Blood Money: Part II: America, Driving the World in Reverse

Part I "Blood Money: Driving Americans into Terrorism"

Bushco has set out to make more of their "base" happy. By consuming more oil than anyone else in the world we have proven ourselves to be selfish pigs. We drive SUV's that are so big, they cause more deaths on our highways . Between the urban sprawl, and the twelve miles per gallon, how is it justified? In our current "oil crisis", we produce three times less than what we use. This should be at the forefront of Americas battle to fight the "addiction to oil", a circumstance that Bushco and his campaign contributing big business compadres put us in, and now Americans seem willing to trust enough to get us out.

The way farming practices are today, it would take 8 gallons of oil to produce 10 of corn ethanol. Whats the point? Profiteering by a couple of undesirable companies. ADM is the 56th largest company in America, one of the top ten biggest polluters in the US and ironically the largest producer of ethanol in America. Cargill is the largest privately owned company in America. Cargill's CEO recently raised the idea that maybe the focus should be placed on growing food from the land, but truth be told, they want to up their ability to produce more ethanol, making it the number 2 US producer of ethanol (currently #4). Both ADM and Cargill are being sued by the International Labor Rights Fund, charged with trafficking, torture and forced labor of children who cultivate and harvest cocoa beans in the Ivory Coast. The lawsuit said children were trafficked from Mali,into the Ivory Coast, aged twelve to fourteen beaten and forced to work 14 hour days with no pay and little food or sleep. Greenpeace is accusing both corporations of destroying the rainforest in Brazil.

Our government should stop giving tax breaks to the big oil companies, develop an electric car and a plan for recharge stations, states should be forced to provide viable public transport, end our dependance of foreign oil, and to put a fire under Americans asses to wake them up ready to enter this "war against oil", the government should be charging more at the pump. If the government wanted what was best for the people of this country these things would be in place today, Democrats and Republicans are both to blame. We drive ourselves in these mundane circles supporting terrorism, depleating the earths supply of oil, ruining our ozone, and making wealthy families more money. Drive an SUV your contributing more than someone who drives a car, and you are more to blame, it is that simple.

Only More Questions Remain

If corn ethanol uses just about the same energy to produce what it yields why did congress pass the Energy Policy Act, that calls for double the amount of ethanol in gas to 7.5 billion gallons by 2012? If Cargill and ADM are supporting child slavery then why did the president endorse their industry, making it mandatory to hire these companies to produce twice as much ethanol as they have been? Where is our progress, why does America move so slowly it goes in reverse?

Enough already, today oil rose to nearly 77 dollars a barrel, because of BP's negligence in Prudhoe Bay, Alaska. BP is the second largest oil company in the world, and earlier this year they allowed pipes to corrode, and leak, one went unnoticed for five days causing the biggest oil spill in Alaska since the
89 Exxon Valdez. BP released a statement today:
"On behalf of the BP Group, I apologize for the impact it is having on the nation and the State of Alaska."
Sure, they are sorry, but the price at the pump will be increasing because they didn't want to spend any of their massive profits on updating the oil field, because BP doesnt have to suffer, its the Alaskan environment, that they are plundering, that suffers.

Then I flipped to C-Span, where Republican
George Pataki was talking about how necessary it is for us to stop our independence on foreign oil, and to achieve that we must "open up drilling in the gulf coast", and the "Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR)". But, practically in the same breath he says oil has "undeniable ties to continued environmental degradation". Who writes this double talk out of both sides of his face? Its insane, and it mostly goes unnoticed. He also admitted the ties that bind oil, and terrorism, calling them "undeniable" as well. That is what the whole speech should have been about, that should have been the headline because that is the point that most Americans are missing.

The neo conservitive movement that currently occupies our White House has lead this country into isolation from the world, and from one another. There is so much fighting and hostility surrounding Americans, energies are anxiouse, and tempers are high, our future has become cloudy and as long as they can find a loophole they arent breaking the law. I dont think this was what the founders of this country had hoped for our future. The Constituition is lost.