hey prius: I take the historical view as is my nature.
I personally agree that oil/fossil fuels are not the long term answer to our energy needs, but we all (should) deal with the real politik. ergo, I happily work in today’s oil & gas exploration & development industry because it allows me to fulfill my personal goals: international travel, money, no “work” per se as I love what I do, meeting cool people, learning new things, and best of all spending much of my time out on the blue oceans. bonus: it keeps energy flowing which - as of today - runs our less then perfect world.
my great great (great?) grandfather (Captain Luke Buddington) perhaps had the same thoughts as he sailed around the world harpooning whales for the New London, Connecticut, whale oil industry. maybe he had an idea that what he did was “not quite the thing”, but that was the world he lived in at that moment in time and it allowed him to (hopefully) achieve his own goals.
who knows what the future will bring? but until that future comes, I will be happy and clear of conscience knowing that I am fulfilling my own goals and giving society what it requires.
oh, I think this is the part where I’m suppose to close this post with a witty yet scathing anti hippie prius comment. hmmm … damn. got nothing. sorry.