Comments for http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/thereporters/justinwebb/2008/06/the_gasprice_election.html http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/thereporters/justinwebb/2008/06/the_gasprice_election.html en-gb 30 Fri 25 Jul 2014 14:06:57 GMT+1 A feed of user comments from the page found at http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/thereporters/justinwebb/2008/06/the_gasprice_election.html artgrl74 http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/thereporters/justinwebb/2008/06/the_gasprice_election.html?page=99#comment170 I believe the event that will make oil prices rise through the roof (143$ is nothing compared to this) will be an attack on Iran. Mc.Cain is for the attack. clearly he is the one that will rise our prices at the pump. Mon 30 Jun 2008 16:01:27 GMT+1 Ted_Man http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/thereporters/justinwebb/2008/06/the_gasprice_election.html?page=98#comment169 Contrary to what US Energy Secretary Samuel Bodman says I don't think supply and demand are really causing the problem. There are to many other factors at play here. Too many middle men skimming profits. Too much manipulation of supplies and inventories. The price of oil nearly doubled and gas went up a third in just one year and yet figures are coming out that indicate we are using less gas, not more, probably because people are cutting back on gas. That clearly means supply and demand have nothing to do with these prices. Speculation is driving prices !!! Lawmakers blame loopholes in commodities trading like the Swaps loophole or Enron Loophole. Whatever you want to call it, It's a get rich quick scheme and not much less obvious than a pyramid scheme. There is no way supply is causing this gas crisis. I put the full blame on speculators and commodities traders and I am sick of the smoke and mirrors. The meeting in Saudi Arabia hasn't achieved any substantial results from what I can see. The price of oil is still going up. There must be something else that's driving prices up and I think I know what it is. Although il appears to be a good hedge against inflation, a lower dollar and a low oil supply, in reality nothing could be farther from the truth. The main thing driving inflation is oil prices and as inflation goes higher investors buy more oil driving inflation higher again. Some experts predict this will trigger the worldwide recession. This will result in lower gas consumption and it will free up more gas supplies.. I am no expert but even I can see the writing on the wall. Investors are going to loose their shirts on oil. We may be looking at another ENRON. Hedge funds will topple leaving old age pensioners with nothing. The government won't be able to bail them out this time because the cost would be far to great. The CFTC and ICE will be too slow to react to the cracks forming in commodities trading so the govenment will finally step in. By that time it will probably be too late. www.nbtv.ca Fri 27 Jun 2008 16:18:15 GMT+1 quietjimmyjimjim http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/thereporters/justinwebb/2008/06/the_gasprice_election.html?page=98#comment168 It is "addiction to credit" that is the problem.it has encouraged americans to live well beyond their means. the oil they expect to get cheap is used to transfer several tons of metal around with 1 person in it. the market punishes inefficiency. this is the market in action. Wed 25 Jun 2008 03:29:44 GMT+1 nobleFloridian http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/thereporters/justinwebb/2008/06/the_gasprice_election.html?page=97#comment167 Ed: A wise man indeed is your Wendell Berry - I can see his influence in many of your always erudite utterances. And if your birthday wish cheese was Stilton - I guess it was a wish! - I slaver over the thought of such a majestic foodstuff, which costs a fortune for a very small slice over here. And you could also have wished me a Melton Mowbray pork pie, which may not exactly be your kettle of fish, given your spartan lifestyle, but which also makes me drool. Many have tried to emulate them over here, but have failed miserably. Import restrictions keep them out of the U.S.And listen up, fellow Justin bloggers, from here on we should address Ed as His Hirsute Highness! Tue 24 Jun 2008 21:05:42 GMT+1 Ed Iglehart http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/thereporters/justinwebb/2008/06/the_gasprice_election.html?page=97#comment166 Noble, "I still don't know why she changed course so abruptly after espousing conservatism for so long."I don't know, but, as I've said before, left and right is a pretty one-dimensional way to look at something as complex as political philosophy.I'm surely regarded as "left" to folk such as yourself, but in many ways I'm very 'conservative'. I believe in spending less than one's income, in "family values", in conserving natural resources (including humanity), and that usury is at the root of much that troubles the world. Surely these are 'conservative' sentiments, if not "right wing".Perhaps this from one of my mentors (certainly no "leftist"! will clarify.And, as linked before, some related thoughts from the same source.And, if this isn't 'conservative', I don't know what is!;-)ed"...our country is not being destroyed bybad politics, it is being destroyed by a bad way of life. Bad politics is merely another result."-- Wendell Berry Tue 24 Jun 2008 17:21:47 GMT+1 Ed Iglehart http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/thereporters/justinwebb/2008/06/the_gasprice_election.html?page=96#comment165 Noble,Actually, it's a Japanese kimono, but proved an effective costume...as to HRC, WJC and BHO together raining on your birthday parade, LET THEM EAT CAKE!Advanced greetings in case I forget on the day!Salaaaaaam1 and cheese.ed Tue 24 Jun 2008 09:41:41 GMT+1 nobleFloridian http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/thereporters/justinwebb/2008/06/the_gasprice_election.html?page=95#comment164 Ed: Very impressive! I can safely say that that beard makes the pipe band Sergt. Major's growth appear somewhat lacking in density. Is that your everyday wear? Now I know why you are always signing off with "Salaam"! I guess you are a fan of the strident Madame Huffington, who moved so far to the left that she is in danger of dropping off the edge. I still don't know why she changed course so abruptly after espousing conservatism for so long. Maybe you can, in your infinite wisdom, enlighten me. My birthday, usually a day to rejoice in the fact that I have surived yet another year on this mortal coil, is going to be besmirched due to the fact that Barack and Hillary are going to campaign TOGETHER on that day. Talk about hypocrisy! I wonder if Bill will be along for the ride. Mon 23 Jun 2008 19:03:20 GMT+1 Ed Iglehart http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/thereporters/justinwebb/2008/06/the_gasprice_election.html?page=95#comment163 Waterman,She's furrin, (Greek) - married a rich Republican, and then jumped ship. Obviously she took a wee bit of the treasure with her, and has used it well, IMO.Salaam, etc.edNoble,Scots abroad, like Jews, have a tendency to rise to the top of most fields of endeavour. There are more Scots in Canada (and probably in USA) than in Scotland. More Jews in New York than in Tel Aviv, etc. And you've already noted the preponderance in the London government. There are also, somewhere, embarrassing pictures of me in a kilt, but more recently, this;-) Mon 23 Jun 2008 10:19:43 GMT+1 watermanaquarius http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/thereporters/justinwebb/2008/06/the_gasprice_election.html?page=94#comment162 Noble.Thanks for the suggestion about the "roundup" but I dont have enough hands here to do the work and with the weeds running in every direction, one falls off the horse. John Wayne I am not. Seriously, one trys to avoid the chemical solution as much as poss, bad for the planet, and the borehole water might suffer as well. A little hard planned work at a restful tempo is my motto.On a totally different point- Just watched an interview with Ms Huffington on TV about internet blogging v medianews. [ Sky Technology} Nice lady- Can anybody help me with her accent? One of us{ Europe} or from an USA melting pot family? Any answers tucked inside your sporran Ed? Mon 23 Jun 2008 08:00:23 GMT+1 nobleFloridian http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/thereporters/justinwebb/2008/06/the_gasprice_election.html?page=94#comment161 Ed and Water: After browsing Ed's colorful site for the second time and reading about your chosen habitats I hope all your dreams are realised. Ed surely is a fortunate man to have such a nice family, and to be living in his version of Paradise. Now I am waiting to see a picture of him wearing a kilt and blowing bagpipes!Ed, it might be of interest to you that in my city we have a drum and pipe band which performs at various events like Veterans Day and Memorial Day. The leader is a Scot who, like you, sports a luxurious beard. I doubt though that he is a more colorful character than our champion blogger. And Water, I have found that Roundup does a pretty good job on my weeds, which ALWAYS grow much faster than my flowers! Mon 23 Jun 2008 00:34:39 GMT+1 Ed Iglehart http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/thereporters/justinwebb/2008/06/the_gasprice_election.html?page=93#comment160 I already rule Tipiglen!;-)ed Sun 22 Jun 2008 19:39:34 GMT+1 watermanaquarius http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/thereporters/justinwebb/2008/06/the_gasprice_election.html?page=92#comment159 nobleFloridian.Unfortunately in many respects I am in the same boat as Ed. He is ex USA living in the UK , albeit Scotland, whereas I am ex Brit living on the continent of Europe. Ed is busy seeking "roots" to secure his hold on a very pretty piece of the world where he lives. I am busy digging roots up [ 99.9% weeds ] and planting trees to make my little piece of heaven where I now reside. Together we are lovers of nature.It is difficult to upset our master blogger on this site because I must give credit where it is due in that Ed links us to interesting sites and is broadening my obvious lack of knowledge.Accept the fact that like Justin in America, Ed too is absorbing the local atmosphere and shows it by promoting a Scottish dislike of anything south of the border.Blowing a gust of wind under Eds' kilt now and again usually cools him down. He is harmless. When he suggests home rule for Tipiglen I will start to worry. Sun 22 Jun 2008 19:29:00 GMT+1 Ed Iglehart http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/thereporters/justinwebb/2008/06/the_gasprice_election.html?page=92#comment158 Noble,As I said before, I'm not franchised, but he's still my MSP. Most of the politicians I know personally don't mind I'm not a voter, but still a constituent. Some may even be glad I don't have a vote ;-) but nobody's said so.I am promised Scottish citizenship following independence, and I'll certainly vote then.Salaaaaam,ed Sun 22 Jun 2008 19:26:26 GMT+1 jacksforge http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/thereporters/justinwebb/2008/06/the_gasprice_election.html?page=91#comment157 At 00:38am on 19 Jun 2008, wesside01 wrote:Having a position on drilling when oil is $45/barrel vs. having a new position is $140/barrel is only"flip flopping" if you live in a binary world of black and white..get real."a bit like , two wrongs don't make a right.is it not time for america to GET REAL.to say that because the price has gone up we should throw caution to the wind and drill off the whole west coast is a bit of binary thinking in it's own right.A bit black and white.gas prices up only thing to do is drill."how about solar?"shut up NO we drill."how about wind?"shut up the solution is to drill!"how about using less"Will you hippies shut up ,WE DRILL!It is as much binary thinking as thinking McCrime is t a flip flopper. Sun 22 Jun 2008 19:15:23 GMT+1 nobleFloridian http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/thereporters/justinwebb/2008/06/the_gasprice_election.html?page=91#comment156 Waterman: Don't you have anyone you can recruit to blog about the welfare being sucked out of England by those Scots who are so grateful for the handout, but are so reluctant to swear allegiance to Britain? Don't leave it to this expatriate to state your case - get those as like-minded as you and me on this issue to counter the likes of Ed who, although not a Scot, appears to have been given the privilege of voting, given his statement that there are "even a few good Tories, my own MSP amongst them". Sun 22 Jun 2008 17:59:22 GMT+1 Ed Iglehart http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/thereporters/justinwebb/2008/06/the_gasprice_election.html?page=90#comment155 Waterman,"I think if you asked just about everybody down south they would say that you got away with it very cheaply. "They would, wouldn't they, having fed the myth so long. But y'all can keep the politicians - we're well rid of them.The best thing about Devolution is that all the most ambitious, venal lot in the 'major' parties have been drawn off to the 'main event' in Westminster, and left us with jumped-up councillors, but the Nationalists and others who are serious about local improvement have provided some quality folk. There are even a few good Tories, my own MSP among them, and he's had to ditch his party affiliation to become Presiding Officer. I hope he'll have the cojones to stand for re-election as an independent, and I have reason to believe he might (if he can be bothered to serve another term).I hope we have seen the end of 'majority' government forever in Scotland.Slainte!ed Sun 22 Jun 2008 17:16:08 GMT+1 watermanaquarius http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/thereporters/justinwebb/2008/06/the_gasprice_election.html?page=90#comment154 Ed. # 154I think if you asked just about everybody down south they would say that you got away with it very cheaply. If the rest of the UK could turn the clock back and send you all the Scottish politicians who came to the Houses of Parliament and have left their imprint , [or should I revise that to a great pile of works] on the country and world these last 30 years, we will be happy to return the monies.Check out Gorbals Mick today as the referee for politicians expenses. It is somewhat like Attilla the Hun being judge at the Hague with Bush etc on trial.Jobs for the boys! Sun 22 Jun 2008 12:16:25 GMT+1 Ed Iglehart http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/thereporters/justinwebb/2008/06/the_gasprice_election.html?page=89#comment153 Noble,"this kind of beneficence from across the border, "They took rather more beneficence in the form of the oil revenues...;-)ed Sun 22 Jun 2008 00:52:48 GMT+1 nobleFloridian http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/thereporters/justinwebb/2008/06/the_gasprice_election.html?page=88#comment152 Ed: Why should you long for Scotland to become a sovereign nation when your adopted country is enjoying the largesse of the English taxpayer under the no doubt not-so-gentle prodding of your men in Westminster - Prime Minister Gordon Brown, Chancellor of the Exchequer Alistair Darling, and Speaker of the Commons Michael Martin? Apart from English taxpayers having to fork out millions of pounds each year for free local services in Scotland they were stuck with a bill for 431 million pounds for a posh Parliament building in Holyrood (it ran ten times over budget and one has to wonder what happened to the overage). I really don't think you want to govern yourselves with this kind of beneficence from across the border, do you? Sat 21 Jun 2008 23:56:09 GMT+1 jacksforge http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/thereporters/justinwebb/2008/06/the_gasprice_election.html?page=88#comment151 reagan ? was he that addled old guy who though it smart to tell gorby to go to hell when the guy came to beg for help in order to have a smooth transition in the USSR.G7 conference or g6 whatever.wow and now everyone can buy a nuke and many are not accounted for. ussr arms went anywhere. great one ronny.He was as big a moron as bush. WHAT did he get right?what did he do so good.oh start the war on drugs. yea that worked out good too.He was as big a fool as you Sat 21 Jun 2008 16:51:35 GMT+1 jacksforge http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/thereporters/justinwebb/2008/06/the_gasprice_election.html?page=87#comment150 Dc DIDUMS DID I HURT YOUR FEELINGS>AWWWWwell shove this in your knowledge store OXFORD SCHOOL OF ARCHITECTURE existed when I studied and only in sept 2002 did it become the built enviroment crap. Get your "facts" right .If you can. Which I doubt. Sat 21 Jun 2008 16:38:31 GMT+1 jacksforge http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/thereporters/justinwebb/2008/06/the_gasprice_election.html?page=87#comment149 mods send me that letter to change if I have to or print it.Screw dc sensibilities. if he wants to accuse me of lying then he can get an answer and live with it. Sat 21 Jun 2008 16:31:00 GMT+1 jacksforge http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/thereporters/justinwebb/2008/06/the_gasprice_election.html?page=86#comment148 This post has been Removed Sat 21 Jun 2008 15:36:02 GMT+1 Ed Iglehart http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/thereporters/justinwebb/2008/06/the_gasprice_election.html?page=85#comment147 Webb backs East Coast offshore gas exploration"Webb wants his home state to have the right to explore for energy off Virginia’s coast. His staff insists his proposal pertains only to natural gas, and not oil, and that it is completely in line with the state’s other two leading Democrats — Gov. Tim Kaine and former Gov. Mark Warner, who is running for Senate.Yet by attaching his name to the bill, sponsored by Sen. John Warner (R-Va.), Webb is taking a step away from Barack Obama (D-Ill.), the party’s presidential candidate, who opposes offshore drilling, and one closer to Sen. John McCain (Ariz.), the GOP standard-bearer who recently called for lifting the federal ban."Well, he's another 'maverick', and quite capable of being his own man.;-)ed Sat 21 Jun 2008 13:12:51 GMT+1 Ed Iglehart http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/thereporters/justinwebb/2008/06/the_gasprice_election.html?page=85#comment146 David,"Since you're not a British citizen, why would it matter to you? In any case, it's just not going to happen - as the present (Scottish) Prime Minister has repeatedly stated. Alex Salmond doesn't stand a hope."Ah! If Gordon Brown says it, it must be true! Why does it matter to me? Because then I would become a proud citizen of a Sovereign Scotland"There is no "Oxford School of Architecture""There is also no Oxford Polytechnic, because it's been re-named Oxford Brookes University, but it still does architecture."Despite their different politics, was John Kennedy really better than Ronald Reagan?"YES!Saaaaalmond, etc.ed Sat 21 Jun 2008 09:54:38 GMT+1 David Cunard http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/thereporters/justinwebb/2008/06/the_gasprice_election.html?page=84#comment145 #143/4. Ed: "I live in expectation of the day (and may it come soon!) when Scotland shall once more be a sovereign nation." Since you're not a British citizen, why would it matter to you? In any case, it's just not going to happen - as the present (Scottish) Prime Minister has repeatedly stated. Alex Salmond doesn't stand a hope. "Natural gas, whether compressed or not is still a very finite fossil fuel " For the moment it's step in the right direction since there's nothing better available - give credit where it's due.#145. jacksforge - "I lived in England most of my life. I studied architecture at the oxford school of architecture." There is no "Oxford School of Architecture", although there is the 'School of the Built Environment' with a Department of Architecture. (I used to live in Headington) If you're going to trot out your CV/resume, you may as well get it right - and learn what the big words like 'sanctimonious' actually mean. I don't see anything vaguely sanctimonious or hypocritical about referring to high-rise blocks of flats - and where would all the residents do their gardening as you have suggested? It's no good pointing to the problems unless you have a solution. The 'crap housing schemes' have been around since the end of WW II, vast "council estates", the houses of which could later be purchased at knock-down prices during the Thatcher years. The experiment in high density housing has not worked well. At least in America there is a chance of owning one's own house - the 1944 GI Bill made it possible for huge numbers of families to buy their homes, whereas in the UK the Labour government built subsidised housing which tied people to renting rather than ownership. But perhaps you don't approve of the latter?It's a pity that you have such an ageist outlook - it's not only the young who have ideas and solutions. McCain is not "too old for this world" but you may be too young and inexperienced to appreciate the lessons older people have learnt. Despite their different politics, was John Kennedy really better than Ronald Reagan? Sat 21 Jun 2008 05:03:03 GMT+1 jacksforge http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/thereporters/justinwebb/2008/06/the_gasprice_election.html?page=84#comment144 "But that's what sets America apart from the rest of the world. Would you have everyone subject to the restrictive practices found in other countries?But that's what sets America apart from the rest of the world. Would you have everyone subject to the restrictive practices found in other countries? If you've ever been to England, you'll see awful high-rise apartment buildings which house the economically deprived, building which spawn gangs, criminal activity and violence. Would you want everyone to live like that? The idea of turning lawns in plots for growing food is most impractical - I for one couldn't do so because there is too much shade. A return to the 1900s is not going to happen. Would you want everyone to live like that? The idea of turning lawns in plots for growing food is most impractical - I for one couldn't do so because there is too much shade. A return to the 1900s is not going to happen."and concrete blocks went out with the wombles. higher densities can be achieved with other solutions. "If you've ever been to England, you'll see awful high-rise apartment buildings which house the economically deprived, building which spawn gangs, criminal activity and violence. "you sanctamonious old fart. I lived