Saturday, June 17, 2017

6 Tips For Consuming Less Oil

As the weather gets warm, you've been craving petroleum-based smoothies (who hasn't!?) but did you know that just a single serving can contain as much as 355 milliliters of oil? Ouch! We put together a list that experts swear will help you curb those crude oil cravings. 

  • Give in a little. Let yourself indulge in just a bit of what you're craving. Make yourself a petrol smoothie in a small mason jar or an affogato glass. You won't feel like you're being denied, and it'll look great for your Insta feed!
  • Reward yourself. Every time you avoid sipping on that delectable fossil fuel treat, reward yourself with something small. Let yourself litter that cigarette instead of disposing of it properly. Don't stop at your next stop sign. You deserve it.
  • Reach for a healthy alternative. Make your next smoothie out of endangered tiger meat. You'll feel the difference immediately!
  • Give yourself a cheat day. Choose one day of the week to guzzle down as much petroleum as your filthy throat can handle, you perverted wretch. Then hold that feeling of total depravity over yourself as you go through your week.
  • Encourage yourself in the mirror. Never underestimate the power of positive thinking. Every morning, look in the mirror and say to yourself something like, "I can do it!" or, "Go me!" or, "Look on my Works, ye Mighty, and despair! /Nothing beside remains. Round the decay /Of that colossal Wreck, boundless and bare /The lone and level sands stretch far away."
  • Don't be afraid to use guilt as a motivator. Think about how many dinosaurs died for your petroleum smoothie. Actually, we have to admit, that's kinda cool. 

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Time For More Domestic Energy Production?
This video by Intellectual Takeout argues that there are lot of different perspectives on how to solve America's oil dependency problem. Some argue that the government needs to make gas more expensive while subsidizing renewable energy. Others would argue that the government needs to step out of the way and let American ingenuity take over. What do you think? Do you think its up to us to figure out what the next steps are? Or do you think its up to the government to implement what we should do next?...

Before its Too Late
In this hilarious video, Jon Stewart points out how many different presidents have discussed our dependence on petroleum and how this needs to change. While it is presented in a comically pleasing way, this is a serious issue. If we continue to keep putting off change, we will cause irreparable damage, and no one will be able to say no one warned us. Change starts with you, do your part.

The (Environmentally Conscious) Man Your Man Could Smell Like

There are many personal grooming products that have petroleum products in them that we use without thinking. Browsing the website that represents Canada’s oil and gas companies, you will see this image that brags about how many products are made with petroleum.
(Wearing deodorant on your neck and having dentures and hearing aids before 30 may or may not be side effects of using too much petroleum.) Trying to replace all these products may seem overwhelming, so it is best to start small.
Deodorant is a product that we all (hopefully) use on a daily basis. Propylene glycol is an ingredient in deodorant that is usually made from petroleum. However, there are ways around it without smelling like you believe taking a shower washes away a piece of your soul (looking at you, barefoot classmate from last term).

A few companies offer deodorant without propylene glycol. Tom’s of Maine, Native, and Schmidt’s are a few tried and true deodorants. Some people opt to make their own, but in my anecdotal experience, these people start smelling like the 1975 album Mothership Connection by two in the afternoon (it’s a funk album, check it out). Buying new deodorant is a fun self-care experience anyways. Try it out, and let us know how it goes in the comments!
The Big Oil Lie
 We have all heard that the cost to implement renewable energy sources comes with a high price tag. But what if we discovered that other countries have implemented these renewable sources and saved money while in doing so? Would that call for an explanation given the information we have heard so far? According to this video, this theory was formed in 1956 by geoscientist M. King Hubbert. While working for Shell, he calculated that the United States would reach its highest production of oil by 1971, and he was right. He predicted the world's highest rate of oil production would be in 1995; but since then, oil industry experts have continually moved the predicted date of peak oil production. The current prediction is for world oil production to peak by 2030. Because of this, prices are expected to remain high for the next two decades, in order to reduce demand and stop the oil from running out too soon. Once the peak has been exceeded,prices will skyrocket again to reflect the limited supply.

Author Jerome Corsi claims that peak oil production is a false prediction created by the oil industry. Because the predicted date is constantly moving and is determined by scientists working for the industry, conspiracy theorists claim the oil industry is using the Peak Oil Theory as an excuse to charge exorbitant prices for oil for the next 50 years. Oil companies admit setting aside up to 2 million barrels of oil each day for future use. In 2014, Goldman Sachs estimated that the rate of crude oil being produced is increasing nearly twice as fast as the rate of world demand. Conspiracy theorists claim this is clear evidence that the oil industry is lying - they have more than enough oil, and are pretending to have decreased supplies simply so they can rake in the cash.(The Big Oil Lie) Watch the video and decide for yourself whether its a lie or not....

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Transition to a world without Oil

I have to admit that becoming informed on a subject as petroleum, it's uses and it's downfall can be extremely daunting and overwhelming. But if you are reading this blog, it's safe to assume that you arrived here for that very reason. 

A quick google search to find which products contain oil will absolutely be eye opening and overwhelming. Yet, I feel that if you are in search of that information, you must first ask why you are in search of it. If it's to overwhelm your self you will meet your goal working the first search results.

But if it's to just lessen your intake of petroleum, this may not seem as overwhelming. Since petroleum is used in abundance, discovering alternatives to products containing petroleum may be a solution to lessen your consumption. Instead of the goal being to abstain from oil products, an easier approach to transition into not using as many products with oil in them, and finding alternatives, may seem less daunting. In this Ted Talk by Rob Hopkins, he discusses how we can transition into a world without oil.

The Cost of Reducing Dependence of Petroleum & By- Products

It can seem like an  overwhelming task but, there are many things that we can all do to make sure earth is here for future generations.  Here are some small steps you can take to reduce your dependence on oil.  Some of these are no brainers, but they are perfect starts. I’ve also thrown in some bigger goals to consider.  Reducing your dependence on oil isn’t time consuming, or expensive.  In fact, not only is saving the planet easy to do, but it will also save you money.

 Simple Goals

Quit the Bottle
Seriously, water bottles are super bad for the environment.  And expensive.   Water bottles that are BPA free (BPA is a plasticizing agent) and/or metal, are reusable and cheaper in the long run.

Ride Share/Bus/Walk/Bike
Gas is expensive and parking is expensive, sharing those costs, with ride share make them not so expensive.  Portland is also very bike friendly, and has a great public transportation system.

Buying Cloth Bags when shopping
Plastic bags are starting to disappear from grocery stores, and even though paper is a great alternative, the best one would be to use cloth shopping bags.

Shopping Locally
Shopping locally for produce is a very solid way to reduce the carbon imprint.  Fruits and veggies sold at Farmers markets are almost always cheaper than what you can get at the supermarket. 

Second Hand Clothes
We can’t all buy natural fiber and hemp clothes, but you can recycle the clothes we do have by buying and donating second hand clothing.

Making your own products
make your own toothpaste, grow your own food.

 Not So Simple Goals

Electric Cars
Buying a car?  Think about an electric car, extreme savings of  gas money.  There are other alternatives to fuel like: propane, natural gas, electricity, biodiesel, ethanol, and hydrogen.   Even if you cannot buy electric, if you have an older car you may want to look into converting the fuel intake from gas into bio diesel. More great info on that here

Solar Energy

European countries are jumping to convert homes to solar energy.   If you are a homeowner you should look into converting to solar paneling and wind power.  

Alternative Building Materials

New roof?  try metal or clay tile, instead of tar. 
Try fiber cement siding instead of vinyl.  

For Free

Writing your energy company 
Writing to your local Representative