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Chu-Chu-Chu-sing your car for you?

What is the purpose of the Department of Energy? When it was created, most of us assumed it would expedite permits and assist companies wanting to produce energy. We assumed there might be a little solar or wind or ethanol or biofuel experimentation and whatever didn’t pan out would stop. No one thought this would come at the expense of our fossil fuel resources. Fossil fuels weren’t scorned; we were upset that we didn’t seem  to possess or produce enough for our needs, and assumed DOE would ramp up energy production. Step into the warped 2012 DOE:

Sweetness & Light [ http://sweetness-light.com/archive/energy-czar-thinks-hes-in-the-auto-business ]  reports on Secretary Chu’s visit to Congress and how he helpfully explained that cheaper gas prices or abundant oil wasn’t the goal of the department. No, the goal is to “reduce our dependency on oil” and increase “energy efficiency.” Notice he didn’t say ‘foreign’ dependency. He wants to phase out oil altogether  and one way to do that is restrict our car choices to what this administration wants you to drive. Hint: it’s not a Ford 150 truck. It’s the Volt, the Tesla, the oh, you know; those cars they have in Europe with batteries that turn into “bricks” when fully charged, chargers that require coal-powered electricity, dangerous little lightweight thingies that will result in more deaths when you get onto I-64 with the trucks and winter ice on hills. Ever had friends from Europe come here? They’re always amazed at the size of this country, how big it is, how uncrowded so much of it is. Let them drive from Owensboro to the Huntington, WV border and they’re stunned how few cars and people they see, and that they’re still in one state.  That number of miles and hours can get you into multiple European countries.

This Kentuckian was stunned by how crowded and small Europe is, and how fast everyone drives. Here at home I drive the speed limit, combine errands, don’t do jackrabbit starts or fast stops, don’t keep stuff in the trunk or car, don’t tailgate, drive ‘ahead’ to limit braking, and drive a well-tuned Camry that’s a couple years old. I bet I get gas mileage about as good as most ‘green’ cars and feel safer too.

Why don’t we quit trying to turn the United States into Europe? Sweetness & Light asked the same questions I often ponder: If they’re so all-fired green and clever in Europe, and have been doing this alternative energy & little cars for so long, how come they still have to beg Russia and Libya for oil? Why aren’t they free of their dependency on oil? Why the heck can’t we use our own natural resources? Why do we have to be the guinea pigs of Chu et al?

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Delingpole starts cussin’

I’ve been a regular reader of The Telegraph’s James Delingpole for a couple of years now. He writes very well and is usually very witty, but his disgust over the venom of AGW proponents and the Coalition government’s stupidity wears thin on him these days.  David Cameron drives him to despair.  A recent post reveals his impatience in a carpool following an AGW debate, and his response to being called out for his foul language. Here’s a revealing tease:

The reason this cant phrase makes me want to throw up every time I hear it is that it’s such a grotesque inversion of reality. It’s not people on my side of the debate who want to ravage the countryside with wind farms (with no provision for decommissioning them), rein in economic growth, introduce wartime-style rationing, raise taxes, destroy farmland and rainforests to create biofuels, and base heinously expensive public policy on hysteria and junk science. It’s not people on my side of the debate who are condemning those “future generations” to a lower standard of living and an uglier environment in order to deal with a problem that doesn’t exist. So how dare they have the gall to try to take the moral high ground?

The daily humility of blogging is seeing so many people better express what you think. James Delingpole is one of those people. http://blogs.telegraph.co.uk/jamesdelingpole

 

 

 

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Hmmm…Why is it?

http://maggiesfarm.anotherdotcom.com/archives/19250-Why-is-it.html

Why is it?

The food stamp program, part of the Department of Agriculture, has announced that is pleased to be distributing the greatest amount of food stamps ever.

Meanwhile, the National Park Service, also part of the Department of Agriculture, asks us to “Please Do Not Feed the Animals” because the animals may grow dependent and not learn to take care of themselves.

 Posted by Gwynnie

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Not only that but it’s very good too. I got this from a Bestways mag in the mid-eighties. That was an excellent magazine.

Easy Eggplant Parmesan

1 eggplant, about 1 lb     1 onion, sliced     2T oil

2 cloves garlic minced

1 c spaghetti sauce or tomato sauce

7 1/2 oz jar sweet roasted peppers in brine, drained

1 dried oregano     1 tsp dried basil

4 oz mozzarella, thinly sliced

3 T freshly grated Parmesan

1. Slice eggplant 1/2″ thick & steam 20 min.

2. Heat oil & saute onion & garlic till golden.

3. Oil baking dish [9×13].

4. Arrange eggplant on bottom of baking dish. Top with 1/2 c spaghetti sauce. Spread the peppers on top, flattening them if needed. Sprinkle with the onion=garlic mixture. Top with remaining 1/2 c sauce. Sprinkle with oregano & basil. Arrange mozzarella on top & sprinkle with Parmesan.

5. 400° oven for 15 minutes. Serves 4. 250 calories/serving.

Here’s what I did: I don’t like mushy eggplant so I steam it about 10 minutes. Be sure to drain peppers well, this dish is runny on the bottom anyway. I usually keep mozzarella but was out today so I substituted Swiss. It worked very well. Hubby likes Swiss better than mozzarella any day, so I told him I used Swiss since he like it. Well, that’s true. Calorie count will change if you substitute cheeses.

Not a very appetizing picture below; think I should have put greenery on top. This way it resembles a picture in the doc’s office that shows what your heart looks like when it gets fatty. But the dish is delicious, I promise.

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But of course

Is there nothing AGW can’t do? Hotter, colder, wetter, drier, more hurricanes, fewer hurricanes, more snow, less snow…

BTW, they changed the headline but there it is, preserved forever on the Internet. For our viewing pleasure.

http://wattsupwiththat.com  says this may be the best AGW headline ever

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http://newsbusters.org/blogs/rich-noyes/2012/02/28/how-network-news-has-twisted-obama-s-war-religion-conservative-war-again .

When did feminism become untouchable in this country? Why can’t we have a discussion about whether birth control, casual sex, abortion, and/or illegitimate births have helped or harmed women and kids 40 years into the sexual revolution? Our culture has changed dramatically in 40 years and we’re simply supposed to accept it without discussion?

Funny how none of this stuff on women’s rights mattered when Hillary opposed Obama in the primary; it was all about the importance of electing a black man.

Much of the MSM message against religion is directed at Santorum right now but they’re ready to go full frontal against Romney as well. Joan Walsh is editor-at-large at salon.com and a reliable feminist and Obama supporter. Is this hate speech against Mormons?

 

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Apologies to the hunter son-in-law, who fortunately can take a joke. I just couldn’t resist the beer-swilling moose [?].

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