Wednesday, May 30, 2007

There's nothin' on Earth like genuine, bona-fide, liquified, home-grown anthracite!

I still think subsidizing the crap out of coal-to-liquids is pretty incredibly idiotic for a lot of reasons, among them the simple idea that it would probably be actually wiser to just burn the coal for electricity and use the carbon sequestration technology which we've been assured is going to be a cakewalk.

But I don't have time to go into that right now, so I'm taking a shortcut here. I've also apparently created the impression that this issue is the only one that really gets me bile flowing. Not remotely true. This administration's _ and a large part of the populace's _ willingness to embrace torture makes me incredibly scared and sad and angry in a Charlton Heston in Planet of the Apes way and shit like this was one of the reasons I thought Bush would be an incredibly dangerous president as far back as 1999.

So without further ado, my shorthand denouncement of coal-to-liquids subsidies, expressed here with the help of yet another reference to The Music Man.


8 comments:

CrimeNotes said...

Are you just looking for reasons to feel angry? Fucker, the stormclouds are lifting and the Hobbits are about to destroy the goddamn ring. Apparently you missed the memo.

This outburst of public policy despair seems ill-placed.

Flop said...

Your faith in coal-to-liquids is all that's misplaced here, sir. That and your insistence on multi-railed travel.

CrimeNotes said...

This is even worse than the "Are squirrels rodents?" debate of '05, if that's even possible.

Anonymous said...

Fuel from coal-to-liquids is not worse on CO2 than oil based fuels, provided sequestering is used. Other pollutants however are spectacularly better (like soot and sulphur etc) so overall it's a HUGE improvement.
Study it!

CrimeNotes said...

Pow! I win! Sweet justice.

This makes up for you being right about the squirrels.

Flop said...

Dude, that's just Dick Cheney after like five Dewar's.

Mr. Shain said...

i actually have this song on my ipod. yeah, for reals.

Flop said...

That's an excellent idea, mr. shain. I wish I could get the video clip on mine.