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Friday, March 16, 2007

It's about the oil, stupid!

I think we can all agree on a few things about the American Administration's policies.

First, the Middle-East is all about the oil. End of story!

Next, in spite of what the U.S. Administration says, Iraq is in a civil war and those S.O.B.'s are out of control. The U.S. should just get out and let them sort it out themselves. End of Story!

Global warming is a fact in spite of what Georgie says and it might be partly due to increased sun activity but is mostly from greenhouse gases. End of story!

Evolution is a fact and the best way to prove it is by what Lewis Black keeps saying, pure and simple, FOSSILS..... fossils, fossils, fossils! Damn it! End of story!

And now as the icing on the cake, this piece from Reuters News;

LOS ANGELES - The Bush administration wants to eliminate federal support for geothermal power just as many US states are looking to cut greenhouse gas emissions and raise renewable power output.

The move has angered scientists who say there is enough hot water underground to meet all US electricity needs without greenhouse gas emissions.

"The Department of Energy has not requested funds for geothermal research in our fiscal-year 2008 budget," said Christina Kielich, a spokeswoman for the Department of Energy. "Geothermal is a mature technology. Our focus is on breakthrough energy research and development."

The administration of George W. Bush has made renewable energy a priority as it seeks to wean the United States off foreign oil, but it emphasizes use of biofuels like ethanol and biodiesel for vehicles and nuclear research for electricity.

"In spite of its enormous potential, the geothermal option for the United States has been largely ignored," a recent study led by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology said.

Story by Bernie Woodall

Now, here is the kicker, boys and girls. Just as the Bush Administration has promoted the largest military budget in history to keep his Republican allies at Haliburton and other military contractors happy, he has cut funding for Geothermal and is concentrating on Biofuels and Nuclear instead.

Why? Because Biofuels and Nuclear have huge lobbies and Geothermal has NONE! Right now the score looks like this:

Nuclear and Biofuel Lobby = Billions

Geothermal = None

Just so you know!

Your "enquiring mind" scribe;
Allan W Janssen

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Blogger Paul said...

And so called "bio-fuels" are the biggest red herring in the energy field today. I see the current crop of commercials on TV for bio-deisel and ethanol based fuels, and I just shake my head. Ethanol based fuels, like those distilled from corn, or sugar cane, genrally require more fuel consumption to cultivate and harvest than they produce. They are a net loss. And the only effective bio-deisel it is possible to use in Canada in the winter months is B5, or 95% petroleum based deisel, and 5% bio-source deisel. Big deal. We could cut our fossil fuel consumption by 5% overnight by simply closing the donwtown cores of our major cities to personal vehicles, and requiring the use of public transit inside that area.

Friday, March 16, 2007 1:51:00 p.m.  

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