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Someone should care, maybe not you....

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40+ year old former teacher, linguist, interrogator, soldier, and lastly convict. We all do stupid things every once and awhile. I am an economic conservative and a firm believer in civil rights. Starting a new life now and frankly not sure what I am going to be doing.

09 December 2008

A few thoughts

First. The Governor of Illinois has the biggest cojones and the smallest brain since Gary Hart said " Go Ahead, follow me around. I have nothing to hide.!"
I may have to wander off to BlueGirl's current platform just to see if she is adding him to her Culture of Corruption rant. I really thought the days of blatantly selling Senate seats had gone out quite awhile ago.

on another point, I head some yutz today on NPR going off on how higher gas taxes would be such a good thing. Typically these people live in places like San Fransisco and make 6 digit incomes. So with CalTrans, the SF transit system and the the money they make, high gas taxes to force peopel into greener cars are a good thing. IF on the other hand, you live in a rural location, have a take home salary of about $200 a week, a mortgage payment of $300 a month, all the other usual bills (food, electricity, insurance, medical/vet bills, etc) and a 20 mile drive to work, higher gas taxes can't force you to drive a greener car becasue you still can't afford the damn thing but they will sure a hell eliminate what little you have for medical, dental, an occasional book to read, or healthier food.

I really dislike Green idealists. Speaking of which, anyone else noticed that the environmentalists are desperately fighting a huge solar energy development in the Imperial valley area of California becasue it will "adversely impact the fragile desert ecosystem." Can't these idiots make up their minds?

3 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I've been waiting for the "fragile desert ecosystem" line about solar power. There's also a trial tidal power plant going in nearby. A measely five megawatts, but how long is it going to take before people notice sucking energy out of waves and tides affects things like tidal pools or barnacles?

People always seem misled by the little trial plants and technology demos. But doing things on an industrial scale is different. "Oh, we couldn't possible affect it, it's so big" is what people used to think about clean water or clean air.

6:40 PM  
Blogger The Zombieslayer said...

Wow. That's a shame.

I read a thesis in Scientific American months ago where solar power can feasibly solve our energy crisis. Of course, we'll be covering a lot of fragile desert ecosystem in the Southwest, but come on, it's a desert.

These people need to make up their minds. I've always been for protecting old growth forests but deserts are deserts. Cover them with solar panels.

11:20 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Solar can certainly do the job. But you're going to change _something_ when you take gigawatts of power from one place and use it somewhere else. There is no perfect solution. (Even materializing energy magically out of the vaccuum would be changing the heat budget of the planet.)

So the question is really relative cost. Ruining the homes of some kangaroo rats with solar farms may be less of a bad choice than ruining the homes of everything by continuing to burn fossil fuels.

9:21 AM  

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