Thursday, March 31, 2005


$4 Per Gallon Gasoline

CNNMoney is reporting that Goldman Sachs has predicted that gasoline prices have entered the early phases of a multiyear "super spike" period in which prices will continue to rise until consumers feel sufficiently pinched to change their habits. They foresee that change in buying habits occurring around $105 per barrel of oil, a price which they prognostic would translate into $4 per gallon gasoline.

This $4 per gallon price was also recently cited by the New York Times' Thomas Friedman as the price that a courageous US administration would push gasoline to now in order to stimulate research into more efficient energy consumption and alternative energy production. In that same article, Mr. Friedman lambastes the President, saying that his efforts to reform Social Security while ignoring the economic, ecological, and foreign relations impacts of over reliance on oil is "one of the greatest examples of misplaced priorities in the history of the U.S. presidency."

One of Friedman's rationales for the steep gas tax is that over the next 45 years, the number of cars is expect to more than quadruple as formerly Third World countries such as China and India strive to attain one of the iconic First World ammenities. Friedman cites Wired Magazine's April cover story 2050 projection. That number is corroborated by projections in the chapter on China in Jared Diamond's Collapse.

The most interesting claim in Friedman's article is that the Evangelical Christian Right is beginning to put pressure on the Republican Party to take care of the Lord's earth. I would be very pleased to see that claim become reality.

Friday, March 18, 2005


Quote o' the Day

Here's a cheery thought:
According to a new study, we are past the point of no return in regards to Global Warming. Nothing we do will stop the inevitable rising oceans and warming temperatures.
The good news is that the projected "inevitable" rise is about 4 inches.

Wednesday, March 09, 2005


Steven Colbert Interview

Way back in January, Steven Colbert of the Daily Show was interviewed on NPR. I was suprised by how humble and down to earth the guy seemed in the interview. In explaining how he grew up in the South but did not develop a Southern accent, he said
I never said I was smart. I said I wanted to seem smart.
His logic as a child was that because TV content associated a Southern accent with lowered intelligence, he should sound differently. As his model voice, he chose the network news anchors of the day, Cronkite et al. Ironically his childhood choice paid off.

Earlier in the interview Colbert said

I don't know why anyone would talk to the press for any reason whatsoever. The press is like a lamprey that latches on to a subject and sucks and sucks and sucks until your brain and soul is [sic] as dry as a cruton because they need what you've got inside you to make their story. They don't care about you; they care about their story.
It's noteworthy that Colbert said this to a member of the press to whom he had earlier expressed gratitude for the opportunity to be interviewed. Perhaps Colbert had no qualms about this because he doesn't consider NPR or his interviewer to be part of the life sucking press.

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