The True Cost of Oil

An important video:

There can be no doubt whatsoever what this sort of devastation will lead to.

Must read: Crude Behavior: The Tarnished Legacy of the Tar Sands Industry

In the Great Plains, TransCanada (of Keystone XL infamy) has mounted a widespread misinformation assault, threatening lawsuits when farmers refuse to sign over their land to the company. In Texas, landowners and journalists have been threatened with arrest for “trespassing” as TransCanada bulldozes its way to the Gulf coast.

Destroying our homes and our future - Keystone Pipeline

The failure to put this into the proper context and understanding is unforgivable. It’s a war – against you, your family, your future. You’re not expected to fight back.


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6 thoughts on “The True Cost of Oil

  • February 4, 2013 at 4:17 am
    This won’t stop until people refuse to buy oil and products made using oil and I don’t see that happening anytime soon because it means you stop buying fuel, heat, electricity, water, food and consumer goods…..Most people don’t care what happens to the environment or other people as long as it doesn’t impact them and their comfort. One of many reasons why our system is not reformable. We will willing destroy the environment and climate just to keep the fuel flowing.
  • February 4, 2013 at 4:43 am
    Garth ends with the call for a clean energy future for all but I have to ask if he realizes what that entails. While I agree that the tar sands mining should stop I also know that it takes energy to build that clean energy future, a process that needed to have started 30 years ago and yes, Hubbard warned us all and we didn’t listen. The only option left now is to begin the process of powering down before we destroy the environment and I doubt very much that that will happen. If we don’t buy that oil, someone else will. Canada is going to have to decide what really matters….
    • February 4, 2013 at 9:09 am

      When I consider how much and how fast is being destroyed, I see little reason for any hope. What we do is what we are and what we embrace, and what we are doing all over the world is very evident.

      Watched a bunch of documentary films about various lifestyles on the planet, the rape of the local environments is accelerating very rapidly. Americans pretend their immune to all this, but it’s a false security. I think it demonstrates very well that humans (in competition with each other) will do anything to stay alive, including killing off everything that keeps them alive.

      I find the idea of power-down necessary, but I see it as impossible given our nature and therefore, just another fantasy that hides our reality.

      The latest science admits to a horrible hellish future. The worst-case scenarios predicted only a couple of years ago are already too mild. We’re going to blow right past them all.

      If we couldn’t listen 30 years ago when it was easy, we won’t listen now after decades of opportunity. We’re screwed, completely and totally screwed.

      • February 4, 2013 at 9:46 am
        Yup, I reached the same conclusion this past summer after watching what was happening in the Arctic. We will destroy ourselves soon enough… sorry that I can’t be more cheery about that, but I like you decided a long time ago to embrace reality rather than pretending that Star Trek was the future when it clearly is not.
        • February 6, 2013 at 6:57 am
          Count me in as well. I’ve given up thinking and wishing our suicidal species will awaken from our slumber.

          I remember years ago during one of our enviro issues, a group of concerned citizens met with USFS officials about an incredibly stupid proposal to trash the national forest by creating even MORE trails for ATV’s and ORV’s. USFS officials even stated in their draft environmental assessment, that “wildlife can go elsewhere”, when confronted by the question of how wildlife can deal with hordes of noisy, beer-drinking, crowds on ATV’s. That’s right-wildlife can go elsewhere. That is the mindset of those in power. Useless idiots.

          I clearly recall our paltry group of concerned citizens discussing this issue later and we pretty much agreed that, in the end, we’ll be fighting over the last tree.

          • February 6, 2013 at 9:28 am

            There is no evidence of any significance that we will stop our destruction. Signs of this are found throughout the world. Officials cater to monied interests when deciding the fate of the land. The demand never ceases. There is no practical or reasonable reason for optimism.

            In my mind’s eye, I can easily envision the ‘last survivor’ of planet Earth, surrounded by empty food cans, piles of empty cartridges, fields of dead bodies and not a tree or another living thing in sight. All that remains is the blackened, burnt stumps and fields of bones.


            That picture of the orphaned baby elephant will soon be only a picture.

            Humans are unbelievably evil.

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