Tuesday, 29 August 2006

Cold Turkey

Can I tell you the truth? I mean this isn’t like TV news, is it?

Here’s what I think the truth is: We are all addicts of fossil fuels in a state of denial, about to face cold turkey.

And like so many addicts about to face cold turkey, our leaders are now committing violent crimes to get what little is left of what we’re hooked on.

- Cold Turkey, By Kurt Vonnegut [via CleverChimp]

I don't believe my kids (or yours) will drive either.


Andrew Urquhart said...

Idealistic, but not pragmatic — people will continue to drive but they won't be combusting organic material layed down in anoxic seas and metamorphosised over geological time into a black goop, they'll be combusting the byproducts of fermented sugar crops (already highly popular in South America) and eventually fuel cells. Whilst it would be nice to think that this will occur due to an increase in environmental responsibility, it's most likely to occur through the ever reliable processes of market pressure (as oil production becomes more expensive) and politics. I think that's realistically how we as a species behave.

Mike said...

I have a problem with cars in general, regardless of what they're powered by. They're inefficient and create all sorts of social and health problems, as well as environmental. I've taken the red pill.

There are problems with fermented sugar crops; a crop monoculture is bad environmentally, and where do you grow food when nice expensice oil-replacement crops are taking up all the space?