Saturday, May 1, 2010

Oil spills, oil pollution, drill baby drill - but what is the real issue? - OIL

Time to set back for a minute and think about what dependence on oil means.

Oil dependence means that our entire economy, lifestyle, and future is dependent on oil. This single commodity is not something we control, but rather something that controls us. Now, we have all seen the reports of the oil rig disaster in the Gulf of Mexico. And, we have all heard both sides of the argument over whether or not we should expand or restrict offshore oil drilling. While these are all important issues, the larger issue is: Where should we get our energy? Should it be from a finite, explosive, environmentally dangerous source, like oil? Or, should we harness the vast technological potential of alternative energy souces, renewables, and zero-emission sources?

Like it or not, oil will be with us for decades to come no matter what we do. But the Green Party stands ready to help build the clean-energy economy starting today! We stand for conservation, improved energy efficiency standards, and the rapid development of robust new clean energy sources. Think about where you live - would you rather have less pollution, less environmental damage, and less vulnerability to energy supply disruptions? If you answered yes to all three questions, you are not only giving the same answers as your neighbors, but you are giving the answers that the Democrats and Republicans are ignoring.

For decades, the two major parties have mouthed platitudes about reducing dependence on foreign oil and fossil fuels in general. But seriously, where is the real action? Solar panels on the White House is the energy equivalent of rearranging the deck chairs on the Titanic. Why is this so? Because the Democrats and Republicans, along with the candidates they put forward, take huge contributions from Exxon, BP, Halliburton, and countless other energy companies that depend on the ability to sell fossil fuels to make a profit. The Green Party takes ZERO dollars from these companies (or any other for that matter).

The Green Party believe that clean, sustainable energy independence is the only way forward. The next time you are at the ballot box, think about which candidate and which party will be actually able to lead our nation to energy security.

The Green Party is ready for a clean energy future. Are you? Because what we have so far, just isn't working. Lets roll the film...

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