OT - Gas to hit 4.00

Doran L. Barton fozz at iodynamics.com
Wed Jun 4 18:15:06 MDT 2008

Not long ago, Stuart Jansen proclaimed...
> On Wed, 2008-06-04 at 16:19 -0600, Charles Curley wrote:
> > And if McCain gets elected, expect it to go up faster than if Obama
> > gets elected.
> Huh? How do you figure?

Yeah, I'm curious to know Charles's answer to this as well. McCain's bought
into the Global Warming hype, as has Obama, but he's likely to be less of a
raise-taxes-to-solve-the-problem president.

As it stands right now, both Barak Obama and John McCain are in favor of
"Cap and Trade" legislation that create a new currency called "carbon
credits." This legislation, the EPA estimates, will add at least $1.50 to
every gallon of gasoline you buy. Some estimate it will be as much as $5.00
more. Cap and trade isn't going to escape veto while Bush is in office, but
he (obviously) won't be for much longer.

This legislation is based around the flawed "settled, concensus science" of
global warming that man-made carbon dioxide in the environment is causing a
rise in global temperatures. In actuality, it's more like socialism
disguised as environmentalism. Most of that money spent on carbon credits
is going to go to the government just like your tax dollars do. 

It's already been discussed in this thread already that rising gas prices
are impacting the economy. Cap and trade legislation will also impact the
economy even more. In the end, the rich in the country are going to be the
only ones that can afford to drive gas-powered vehicles, but no one will
hate them for that, right?

Some people are calling this an "energy crisis." I heard someone on the
radio recently correct this notion by saying it's not an energy crisis as
much as it is a "liquid fuels" crisis. We have plenty of ways we can
generate energy and we will want to migrate as much as we can to
alternative sources of energy.

Government seems to stand in our way everywhere we look for alternative
forms of energy or even ways to ease our crude oil supply pressures. We
can't drill for oil in known large oil fields off the coasts or in 
Alaska because of congressional bans. We can't use coal to oil technology
because of bans. We can't use shale oil in the Rockies... same story. 

There's controversy around hydroelectric power which is the cleanest form
of power known to man. Nuclear power is in use by a majority of France and
other countries in Europe, but we can't even start building nuclear plants

Solar and wind are about the only power sources that we can explore and
they're (a) only viable in certain areas or (b) not efficient enough yet to
compete with traditional power sources. 

The bottom line is, it really seems like it's time to break out the
torches, pitchforks, and bull horns and let government representatives know
you won't stand for them standing around and doing nothing for no good
reason while our economy slows to a crawl.

fozz at iodynamics.com is Doran L. "Fozz" Barton
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