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Posted: May 3, 2008, 3:38 am - IP Logged

I'm sick of rising energy costs so I'm going totally green and building a nice house with solar energy, wind energy, wood burners, fireplaces, energy star appliances & windows, isonene foam insulation, etc.  On top of that Im getting myself an electric car. 

Whats Big Oil gonna do when we actually start to put a true effort into developing electric and other types of cars that don't use oil?  HATE HATE HATE OIL.  This economy is also killing my future interest earnings.  LOL @ 2.5% money market accounts. 

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    I'm sick of rising energy costs so I'm going totally green and building a nice house with solar energy, wind energy, wood burners, fireplaces, energy star appliances & windows, isonene foam insulation, etc.  On top of that Im getting myself an electric car. 

    Whats Big Oil gonna do when we actually start to put a true effort into developing electric and other types of cars that don't use oil?  HATE HATE HATE OIL.  This economy is also killing my future interest earnings.  LOL @ 2.5% money market accounts. 

    :end rant

    So am I. I'll be having  a lot of GREEN BENJAMINS.

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      Your hate for big oil and energy companies must be really strong to want to spend that much money. You won't break even with for many years even with rising energy cost and will still need to rely on the power company when the sun isn't shining and/or the wind isn't blowing, even if you have back up batteries to store power or sell it back to the power company.. Electric car might be good if it's decently priced and you can get more 200 miles or more out of a full charge. I was reading about a newer car that I think can get 250 miles on a charge and takes only ten minutes to fully recharge, that'd be good for local drives. Hopefully they'll get it to where you can just plug into a regular outlet. Maybe it'd help if they added a solar panel or two on the roof of the car. A few years from now solar panels should be much more efficient and much cheaper as well.

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        Posted: May 3, 2008, 9:43 am - IP Logged

        You don't have to worry any more if you hit today's $179 million powerball jackpot!

         

        I got an idea. Buy $179 million in oil  and corner the market.  Sell it for $10 - $20 per gallion.

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          I'm sick of rising energy costs so I'm going totally green and building a nice house with solar energy, wind energy, wood burners, fireplaces, energy star appliances & windows, isonene foam insulation, etc.  On top of that Im getting myself an electric car. 

          Whats Big Oil gonna do when we actually start to put a true effort into developing electric and other types of cars that don't use oil?  HATE HATE HATE OIL.  This economy is also killing my future interest earnings.  LOL @ 2.5% money market accounts. 

          :end rant

          Everyone always thinks of "oil" as just the thing that goes in the gas tank and in their car's engine.

          The thing that most people don't realize is that oil is an essential ingredient in almost everything they own, from their clothing to every piece of plastic to .... well, everything.  If you took oil out of the equation, you would have almost nothing.

          I'm not trying to say that it's a bad goal of replacing gas-burning car engines; in fact I think it's a really good goal that I hope we achieve one day.  I just think the emotion is more useful if directed toward the true culprits who have put us in this awful situation:  the US Congress, which has failed to pass any meaningful, realistic legislation that would give us energy independence, while moving us away from oil-based transportation. 

          These bio-fuels are not the answer.  Too bad we haven't taken all the wasted dollars in bio-fuels and put them into research on advanced battery and hydrogen technologies. 

          THAT is where we as a species can truly be "green".  When we can efficiently store our energy for long periods of time and the only waste product is water.  Not just in cars, but in every technology we possess.

           

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            Posted: May 3, 2008, 10:41 am - IP Logged

            But then that would mean we'd have a competent/smart, efficent government with no special interest buying politicans that are supposed to serve the people! We can't have that now can we? Big Smile That is true, oil is used in so many things that it'll almost never be totally free of it as recycling and synthetics can only go so far, but we can only greatly lessen the reliance of it as a energy source. Biofuels such as corn based ethanol are an epic failure but unfortunately the government doesn't seem interested in doing the right thing when it comes to do away with the subsidies for it.

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              Posted: May 3, 2008, 12:16 pm - IP Logged

              I have to agree with Todd on this one... Our real problem is Congress will never approve to change anything, because they are the folks that own the majority stake in the oil companies - Why would they vote against their own companies they otherwise have a vested interest in? - Pogo

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                I have to agree with Todd on this one... Our real problem is Congress will never approve to change anything, because they are the folks that own the majority stake in the oil companies - Why would they vote against their own companies they otherwise have a vested interest in? - Pogo

                That's right!  It would sicken everyone to know exactly how much individual Senators and Representatives have made on their ever-increasing oil stocks — which are going through the roof right now, based on the crazy oil prices.

                Remember that Hillary Clinton story from years ago, in which she supposedly made $100,000 on a $1,000 cattle futures investment?  Well, all those Senators and Representatives owning oil stocks (which is most of them) are getting that same kind of profit right now, and they are getting it every time you fill up the tank.

                Did you know that the oil companies — the ones who invest the money in prospecting new sites, and who create the enormously expensive infrastructure to do the drilling, refining, and transportation of the product — make about 8 cents per gallon of gas sold, while the US government — which does nothing in the whole process — gets about 28 cents per gallon of gas sold?

                While I am no apologist for oil companies (I actually believe there needs to be some additional regulation there because of how essential oil is to the economy), when it comes to oil, the government's involvement — and hypocracy — is just plain sickening. 

                The government drives up the price, adds nothing to the process, does nothing useful to come up with alternatives, and are each individually making fortunes from their own investments in oil stocks, while hypocritically telling all of us how bad the oil companies are.

