The Brutality of Reason Example

By Ironcross One-One

Slicing and dicing things into pieces small enough
to be fed to Liberals, Kooks and Anti-Americans.
When feeding Kooks and Anti-Americans
I suggest a potato gun.

If you are the emotional liberal type, this mindspace will make you uncomfortable. If you think my logic or facts are faulty, lets discuss it. When your findings disagree with my findings, that is dialogue. But using rhetoric to disagree with science is demogoguery. No demogoguery! I usually refrain from insults, but occasionally, ignorance and liberal hypocrisy bring out the worst in me.

Location: Edge of Nowhere, Washington, United States

Military Jumper, Diver, Motorcycle Rider, Air Traffic Control and Demolitions Man. I build furniture and cabinets and can frame, roof, wire, plumb and finish a house. Can weld steel, drive heavy equipment, build pole barns and mortared rock walls. Have written one bad novel and one brilliant thesis. And I play the guitar.

Tuesday, May 02, 2006

Miles Per Gallon

I have a good memory. For instance, I can remember what size engine was in my 1967 Chevy Malibu. It was a 307 cubic inch V-8. It had a sticker on the air cleaner that said, 200HP. I also remember that it usually delivered 18-20 Miles per gallon. When us disaffected youth would talk about gas mileage, we thought that was pretty good.
I remember working on construction sites in those days. Buildings weren't insulated and airtight like they are now. They leaked a lot of energy. Back when propane was 20 cents per gallon, no one cared.
My current car has about 60% the displacement of the Chevy but 98% of the horsepower. It gets 28-32 Miles per gallon. It's engineered completely differently.
Houses are built differently too. Much lower energy transfer.

What's the point of this? When prices go up, innovators react and compensate. New technologies mitigate supply-demand imbalances to stabilize markets.

Leave the oil companies alone. Their profit margins are small compared to Microsoft. It's not their fault that prices are high. If they had their way, they'd be drilling everywhere they could and building new refineries. It's the leftist kook environmentalists (who all seem to be real quiet right now) that have insisted on the policies that have caused these high prices.

You want cheap gas? Drill for oil and build refineries. Don't want greenhouse gases? Build nuclear power? Afraid of radioactivity? Invest in wind turbines? Don't want wind turbines to spoil the view (from the Kennedy Compound on Martha's Vineyard)? Invest in solar electric. Not enough sun to generate power where you live? Move. Don't want to move? Then stop whining about high fuel prices. You've run out of options. Tidal power is too costly and is unpredictable in effectiveness. Hydroelectric affects fish spawning. Biodiesel can't dent the demand yet. Ethanol is a lossy process. It uses energy to distill the ethanol.

As previously posted, if you want to make a difference, use less. Barring that, the only other option would be to go to some third-world hellhole, kick their ass and take the gas.



Blogger Dymphna said...

I like your options! And I remember those cars...wish I could ride in a V8 again.

5:46 PM  

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