How stupid are these people?Stupid is failing to look for other methods and means to replace oil dependency.Stupid is every single American who still thinks that we can afford to eat produce from 6000 miles away on a daily basis and thinks 99 cents a pound is the true cost of those grapes from Chile.Stupid is every person who doesn't look past the price at the pump to see a very real, very large crisis looming that will not be solved by making new refineries for a dwindling resource.Stupid is thinking that money is the only measure that our current patterns of travel, production and distrubution are sustainable.Stupid is thinking that unlimited growth and over consumption is the only way to healthy lives and economies.Stupidest is using a non-renewable resource to fund that growth as if the resource were never going to be depleted.Now that they have their high prices, maybe it's time to STFU.No, now is the time to talk about REAL solutions. Not something that will push the problem off onto some future's shoulders.There are whole suites of solutions from sustainable building practices to local food production to smarter ways of getting to work to things that haven't even been thought of yet. Why haven't they been thought of yet? Because we're like junkies we're willing to sell mom's engagement ring to get the next fix, not realizing that once those diamonds are gone, the next fix is going to be that much harder to fund. The hard road is getting the monkey off our backs, not getting our addiction subsidized, but it's also the healthiest road.Guess what, we or the next generation of we are going to have to make some very hard choices and some big changes. The longer we wait, the worse the addiction. The worse the addiction, the more painful it is to kick the habit. If we wait long enough, the withdrawals will kill us.You love America? Well, she's not going to survive if you don't take that petroleum filled needle out of your veins.
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