Don’t like oil? Work to eliminate it

Focus seems to be missing…

Recently, I was visited by two very nice and polite people campaigning for a man named Ron Figlar-Barnes. I don’t know the man, but I am pretty sure I understand the background he comes from. These nice people were sharing Mr. Figlar-Barnes’ vision for the Port of Grays Harbor should he prevail in the upcoming election. The vision they shared of their candidate was one of wanting to bring diversity of trade to the port in Aberdeen. I was very interested and my curiosity was piqued. They went on to share his vision of showcasing local fishing and promoting the tourism from clam digging and how the prospects of shipping oil from our port would be bad because of the potential for spillage and how it must be stopped at all costs.

While I don’t doubt the sincerity of Mr. Figlar-Barnes, or his devotees, I am a pragmatist, and a human. There has to be a balance for everything to work properly without upsetting the apple cart. And, unfortunately, the cart has been upset with the introduction of crony capitalism into the petroleum system of consumption we all take part in.

Seems to me Mr. Figlar-Barnes and company are currently on the wrong end of the dragon. I say this with no mean-spiritedness intended, but it’s a port, it’s not a gala event to have parties and teas at and entertain guests. It is meant to move products from the sea to the land and vice-versa. It’s a workhorse, and it needs to work for us.

If he or anyone has a problem with oil, then go after the people who are keeping us artificially dependent on it. I have no doubt in today’s fascinating world of technology, that there are many feats of engineering that could all but eliminate the argument over emissions, and give us enough fuel economy to drastically reduce our dependence on oil by reducing the sheer volumes of consumption.

Tackle that conundrum.

By holding communities’ hostage with environmental demagoguery and “what if’s,” the community suffers. All the while these same types give themselves names like “The Friends of …” If they were really friends, why not focus your efforts into safer more steadfast ways to transport oil and coal or whatever the concern is.

Fix the problem, don’t eliminate opportunities.

Again, unfortunately, we are a society dependent on oil. To stop commerce at the end of the food chain isn’t going to help us, it will just keep us unemployed and spending more and more money for energy.

I can certainly empathize with Mr. Figlar-Barnes, but if anybody was a true “Friend of Grays Harbor” they’d be cognizant and understand we need to work within the world we live in.

The problem resides at the top, so please start there; then we wouldn’t need to move oil and coal about so much. This kind of environmentalism makes “We the people” victims of you and big oil.

Denny Martin