Something else was found and used prior to oil, it was called wood (they used to burn it in the cave to keep warm, it kept us alive during the freezing weather and gave us a taste for cooked food, (and it started the contribution to global warming), this was quickly followed (several hundred years) with the use of coal which also helped along the path of global warming, I am sure those old enough remember smog (a combination of smoke and fog due to burning dirty coal in our homes keeping us warm through the winter). Then of course there were the steam trains getting us around and the boats like the Titanic all using methods to move us. We shouldn't forget the oil lamps giving us light to be able to read and study so we can develop new ideas.
Then we come to the question of global warming, which I do not think anyone can truly deny is happening, the only question is to what degree is it happening, there was the scandal of the scientists who falsified some results, really to scare people into reacting (which I can understand, after all if you say there is a tiny change everyone will say whatever and ignore it).
Everyone has to accept blame, rather than putting the blame on the oil companies, if we did not use the product they would not be around. The author of the article was typing it on her computer built from byproducts of oil. OK she could have use a typwriter with paper, but then she would have had to cut down trees to make the paper which will contribute to global warming as the trees are not there to cleans the atmosphere, and the amount of water that is used would have an affect on our environment. Then add that to the rubbish that people throw into the sea and is slowly building a large island in the Pacific. We live on this planet and should respect it, we need to accept responsibility for what WE do rather than put blame on to specifics. For our governments (particularly in the US at the moment) the oil companies are an easy target (high gas prices, taxes etc) to divert the attention during an election year, once whosoever is elected it will be back to business as usual, that is campaigning for 2016!!
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