Friday, April 22, 2011

Earth Day

Happy Earth Day everyone. With the price of gas nearing an average of $4/gallon and the one year anniversary of the nation's worst oil spill in the news, one would think we would be having serious discussions of alternative energy and weening ourselves and the planet from its petroleum addiction. Yet, we're not.

What would be necessary for this? It seemed that the popularization of the science behind global warming was starting to give rise to the discussion -- the notion of carbon footprint, at least, became part of the cultural consciousness. But even here, the conversation seems to have faded.

What do we need to get the ball rolling once more? Or is it something that we need to have a Manhattan Project type push on? Is it something that will slowly seep its way into culture one small step at a time?