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A war on stupidity

By Staff | Jun 23, 2010

To the editor,

We live in a nation of morons who just don’t get it that running on oil just doesn’t work. Everyone expects that somehow President Obama is going to waive a magic wand and the oil spill is going to go away, the coast will be clean, and the fishermen are going to start fishing again.

People think that maybe if we give Obama the authority of a king, or maybe if we nuke the hole, that everything is somehow going to fix itself. It’s not going to happen. It’s time to get off of oil because this spill has proven that oil no longer works.

How many spills do we have to have before we stop drilling for oil? How many wars for oil do we have to fight before we get it. Politicians are crying over the drilling moratorium because 150,000 oil workers might lose their jobs. Good I say!

Every oil worker needs to be looking for a new job. We are a country in deep denial and quite frankly I hope the oil keeps spilling until America finally gets it. Until we get serious about wind and solar energy. We can, for some time run off of natural gas and coal, but we are officially out of safe oil and we need to stop drilling for it.

So I hope the spill keeps spilling until the last politician in the pocket of big oil gets on the side of the people. I hope it gushes until the last Tea Bagger stops saying "Drill Baby Drill". America has turned its back on reality and reality has been tapping us on the shoulder trying to get our attention. Now reality has whopped us up side the head. America needs to get right with reality.

We need to run our trucks on natural gas. We need to run our cars on electricity. We need to start making diesel fuel out of coal. We need to upgrade the electrical grid. We need to do nuclear if we can do it safely. And we need most of all to convert to solar, wind, and hydroelectric to ensure that we have clean energy for tomorrow.

And most of all, we need to have a war on stupidity, because being a nation or morons is a luxury we can no longer afford.

Marc Perkel

Gilroy, Calif.