Getting away

By the time you read this, I’ll be safely ensconced in a metal tube brimming with fossil fuels and tearing up the upper atmosphere, leaving a trail of warming CO2, ice crystals, and hydrocarbon smog.

But that’s what we do when we want to feel better, isn’t it? Go on vacation. Get away from the cathode-rays and into the rays of our local solar fusion reactor. Vitamin D sure helps the body feel better, and it might even prevent cancer! But by feeling better in this way, we actually make the planet worse. In the tradition of the Black Sun Journal, I can’t just pretend my vacation has no effect, no dark side. I think if we all considered the impact of our lives on the planet, we might not change what we do right away (there aren’t a lot of alternatives to air travel), but slowly we might begin an examination that may lead to action down the line.

This brings up all sorts of issues, which can’t be adequately addressed in a short post. But some sort of carbon tax/allotment scheme is going to be needed to address this problem. Libertarians will cringe. But let’s not look at this as a government imposed solution (our wonderful government has chosen to ignore the problem in any case), let’s look at this as a common problem for humanity. One that will require cooperative effort to protect the only place we all have to live.

Please have fun with this topic or peruse the Black Sun Archives. I may or may not have internet access where I’m going. (Or I may just choose to forget it’s there!) Barring calamity, I should be back in the blogging saddle around January 10, 2006.

Happy New Year!

Sean Prophet

Comments (4 comments)

Francois Tremblay / January 2nd, 2006, 11:01 am / #1

Actually, we already have taxes on gas and cars – as if that was gonna solve the problem ! All it does is give more money for the government to get the greatest polluter in the world (the US Army) to attack some other country.

Whatever the solution is, it’s not going to come from organized coercion – government. It’s gonna come from science and technology, and cooperation in using these things to achieve our personal values.

Mike Bommerson / January 3rd, 2006, 8:41 am / #2

Just enjoy the holidays, will ya? :-)
Our life at home where we need either airco or heating pollutes the environment in just another way.

Hmmm… I remember your cruisade against the SUVs in the original Black Sun Journal.

In my experience taxes don’t help if they’re not directly used to tackle the problem.
In theory those taxes should be used to develop energy sources that are friendly to the environment but in practice there will just be another milk cow to be kept alive.
[Okay I’m seeing the situation from a Dutch perspective].


Aaron Kinney / January 10th, 2006, 9:03 am / #3

So how was your getaway? It looks like you just arrived back in town, yes?

BlackSun / January 10th, 2006, 4:41 pm / #4

Yes, everything was great. Thanks for the comments, everyone!

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