Oilman’s Son At Enbridge Pipeline Hearing: It’s Time To Choose A New Path
The son of an oilman shares a powerful story at the Enbridge Pipeline hearings, about an experience at an oil refinery on a different continent. He shares insights about tankers, pipelines, and lives affected. It is an insightful analysis of how oil executives (and politicians) blatantly ignore the known impacts of the fossil fuel industry:
“What I witnessed time and time again was the technical experts knowing the damage, risk, and adverse effects of the project versus what corporate would portray to the general public after reading their materials. There was a clear and present dual world operating simultaneously. Undeniable, completely undeniable if you’re on site. So what I saw first hand was this dynamic between what is really happening and what the corporate headquarters would have people believe is happening. And as we have seen on our planet, the situation is not an isolated event.
Based on my experience, what I learned was that the global system of infinite growth attracts men and women of a certain ‘level of understanding’. A certain type of person who will be attracted to the ideals of the current economic measurement that coordinates the global psychology of things. A type of person who externalizes themselves and detaches from connection and so wholeheartedly believes in their reality, their perception of things, that they project their fears onto everyone else. And their ego becomes the driver, blindly leading them down a path of self-destruction. And they are people of high intellectual prowess, but unfortunately have yet to develop the deep wisdom that we all posses within us as human beings. We call these people CEO, and Prime Minister.
…In closing, I do not sit here today in anger or in blame or in judgement. On behalf of my generation, I forgive these men and women for their lack of awareness, heart, and understanding. They, too, were born into an established system conditioned into a certain way of thinking and as far as they know they did the best they could. But now, it’s time to let go of the 20th century, and enter into a new global direction towards a path of healing and new design. It’s time now for a full-scale mass-mobilized transition process off the fossil fuel economy. We need to use all of our resources that we have left wisely.
…It’s time for us to journey into a new dream, a new way, with new design and new fundamental principles. It’s time for us to end a millenia of pain, suffering, shame and unconsciousness. It’s time to create resilient, sustainable and flourishing communities that have the adaptive capacity to respond to any challenges they may face in their external environment, and be able to effectively respond specifically to the coming age of peak oil, climate change, and rampant global economic instability.
…If on one hand, you had an unpredictable path that leads into a new dream, a new way of life for all of mankind, and on the other hand you have a predictable path that leads to the slow inevitable decline of civilization, which path would you choose?”