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Fuelled by Greed The Oil Crisis and Alternative Energy Ideas According to a study done for Environment Canada a large oil spill can be expected to hit in or near Canadian waters every one to two years The question of whos to blame for these oil spills is often answered improperly Considering that most oil is intended for the use in our vehicles an ad from Greenpeace quoted by Gordon and Suzuki 1990 pointed the finger rather precisely Under the picture of the Exxon Valdezs captain a caption read It wasnt his driving that caused the oil spill it was yours Our consumer society which is driven by economic gain often leads to the detrimental effects of oil production in our world today Despite alternatives to oil our affluence obliviousness to alternative energy and extreme dependence on this energy source allow economic greed to further the depletion of this precious fossil fuel We live in a fast paced society that is preoccupied with affluence This contributes to the depletion of our oil reserves day by day Most of the oil that is produced is intended for use in the transportation sector - cars trains airplanes and buses In North America we are used to getting where we want to go when we want to As a direct result of our affluence owning our own vehicles allows us to succumb to the convenience of making any number of stops on our own route on our own schedule Due to the convenience of our affluence we over use the precious commodity of oil A study done for the Toronto Transit Commission TTC revealed that even if public transit were easy to use cheap and efficient people wouldnt give up their cars The survey found that most of those who didnt use public transit were men aged 25 to 54 with an annual income of 50 000 or more Over half of them said they loved cars so
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