If there’s anything that frightens the bejeebus out of a lot of people on the far right, it’s a fear that the tactics of environmentalists will destroy capitalism and have communism marching to our doorsteps.
That some people haven’t left the days of the red scare is not so surprising to me, yet it’s a little annoying. There are about five countries in the world (China, Cuba, Vietnam, Laos, and North Korea) that are still fully communist, and the first is more authoritarian capitalist than anything else these days.
But ignoring that whole side of things, there are ways to get cleaner fuel and energy without destroying the economy.
First and foremost, the oil companies need to invest into research into alternate fuels. I’ve said this before, and I still stand by it now. That’s the first step: research and develop alternative fuels, and then offer them. And not just new fuels, but also choices for electricity.
The next step is done by us, the consumers. With all that new choice, the people will be able to choose which fuels they want to use. And isn’t that what the conservatives want? A free market system? A democracy of the wallet?
Seems quite simple, doesn’t it? It’s basically the same thing we’re doing now, isn’t it? You’d think so, but it’s my opinion that as long as the oil companies are reaping huge profits on oil, that much serious development on alternative fuels and electricity sources won’t be done.
So, going back to the free market, I think the people need to start demanding it, specifically before gas reaches $6.00 a gallon everywhere. It’s simple supply and demand, but rather than waiting for the supply of oil to dry up enough that it’s scarce for all, lets do something now.
1) Oil companies: Invest for research and development of alternative fuel technologies and infrastructures. It’s good for your future.
2) People: Demand this to happen, before you start paying lot of money for gas.
And, voila. Helping the planet, and keeping capitalism nice and strong.