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  •  Mexico doesn't have a very big oil reserve (1+ / 0-)
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    Charlie Brown for Congress

    ... if we tried to buy everything we needed from them we'd wipe them out pretty quickly.

    This isn't a matter of one person being able to deliver any specific thing, but will have to be a group collective of will to make the transition to alternative fuels and carefully use our very small proven reserves of real oil for what cannot be replaced by non typical petroleum products easily.  

    There's a lot of hype coming from the Republicans right now about how much oil is supposedly off shore (not much) and how much is in undeveloped oil shale deposits in the western states (have to burn energy to produce it, so it's not efficient,) and huge enviro problems with producing this stuff large scale, which they are deliberately neglecting to tell people.  Not the Please Save Bambi sort of enviro problems but the wholescale destruction of drinking water in the areas they'd like to mine.
    They are doing all this hype right now in Congress as a big dog and pony show before the elections.  (I'm working on a longer piece about this after seeing McClintock's ridiculous policy.)  

    We're not going to be able to come off of coal totally for a long time, so it's better to try to figure out how to make all new stuff as efficient as possible, as alternatively sourced as possible, and how to burn it more cleanly.  This may not want to be what you want to hear, but I would rather speak the truth now and have people start thinking about it from a realistic standpoint.  We may be thinking of plugging cars in at night but electricity is still coming from power plants the majority of which are still coal fuel sourced.

    Relying on hydrocarbon petrofuels for the long term is insane because at the current rates of consumption we as a nation WILL run out or the stuff will become so expensive to produce or so devastating to produce we won't have a choice for survival.  Other countries, as they run lower on reserves, will not be willing to sell it to us if they need it for themselves.

    My problem with McClintock, other than he's a crazy idealogue craving Armageddon type scenarios, is that his math didn't add up at all on what stuff would cost to produce.  That's just plain arrogantly careless.  You would have thought he'd at least have some faint flicker of consciousness that duh gasoline got much more expensive when Bush had the brilliant idea to try to start an extra mid East war.  
    And of course he's pushing a hydroelectric (water dam) facility in the worst location in the United States (Auburn confluence ) upstream of a big reservoir that is ALREADY using the water for their generating, and that one, Folsom, will need more water if there is overall less rain. I thought, if he wants to site it over 4 earthquake faults it's too crazy to be taken seriously but I'm sick of these idiots wasting money on it and misleading other voters on how "cheap" it would be.  

    "Toads of Glory, slugs of joy... as he trotted down the path before a dragon ate him"-Alex Hall/ Stop McClintock

    by AmericanRiverCanyon on Thu Aug 14, 2008 at 11:51:27 PM PDT

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