Forget Cheap Oil; the U.S. Needs Energy Independence.

The World May Depend on It: The coyotes are clear about their priorities. Energy independence is more important than cheap oil. Our dependence on fossil fuels, especially the crude oil required to make gasoline, is all too real. And it makes us vulnerable to disruptions, deliberately caused or not. It makes us vulnerable to blackmail by bad actors on the world stage. It is our achilles heel. We need to address the problem. Here's how:

First, we must become clear as a nation that our goal is energy independence, not cheap gasoline. (Cheap gasoline, to a great extent, is making us more dependent and more vulnerable.) To be energy independent, we must be willing to make some changes in our lifestyle. Doing so will involve some sacrifice, but it will not in the long run mean a a lower quality a life. (In fact, if we don't make some changes, our nation might cease to exist, which is a lousy quality of life, indeed.)

Second, we must forget partisan ideologies and use an agressive strategy that combines conservation with aggressive domestic production of all types of energy.

Conservation is both a short-term and long-term fix. In a crunch, always accompanied by price pressure, Americans have proven they can reduce their use of energy over the short-term by changing habits and over the medium-term by improving the energy efficiency of their transportation, buildings, and appliances. Conservation can also be created and increased by government pressure; for example, by increasing MPG standards on automobile fleets, reducing speed limits, and changing zoning laws and code requirements to encourage more walkable environments and more efficient use of energy in buildings.

Domestic Production of energy needs to be increased. All types of energy. Fossil fuels, sustainable energy (wind, solar, geothermal, hydro, biofuels), even nuclear (maybe).



Sure, Jimmy, Let's Talk Apartheid.

Ethnic Cleansing, Si; Apartheid, No: Jimmy Carter appeared on TV this morning, promoting his latest book: Palestine: Peace Not Apartheid. The noise you heard was coyote blood boiling. As with most positions that make your teeth itch, this one was about half right. Yes, there is apartheid in Israel/Palestine, but it is mainly inside the heads of the international community that supports an ethnically cleansed two-state solution in the name of "peace." Okay, we'll have to amend that. It is understood but never spoken that one state will be ethnically cleansed. That would be Palestine, which is being given the international blessing to continue to teach its children to hate--and yes, kill--Jews in the name of perpetuating their own victimhood. The other state would be Israel, a secularized "Jewish state" that since 1948 has accepted non-Jews (Arab Christiams, Arab Moslems, Druze, and others) as voting citizens with full rights, including freedom of worship. Of course, they will be expected to continue this practice--not to mention providing free passage to Palestinians who need to work there--while relocating Israeli Jews out of "occupied territories" back into Israel. Of course, the fact that the goal seems to be to produce an ethnically cleansed Palestinian state seems to be lost on the international community--and President Carter. But maybe their view is that if you don't have another ethnic group in your state, you can't have apartheid. Wile E.



Election Winner: The Center

Election Losers, The Partisans: The coyotes were uncharacteristically tickled by the mid-term elections, mainly because independent voters stuck a thumb in the eye of the Republican Party while pushing the Democratic Party back toward the center. Very coyote-like of them. Alas, the coyotes are too wise to expect the two parties to get it and to follow-through with their bipartisan promises, at least with respect to how Congress operates. Wile E.

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