Posted: Oct 15, 2012
Looking at history often teaches a lot. However, people are slow to learn the lessons of history as a quick look at fuel prices shows. The recent sharp rise has to do with the increase in its demand over the last few decades, as well as the energy policies that have been put in place.
Posted: Oct 16, 2012
|Well, Obama's admin wants high oil prices. They want people do drive electric cars (uh, power for electricity has to be derived from some other fuel source: coal, natural gas, hydro, nuclear), but we see how well the Chevy Volt and Nissan Leaf did, sales-wise... Only Toyota's Prius has been successful. And that's generally in the more "touchy-feely" places, like California. In the 90's, GM made an electric car; the EV1. It was a failure, according to GM. Too unprofitable.|
Hmmm, now that GM is being propped up my the American taxpayer, suddenly electric is profitable?
They want "green energy" but don't realize it's not practical. Or cost effective. I looked at putting solar panels on my house once. There was a website that gave you the break even point. For me, that point was 18 years. Like I want to wait that long to start saving money on my electric bill. And with the added costs associated with installing solar, my bill would have increased an average of $300.00 a month. I'll pass.
There's a solar company in my city. The owner makes his panels in his own plant in China (yes, he owns a manufacturing plant in China), and imports them to his company here. With all the EPA/OSHA regulations, it's cheaper for him to go the import his own panels route. He has said many times, he'd love to open a manufacturing site here, and employ about 200 local people, but it's too cost prohibitive because of the regulations.
You know, it's funny, in a sad sort of way, that when Bush 43 went into Iraq after the 9/11 attacks, the anti-war people said it was just for the oil. Gas was under a $1.00 a gallon. Where do I find the super-cheap gas that's being produced from the Iraqi oil that Bush allegedly went into Iraq for?
And since Obama took office, gas prices have doubled. This affects the struggling middle class. That same middle class that he claims to care so much about.
How's that "hope-y change-y" thing working out?
I HOPE there's a CHANGE in leadership on Nov 6.
Posted: Oct 16, 2012
|The high cost of oil/gasoline is really another way to raise taxes. For every drop of gasoline you buy, you pay sales tax, both State and Federal. There isn't any real incentive to lower the prices. Yes, we'll get the "I feel your pain" or it's the "oil company" speeches, yet has ANYBODY said,"let's lower the taxes on gasoline?"|
As far as the Electric Cars ... I feel EVERYBODY in the cities should be forced to drive one. Yup, they'll lose their appeal in a hurry. They're OK for "somebody else" ... yet does the President have an electric limo? Is his bus electric? I live in the mountains, where the nearest large city is 40 miles away, so 80 miles round trip ... that's stretching it for an electric car, oh, and it should be four wheel drive ... we get snow. Has anybody stopped to think what will happen to all these car batteries when they need to be replaced? The cost of a new batter can't be cheap, then there will be recycle fees.
I'll stay with my Honda Pilot and Jeep Wrangler, thank you, and hope someday we'll get a "real" energy policy.
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