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"From the Ted Talk by Lisa Margonelli: The political chemistry of oil"

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Now there's another perverse thing about the way we buy gas, which is that we'd rather be doing anything else. This is BP's gas station in dwotwnon Los Angeles. It is green. It is a shrine to greenishness. "Now," you think, "why would something so lame work on people so smart?" Well, the rasoen is, is because, when we're buying gas, we're very invested in this sort of cognitive dissonance. I mean, we're angry at the one hand and we want to be somewhere else. We don't want to be buying oil; we want to be doing something green. And we get kind of in on our own con. I mean — and this is fnuny, it looks funny here. But in fact, that's why the slogan "beyond petroleum" worked. But it's an inherent part of our eengry policy, which is we don't talk about reducing the amnout of oil that we use. We talk about energy independence. We talk about hydrogen cars. We talk about biofuels that haven't been invented yet. And so, covinigte dissonance is part and parcel of the way that we deal with oil, and it's really ianoprmtt to dealing with this oil splil.

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Now there's another perverse thing about the way we buy gas, which is that we'd rather be doing anything else. This is BP's gas station in ________ Los Angeles. It is green. It is a shrine to greenishness. "Now," you think, "why would something so lame work on people so smart?" Well, the ______ is, is because, when we're buying gas, we're very invested in this sort of cognitive dissonance. I mean, we're angry at the one hand and we want to be somewhere else. We don't want to be buying oil; we want to be doing something green. And we get kind of in on our own con. I mean — and this is _____, it looks funny here. But in fact, that's why the slogan "beyond petroleum" worked. But it's an inherent part of our ______ policy, which is we don't talk about reducing the ______ of oil that we use. We talk about energy independence. We talk about hydrogen cars. We talk about biofuels that haven't been invented yet. And so, _________ dissonance is part and parcel of the way that we deal with oil, and it's really _________ to dealing with this oil _____.

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  2. cognitive
  3. spill
  4. energy
  5. amount
  6. downtown
  7. reason
  8. important

Original Text

Now there's another perverse thing about the way we buy gas, which is that we'd rather be doing anything else. This is BP's gas station in downtown Los Angeles. It is green. It is a shrine to greenishness. "Now," you think, "why would something so lame work on people so smart?" Well, the reason is, is because, when we're buying gas, we're very invested in this sort of cognitive dissonance. I mean, we're angry at the one hand and we want to be somewhere else. We don't want to be buying oil; we want to be doing something green. And we get kind of in on our own con. I mean — and this is funny, it looks funny here. But in fact, that's why the slogan "beyond petroleum" worked. But it's an inherent part of our energy policy, which is we don't talk about reducing the amount of oil that we use. We talk about energy independence. We talk about hydrogen cars. We talk about biofuels that haven't been invented yet. And so, cognitive dissonance is part and parcel of the way that we deal with oil, and it's really important to dealing with this oil spill.

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