Let’s Talk About Lost Jobs And Oil

Most workers in the world are not in the oil industry, so why are we so concerned about fossil fuel jobs?

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A farmer’s lament

We live in Kona — for now — and the cost of fuel is now too high to make a living with the citrus farm. We have struggled for years.

Yet, just recently, I watched a documentary on global farming, and fishing. I have been a farmer myself for over fifteen years.

Yet it hit me like a stepping on a rake in the face: most people do not work for the fossil fuel industries. We are farmers. We are fisher folk.

These threatened jobs have never been shoved in our faces in the same way that fossil fuel industry jobs always are. Yet, they feed every face on the planet. Their livelihood, and their lives, are at stake during our climate crisis.

According to Global Agriculture that’s 530 million farms. Not farmers, just the farms themselves, so multiply the number of people working privately, or for the industry, by several times.

It gets a lot more complicated when we see the externalized costs of artificial fertilizers, pesticides, and what fuels the farms run on, but it does not change the fundamental factor.

Most jobs are not directly connected to fossil fuels. Those that are, can be replaced with cleaner fuel sources.

We hear about how we can’t lose valuable coal jobs, or tar sands jobs, or pipelines, but where is the big time lobby for small scale, sustainable farms?

Real costs are never revealed

We all use coal, whether we like it for not. Most people do not even know that they do, much less realize the costs and pollution. Since it’s a constant election issue, you would think it is a vital industry, or that people could not retrain in millions of other green fuels. Even so, most people do not have coal related jobs. There are roughly 7 million coal mining workers in the world. Most part time. For investors, it is looked upon as a dying investment.

But we go to war for oil and gas, so surely there are more jobs at risk there, right? No. Estimates vary, but it does appear to be somewhere between half a million and five million oil industry full time workers.

There used to be more greasy jobs and now there are not.

It is not because the world realized the true costs of toxins for fuel. It is because the industries mechanized, advanced technology, and increased production while reducing the work force.

Cat Task -Trophe

I have written more extensively on this topic, with more research and more links. That should appear soon in Politically Speaking. Why don’t I take the time to do the research right now for this blog?

I don’t have time, today, I’m too exhausted.

It’s because it’s March. The weather is getting warmer, and the cat won’t let us sleep in because he is hot and restless. Why is my cat hot and restless, demanding to go in and out constantly?

Number one: he is a cat.

Number two: Everywhere in the world has hotter, and/or disrupted, weather.

I wonder why that might be??



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