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Is This What’s Called “Speaking Truth to Power?” by The Elephant's Child


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Not a Lot To Crow About! by The Elephant's Child

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Michael Ramirez has said that the news of the day presents him with so many ideas, he doesn’t really have to dream them up on his own. I think that’s what we need, a healthy sense of humor, to keep up with the news. We seem to be in a sort of a — “can you top this? phase.”

See Michael’s book: Everyone Has the Right to My Opinions



Pouring Gasoline on the Flames! Michael Ramirez Identifies the Problem. by The Elephant's Child


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I suspect that everywhere you went today, the conversation turned to the price of gas. One of the puzzling things is why the price seems to change (and go up) daily, hourly.  It is because the station owner has to charge a price that reflects how much his next tanker-load of gasoline will cost, so he can pay for it, rather than how much the one he has now cost.  Is the driver of costs the violence in Libya? The insecure state of the Suez Canal? Or is it Obama’s goofy green energy initiatives? If Obama opened up drilling, the price of gas would start to drop. Past history proves it.

The administration’s energy policy is clearly at fault.  In 2035, Obama says, 80 percent of our energy will come from ‘renewable energy sources.”  Not going to happen.

We are told, by people who know him, that Obama does not change his mind.  That his ideas are set in concrete.  IMHO, If that is indeed so, I assume that Obama believes in global warming and the dire necessity of reducing emissions of CO2. He has said that carbon-based sources of energy are dirty and must be replaced.  I think he sees his vision of a Clean, Green 21st Century economy as his coming greatest accomplishment that will make him a world-historic figure. A higher price of oil will force reluctant Americans to buy his electric cars, use more public transportation, and change their behavior to demand the greener world that he envisions.  I wish he’d drop the 21st Century bit.

Not going to happen.  Not because of reluctant Americans, but because these technologies simply do not work.  Perhaps someday there will be a marvelous breakthrough in electric battery technology, but so far there is no such thing, and they are reaching the limits of what conventional technology can do. The problems with wind and solar are not matters of technology but matters of the nature of the source. Wind is unpredictable and intermittent. And for over ten percent of the time it does not blow at all. Solar is too diffuse — night, clouds, rain — to be an efficient way to produce power.

We have plenty of oil, more than Saudi Arabia does. The Bakken formation alone may hold double the amount of oil that Saudi Arabia has. When Obama slapped a moratorium on drilling after the BP disaster, the price began going up. A rise in the price of oil drives all prices up. Everything you buy has transportation costs.

We are a carbon-based life-form. We exhale CO2. CO2 makes the plants of the earth grow and resist drought and cold, and release more oxygen. How did a bunch of green political activists manage to convince gullible people that carbon dioxide is a pollutant? We knew the schools were deficient in teaching math and science, but the proof is doing real world damage. Our schools have a lot to answer for.
*See Michael Ramirez work at Investors. com.




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