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[–]i_cansmellthat[S] 3 insightful - 1 funny3 insightful - 0 funny4 insightful - 1 funny -  (3 children)

Found this through the AMA on reddit with James Corbett. Hadn't delved into big oil much, was not only eye opening but good for those with little to no knowledge on the subject. Seems to be the heart of many conspiracies, maybe?

[–]Vaxthrul 4 insightful - 1 funny4 insightful - 0 funny5 insightful - 1 funny -  (2 children)

I would think it has to be, we're reliant on a source of energy that we can tell, as lay people, we've advanced past. With proper funding, or government subsidization, renewable fuels could possibly have taken over until truly green energy was accomplished. We use oil in nearly all parts of food consumption, transportation, and pretty much everything else. Lots of people would stand to loose lots of jobs, but more importantly the people in power would lose comfy seats to newcomers from a competing energy source, which leads me to believe the government participates, after all - "better the devil you know than the devil you don't"

[–]OodlesOfNoodles 1 insightful - 1 funny1 insightful - 0 funny2 insightful - 1 funny -  (1 child)

We use oil in nearly all parts of food consumption, transportation, and pretty much everything else.

I got these cheap rugs from Walmart (I know, I know). I looked up the fabric online because I'd never heard of it before. Gross, it's a byproduct of the petrochemical industry. Eeewww. I'll be more careful with my rug, clothing, and everything else on your list purchases from now on. I wonder if there are people in the 'first world' that manage to ever get all of it out of their lives, or do you think it's impossible?

[–]Vaxthrul 2 insightful - 1 funny2 insightful - 0 funny3 insightful - 1 funny -  (0 children)

I highly doubt that it's possible, they have made us rely on these products for our lives, and combated alternative products so that they are either more expensive (think bamboo sheets, rather than your traditional sheets) or are not available.

Also, plastics are made from parts of crude oil, and themselves are harmful, but who doesn't use plastics at the very least daily?

Can we? Yes. May we? well, the powers that be seem to have said NO.