Bush: “Gas is gonna cost what???”

Bush finds out about $4 gas forecasts

President Bush, saying he was unaware of predictions of $4-a-gallon gasoline in the coming months, told reporters Thursday that the best way to help Americans fend off high prices is for Congress to make his first-term tax cuts permanent.

Bush also criticized Congress, which is considering an $18 billion tax increase for large oil companies.

‘All that’s going to do is make the price even higher,’ he said. ‘We ought to be encouraging investment in oil and gas close to home if we’re trying to mitigate the problems we face.’

Georgie, are you fucking serious? This is totally ridiculous.

1. You weren’t aware of the outlook on the price of gas? Have you been stranded? Is that why you don’t have a clue?

george bush castaway

2. The best way to deal with these prices is a tax cut? Why don’t you push alternate sources of energy? Why not say that we should cut demand?

Because you’re still an oil man.

Just say that we should consume less gas, goddamnit. If demand goes down, so will the price. It’s really easy.

-MC Spanky McGee

Global warming is not the issue here, dude. A new argument for cutting emissions.

Well, maybe it’s new.

Let’s get some things out in the open here. I accept the old arguments for the conclusion that global warming is occurring and that it is caused by humans. Ok–I feel better.

We could wrangle over the data and findings, and nay-sayers will tell you that it’s possible that the warming is not occurring or it’s not being caused by us. However, we can skip this debate and use a much better argument that should have the exact same consequences if we had all accepted the old argument for the conclusion that we should curtail our carbon emissions. The result should be that nay-sayers will accept the conclusion that thy should conserve energy and switch to renewable sources.
The new argument relies on premises that all sane people accept:

  1. Fossil fuel sources are practically finite, and they are not renewable in a useful way. We use them up at a rate that exponentially exceeds the rate at which dead things turn into oil, for example. In other words, we can’t wait around for new oil to pop up.
  2. As far as I know, nuclear materials fall in the same boat.
  3. As these non-renewable sources become scarcer, their prices will rise, and that rise is not in the self-interest of consumers.
  4. We are going to require energy sources that are renewable at a rate that keeps up with demand. This is also important for economic reasons.
  5. The sun, the wind, and wave power are all good candidates for sources presented in #3, and once the systems are in place, their carbon footprint is greatly smaller than systems relying on fossil fuels, etc. Solar energy, especially, is practically infinite. Of course, the sun will burn out, as I have discussed in OIL ON TITAN? SWEET!
  6. . So it is not absolutely infinite. But it should crank out sunlight as long as we can stick around on this planet, anyway. (And we don’t cloud the atmosphere….)

Though the technology is still in the infant stage, we should research these new systems as much as possible, and implement them as soon as possible.

Concerning 3, we will have to strike a compromise. I’m betting that systems involving solar, wind, etc., will not be able to be able to keep up with projected demand. That means that we will have to reduce demand and conserve. So, we will have to use CFLs, turn out the lights when we leave a room, inflate our tires, drive less, etc.

Here’s the kicker. Once we make the necessary switch to these “renewable” sources, we will find that our carbon emissions will drop anyway. But the new argument relies on relatively uncontroversial premises. Even if carbon emissions drop and the average global temperature happens to keep rising, we will still be in a better economic situation, because fossil fuels and nuclear fuels are practically finite and our reliance on them will become a royal pain in the economic ass.

Bottom line: it’s in everyone’s self-interest to use fossil fuels as little as possible and to make the switch to renewables. Yep–oil companies are going to get hit, but you should keep in mind that they’re going to have to play a new game, anyway. Their oil won’t last forever, and I guarantee you that they are already thinking about new investments.

Duh. They’re not stupid.

-MC Spanky McGee

The recession will end soon. Here’s the solution.

MC Spanky McGee pulls some sweet economic forecasts out of his arse.


http://www.cnn.com/2008/LIVING/personal/02/08/sad.shopping… A study finds that sad people spend more!!!

The study found a willingness to spend freely by sad people occurs mainly when their sadness triggers greater “self-focus.” That response was measured by counting how frequently study participants used references to “I,” “me,” “my” and “myself” in writing an essay about how a sad situation such as the one portrayed in the video would affect them….

On average, the group watching the sad video offered to pay nearly four times as much for a sporty-looking, insulated water bottle than the group watching the nature video, according to the study by researchers from Harvard, Carnegie Mellon, Stanford and Pittsburgh universities.”

This is truly awesome. We will never hit an economic depression again. Here’s why.

Every time we hit a recession, all we have to do is look at some sad photos!

sad pupsad kitten

sad bushsad dick cheney

crying toddlertim duncan sad

Stare at each photo for 1 minute.

Don’t you feel the urge, welling up, deep down?

You know you want to. Oooooh, it would feel so good, just like Christmas morning, when you’re wearing your onesies, and it’s so warm, and you know that stepmom Cathy just bought you Call of Duty 4 to get you on her good side….

You know you need to bust out the visa.

This is the way we keep the economy alive and well. We throw a pity party for ourselves, and POOF, we’re back on top. The money flows, Walmart stays fat and happy, and everyone wins. We don’t need no stinkin’ rebate from Congress…

I fucking love flag

Exxon posts record profits…. BULLSHIT! A hose job on you and me.

http://money.cnn.com/2008/02/01/news/companies/exxon_earnings/index.htm?postversion=2008020111

Exxon Mobil made history on Friday by reporting the highest quarterly and annual profits ever for a U.S. company, boosted in large part by soaring crude prices.

Exxon, the world’s largest publicly traded oil company, said fourth-quarter net income rose 14% to $11.66 billion, or $2.13 per share. The company earned $10.25 billion, or $1.76 per share, in the year-ago period.”

How many times have we been told that the cost of gas is due solely to market forces??? How can the price go up so much, placing so much strain on the average American household, yet Exxon posts the highest profit, ever?

I can hear it now: “It’s because the invisible hand is rewarding them. The market rewards successful businesses.”

I got your invisible hand, right here. The article continues:

“Exxon’s record results, which coincide with smaller rival Chevron’s (CVX, Fortune 500) profit jump, are likely to draw fire from consumer rights groups, who contend the oil industry is deliberately restricting supply and profiting on the back of U.S. motorists.”

You bet your sweet ass Exxon is controlling the supply. Newsflash, people: OIL IS FINITE ON EARTH. IT WILL RUN OUT BEFORE ALL THE CHICKEN AND COW FOSSILS WE CREATE CAN TURN INTO MORE.

No, Baby Jesus will not make more. This fact alone shows you that any oil company will have to deliberately ration their product, so that they can continue to make a profit, near and after the end of oil. They’re not stupid.

That’s why they’re so awesome. They’re loading up now, while they can. If you want to make a killing, you go into oil stocks and futures. Cash prizes.

As for me, I’m thinking big. I’m headed to Titan. “That’s when the big bucks start rollin’ in….”

And then we’ll see who the new King is.

By the way, I filled up at the pump this morning…

-Agent Spanky McGee