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Monday, June 23, 2008

Leaping Blindly ...

Said Daedilus to his son, Icarus, just before the latter took off:

"Here, I made you some wings. Jump off that cliff and try 'em out."

Said the Roanoke Times to Congressman Rick Boucher:

"You go, dude. Tax the American people some more. And when you're done, please check and see if that carbon sequestration thingie you're now promoting - and that the American people will be paying dearly for - actually works."

Cleaning Up Coal
editorial

"Clean coal" is an oxymoron. There is no way to burn coal that doesn't produce hundreds of tons of pollution, including massive amounts of carbon dioxide, which is a major contributor to global warming.

Rep. Rick Boucher understands that, even if the coalfield representative and industry supporter may not like to admit it. But he also understands that there is no ready substitute for coal, an abundant, relatively cheap source of energy for the nation.

He thinks the answer is carbon capture and sequestration -- a method to extract carbon dioxide from the emissions stream and divert it to safe and permanent storage underground.

To that end, Boucher is sponsoring legislation that would create a multi-billion-dollar fund -- supported by small fees paid by electric customers of utilities fueled by coal, oil and natural gas.

The money would go to an independent corporation that would oversee the development and deployment of large-scale carbon capture and storage technologies.

One-tenth of 1 cent per kilowatt hour may be a reasonable price to pay to see if this could be ... (link)

Hey, I have an idea. Why don't we get one of Willy Wonka's Bubble Machines? They too - for a small fee - can clean coal, perhaps. And massage your back at the same time!

Earth to all involved in this latest bit of silliness: Carbon sequestration technology has been shelved alongside that of alchemy. Someone should break the news to Boucher before he raises our taxes. Again.

On Barack Obama's Understanding Of History

Fred Thompson:

"The military tribunal process which the Supreme Court threw out last week provided more “due process” to enemy unlawful combatants than any which preceded it — and certainly more than Obama’s oft-cited Nuremberg trials, which provided neither habeas corpus nor any appeals whatsoever. Barack Obama may want to study Nuremberg before using it as an example, because all it proves is how wrong he is."

It is surely lost on Obama, and on all those who think that the Gitmo terrorists should be afforded rights that American soldiers aren't given, that the cutthroats and murderers were actually subject to trial. Each went before a military tribunal.

But that was then. Now the terrorists will be appearing in a district courtroom near you ...

Fear The Climate Scientists

First they came for the oil executives ...

James Hansen, hero to the environmental left, is no longer a scientist. He's now part of the sturmabteilungen, calling for the imprisonment of all those who hold dissenting views. Ernst Röhm had nothing on this guy:

Put oil firm chiefs on trial, says leading climate change scientist
By Ed Pinkerton, The Guardian

James Hansen, one of the world's leading climate scientists, will today call for the chief executives of large fossil fuel companies to be put on trial for high crimes against humanity and nature, accusing them of actively spreading doubt about global warming in the same way that tobacco companies blurred the links between smoking and
cancer.


Hansen will use the symbolically charged 20th anniversary of his groundbreaking speech to the US Congress - in which he was among the first to sound the alarm over the reality of global warming - to argue that radical steps need to be taken immediately if the "perfect storm" of irreversible climate change is not to become inevitable.

Speaking before Congress again, he will accuse the chief executive officers of companies such as ExxonMobil and Peabody Energy of being fully aware of the disinformation about climate change they are spreading. (link)


Most revealing is Hansen's view of us, the ignorant masses:

"The problem is not political will, it's the alligator shoes - the lobbyists. It's the fact that money talks in Washington, and that democracy is not working the way it's intended to work."

"Democracy is not working the way it's intended to work." He therefore thinks the enlightened among us should bypass us and take charge.

Let the trials begin.

And start building prisons.

James Hansen. Hero to the collectivist left. A match made in heaven.

When You Can't Govern ...

... if you're running things in Philadelphia, you take time out to honor Darwin and evolution.

It sure beats trying to reverse the city's soaring murder rate.

Clueless

When you don't know the first thing about capitalism and market forces, you come up with goofy solutions to economic problems. Like this:
To Ease Gas Prices, Obama Eyes Speculators
By Brian Knowlton, The New York Times

Senator Barack Obama on Sunday proposed tightening the regulation of oil speculators in an effort to ease record high gasoline prices and address one of Americans’ top concerns.

Mr. Obama proposed closing the so-called Enron loophole, a legal provision requested by that company in 2000 that exempts crucial energy commodities from government oversight. He also proposed preventing traders of American crude oil from routing transactions through offshore markets to evade American limits and working with other countries to better regulate oil-futures markets, and he called on the Federal Trade Commission and the Department of Justice to investigate market manipulation and oil futures. (link)
Yeah, that'll really solve our problems. The planet has a serious shortage of fuel production capacity, market speculators are sending the world that message loud and clear by bidding up prices on future oil production, and Obama's solution is to ... punish the speculators.

Swell.

We're doomed.

George Carlin Is Dead

He may not be remembered for his sharp wit and keen intellect, though he should, but George Carlin's eulogies over the next few days will surely include mention of "the seven words you can't say on television."

Great comedian.

Dead at 71.

A Guy With Lots of Time On His Hands

Having never been all that talented at the game of eight-ball, this to me is astounding:


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