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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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.


In Case You Didn’t Notice….The Gloves are Off!

May 16, 2008

Barry the Glass-Jawed One will be a ‘Dukakis’ of a candidate in the GE. My postition starts from there.

But it doesn’t end there.

Here’s a post about something very important that the corporatist backers, same ones that are behind McSame and The Hill…more about hat next post, want killed for the obvious reasons. The mere fact that Barry the Ignorant is considering such a policy move makes me, a die hard hard science guy, want to ram my boot right up his ass. The poster has it right.

Postpone this project which well I’ll let the poster give you the number, I exaggerate you see…can’t be trusted with The Magic Man and his ‘policy’ stuff, Here yah go:

‘As president you could extract the entire NASA budget from the DoD budget and they wouldn’t even know it was gone, it’s a rounding error. In addition, the space program is the only government program in our nation’s history which can be shown to have paid for itself – in terms of fiscal and medical benefits derived from cutting edge technology which NASA either invented or sponsored.’

You do know what a rounding error is? I doubt me Barry does. And shove that ‘Buh…buh…he was President of the Harvard Law Review….’ crap back up yer ass. Bush is the first President with an MBA and that from Yale. So what. This is not the first time Barry has had trouble with reality. 57 States….no Barry that’s how many varieties of ketsup Heinz makes not the number of U.S. states and territories. Small town America suffered as much under the ‘racist’ Clinton administration as it did under the two Bush administrations. Nope, wrong again according to Paul Krugman.

So yeah if you want a ‘progressive’ version of Bush in the office of the President keep on yelling ‘Why won’t the Bitch Quit!’

Is The Hill any better?

Well actually…..

That’s my next post. Doan miss it.


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:

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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 will note a new ‘Widget’ in the sidebar which says, ‘Draft Lessig!’

February 16, 2008

Who is the Lessig person? He is a professor of law at Stanford Law School and founder of its Center for Internet and Society. He is founder and CEO of the Creative Commons and a board member of the Electronic Frontier Foundation and of the Software Freedom Law Center, launched in February 2005. He is best known as a proponent of reduced legal restrictions on copyright, trademark and radio frequency spectrum, particularly in technology applications. Here’s a collection of a few of his writings. Basically he’s what we used to call a ‘Futurist’ only, as you may have noticed, the future is pretty much right now.

He is associated with Senator Obama but this isn’t about Obama. It’s about getting people who are knowledgeable on technology into the Congress. We really need that to happen folks. You do remember Senator Ted ‘Tubes’ Stevens don’t you. You do know that America is steadily falling behind in the technological race don’t you?

Check Lessig and what he’s saying out. You might start here…………..


Hey! Are you feelin’ ‘Buggy’ today?

February 9, 2008

Well folks doan really matter what you think about it……

Guess what? They are gonna do it right here…..To you!

From farleft we have the following:

*STOP AERIAL PESTICIDE SPRAYING!*

The California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) has announced
plans to resume aerial pesticide spraying for the Light Brown Apple Moth

(LBAM) in summer of 2008. The campaign began in 2007 in Santa Cruz and
Monterey counties using a synthetic pheromone along with other chemicals

encased in microscopic plastic capsules. CDFA will expand the program
to the San Francisco Bay Area with plans to continue spraying each month

for up to 5 years or indefinitely until the moth is eradicated.

*Bay Area INFORMATIONAL/ORGANIZING MEETINGS on LBAM spraying:*

Oakland: January 30, 7:30 PM, Oakland Center for Environmental Health, 528 61st Street, Suite A.

Albany: January 31, 8:00 PM, A lbany Community Center, 1249 Marin Ave. (part of Albany Green Party meeting)

San Francisco: February 11, 7:30 PM, Women’s Building, 3543 18th Street, #8, Room A.

Berkeley: February 24, 5:00 PM, Berkeley Hillside Club, 2286 Cedar, between Spruce and Arch *Hosted by* *StopTheSpray.ORG*

WHAT’S WRONG WITH THE LBAM SPRAYING?

