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Hello, Darkness, My Old Friend

Monday, February 17, 2020 11:00 AM | Texas Energy Advocates Coalition (TEAC) (Administrator)

If you work for the fossil fuel industry, thank you. Whether people realize it or not, they appreciate all your hard work. Sometimes it isn’t until something is taken away that it is truly appreciated. Perhaps it should be mandated for everyone to try living one week without using, wearing, or eating one thing derived from fossil fuels. I doubt many would make it through the first day.

Rise and shine!

Those participating in this experiment will need to wake up without the aid of an alarm clock, phone, or tablet. All of these have parts derived from the fossil fuel industry, and they left the factory on gas or diesel-powered vehicles. Once awake, toothpaste, toothbrushes, and toothpaste are off-limits. Likewise deodorant and many make-ups. Be careful with what you wear: spandex, nylon, polyester, and acrylic made fabrics have to stay in the closet.

Off to work we go, or not

You won’t be able to drive or ride to work, even in an electric car. As computers, tablets and phones are off-limits also. Sorry, no bikes - rubber tires. That goes the same for sneakers.

If you make it to work, I hope you work in a room with lots of windows. Right now, only about 17% of American electricity comes from renewable energy sources. And if we’re going to play this experiment fair, those renewable sources are also off-limits. Many components in solar panels and wind turbines are only available because of fossil fuels. Since most farms use petroleum-based fertilizers, you will need to be extra careful what you eat on your meal breaks. And for your other breaks, make sure you don’t have one of those plastic toilet seats, or that any of the pipes are plastic. And if your toilet paper made it to the store on a truck, best leave it there.

Watch your step

Hopefully, you’ll make it back home again without incident; because if you have to go to the hospital almost all of the equipment there will be useless to you. No syringes, tubing, machines or monitors, latex gloves, you get the idea. 

If it all becomes too much, and you just want to go back to bed, make sure your sheets, pillowcases, pillows, and mattress aren’t thanks to the fossil fuel industry. Maybe just sleep on the floor, but make sure it isn’t anything other than plain wooden planks that were sawed by hand from trees chopped down by a man with an ax and transported by horse. And the horse would have to stick to dirt roads since most roads are made with bitumen, a petroleum product.

You can always protest the experiment, but don’t make any signs to hold up. The ink and the pens come from the industry. Good luck!


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