The news is not good. Not only are we facing a shortage of petroleum that is sending gas prices soaring, but also, as the The New York Times reported today, a shortage of fossil fuel-based fertilizers.
You’d think that we’d use this moment of scarcity to seek out better, cleaner alternatives. Sadly, America is led by ingenious types who spend their day trying to move us back to yesterday. We have Hillary Clinton and John McCain promising to suspend the federal gas tax. And we have chemical fertilizer companies working their fingers to the bone, trying to build new plants.
As for the rest of us who’d prefer not to have their air, soil, and water poisoned for other people’s profit–I believe we’re out of luck. We have no vote whatsoever.
Let 100 dead zones of algae bloom! Let the people drive SUVs! Anything to avoid change for the better! I think we were once a different kind of country.