Wednesday, April 16, 2008
Steamboat Springs A lot has been said and written about the environment and the economy recently. Yet, so few impactful, concrete and sensible actions are put into motion.
Americans in general recognize at one level that their materialistic bent coupled with the greed exhibited by the industrial/political leadership is unhealthy at the very least. Yet, they are unwilling to modify their own behavior in an effort to steer things toward a better direction.
Would it be wise to let gas hit the $10 or more a gallon mark as an impetus to change the nation's habits? Today's technology is at a point where we could easily replace the gas-guzzling monsters of the roads with alternatives that would not only conserve finite and diminishing resources, but would be healthier for the environment and could redirect the unhealthy lifestyle of most of the population.
It has been enlightening to observe governmental reactions to the current economic crisis. They produce soothing rhetoric, throw in a few token dollars at the issues, make promises and commitments and do absolutely nothing of substance to address the real root causes.
Most people are so taken by their daily life and making ends meet that they are either clueless or unwilling to buck the trends established by the corporate aristocracy. Big government and big business control so much of everyone's life that the average citizen probably feels that he or she would be persecuted if he or she were to push for serious change or to protest the actions of the government.
Henri E. Stetter