He needs a job. The way we live, we need fossil fuel energy. If we are polluting the water, polluting the air, upsetting the seismic situation , so be it. He needs a job and the way we live, we need fossil fuel energy. If he doesn’t do this work, there will be a flood of job loss repercussions locally and across the nation.
Destruction of land and contamination of water and air for jobs, oil and of course
money is taking place at the tar sands in Alberta, Canada.
A friend of my works at one of the big ski resorts in Colorado. Every year, but I guess especially this year, they are making snow. We do the same here in Minnesota. If they didn’t make snow, which to me is the height of arrogance and waste of energy and misuse of water, the job losses would be huge. Not just at the ski resort, but job losses would resound throughout the community and down the mountain.
In my essay on saving energy (http://sunweber.blogspot.com/2011/11/saving-energy.html), I show pictures of a football stadium filled with people and a parking lot filled with cars. This is a tremendous use of energy during the football season and all other spectator sports – soccer, basketball, baseball, etc. – throughout the world, throughout the year. The loss of jobs here would affect whole towns, whole states, whole countries.
As the U.S. of A. empire winds down, our military men and women will be coming home. Many of these men and women have been trained in high tech, energy intensive fields and in war. Where will these thousands of people work? What kind of job?
Manufacturers, assemblers, installers, maintenance people and bureaucrats inspecting and providing grants for solar and wind devices, as I have written in multiple places, are extensions of the fossil fuel world will be idle when fossil fuels are scarcely available.
A dear friend is an interior designer. Enough said.
These careers/jobs have been valuable and contributing in the world of cheap, easily accessible fossil fuels and with the ongoing paradigm of continual growth. The men and women have been hard working people enmeshed in the ongoing vision of the their world. They are not to be denigrated for this past; their jobs are simply extraneous and not supportable in the coming world.
We are trapped in needing to squeeze out every molecule of fossil fuel energy we can. It is threatening air, ground water, rivers, oceans, seismic activity, soil, and human health, but we have no choice.
My partner is a teacher of special education. Her teaching may continue but I don’t see special education being funded down the line in a diminishing economy. She would like to retire in 2015. We will see. My primary job before I retired because of my lung cancer was as a psychologist in private practice. I see this as a tradable skill for money and goods. I might need a rattle and a drum if we turn tribal. :-)
We are presently developing an orchard/garden that will be workable without electricity or fossil fuels if need be. We have a large below grade root cellar. This spring we are building a greenhouse that will function for at least ten months if not year round (we will have to see). We fenced our orchard and fields with good, high material that should last decades. At our age, we will need some young muscle for help, which I believe will be an easy find.
What work do you do?
Who will make the shoes, weave the cloth, spin the yarn, work the forge, grow the food?