By Chris Frost
Oxnard-- You know, I spend a lot of time covering a ton of stories in the area, and that list is growing. In the last few weeks, I have been to Oxnard, Port Hueneme, Camarillo, and Ventura.
When I put together the paper each week, I try to find fun things, important issues, and news that will keep you up to date on what's going on in my home city, Oxnard. Stories that will educate, inform and give you power. Knowledge is power.
With all that said, I went over to the Oxnard Science Fair this past weekend, and it was a great event. Youngsters got the chance to explore, have fun, and learn why science is so important and how important science is in our society.
That brings me to my point; I thought a good outline for the story would be a brief description and interview kids, parents, people who study the sciences, and why people who work in the sciences love their work.
That worked fine until I approached the table that said energy careers. I walked up, handed them my business card, and started talking about fossil fuels, and they stopped me and said they couldn't speak to the media.
I can't help but think about all the money spent by the California Resources Corporation to sway the voters in the recent Fifth District Ventura County Supervisors election.
Now I devoted a lot of ink to the election, and I learned an awful lot about the issue, and I never got a call saying “hey get your facts straight.” So we'll accept it as the truth. Ventura County has 19 uncapped wells that need to be cleaned up; they have power plants that need to be taken down, and the water and soil need to be cleaned up in those areas. Furthermore, there is talk about them declaring bankruptcy and leaving us with the bill.
You know, when I was a child, my mother always taught me to clean up my mess. I fought and wanted to go out, play with my friends, watch television, or whatever I wanted to do before homework. What my mother was teaching me to do was to be clean, organized, disciplined, and responsible.
I guess the people running the oil companies in Ventura County didn't have good parents.
Now I am not unrealistic, and we need the oil industry right now. So, here's a neat idea. How about the oil companies address all the governing bodies and present a plan to stop production, start transitioning to clean and renewable energy, retrain their employees, and clean up their mess?
If you don't, then I guess we should assume that you don't care about the water, air, and soil in the area. Maybe people should question you hard when you stop at the local grocery store or take a walk with your family. Don't feel inadequate or threatened. People stop my wife and me all the time and ask me about the issues, and maybe if people question all of you guys on what you're going to do about them, you'll change.
I've heard candidates talk about how the oil industry is dying, so if you want to help, buy an electric car. My wife and I each have one, and the money we save on gas helps mitigate the finance costs.
If that doesn't help, think about the money you pump into your gas tank that goes to the middle east oil-producing countries. Do you want to fund them? I don't. I have a son fighting in the Middle East with the Air Force and helping the oil producers seems a bit crazy.
Keep this in mind - all the oil corporations, change is coming. The number of people who want you gone is growing, and they are not going away. Maybe if you act responsibly, they'll work with you and help you transition. Do what your mother says and clean up your mess.
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