                 

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                  Posted: May 3, 2008, 3:01 pm - IP Logged

                  I'm sick of rising energy costs so I'm going totally green and building a nice house with solar energy, wind energy, wood burners, fireplaces, energy star appliances & windows, isonene foam insulation, etc.  On top of that Im getting myself an electric car. 

                  Whats Big Oil gonna do when we actually start to put a true effort into developing electric and other types of cars that don't use oil?  HATE HATE HATE OIL.  This economy is also killing my future interest earnings.  LOL @ 2.5% money market accounts. 

                  :end rant

                  Destined,

                  We all are tired of rising fuel costs, but I would think a Powerball jackpot would make them seem not so "intense", let's say.

                  Regarding cars, EMT'shave reported getting shocked pulling people out of hybrids, and not being able to getthem put right away because the car is still "charged".

                  Back in the 1970's, someone had the idea of building office buildings with one lightswitch per floor- and then had to hire people to screwlight bulbs in and out, one by one, as they were needed.

                  In fact, a NY lottery jackpot winner was known as "Louey the Lightbulb" as that was his job.

                  I'd love to see the day we have an alternative fuel and can tell OPEC to buzz off.

                  Just be aware that we will never go completely solar until the powers-that-be can deal with the fact that nobody "owns" the sun.

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                    Posted: May 3, 2008, 4:29 pm - IP Logged

                    That's right!  It would sicken everyone to know exactly how much individual Senators and Representatives have made on their ever-increasing oil stocks — which are going through the roof right now, based on the crazy oil prices.

                    Remember that Hillary Clinton story from years ago, in which she supposedly made $100,000 on a $1,000 cattle futures investment?  Well, all those Senators and Representatives owning oil stocks (which is most of them) are getting that same kind of profit right now, and they are getting it every time you fill up the tank.

                    Did you know that the oil companies — the ones who invest the money in prospecting new sites, and who create the enormously expensive infrastructure to do the drilling, refining, and transportation of the product — make about 8 cents per gallon of gas sold, while the US government — which does nothing in the whole process — gets about 28 cents per gallon of gas sold?

                    While I am no apologist for oil companies (I actually believe there needs to be some additional regulation there because of how essential oil is to the economy), when it comes to oil, the government's involvement — and hypocracy — is just plain sickening. 

                    The government drives up the price, adds nothing to the process, does nothing useful to come up with alternatives, and are each individually making fortunes from their own investments in oil stocks, while hypocritically telling all of us how bad the oil companies are.

                    Yup, and that doesn't even factor in the state taxes does it?

                     

                    Our government is in need of an enema on all levels from the Federal down.

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                      Posted: May 3, 2008, 4:38 pm - IP Logged

                      If someone wins the Powerball jackpot tonight, they won't really have to worry about the rising cost of anything. LOL

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                        Posted: May 3, 2008, 8:13 pm - IP Logged

                        So do i but on my car...I am going green on my car, the only problem is that they are not many gas stations where you can fill up for a green car or you can charge up your green car...

                        They don't even have mechanics where you can take your green car and get it fix...And if they do is only one of them and you have to worry that he don't go broke...What a big disadvantage...


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                          I'll bet a buck that most of the tree huggers aren't hurting enough to  let us build more refineries. I can't say for sure but the artsy fartsy ilk of the tree huggin kind tells me they're relatively well off, and a buck increase in a gallon of gas won't hurt them one bit. I could be wrong, but I have a good feeling about that one.

                           It's not the lack of oil, but the means to refine enough for the demand. I can't believe that with so much unused space in America, endless wastelands where no one would dream to live in, we can't build refineries. The "sticks out like a sore thumb" theory has been solved yet still opposed. HMMMmm.

                          Al Gore with his tail between his legs started to build a green house all of a sudden...lOL

                          There is about a trillion barrels of oil still beneath the crust, so business undone. The oil moguls aren't going to let that slip by. And anyone who gets in their way with a device that will increase mileage or use a whole different source will either get paid off to shut the F up or admire the bottom a very murky lake.

                          Don't believe me? Go on youtube and punch in Stan myer in the search  box. He was found poisoned in his home. He created an add on to the engine which turns H20 into HH0, and gives the car about 40 percent more mileage. And the exhaust is water. He also had a dune buggy that totally ran on water.

                           So many conspiracies, so little time...lol

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                            I stay home more when gasoline price hits above $4.00. Even Cinco De Mayo rides in my town decrease tremendously.

                            I wish cities in the United States could be more like Ansterdam, where people are using public transportation and biking a lot. This life style improves human being health while it also reduces pollution and co2 emission.

                            I don't have to win lottery in order to live green. In a near future, I will buy a hybrid car when I graduate and have a stable job. Recently, I stay home most of the time. Therefore, my carbon footprint is low now.Big Smile

                             

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                              I stay home more when gasoline price hits above $4.00. Even Cinco De Mayo rides in my town decrease tremendously.

                              I wish cities in the United States could be more like Ansterdam, where people are using public transportation and biking a lot. This life style improves human being health while it also reduces pollution and co2 emission.

                              I don't have to win lottery in order to live green. In a near future, I will buy a hybrid car when I graduate and have a stable job. Recently, I stay home most of the time. Therefore, my carbon footprint is low now.Big Smile

                              I was just in Portland (Oregon) last week, and that city is very much like what you're talking about.  Lots and lots of bike riders.  In fact, they even have bike riding lanes painted on the roads.  It actually felt a little dangerous, because you constantly have to look for both cars and bikes when you make a turn.

                               

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