Quote: Originally Posted by Cliffy
It is difficult to watch the endless and mindless flow of traffic, especially in big cities, and think that big oil is completely to blame. I think that all the accusations aimed at big oil are justified but ultimately the blame lies with the consumer, especially the consumer that points his finger at big oil. I put in less than $20 of gas in my car every month. I walk and ride my bike most of the time, so I have very little sympathy for those who bemoan the actions of big oil while driving their car to the corner grocery store.
Anytime I try to point out the ways oil isn't always to blame, I get the 'oh you're from alberta and love oil' argument.
What I find funny is that among the people I know, my hubby and I are among the 'greenest'. We saw long ago the idiocy of driving the 3/4 ton truck to take the kids to kindergarten, the pointlessness of having to have that truck to pull a 5th wheel just so we could always have all our creature comforts with us. We've cut down our consumption as far as we can while still letting the kids be in after school activities and visit family up north, but, we don't 'go for sunday drives', wasting gas for no reason.
Why are we more energy conscious? Because my hubby DOES work in the patch. He's been doused in the frac fluid, he knows damn well it's not good stuff. He's seen blow outs and spills. And he recognizes that the industry IS consumer driven... people scream very loudly when there's no fuel at the pumps, or no gas flowing to their houses that they keep heated to 23 degrees with a window left open for fresh air.
What we also seem aware of though, that so many people miss, is that they didn't go find a bunch of soulless trolls to work in the industry. There are environmentally conscious men like my husband who, no, don't like to just **** on mother nature. They do try to prevent these issues.