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I see a good deal of hand wringing and wailing about the price of oil since the Middle East has begun to wake up to "people power". The day many of our elite has dreaded is here, and this instability will cost our economy dear because we didn't prepare.

Well I hate to say this but:

We damned well told you so; but would you bloody listen? Your only contribution to the debate was "drill baby drill", and we all saw in the Gulf of Mexico where that idiotic rhetoric can lead. Ye gawds, it has been talked about for decades, never mind climate change that you cant or wont get your tiny little minds around;  think economy.

The only thing that happens in the US in our insane drive for fossil fuels its smashing up mountains, and polluting aquifers by hydrofracking. Playing the "oh my gosh how did that happen" card when  wells blow out, pipelines leak, and tankers run aground. You blindly ignore for profit that strip mining tar sands makes our country look like a lunar surface.

You don't stop to bloody think. Just give me the money honey and fuck the consequences. Have you ever thought of how much this will cost the rest of us and furure generations? Nah, you're just greedy assholes.

The British Conservatives are having an oh my golly gosh moment:

Huhne will say: "If the oil price doubled, as from $80 last year to $160 this year, it could lead to a cumulative loss of GDP of around £45bn over two years. This is not just far-off speculation: it is a threat here and now."

Its a matter of will we have

1] The technology

2] The resources

What we lack is the will to change.

Sometimes the answers are so obvious I wonder at my own sanity.

sigh

The speech is an attempt to galvanise public support for tough measures to create a green economy, after recent setbacks including attacks on the science of climate change and stalled international negotiations. .

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  •  Tip Jar We really have to change the way we do (15+ / 0-)

    things, for our own good.

    "Another world is not only possible, she is on her way. On a quiet day, I can hear her breathing." Arundhati Roy

    by LaFeminista on Thu Mar 03, 2011 at 09:17:32 AM PST

  •  Big Oil and its money is so intractible (4+ / 0-)

    Nothing less than a complete collapse would spur these people in charge to do anything.

    China will lead a green world while the oil companies and their lackeys squeeze every last drop of money out of us as we will impose all sorts of "austerity cuts" and rationing of what's left of the oil.

    "Nothing in all the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity." --M. L. King "You can't fix stupid" --Ron White

    by zenbassoon on Thu Mar 03, 2011 at 09:23:04 AM PST

  •  That headline could have been written in......... (4+ / 0-)

    1973.

    The oily oligarchs are not yet finished sucking the last bit of wealth out of us.  

    Don't get your hopes up.  

    I believe that banking institutions are more dangerous to our liberties than standing armies. Thomas Jefferson

    by deepsouthdoug on Thu Mar 03, 2011 at 09:28:07 AM PST

    •  It could have been written a thousand times (2+ / 0-)
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      Mogolori, change the Be

      but we decided to play "Risk"

      "Another world is not only possible, she is on her way. On a quiet day, I can hear her breathing." Arundhati Roy

      by LaFeminista on Thu Mar 03, 2011 at 09:29:58 AM PST

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      •  A perfect analogy... (1+ / 0-)
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        alizard

        How much of our military spending (i.e., taxpayer spending) over the past 40 years can fairly be ascribed to the propping up of dictatorships overseeing the planet's oil production?  Many trillions, easily.

        And what has been our ROI?  Many, many more trillions, in debt, war expenditure, opportunity costs and environmental damage.  The history books will lay this plainly.

        "And now we know that government by organized money is just as dangerous as government by organized mob." -- FDR

        by Mogolori on Thu Mar 03, 2011 at 11:03:52 AM PST

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  •  And yet what this turmoil is most likely to spur (1+ / 0-)
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    LaFeminista

    is some sort of forcible intervention.... sigh...

    Real stupidity beats artificial intelligence every time. (Terry Pratchett)

    by angry marmot on Thu Mar 03, 2011 at 09:34:11 AM PST

  •  Operative word--"Should" (3+ / 0-)

    there are many things that should be happening.

    Did you notice how quickly the gouging at the pump started? Pure opportunism.

    Kevin Phillips fleshes out the Oil Economy and its support in the US pretty well in American Theocracy.

    You may find yourself in a beautiful house, with a beautiful wife, and you may ask yourself, "How did I get here?"

    by FrankCornish on Thu Mar 03, 2011 at 09:55:50 AM PST

  •  we got Haley Barbour getting primetime coverage (3+ / 0-)
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    MackInTheBox, DWG, LaFeminista

    by CNN and the rest of the corporate media. Are they highlighting the stupidity of Barbour for blaming Obama for higher gas prices?

    or are they pushing the meme that obama=higher gas prices?

    having become so accustomed to the startling-low intelligence of many americans, it's hard to label any media messaging as being "too dumb to work".

    witness the GOPranos...rethugs....Paul Wolfowitz: "If they fuck with me or Shaha, I have enough on them to fuck them too."

    by change the Be on Thu Mar 03, 2011 at 09:56:14 AM PST

  •  I have never understood (5+ / 0-)

    what is wrong with being efficient. I sealed the air cracks into my basement recently; cost my about $50 in sprayable goop and as a result the temperature went up about 5 deg F. Which means I probably saved myself a few dollars a month, minimum.

    Why does making investments in my own home which will pay for themselves in a year bother Republicans so?

    In theory, there is no difference between theory and practice; but in practice, there always is a difference. - Yogi Berra

    by blue aardvark on Thu Mar 03, 2011 at 10:05:00 AM PST

    •  There have been arguments to the contrary.. (0+ / 0-)

      This discusses, and mostly counters them pretty well.

      I saw another take on the question somewhere a couple of months ago but I couldn't come up with a link. The gist of it is that making energy production and use more efficient means that the energy inputs into the production of various material goods cost less and that therefore more stuff can get made and sold for a given cost. I haven't found anymore about that point of view lately, but it's given me some food for thought.

      Moderation in most things. Except Reactors. IFR forever!

      by billmosby on Thu Mar 03, 2011 at 04:05:40 PM PST

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  •  We are one revolution removed from some (0+ / 0-)

    really bad times.

  •  Should, yes. But more likely we will double-down (0+ / 0-)

    on the petroleum energy sources both by increasing extraction and by "securing" sources.

    At this point in the US, technical challenges of renewable energy innovation are probably far less daunting than punching through the massive political-corporate barrier wall protecting  the incumbent oil & gas industries.

    "The liberties of a people never were, nor ever will be, secure, when the transactions of their rulers may be concealed from them." -Patrick Henry

    by MackInTheBox on Thu Mar 03, 2011 at 10:43:47 AM PST

  •  CNN money: Oil in 2015 to cost... (1+ / 0-)
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    Calamity Jean

    $80 a barrel. Or $137. Or something. Here.

    I think that every time we get close to a roaring economy (worldwide, that is), we will get high oil prices that will shut us down once again. Turmoil in the middle east certainly can raise prices, but I think we're already used to it to such an extent that we ignore any new shocks after about a week and a half.

    Moderation in most things. Except Reactors. IFR forever!

    by billmosby on Thu Mar 03, 2011 at 03:58:27 PM PST

  •  So true (0+ / 0-)

    And the Republicans are using the high prices and the toppling of dictators in the Middle East as an excuse for drill, baby, drill. We are morally bankrupt as a nation.

    Be radical in your compassion.

    by DWG on Fri Mar 04, 2011 at 12:48:42 AM PST

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