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Blame is not the solution to the oil problem


Fri, Jun 27th, 2008
Posted in Commentary

It is human nature to assign blame when confronted with painful realities. That is the case with four dollar per gallon gasoline. President Bush blamed environmentalists and, of course, the Democrats. In a transparent pander to the oil companies he acted as if the poor dears were doing their best for the country but they were shackled because they couldn't drill anywhere they liked. Presumably that included the White House lawn.

Possibly his call to negate the ban on off-shore drilling his father started 27 years ago and his brother, as governor of Florida, supported was an oedipal rebellion. Maybe it was an attempt to support John McCain who had called for this same action just a few days before.

The idea that drilling in the restricted areas will reduce gasoline costs soon is as silly as McCain's idea of a gas tax holiday helping working people.

The New York Times notes that the Energy Information Administration states that if both coasts were opened and large amounts of oil found it would be 2030 before it would affect prices. The idea that a country that uses 25% of the oil produced now and has 3% of the known reserves in its boundaries can drill its way out of dependence on foreign oil is absurd.

While oil company executives may be rapacious they are not stupid. They must know this better than anyone. The consensus in the main-stream media seems to be that despite having 7000 leases of public land to drill on now, and using only a little over 20% of them to date, they want to lock up as much public land as they can while Bush/Cheney are in the White House. The federal Mineral Management Service is reported in the New York Times to claim that of the 89 billion barrels of oil thought to be recoverable in the off shore areas, 80 percent is now open to the oil industry.

This doesn't explain how we have come to this pass or who to blame. Not that attaching blame is going to get us to a better place anytime soon.

This is how it appears to me. Some blame must be placed on all Americans, due to our love affair with over powered SUVs and gas guzzling cars. Recent events such as the lines at filling stations and actual scarcity of gas in some areas during the initial gas crisis should have taught us lessons.

Blame also goes to all the Congresses and Administrations for the last 30 years that failed to require increasingly stringent Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) standards for autos/trucks sold in .....
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Gifts that really give

Fri, Jun 20th, 2008
Posted in Commentary

Look around your house. Is yours, like mine, full of things you really don't need, or never use? How many of these things were gifts - gifts of love, perhaps - but things you could get rid of and not miss? It is high time that I weeded out. How abou ..... 
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Americans want things to be different

Fri, Jun 20th, 2008
Posted in Commentary

The Presidential contest has begun. Not that there are "official" candidates, but we all know who they will be. Yet undecided of course, are both the Democratic and Republican nominees for Vice-President. Even though Election Day is months away, I s ..... 
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Shop 'til it feels better

Fri, Jun 6th, 2008
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Archeologists and anthropologists have unearthed ancient civilizations and been able to determine the core values of their cultures from the stones and rubble left behind.  The Egyptians built pyramids and monuments to bury their kings and prin ..... 
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What do they really mean?

Fri, May 30th, 2008
Posted in Commentary

Several days ago I had a conversation with a friend and professional colleague. We've known each other about 5 years and have enjoyed many interesting exchanges. Our topics this day ranged a bit and finally settled on the economy, specifically, the ..... 
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Our Energy, Our Future

Fri, May 30th, 2008
Posted in Commentary

It seems like every time America discovers it has a crisis on its hands, our government wakes up and proposes a crash program to fix it. Henry Ford was one of the first to observe it and even coined a name for it: "the crisis-crash syndrome."

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Baloney! It's not your fault

Fri, May 23rd, 2008
Posted in Commentary

Last week a politician in a radio interview said unless Americans change their ways the cost of health care would soon consume 20% of the GDP. The inference was our unhealthy life style is responsible for the rise in costs.

He was the secon ..... 
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The next seven generations

Fri, May 16th, 2008
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"Where there is no vision, the people perish." And there are none so blind as those who will not see... or are blinded by fear and greed...."

But, of course, it's "depressing" to watch the documentaries: An Inconvenient Truth or The Planet. ..... 
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Beautiful, suspicious, hospitable

Fri, May 16th, 2008
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The city of St. Petersburg, Russia, is so unbelievably magnificent it is difficult to describe, and truly a study in contradictions. We were only there for ten days, so these thoughts and observations are far from comprehensive. I do not choose to w ..... 
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