By @chrisdctex (Originally posted at Mackerel Sky)
Let’s don’t just blame BP — though they must certainly be held accountable for their lack of care in drilling, and for their failure to keep their oil out of the marshes, and off of beaches, and away from the wildlife of the Gulf Coast.
Let’s don’t just blame President Obama — though as the head of the Executive Branch, he bears responsibility for the regulatory failures under his watch, as does any President; and though he bears responsibility for not doing enough to help us achieve more sensible outcomes with energy policy.
Let’s don’t just blame Congress — though Congress — and in particular, the United States Senate — has failed the American people for decades, when it comes to crafting a rational, comprehensive, organized, and effective national energy strategy.
It’s time to start blaming ourselves for the energy mess that we’re in.
We’ve got a ton of natural gas that we could use to fuel our vehicles for less, and it’s cleaner-burning than gasoline — and we can produce it domestically — but we don’t use it.
We could build nuclear power plants, and cut down on a lot of emissions, but we don’t.
We could be more thoughtful as to how we perform regulatory oversight, to find the right balance between corporate and public interests, but it’s easier to hide under the banner of one side or the other.
We could make it a national priority to make the adoption of hydrogen fuel cells a ubiquitous reality, but many Americans have never even heard of it.
We could finally get serious about pricing the emissions of gaseous wastes, but we just figure it’ll get done eventually — and eventually typically means never.
We’re concerned about all sorts of things the media wants to sell us for entertainment — and it’s not necessarily bad that we’re living our lives. It would be nice, though, if we were a little more thoughtful about what it’s going to take to power our lives — both now and in the future — and what the trade-offs of the necessary energy sources are, and are going to be.
Until enough of us get serious about holding our leaders to do better on energy policy, let’s go ahead and sit back, and enjoy the status quo. Like the weather, it’ll be changing soon. And on our present course, things are going to get much worse.