Pubdate: Tue, 06 Sep 2005
Source: Parksville Qualicum Beach News (CN BC)
Copyright: 2005 Parksville Qualicum Beach News
Author: Russell Barth


Whatever you do, don't go to Google and type in "industrial hemp." If you 
do, 'Big Oil' will be very mad at you!

The oil industry would be really upset if the media were to let the general 
public know that we could entirely replace crude oil - a finite commodity - 
with a clean-burning, easy-growing, cheaply-processed, endlessly-renewable 
plant material.

They would be absolutely furious if all of us - who are entirely dependant 
on them - were to suddenly find out that hemp has 25,000 industrial 
applications, including car fuel, polymers (plastic), food, fiber, 
medicine, building materials, and paper.

We might actually realize that we don't even need crude oil, and where 
would their profits be then? Who will pay for their luxury, if not the 
general public?

We should all take a moment to imagine a future where the air, soil, and 
water were clean, fuel was cheap, and where multi-billion-dollar oil 
corporations didn't rule the world and start illegal wars.

Russell Barth

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