Friday, April 8, 2011

Put some cake in your gas tank

Get used to it.

Filled up the Subaru this morning. Regular was $4.07 a gallon. Nationally gasoline prices rose 33 cents a gallon on average the past two weeks, reaching $3.51 for a gallon of regular, with prices over $4 in California and elsewhere.

Your president responded by 
visiting a wind turbine plant owned by a Spanish company. Oh good: I'll strap one of those things on my Subaru. "I remember," he said, "what's like pumping gas."

What he doesn't remember is how to drill for more oil. His minions are fighting a judge's order to get drilling started again in the Gulf of Mexico. In February, a judge held the Department of Interior in contempt, citing its “dismissive conduct” in blocking offshore drilling during last year’s spill.

Undeterred by its bureaucrats, 
Cuba is going to drill five new wells in the Gulf this year.

Obama's advice to Americans: get used to it. Oh, and he said to one questioner about his car, “You might want to think about a trade-in.”

Here's some 
science on that:
A one-year decrease in a car's lifetime leads to a reduction in overall carbon emissions only if the new replacement car is at least 12.7%more fuel-efficient than the old one, say researchers led by Shigemi Kagawa of Kyushu University in Japan. That's an increase from, say, about 12.1 kilometers per liter (28.4 miles per gallon) to 13.6kpl (32mpg).
What he's saying is that it's all your fault for driving the car you bought. If you've got the money, go buy yourself a new one. Who has the money?
Paychecks are falling further and further behind. In the past three months, consumer prices have been rising at a 5.7 percent annual rate while average weekly wages have barely budged, increasing at an annual rate of only 1.3 percent.
I say, let your car burn cake.

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