Saturday, May 29, 2010

Going Beyond Petroleum with Macbeth

BP promised to take us Beyond Petroleum and they are certainly doing that. Let's give credit where credit is due. This is well beyond the mere extraction and processing and selling of the stuff.

This is a nightmare that we can't seem to wake up from. It's our tragic flaw exposed. Like a Shakespearean hero, we know better, we know the core problem -- our addiction to petroleum -- but we can't help ourselves. And now we helplessly witness the terrible consequences of our actions.

I pefer this blog to be more of a conversation of ideas, so apologies. I'm rambling and grumbling. It's like this: Not talking about the BP Gulf Oil spill seems negligent and Nero-esque, yet when I do talk about it, the venting takes over.

What good can we take from BP's royal mess?

We may actually turn the corner from Sounds Like a Good Idea to We Really Need to Make This Happen on the renewable energy economy. Such a tragedy though, that the martyrs are the Gulf of Mexico ecosystem and its human connections.

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