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Ralph Dratman

What a pity our planet ended up with such extensive deposits of reduced carbon. This was a failure of recyling. With so much available free energy stuck beneath the surface, some life form inevitably was bound to evolve to dissipate it. Sadly, we happen to be that life form.

The result would not be so bad if it weren't for the gradual positive feedback cycle created when ancient free energy is used to liberate even more stored free energy. The energy of coal was used to mine more coal. The energy released from oil is used in increasingly prodigious quantities in order to extract more and more oil.

Such an exponential growth cycle cannot go on forever, but our fossil fuel extraction cycle seems to be continuing long enough to cause a lot of damage to Earth's biosphere.


ok, dave, i was in cleveland when the river caught fire, have always lived near lake erie, which once died completely...ive been on this case almost 40 years, written about the dead zone & the great pacific garbage patch, and im sure other countries are just as bad...

so what are we doing, just documenting the slow death of the planet?

our wrists are already cut, and the blood is slowly draining away...


Oil seeps up from the bottom of the gulf all the time. The salt water breaks it down. What most are not taught is that oil is a very natural product that is produced by the earth. It's great that we find so many uses for such a product, like making computers and TV's and roads and just about everything we see around us. So nature will absorb the oil, as it always does. Most of it is already gone and they haven't even tapped it off completely. Nothing to be scared about. Don't listen to the hysterical biased media. They want you scared and upset. We should be very angry at the environmentalists who force them to drill in such deep water when it would be much easier and safer to get all the oil closer to shore, or even on shore where it seeps up from the ground.

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