The oil industry has held back the development of alternative technologies and will continue to do so for the remainder of the 21st century. Local communities have zero say in the use of fracking to extract oil and natural gas at the expense of water tables. Why should oil companies give a tinker’s damn on property values and the impact of their activities on home owners or the global environment? The first earth day was nearly 50 years ago. Oil today, oil tomorrow - long live the oligarchy!