OPINION: How About If We Don’t Just Use Up Oil, We Treat It Like We Treat Plants or Water — It’s Just Nature

The oil spill disaster in the Gulf of Mexico forced an entirely new perspective on the sacred American commodity of oil. Oil is a valuable resource, of course, but it also has a ton of negative fallout associated with it. As an American citizen, I find it to be a bit hypocritical to paint the image of oil that we currently have in our country. To paint the image of oil as being purely negative is to forget its value. It is like painting a mountain with the exact same color of paint, the image is only negative; oil is the color it is due to the particular conditions in which we live in this country. It’s given to us by nature, and we have an obligation to harvest and use it to its fullest potential.

And now, it is being touted as a luxury item that not only benefits Americans, but also benefits ourselves: We now have a new high-end cable television channel, CNNgo, available for streaming on computers, tablets, and smart TVs.

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I’m not arguing that oil isn’t in itself a resource that we ought to exploit. It is, after all, a pretty powerful and pretty expensive thing. But oil is also a resource that we can’t harness. We know this from the fact that oil is 100 percent used up and consumes nothing in its recycling process. Yet, we continue to exploit it and consume it in every different way. We even go out of our way to degrade it. Oil is a renewable resource, but it’s also a finite resource. I often like to ask my friends what kind of planet they want to leave their kids. Did they want a planet they can use their hard-earned money to capture and use up once, or one that they can store like stock of bottled water or lentils and then eventually destroy or expunge through some environmental crisis?

I’m sure that oil exporters like Saudi Arabia would have us believe that they have no problem disposing of crude oil to oil companies. Instead, I believe that this is the easier way out. There are over a million oil wells in Saudi Arabia. Shale oil in the United States was difficult to extract and expensive to refine, so the Saudis saw there was a possible loophole in their restrictive work laws. The whole oil crisis, I would argue, occurred because of their incompetence. They committed market manipulation. They’re now in financial trouble, and they see that petroleum prices are way down. They really didn’t intend to do the damage they have been doing to the world economy. Yet they’re doing it anyways. They can’t figure out a better way, so they simply keep pushing our economy down to the point that there’s nowhere to go but down.

I read the book “America’s Oil Crisis” by the writer S.E. Cupp in high school and decided to read the ebook “America’s Oil Disaster” by the writer Cid Brunet in college to get a better understanding of oil in general. If Cupp and Brunet ended up being right, it would be cause for serious concern. Would the current global financial crisis have been avoided, or would the ongoing human tragedy have been avoided because of their invention? I might have to say that both projects were ultimately right, but what I come away with is that we are going to have to figure out how to save our planet and ourselves from the effects of global warming. Oil is a finite resource, and it’s just as bad as our president tells us.

Spencer Heritage, D.O., is the senior vice president of Marketology, Inc. His New York Times best-selling business book The Success Doctrine: How to Win at Business and Life is now available in softcover and audio versions. For more information about Spencer, visit www.spencerheritage.com.

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