especially should not keep drilling off our shores for more and more oil. Has anyone looked a Brazil lately? Most of the cars there run on bio-fuels. Why must we do more expensive drilling when there are a multitude of better, cleaner options available? Honestly, politicians on both sides are really making me mad by trying to get votes by playing up oil prices and suggesting we do more drilling off our shores! Oil companies make enough already. Did you see the 160 story tall building they are building in Abu Dubai with oil money??? Its a statue to American energy policy idiocy! For all the talk about change in this election, its America that needs to change, and for starters, lets focus on energy policy.


Blogger susan said...

you are absolutely right and your article is very well written.

September 5, 2008 8:37 PM  

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