in England most of my life.I studied architecture at the oxford school of architecture.Yea I know about crap housing schemes.But then I heard of ones that work go check out Hunderwasser. Austria council housing that people moan about because they cannot buy a place, you have to be on the waiting list for years,council waiting list that is.At least they tried to house the economically deprived, america lets them use railway cars or better still die."As for #129 ("Ed) lives in Scotland a country who's economy has been based on offshore drilling for years." Scotland is not a sovereign nation and royalties derived from North Sea drilling go to the central government in Westminster."sovereign nation when did I say that. again your argument is based on nothing but illusion.Your failings to comprehend what you read.The Scottish did make money on the rigs. High paying jobs were on the rigs. that money went home was spent that is how economies work.Scotland did well out of the oil business(london better) devon for example made nothing. whisky and OIL that is the big producer of cash in scotland. All of which was a pathetic attempt as you and others so often do ,to try to distract from the point that was relevent to drilling off the coast of california. EATHQUAKE> TSUNAMIJUST THINK it's really easy. all your posturing with irrelevant and wrong "facts" does nothing to make your arguments ring true.Natural disasters pollute. earthquakes pollute , if we allow them to. oil rigs floating out at sea will need a bloody big tether to keep connected after a tsunami. So DC how are you going to guarentee those rigs will not leak in the event of a tsunami . It's bad enough that all american economy is ready to slide into the sea lets put some crap in the way so more damage can be done.Bring on 2012 Sat 21 Jun 2008 03:10:12 GMT+1 Ed Iglehart http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/thereporters/justinwebb/2008/06/the_gasprice_election.html?page=83#comment143 David,"90% of buses in Los Angeles are fueled by natural gas, and the newest by compressed natural gas, so we're ahead of most places."Natural gas, whether compressed or not is still a very finite fossil fuel adding to greenhouse gasses in the atmosphere. Sat 21 Jun 2008 00:10:50 GMT+1 Ed Iglehart http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/thereporters/justinwebb/2008/06/the_gasprice_election.html?page=83#comment142 David,"Scotland is not a sovereign nation and royalties derived from North Sea drilling go to the central government in Westminster."where they were splurged, leaving the kitty empty, as noted above (131).I live in expectation of the day (and may it come soon!) when Scotland shall once more be a sovereign nation.Slainte!ed Sat 21 Jun 2008 00:05:47 GMT+1 David Cunard http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/thereporters/justinwebb/2008/06/the_gasprice_election.html?page=82#comment141 #130. jacksforge: "Stop building the "american dream"But that's what sets America apart from the rest of the world. Would you have everyone subject to the restrictive practices found in other countries? If you've ever been to England, you'll see awful high-rise apartment buildings which house the economically deprived, building which spawn gangs, criminal activity and violence. Would you want everyone to live like that? The idea of turning lawns in plots for growing food is most impractical - I for one couldn't do so because there is too much shade. A return to the 1900s is not going to happen.As for buying buses, who do you mean? Individuals or local transit authorities? 90% of buses in Los Angeles are fueled by natural gas, and the newest by compressed natural gas, so we're ahead of most places.As for #129 ("Ed) lives in Scotland a country who's economy has been based on offshore drilling for years." Scotland is not a sovereign nation and royalties derived from North Sea drilling go to the central government in Westminster. Fri 20 Jun 2008 23:42:22 GMT+1 nobleFloridian http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/thereporters/justinwebb/2008/06/the_gasprice_election.html?page=81#comment140 Inclusive, Blue? Let's wait and see! And yes, Ed, at your invitation some time ago I did watch the whole "sermon". Can't think why I should change my mind that that was a disgraceful "performance" that sullied the very pulpit from which it was delivered. Now I await your defence of the rabid speech by the Catholic priest from the same pulpit. I forgot his name - not that I want to remember it! P.S. Blue, do you suppose the name-calling will cease now that you have agreed with me that it is uncalled for? Fri 20 Jun 2008 23:40:16 GMT+1 Ed Iglehart http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/thereporters/justinwebb/2008/06/the_gasprice_election.html?page=81#comment139 Noble,"Who will ever forget the foaming-at-the-mouth ravings from Rev. Wright - who was the bigot in that pulpit? "You should take the trouble to look deeper than soundbytes. At your age, you are wiser than that, and I expect better from you. I would venture that if you judge Rev Wright on the basis of the bits continuously looped by Faux News, it's you who are bigoted.The 'chickens' sermon IN CONTEXTSalaam/Shalom/Shanthi/Dorood/Peaceed Fri 20 Jun 2008 23:11:42 GMT+1 turningblueandgrey http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/thereporters/justinwebb/2008/06/the_gasprice_election.html?page=80#comment138 Noble, I am surprised that you are asserting that Obama's cabinet or even in a larger sense his 'entourage' will be some kind of activitist gallery. So far he has been on the whole more inclusive than any other candidate.And so far he has spoken to ease rather than to inflame racial tensions, unlike these fantasy 'cabinet of uppity radicals' posts. I do agree that the name calling should stop, with candidates names be spelled correctly out of respect for the office they seek. Fri 20 Jun 2008 22:58:48 GMT+1 nobleFloridian http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/thereporters/justinwebb/2008/06/the_gasprice_election.html?page=80#comment137 Jack: Surely you misunderstood the blog about Obama's old black guys - the race card will be played by THEM, just as they do when some perceived social injustice occurs. Who will ever forget the foaming-at-the-mouth ravings from Rev. Wright - who was the bigot in that pulpit? And Jack, I can assure you that McCain commands the respect of most veterans, who recognize service to country, and courage above and beyond the call. I don't appreciate the childish attempts at those tired old "nicknames" that you and other Obama lovers are constantly bestowing on our next President. It doesn't become your obviously sharp intellect and is discourteous to a fine man. Fri 20 Jun 2008 18:56:08 GMT+1 jacksforge http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/thereporters/justinwebb/2008/06/the_gasprice_election.html?page=79#comment136 "Before anyone pulls the lever for Obama they should consider what kind of clout Messrs Jackson, Sharpton, Wright, and Farrakhan will wield if their man should occupy the White House. If anyone thinks the race card is a factor during the run-up to the Democratic convention I suggest that they ain't seen nothing yet. Apologies for this awful double negative and abuse of our wonderful English language, but it DID seem appropriate!""And to compare Obama favorably with McCain as our Commander-in-Chief is ludicrous. "Why not .commander doesn't mean oldest. he who commands. and Obama commands more respect than J mcCrime and can make good decisions.infact I have seen nothing of McCrime that commands anything. He was a squadie. right?He is TOO OLD FOR THIS WORLD. I would be less worried about some old black guys in the future and more worried about the age issue here.Many younger people are fed up with old farts politely being bigots. Fri 20 Jun 2008 16:48:46 GMT+1 Ed Iglehart http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/thereporters/justinwebb/2008/06/the_gasprice_election.html?page=78#comment135 Noble,I think you'd better keep the vomit bucket close to hand for the next few years. ;-)I also reckon McCain was never officer material, much less CIC quality. I think he wouldn't have got into (and certainly not through) Annapolis without being the child and grandchild of Admirals.I also reckon McCain's quality isn't improving with the passage of time. Some folk age better than others, and I reckon you're sharper than he is, despite your age, though it may be clouding your judgement of him. ;-)Salaam, etc.ed Fri 20 Jun 2008 16:34:34 GMT+1 Ed Iglehart http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/thereporters/justinwebb/2008/06/the_gasprice_election.html?page=78#comment134 Jack,Think like a raindrop!;-)ed Fri 20 Jun 2008 16:06:53 GMT+1 nobleFloridian http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/thereporters/justinwebb/2008/06/the_gasprice_election.html?page=77#comment133 Jack: At least spell my nom de plume correctly - it's noble! And to compare Obama favorably with McCain as our Commander-in-Chief is ludicrous. Surely, as Ed said some time ago about one of his blogs, you had a suspicious bulge in your cheek as you penned those particular words! And you were correct in surmising that I have never been a Democrat. Perish the thought! The prospect of another four years like the past 18 months makes me want to vomit! All they have accomplished is setting what must be a Congressional record in holding committee hearings. Now they are wasting their time and our money on investigating the horse racing industry! What a lot of horse manure! Fri 20 Jun 2008 16:04:25 GMT+1 jacksforge http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/thereporters/justinwebb/2008/06/the_gasprice_election.html?page=77#comment132 Oh Ed I'm not sure as to what subtlety there is to miss ,yes a clear mewings would be appreciated.But how do you know where the leeks are? Fri 20 Jun 2008 15:36:47 GMT+1 Streathamite http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/thereporters/justinwebb/2008/06/the_gasprice_election.html?page=76#comment131 @ magickirin #126:how long ago? not so long ago that all those conditioned by the attitudes that seemed 'normal' at the time to be pushin' daisies, which is the key point. te older you are, normally the more likely you are to vote, all other things being equal Fri 20 Jun 2008 15:03:11 GMT+1 Ed Iglehart http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/thereporters/justinwebb/2008/06/the_gasprice_election.html?page=76#comment130 Jack,I think you may misunderestimate the Kitten's subtlety.;-)edAs to the North sea bonanza, it's well past peak output, having fallen 10% in the last year....Norway played clever with her windfall, setting up a huge and well-funded trust to last for many generations. Brutish Britain has blown the lot, and faces the coming troubles with empty coffers.Someone said it's best to fix the roof while the sun is shining....;-)ed Fri 20 Jun 2008 15:00:55 GMT+1 jacksforge http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/thereporters/justinwebb/2008/06/the_gasprice_election.html?page=75#comment129 nobel, smart sister. but seriously your political views are more than odd from my side and I do believe that yuo were never a democrat.you seem far too willing to go along with McCaned. Obama would make a great commander in chief.After all he cares for his troops.Doesn't look at the as pawns to be played with.Think I heard some mewing saying windmills don't work in high winds.Well there's a smart reason to have no wind mills.Wow what would we do with all that power the rest of the time?