Archive for April 12th, 2006
The U.S. consumes 400 million gallons of gasoline every day. That amounts to almost 5,000 gallons every second. More than half of that oil is imported.
Everything we do is affected by oil. In addition to keeping us warm and transporting us, we eat oil. Not literally, but the average American meal travels an about 1500 miles to get from farm to plate.
If there were an interruption in the oil supply, we would look to the U.S. Strategic Petroleum Reserve. That much-cited U.S. reserve, however, holds only a 60-day supply of oil. It is official U.S. policy, then, that We the People shall always remain only small one incident from a major oil crisis.
“I have only made this letter longer because I have not had the time to make it shorter.” Blaise Pascal, (1623-1662) Lettres provinciales. Not that the story need be long, but it will take a long while to make it short. Henry David Thoreau If I had more time, I would have written a shorter [...]
James Zogby has recently pointed to the public dispute between Donald Rumsfeld and Condoleezza Rice as yet another way in which the Iraq war has become “Strange and Troubling”: And so here we are, nearly three years after “mission accomplished,” many dead and injured later, Iraq imploding, the US floundering, the public turning against the [...]