Keeping with the energy and "a day late and a dollar short" themes, Jim Miller provides a brief and cogent explanation for Why Don't We Have Coal Conversion Plants Now? It's worth reading his links but the bottom line is that the price of oil has this durned habit of sinking to levels that make alternatives durned expensive. I guess we need a much bigger tax on oil to keep the price high, right? BTW, I'm too lazy to go track down the link again but a few days back I had a chart of gasoline prices in various places around the world. Darned altruistic of those evil oil execs to drive down the price of gasoline worldwide when all they want to accomplish is to re-elect Bush in November.
The phone rang early this AM. Sometimes that causes anxiety but it would not have been unusual this AM. It turned out, however, to be quite unusual. It was Our Baby calling from Rome to tell us she was OK in case we'd heard the news about the subway crash there. We hadn't. I clicked on the tube and searched but nothing about it. Since I had a brief drive to attend to I clicked the car radio to BBC figuring they'd mention it. They did.
They also mentioned that the 300th million human would wail to life sometime in the next 30 minutes (that's was a while ago so we've likely roared past that milestone and set our sights on the 400th) reminded me to mention one last thing from the day late and dollar short department. In this case it is the Economist telling us why America's rising population will solve more problems than it creates. There's not actually a whole lotta there there but an Economist article that has the following in it is worth the few moments it takes to read:
When Europeans hear the words “America”, “religion” and “family values”, they think of brimstone preachers raging against unconventional domestic arrangements. They often forget the more positive role American churches play in nurturing conventional families.As Steyn says, "It's the stupidity, economists!"
Last but not least... I'd hoped to do an extended post about this a couple days ago. The opportunity and desire are gone now. Nonetheless I feel it should be noted that there's more to the wrechage wrought upon our military by McChimpy and Rummy. Robert Burns, writing for the AP and published in WaPo, tells us about U.S. Air Power in East Asia Has Grown. Naval power also. The two dopes have this odd notion that the tools should match the task at hand. It's not long but it is worth reading.