#101. jacksforge: Where do you get the idea from me we "can't" do anything? Would you propose rehousing millions of people nearer to their workplace so that they use less fuel? New public transportation can't be introduced over night - the problems in getting the Los Angeles Metro built demonstrate that - and extensions to it are mired in consultations and legislative analysis. And that's just one conurbation! Turn all those lawns being mowed and watered into the food production ground in these cities. Do not follow the Dayton Doughnut, city plan. Change the fundamentals of the economy make incentives. START buying buses. Get GM to buy the rights to re tool in making buses. Just try and try harder, the rest are trying , have been for quite a while, the whole time the US lifestyle is exported as something good.JUST TRY. Stop building the"american dream"There are brand new developements all over , no jobs there nothing, but can do america can build black roofed, black tarmac road white box housing with minimal insulation codes , no vauge attempt to think of anything except Money. Oh and hasn't that boom just hit us all in the face . If America CAN do then DO.You have to start ,you're way behind . Fri 20 Jun 2008 14:50:02 GMT+1 jacksforge http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/thereporters/justinwebb/2008/06/the_gasprice_election.html?page=74#comment128 "Have you noticed, Ed, that all them European countries criticizing US plans to re- start off-shore drilling have been drilling in a vicinity of their own shores non-stop (Norway, UK, etc.)?"He lives in Scotland a country who's economy has been based on offshore drilling for years.I think it is just possible he knows they are drilling off the coast.All Brits know of the north sea oil. and natural gas.So just to ask ,you seeing as your so bad a t baiting ,Who complained about the drilling?It is not Euros complaining,they don't give a damn.It shows america is foolish,yes. most will laugh.THE NORTH SEA DOES NOT HAVE THE SAN ANDRAES FAULT.Big letter easy to read, if you think it wont happen you are really a bigger fool than I took you for.EARTHQUAKE Fri 20 Jun 2008 14:25:23 GMT+1 Ed Iglehart http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/thereporters/justinwebb/2008/06/the_gasprice_election.html?page=74#comment127 More very cogent and on-topic thoughts from Ivan Illich, first published 35 years ago.It has recently become fashionable to insist on an impending energy crisis. This euphemistic term conceals a contradiction and consecrates an illusion. It masks the contradiction implicit in the joint pursuit of equity and industrial growth. It safeguards the illusion that machine power can indefinitely take the place of manpower. To resolve this contradiction and dispel this illusion, it is urgent to clarify the reality that the language of crisis obscures: high quanta of energy degrade social relations just as inevitably as they destroy the physical milieu......The advocates of an energy crisis believe in and continue to propagate a peculiar vision of man. According to this notion, man is born into perpetual dependence on slaves which he must painfully learn to master. If he does not employ prisoners, then he needs machines to do most of his work. According to this doctrine, the well-being of a society can be measured by the number of years its members have gone to school and by the number of energy slaves they have thereby learned to command. This belief is common to the conflicting economic ideologies now in vogue. It is threatened by the obvious inequity, harriedness, and impotence that appear everywhere once the voracious hordes of energy slaves outnumber people by a certain proportion. The energy crisis focuses concern on the scarcity of fodder for these slaves. I prefer to ask whether free men need them......Ivan Illich, Energy and Equity, 1973Seriously recommended reading for anyone who considers themselves a "free person".And, I'm also reminded of Henry Thoreau, One says to me, "I wonder that you do not lay up money; you love to travel; you might take the cars and go to Fitchburg today and see the country." But I am wiser than that. I have learned that the swiftest traveller is he that goes afoot. I say to my friend, Suppose we try who will get there first. The distance is thirty miles; the fare ninety cents. That is almost a day's wages. I remember when wages were sixty cents a day for laborers on this very road. Well, I start now on foot, and get there before night; I have travelled at that rate by the week together. You will in the meanwhile have earned your fare, and arrive there some time tomorrow, or possibly this evening, if you are lucky enough to get a job in season....Thoreau, 1854 So Henry worked it out 120 years before Ivan did!Salaaaaam, etc.ed Fri 20 Jun 2008 13:18:20 GMT+1 Ed Iglehart http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/thereporters/justinwebb/2008/06/the_gasprice_election.html?page=73#comment126 Magic,"signs up saying 'whites only'"...."How may decades ago was this?"When I was growing up in Florida in the 50s. And there were signs saying "coloured", too, and no bully could have forced me to take a drink from the "colored" fountain....dirty! Thankfully, most of us grow up eventually."there are some who will claim racism if Obama does not win. Just as some of Hill's supporters are claiming sexism lost it for her."Indeed, and they will both be right (to some degree). ;-(((Salaam, etc. ed Fri 20 Jun 2008 12:50:12 GMT+1 MagicKirin http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/thereporters/justinwebb/2008/06/the_gasprice_election.html?page=73#comment125 , Streathamite in Milano! wrote:@ magicKirin #107:some sense in what you say (tho the candidate can hardly be blamed for who decides to cheerlead for him). I think we need to differentiate between 'some' and 'all'. SOME of the anti-Obama bloc WILL - certainly - do so on grounds of race, just as some will support him on same. Some won't - either camp. However, given that this is nation which had state-sanctioned signs up saying 'whites only' whilst Jaaaames brown was still a hot new thang - it playes a bigger part than in most other western-style 'democracies'.How may decades ago was this? I am not denying racism still exists. However there are some like Obama's campaign manager David Axelrod who have played the race cardBut it goes back to the original post that there are some who will claim racism if Obama does not win. Just as some of Hill's supporters are claiming sexism lost it for her. Fri 20 Jun 2008 12:13:19 GMT+1 powermeerkat http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/thereporters/justinwebb/2008/06/the_gasprice_election.html?page=72#comment124 Have you noticed, Ed, that all them European countries criticizing US plans to re- start off-shore drilling have been drilling in a vicinity of their own shores non-stop (Norway, UK, etc.)?[I won't mention drilling off Sakhalin and Kurils ' cause Putinland has never been particularly eco-friendly] Fri 20 Jun 2008 10:59:55 GMT+1 Ed Iglehart http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/thereporters/justinwebb/2008/06/the_gasprice_election.html?page=71#comment123 PurringMeerKitten,I WANT MY FREE LUNCH!(pedalling madly)ed Fri 20 Jun 2008 10:40:28 GMT+1 Ed Iglehart http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/thereporters/justinwebb/2008/06/the_gasprice_election.html?page=71#comment122 Illich link;-(( Fri 20 Jun 2008 10:38:42 GMT+1 powermeerkat http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/thereporters/justinwebb/2008/06/the_gasprice_election.html?page=70#comment121 Guys,I don't mean to rain on your parade, but whether you go for electric plug-ins or fuel-cell-based cars you'll need electric power.And this power will be still generated by greenhose-gases belching conventional power plants.Unless, of course you'll go 'NUKULAR'Something most PC folks abhore.[they power their PCs to belch out their PC pollution by getting on their bikes and pedaling]BTW. Do you know that windmills can't handle strong wind and come to a standstill :-) Fri 20 Jun 2008 10:37:15 GMT+1 Ed Iglehart http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/thereporters/justinwebb/2008/06/the_gasprice_election.html?page=70#comment120 David,Of course the oil will never run out, but there are signs that the "cheap" oil will, which amounts to much the same."If they or any of the others were to develop a reliable, alternatively fueled car/truck and it had all the bells and whistles expected of a contemporary product"Junkie-speak - unwillingness to accept less than all the bells and whistles for which endless oil has given us a taste."Make a better mousetrap and the public will buy it; the same goes for transportation."Again, Junkie talk - Transportation isd part of the problem, not the solution. The solution is to transport LESS, of people, goods, and everything.Small country, few people -Hundreds of devices,But none are used.People ponder on deathAnd don't travel far.They have carriages and boats,But no one goes on board;Weapons and armor,But no one brandishes them.They use knotted cords for counting.Sweet their food,Beautiful their clothes,Peaceful their homes,Delightful their customs.Neighboring countries are so closeYou can hear their chickens and dogs.But people grow old and dieWithout needing to come and go.Lao Tzu, [translated by Stan Lombardo and Stephen Addiss] Grrrlie,"McShame's hypocritical statements lauding 'clean coal' [sic] are truly appalling. "To be fair, Obama has made similar commtiments to "clean coal" and has sponsored a bill on the production of liquid fuels (the car and truck God) from coal. Neither wants to face the ecological destruction involved in "getting" the coal (or the oil sands.shales)David,"The auto makers appear to spend far more on TV commercials than the oil companies,"I have a game in which I offer a five pound note to anyone who can spot a commercial break without a car advert. No takers so far. The local paper would fold without the Motor Trade ads, which take up virtually half the square inches (I've counted)."People will always need a way to get from A to B," Junkie talk again! Folk have done very well on foot for 99.9 % of our time on Earth.People move well on their feet. This primitive means of getting around will, on closer analysis, appear quite effective when compared with the lot of people in modern cities or on industrialized farms. It will appear particularly attractive once it has been understood that modern Americans walk, on the average, as many miles as their ancestors-most of them through tunnels, corridors, parking lots, and stores....People on their feet are more or less equal. People solely dependent on their feet move on the spur of the moment, at three to four miles per hour, in any direction and to any place from which they are not legally or physically barred. An improvement on this native degree of mobility by new transport technology should be expected to safeguard these values and to add some new ones, such as greater range, time economies, comfort, or more opportunities for the disabled. So far this is not what has happened. Instead, the growth of the transportation industry has everywhere had the reverse effect.....