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KittyWampus Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-27-05 02:19 PM
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What Power Or Group Is Capable Of Taking On Big Oil?
Edited on Sat Aug-27-05 02:24 PM by cryingshame
now most DU'ers would agree that the Petroleum Industry pretty much controls our government and how the entire country operates. From how we fuel our transportation on all levels and heat our homes etc.

We'd probably agree that Petroleum has lied to the public and has thrown obstacles in the path of Green Technology.

My question:

Who can take on Petroleum?

Is it impossible to educate American citizens/consumers?

What 'endgame' do you think Petroleum has in mind as Peak Oil looms in the near future?
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slor Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-27-05 02:19 PM
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1. We the People!
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FlemingsGhost Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-27-05 02:21 PM
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2. Mother Nature
Soon enough, there will be no more oil.

Say good-bye to the likes of BushCo. ...
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KittyWampus Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-27-05 02:23 PM
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3. don't you think Petroleum has an end game in mind?
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wli Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-27-05 02:35 PM
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4. I don't expect to live to see the answer.
My guess is that their arsenal of alternative energy patents/etc. will get rolled out, but only for the rich. Everyone else will be slave labor in Guantanamo-like prison camps.
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Drum Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-27-05 02:36 PM
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5. only little consumers can...
and in our selfish materialistic culture, it's a way-uphill battle to roust anyone from their comfy lifestyle in the way the colonists of 1770s were able to boycott overtaxed British goods.
Ya gotta hit 'em in the wallets and share-prices, and I see no signs of our country having the discipline to resist our retail impulses...just look at the percentage of people's spending vs savings. We're all mortgaged to big oil, in some way or other, through our bloated dependency on toys and status. Much "wailing and gnashing of teeth," but no one wants to make the hard choices. We've been freed of the concept of sacrifice, and now are trapped in our own gilded cage.
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Joanne98 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-27-05 02:38 PM
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6. Inventing products to make oil WORTHLESS. Is the only way.
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skids Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-27-05 03:00 PM
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7. The drug cartels.

:evilgrin:

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Tallison Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-28-05 08:31 AM
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9. True, unfortunately
Now imagine if we were to legalize marijuana, at least, and conduit the profits toward undermining big oil and the tax revenue toward health care subsidization.
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Kolesar Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-28-05 08:24 AM
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8. Consumers
Nobody loves Exxon and Amoco
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Orsino Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-28-05 08:34 AM
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10. Endgame: Three kinds of people...
those living in the dome, those who get to work in the dome, and those left outside.
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OrlandoGator Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-28-05 08:35 AM
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11. Scientific development that renders oil obsolete.
n/t
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