Posted by: David McKay | May 27, 2010

BP Oil Disaster and Plastic.

There is this idea that efficiency can save millions of barrels of oil.  Here is part of a piece from

“The last time lawmakers truly freaked out about the problem of our oil dependence–when gas prices topped $4 a gallon in the summer of 2008–the Senate Energy Committee called in Skip Laitner, director of economic analysis at the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE).

The committee asked Laitner what efficiency–the famously unglamorous energy strategy–could do to relieve gas prices. He gave them an astonishing figure: It could save 46 billion barrels of oil. If the U.S. made an all-out investment in energy efficiency-cutting energy waste out of vehicles, buildings, the electrical grid, and elsewhere in the economy–Laitner believes it could save the energy equivalent of 46 billion barrels by 2030.

Domestic offshore drilling produced 537 million barrels a year over the last nine years, according to the Minerals Management Service. A full-bore efficiency plan would save the equivalent of 85 years of offshore drilling.”

Why do the rich run the country?  Do they have the sense to turn the heat down?  They’re rich!  They don’t think of that kind of thing — they don’t need to.  Money insulates them from reality.

If we stop using single-use plastics, especially grocery bags and water bottles, we could save an amount that makes my head hurt trying to figure out.  There are millions of barrels of oil involved, I know that much.

I suppose I ought to write a letter to Skip Laitner over at the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy asking them if they know how many millions of barrels of oil are involved.

Not using single-use plastics has nothing (and everything) to do with efficiency — it is just common sense.

It is a waste.

I am studying to be a teacher.  What lesson is taught by doing nothing about something that needs doing?

Responsibility is not convenient — it’s necessary.

Rethink.  Refuse.  Reduce.  Reuse.

Oh — I sent the ACEEE a letter asking them if they had an answer for me.  I will let you know what they say, if and when they respond.


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