From The Huffington Post….by way of Charlie Peters…

October 27, 2008

An Abdication in Detroit

Carl Pope, Huffington Post, July 6, 2006

San Francisco — Last week, the Ford Motor Company joined the parade of stunningly hypocritical auto manufacturers by announcing that it was abandoning its goal of selling 250,000 hybrid vehicles per year by the end of the decade. Instead, Ford joined other automakers in promising to make 2 million flexible fuel vehicles. “In a joint letter sent Wednesday to members of Congress, General Motors, Ford and DaimlerChrysler AG announced a new promise to double annual production of vehicles that run on alternative fuels, to 2 million per year.” Congress promptly responded to the announcement by refusing, once again, to increase fuel economy standards.

But the auto industry knows that making two million “flexible-fuelled vehicles” won’t dent our dependence on oil. First, the “alternative fuel” they are touting is a mix of gasoline and ethanol called E85, because it is 85 percent ethanol and 15 percent gasoline. Regular cars can, and often do, burn ethanol-gasoline mixes that are up to 10 percent ethanol already — so the real difference with E85 sounds like it might be an impressive 75 percent.

But the reality is far different. First, it takes a fair amount of fossil fuels to make ethanol — diesel fuel for tractors to grow the corn and transport it, natural gas to make fertilizer for it, and gas or (worse) coal to distill it. But this doesn’t matter so much, because 99 percent of these flexible fuel vehicles never see a drop of E85 but run on gas instead. That’s according to a March 2002 study by the Bush Administration.

Since there are fewer than 700 gas stations selling E85, out of 176,000 stations in the U.S., these flexible fuel vehicles will mainly burn the same gasoline that the rest of the fleet does. For example, within 25 miles of my home there are NO gas stations selling E85 to the public! So, the actual savings from this big new auto industry commitment will certainly be trivial at best. Unfortunately, it gets worse.

The auto industry gets bogus fuel economy “credits” for selling flexible fuel vehicles, as if these vehicles were actually all burning ethanol-based fuel. As a result, U.S. gas consumption is actually going to go UP as a result of the auto industry’s latest maneuver. The Bush Administration’s study estimated that the combination of the fuel economy loophole and failure of 99 percent of the flexible fuel vehicles to use E85 would result in an increase in U.S. oil dependence of 17 billion gallons by 2008. On the other hand, we could easily reduce consumption by 50 percent by using more-efficient vehicle technology, the solution that Congress — and the auto industry — just rejected. ed. note: Did you notice the recent spike in food prices? These are connected folks.

Again, William Clay Ford and the rest of the auto know these numbers. This is not something someone just dug out. They don’t care.

If we really want to kick our oil addiction, we’re going to have to do it from the grass-roots up. That’s why the Sierra Club has just launched “Smart Energy Summer” — a campaign to connect Americans with the real solutions to our energy and global warming problems — ones that our leaders know about, but just won’t embrace.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/carl-pope/an-abdication-in-detroit_b_24523.html

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Maybe I’m Wrong…..No not about Barry…about ‘Oil Never Coming Down’…..

May 31, 2008

These guys are playing a role in the global market. They are not happy that their government is not going to subsidize their fuel costs anymore You see in many Asian countries that’s exactly what’s been going on. To forestall ‘unrest’ the governments have been spending massive amounts to keep fuel prices in their countries down. But….now running out of the ability to do this, out of money they are, the price off fuel is rising so…the demand is falling.

These guys are pissed but this might mean, might, that our costs will fall somewhat due to the lack of demand.

Read more about this and  a lot more on the ‘oil crisis’ at Robert Oak’s blog where guest blogger New Deal Democrat starts his post off with a bang:

‘I was in the midst of writing a diary about how there aren’t "2 Americas", a la John Edwards, but 3, when it became clear that so much information has become available this week concerning the forces affecting Americans’ demand for oil, that it demanded its own diary. Even if the world has reached the plateau of "Peak Oil" and supplies will gradually be rationed at higher and higher prices, there are going to be booms and busts along the way. I’m here to tell you that the evidence suggests that there has been a speculative boom in the last 6-9 months and we may shortly see a bust, echoing the sudden decline of oil from $80 to $55 a barrel just before the 2006 elections. The boom and the bust, if it happens, have everything to do with (1) Subsidies to gas consumption by Asian governments, (2) hoarding (in tanker ships), and (3) unintended consequences of the Fed’s bailing out billionaires, that have added about $1 to every single gallon of gas you buy.

