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There’s another excellent article at the oil drum
regarding projected total world energy production (extended out to 2030), and the contribution of fossil fuels to that.  

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Another excellent article at The Oil Drum regarding future energy production:

pretty much tells us where the “big money” is going . . . and the only thing missing is the slightest hint that there is any consideration being taken of what it means for the planet.

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There’s a great article over at extoling the virtues of the growing North American oil and gas boom, and the resulting benefits of North American energy independence.  It is full from beginning to end with the arguments you’re going to hear over the next few years regarding the benefits to American business, American consumers and America in general as production ramps up.  So it’s “drill baby drill”, “energy independence” and “jobs, jobs, jobs”, from Republicans and Democrats alike, and a solid base of popular support for “cheap gas” and “cheap energy”.  It’s the “future of America” . . .

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You might want to read the March 17 “Tech Talk” post over at if you imagine that there is going to be any reduction in human CO2 emissions over the next 20+ years.  That post addresses the current power shortage in India, using Bangalore as a specific example:

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Wed Sep 12, 2012 at 06:54 PM PDT

“R” is for Romneykin

by Deward Hastings

It is pretty obvious to everyone now (possibly even the mittins himself) that between the convention (bad) and the response to the Libya tragedy (badder) Young Master Romney is not qualified to be and is not going to be President of the United States.  I won’t waste words saying what he is qualified to be, or should be, or will be . . . you already know.  But let us not, as we crow about it, waste the opportunity this provides . . . the opportunity to turn a favorite Republican (economic) policy back on them.

It’s time for some “trickle down”.  It’s time for some “branding”.  It’s time for “The Scarlet R”.

It’s time to force every down-ticket Romneykin to either defend or denounce him.  It’s a win for the Democratic opponent either way . . .

The next four years depends on the House and the Senate.  There lies the prize.  And the road to winning them runs right over Romney.  You know what to do . . .


Mon Jun 19, 2006 at 09:50 AM PDT

taxing unearned income

by Deward Hastings

We've been talking about "ideas" recently . . . ideas that highlight the difference between Republicans and Democrats (real Democrats, anyway).  So here's one . . . a tax policy that differentiates between "earned" and "unearned" income that is fair to all Americans.
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Fri Jun 16, 2006 at 12:22 PM PDT

take back the American Dream

by Deward Hastings

We have a system, loosely described as "market capitalism", which we tolerate because despite its flaws it seems to favor a kind of "progress" that can  benefit everyone in practice (where other systems which might appear `better" in theory have not proven effective in the "real world").  But we have also learned that "market capitalism" left unregulated and to its own devices produces gross social inequity and a plunder of the "common weal" for short term gain.

our goal should be

42%3 votes
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Sun Feb 06, 2005 at 08:55 PM PST

Simple Social Security Solution

by Deward Hastings

We already have government supported (tax free) "private retirement accounts" . . . they are called IRAs and Keoghs.

We already have an old age retirement insurance program . . . called Social Security . . . for those who unfortunately put all their "private" retirement investment in Enron or WorldCom or WPPS bonds.

We have a modest long term problem with Social Security funding because of two "mistakes" . . . 1) we have capped FICA taxes and limited them to wage income instead of including interest, dividends and capital gains in the taxable base and . . .
2) we have "invested" temporary Social Security surpluses exclusively in the bonds of a now bankrupt government.

The twin solutions are simple and obvious.  Remove the FICA cap and apply the tax to all income, and diversify the investment of Social Security "surplus" funds.

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