May 3rd 2010 Up to a point
I don’t have much time today, so I’m a little reluctant to get into a serious subject. I was tempted to write “complex subject,” but I don’t believe it is. So here goes. I have long believed that we could use a lot less oil than we do. All the problems associated with the slippery but essential stuff could be reduced, greatly I think, simply by using less of it. Furthermore, we substantially could reduce our need for oil without great national pain. I won’t get into listing the ways, many of which would be simple and obvious, but we are never encouraged seriously to do this. Oh, it gets paid lip-service when things get tight, or if someone wants to sell us a new light bulb, but a reasonable plan to reduce our oil consumption is never advanced. I suspect it isn’t as profitable.