~~ Ivan Illich, Energy and EquitySalaam, etc.ed Fri 20 Jun 2008 10:27:57 GMT+1 Streathamite http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/thereporters/justinwebb/2008/06/the_gasprice_election.html?page=69#comment119 @ magicKirin #107:some sense in what you say (tho the candidate can hardly be blamed for who decides to cheerlead for him). I think we need to differentiate between 'some' and 'all'. SOME of the anti-Obama bloc WILL - certainly - do so on grounds of race, just as some will support him on same. Some won't - either camp. However, given that this is nation which had state-sanctioned signs up saying 'whites only' whilst Jaaaames brown was still a hot new thang - it playes a bigger part than in most other western-style 'democracies'. Fri 20 Jun 2008 08:17:58 GMT+1 David Cunard http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/thereporters/justinwebb/2008/06/the_gasprice_election.html?page=69#comment118 #118. Grrrlie "Whether it's hybrid or electric cars - or even more sustainable forms of transit - "mass acceptance" all comes back to mass education." And mass education comes down to advertising. The auto makers appear to spend far more on TV commercials than the oil companies, but first they have to make a product which doesn't use petroleum products. Selling it should be the easy part; if a political aspirant to the presidency can be sold to the American public successfully, then so can new, fuel-efficient cars. Oil companies need to look at Philip Morris which, knowing that the market was shrinking, broadened its market with non-tobacco products. People will always need a way to get from A to B, but, other than oil byproducts (dyes, detergents etc), the public won't care what the vehicle runs on, provided it is cheap and reliable. Fri 20 Jun 2008 06:05:26 GMT+1 Grrrlie http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/thereporters/justinwebb/2008/06/the_gasprice_election.html?page=68#comment117 #117 - David Cunard:Whether it's hybrid or electric cars - or even more sustainable forms of transit - "mass acceptance" all comes back to mass education. That means proper information flowing to the people.McShame's Big Oil buddies don't want that to happen, clearly. Obama continues to raise these issues and to oppose quick-and-dirty, fake band-aid "solutions" like a summer of no-gas-tax. McShame's hypocritical statements lauding 'clean coal' [sic] are truly appalling. THE BIG LIE IS MCSHAME'S VERSION OF EDUCATING THE PUBLIC ON ENERGY - END OF STORY. Fri 20 Jun 2008 01:46:21 GMT+1 David Cunard http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/thereporters/justinwebb/2008/06/the_gasprice_election.html?page=67#comment116 #108 Ed "Or when the oil runs out, whichever comes first." The oil isn't going to run out in our lifetime; it may be more difficult to extract, but it's not going to vanish anytime soon. The profit motive for car manufacturers should be the incentive to make more efficient engines - for example, GM has just rid itself of its Hummer line, there being little attraction for it today. If they or any of the others were to develop a reliable, alternatively fueled car/truck and it had all the bells and whistles expected of a contemporary product, there would be no problem for consumers wishing to make the transition. The problem is getting them to make the effort; hybrids are not enough and so far electric vehicles seem to be a dud, at least as far as mass acceptance is concerned. Whether in the form of grants, tax credits or some other stimulus, the best incentive is to appeal to the bottom line - profit. Make a better mousetrap and the public will buy it; the same goes for transportation. Fri 20 Jun 2008 01:13:17 GMT+1 Grrrlie http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/thereporters/justinwebb/2008/06/the_gasprice_election.html?page=67#comment115 Here's hoping that Cheney's out-lesbian daughter is one of the legions of donors to Obama's campaign!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! ;) Fri 20 Jun 2008 01:02:50 GMT+1 Grrrlie http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/thereporters/justinwebb/2008/06/the_gasprice_election.html?page=66#comment114 #110 Definitely agree re: Cheney/hubris. And remember, Cheney's favorite public hobby so far seems to be "canned hunts" - which he is presumably including in his notion of his socalled "uncompromisable" USA lifestyle!!! (Death-style.)Haven't heard McShame distancing himself from "canned hunting." I wonder if he's gone along on any of Cheney's little shooting fests? Although, McShame could be concerned about Cheney's proclivity for shooting old duffers on the scene.... Fri 20 Jun 2008 00:56:03 GMT+1 peterm99 http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/thereporters/justinwebb/2008/06/the_gasprice_election.html?page=66#comment113 re: #112 JohnConstableI see no reason to doubt the feasibility of what you suggest in your post. There are many potential alternatives to a petroleum-based economy, and many of these alternatives are still in their infancy or may not even have been thought of yet.The points I have made in previous posts were not intended to be that we can't get "there" from where we are now, only that it will be extremely expensive and disruptive to the life to which we have become accustomed.re: #113 nobleFloridianI consider being an old fart as a badge of honor, but I had not intended to start a controversy regarding various degrees of old fart-ness. ;-)As far as your stated Presidential views are concerned, my opinion is that favoring either one over the other is closely akin to arguing about honor among thieves. What's good about McCain is greatly outweighed by what's wrong with him, and similarly with Obama. Just as with the energy debate, the political choices available have _no_ good short- to medium-term outcomes, and, as John Maynard Keynes said, "In the long run we are all dead." Thu 19 Jun 2008 23:16:41 GMT+1 nobleFloridian http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/thereporters/justinwebb/2008/06/the_gasprice_election.html?page=65#comment112 Hello Jack: So we are jousting once more! What did I not comprehend? Just what is wrong with becoming independent of the people in the Middle East who hate our guts, and who are backing the terrorists who are killing their own kind and in the process our own troops, in the centuries-old religious wars that will, it seems, never end. Admittedly, that is an overwhelming argument for us to bring our troops home. By the way, Jack, you have a fan in my sister, who, in a lovely town not too far from the Wales border, thinks you are a fine fellow. And also by the way, Peterm99, Ed is hardly an old fart compared to me, and I would add that I fear for not only my grandchildren but my GREAT-grandchildren, of which my wife and I have five. And Ed - if Obama gets sworn in as our commander-in-chief (talk about a misnomer!), maybe Jim Webb would be a strong advocate of the military. McCain for President! Hip, hip, hooray! Thu 19 Jun 2008 22:20:35 GMT+1 JohnConstable http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/thereporters/justinwebb/2008/06/the_gasprice_election.html?page=64#comment111 # 111I believe that nanotechnology will have a profound impact and may help with energy solutions.For example, using nanotech, it may be possible to construct immensely strong structures, such as pipes, which could withstand the very high pressures, when drilling into the earth.Thus it may then be possible to use these pipes into earth to turn water into steam to drive turbines to produce electricity.Which could then charge electric powered vehicles.Just an idea but you can see the possibilities. Thu 19 Jun 2008 22:14:11 GMT+1 peterm99 http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/thereporters/justinwebb/2008/06/the_gasprice_election.html?page=64#comment110 re: #110 Ed Iglehart"And, with the powers trying to keep gas prices down, the later the adjustment, the more painful, I reckon."Absolutely correct.As others have stated, the entire US (and Western) lifestyle has been based on the availability of low cost energy. (i.e., cheap in terms of fraction of personal/national wealth.)Cheney's statement that (paraphrased) "the American lifestyle is non-compromisable" is a perfect illustration of the hubris in your Hardin quote. The price necessary to obtain energy must be paid, whether in terms of war costs to steal it from others (but this will only work for decades, at most), or the costs of RandD and infrastructure changes necessary to implement alternatives, or the diminution of "quality of life" due to the fact that energy costs will consume a larger and larger fraction of actual wealth, leaving a smaller fraction available for the "luxuries" we've all gotten used to.You and I and the other old farts on this blog will merely be slightly inconvenienced by the changes before we shuffle off this mortal coil, but the impacts on our children and grandchildren will be profound. Thu 19 Jun 2008 20:56:55 GMT+1 Ed Iglehart http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/thereporters/justinwebb/2008/06/the_gasprice_election.html?page=63#comment109 Peter,"Unfortunately, the transition processes, whenever they occur, will not be painless, either economically or socially."You got that right! And, with the powers trying to keep gas prices down, the later the adjustment, the more painful, I reckon.;-)ed"Hubris -- that was the Greeks' word for what ails you.Pride fueled the pyres of tragedyWhich died (some say) with Shakespeare.O, incredible delusion! That potency should have no limits!