I came down with a cold the other day, and endeavored myself to go visit the local supermarket to purchase a remedy for it. There wa a whole aisle of about fivehundred different cold remedies, to alleviate symptoms of the cold. There were expectorants, decongestants, antihistamines, cough suppressants, non-drowsy formulas, everything for a cold but a cure. And I understood why, with corporate America in a rush to isolate and patent every strand of DNA out there, they are in no big rush to cure the common cold.
Now it seems to me, that in all the leaps that scientific advancement made in the last, oh, fifteen years, that someone should have been able to isolate the cold virus. They can do it for the bird flu, they can even bring back the Spanish Flu virus of 1918, but they haven't made any advances in curing a cold. They can treat the symptoms, with an array of remedies, but there is no cure. And why should they?Which do you think a pharmaceutical company will make more money on: a cure you take once, or a remedy that relieves symptoms while the virus runs it's course?
It's the same way with America's petroleum sickness. There is no cure. We can treat the symptoms with hybrid cars, but the sickness is still there. We can use mass transit systems, but as long as they run on fossil fuels, the sickness will remain. And as long as there is money to be made there will be no cure.