Gut Rumbles

September 23, 2005

eggs in one basket

I blame environmentalists, ignorant sheeple and NIMBYs for this crap. We are a wise people.

We want gasoline, but we don't want it refined here. We want to drive, but we don't want to be dependent on foreign oil. We don't want to be dependent on foreign oil, but we won't drill ANWR. We want clean air and clean water, but we still require air conditioning and automatic dishwashers.


Nothing in this world is free, and if you think the "environment" is any different, you're out of your mind. Fifty years of thinking that gasoline grows on trees and a spotted owl is more important than civilization brought us to where we are today.

Don't blame it on a hurricane.


I have the 10th largest power plant in the country across the river from my backyard. I use electricity. You wanna put a refinery in the front yard? No problem-o. I drive, too

Posted by: don surber on September 23, 2005 12:33 PM

Here in Coweta, the people who complain loudest about cell towers are the ones most likely to have a cell phone glued to their ears while driving.

If you don't like cell towers you shouldn't be allowed to have a cell phone, that's what I sez.

Posted by: McGehee on September 23, 2005 03:20 PM

Never mind ANWR, we have lots of oil in this country we can't drill in other places.

I assume you've read about the recent oil shale news? The estimates are the US has 1.5 to 1.8 trillion-with-a-t barrels of oil locked up in that, half of which is accessible. That amounts to triple Saudi Arabia's proven reserves. The guys at Shell recently figured out a way to extract the stuff at a cost potentially as low as $30 a barrel, which is competitve with oil prices *before* the current hike started 2 years ago! (up til now, the cost estimates were around $70 a barrel or higher, which is why nobody was extracting it.)

Posted by: Rick C on September 23, 2005 05:17 PM

Shell Oil has been working on this project for decades.Canada has a huge extraction plant that is producing oil from shale but from what I have read it is an enviromental nightmare with mega tons of 'slag' rock to dispose of once the oil is extracted. But, it is a viable alternative for the ear future-the next fifty years maybe. But eventually the world is gonna have to find an alternative to fossel fuels. I am still excited about the urine charged battery-this is the kind of technology that we need to explore farther.

Posted by: GUYK on September 23, 2005 08:26 PM

Not to mention the billions of barrels of oil off the Florida coast in the Gulf of Mexico. Ol' Jeb panders to the envirowhackos, vowing Never! when that would be much easier to get to, and more of it, than ANWR. Meanwhile here in my Florida town the locals are trying to put in a frickin' COAL power plant. It is just insane and getting crazier by the day.

Posted by: Stu on September 23, 2005 09:27 PM

I'm still waiting for the $5 a gallon gas across the country, the light bulb of realization to come on, and the mass hanging of enviro whacko's. Na, the left wing liberals are all whack's and will never get it. No, the get it but they would kill and eat their children rather than admit they have been wrong for 30 years.

Posted by: scrapiron on September 24, 2005 12:01 AM

I'm all for the development of alternative energy sources, as long as it is developed by private enterprise; only the market can (with time) account for all the variables and determine the winning solution.

Most people who wish for alternatives are saying it should be done through "policy," i.e. government force. They think a cool idea, such as bio-diesel, should be subsidized by the government. They don't like the cronyism between the petroleum industry and government; they prefer to install their own cronies.

The problem with this approach is that the government won't give up a bad idea, and all the academic pinheads in the world cannot account for all the variables that the market can.

Many of them don't accept the free enterprise system (I like the term "capitalism," even less than "progressive"; it is a stigmatizing term invented by communists). If they did, they would recognize that modern industry remains with petroleum because none of the vaunted alternatives are yet superior. None will be until they are as convenient as petroleum and do not cost more. The market system is more democratic than command economies: the little guy can vote with his pocket book. Why do leftists hate that?

Posted by: Brett on September 24, 2005 04:42 PM
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