Thursday, February 13, 2014

Deescalating the Fracking Wars

When your congressman takes out a full page ad against you in your hometown newspaper, it’s safe to say that things have gotten out of hand. (It was the letter shown in this blog.) As with most New Year’s Resolutions, this one is getting to a late start. I’m devoting my writing and speaking of 2014 to Zenergy.
Zenergy? Hey, at least you read it here first.
noun: zenergy

1. the strength and vitality required for sustained physical or mental activity attainable through contemplation, self-awareness, and meditation

2. appreciation for the power derived from the utilization of physical or chemical resources, esp. to provide light and heat or to work machines

3. a person's calm and focused physical and mental powers, typically as applied to a particular task or activity

So that’s just the definition of energy with some calming stuff in there. And that’s exactly what I propose here. Together we take 2014 and we disarm the fracking wars through calm, thoughtful, honest engagement.

Not too long ago I avoided all references to war and use of war metaphors in my education and engagement work on oil and gas, but now I think it could be helpful to call a bayonet a bayonet. The simple truth of the matter is that we all use energy. We need energy. And whatever your vision for our energy future may include, at this moment, our real lives include a lot of petroleum.