Hook essayist's prediction comes true

Randy Salzman submitted his essay about the perils of America's energy gluttony to the editor on April 7. On the day it was published (which was, appropriately, April 22, Earth Day), one of his more dire predictions came true: a deepwater offshore oil rig sank.


Bet is was a wish more than a "prediction"

All this technology everybody rails against has rasied the standard of living and lenghthened the life of every culture it has touched.

29 miners died... a very sad tale... and everything reasonable needs to be done to protect them.. except outlaw coal... The cola these men mined provided electricity that ran hospitals, mri machines, exray machines etc....

The damage from oil spills is eclipsed a million times over in our standard of living.

" BP has not said how much oil is beneath the Gulf seabed Deepwater Horizon was tapping, but a company official speaking on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to discuss the volume of reserves, confirmed reports that it was tens of millions of barrels - a frightening prospect to many."


I doubt the people of the Gulf states will ever agree that the devastation of this to their standard of living will ever be justified.

Ask this guy to predict the LOTTO numbers for me will ya ?

Somewhat like predicting that a major athlete will be caught doing something naughty. "I are innosint"

But then, it is nice that some journalists are not devoted to celebrity gossip, fashion faux-paux, and predicting the next James Bond.

That funny Crozetette! Thats the only thing that matters anymore.

Mine disasters, oil rigs exploding-this is an excellent essay by Mr. Salzman who says:

"We've got to become conscious on our carbon consumption and personally do something about it."

A good place for our community to take a stand and make a difference would be to immediately support Mr. Van der Linde's recycling efforts. Just read Dave McNair's article, you will realize the tremendous waste of energy going into landfilling our local trash. Businesses have already made the change, now it's time that citizens insist our government does likewise. We can start, by signing up with trash haulers who do not truck to a landfill, but take the trash to Van der Linde Recycling. Then, contact your elected representatives and make sure we do not continue to fund the Rivanna Solid Waste Authority's wasteful landfill based operations.

Here's a clear example of the waste occurring in our local trash agreement. From Mr. McNair's Green Home article:

"Under the contract, Waste Management must bring city trash to the Authority-sponsored BFI/Allied/Republic transfer station in Zion Crossroads (which happens to be right next to Van der Linde’s MRF), due to the city’s service agreement with the Waste Authority. From there, the trash is trucked 77 miles away to a BFI landfill, while the City’s curbside recycling, picked up by BFI/Allied/Republic and sorted at its transfer station, is supposedly trucked 87 miles away to a MRF in Chester, Virginia."

And I predict there will be a car accident because vehicle pollution is bad too. Just call me the next Nostradamus.

Jeane Dixson predicted 600 things each year and if one came true, she was hailed as a genuis. As for the other 599, heck, journalists can't be bothered with such details.

The sky is falling, the sky is falling - Chicken Salzman

Oil platform failure was/is inevitable, but how many are willing to give up our cars? The envirnmentalist and conservation movements may have worthy objectives, but their proponents take the cake for hypocrisy. You see them advocate for smaller cars and recycling, relatively painless adjustments, but what about a change that would really reduce energy ensumption and carbon emissions like giving up airconditioning. Large office buildings, malls, etc, that cannot operate without airconditioning in summer because of their lack of ventilation could be assessed a hefty tax to offset their contributions to energy depletion and pollution. No, I'll bet most greenies run their airconditioners in their cars and homes even though it's a luxury, not a necessity.

200,000 gallons of oil a day spewing into the Gulf --all previous estimates wrong - oil headed to the shores of Louisiana. This could be Virginia's future.