Elie's Expositions

A bereaved father blogging for catharsis... and for distraction. Accordingly, you'll see a diverse set of topics and posts here, from the affecting to the analytical to the absurd. Something for everyone, but all, at the core, meeting a personal need.


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Thursday, August 11, 2005

Gas Pains

No, this isn't a followup to Jack's whoopee cushion confession. Though actually, I just saw that he was also thinking today about the topic that is bothering me - the record-breaking price of oil, and gasoline prices going correspondingly sky high.

What upsets me even more than the price we're paying, is who is making the money - mostly the same Arab dictatorships, monarchies, and thugocracies that we're should be trying to help overthrow or democratize. And while I agree that we need to look for alternate sources of fuel, and support hybrids and other innovations, I also think of those as mid-to-long term goals. What we should be doing now is reducing the amount of money that we spend on Arab oil any way we can. Which means taking advantage of our own oil fields in Alaska and elsewhere. If this means inconveniencing a few caribou; well, I hate to sound harsh, but that should be a no-brainer. There's a line in tanach somewhere about wicked men that kill people, and kiss calves. There's nothing new under the Sunoco, I guess.

5 Comments:

At 8/11/05, 10:44 PM, Blogger Soccer Dad said...

How can you think of inconveniencing caribou? Is it that much more important that you pay a few cents less per gallon or that they get to mate?
(Cute variation on Koheles?)

 
At 8/12/05, 12:16 AM, Blogger Jack's Shack said...

There is a season for hybrids, turn, turn, turn, turn. ;)

 
At 8/12/05, 9:15 AM, Blogger Mirty said...

I'm with you. Count me as a Democrat who supports drilling Alaska. I'll even let you relocate the caribou to my backyard where they can nosh on the squirrels.

 
At 8/12/05, 9:27 AM, Blogger Elie said...

Mirty: Your dogs won't mind?

David and Jack: Since we're quoting Koheles, even though he says "Vakesef yaaneh es hakol" (money answers everything), I actually wouldn't care if the price of gas went up due to drilling in Alaska. I just don't want the money going to Arab despots and US/Israel haters.

 
At 8/12/05, 11:02 AM, Blogger Jack's Shack said...

Elie,

There is something revolting about paying people who hate us.

 

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