Crooked River Ranch, Oregon
Every Culture that has ever existed since the beginning of Recorded History has gone through "Their Moment", that point in their development at which they've had to make a Transformational Decision, one that would forever alter the manner in which they live as Individuals & as a Society.
The Egyptians, The Greeks, The Romans and here, in the Americas, The Aztecs, The Mayas and The Incas, all have had their "Moments"! Each was different & unique and, as History tells us, spelled the end of a Global Status Quo that propelled the growth of each Culture and Society! Boom, the bottom fell out of the "Market" that provided either Fuel or Sustenance, sometimes even both were instrumental in the Cultural Collapse!
Well my friends, we've arrived at our "Moment" & what Choices we make & what Actions we take will, most likely, change the Course of Human History forever! It has most assuredly changed the Course of American History & Life already and we just haven't noticed in our Sensory-Deprived Stupor, induced by Entertainment Television and Inane Thriller Movies Mass produced and Mass Marketed to Distraction-Starved Citizens the World Over!
As one of the World's dominant Industrial Economies since the Industrial Revolution began in the 19th Century, America's assumed a Leadership Role in the expansion of Fossil Fuels Extraction, the Petroleum-Based Energy Production that today, drives the entire World's Economies! We are Prisoners of the Big Oil Cartels and they're not going to loosen their strangle hold on the World's Economies unless we force them to!
This Gulf Gusher Crisis Must be the catalyst that finally compels us, as a Culture and as a Society, to make a Quantum Leap to entirely Renewable and Recyclable Energy Sources! We've been teetering on the Brink of that Change for 40 years now and it's time we took that Leap of Faith to the Total transformation of our Power Grid and its Sources of Electro-Mechanical Energy!
Already in the World, there are Nations that have begun the Transition from Fossil Fuels to Wind, Solar, Tidal and Geothermal-Driven Generating Plants that supply the Bulk of their Energy needs. Iceland uses Geothermal Steam to create both enough Heat & Electricity to keep Residential and Municipal Buildings heated throughout the year! The Potential exists for Iceland to pay off its large National Debt of 3.8 Billion Euros that it owes to NL & UK in 3 yrs.!
Iceland has the Potential to generate 14.8 Tera-watt Hrs. of Steam & Hydro-electrical Power Annually,( http://bit.ly/bgVHUl ) which far exceeds its Domestic needs and thus allows them to sell that Power to NL & the UK, both of which are in Vital need of Electrical Power. This eliminates the need for more Coal-Fired or Nuclear Generating Facilities, which also eliminates the need for On-Site Nuclear Waste Storage and more Coal Mining Excavations, both of which present their own Environmental Hazards & Risks.
Now Germany, The Netherlands, Denmark and France already have copious supplies of Nuclear, Wind, Hydroelectric & Solar Power available, as well as numerous Coal & Gas-Fired Electrical Generating Plants. But even they realize that they're going to have to Phase Out the Fossil Fuel component of their Generating Capacity due to the Air & Water Pollutants that these 19th Century Technologies produce. The Acid Rain resulting from this Atmospheric Pollution is literally eating away at the Stone Monuments & Buildings that have defined Western Culture for Millenniums.
Now, where am I going with this lengthy dissertation on the Power & Energy needs & assets of European Nations? This is only a Microcosm of a situation that exists in every Nation & Society on Earth! We're hitting the Ceiling on the Viability of 19th Century Technologies and it's time we realized that this is our "The Day The Earth Stood Still" Moment & this Ghastly Gulf Gusher (Here's the Live Video Feed coming directly from the Site of BP's Blowout & BP's own Camera( http://bit.ly/b4nZjv )). Is the Clock Bell Tower sounding out the Hour & For Whom The Bell Tolls? It Tolls for Thee, We, the People of Earth!
We, as a Culture, have hit the Wall & the Future of Human Civilization rests in our Hands & what we do now will dictate the viability of Human Society now and into the Distant Future! Our Lives & those of our Grandchildren depend on what decisions we make & what Actions we take NOW, the Hour Glass is Empty! Is our Culture going to end with an Ocean incapable of sustaining any Life at all? Is this where Greed and Blind Avarice are going to leave us? I sure as Hell Hope not!
Humbly Yours...Scott S. Cooper