Wednesday, February 01, 2006

George Bush and Peak Oil

I try and run a relevant blog here; I must say that for as much as I feel the United States President to be an illegitimate ignoramus blunderhead, he has managed to raise the exposure of energy more in one hour than all the peak blogs did in the last year.

So, dundering kudos to POTUS and his everything but the kitchen sink energy proposals, followed by the belated admission by his Press Weasel that he is a fat old liar.

An admistration first.

The storyline in the State of the Union address managed to raise the hackles of OPEC (hat tip Eric Rachner):
An Opec delegate said: “Comments like that are unrealistic. Everyone knows the world will continue to depend on Middle East imports.” The organisation would raise concerns about such statements damping investment at meetings with the European Union and other organisations “more aligned with Opec’s view”.
Shut up OPEC. Nobody cares. The synchronicity in the State of the Union address with Peak Oil is clear.
In his State of the Union speech, President Bush said "America is addicted to oil" and set a goal of replacing 75 percent of the nation's Mideast oil imports by 2025 with ethanol and other energy sources.

Replace 75% of US oil imports from the Mideast by 2025? Viewed in another way, this is not a "goal," it is a prophesy. There is no way that the US will be importing as much oil from the Mideast in 2025 as it imports today. And there is no way that the nations of the Mideast will be exporting as much oil in 2025 as they are exporting today.
While many of the projects outlined by the Prez King are ridiculous, an atmosphere where it is OK to start thinking about alternative energy is a huge positive in the United States.

The speech is particuarly helpful in a fascist society, such as the United States. It is hard to be the dissenting ant, the layabout grass eater in a nest fire ants. Now, French fries will have their day. (And shall be found wanting.)

Mood: Cautious, temporary optimism.

4 Comments:

At 11:16 PM, February 01, 2006, Blogger WHT said...

What is weird is that Bush apparently misstated that 75% goal. He is now backing off, apparently at the request of his cabinet.
http://www.themoderatevoice.com/posts/1138862498.shtml

I am also seeing many wingers starting to talk up oil shale like its ths second coming.

 
At 6:12 AM, February 02, 2006, Blogger mh497 said...

The phrase that raised my eyebrows was about America ending it's "addiction" to oil.

That is basically the complete opposite of Cheney's "the American way of life is non-negiotiable" speech.

Something's registered.

Hopefully..

 
At 10:22 AM, February 02, 2006, Blogger mapman said...

Yes, it was all just a silly little example, apparently - I doubt very much the prez even understands exactly what it was he read in the text the other night.

I'll believe America is waking up to the coming perma-crisis when I see major media questioning the whole idea that we'll be driving cars at all in 2025. 'Course if you're relying on the oh so accurate prophecies of the EIA, it's bound to be a very rude kind of awakening.

 
At 10:37 PM, February 03, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Exactly. The idea he is pushing, and most people buy, is the replacing of
oil with other fuels, e.g., ethanol, while maintaining the "lifestyle".
That is a dangerous fantasy. When he starts talking about dealing with
our addiction to the Single Uccupancy Vehicle and to economic "growth",
then I'd say we're making progress.

-mb

 

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