... okay so I am not 'dissing' the person I am about to write about.. just so he knows in case he ever manages to read my blog LOL. I am just trying to understand his logic, his reasonings....
My bf and I were having a little half joking, half point-making discussion about gas, oil, etc. the person in question was talking about how in 1986 Mercedes had a car that ran on salt water, yet all these years later we are still using gasoline. He said something about it angers him that he still has to go to the pump and use gas instead....
First off, no one HAS to gas up. No one HAS to own a car. I don't drive. I take the bus sometimes, my bf picks me up from work sometimes, but usually I walk. By far most of the time I walk. I even walk to get groceries a lot and put them in the stroller. Blah blah blah. Walk walk walk.
And yet I would like to discuss one day about how this other person has bought a few cars, even recently. Old cars, newer cars. As in owning them all at once. And drives them. Yeah he can only drive one car at a time, but still... if you are going to make comments about Big Oil, talk about fresh air being a precious commodity, whether it's tongue-in-cheek or not, why on earth would you be all excited about buying up old cars that are even worse with emissions that newer cars?? I really don't get that. Even just to tinker with and only drive once a year, what is the point if the whole industry is polluting the planet? Why not show your outrage by NOT buying them?
I see this happening SO much. People complaining or disliking how we 'rely' on oil, but they do virtually nothing to at least lessen their own personal reliance on it. In fact, many seem to go over the top like maybe al gore and him owning, allegedly, one of the least enviro-friendly private planes, buying up huge mansions when he already owns several homes, etc. What sense does that make?
It seems to me that if a person was seriously concerned with the environment, they would live their lives accordingly but I see very few who do!!! Not including those who are forced to live that way due to region/financial situation/etc. I mean those who protest the loudest and then get in their car and drive away. It really does irk me sometimes.
The person I am talking about is a very cool artist. I like a lot of what I have seen of his work. But he also gets things delivered from the US, from Toronto (to saskatchewan), etc. Meaning, factories creating his canvases, trucks and maybe even planes transporting his supplies... I'm not saying he shouldn't, but I am saying that if a person does not want to be so reliant on fossil fuels, why are they not showing it as much? I've seen comments about buying MEXX clothing for the kids - why not hand me downs or cheaper brands? Why buy ones that are made in various factories and transported thousands of miles? It all seems like irony to me, or a case of double standards. If people are as concerned as they say in general, why don't they prove it to big companies by not buying new clothing etc as much as possible but instead buy used or home made? The stores would eventually get the hint after their sales dropped. but no.... it doesn't seem to happen that much, does it?
I support the oil industry, although I wish they would smarten up and stop giving others an excuse to vilify them - yet I seem to live a lower-emissions lifestyle than those who do NOT support the oil industry. WTF? Seriously - that makes no sense. I joked that since I walk most of the time, the only emissions I produce depend on what I have for supper LOL. But really- come on - show everyone how many old cars you have managed to get, call them your 'babies', and then complain about 'having' to fill them up with gas?? I am baffled. No one HAS to fill their car with gas. No one HAS to buy up old cars for fun. No one HAS to do any of that --- so why not show your love for the enviroment more in your own personal life? It does not compute in my brain at all I'm afraid.