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No need to worry about conserving oil, Trump administration says

We've not enough other resources to rely on, they claim. But what about climate change?

The US has decided that conserving oil is 'no longer an economic imperative' – a statement that's worrying a lot of people.

What it means: A lot of work has gone into setting rules and regulations which prevent us from using too much oil – one, to make sure we don't run out, and two, to protect the planet.

The Trump administration has decided that the US has now found so much natural gas, sees so much potential in fracking, and is so confident in the potential for oil alternatives to fill the gaps in the energy market, that conserving oil is actually no longer a priority.

They're basically saying they've solved the 'energy scarcity' issue by finding enough alternatives to mean we don't need to worry about using the oil too fast.

Which is fine in terms of tackling the first reason we mentioned about why we shouldn't use too much oil, but not the second: i.e., saving the planet. The government memo makes no mention of climate change, despite the fact that vehicles are the greatest cause of carbon emissions in the US. So this new relaxed attitude to using oil has got people a bit concerned.

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  • RW

    Your right to a degree. You mentioned “the wandering Jew”.

    I elaborate that the Jewish people, historically have tended to migrate almost exclusively to locations that are economically and culturally vibrant already. I would speculate that Jews have thrived in these places and have often improved the bounds of their economies and knowledge base.

    You can also ask; how many massive entertainment conglomerates, Nobel winners or billionaires has Isreal developed? If Jews are so capable, why isn’t Tel Aviv the Rome of our time?

    Jews are successful because they value education, maintain a strong social cohesive, they actively monitor and have a good sense for Zeitgeist wherever they are and they carefully choose the places they settle and congregate themselves heavily in these choice locations.

    But most importantly (haulocaust increased the importance of this aspect), they actually designed their culture for success. They not only attend Harvard, they use what they learned to better the group as a whole. With as much, they studied intricate networking systems, adapted to it and in many cases improved upon them. (See how Japan acquired Aegis warships and made them better).

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