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I saw this picture (click to enlarge) over the summer during casual browsings of the internet. It frankly illustrates ‘a’ big root of the world’s current problems, and more accessibly, why our economy is having a little trouble getting kick started again.
This November, we need to sustain our Democratic majorities who are most inclined to push for alternative energy legislation, and policies that guide society into a more sustainable way of living, as there is no real permanent future with our current petroleum based way of life and economy (fuels cars, fertilizes industrially grown food, transports said food, there’s more).
So, get out there, and push for the Democrats, on the streets, in the phone banks, and if you cannot there (i.e. you’ve got critical work to do), the web is another place to push. Tweet, Facebook, blog, write editorials, etc. Whatever little helps, especially if canvassers knock on a door of or phone bankers call someone recently convinced online that they should vote Dem again, as it makes their job a lot easier and gives them time to call more people/knock more doors.
Best of luck to all Democratic candidates. Let’s do it again in 2010!
^ I can blog because I am not there ^
People are losing their heads this week as McCain fires the ultimate political weapon – Paris Hilton – and Indiana may become the most important state ever in the next 72 hours…
From Talking Points Memo: A Must Read… Remember when John McCain did a major flip-flop on off-shore oil drilling? You may not because the media doesn’t cover that sort of things. Well, at the same time he was flipping oil executives from the Hess Family were pumping $28,500 a person into the McCain fund.
Update: This story keep getting better. Turns out an “office manager” and her Amtrak foreman husband both gave $28,500 on the same day as the Hess Family Donation Explosion. These two live in a lower-middle class neighborhood in Flushing, Queens where the average household income is $58,069. How is it that two people that rent homes in this area are able to give maximum allowable amount to McCain?
From Political Wire: Evan Bayh?
From the Huffington Post: What do topless women, motorcycle gangs, Kid Rock, and John McCain have in common? That would be Sturgis, South Dakota where McCain will be addressing the mecca of bikers…
From the Detroit Free Press: Obama in Lansing calls for more aid to the auto industry to retool factories for more fuel efficient cars!
From the BBC: Did anyone else notice the uptick in beheadings last week? I can’t really link this to anything political unless you want to blame it on Mike Rogers, which I would be cool with. First, the freaky beheading in Canada. Secondly, the beheading that lead to a slashed police officer, two battered physicians, and a women wounded by a ricocheted bullet in Greece.
From the Harvard Dems: Why the Republicans are inspiring this Democratic blogger from the House floor.
From the UCLA Dems: California notices the funky things going on in Michigan politics.
From College Click TV: A U of M College Democrat is interviewed about life at Michigan.
* I think I can manage a weekly one of these… this is not guaranteed.
Today, President Bush gave a radio addressÂ blaming Congress for not taking appropriate action to lower energy prices. Specifically, he believes that their unwillingness to lift restrictions on offshore oil drilling is preventing the United States from bringing prices back down. Here’s an excerpt from the address:
One of the factors driving up high gas prices is that many of our oil deposits here in the United States have been put off-limits for exploration and production. Past efforts to meet the demand for oil by expanding domestic resources have been repeatedly rejected by Democrats in Congress.
The whole address can be found here.
I want to start by saying that Democrats are not the only ones who have opposed lifting the restrictions. Making that comment is a clear partisan shot, and it is not the smartest issue to take partisan shots on. There are plenty of Republicans who have supported the restrictions on offshore oil drilling. Democrats are not the only ones who support them.
I then want to provide this article from the Wall Street Journal as another source on the situation. President Bush, among others, is saying that more land needs to be opened up for oil drilling so that we can increase our supply. Yet, as Democratic Congressman Chris Van Hollen points out, “Democrats support more drilling… In fact, what the president hasn’t told you is that the oil companies are already sitting on 68 million acres of federal lands with the potential to nearly double US oil production.”
Oil companies have 68 million acres of unused land, and they haven’t started using them? Wow! I wish I had that much extra land.
If you want to debate how much the price of oil is going to fall, or how much of an impact the speculation of lower prices is going to have, then let’s have that debate. However, when the president gives a public address that does not come even close to letting all of the information be known, that is just irresponsible and misleading.
The countdown to our president’s last day in officeÂ continues.
Gas prices are high. We all know that. We also know that the cost of all otherÂ fossil fuels is rapidly on the rise. The solution that some have come up with is to drill for more oil and natural gas. Their logic goes somewhat like this:
1) Fuel prices are high
2) Demand is rising faster than supply
3) There is lots of oil and natural gas that we have not even started retrieving
4) If we retrieve that oil and natural gas, then fuel prices will go back down and the problem will be solved
The first three points are indisputable. As evidence of how many oil and natural gas reserves have not been touched in the United States, check out this picture.