Another oil rig off the Gulf Coast of the United States suffered an accident last week when it caught fire and forced the 13 workers to evacuate the facility. This of course comes on the heels of the worst oil spill in American history, as well as continuing stories of deadly coal mine accidents worldwide. It strikes me as amazing that despite the dangers of our old energy supply system, we still think of it as our best option.
Instead of prioritizing the conservation of the natural resources we still have left, we continue to use them up at a staggering – and increasing – rate. At the same time, we are placing more and more demands on nature to provide us with critical services, such as food, water, medicine and other benefits.
Short-term fixes may be popular, but long-term vision is what we need. It’s time to stop subsidizing dirty energy and start investing in the power of nature.
Manuel Oliva is CI’s director of U.S. policy.