05 December 2006

Are We Really the Stupid Ones?

http://us.cnn.com/2006/WEATHER/12/04/wintry.weather.ap/index.html
http://www.stltoday.com/

Q:Why would anyone want to live in a place where you can die just by walking out your front door?

A: Because its their home, and they should be able to live where they choose.

Q:Should we abandon everything north of the Mason-Dixon?

A: Of course not, that would be ridiculous.

Q:Do any of these people realize where their heat comes from?

A: I bet they would if we cut them off for one day.

6 Comments:

At December 05, 2006 11:57 AM, Anonymous F P said...

Why continue a dialog or an argument which comes from the least educated portion or our country? (because there are so many)

The movers and shakers in the rest of the country will never be engaged by this nonsense. I mean for christ sakes even Newt Gingrich knows why New Orleans matters!

Maybe you should be repeating the fact that we spent more money in the last two years resrtoring wetlands in Iraq than we did in Louisiana and for protecting New Orleans.

 
At December 05, 2006 12:19 PM, Anonymous Larry Bokipton said...

"Q:Do any of these people realize where their heat comes from?"

Wake up

Just because our government forgot how to take care of people in need does it mean someone else won't: http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=5147620

http://venezuelasolidarity.org.uk/ven/web/2006/articles/heat_poor_europeans.html

And plenty of others are waiting for any chance they can get to srart drilling and building refineries in Alaska and many other places. Like vultures they are waiting!

it is the economy stupid!

 
At December 05, 2006 1:15 PM, Anonymous ashley said...

"And plenty of others are waiting for any chance they can get to srart drilling and building refineries in Alaska and many other places."

No, they aren't. We're the only ones that have consistently risked our health and well being for the sake of the general populace. Other locales will not allow the "dirtiness" of a refinery in their districts.

 
At December 05, 2006 3:04 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I would not bet much on that. The sad thing is ordinary Alaskans already get oil dividend checks each year. I would not take much to convince people to open the other oil flood gates:

Check this out


and this

"Supporters of the legislation said the hurricanes highlighted a need to expand the domestic oil industry, to keep consumer prices down. Opponents said lawmakers were using the hurricanes as an excuse to approve measures that would lead to more pollution."


or this one

"But in the last two years, the refining business has experienced a revival of sorts, leading some refiners to predict they have entered an age of higher margins and better returns. Not everyone agrees, but for the first time in a long time the industry is more confident about itself. Even with better economics, however, it is still tough to build a refinery from scratch. Mr. McGinnis says he is not afraid of the challenge. He and his staff work in a small office in Phoenix, mostly consumed these days with securing permits and looking for financial backing."

The energy bill also gave oil companies a tax break to encourage construction of new refineries, but in total, tax breaks for oil and gas producers amounted to only $1.5 billion of the $14.3 billion in tax cuts authorized by the 2005 energy bill, according to the Congressional Joint Tax Committee.

 
At December 06, 2006 8:40 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

besides one of the big motivators to the OCS passed is to allow other states to start drilling in banned areas:

" The Senate's narrower OCS legislation would permit drilling for the first time on 8.3 million acres in the eastern Gulf of Mexico and would allow coastal states, including Louisiana, to get 37.5 percent of the royalties oil and gas companies pay to the federal government. For Louisiana, it could mean about $200 million in the first 10 years and more afterward as the revenue-sharing provision would expand to new wells throughout the Gulf of Mexico.

The House, by contrast, would allow all states along the East and West coasts to opt out of two decade-old federal drilling bans. States giving the green light to drilling could get a cut of up to 50 percent of royalties not just from new leases, but on existing ones as well. Jindal has estimated the House bill would steer $9 billion to Louisiana by 2017 and $2 billion annually afterward."

 
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