Wednesday, May 26, 2010

The EEStor Blogger on British Petroleum Oil Spill: "I will accept responsibility."

The tremendously horrible BP oil disaster appears to be getting worse and worse every day.  People are understandably starting to get angry....very angry.  One thing about angry people is they loooove! to let everyone else know how angry they are.  Occasionally, this anger has been interrupted by reason which culminates in what I take to be some of the most fascinating finger pointing I've ever seen in my whole life on any topic across the board.  Who is responsible for this oil catastrophe?  Who will pay for it?  Who will fix it?  What new regulations will prevent it?  Etc etc.   If your livelihood has been disrupted by this event, you are rightly mad as hell. No question.

Everyone knows that BP and their contractors like Halliburton are directly responsible for whatever went wrong out there that lead to the oil gusher.  But the distributed responsibility is actually more interesting to me.   President Obama,  Dick Cheney,  various government bureaucrats, policies advanced by Democrats, Republicans, multinational corporations, the dinosaurs,  etc etc.   It's not surprising that finally someone's head popped off and some of the blame was cast on EEStor for moving too slowly or operating in unAmerican stealth mode.

This finger pointing is great theatre. And it will undoubtedly lead to more work for government bureaucrats which may or may not improve our chance of avoiding a future similar event.  But after we've all come out of shock and we realize that no matter how sound our logic is for pinning responsibility on some one or some organization, a simple truth should be brought forward.   To help this process along, I'm just going to be blunt:

The oil catastrophe is my fault.  I take responsibility.

No, I don't work for BP or the Department of the Interior or for any political group or multinational corporation.  I am simply a consumer of filthy dirty oil and because it's cheap and readily available for me, I consume it all the time--lots of it.  I own and operate large vehicles and use oil like I paid for an all you can eat buffet of it.    I never stop to think about where it comes from and how it's become increasingly difficult to obtain.   The thought that innocent and friendly little cute sea animals are being killed or harmed doesn't even occur to me.  And so, it's apparent that this terrible event unfolding now in the gulf of mexico is very closely linked to my behavior.   The good news is I am not alone.  It's your fault too.  I would argue it's more your fault than mine.  Nah, kidding.    The truth is, the cost of paying for this problem is one we all share.   (And would people please stop insisting that BP will be paying for all of this. They won't!  All of the oil companies will raise their prices and that revenue will come from me and you--so we will be paying for it. )

But, if you think about it, it's not really my lifestyle or habits that increase my responsibility. It's rather my ineffective and limited demands for an alternative.   I do not think governments can innovate well but I do believe they can create policies which reward innovation.   (giving billions of dollars to politically connected venture capital firms is not the solution, either).  My failure is as a citizen is for not seeking policy improvements to eliminate our need for oil.    We're all guilty of this.   Newsflash:  acquiring oil is inherently risky to a great many things we hold dear such as our seafood and beaches...and economy and security.

 So, now that I've accepted responsibility, here's what I'm going to do next.   Nothing.   That's how I handle most of these issues that arise from time to time.  Are you like me?  Probably.   But, if someone can show me something useful to do, I'm all ears.     But there is something coming which could create an opportunity for some activism.   Yes, I'm talking about EEStor.

IF and WHEN EEStor emerges from the bat cave in Cedar Park,  the capability they will be bringing forward could use policy enhancements to accelerate.   We need aggressive phasing out of oil and combustion engines and coal and nuclear and chemical batteries (like lithium ion) and everything else that has a disposal cost we can't calculate due to our limited life spans.    Now, that is something I would paint my chest and march along a boulevard or even jog naked with a bag over my head were the opportunity to arise to do so without being arrested (actually, I'm not that comfortable with my body--sorry, not an option).   That's another thing.  Right now,  everyone thinks we'll get to a point where once EESU appears,  we'll be like, oh, EESU is will sell help needed.  WRONG.   Adoption of this technology is going to be challenged, taxed, blocked, attacked, etc etc.   It's not going to be a rosy, easy path forward.  It might cause a war or two even.  Mark my words.   Some of the obstacles will stem from ignorance.  Some of it will be political posturing.  Some of it will be pure evil greed.   If you think the propaganda posted all over the Internet about EEStor being a scam is a significant effort, you haven't seen anything yet.     There are a good many vectors to attack EEStor and anyone who supports them.   So be ready.  Maybe put on a soldier's hard hat and stow away a few days of fresh drinking water.  I don't know. But it's coming.


(Note: this muaha deliberately shortened due to the gravity of the event here covered.)

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John said...

This decade?

aaron said...

If you accept responsibility, thats nice. Doesn't solve anything.

Why dont you do something useful with your compelling and influencial blogging abilities for support of sustainable nuclear power (LFTR, WAVE) etc. etc. Nuclear power AFAIK has never caused any deaths in the US.
Oh wait, I know why you wont do that. Because you have tied your busted wagon to the eestor train.

El Kabong said...

I don't believe it was in reference to an oil spill or a nuclear power plant disater like Chernobyl, but a brilliant man once said, "Anybody can become angry, that is easy; but to be angry with the right person, and to the right degree, and at the right time, and for the right purpose, and in the right way, that is not within everybody’s power, that is not easy." - Aristotle.

Now, what would REALLY make me upset would be to find out that EESTOR's Mr. Weir had accepted a sum of money for his patents and no longer had any intention of producing the device. His complete silence with this regard is very disturbing, since there were enough third parties confirming the gizmo to make its existence credible. Did he reach a point of development to trigger a huge buy out offer from the auto and oil folks?

If that did happen, we would hear exactly what we're hearing now... total deafening silence and that thought angers me.

Toadman555 said...

So is this eestor thing a dead issue?Look i want this to happen just like everyone here but i just dont think its going to.Why?not because the tech. doesn't exist but because if and when its ever put together someone will drive a dump truck full of money and empty it out on Mr.Weir lawn and that will be the end of it.Dont be mad at him for doing it because anyone here would do the same thing.He will disappear to some corner of the world and not have to worry about oil and the environment or anything else.And if its not the money then the powers that be will threaten him if his lively hood or something worse.There is just too much money at stake.....this will never happen in our life time.Greed is what rules this but that's reality.

B said...

I'll take nuclear over coal all day long but wind & solar would be better.

Aristotle: phronesis.

Toadman: Dick's out to save the world, not contribute to it's destruction at the right price.

aaron said...

100 grams of thorium = your entire lifetime energy usage. If that doesn't blow your mind.....

Chew on that.

El Kabong said...

Alas B, this process has been more frenetic than phronetic... yet worth the effort I believe.