Greta’s Nightmare, by Martin Armstrong

So you wanna try to rid the world of fossil fuels? From Martin Armstrong at

One crisp winter morning in Sweden, a cute little girl named Greta woke up to a perfect world, one where there were no petroleum products ruining the earth. She tossed aside her cotton sheet and wool blanket and stepped out onto a dirt floor covered with willow bark that had been pulverized with rocks. “What’s this?” she asked.
“Pulverized willow bark,” replied her fairy godmother.
“What happened to the carpet?” she asked.
“The carpet was nylon, which is made from butadiene and hydrogen cyanide, both made from petroleum,” came the response.
Greta smiled, acknowledging that adjustments are necessary to save the planet, and moved to the sink to brush her teeth where instead of a toothbrush, she found a willow, mangled on one end to expose wood fibre bristles.
“Your old toothbrush?” noted her godmother, “Also nylon.”
“Where’s the water?” asked Greta.
“Down the road in the canal,” replied her godmother, ‘Just make sure you avoid water with cholera in it”
“Why’s there no running water?” Greta asked, becoming a little peevish.

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One response to “Greta’s Nightmare, by Martin Armstrong

  1. If I could speak to Martin Armstrong, I would remind him that he is only citing the practical – the “reasoned” results, of a world without the obvious benefits to mankind that fossil fuels make possible.
    The issue, Martin, was, is, and will always be, a MORAL one! Neither you, I, nor anyone else, will ever thwart the suicide that 20th and 21st century humanity has embarked upon (on many fronts!), without challenging and rejecting the moral ideal of altruism and its attendant handmaiden of sacrifice.
    We shall follow through with committing it no matter how dire the results become unless or until we reject the idea that each of us does not have the right to live our lives for our own sake!


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