The Ethanol Papers - Paperturn manuscript - Flipbook - Page 45
Our 'Opium War' with Gasoline
"Look into my eyes..."
Originally published October 23, 2010
The United States and most of the other nations we might include as part of
democratic industrialized society is at war. In effect, it is the Grand World War.
The "hot zone" battlefields are currently in Iraq and Afghanistan; brought to life
every day on our TV and computer screens, in our newspapers and magazines,
and on the radio. This war has been going on since at least 1914. Over the
years the battlefields have moved, covering much of Europe, Asia, the Middle
East, and America's Pacific Ocean possessions.
However, the main battleground in this war is not the hot zones where bullets
are fired, the main battleground is anywhere where there is a gasoline filling
station: along our streets and boulevards, our highways, and retail shopping
We are fighting not just for our economic lives; our physical health is also under
constant attack, even during this time of environmental enlightenment.