Whoa, I don’t believe I read that part about you an me subsidizing the Bear Stearns bailout to the tune of $1 per gallon in the SF Chronicle. But then I wouldn’t would I. It’s all about how Barry is gonna be Pres. Great, follow that Kabuki there but if you want a head’s up on what’s coming:

Energywise…

Taxwise…state anyway…

Technologywise….

Econmically speaking….

This is the place to come.


Why Gas Prices will not go down….ever….

May 29, 2008


clik on the graphic for a bigger clearer look…not that that will make you feel better.

Do you know anything about what ‘Traditional’ Economics says about ‘market ‘elasticity’, and what that meme says about price vs. supply?

No?

Huh…

Bet you wish you’d taken macroeconomics…er, maybe not what little they taught in
school is no longer relevant anyway.

More later.


Hillary Secures the Nomination….Senator Obama….Not so much….

April 29, 2008

You know, speaking solely for myself……I’m sick of Senator SnakeOil. Throw this JFK, MLK self-hating fool under the bus. Couple of reasons:

He’d have you believe that the Clinton’s are racists. They white ain’t they!

He has no clue foreign policy-wise.

He consistently uses Republican frames to push an agenda that has no place in the Democratic Party.

He’s a liar…..documented many, many times.

He’s totally ignorant of American Political history…wannna debate about his take on Reagan bring it on. I was there and Barry just get’s it wrong.

He has zero, that’s zero, chance of beating McSame in the GE. Electoral college analysis shows this to be the case today and really Rezko and Auchi are unlikely to help him win votes.

But…but….the GE is a long way away you assert. Well, yes it is but that just gives Senator ‘Foot-in-Mouth’ longer to do stupid shit like this:

David Axelrod on Hardball, a great place to followup the total clusterfuck that was Obama’s appearance on FAUX NOISE:

He’ll (Obama) invest in our infrastructure, which badly needs it. We know that. That’s one of the reasons this diversion from the federal highway trust fund that Senator McCain and
Clinton have proposed makes no sense.

What’s he talking about? Senator Clinton wants to seize the money Big Oil already owes us for past taxes they’ve not paid and levy a windfall profits tax to enable the Federal Government to remove the Federal
Gas Tax from gas and give the taxpayers and the economy a big, justifiable, progressive boost.

Obama doesn’t want to.

Why? Well because he didn’t think of it and it won’t help him get elected. In fact, it just…..

Elected Hillary Clinton.


Why Obama matters…..

February 23, 2008

Like him or not if he becomes President he’s gonna be important. Very important, this sound obvious to you does it? Well Sara Robinson of Orcinus has been on a sabbatical from there to produce a post I believe everyone needs to read.

Here’s the teaser quote:

There’s one thing for sure: 2008 isn’t anything like politics as usual.

The corporate media (with their unerring eye for the obvious point) is fixated on the narrative that, for the first time ever, Americans will likely end this year with either a woman or a black man headed for the White House. Bloggers are telling stories from the front lines of primaries and caucuses that look like something from the early 60s — people lining up before dawn to vote in Manoa, Hawaii yesterday; a thousand black college students in Prairie View, Texas marching 10 miles to cast their early votes in the face of a county that tried to disenfranchise them. In recent months, we’ve also been gobstopped by the sheer passion of the insurgent campaigns of both Barack Obama and Ron Paul, both of whom brought millions of new voters into the conversation — and with them, a sharp critique of the status quo and a new energy that’s agitating toward deep structural change.

