Oil and Gas Industry Commercial: Less Than Reassuring

October 20, 2008

I’m sure you’ve all seen the commercials that have been running frequently in prime time for the last few months, the ones with the lady striding confidently across a chart of America as she proudly boasts that “we have enough oil and gas right here in America to heat 160 million homes and power 60 million cars for the next 60 years!”  Is it just me, or do you also find this to be less than reassuring?  We already have 160 million homes, and it’s growing by two million homes per year.  And we have about 150 million cars hitting the road every day, not 60 million.  So now that oil and gas will only last maybe 30 years, not 60.  Then what?  It’s not like other global reserves aren’t being gobbled up at the same rate. 

This country needs to get serious real fast about planning our energy future, and no plan can possibly succeed if it doesn’t begin with stabilizing and then reducing our population. 

Thank you, oil and gas industry, for making it crystal clear just how dire our situation is.  By the way, you’ll soon need to change the figure in your commercial to “… we have enough to last 59 years.”