Statement of Values and Beliefs
For far too long, the economy of the United States has been reliant upon a finite and dwindling resource, Oil. From electronics to car parts to food and food related products, our entire economic system revolves around the availability of petroleum products. Whether due to direct manufacture, ancillary processes or transportation, America has become so dependent on petroleum products that our leaders have little trouble convincing the Public that all is well with both the production and reserve quantities.
Truth be told, the World is not producing enough oil to meet the current demand, let alone the demand of future generations. It is therefore imperative that the U.S. lead in research and development of alternative and renewable sources of energy. The urgency (I believe) for the advancements of green technologies is due to the fact that our demand for oil is so vast and our reliance upon it, so complete that, no current combination of solar, wind, nor any other alternative energy proves sufficient. The reason the United States should take the lead in the development of alternative energy technologies is because we use more than 20% of the oil produced, while our reserves only account for 2%, worldwide.
America’s strength has been based on a commodity that has and will continue to be the cause for strife, conflict and war in almost every corner of the Planet. How we got here is a conversation that should be had, but more importantly, what we do to avoid the chaos and collapse that the diminishing availability of oil represents will shape the future of mankind.
To recognize the truth, simply look at the lengths to which oil corporations are willing to go to find oil and ask yourself this one simple question, Why?: Why are companies that used to drill for oil on land building gigantic rigs in the World’s Oceans? Why are these same companies digging up oil tar sands which have a much lower rate of return when compared to crude? To understand and answer these questions, you could do a little research yourself or you can start with the following book, “The Party’s Over” by Richard Heinberg or the 2006 documentary “A Crude Awakening: The Oil Crash” or the 2004 documentary “The End of Suburbia”.
Until the United States is weaned off Oil, our economy will never be considered secure: How could it be when it is at the mercy of an unstable and volatile region of the World? We need alternative sources of energy and we need to start developing them now, because there are only three scenarios we will face when the World’s supply of Oil is depleted:
- If we have twenty years to develop new technologies and the infrastructure required to use these new technologies, the change to alternative fuels will be gradual, as will the impact to society
- Given ten years, the change to alternative fuels will be more difficult, but the impact to society, under ideal circumstances can be mitigated; the blow softened.
- The worst case scenario would be that the United States as well as the rest of the world ignores the warning signs that science, research and those in the industry have provided and we all face the threats inherent to those economies which are subject to the production of Oil. The Future Of Oil
Stop giving money to banks, and corporations, they know nothing of putting it back into circulation. To save the economy a wiser choice would be to create consumers, so the companies will have someone to sell their products and services to, instead of giving bigger bonuses to executives who seem no have no real sense of what to do with these government handouts. I am not saying that consumers will know what to do with a government windfall such as the ones that big banks, automobile companies and other corporations have received, but they will do one thing that neither banks, nor any of the corporations have done affectively: Consumers will spend that money and part of this spending will be guaranteed, because it will be out of necessity. Those with less to spend have to spend more, if only to survive than those with excess.
U.S Economy Anecdotal: If only 1% of the population has half the money, what could this elite group spend that money on? Well, everyone has to eat, including that 1%, but they’re not eating the same amount as the 150 million people who they are wealthier than. Simply put, the 400 richest individuals will eat three meals a day . . . No let’s take it to an extreme. The wealthiest 400 individuals eat ten meals a day, which comes to a grand total of 4000 meals per day. That’s 4000 proteins, 4000 carbs, 4000 fats per day. Now, let’s compare that to the 150 million who have the same amount of money as those 400 wealthiest individuals and let’s even be reasonable on the portions as a way in which to honor the First Lady’s agenda for healthy living. So 150 million people eating three meals a day (not ten) equals 1,500,000,000 meals. That’s 450 million meals; 450 million proteins, 450 million carbs, and 450 million fats. Now, maybe the rich are eating higher priced foods, like the cream of the crop of creamed corned, or carrots encrusted with karats, but it would still take a lot to narrow the gap between 4000 meals and 450,000,000, which amounts to 112,500 times as many meals consumed daily. And that’s with the rich eating more than three times as much as the remaining half of this nation. This concept applies to every single facet of life, because just like the middleclass and the poor, the rich are human beings and human beings all need food, water and shelter to survive.
- One way in which this man power could benefit the "People" is to require that the 10 hours of work be done at government offices, initially. As government has had to scale back its workforce, those who are still employed have found it more difficult to meet the demand of the public for certain services necessary for life these days.
- This money is being paid out currently (thanks for this point David), so if people are required to do some work for these funds, especially work as described earlier (county, city, state, federal) it is less likely that opponents of these funds can claim that this money is being wasted on lazy people who have no intention of working.
- Those who are sitting at home or going to the library to fulfill the unemployment benefits online and those who have to go to the unemployment office get discouraged by the jobs offered in both instances. An actual job gives the individual purpose and keeps them involved in society.
- Given the diversity of jobs offered by municipal, state or federal agencies, the positions filled by the unemployed could prove to be a suitable (if not exact) replacement for the type of job they lost. The benefits here are: