Filed under: Capitalism, Economy, Energy, Junk Science | Tags: Damaging the Economy, Marvelous Michael Ramirez, The Price of Gasoline
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.
Filed under: Politics
When the world of hope and change meets the real world, green dreams slip into nightmares:
— The Telegraph reports that breakfast cereal manufacturers in Britain must stop using recycled cardboard in packaging after a study indicated that current boxes could pose a cancer risk. Researchers in Switzerland found that mineral oils in printing ink from recycled newspapers used in cardboard can get into foods — even passing through protective plastic bags. Individual meals would contain only a tiny dose of the chemicals.
— Obama’s regulations of 60 mpg by 2025 will raise the price of a car by an average of $6,400 per vehicle. The willful random mandates set by Washington’s green zealots would also gut manufacturing jobs, costing an estimated 220,000 auto manufacturing jobs as sales fall.
— Neil Anderson who has owned and operated a passive solar company on Cape Cod for 35 years was proud of the wind turbine that is one of his closest neighbors — until they switched it on. He is an energy conservationist, but Wind One is 262 feet tall, and the blades extend just shy of 400 feet, about half the height of the John Hancock building in Boston. The noise, the headaches, the loss of sleep, the ringing in the ears have as many as 50 people complaining. And it is dangerous.
— Roger Penske, the Detroit billionaire who built a truck rental and auto-dealership empire, bailed on his agreement to sell the tiny Daimler Benz Smart car. Since selling 24,622 units since 2008, sales of Smart For Two have slumped, even as overall U.S. vehicle sales rebounded in 2020, Smart Car sales have plummeted 60 percent.
— Government Motors exciting new Chevy Volt, Obama’s favored and highly subsidized electric hybrid car, with a manufacturer’s suggested retail price of $40,280, has managed to squeak out sales of only 281 Volts in February. (That’s after the rebate). But at that, they beat the Nissan Leaf, a pure electric, which sold only 67 cars. GM is making only 1,000 of the cars this year, so demand outweighs available cars. One Florida dealer is asking $65,590 for a Volt.
— You can get the $7,500 federal incentive if you buy a $100,000 Tesla electric car, and California will add another $5000 if you buy a Tesla or Volt. Of course Tesla got big federal subsidies to make the car in the first place.
Filed under: Cool Site of the Day, History | Tags: Deadwood, Lakota Encampment, Western History 1887-1892
Between 1887 and 1892, John C.H. Grabill sent 188 photographs to the Library of Congress for copyright protection. Grabill is known as a western photographer, who documented many areas of western life, Native Americans and western landscapes. Much of his work was centered around Deadwood. He was particularly known for his photographs in the aftermath of the Wounded Knee Massacre on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation.
This is a fascinating glimpse of western history. You could spend hours in this album, or revisit frequently. Worth all the time you can spare.