“So-called ‘global warming’ is just a secret ploy by wacko tree-huggers to make America energy independent, clean our air and water, improve the fuel efficiency of our vehicles, kick-start 21st-century industries, and make our cities safe and more livable. Don’t let them get away with it!”
Chip Giller, founder of Grist.org
I’ve been meeting with some like-thinking friends at a local coffee house Saturday mornings for the last several weeks. The group is open to discuss most any subject, but the war in Iraq, energy, socioeconomics, and the environment seem to be everyone’s top four concerns lately. Sure, we talk about politics too, sometimes, but not so much. With no viable Independent running this time around, most of us will vote for whomever our party of choice nominates anyway. Further, assuming that voting in key states won’t be rigged next year, we’re guessing that our next President will either be the first woman or first African-American to occupy the Oval Office. Sorry Rudi. So, with world petroleum prices quickly approaching $100 a barrel, we talked mostly last time about what we can do as a community and as individuals to survive the next round of escalating fuel prices. Hey, this is a big problem — at all levels, from the personal to the international! Watch the MSNBC video about French turning by the thousands to rented bicycles to get around Paris.
After unleaded regular hits $4.00 a gallon this summer and, assuming that there’s no new major supply of petroleum forth- coming anytime soon, I’m giving two-to-one odds that it will, I figure that it’s going to start costing me close to $20.00 a day to commute to and from my job. Now, while I’m not sure that we can believe anything Washington tells us anymore, you may see the government’s “official” projection of supplies and prices by clicking HERE.
Pondering this problem last Saturday, I noticed the quote at the top of this post on the coffee cup one of our group’s other men had brought with him. It gave me a chuckle. Funny, isn’t it, how so many things that are humorous aren’t really funny at all? Asking where he got it, I discovered Grist.org — where environmentally-friendly people gather on-line. Check it out if you have some time. There’s a link on the homepage to candidate interviews and fact sheets on how all who are vying for their party’s nomination this year rate on energy and environmental issues. There are some real eye-openers at Grist.org for the open-minded. Hmmm…
If I downsize to a more fuel-efficient car now I’ll lose thousands on my trade-in. Geeez, what a Bummer! Anybody out there in the market for a good, low-mileage 2005 Magnum? Hmmm — maybe I can find others with whom to carpool. Wow! What a great idea. Too bad there aren’t HOV lanes planned for I35 improvements south of Dallas at the US67 spur.
Hmmm… I wonder if there are any aftermarket entrepreneurs out there thinking about offering E85 conversions for gas-guzzelers like mine that loose their trade-in value in the future used car market. We really do need to get out ahead of reactionary responses to economic circumstances that can be so easily anticipated. Students, are you hearing me?
I invite your comments, supportive or un.