Well I am not really, the one thing I really dislike about Ireland is that I have to pay for plastic bags every time I go to the grocery store. I remember the good old days of PriceChopper where not a penny in my pocket went to pay to carry my own groceries out of the store. That being said I have come to accept the fact that everyone on this planet must become more environmentally progressive to ensure that future generations have a planet to live on and won’t have to live on the moon with me when I retire ( A childhood fantasy).
This recent debate on the price of oil is pointless and typical short-term thinking of the GOP. America needs to think in the long term and make a plan to embrace renewable energy. I want you to imagine a scenario where America is the leader in the world in terms of renewable energy, that can be a reality if America catches up to Europe and surpasses the EU in embracing green technology. When burgeoning economies like China and Russia exhaust their oil supplies, the majority of Americans will be using renewable energy therefore preventing the economy from suffering any impact from such a energy disaster.
The key is to start planning now and invest money in a green infrastructure that will be malleable to the changes within American society as more people adopt environmentally friendly ways of living. In that future, every American family owns a hydrogen powered car or electric car, where 50% of American households have solar panels attached to their houses making use of the abundant sunlight that we lack here in Ireland. This may sound like a pipe dream but it is something I hope for as I would not want any other country to be an example for environmental leadership than the good old U.S.A.