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Prop 23 MUST be Defeated

1 Oct

More facts about this deceptive oil-industry sponsored proposition.

This attempt to gut California’s energy efficiency measures must be defeated! There is no future in oil!

Repeating the Truth

7 Aug

An incredible number of people believe stuff that isn’t true simply because it has been repeated over and over again: death panels, no birth certificate, the existence of WMDs.

What if we just repeated something that was true. And repeated it over and over again. It would change people’s minds. Literally. New pathways get built in the brain through repetition. The more repetition, the stronger the pathways.

It is actually possible to create a big change with just a simple message.

If you believe that it is true that “There is No Future in Oil” then repeat that phrase.

Stick it in a Facebook status update, or tweet it.

Create a link to this site. Use this:


13 Jul

Keep It Simple, Stupid.

The energy crisis, unfortunately, is very complicated. Lots of threads to the conversation, lots of points of views, lots of ideas for solutions, lots of special interests trying to hold onto their piece of the pie.

All the more reason that we need one simple organizing idea to help steer our course: There is no future in oil.

Does that phrase contain all the solutions? No.

Does it answer all the questions? No.

But it is true. That is it’s magic.

And at one level or another, if you say it enough, even people who aren’t completely convinced will have that message stuck in their heads. Remember “death panels”? That phrase created a huge impact on our nation’s psyche and it wasn’t even true. And the sad part is that those who tried to repudiate it actually helped imprint the message.

Some of us progressive sorts have a tendency to be complex, nuanced, multi-dimensional, able to hold ambiguity.

But if we continue to be complex, we will lose.

So, K.I.S.S.

There is no future in oil.


10 Jul

Are you an expert on oil policy?

Neither am I.

Fortunately, you don’t have to be an expert to “get” this campaign. Quite the opposite. To “sign on” you only need to sense that the oil path we’re on is a dead-end.

Do you believe that the oil will run out? Do you believe that this might happen sooner rather than later?

Are you willing to make a small, medium, large or extra larger effort to share your belief with others that Help?

I recommend that we repeat this simple phrase “there is no future in oil” over and over because I’m not convinced that enough people have come to that conclusion and I want to give them a nudge in that direction.

If you are already convinced, are you wiling to do something to move this campaign along? If you are, try this:

Copy this sentence in you Facebook status:

There is no future in oil. I you believe this to be true “like” this comment and check out the link below.”

Then copy and attach this link to the message:

The link points to an entry on this blog about the campaign.

Let’s see if we can boost the number of “likes” on the “There is No Future in Oil” Facebook page.

Thanks for your help!

The “Present” for Oil is Huge

3 Jul

While “there is no future in oil,” there is, unfortunately, a huge “present” for it.

This is the biggest challenge to looking at a future beyond/without oil.

We move ourselves from one place to another using it, we ship stuff to each other using it, we make all sorts of stuff with it.

Many of us make money drilling for it, refining it, transporting it, reselling it (whether we actually work for companies in this business or own stock in them.)

We are awash in it. Our current lifestyles depend on it.

Any moves we make, large or small, personal or community, corporate or political, toward a future beyond/without oil is a movement in the right direction.

Can that happen though, unless we are actually convinced that “there is no future in oil?”

That is why I am advocating the repetition of this simple phrase and encourage you to do the same: There is No Future in Oil. As it becomes part of our thinking, it will become part of our acting.

We will slowly but surely move in the right direction. But since this will take awhile, we better start now getting this big old ship to turn.

Over and Over and Over and Over…

2 Jul

The brilliant University of California cognitive scientist George Lakoff explains why it is important to repeat the phrase “There is no future in oil” over and over again:

“When a word or a phrase is repeated over and over for a long period of time, the neural circuits that compute its meaning are activated repeatedly in the brain. As the neurons in those circuits fire, the synapses connection the neurons in the circuits get stronger and the circuits may eventually become permanent, which happens when you learn the meaning of any word in your fixed vocabulary. Learning a word physically changes your brain, and the meaning of that word becomes physically instantiated in your brain.”

That’s why we’re focusing on saying this simple six word phrase again and again: There is no future in oil.

Are you with me? Will you help me say it?

5 (or maybe 6!) Ways You Can Help

2 Jul

Hey! This Could be Fun!

1. Send your own messages out on Facebook to all your friends, pointing them to the Facebook page, this blog or the website.

2. Put “There is No Future in Oil” in your email signature with a link.

3. Grab the “There is No Future in Oil” logo from the Facebook page, this blog or the website and make it your profile picture in Facebook.

4. Tell one friend or twenty about this campaign.

5. Figure out your own creative ways to spread the word and then feel free to do them!

6. Email me your great ideas about how to spread the word:

Facebook page link.

Website link.

A link for this blog.

Cleaning Up Oil

1 Jul

If you have trouble imagining the effect of the escaping oil in the Gulf, just imagine an inch of sticky black oil on your kitchen floor, or a couple of gallons poured on your bed, or a layer of goop on your favorite tree or your dog.

This is the cost of being so in love with such a messy toxic substance.

I think most of us are quite aware of the magnitude of this event, but we may also need to be reminded. We may need to get it at a deep visceral level in order to create the will to make a big change. And it will be a big change. No doubt about it. And I will need to make it and you will need to make it and my political opponents will need to make it.

If we start now, however, it will be better than if we wait. The big ship must begin to turn.

Help me by passing along this simple message: there is no future in oil.

Spread the Word

30 Jun

There is no future in oil logoThe task is simple: send out this 6 word message to as many people as possible.

Speak it, write it, email it, blog it, tweet it, sing it, declaim it, billboard it, tshirt it, button it….

Then repeat. Recruit others to do the same.