`We believe no evil 'til the evil`s done' --Witness the deserts' march across the earth,Spawned and nourished by men who whine, 'Abnormal weather.'Nearly as absurd as crying, 'Abnormal universe!' . . .But I suppose you'll be saying that, next."Garrett Hardin Thu 19 Jun 2008 20:33:49 GMT+1 peterm99 http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/thereporters/justinwebb/2008/06/the_gasprice_election.html?page=63#comment108 re: #108 Ed Iglehart"Or when the oil runs out, whichever comes first."But the whole point is that, for all practical purposes, we will never _actually_ run out of oil.At some point, it will become more expensive than alternative A, then somewhat later, than alternative B, and later still, alternative C, etc., etc.At current prices, it is still much cheaper than other alternatives, when one includes the costs of implementing the infrastructure, etc. changes required. The break-even points for the alternatives are coming closer and closer as oil prices rise. The faster oil prices rise, the sooner alternatives will be implemented.The fact that European (and some other) governments force much higher oil prices on consumers only means that the alternatives will be implemented earlier there. It is precisely the fact the US politicians are working to cause decreases in the price of oil that slows down US implementation of changes necessary to reduce reliance on oil.Unfortunately, the transition processes, whenever they occur, will not be painless, either economically or socially. Thu 19 Jun 2008 20:21:24 GMT+1 Ed Iglehart http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/thereporters/justinwebb/2008/06/the_gasprice_election.html?page=62#comment107 David,"The reliance on oil (for transportation) can only change when an efficient, alternative form of power can be utilised."Or when the oil runs out, whichever comes first.;-)ed Thu 19 Jun 2008 19:32:03 GMT+1 MagicKirin http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/thereporters/justinwebb/2008/06/the_gasprice_election.html?page=61#comment106 Streathamite in Milano! wrote:@ magicKirin #102;Oh REALLY? so there was a 100+ years era in American history when those under 40 in one substantial part of America kept those over 60 as slaves? followed by another cenjtury of segregation, disenfranchisement, oppression and discrimination of the old by the young? I may not fully agree with Heathergreene (I think race is fortunately getting less of an issue with every day that passes and every 50+ white that passes away, espesh in the South), but to deny that race IS an issue in the way that age is not, and for deep rooted historical reasons, is simply denial of reality. But Heathergreen is implying that the only reason people won't vote for Obama is racism. There are many who won't vote for him for other reasons.My point is many Obamaphiles(not Obama himself) are playing the race card when ever he is criticized. Thu 19 Jun 2008 18:59:30 GMT+1 David Cunard http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/thereporters/justinwebb/2008/06/the_gasprice_election.html?page=61#comment105 95. Ed Iglehart - And I thought your comments were original to yourself. I had a look at Mr Kunstler's site - he doesn't make any effort to justify his remarks, like any kind of propaganda, he simply states as fact what he would have readers believe. He's a writer, not an economist and that does not make him an authority on the future of America. Other than writing, he appears to have made no meaningful contribution to his own country or the human race.#101. jacksforge: Where do you get the idea from me we "can't" do anything? Would you propose rehousing millions of people nearer to their workplace so that they use less fuel? New public transportation can't be introduced over night - the problems in getting the Los Angeles Metro built demonstrate that - and extensions to it are mired in consultations and legislative analysis. And that's just one conurbation!The reliance on oil (for transportation) can only change when an efficient, alternative form of power can be utilised. It will take the will of small nations, such as the UK, and large (US) states like California, to mandate that new vehicles from, say 2020, must run on fuel other than that derived from oil. Unfortunately, Britain lagged far behind in requiring that unleaded fuel be used and just as far behind in requiring better emissions standards; car manufacturers wishing to sell their product in California were obliged to make their vehicles California-compliant. I cannot see Britain leading the way on this since the population has only recently "fallen in love" with their cars and will not be ready to ditch them anytime soon. However, Americans have already taken the first tentative steps, in that smaller, more fuel-efficient vehicles have become popular, as opposed to the 'land yachts' of yesteryear. It's not a big jump from smaller vehicles to those which are alternatively fueled. Nevertheless, Detroit, Japan and Britain (etc) will need to be forced to change their product since it is unlikely that they will do so voluntarily. Of course, since oil is a finite resource, albeit not to be 100% depleted in our lifetime, other sources will be needed to power aircraft, ocean-going vessels and all other users of fossil fuels. Beyond the price of gas and its effect on the November election, there is the future to be considered - if global warming can attract so much attention, why not alternative energy sources? If there are alien creatures from elsewhere in the heavens, you can be sure they aren't using oil-based flying machines! Thu 19 Jun 2008 18:07:36 GMT+1 SunshinePlus http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/thereporters/justinwebb/2008/06/the_gasprice_election.html?page=60#comment104 McCain is the consummate politician, bait and switch to whatever gets the votes that day. The fact that for the last eight years of the Bush administration there has seen no long range planning for infrastructure or energy needs is dramatically brought to our attention each day as we cross dangerous bridges with our nearly $5 a gallon gas. McCain was and is an integral part of this failure. If he had the leadership to seriously address the glaring omissions of the past, he would be advocating solid plans for our future and not the opportunistic schemes of "no tax gas for summer:" and offshore drilling. that appeal in a superficial way before you analyze the worth and the repercussions of such a decision. You can't teach an old dog, new tricks! Thu 19 Jun 2008 17:14:52 GMT+1 Streathamite http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/thereporters/justinwebb/2008/06/the_gasprice_election.html?page=60#comment103 @ magicKirin #102;Oh REALLY? so there was a 100+ years era in American history when those under 40 in one substantial part of America kept those over 60 as slaves? followed by another cenjtury of segregation, disenfranchisement, oppression and discrimination of the old by the young? I may not fully agree with Heathergreene (I think race is fortunately getting less of an issue with every day that passes and every 50+ white that passes away, espesh in the South), but to deny that race IS an issue in the way that age is not, and for deep rooted historical reasons, is simply denial of reality. Thu 19 Jun 2008 16:40:35 GMT+1 JohnConstable http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/thereporters/justinwebb/2008/06/the_gasprice_election.html?page=59#comment102 # 68 Yes, a very very good point about median incomes and a 'middle-class' sinking beneath the waves.I'd hazard a guess that pretty much the same point would be valid for the accursed Blighty i.e. more folk sliiping into lower-income service type MacJobs. Thu 19 Jun 2008 15:42:55 GMT+1 MagicKirin http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/thereporters/justinwebb/2008/06/the_gasprice_election.html?page=59#comment101 heathergreene wrote:Yes, so many good reasons why Mr Obama should win, and yet he will lose for one simple, inescapable reason: it's the racism, stupid.So you are buying the line that the only reason someone would not vote for Obama is racism? So from your PC point of view his views on the issues and his lack of experience and resume are irrelvant?Fine than anyone who doesn't vote for McCain is an ageist?Make about as much sense Thu 19 Jun 2008 15:19:06 GMT+1 jacksforge http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/thereporters/justinwebb/2008/06/the_gasprice_election.html?page=58#comment100 David I hear a lot of can't from the can do nation. whats wrong with trying Thu 19 Jun 2008 14:51:50 GMT+1 jacksforge http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/thereporters/justinwebb/2008/06/the_gasprice_election.html?page=57#comment99 68 peter brilliant.though gas should be phased out as soon as possible(not soon) the biggest problem is that the suv driving bosses on holiday to Alaska every 4 months don't understand what 10 bucks an hour as a good wage really means. that and the fact the wealthy here never pay enough taxes to do their share to make sure everyone can go work for them.'should have just stuck at brilliant. Thu 19 Jun 2008 14:50:38 GMT+1 jacksforge http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/thereporters/justinwebb/2008/06/the_gasprice_election.html?page=57#comment98 Nobel floridian, again you have shown me your ability to spell better than your ability to comprehend. Best to stick to prof reeding, after all it has not concern for content.56 Regulating speculation would, of course, be against free market principles and thus is unamerican. but americans telling GM or dodge that they will not buy their cars and that free gas is a worthless bribe that will lead to huge numbers of vehicles being bought in order to replace just as useless vehicles .Just to get Cheap Gas.think from the enviroment's point of view here. Payment on a lease car or truck is the same ,but your gas is cheaper. So the truck is replaced. the market gets saturated with old trucks. this happened in the first Bush term and is happening again.the old truck works, gets the same 13 miles per gallon, so why change,cheap gas. And another truck is produced ready to head back to the scrappy. the whole lease truck car(oh and for euros truck means pickup truck with big wheels to waste more gas. Thu 19 Jun 2008 14:39:28 GMT+1 jacksforge http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/thereporters/justinwebb/2008/06/the_gasprice_election.html?page=56#comment97 It's telling that your paper shows "high" prices around $55, while today's price hovers around $134....Maybe there's real substance in Jack's analysis and the Car dealers are driving the futures market.yea that's what I'm saying.I may hate racism, and may be rude to all I perceive as such, but I'm no fool.12,000 miles( a years that's the limit) at 3 bucks a gallon , if you buy our crap truck or suv , that we proudly claim gets 23 miles per gallon. and that's the latest model.But hell I'm crazy . crazy enough to have predicted Saddam was hiding writing poetry, hoping no one called his bluff. So it was romance novels,almost. Thu 19 Jun 2008 14:27:26 GMT+1 sparky153 http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/thereporters/justinwebb/2008/06/the_gasprice_election.html?page=56#comment96 I may be wrong but...Isn't China and perhaps a number of other countries ( I'm unsure) already drilling almost within sight of the Florida keys, nearer to Cuba? I also hear tell that they are thinking of slant drilling underneath the United States? All told the laws on drilling need to be revamped, but they also need to keep a close hand on the drilling/pumping process to minimize oil leakage on our beaches. Thu 19 Jun 2008 13:07:03 GMT+1 Ed Iglehart http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/thereporters/justinwebb/2008/06/the_gasprice_election.html?page=55#comment95 Peter,"I expect that the peak oil "crash" will be a long-duration event taking quite a few more decades."That's reminiscent of the title of Kunstler's recent book: The Long EmergencyA brief excerpt:The dirty secret of the American economy in the 1990’s was that is was no longer about anything except the creation of suburban sprawl and the furnishing, accessorizing and the financing of it. It resembled the efficiency of cancer. Nothing else really mattered except building suburban houses, trading away the mortgages, selling the multiple cars needed by the inhabitants, upgrading the roads into commercial strip highways with all the necessary shopping infrastructure, and moving vast supplies of merchandise made in China for next to nothing to fill up those housesand, from Kunstler's review of Syriana.....And finally,"Growth for the sake of growth is the ideology of the cancer cell." - Edward Abbey;-)ed Thu 19 Jun 2008 12:27:15 GMT+1 Ed Iglehart http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/thereporters/justinwebb/2008/06/the_gasprice_election.html?page=54#comment94 