Eco-communities as a social vision

Eco-communities as a social vision
Egalitarian and ecological communities, like the pictured East Wind (, are very close to our vision of an ecological society

20 December, 2007

North sea Oil by Jethro Tull, album: Stormwatch 1979

Black and viscous --- bound to cure blue lethargy
Sugar-plum petroleum for energy
Tightrope-balanced payments need a small reprieve
Oh, please believe we want to be in North Sea Oil

New-found wealth sits on the shelf of yesterday
Hot-air balloon --- inflation soon will make you pay
Riggers rig and diggers dig their shallow grave
But we'll be saved and what we crave is North Sea Oil

Prices boom in Aberdeen and London Town
Ten more years to lay the fears, erase the frown
before we are all nuclear --- the better way!
Oh, let us pray: we want to stay in North Sea Oil

An ironic song about the strong dependence of our lives and society from energy consuming (oil or nuclear)

You can hear this song in you tube:

1 comment:

aigaiopelagitis said...

The Piper Alpha was a North Sea oil production platform operated by Occidental Petroleum (Caledonia) Ltd. It accounted for around ten per cent of the oil and gas production from the North Sea at the time. The platform began production in 1976, first as an oil platform and then later converted to gas production. An explosion and resulting fire destroyed it on July 6, 1988, killing 167 men. Total insured loss was about ₤1.7 billion (US$ 3.4 billion). To date it is the world's worst offshore oil disaster in terms of lives lost and impact to industry.

All the worker's salaries were calculated up to the moment of the explosion; thus the survivors and the families of those who were killed were only paid a very small amount of the salary owed.

Gore family ties

Occidental's coal interests were represented for many years by attorney and former U.S. Senator Albert Gore, Sr., among others. Gore, who had a long-time close friendship with Hammer, became the head of its subsidiary Island Creek Coal Company upon his election loss in the Senate. Much of Oxy's coal and phosphate production was from Tennessee, the state Gore represented in the Senate, and Gore owned shares of stock in the company. Because the stock passed to his estate after his death, his son and executor at the time, former Vice President Albert Gore, Jr. received much criticism from environmentalists. However, Al Gore Jr. did not exercise control over the stock, which was eventually sold when the estate closed.

Some more obscure elements of the former Vice President and current Nobel Prize winner, that in no way can delete entirely his significant work for environmental consciousness. Al Gore has been also the target of criticism by bands like the Rage Against the Machine, but we will deal with it in proper time ('90ies).