Oil Addiction and Drug Addiction
Much has been written about the dangers of drug addiction and what it does to the brain. But there is another substance that does worse things to the brain of the addict. That substance is oil.
The oil addict, like the drug addict, likes to deny reality. Except that the oil addict does more to hurt others in his denial of reality than does the drug addict. And the effects on his personality is
likewise worse than that of most drugs.
The oil addict likes to aggressively deny reality that has been known to science since 1950s and that should be common sense: Namely that, when you flood the atmosphere with carbon dioxide while cutting down rainforests that absorb common dioxide, you have trouble.
The oil addict likes to claim that he has reason and rationality while he is aggressively denying this obvious reality. Then he attacks the scientists who come up with this for having been working in academic science, when without academic science he, like business and economy, would have very little of what he has.
The oil addict likes to equate the entire science of global warming, having been arrived at by tens of thousands of the world's best minds, over decades of study, practicing highest standards of integrity, with two johny-come-latelies at the UN who did their job wrong. Meanwhile he is working with an assortment of conmen, from Texas Oil that have consistently lobbied the government and deceived people to deny reality, to Christian Right that speaks ridiculously for "family values" as it hopes for an Armageddon before their children have reached maturity.
The oil addict likes to claim ridiculously to be speaking for progress and development when he is engaged in sabotaging progress in the energy sector and wants to force ongoing dependence upon outdated, polluting, destructive technologies at the expense of real progress and real development toward better technologies and better solutions.
The oil addict likes to claim ridiculously that he is engaged in production of prosperity as he stands in the way of real prosperity: Achieving present and higher levels of utility with less destructive effects.
The oil addict is aggressive, unprincipled, and malicious; a worse person than most drug addicts.
Oil is a worse drug than most drugs, and we are seeing the effects all around.