Green deals are popping up like dandelions. Left-leaning folks are ready to downright ban oil. No more fossil fuels! No more fracking! To be responsibly green, we will need to do a lot more than what is common sense like investing in clean, effective and useful transit systems.
Aside from the question whether we need to anticipate flying in solar-powered airplanes, we also need to reflect on how many things around the house we will need to replace when oil becomes prohibitively expensive or just plain unavailable.
Of course, our toddler’s toys, eating utensils, backyard kiddie pool, and playground slides will need to go away. Disposable diapers will be a problem — outer shell is plastic. Crayons — oil based.
Also to depart will be the cheap bag of fertilizer we use for our potted plants. Inexpensive T-shirts will need to be replaced by cotton or maybe even Irish linen. Regarding shoes, we will have to face a huge dilemma, since the alternative to synthetic might be leather from little innocent cows.
Vaseline, lipstick, nail polish — all petroleum based.
So, when a candidate for office says at a neighborhood town hall that she would suspend all fossil fuel drilling leases for offshore and public lands, start worrying about all those T-shits and sneakers.
Oh, but wait, the U.S. imports like 70% of all that stuff anyway, so we would not need domestic oil, right? Other countries can increase their oil production to make up for the U.S. decrease, no? Oh, that will fight global warming how, again?