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Thread #91008 Message #1729459
Posted By: Don Firth
28-Apr-06 - 04:59 PM
Thread Name: BS: DRILL ANWR now!!!!
Subject: RE: BS: DRILL ANWR now!!!!
Okay, I'm definitely with you on that, Anonny! The levels of corruption are positively astronomical, and unfortunately the foxes are in charge of the chicken coop. Government regulation? Hell, that's where the foxes get together to plan for their next bucket of the Colonel's finest.
But—nothing personal to anyone, here's my take on it from the consumer level:
My wife and I are impacted just as much as anyone else by high gasoline prices. Well, not as much as some people. We drive a 1999 Toyota Corolla that gets excellent mileage, and in the seven years we've had it, we've only put about 15,000 miles on it. We use the car frugally. When the time comes when we need a new car, it will be a hybrid or something similar. The Prius wasn't available when we got the Corolla or that's what we would have bought. We have a friend who has one, and he loves it!
I have no bloody sympathy for the knothead who goes out an buys a Ford Expedition, a Chevy Suburban, or a Hummer and then pisses and moans about how much he has to pay to fill the tank—and then wants to dig up the whole bleedin' country looking for more oil so he can keep right on gushing pollutants into the atmosphere.
All I can say is "you buttered your bread, now lie in it!"
Tip when test-driving a vehicle you're thinking of buying: if, when you step on the accelerator, it sounds like a toilet flushing, keep looking.
By the way, here's a point to keep in mind: a scientist friend of mine (and a well-known science fiction writer in his spare time) once said to me that we make an immense number of products, including some pharmaceuticals, from petroleum. Many more things than most people are aware of. Considering all of the things we take for granted that we would have to do without if we ever ran out of petroleum—not even considering powering automobiles—to waste petroleum by burning it to produce energy is a crime against future generations.
So maybe we'd just better hold some in reserve from the insatiable maw of the family gas tank.