Sounds like a fairly typical post about Senator ‘Change’ and his effect, so far, on the political process this Presidential election year. Well, when you read the title of this piece, please clik on same and read the whole thing, which is:

When Change Is Not Enough: The Seven Steps To Revolution

You will quickly see that it is anything but that. As Bush has cheerfully assured his followers ‘Politics has consequences…’ and Obama repeatedly asserts, ‘I am about change….’ politics now becomes perhaps the most important thing in every citizen’s life. We no longer have the luxury of ignoring politics and by extension what our government, yes it’s still ours if we can muster the spine to assert our ownership, does to protect and foster our success as a society. The good times are over homer and they will remain unreachable until you and I climb up and demand our government, that is the people in it, start doing what is required to rebuild what the raving lunatics of the ‘conservative’ ReichWing have destroyed.


The Utter Stupidity and Greed of Our Current ‘Leadership’ is revealed quite clearly by this……

February 16, 2008

From Grist, a pretty cool blog, we have:

A recent issue of Scientific American featured a "Solar Grand Plan." Its authors described a way for the United States to obtain nearly 100 percent of its electricity and 90 percent of its total energy, including transportation, from solar, wind, biomass, and geothermal resources by end-of-century. Electricity would cost a comfortable 5 cents per kilowatt hour.

U.S. carbon emissions would be reduced 62 percent from their 2005 levels. Some 600 coal and gas-fired power plants would be displaced. The federal investment would be $400 billion over the next 40 years ($10 billion a year) to deploy renewable technologies and suitable transmission infrastructure.

If that future seems too good to be true, then look at two other studies during the past 13 months that have reached similar conclusions: one sponsored by the American Solar Energy Society (PDF), the other by the Nuclear Policy Research Institute and the Institute for Energy and Environmental Research. All three concur that energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies can satisfy the nation’s demand for power without additional nuclear or fossil-fueled power plants.

If $400 billion seems unaffordable, consider: It’s less money than the federal government already has spent on the Iraq war, only a third of the $1.2 trillion that some experts now predict the war will cost, and only a sixth of the federal government’s current annual subsidies for fossil and nuclear energy.

Kinda takes yer breath away don’t it.

Makes me want to go down in the basement and rustle up some rope for the likes of these assclowns:

Senator Reid       reid scowl.jpg
Senate Minority Leader

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Give ’em a call and ask ’em why we pay their salaries if they can’t figure this out?


You remember that guy…What was his name…J…J….Jer…Jerry…Yeah! Jerry McNerney…the guy we helped take out the vile Pombo!

February 11, 2008

Well guess what/ He’s asking for our help again. Now ‘some’ have said, pipe down back there reg_guy you will get yer say in the comments or…ya can even write a post, that Jerry is a ‘Blue Dog’ stab-in-the-backer on the Iraq issue. I’ve said stuff like that myself. So in light of the decisions made at the last steering committee meetup, you weren’t there…you don’t know what we decided…Hmmmmmm…Imagine that, I decided to cruise over to Jer’s blog and check out what he’s saying these days. Get me?

Here’s Jerry on Iraq:

I am firmly in favor of withdrawing troops on a timeline that includes both a definite start date and a definite end date (“date certain”) and uses clearly-defined benchmarks. I am not in favor of an “open-ended” timeline for withdrawal, as some members of Congress have proposed recently.

Pretty plain talk. Read his whole post right here and do read all the comments. You will be glad you did. I will be posting quite a bit on Jerry and other ‘progressive Democrats’ who are trying to get elected opposing either the fascist scum of the ReThuglican Party or like our own Donna Edwards going up against supposed ‘Democrat’ Al Wynn. This thing is going down tomorrow and sad to say I haven’t done enough to get this great young woman into Congress where she can use her brains and skill to advance our progressive agenda. Here’s a clip:

You can give to her campaign at our ‘For a Blue Majority Now’ Page. He will be opposed by another of the endless ReThug clones they manufacture in the Central Valley like flies over a feedlot.

I say we need Jerry right where he is pushing back against the stupidity of the ReichWing out in the Central Valley. He’s a smart guy and he’s fighting a smart fight.

I’ll be posting about our Chapter’s commitment to a brighter more progressive nation a lot in the months to come. I will be speaking with an emphasis on what you and I can do, irregardless of who is elected to what, to effect that change. We have a plan and with you backing we can make my meme: ‘Peace, Health and Prosperity for Everyone’ a reality. It’s time to stop griping and complaining and Take Action!