So, three morons from Emergent Village are hitting the road this summer in a bio-fuel RV. How ironic is this?
The whole "we're addicted to oil", anti-Bush administration, Emergent environmentalism has possibly hit the peak of idiocy. Let me explain and please keep in mind that I am as concerned about the environment as anyone and get p@#*ed off at my fellow conservatives for dismissing global warming as a "myth."
Do you know how many millions of barrels of oil we consumed per year during the gas lines of the Carter Administration? 18 million. Do you know how many we consume now? 18 million. Despite soaring demand we have simply become incredibly energy efficient and we are continuing to do so. So, why are gas prices so high? Is it the evil Bush administration? The wicked oil companies? The war in Iraq? Actually none of the above.
It is a simple issue of supply & demand (for those of you who didn't take macro-economics in college or forgot it all five minutes after the final, then do yourself a favor and pick up a copy of Thomas Sowell's "Basic Economics"). The demand for oil has shot up exponentially but not here in the U.S. The problem is in China and India whose economies have exploded. The demand for oil there is at a fever pitch. At the same time, supply has remained constant for a number of reasons (e.g., lack of refineries to turn crude oil into gas [there hasn't been a new refinery built in the U.S. in decades], obstacles to new drilling, largely environmental, etc., etc.).
So, increased demand without increased supply = higher prices.
The whole deal has pushed many, including Doug Pagitt and his Emergent cohorts, to do things like rent RVs or buy cars that run on alternative fuels. Seems like the answer, right? I mean Willie Nelson has been pushing it for years. Here is the logic--farmers on hard times, we need to wean ourselves off oil, so let's get the farmers to plant soy and we will build vehicles that run on it = wealthier farmers, more fuel efficient vehicles, better environment, less foreign energy dependence, etc.
The only problem is that most of the world still relies on these farmers for basic necessities like grain. Yet, when farmers saw the opportunity to make more money for bio-fuels they stopped planting grain = a shortage of food = inflation here as well as starvation and food riots in the 3rd world!
Hey, there's good liberal planning, huh? (and people want to put these 'tards in charge of universal health care?) Yet, how do the good liberals at Emergent respond to this current crisis? They rent a bio-fuel RV which probably makes them feel better about how they are treating the environment and helping out the American farmer but, simultaneously, are helping to starve children worldwide! Way to go guys!!!