WalkingI found a little poetic justice in the following article, “In Face of Hurricane, a Rush to Secure Oil Operations, ” in which:

“The many refineries along the coast of Texas were also bracing for a harsh lashing by strong winds, rain and flooding.”

So, we’ve spent billions of dollars wrecking havoc on Iraq in the name of cheap oil only to have mother nature turn around and wipe out our oil rigs. Nice.

While I don’t wish for more suffering at the hands of another hurricane, it’s nice to see indirect consequences for bad behavior. I’m hoping that the storm takes out some oil rigs, punishing the oil companies and forcing reduced consumption without costing lives. It comforts me to know that greed cannot go unchecked.

The United States is the heaviest contributor to Global Warming. Our appetite for cheap oil is both epic and epidemic. Increased hurricane activity may be a direct result of over-consumption of oil. Therefore, to see the giant storms turn towards our oil wells, shows me that the greedy will be punished.

Contrary to what you must be thinking at this point, I do not hate Americans. What I hate is unchecked corporate greed. I hate seeing the systematic eradication of forests, rivers, unspoiled air and other cultures in pursuit of wealth for the few stockholders of a few huge corporations.

And I really do believe that a return to a simpler life, that is, sans cheap oil, would make the majority of common folks a lot happier. Without cheap oil, we would do more walking and buy more locally produced food for starters. Can you imagine a family that didn’t all jump in their cars each day and drive off in different directions? I can.

By Camille Armantrout

Camille lives with her soul mate Bob in the back woods of central North Carolina where she hikes, gardens, cooks, and writes.

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