Tuesday, July 1, 2008


I started out reading about a huge oil field in Saudi Arabia.

The Times front page story reads:

Khurais, about 90 miles east of Riyadh, the Saudi capital, is one of the planet’s last giant oil fields. The Saudis say that it holds 27 billion barrels of oil — more oil than all the proven reserves of the United States — and that it will significantly bolster the kingdom’s production capacity once it starts pumping a year from now, easing global need.

It gets tiring -- listing to my own voice sometimes -- and sometimes it gets tiring listening to the collective voice of our society.

Maybe it's the current language of reporters to report everything in relation to the current crisis. We need to find a new language -- a new perspective -- for the change we are undertaking...

Easing global need.

Can you ease need?
Maybe you ease desire...
Maybe you can ease the cost momentarily...
Maybe you comfort yourself for an an instant. Maybe it makes sense that we look to what we know where we come from for some respite -- even if we know it isn't really any help at all.

In the meantime, back in the Virgin Islands, plans for a carbon free resort are in the works. An article in the International Herald Tribune reports:

"'It is actually inexcusable for the Caribbean to need to use dirty fuels anymore when it has all these natural resources on its doorstep,' said Richard Branson, after pointing out Necker Island's thatched-hut villas, cascading infinity pools and a pond occupied by pink flamingos."

And that's the kind of language we need too -- inexcusable -- natural resources --

"Earlier this year, Branson's Virgin Atlantic carried out the world's first flight of a commercial aircraft powered with biofuel in an effort to show it can produce less carbon dioxide than normal jet fuels. The flight was partially fueled with a biofuel mixture of coconut and babassu oil (from a type of palm nut) in one of its four main fuel tanks.

Branson said he believes soaring global oil prices can be the catalyst to spur governments worldwide to develop their own eco-projects."

Catalyst. Spur.

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