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Reflecting on the Tragedy in Japan
March 11, 2011, 7:32 pm
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Our hearts, prayers and condolences go out to our Japanese friends.  The earthquakes in Haiti, New Zealand and now Japan remind us how fragile life is.

Haiti is relatively close to the Gulf of Mexico. What would happen if seismic activity caused the opening of hundreds of offshore oil wells in the Gulf?  We saw the devastation caused by just one.  How would we shut off hundreds of wells?  What would be the consequence?  I think you know the answer.  And oil prices rise as we are held hostage to the plight of unstable governments.

Is nuclear the long term solution to oil? If you listen to Led Zeppelin’s “Whole Lotta Love” carefully, the real lyrics are: “Baby you need coolant…baby I ain’t foolin’.”  Now we hold our breath to see if Japanese nuclear power plants confronted by earthquakes and tsunamis will leak radiation.

Wind and solar energy are abundant without the risk factors.

So what is our energy policy? Well, as my beautiful father would have said, “The lunatics are running the insane asylum!”

BY BOB STEIN, CO-FOUNDER OF ORGANICALLY GROWN

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As Egypt Changes, So Should Our Energy Portfolio

Former chairman of Exxon Mobil, Lee Raymond, said that US energy independence is not the mission, because all countries are inter-dependent, meaning that if one regional economy suffers an energy shortage, it affects the entire world.

What is our energy policy? Opposing energy industries, such as oil, coal, solar, wind, hydrogen, corn, and nuclear are battling it out with lobbyists and television commercials, trying to win the hearts and minds of the people. Logically, we should be moving towards the use of non-polluting alternative fuels that have a lesser impact on the earth.

This week’s events in Tunisia and Egypt exemplify why our energy needs should not continue to be at the mercy of a precarious Middle East.

BY BOB STEIN, CO-FOUNDER OF ORGANICALLY GROWN