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Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Selective greeniness 


Good question: "If other countries didn't subsidize fuel, consumption would be dropping faster worldwide. So why aren't the greens going after fuel subsidies?"

The answer, of course, is that the greens really only complain about rich countries that do not directly subsidize fuel, and then mostly the United States. If greens complained about developing countries and their fuel subsidies they would discredit their most powerful ideological ally: International anti-Americanism.


11 Comments:

By Anonymous Boludo Tejano, at Wed Jul 30, 10:47:00 AM:

Such as Venezuela. Depending on what exchange rate you use, the cost per gallon in Venezuela is in the neighborhood of 8-15 US CENTS per gallon.

Not surprisingly, this has led to a substantial increase in gasoline use and in horrendous traffic jams.  

By Anonymous Edward Lunny, at Wed Jul 30, 11:15:00 AM:

Well, you know, if you want to make waves in the ocean you sink a battleship, not a dinghy.
It's interesting, those whom groan so much about how awful the U.S. is don't seem to mind enjoying the benefits of living here.  

By Anonymous Carl Gordon, at Wed Jul 30, 02:17:00 PM:

Your proclamation against preservation for future generations is either delusional, or drug induced. Assuming it’s the first misconception, a faint feeling of dread, ennui, and deja vu along the lines of Milton's "Paradise Lost" for putzes punctuates the air with a stirring foul stench evocative of a typical morning with Rush. Pipe dream 11th hour salvation persists in trance-like hallucinatory swirls of confusion and angst, much like having bees run loose in your head. The real-or-imagined windmills/dragons of your conservative Don Quixote nightmare run amuck?

Realizing that it’s likely that in your non-discretionary youth you hatched a casual road-to-ruin nihilism that somewhat missed the reality-based mark, you must by now acknowledge that, although premature, that brain caper inadvertently came not to fruition but ruin. Speeding downward towards ground zero, the King Kong of your GOP boner aspirations and ambitions have been finally put to rest by the tattering biplane's bullets of cold hard reality, with a helping hand provided by your last election albatross poot-butt namby-pamby administration. Yet another maiden-voyaged Titanic-like Repug project, the icebergs of doubt and pointlessness seething on your frigid horizon.  

By Anonymous Anonymous, at Wed Jul 30, 03:10:00 PM:

Is the Carl Gordon bot back or something?  

By Anonymous Edward Lunny, at Wed Jul 30, 04:30:00 PM:

" Carl Gordon said " apparently there has been a sale on Exlax and someone consumed the entire package.  

By Blogger D Boyd, at Thu Jul 31, 08:51:00 AM:

Of ya Carl, well how about the fact that if one examines cultural deappropriation, one is faced with a choice: either reject structuralist neodialectic theory or conclude that the raison d’etre of the observer is social comment. However, as in All Tomorrow’s Parties, Gibson reiterates nihilism; in Pattern Recognition he analyses cultural deappropriation. The subject is contextualised into a that includes language as a totality.

It follows that we have to choose between nihilism and cultural theory. The postpatriarchialist paradigm of context states that consensus is a product of communication, given that the premise of cultural deappropriation is invalid.

Or something like that.  

By Anonymous Dave in SoCal, at Thu Jul 31, 09:19:00 AM:

I think the following quote from the movie "Billy Madison" addresses Carl Gordon's comment quite nicely:

"...what you've just said is one of the most insanely idiotic things I have ever heard. At no point in your rambling, incoherent response were you even close to anything that could be considered a rational thought. Everyone in this room is now dumber for having listened to it. I award you no points, and may God have mercy on your soul."  

By Anonymous Anonymous, at Thu Jul 31, 09:36:00 AM:

Lunny rythmns with funny, but Edward definitely ain't. Pathetic, maybe, but definitely not funny.

Do us all a favor, Ed, pickup the remote and turn off the Turner Classics channel  

By Blogger Fat Man, at Thu Jul 31, 12:13:00 PM:

"greens really only complain about rich countries that do not directly subsidize fuel, and then mostly the United States"

And PETA only protests middle class ladies wearing furs, not biker gangs wearing leather.

Lame. The word you were looking for Tig is lame.  

By OpenID dbrutus, at Thu Jul 31, 01:08:00 PM:

TigerHawk - Your heart's in the right place but your idea could use a little work. It would actually be a better sell to push for the limitations of the subsidies to the poor. It avoids the "heartless 1st worlders looking to stick it to the 3rd world poor again" meme that's just waiting to get picked up.  

By Anonymous Edward Lunny, at Thu Jul 31, 01:15:00 PM:

"Lunny rythmns with funny, but Edward definitely ain't."....hmmm, I hope that your preception of humour is more finely honed than your spelling skills. Or, perhaps, I touched upon an area that you find sensitive, anon ? Sensitive enough to have generated a comment, though be it a mite inane. Enjoy your day and be careful when you sit.  

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