Sucking on the tail pipe
Let’s say the healthiest guy or gal with huge lung capacity wraps their lips around the exhaust pipe of a car or four wheeler. In their free hands is a huge stack of $100 bills. As they breath deep they’re passing money to a guy in a suit who keeps pumping more gas into the tank. Any wagers on how long the sucker survives?
This, of course, is ludicrous. On another level, you might be able to argue that humans have been hitting the fossil fuel bong for around 200 years since the industrial revolution. The burning of fossil fuels and their use in a mind boggling amount of products we use today has contributed to some of the most awe striking growth and change since the 19th century.
Alaska’s own fossil fuel deposits have been a boom. Money from oil and gas has brought jobs, broadened and strengthened the economy and built up the funding reserves to payout around a thousand dollars a year to each and every Alaskan. Investments nation wide in fossil fuels have consistently returned more for pension and stock investors than many other investments.
Who wouldn’t jump in line to hit that money polluting bong?
But it’s time to move on. We need to adjust our investments and our outlook on what is important. For every new fossil fuel bong hit investment, we must tie that commitment with investments and advancements in cleaner, greener and more sustainable energy sources.
University of Alaska Greener Bong Hits
AKCenezo is full of stolen ideas from folks much smarter and brighter than this one person showboat. That’s why we are pushing for people to sign onto a petition to end the University of Alaska’s investments in Fossil Fuels in the next five years. Sign the petition here.
On similar notes, keep in mind that the University of Alaska Fairbanks is going to have to deal with upgrading their heating system that is reaching end of life. Is there anyway that UAF students, faculty, and staff can get commitments that the new heating system will incorporate major and meaningful energy efficiencies and outlooks towards utilizing greener energy sources?
Additionally, the state of Alaska spends around $2 Billion dollars in capital funds – how much of the building and maintaing dollars are being tied towards, again, greener, cleaner and more sustainable energy sources and efficiency upgrades?
There must be an obsessive quality in looking at implementing decisions, small and large, that deal with energy usage and fossil fuel investments and development.
56% of Alaska’s revenues were made up of oil money in FY2012. If we knew that fossil fuels lasted forever and did not contribute at all, in any fashion, to general pollution of our oceans and environment to say nothing of greenhouse gases – this figure would not be troubling.
As it stands, the car is running and if we’re not sucking on the tail pipe, we’re sitting in our garage, in our cars, trying to figure out what to do.