Thursday, February 02, 2006

It's like Orwell, but for reals

Tuesday night GW talks about us needing to go to rehab to cure our oil addiction. Among the alternatives he offered up were wind and ethanol. Yesterday, the Sec. of Energy said GW was just joshin' about detaching from the Mid-East oil tit.

Today, the NYT shows that they apparently didn't mean it about the ethanol and wind energy either.

A taste:

"The Energy Department will begin laying off researchers at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory in the next week or two because of cuts to its budget.

A veteran researcher said the staff had been told that the cuts would be concentrated among researchers in wind and biomass, which includes ethanol. Those are two of the technologies that Mr. Bush cited on Tuesday night as holding the promise to replace part of the nation's oil imports."

It's not about speaking truthfully. It's about truthiness.

3 Comments:

At 2/02/2006 11:44:00 AM, Blogger pazam said...

No matter, really, since ethanol and hydrogen fuel use more fossil fuels to make them than we're currently consuming anyway. It's really chapping my ass that the response to our oil & natural gas shortages is to switch to another form of fuel that takes oil and/or natural gas to make. When we're talking about being only 5-10 years away from a serious shortage of fossil fuels HOW CAN WE CONTINUE TO BE SO SHORTSIGHTED??? What people really need to hear is that they need to rethink their lifestyles, restructure their towns and create local resources of the things we need to live. And considering that the pesticides and fertilizers we use to grow our food are OIL-BASED (not to mention the fuel we use to ship our food all over the fucking country b/c WE'RE AMERICANS AND WE WANT WHAT WE WANT RIGHT FUCKING NOW) we'd better start learning how to grow our own. I could go on and on....

 
At 2/02/2006 11:55:00 AM, Blogger slight said...

Though here's the thought that occurred to me this morning, thinking about needing oil/fossil fuels to produce these other alternative fuels: once those programs got off the ground, couldn't you then use that fuel (ethanol, methane, hydrogen, whatever) to produce/refine that fuel? Isn't that what we're basically doing now with the fossil fuels?

 
At 2/02/2006 11:58:00 AM, Blogger pazam said...

yeah, i dunno.

 

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