This morning, I read an entry from my little brother's blog about ethanol. He's probably on to something (as usual). I know it's hard to take a man seriously when his profile picture is of two Storm Troopers taking a leak, but it's worth the read.
It seems this is the article that got him fired up, and for good reason. We're taking it in the backdoor at the pump. I'll avoid the political debate, but one thing is for certain--the fault lies with two people: George W. Bush and the American Consumer.
Gas prices will never (and I mean it) go down. You'll never see gasoline under $2 a gallon the rest of your life. I don't care if Saudi Arabia says we can just have all of theirs. It still won't be $2. Our supply is fine. It's the demand that's the problem. The only way to get prices to come back down is to use less gasoline (like I am by getting a hybrid. Now I just need 100 million of my fellow Americans to do the same). While we're talking about the kind of cars we drive, the next time you see a guy driving a Hummer through town, follow him until he pulls over, punch him in the head, and take his wallet. That guy is costing you money at the pump. The way I see it, he owes us.
I found some good news for my brother, and the rest of us who give a shit about a) the environment b) our health and the one that everyone who doesn't care about the first two should, c) money that we could spend on anything else that we're currently sinking into our gas tanks. Currently, if I wanted 85% Ethanol to toss in the tank, I'd have to drive to New York City. That's the closest station. This year, however, things should start to get better. You can read about it here.
Because we are creatures of habit, and selfish by nature, I suspect things will remain the same for about 30 more years. I'm an early adopter. I try new things regularly, like ethanol or hybrid cars. Unfortunately, people aren't like me. They like to do things the way they've always done them. And those assholes who drive Hum-V's don't care if you think they are assholes. So people will make the change when we start talking about gasoline like we talk about social security. Eventually, the money is going to run out. I'll bet anyone my life savings that when it starts to run out, you won't find a bigger supporter of ethanol or another alternative energy than Exxon and the other oil companies. They're gonna look like heroes. Sorta like a cop who rapes you while wearing a mask, runs around the corner, removes the mask, clubs the nearest citizen and stuffs the mask in the citizen's pocket while he cuffs them. Some hero.
Oh my...Feel Goods Galore today:
I never got teachers like this...maybe because I wasn't special ed.
At least you can live with someone without being married to them...unless you live here.
How unobservant have we become as a nation? Well, if someone next to you on your flight dies and you don't notice, that's an indication of 'pretty fucking unobservant.'
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