Thursday, April 21, 2005

Legislative Rant

From the Star:

Rep. David Crooks, D-Washington, had offered a compromise in which Indiana would move to daylight-saving time, but the state would ask the federal Department of Transportation to hold hearings in Indiana on whether more of the state should be in the Central time zone…Riegsecker was willing to accept Crooks' proposal. So was Rep. Jerry Torr, the Carmel Republican who has led the legislative fight for the time change. But after meeting with their caucuses, neither Democratic member [Crooks being one of them] would sign the agreement.”

Come one, guys. Pat Bauer has enough power as it is. House Democrats began letting Bauer push them around in 2002, and look where it got them…in the minority. And shame on you, Rep. Crooks. You cut through the partisanship and found a compromise that everyone could agree to. Then you reneged because Daddy Bauer wouldn’t let you do it.

From the New York Post:

“An attempt to require automakers to increase fuel economy to a fleet average of 33 miles per gallon over the next decade was defeated 254-177. Such the requirement would result in cutting oil use by 2 million barrels a day - more than could be taken from ANWR - by 2020”

Am I the only person in this country who realizes that the solution to rising fuel prices is fuel-efficiency? A person’s fuel expenditure is this:

(Miles driven * price per gallon) / Miles per gallon of the car

If price doubles, the way to get things back to normal is to double miles per gallon (multiply both the top and the bottom by 2 and you get the same expenditure). You don’t have to be a rocket scientist to understand that. Other options include driving less or lowering the price. Americans do not want to drive less. And oil prices are not going to go down. Ever. If you find more oil in the ANWR, you will just postpone the inevitable price spike.

I for one will be buying a hybrid the next time around.


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