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A Crude Joke On A"Crude" World

It’s ironic to think that we do not know what made the dinosaurs go extinct, yet fossil fuels are surely, slowly sealing our own fate. Oil is the single most significant commodity. It dictates the economy, global politics, and essentially the world stage at large. At every turn, we have increased our reliance on fossil fuels, not only in the form of gasoline, but other petroleum products as well. It is a vicious downward spiral, we have trapped ourselves in. Although the adamant denial that the War has anything to do with oil is more than questionable, it is undeniable that it has had an adverse effect on the oil market, and consequently the general economic structure. While jobs are being constantly displaced due to an inability to keep up with a fluctuating market, the costly war on terror is an impossibly unwinnable one. In inciting a “War on Terror,” a rash decision made in the heat of a falsified sense of patriotic rhetoric, the Bush administration failed to recognize the nature of war. For wars are fought against nations, victory is dictated by which side is able to exhaust the others’ resources, thus inciting civil unrest and discontentment. In this war, however, we are only exhausting our own resources, whilst fighting against a guerilla militia which has proven itself unconcerned with hurting its own native populace. Therefore, the only way to win is to extinguish all terrorist entities from existence; an impossible task short of complete nuclear destruction. Not only are the concurrent soaring oil prices bringing down the economy, but we are also hit by the depletions of a stagnant war on terror. There have been various attempts at acquiring fossil fuel alternatives, often squashed by big oil tycoons. The biggest proponent of pushing alternatives forward is the environmental industry and their questionably fictitious concept of “global warming.” The argument against global warming is that it is a natural cycle, with the human impact in advancing it is minimal. Case in point, a large amount of methane pollution, is produced in the form of cattle flatulence. Granted, humans have domesticated and bred cattle, but delicious as beef may be, left to natural predators and hormonal instincts, would the cattle population be significantly decreased minus the element of human consumption? That being said, while the concept of global warming environmentalism is a positive catalyst for much needed change, the mythological proportions of it, stand in the way of it being taken seriously. If we do not want to bury ourselves up to our necks in our oil sands, we need to take charge and decide that we are not safe relying so heavily on a single resource and create alternatives to save ourselves, rather than chasing chimeras in the form of projecting our needs on global environmentalism. Of course, assuming we succeed in limiting our oil dependence, our reliance on water consumption and limited, concentrated existence of fresh water would seem to dictate an unwelcome future vision. While in the past, we have over-consumed our resources to the point of depletion, oil has all but consumed us.Written by Andrew