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  •  The President and Congress... (1+ / 0-)
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    ...should for once stop lying to the American people about our energy predicament. The reality is that our current situation is unsustainable and must/will change at some point.

    All of these 'invesigations' are an utter waste of resources. If Anericans want to know why gas is so expensive, they need only look in a mirror.

    That's an adult conversation, not childishly pointing fingers at easy scapegoats.

    (-5.50,-6.67): Left Libertarian
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    by Sparhawk on Tue Apr 17, 2012 at 08:34:39 AM PDT

    •  I would agree that (2+ / 0-)
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      demand in China, India and other developing nations going up while production has plateaued, increasing production needs that cannot be met even if we tear up every inch of our country trying to suck the oil out, we are in an unsustainable situation. We are living in a world where climate change and peak oil have collided. I think the message has been coming out but not loud enough to drown out those who want to suck the last of the profits out of a business that killing us through wars, pollution and the effects of climate change.

      But why is that message being drowned out? Americans are addicted to oil yes. I think the oil industry is so addicted to the profits derived from it that they're the ones blocking a reality based discussion on the affects of the addiction.

      We know it's the Koch brothers et al that are funding the climate denier movements that has infected the GOP to the point they can't have a rational discussion on climate change when it's happening in real time. They are up to their eyeballs in oil money and seem to be on a mission to mock and block the development and transition to any kind of alternative energy.

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      by Siri on Tue Apr 17, 2012 at 09:03:20 AM PDT

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      •  Too conspiracy minded (1+ / 0-)
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        Occam's Razor says that honest discussion is not happening because it is politically unpopular, not because there's a conspiracy to suppress it (hell, BP is now called 'beyond petroleum' and they have significant solar investments).

        It's easy to win elections by pointing fingers, rather than losing by telling Americans the truth.

        (-5.50,-6.67): Left Libertarian
        Leadership doesn't mean taking a straw poll and then just throwing up your hands. -Jyrinx

        by Sparhawk on Tue Apr 17, 2012 at 09:12:34 AM PDT

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        •  We don't often see eye-eye, (0+ / 0-)

          but I agree that telling Americans the truth has been missing for a long, long time. In fact, I think an earnest appeal might not even be a losing one anymore. It would simply require someone to be honest, forthright, and actually use their powers of persuasion to convince people to vote for him/her so s/he can vote for/implement these necessary changes. You know, like a politician is supposed to do.

          "Lone catch of the moon, the roots of the sigh of an idea there will be the outcome may be why?"--from a spam diary entitled "The Vast World."

          by bryduck on Tue Apr 17, 2012 at 09:21:39 AM PDT

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