The world is an unpredictable tasmanian controlled by the actions of predictable careless beings. Today society is comprised of dependent humans that rely heavily on the manufacture and use of fossil fuels. Without these precious materials many functions of everyday life would cease to exist. And with the abundance of fossil fuels depleting by the second due to drilling, mining, and extracting, the world is slowly slipping into a hole it might not be able to get out of. If the pursuit of energy continues in the direction it is going, more and more problems will arise and inhibit the everyday lives of society while increasing the risk of major disasters inflicted by big energy companies.
In the article, “The Coming Era of Energy Disasters” written by Michael Klare, Klare says, “As long as the industry stays on this course, rather than undertaking the transition to an alternative energy future, more such catastrophes are inevitable, no matter how sophisticated the technology or scrupulous the oversight” (2).
This brief statement basically sums up the article as a whole. The catastrophes Klare are referring to are energy disasters such as oil spills and gas leaks. As natural resources and fossil fuels decrease, energy companies are having to take higher risks in order to obtain these highly desired commodities. They are having to drill deeper for oil, traverse more risky terrain, and test new technology that many or many not work. In the article Klare is describing some of these disasters and what future repercussions could come if something isn’t done to help solve the global energy crisis.
The author gives four examples of dangerous operations and situations that could arise to contribute to the growing number of energy disasters around the world. The first example Klare gives is the Hibernia Platform. This platform is an oil rig that is located in a dangerous iceberg inhabited environment that is at high risk of disaster. “The owners of the Hibernia platform insist that the design will withstand a blow from even the largest iceberg” (Klare 2).
This statement describes the energy company’s desperate need to obtain these resources. Even though the owners insist the rig will hold up in the treacherous environment they cannot be completely sure nothing will happen. This points to lengths these companies will go to so that they get what they need to stay in business. It is true that obtaining these resources are getting harder, but instead of increasing the risks of disaster, why are they not looking for alternative ways to satisfy the needs of society.
You would think, “In a world dependent on energy from hazardous environments that are depleting” (Klare 7), these “concerned” energy companies would find new ways to produce or acquire these resources but that is not the case. These greed stricken moguls continue to risk the health of our environment in the chase for money. If the covetous energy companies don’t change their ways and the cycle isn’t broken, then more and more energy disasters will arise because the risks of getting energy will just keep increasing. Klare says, “The disaster in the gulf is no anomaly.
It’s an arrow pointing toward future nightmares” (7). Referring to the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, Klare describes that it wasn’t just a random accident, but an indication of future disasters to come. This means if our ways are not changed or other alternative ways of attaining and using energy are found, then energy disasters will become more frequent and more damaging to the world.
I think that society today has become too comfortable with our standards of living. We have become highly dependent on the natural resources that made this world possible, and don’t seem to care or realize what the long term consequences of our actions are. Klare puts it well, “While none of these specific calamities are guaranteed to happen, something like them surely will—unless we take dramatic steps now to reduce our dependence on fossil fuels and speed the transition to a post-carbon world” (7). Although the risks are being taken by companies like Exxon, Chevron, and BP, I also believe that the blame cannot solely be put on them.
Rather, the blame can be put partly on society as a whole. Because of our high dependence and demand for gasoline and natural gas, it puts a lot of pressure on the companies to produce the amounts desired. It is true that the way they are obtaining and seeking these resources are controversial but society can be responsible for being the unseen accomplice.
In the end, the world and its future are unpredictable. Although our influence may be strong, we can never truly control what will happen. Today, society relies heavily on the consumption of fossil fuels and natural resources to enable everyday tasks such as getting to work, heating our homes, and powering the grid. And with these resources becoming ever more difficult to acquire and the demand skyrocketing higher every day, the direction in which the world may go is unknown. If the ways of today are not changed in a positive way then it is exceedingly likely that the world could face major consequences.
Works CitedKlare, Michael T. “Coming Era of Energy Disasters.” 24 June 2010. The Nation. 14 March 2014. .