David,""Diesel fuel is a dollar-a-gallon higher than gasoline." Where did you find that figure?"That (and the frozen-food comments were part of the quotation from James Howard Kunstler, which link somehow fell foul of the Mods (who are as Gods). I do hope you're able to follow it and look for the The Clusterflux Nation Chronicle (scroll down).As to my personal part in our fossil follies, I've never pretended not to be part of the problem. I burn wood, oil, & coal, and consume electricity generated from all three as well as Scottish breezes and the splitting of uranium atoms, though I suspect I'm not "just as much" part of the problem as long-distance commuters.Certainly, it's far more eco-friendly to bless y'all with the benefit of my wisdom via the web than to feel the need to physically come to bend your shell-like ears....Peter,"I expect that the peak oil "crash" will be a long-duration event taking quite a few more decades."That's agreed, but i have persistent doubts about the reliability of "proven reserves", and I seem to remember (was it BP?) a major oil company which recently had to re-state its reserves, and then there was Shell... and "The recent cuts in the estimates of oil and natural gas reserves at Royal Dutch/Shell, El Paso and other energy companies have raised questions about how companies could suddenly have far less potential oil and gas than they initially reported. The answer is in a mixture of imprecise regulations, geological guesswork and corporate culture that goes into the accounting of such reserves." International Herald Tribune, March 12, 2004And Shell has had a further bit of bother on this matter....and Shell ain't the only one.;-)ed Thu 19 Jun 2008 11:43:46 GMT+1 David Cunard http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/thereporters/justinwebb/2008/06/the_gasprice_election.html?page=54#comment93 #81. Ed "Thanks to the wonders of the internet, I can do that from . . here without using any sort of fossil-powered transport!" Is your house equipped with solar powered electricity? If not, then it is most likely fossil fuel that produces it, although nuclear powered generating stations are proposed for Scotland. My guess is that you probably don't approve of that. If you use gas or oil for heating then you're just as much part of the problem as those who are obliged to drive long distances to earn a living. And if you're burning wood, you're endangering the atmosphere - so you really can't win!I couldn't look at your link, because of the reason stated, but whatever it is/was, cannot dispute that the "American Dream" of home ownership is alive and well. Subsidised housing and "projects" is not an option, unless connected with a natural disaster.Since you mention "the magic of the American processed food industry" I wonder when you last spent any time in the US? The picture you paint of American life, with two jobs and no time to cook 'real' food, is completely erroneous. Frozen food cases represent a very small proportion of a supermarket's capacity - there are no chains of stores like Iceland which only sell frozen goods to those in the UK attempting to emulate all things American. (Have you ever had a British BLT? Limp bacon and not on toast just doesn't make it!)"Diesel fuel is a dollar-a-gallon higher than gasoline." Where did you find that figure? It certainly doesn't represent what is paid on the West Coast, which has higher gas and oil prices than elsewhere. Fifty cents tops between diesel and regular, and even a smaller differential between premium and diesel (DERV).#83 - Mrs Obama's appearance on The View was covered by all TV news reports, and she made a very good impression; I don't see that the BBC shouldn't mention it - it was important here. There is a softening of her attitude, no doubt encouraged by the Obama campaign - and she had nice things to say about Laura Bush, which the Beeb omitted to mention. In this day of unisex occupations, I was somewhat surprised to read that Whoopi Goldberg is a 'comedienne', rather than a comedian, so perhaps 'political correctness', so evident in the UK, has begun to erode. Thu 19 Jun 2008 06:52:15 GMT+1 peterm99 http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/thereporters/justinwebb/2008/06/the_gasprice_election.html?page=53#comment92 re: #91 gunsandreligionhttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o-zoPgv_nYg Thu 19 Jun 2008 05:19:09 GMT+1 Grrrlie http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/thereporters/justinwebb/2008/06/the_gasprice_election.html?page=53#comment91 #91 - gunsandreligion:surely you jest - McShame's big solo singing debut? "BOMB" being the operative lyric item :P Thu 19 Jun 2008 04:47:11 GMT+1 gunsandreligion http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/thereporters/justinwebb/2008/06/the_gasprice_election.html?page=52#comment90 Grrrlie, after all these years, I alwaysthought it was "Barbara Ann". Thu 19 Jun 2008 04:27:30 GMT+1 Grrrlie http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/thereporters/justinwebb/2008/06/the_gasprice_election.html?page=52#comment89 #89 of mine - also:Hilrod could also join McShame in their own singing video of McShame's ever-popular ditty, "Bomb, bomb, bomb - bomb, bomb Iran"!!!!!!!!!!! :( Thu 19 Jun 2008 03:57:24 GMT+1 Grrrlie http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/thereporters/justinwebb/2008/06/the_gasprice_election.html?page=51#comment88 Obviously Hilrod has a great change to be a VP candidate now. She would be a perfect VP candidate for McShame!! She could push that "no gas tax" slogan - while he could handle the down-and-dirtier "drill the hell out of offshore USA" theme. A dynamic duo of double-talking, doddering duplicity.Unbeatable AND unbearable! "If it ain't broke don't fix it" - why change the dynamic that Dubya and Cheney have kept going for nearly 8 years? THE BIG LIE WORKS EVERY TIME WHEN IT COMES TO CREDULOUS CRETINS ON THE RIGHT. Thu 19 Jun 2008 03:52:49 GMT+1 dime666 http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/thereporters/justinwebb/2008/06/the_gasprice_election.html?page=50#comment87 re: #85You miss the point, it's not that I don't like it, it's just that it has no journalistic merit but most importantly no depth or insight into a real story. It's something a regional paper would write a column about. I hate to be one of those people that complain about how their tv licence money is spent etc. but I am sure there is better news out there which doesn't depend on mishearing people (which btw, if you watch the video, cleared up within a sec by the other guests.)It's an insult to every readers intelligence to consider this worthy of being published. Thu 19 Jun 2008 03:17:23 GMT+1 peterm99 http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/thereporters/justinwebb/2008/06/the_gasprice_election.html?page=50#comment86 re: #86Third paragraph should start "1994 through 2007" instead of "2003 through 2007".Brain, eye, and finger co-ordination apparently going downhill faster than peak oil ;-) Thu 19 Jun 2008 02:49:58 GMT+1 peterm99 http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/thereporters/justinwebb/2008/06/the_gasprice_election.html?page=49#comment85 re: #76 and 79The steepness of the ROI curve is mitigated by price rises as the output drops. Further, the ROEI curves tend to lose their analytical value as alternatives become more available.You are absolutely correct that consuming a barrel of oil to to produce one makes no economic sense. Yet, the value of oil is much greater than its energy content - burning it in IC engines or heaters, etc., is one of the least effective uses. Thus, as more energy is produced from nuclear power, for example, it will be worth it to expend greater than the Btus which could be obtained from 1 barrel of oil in order to produce 1 barrel of oil.Since 2003 and through 2007, proven reserves have increased by some 240+ billion barrels. Starting very recently, there has been a spurt of exploration and discovery of reserves in hitherto unexplored areas at a rate significantly greater than in past decades. The expectation is that similar discoveries will continue for some time as other unexplored areas are investigated.Based on all of the above, plus other factors, I expect that the peak oil "crash" will be a long-duration event taking quite a few more decades. Thu 19 Jun 2008 02:29:01 GMT+1 Gary_A_Hill http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/thereporters/justinwebb/2008/06/the_gasprice_election.html?page=49#comment84 dime666 (#83), I don't know why you would have a problem with that item. Candidates, and their spouses, are constantly being beaten up in the media, and especially on the web, for nothing. Michelle defended herself from misrepresentation, and the BBC web site published it. If you don't like it, read something else. Thu 19 Jun 2008 02:28:33 GMT+1 heathergreene http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/thereporters/justinwebb/2008/06/the_gasprice_election.html?page=48#comment83 Yes, so many good reasons why Mr Obama should win, and yet he will lose for one simple, inescapable reason: it's the racism, stupid. I recommend The Daily Show for encapsulation of the Republican smear machine already at work, planting doubts, letting an outrageous yet curiously tenacious image or suggestion fester in the American psyche. 'Would Michelle Obama advocate retribution on Whitey once in office?' 'Did Obama spend 5 minutes in a Muslim day camp and get radicalized?' This is the level on which the election will be won and lost, and all the intelligent, ethically sound campaigning by Obama will seem a distant, puzzling memory when Americans realize next January the've been frightened into electing the safe option.For respite I watch re-runs of The West Wing. It's never too late to escape into this vision of America as she should be. Thu 19 Jun 2008 01:56:50 GMT+1 dime666 http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/thereporters/justinwebb/2008/06/the_gasprice_election.html?page=47#comment82 I just wanted to point out how low the BBC goes sometimes for stories:http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/americas/7462669.stmHow on earth is this a story? Let's stop with such nonsense... Thu 19 Jun 2008 01:51:39 GMT+1 Ed Iglehart http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/thereporters/justinwebb/2008/06/the_gasprice_election.html?page=47#comment81 Kunstler on Colbert Report;-)ed Thu 19 Jun 2008 01:32:07 GMT+1 Ed Iglehart http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/thereporters/justinwebb/2008/06/the_gasprice_election.html?page=46#comment80 David, "Since you appear to have all the answers, why not just return to the USofA and let us have the benefit of your insight? " Thanks to the wonders of the internet, I can do that from the comfort of my treehouse here without using any sort of fossil-powered transport!. As to the "American Dream", do have a look at [Unsuitable/Broken URL removed by Moderator] take on it.Cheap corn is behind the magic of the American processed food industry -- all those pizza pockets and juicy-juice boxes that frantic Americans resort to because they have no time between two jobs and family-chauffeur duties to actually cook (note: reheating is not cooking). Behind that magic is an agribusiness model of farming cranked up on the steroids