By now, most people have caught on that I use sarcasm as a primary delivery system in my blog. When I say something about a serious subject, and it sounds suspiciously snarky, making you roll your eyes while reading the article linked, then my intention is poke fun at the overly conscious nature of the subject.
“And to close, a new material is being touted for extending a gallon of gas from 50 mpg to 80+ mpg. That puts a kink in the plan for all those people who want oil/gas to continue to go up in price, hoping that the price will drive people towards mass transport and/or alternative fuels. In 2002, $12 would fill my gas tank for two weeks. If this thing works, I could put 3 gallons in my tank for $14, and run for two weeks. That doesn’t motivate people like me to do anything to change my habits (note: I’m speaking theoretically here – I want us to be independent of oil as much as those people). Anyway, I don’t believe in mass transportation, and think that idea sucks as all it does is divert us from driving our own oil dependent vehicle to riding in another vehicle – with the dregs of humanity – that depends on oil for it’s energy.”
Recognize yesterday’s entry? Some people – one of those people – takes this shit way too seriously and wishes bad things on good people. So he can go fuck himself about this, really. <- See? That was sarcasm.
Anyway, that was written mostly to point out the entire hypothetical argument that higher gas prices force us to look at alternative fuels and mass transportation. The reality is – because of the screwed up way automobile and transportation corporations, and humans, think – that higher gas prices only tend to push technology into extending a gallon of gas farther down the road. And that reinforces that mindset in the average person (I’m average, so I gave a theoretical situation – in reality, in 2002, I probably filled my 13 gallon gas tank up enough with $7 of gas and went for three weeks without refilling my car, since my work wasn’t that far away. A bus pass to achieve the same effect back then was $15 – see the problem?) Average people think thusly – “If they keep building cars with greater miles per gallon, I don’t need to think about the price of gas or about pollution or the fact we’ll run out of oil in the future.” The reality is that if we really want to become independent from oil, the object is not to use oil at all. No gas-powered cars, no electrical-powered transportation that relies on coal* and oil. We have to take it to that extreme or the condition will not change.
Same for the failure that is mass transportation. Hey, it’s great if you live in one of eight cities where it functions efficiently enough to be useful. But the rest of the US has substandard, inefficient if not non-existent mass transportation. Plus, if everyone used mass transport, it’s again only a stop-gap method since most mass transport relies on gas or energy derived from an oil/gas/coal source. Increased riders means increased vehicles and increased repetitions of routes. Or in rural areas, there is too large a gap between locations that make it non-viable or affordable. There is not enough nuclear power to go around. I have yet to find a bus or subway that runs on solar power or an alternative fuel source. People are not going to move into cities just because it is a “convenient solution” for the city-going people. If it’s not effective for everyone, the solution is flat-out NOT EFFECTIVE.
But do we think that way or go there? No. Instead, we accept the half-solutions and only fund research enough to push the stop-gap measure for another 10 years. Because even those people are too lazy to actually sit down, get invested and do something to fix the problem. “I’m only one person,” is the excuse I hear all the time. It only takes one person with enough courage and drive to lead all the other one persons into changing the system. I’m not that one person, that’s for sure. I resigned trying to be that one person when I tried to make a difference and be a leader, and people as a whole in the military didn’t fucking care. I don’t have the Godly patience for it. So I have the attitude of fuck you, you immovable race of shitbags.
The thing that disturbs me is the bitching. The never-ending, incessant bitching. Listen – oil dependency isn’t going to change while I’m alive. It’s not even going to MOVE around much while I’m alive. So since I have to LIVE with this broken thing, I don’t want you to fucking MAKE ME MISERABLE while doing it. So I’m going to kill people who intentionally try to make gasoline prices higher or incessantly bitch about it without doing anything to actually fix it and keep the rest of us from being miserable (because the noise only makes everyone more miserable and more angry). Either move it, or lose it. If you aren’t moving it, then STFU. No excuses.
* Coal is another stop-gap measure of a limited resource that causes pollution or destruction to the environment. It is on-par with oil, and mostly made up of the same materials anyway. No half-solutions.
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