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Is the U.S the Saudi Arabia of coal? the Saudi Arabia of wind? Clinton, Obama and their Saudi state of mind


INDIANAPOLIS, IND.--Rivals Barack Obama and Hillary Rodham Clinton are using the same Saudi Arabia metaphor in talking about U.S. energy independence.

Obama, May 4, 2008 in Indianapolis, Indiana on "Meet the Press."
"But if we can figure out how to sequester carbon and burn clean coal, we're the Saudi Arabia of coal, and I don't think that we can dismiss out of hand the use of coal as part of our energy mix."

Clinton, May 3, 2008, in Wake Forest, North Carolina on energy and solar panels in the desert.
"We are sitting on a Saudi Arabia of wind."


What? It's not THAT kind of wind?

GM 's sudden stewardship of the environment is simply a way to continue to make gas guzzlers thanks to E85 an extremely inefficient fuel. The CAFE standards call for all car companies to acheive an average MPG for all vehicles. I believe the most recent number is 27 MPG. Well if you make the biggest money off of 10 miles per gallon SUV's you would hate to say good bye to them wouldn't you?
The CAFE standards has a loophole, that being that an E85 vehicle operating on E85 miles per gallon are ONLY figured against the actual amount of gasoline in the blend (15%) if you divide 100% fuel by 15% gasoline you get the multipler to the mpg (666) therefore a gas guzzling 10 MPG SUV is given credit for 66.6 MPG. If you sell one SUV like this you can have 5 vehicles only acheiving 20 MPG and this gas guzzling SUV and you average more than 27 MPG overall while not one of their vehicles really met the standard.
GM is not the only one taking advantage of this free ride Ford and Chrysler are too. The big three are heading down the toilet and this is just their hands clinging to the rim.

If Obama doesn't want to go down in history as a failure worse than G.W., then he needs to make good on his promise to restore science to it's rightful place. This will get rid of E85, "clean" coal (because carbon sequestration is just a scam, unless you are talking about live, growing trees), and perhaps most importantly, it will get rid of the drug wars--which also fund the terrorists...

California has already taken the initiative and subjected E85 to an examination of it's full "carbon intensity", but this is just the beginning. The problem is, our federal government and major media outlets still appear to be smoking crack, or are possibly addicted to another dangerous substance (taxpayers' money.)

With our federal government committing Trillions of taxpayer dollars to new projects, there has never been a more urgent need for transparency and accountability from our elected officials. Wasn't the president recently talking about the need for greater transparency? Is he, and are we (as patriotic citizens) ready to deal with the corruption this will reveal? Time's a wasting...

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