of cheap oil and cheap natural-gas-based fertilizer. Both of these "inputs" have recently entered the realm of the non-cheap. Oil-and-gas-based farming had already reached a crisis stage before the flood of Iowa. Diesel fuel is a dollar-a-gallon higher than gasoline. Natural gas prices have doubled over the past year, sending fertilizer prices way up. American farmers are poorly positioned to reform their practices. All that cheap fossil fuel masks a tremendous decay of skill in husbandry......I particularly like the steroids image! And he writes books, too! A good read. Thu 19 Jun 2008 01:19:13 GMT+1 rupertornelius http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/thereporters/justinwebb/2008/06/the_gasprice_election.html?page=46#comment79 Salem, a McCain-Gollum partnership would go down well in Florida wouldn't it? Get all those swamp-dwellers to turn out! On the trail together they could swap stories of torture and whatnot. Or he may be tempted to choose Sauron to help carry the state of Mordor-sota where he is 'governor'. Obama could pick Frodo for his foreign policy expertise and to beef up his national security credentials (whatever those are). Gandalf has also been mentioned but he woud undercut a message of 'change', I believe. Toodlepip. Thu 19 Jun 2008 01:15:24 GMT+1 Ed Iglehart http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/thereporters/justinwebb/2008/06/the_gasprice_election.html?page=45#comment78 Peter (and all),A mathematical note:One thing which may not be obvious is that the "peak oil" curves we usually see depict "total production" on the vertical scale, not reserves.A curve representing "total reserves" on the vertical scale would slope downwards from left to right, and wouldn't have a peak. A curve representing "proven reserves" or suchlike would rise from first discoveries to a peak and then decline, but it would be quite different from the 'production' curve, and might well decline even more steeply, due to the finite nature of 'total reserves' - after we've found all there is, there's no more to find.If you run the wee video again, you'll see that the peak isn't shown as sharp, but bumpy, and with a plateau in the seventies/eighties....Shrub on the radio at this very moment is blaming the democrats for the present high price of oil...;-) Thu 19 Jun 2008 01:02:59 GMT+1 dennisjunior1 http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/thereporters/justinwebb/2008/06/the_gasprice_election.html?page=45#comment77 This will be a gas-price election.... Thu 19 Jun 2008 00:51:40 GMT+1 David Cunard http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/thereporters/justinwebb/2008/06/the_gasprice_election.html?page=44#comment76 #69 Ed - Since you appear to have all the answers, why not just return to the USofA and let us have the benefit of your insight? Even for your parents, "The American Dream" included property ownership, something to which few Britons aspired in the pre-Thatcher years. The postwar Labour Government (creators of the NHS) embarked on subsidised "council houses" whereas the US government made it possible for their military to return home and buy a new house in the suburbs for no money down, part of the "GI Bill". Now that there are thousands, millions, of houses located far from business centres and places of work, how do you propose that the workforce will get to its destination? As you should be aware, the geographical distances in your homeland are so much greater than in Britain and the infrastructure rather less. Even if oil were to become unavailable in the years to come, which is highly unlikely, alternative fuels are in the works together with electrically run vehicles. What California does today, the rest of the world does tomorrow. If the State Legislature were to mandate a zero gasoline consumption vehicle, as they did with raising emissions standards, then manufacturers would fall into line. The automobile is not going to disappear anytime soon.Where do you expect food to come from if not California or the Midwest? Even in the first years of the last century California - and Salinas in particular - was known as America's salad bowl and produce (greengrocery) was sent elsewhere, as depicted in Steinbeck's 'East of Eden'. Not every state can produce everything its residents need and transportation will not come to halt. It certainly isn't "whining" to say that the Golden State is essential to America's families. People can live without strawberries, it's true, but will they?The Red Cars - yes, we are all familiar with the story. The tracks were still in place in the 60s and in some parts they exist even today. Part of the Metroliner bus service uses the right of way dedicated to the old system. Thirty-five years ago, the late Baxter Ward, a Los Angeles County Supervisor (rather like a British County Councillor) had tried valiantly to resuscitate a fixed light-rail or train system, but it fell on deaf ears. However, in 1984, when the Olympic Games were hosted here (for UK readers, at NO cost to any taxpayer!) traffic was as smooth as it was intended to be on the freeways. Perhaps a lesson could be learnt from that. Thu 19 Jun 2008 00:47:31 GMT+1 Ed Iglehart http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/thereporters/justinwebb/2008/06/the_gasprice_election.html?page=43#comment75 Peter,The reason the peak is steeper on the downside is that consumption continues to rise (or at least to remain high) while the reserves remaining are the more difficult (and costly) to recover. It's taken us only about 75 years to use up the bulk of the first half of the oil, and the rate of use has been steadily accelerating.Actually the oil is likely to last more than your 40 years, because extraction rates will inevitably fall, due to the characteristics of field depletion - the last oil is very hard to get- and rising costs will also tend to force lower demand as we adopt more efficient habits and develop alternatives.The energy returned on energy invested also falls with the 'remainder' reserves, meaning that it takes increasingly more energy to recover a 'barrel', until eventually it costs a barrel's worth to get a barrel and any sane economy abandons the practice. (in the absence of perverse subsidies).I'm not as sure as you seem to be about the rate of identification and assessment of new reserves. I reckon you'll find a good number of highly qualified folk hereand here and here, who'll disagree.We've had the 'easy' oil, and like the pusher's samples, it's got us hooked...Time will tell.Salaaaaaam, etc.edThere is also the ecological devastation caused by 'recovering' oil sands and shales. Just look at Google Earth in Saskatchewan or, for coal, have a cruise over the mountains of Eastern Kentucky, where they're practising "mountaintop removal"We can't eat GNP Thu 19 Jun 2008 00:31:00 GMT+1 Justianus http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/thereporters/justinwebb/2008/06/the_gasprice_election.html?page=43#comment74 re # 74Wesside01,Ah, yes. Let's get real. For example:- let's believe in a fair and true judicial system. Then let's lock up a lot of guys without any recourse whatsoever to that system because they're big baddies and don't deserve it and we got really real;- and then let's drill up all the oil we can find to lower the gas prices. It'll take us at least five years to get really started, and by then whatever we find won't make 10 cents of difference to a gallon, but hey, the prices are just too darn high right now, so we really need to get real;- oh, and let's go off and bomb Iran. After all, these people are just terrorists and all they want is to kill all of us 'cause they're really jealous of the fact that we're really great, so let's kill all of them first. - etc. Really.Hmm, this is fun. I'm getting real real fast, here :)Oh, and can I sell my mom? I mean, I liked her when she was 40 or so, but now she's 73, so I'm allowed a flip-flop there, right? Thu 19 Jun 2008 00:22:49 GMT+1 Wes J http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/thereporters/justinwebb/2008/06/the_gasprice_election.html?page=42#comment73 Having a position on drilling when oil is $45/barrel vs. having a new position is $140/barrel is only"flip flopping" if you live in a binary world of black and white.get real. Wed 18 Jun 2008 23:38:58 GMT+1 peterm99 http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/thereporters/justinwebb/2008/06/the_gasprice_election.html?page=42#comment72 re: #71 Ed IglehartWhat is misleading in all of the talk about peak oil (including in your link), is that the "peak" is shown as a very narrow, pointed top of a mountain.If one considers total proven oil reserves as of 2007 (extractable with today's technology) and current consumption levels, the world won't run out of oil for another 40 years even if not one additional drop of reserves were ever found. Even doubling current consumption levels starting immediately (not likely for many years) will yield a 20 year supply.Given the rate at which reserves are still being found, the drop-off from peak oil is likely to be slow and gradual rather than abrupt and steep. Granted, prices will rise, but the "crash" from peak oil has been exaggerated by almost everyone for dramatic effect. Wed 18 Jun 2008 23:26:18 GMT+1 SalemDesign http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/thereporters/justinwebb/2008/06/the_gasprice_election.html?page=41#comment71 I have the impression that McCain was once a man of considerable honesty and integrity. But he really really wants to be President which leaves him open to temptation.Some politicians are worthless pondscum from the getgo but when you watch anyone who has a shred of integrity in American politics over the course of time you are watching the struggle for their soul.Remember Frodo and the Ring of Power...When McCain ran in 2000, he took the high road. He didn't respond in kind to the smear campaign mounted by the Bushies... And look where it got him.In 2004, in spite of what must have been a visceral dislike of GW and contempt for his governance, McCain enveloped GW with the magic mantle of his POW status to help GW fend off the perceived threat of John Kerry's war vet status.Why did McCain help GW? I suspect it was the demons of the RNC whispering in his ear... "If you want to be the nominee in 2008 you better get out there and dance..."And John really really wants to President.And this year he is up against Obama whose Internet fund raising is beating all records. So John really really needs big bucks individual campaign contributors (he ain't going to get any grass roots money). Hence his sucking up to big oil in Houston yesterday... Hence his opposition to raising taxes on Hedge Funds... Hence his sudden support for off shore oil drilling.And John knows that a gas tax holiday in August is a silly, short term, excuse for a policy that will save the average motorist all of $20. But he hears those voices in his ear... "John, the voters are fools... They'll fall for it."He knows better... But he cannot help himself. He's been in Washington for 30 years and there have always been those voices in his ear.... And he really really really wants to be President.And if you listen really carefully, you'll hear him mutter under his breath, particularly when he is near the White House.... "Gollum, Gollum" Wed 18 Jun 2008 23:03:42 GMT+1