I recently sent my sister whom lives in Anchorage, Pacific Environment's petion against off shore drilling. Sadly, she had this to say in response:
"Haven't read the petition, but you know to get rid of off shore drilling in alaska, would mean putting half the people in this state ( and probably idaho) including your sister on the streets. And if we stop offshore drilling in this country before we have another viable energy source, what will we do for fuel? I'm not saying you're wrong or that I don't hate what is happening to our environment in so many ways, but I think that too many people look at a picture of some poor animal covered in goop and make a decision about something without looking at the whole picture."
I want to reply to her but I am having dificulty distancing myself from being too passionate about the subject because she is my sister, and clearly she is the one whom has not "looked at the whole picture". I would love it if people would leave me their input as well as resources I could send her. I know some of my own, but I would like to know more especially of documentaries, websites, and short articles. I think she will be less inclined to read whole books on the subject of peak oil change and the like.
eThanks Everyone for your collective insight. She actually has been doing some investigating of her own and was shocked to find the many aspects in which we truely rely upon oil. I think it will become clear to her soon enough.
Radio Ecoshock gets right to the experts and quality info. The show labelled "From the Deep Water Horizon" and at this link:
http://www.ecoshock.net/eshock10/ES_100507_Show_LoFi.mp3 includes Riki Ott who "marine biologist, fisherwoman, and the conscience of Valdez, Alaska, checks in from New Orleans." I can't believe its been 21 years. And they are guessing it could be 20-30 more years before the oil is -loosely- gone. The herring fishermen still can't fish their zones. The Gulf's "Macondo field spurts out a relentless wave of fossil carbon, suspected to equal a new Exxon Valdez spill, every three days." If you don't get to listen to the program, just bear in mind two weeks of the blown out wellhead being unplugged is going to become a slick that washes up around Florida to New York. It is starting to look like oil is Russian Roulette with all chambers loaded.
"You can solve all the world's problems... in a garden." -Jeff Lawton