It isn’t that I don’t care about the oil spill in the gulf–it’s that I have been finding it too appalling and scary to write about. Maybe if it goes on long enough, we’ll start realizing that something has to change and it has to change on a regulation and policy level. I hope it will be substantive and not just window dressing. Individual action is important but it isn’t enough. We need institutional changes to reduce energy use. It’s going to come one way or another, either in the manner of our choosing or forced on us.
There is an old Jewish story that the messiah can come slowly on a donkey or quickly with a sword in hand. In other words, either we re-make our world into a better place, or we see destruction.
Let’s ride the donkey. Donkeys don’t use oil.