You’ve never had the pleasure of traveling with me. (OK. I’m probably choosing the wrong verb. But, I am the author and have sweeping leverage in choosing the verbs. )
I’ve stayed out of the fray for a while now. (Don’t cluck-cluck me; I really have!) Because I wanted to see what each side would really use for their arguments; you see, there is nothing that is intrinsically safe, unsafe, right, or wrong with either side’s position. No, it’s the execution that will make the difference. About what am I talking? Harvesting tar sands for oil refining and piping them thousands of miles.
The next wars will be about water and not oil. Because potable water is becoming as short in supply as any of our precious metals. It’s an issue in the Middle East. It’s an issue in Africa. It’s an issue in Asia. It’s an issue in the Western portion of the United States. It’s even an issue in Virginia and Florida.
We “know” that petroleum as a fuel source is running out. Not as fast as we once thought- only because as the price rises, sites and sources that were out of reach (economically) become more feasible. Think Athabascan tar sands, coal to gas, fracking (water fracturing of structures to release natural gas). But, we still need alternative sources, not only as a national security issue, but to reduce our carbon footprint and maintain/improve our air quality.