1) Hundreds of people in Santa Cruz and Monterey County have reported
adverse health reactions. The spray has not been tested for long-term
human toxicity and is being applied in microscopic plastic capsules
that could pose inhalation risks.

2) The spray contains ingredients that are highly toxic to aquatic
species, as well as surfactants, that might have contributed to algae
bloom (red tide) and the drowning of hundreds of waterfowl.

3) Biologists agree that the spraying – an outdated, unsustainable,
expensive pest control method – will not eradicate the moth. The CDFA
should switch to a con trol vs. an eradication program using least-toxic
methods that farmers already apply, e.g. pheromone traps or sticky ties.

4) CDFA itself says the moth has done no crop damage in California to
date. Priority must be given to public and environmental health and
safety over speculative economic loss.

5) The aerial spray program disproportionately impacts vulnerable
segments of the population, including those with the recognized
disability of multiple chemical sensitivity, who are in many cases
forced to relocate, and the homeless, who have no option to protect
themselves from spraying.

* *

Here’s a GOOD RESOURCE for correct information that has been vetted by
scientists and other activists: http://www.panna.org/resources/lbam

If you’re interested in getting involved in LBAM activism in the Bay
Area, a GOOD CONTACT PERSON is Paul Schramski, State Director of
Pestici de Watch in Sacramento (paul@pesticidewatch.org, 916.551.1883
office, 916.216.1082 mobile, www.pesticidewatch.org,
www.RefuseToUseChemLawn.org). Paul has been working with the folks in
Monterey and Santa Cruz counties and is supporting the growing work in
the bay area.

*WHAT CAN YOU DO?*

Sign the petition at www.stopthespray.org, get informed and become active!

** Contact the media: Newspapers, weeklies, radio and television stations – voice your concern.

** Ask Governor Schwarzenegger and CDFA secretary Kawamura to
stop the spray program and shift to sustainable methods of least-toxic
pest control.

** Ask your Assemblymember to support proposed legislation to
stop spraying without consent and safety data and to do whatever they
can to stop the spraying until legislation can be passed.

** Ask your federal Congressional representatives and Senators
to tell USDA to support safe pest control and to lift the USD A
quarantine of California crops from areas where the light brown apple
moth has been found.

CONTACT INFO. IS BELOW. THANK YOU!

Secretary A.G. Kawamura

Calif. Dept. of Food & Agriculture

1220 N Street, Suite 400

Sacramento, CA 95814

akawamura@cdfa.ca.gov

Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger

State Capitol Building

Sacramento CA 95814

Phone: 916-445-2841

Fax: 916-558-3160

http://www.governor.ca.gov/

Senator Dianne Feinstein

331 Hart Senate Office Bldg.

Washington, D.C. 20510

Phone: 202-224-3841

Fax: 202-228-3954

http://www.feinstein.senate.gov/

Senator Barbara Boxer

112 Hart Senate Office Bldg.

Washington, D.C. 20510

Phone: 202-224-3553

Fax: 202-228-2382

http://www.boxer.senate.gov/

Senator Joe Simitian

State Capitol, Room 2080

Sacramento, CA 95814

Phone*: *916-651-4011

Fax*: *916-323-4529

Senator.Simitian@sen.ca.gov

Assemblymember John Laird

State Capitol P.O. Box 942849

Sacramento, CA 94249-0027

Phone: 916-319-2027

Fax: 916-319-2127

Assemblymember.Laird@assembly.ca.gov

Representative Sam Farr

1221 Longworth House Office Bldg.

Washington, D.C. 20514

Phone: 202-225-2861

Fax: 202-225-6791

samfarr@mail.house.gov

Senator Abel Maldonado

590 Calle Principal

Monterey, CA 93940

Fax: 831-657-6320

Phone: 831-657-6315

senator.maldonado@sen.ca.gov