With the debates mentioning the commodity crude oil, I feel like Americans should take a look at this industry and what role it plays in our lives. Now there are many kinds of oil, olive oil being my favorite and, in my opinion, the best, as it reduces LDL and has a decent smoke point but other people have mentioned Canola being just as good if not better. Now, I don’t use canola oil because, mainly, I don’t know what a canola is and when I go to the bakery and buy one, I can’t for the life of me figure out how they get oil from those things. Of course the baker always says “that’s a cannoli dumbass”, I just think tomato .. tomatoe. What’s the difference. But this isn’t about olives and crazy looking pastries that you can turn into cooking oils unless they find a way to make cars and stoves and water heaters run on vegetable oil, btw and oddly enough, the worst cooking oil for you when it comes to your health, remember that when they tell you to eat a vegetable that you don’t like, brussel sprouts, this is about fossil fuels.
Now look at these statements provided by the Department of Energy:
- Globally, we currently consume the equivalent of over 11 billion tonnes of oil from fossil fuels every year. Crude oil reserves are vanishing at a rate of more than 4 billion tonnes a year – so if we carry on as we are, our known oil deposits could run out in just over 53 years.
- The United States gets 81% of its total energy from oil, coal, and natural gas, all of which are fossil fuels. We depend on those fuels to heat our homes, run our vehicles, power industry and manufacturing, and provide us with electricity.
- There are 6,923 trillion cubic feet (Tcf) of proven gas reserves in the world as of 2017. The world has proven reserves equivalent to 52.3 times its annual consumption. This means it has about 52 years of gas left (at current consumption levels and excluding unproven reserves).
- What is the amount of world coal reserves? As of December 31, 2016, estimates of total world proved recoverable reserves of coal were about 1,144 billion short tons (or about 1.14 trillion short tons), and five countries had about 75% of the world’s proved coal reserves.
These statements all point to a reckoning in about 100 years, on the long side, closer to 50 years because consumption is going to grow as the world’s population expands. With 81% of all motorized vehicles running on oil, the preferred method of, well, 81% of the people, then we have to think about our grand kids and how they’re going to get around if we don’t find a better way to to create propulsion, which rhymes with compulsion, seeing where I’m going with this? Yeah, me neither. The fact remains though that there is no better way, yet, to move a vehicle at high speeds, especially large vehicles like rockets and tanks and aircraft vehicles, submarines, gunships. Now do you see where I’m going with this?
Our military won’t be such an effective military if they have to push that aircraft carrier (most run on nuclear reactors but the planes don’t) because people think it’s patriotic to buy gas and not use renewable energy. And this could happen, if you factor discovering new fossil fuel depots, in the next 200 years. If we don’t then it could happen in our lifetime. This is why I think the Dems and Repubs that push for renewable energy are geniuses. They are thinking long term. They’re thinking future world domination shit, while also thinking climate change. The fact is that oil is a commodity, like palladium and gold, and trades on the open market because it has a finite amount. It has an expiration date a lot like the Dodo, extinct for 332 years, according to google, not my mother who says she gave birth to one, of course I rationalize she has two other kids, it could be them except she always points when she says it and I’m the only one in the room. Well this is not about my loving mom and her endearing gestures, who points with their middle finger, weird, it’s about how we need to start using renewable energy and storing crude oil in massive underground oil refineries. We need to start thinking about tomorrow today not tomorrow or next week but maybe yesterday. What day is it? Again, if we don’t plan for the future right now, if we don’t get smart and start making that number of 81% of homes use renewable energy, then we could be looking at a crises where the smarter nations of China and Russia have stock piled trillions of tons of crude that can power these larger vehicles and rockets and we can use our muskets to defend ourselves from any invasion. Sounds horrifying, I don’t even own a musket. I’m going to Amazon right now to get one.
The moral of this possibly true story is that renewable energy is not only good for the environment but also our way of life, our democracy, our country as we know it. And don’t wait to late to start implementing these changes because there’s this guy, Murphy, and he has this law, and he loves to implement that law at the worst times. So, when oil is starting to run out and we waited to long to get ready, Murphy is going to start another pandemic that will make this one seem like a merry go round.
Now, do they deserve subsidies, no, the government overpays for everything and they are going to be the biggest consumer. They’ll be lucky that, like other nations, don’t get taken over by the government. Will oil people lose their jobs, no, they might make more money if we go green as the commodity becomes more precious. Funny how things work. If we actually go green, the oil industry will become bigger than ever.
And on an unrelated note except for the fact that Texas makes much of it’s profit from oil, Dallas Cowboys… Kaepernick is still available, that’s if you want to win.