Category Archives: Oil

James Howard Kunstler: A Future Without Cars

That’s the background on our energy predicament. Against this background is the whole question of how we live in the United States. I wrote three books previously about the fiasco of suburbia. There are many ways of describing it, but lately I refer to it as the greatest misallocation of resources in the history of the world. Why? Because it is a living arrangement with no future. Why doesn’t it have a future? Because it was designed to run on cheap oil and gas, and in just a few years we won’t have those things anymore.

Armed Madhouse: Who’s Afraid of Osama Wolf?, China Floats, Bush Sinks, The Scheme to Steal ‘08,No Child’s Behind Left, and Other Dispatches from the Front Lines of the Class War by Greg Palast (Mindmap)

Mindmap of Greg Palast book Armed Madhouse

Must read.
You know Greg Palast as the ex-pat journalist that reports for the BBC and reported to the rest of the world how the 2000 election was FUBARed while no one in the US did a damned thing. He’s back.

Armed Madhouse is a complete tour of the greedy, selfish assholes that run our country – and the world – and their plans for the next few years.

Mindmapped for ya. Enjoy.

Mindmap in PNG format (1 MB).

Conserve Maybe?

Talked with Karen this morning which managed to include the malaprop ‘self-defecating’ and the plural of the word ‘scotum’ (which would be ‘scrota’). She said she’s feeling the gas prices and trying to car pool in to work in San Diego. She noticed the same thing I am.


Nobody in Congress is stating the obvious. There’s a reason why no other country has SUVs – they all adopted higher fuel efficiency years ago.

‘More more more!’ and ‘War war war!’ are the pillar, parallels and perils of our modern times.

I’ve got a TON more to say on this after reading American Theocracy so I’ll save it for that.

Oh and:

ConocoPhillips said Wednesday profit rose 13 percent as stronger exploration and production results yielded the best first-quarter earnings since Phillips Petroleum and Conoco combined in 2002.

ExxonMobil? The Texas behemoth reported a profit of $8.4 billion, on the heels of record earnings of $10.7 billion in the previous quarter.

And how much were those subsidies in the energy bill? Oh, that’s right: $84 billion.

I’m gonna type that again: Eighty-four billion dollars in corporate welfare from you, the friendly American taxpayer.

In the Senate: The final vote was 85 to 12, with 49 Republicans, 35 Democrats and one independent voting in support of the measure. Thanks guys!

Why We Fight

Whoo I’m drunk! Kevin and I met up for a good ol’ lefty meeting. We went to see Why We Fight.

Why We Fight starts with Eisenhower’s presidential exit speech where he warns of the enroachment of the military-industrial complex and the documentary explores how Americans are inevitably drawn to war as a solution to increasingliy scarce resources and as the solution to domino-effect bugaboos. John McCain, Chalmers Johnson, William Kristol and super freaky-deeky touch-you-in-that-uh-oh-place Richard Perle deliver their opinions on American Exceptionalism – or the lack there-of. You can tell this is a non-American documentary because they show whatever that jaw swelling is that McCain has – American media seems to frame him in a better light. Karen Kwiatkowski also chimes on cherry-picked intelligence in the run up to the war with the Office of Special Plans.

Essentially the idea is that the military, industry, Congress and now think tanks are all part of a symbiotic system that always needs More War. And More War can always be justified and the people can always be brought in line to obey and send their poor off to die for a war that no one can truly explain.

Sharp documentary, great portraits of both sides of the argument and fascinating investigaion. Highly recommended.

Then go have a frozen strawberry margarita.

Budget Would Give Oil Industry $7 Billion of Oil From Federal Lands – With No Royalties

Via DailyKos:

The federal government is on the verge of one of the biggest giveaways of oil and gas in American history, worth an estimated $7 billion over five years. New projections, buried in the Interior Department’s just-published budget plan, anticipate that the government will let companies pump about $65 billion worth of oil and natural gas from federal territory over the next five years without paying any royalties to the government.