Tuesday, June 8, 2010

How much oil has BP spilled into the Gulf of Mexico so far?

BP would like to keep the amount of oil spilling into the gulf as quiet as possible. Be sure to slide the "spill-o-meter" all the way to your right to get the most accurate estimate.

This disaster is just beyond words, beyond compensation, beyond repair. While Republicans try to put the blame on Obama (ridiculous! as if BP had nothing to do with it, and as if Cheney-Bush didn't put the energy policy and de-regulation in place that lead to this disaster) and simultaneously scream "drill baby, drill," the oil continues wash up on America's shores.

While BP may be able to shamefully push around little Banana Republics, America must stand up to the BP bully. This company should be liquidated. Its officers should be jailed for life, or worse. An terrible example must be made of BP to send the message that this must NEVER EVER happen again.

Nobody has ever heard of an "air spill" at a wind farm. And the sun spills its energy every day. Why oh why do we remain addicted to these terrible, hellish fossil fuels pollute our waters and air, poison our children, contribute to global warming and keep us kissing the asses of Petro-Dictators and turning a blind eye toward human rights.

Shame on all of us for buying the lie that "We must use oil for the foreseeable future." The oil-lobby (I call them Fossil-fools) has been saying that for 40 years to discourage any organized effort to wean ourselves off of fossil fuels.

Where is my electric car!!! GM, I'm still waiting!

Friday, April 23, 2010

Offshore drilling and exploding oil platforms... just say no

Drill baby, drill! That annoying shrill cry of Sarah Palin resonates like manicured finger nails on a chalkboard.

President Obama has shown himself to be a big too pragmatic when it comes to offshore drilling. Now in Louisiana comes a stark sinking reminder why we have not permitted it for so long.

Predictably, the oil industry assures that technology has advanced to the point where we no longer need be concerned about a single drop of oil polluting our shores. Lies from fools.

Offshore drilling pollutes our shores and waters, pollutes our air, and contributes to what even George W. acknowledged as our "addiction to oil." Nothing good comes from offshore drilling; it simply maintains the status quo and does no long term good for America or humanity.

President Obama, this latest episode of offshore drilling horror must open your eyes. Stop reaching out to the Repulicans, the party of no... They'll never vote for a progressive agenda anyway. Don't give Sarah Palin and her lunatic fringe a victory. Permanently close American shores and pristine wilderness areas to offshore drilling now. On this issue, the Democrats should be the party of "No."

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

When can I buy a Chevy Volt?

I've been reading, watching, and waiting for the Chevy Volt to come to market for years now. Will this be the year I finally realize my dream of owning a practical electric car? It seems that my elusive dream will once again slip into the future another year. GM won't ramp up production until late 2010, and then they will offer the Volt in only a few select locations, Minnesota not being one of them. So Perhaps 2011 or 2012.... or Never?

Meanwhile, I am paying close attention to the Nissan Leaf. It looks like a great little car, but the range is a problem for me. The Volt's range would work much better for me, as I have a daily commute of about 90 miles round trip. I could nearly do the entire inbound trip with the Volt on an electric charge, and then back again after recharging. Ditching my Mountaineer for a Volt would save me nearly $16 per day, or more than $300 per month with $3 gasoline.

I'm holding tight to my intention of not purchasing another gas vehicle. My 2004Mercury Maintainer is showing is age. But I'll drive it another 20 years if I have to.