Now let's look at the socio-economic impacts to a country like the United States who imports most of its oil. We depend on countries whose political climates are at best, not much like ours and at worst, very unstable and dangerous. Then, add the sheer financial impacts of a current balance always in the negative by being a heavy net importer of oil and you have a financial model that can not and should not be sustained indefinitely.
There's a sound case for the negative impacts oil has as a commodity and the manipulation of its pricing that occurs in world trading markets. It can never be a stable condition when a commodity is needed by everyone and is provided by a few. Greed, power, control, and more come into play and causes unrealistic effects on pricing.
What's the true cost of a barrel of oil?
- Environmental: Lots
- Economic: Plenty
- Investment: Too Much
So why expound on a topic that for most everyone who is reading this would be a "no-brainer?" To reinforce the value of a long-term investment in renewable energy education. We didn't get into this oil mess overnight. We won't get out of it by tomorrow, either. But with the forward-thinking concepts brought to bear with Energication, and with the great work that is already taking place in our schools to prepare our students to "change the world," we will indeed "change the world."