Typically it takes an energy crisis, unseasonably hot or cool weather, skyrocketing prices or another act of nature or greed for people to start rethinking how they use the resources we have.
But maybe we ought to be thinking beyond ourselves and our wallets.
A few days ago, following the coal miners' accident, a bishop in West Virginia commented:
"Our country should realize that West Virginia pays too high a price when we turn on our electricity...As one of the greatest suppliers of electricity in our country, we must reflect on what producing this energy truly costs."
Is a person's life worth the risk that it takes to produce the electricity we use on a daily basis? Can we find some way to reduce our household's burden, whether it's cutting back on the number of cell phones we have, appliances plugged in, the televisions in the house?
What about altering our home's thermostat a few degrees cooler in the winter or warmer in the summer? Is the minor discomfort (until you're used to the change) worth it?
Or what about powering down your PCs after a day in the office, rather than just logging off?
I just wonder what would happen if we each were just a bit more conservative in our energy use and taxed our resources just a bit less. Would that have made the difference?