The discussion about the Lochsa River corridor has reached its limit. The reason I say that is that logic has been lost in the emotion over "Big Oil
." Even the name of the thread suggests that what is being opposed is not the transportation of big things, but rather anything
connected with Big Oil
So to make things clearer, I'm starting two new threads. This one gives you a chance to tell us why you hate Big Oil
and what you're going to do about it. The other will deal with oversize loads on public highways.
To get things started here, I hate Big Oil
because . . . uh. Well, actually I don't hate big oil
, but I know that a lot of people do. They hate it because its big. They hate it because it makes us pollute. They hate it because of global warming. Or global climate change. Whatever. They hate it because of oil spills. They hate it because it feeds The Rich
, whom they hate even more than Big Oil
. I get it.
But for the sake of argument, I'll hate Big Oil
today. And because I hate Big Oil
, I want to boycott their products so that they will go out of business and stop spoiling the earth.
I should start by shutting off the heat to my house. It's not oil heat; but it's natural gas, and everyone knows that the gas companies are in bed with Big Oil
. Maybe I can keep warm by wearing a knitted wool jumpsuit. I'd like to shut off the electricity too, because a lot of electricity is generated by burning "fossil fuels," which is code for Big Oil
. But then I couldn't use my computer. Damn!
Okay, well here's something I can do. I can get rid of my F150 and buy a more eco-friendly vehicle, like this one, made of woven bamboo.
It gets great mileage, and it runs on ethanol from soy beans and rice.
Okay, now for some reality. My F150 burns a gallon of gas every 12 miles. But it carries six people to the river, towing a trailer loaded with three rafts and all of their gear. It will take three of the bamboo wagons to accomplish the same thing. All together, they'll burn a gallon of ethanol every 10 miles. I wonder how much fossil fuel was consumed in growing the soy beans and making them into ethanol?
Oh, and then there's the shuttle. A Main Salmon shuttle is $365 per vehicle this year. That's $365 for my F150, or $1095 for three of the bamboo wagons. Hmm. This isn't looking so good.
And THAT is why I don't hate Big Oil