Passing on gas 

In a Tulsa hotel room where I recently stayed hangs a large photo of a modern oil derrick, silhouetted in the sunset, carefully matted and framed. On one level, it's standard hotel art filling empty space on a wall.

But I was struck by the choice. It seemed to reduce the rich history and natural beauty of the Tulsa area to a single symbol " a black, mosquito-shaped machine, its stinger slick with sludge.

Keep your eyes open, and you'll find example after example in our state of this dubious kind of glorification. Nearly every new public place is emblazoned with an oil or gas company logo. Turn on the TV, and one of them is nuzzling up to you, insisting that you be "proud" they're here. We even name our sports teams Drillers and Barons.

I recognize the fossil fuel industry allowed Oklahoma to rise and remain viable in the last century. I was born and raised here and cannot help but have been a beneficiary. But I fear that each time we allow drilling or mining to be idealized, it further delays our emancipation from their destructive practices and poisonous effects. Paid advertisements and unsponsored tributes alike, however well-intentioned, dull our senses and imply public consent.

Let's stop honoring gas and oil but instead lift up the ingenuity and enterprising spirit that put it to work. Today's world begs for sustainable, clean energy, and I pray that Oklahoma will be part of the solution, not the problem.

"Andrew Behrens
Yukon

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