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Much oil is also used for heating, especially during winter. Therefore, new commitments toward researching, developing, and making available, on a large scale, alternative sources of heating must be made, and this time kept, as well.


To try seriously, however, to identify and describe one core "solution" to oil dependency; that is both untested and would nevertheless work, in this author's opinion, is (and especially given even the current extent of research and understanding into the gnarly depth of the problem and its myriad continuing causes) not only a fruitless exercise, but extremely naive. Instead, the answer lies in not one solution but combinations of many: starting with will; and continuing (perhaps indefinitely) with persistence, patience, personal and public sacrifice; and a loss of national hedonism; self-centeredness; arrogance, and a sense of personal and national entitlement. All of this, in combination, albeit gradually, could still, if the will were to exist in the future, begin to solve the problem.

An attitude of true and sustained gravitas vis-a-vis this global problem, however, must exist beforehand, however, as the condition of possibility for any real solutions to ever occur. New laws and increased public awareness will help, but insufficiently. And any "solution is a band-aid one only, if the very foundations of greed, power, and enormous political and corporate corruption in America and elsewhere, are no longer just palliated, but instead - this time -with the entire planet now at serious risk - destroyed for good.

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Awareness would, however, soon fade within the national consciousness in general, however, once the crisis of 1973 passed. Therefore, and also 33 years later, our continued dependency on oil, and Arab oil in particular has not ceased but in fact has substantially increased instead. Our current oil dependency might well have been a problem of the past by now, though, had the Western world truly begun, subsequent to 1973, and continued on throughout the past several decades, to make sustained efforts to free itself of oil dependency. The United States still is and was for all that time the foremost consumer globally of oil.

Now, however, at the start of the 21st century, nations like China and India are beginning to catch up with the U.S. In terms of their own increased automobile use and other signs of what used to be "Western development" only. As even the current President Bush now admits, for instance: In a dynamic world economy, we are seeing new competitors, like China and India, and this creates uncertainty, which makes it easier to feed people's fears (Bush, State of the Union Speech January 31, 2006).

Such progress by these huge nations (and others) merely underscores the current need for America in particular to finally and definitively wean itself away from oil usage.

Mt. Kilimanjaro (now without snow) is located in northern Tanzania, where a number of lakes and rivers have also been reported as having dried up within the past decade as well due to global warming (An Inconvenient Truth).

Hemingway, Ernest, "The Snows of Kilimanjaro," The Norton Anthology of American Literature, 6th ed, Vol. D., Nina Baym et al. (Eds.). New York: Norton, July 2002. 1848-1864.

In the 2006 documentary Who Killed the Electric Car, the filmmaker traces California state and national interferences with its production and availability. In essence, the electric car, developed and produced on a small scale by General Motors in the 1990's, was quietly "killed," early in its very brief life, despite the enormous enthusiasm for it of those few who were able to very briefly own one. The killers: (1) car companies, especially based on concern that their repair shops in particular would lose money; (2) ruthless and ambitious California politicians; (3) ruthless and ambitious Washington politicians; (4) oil interests; (5) GM then-executives (acquiescing to all of the above). This has been one fledgling attempt to solve the oil dependency problem. It did not work; however, because it was killed by greed.[continue]

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