This post is by Jim Fitch of Some Assembly Required.
Things could have turned out otherwise.
Pot / Kettle: Headline: Bush: China Must End Detentions, Ensure Freedoms.
Optimism: Why all the cheering for oil at under $120 a barrel? The price is falling not because some new supply has been found, but because the economies of the world are expected to crash and thus destroy some of the demand oil-based energy.
Either / Or: Stopping catastrophic climate change depends almost completely on stopping carbon dioxide emissions from coal before they trigger melting of the Arctic permafrost. The more coal we burn, the less chance our children have of a future. The industrial revolution is about to eat its children.
Quoted: “If the hard truth is that the federal government can’t do much to lower gas prices, the really hard truth is that it shouldn’t try.” Elizabeth Kolbert.
All The Tea In China: At the 95% confidence level, the Arctic holds about 3 billion barrels of oil. Another 12 billion barrels have a 50-50 chance of actually existing. The USGS reports a “mean” estimate of about 30 billion barrels – less than a one year supply for the world and a rather deceptive presentation of the facts. If this is our last, best hope, there is no hope.
Win – Win: Climate changeniks say coal-fired power plants are the bane of our existence. Energy experts and investors say that coal-fired power plants are the only viable solution to our energy problems. Both groups are right.
Public Debate: Proper tire inflation can improve gas mileage 3%, regular tuneups can add another 4%. The current Administration estimates that offshore drilling may meet 1% of our demand, 20 years from now. One one hand, reason. On the other, magic. We’ll vote for magic.
Scale: Osama Bin Laden knocked down a couple of buildings and killed some 3,000 US citizens. We launched two wars, destroyed the Constitution and created Homemade Security. Global warming will kill hundreds of thousands, destroy cities and farmland and forests and oceans and Bin Laden is still at large.
Some Assembly Required reflects my
somewhat cynical view of the world on a daily basis. Think of it as having coffee with a curmudgeon. Come visit.