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Found this on Yahoo. I'm about 45 minutes from the little town in this news piece. I just might see if I can scrouge up the $$ to put a small rig in our backyard! :lol:

Also, about a half hour west of this little farm town is a bit bigger town of approximately 12,000 people that went through an oil boom back in the '80s. The boom died down and their economy slumped but now it's picked up again. A friend of my husband's who has something to do with setting up new developments told Ken that lower-level jobs such as the fast food industry are having such a difficult time finding workers because of the current oil boom that places such as Wendy's Restaurant is offering $12/hour starting wage and a $500 sign-on bonus!

http://www.yahoo.com/s/930230
 

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I'm no fan of high oil prices, but it's the silver lining for places like ND, which with higher wheat prices is finally having some good times, and well-deserved I might add.

I'll probably get heat for this, and it's off-topic anyway, but I think the government should adjust gasoline taxes to maintain the price around $4.00 a gallon. It seems between $3.75 and $4.00 a gallon was the area where people were feeling enough pain that they started modifying their driving habits. And guess what....it worked and the reduction in demand led to falling oil and gas prices. And now guess what again.....now I've noticed they've started going back to lead-footing it again. :roll:
 

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Here comes the heat, Tim! People on minimum wage find the cost of getting to work prohibitive. Can you imagine filling a tank for $75 dollars when you make only $240 or so?

I wish the trolleys would return, the buses would add more routes, and the trains would run a commuter train again. That would help quite a few people. The sad part is that poor Exxon-Mobil will lose a bit of their 22.6 BILLION dollar profit. :cry:
 

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Ya, I know, but I don't know how else to curb demand except to make it painful to buy. Maybe there could be a special income tax deduction for lower-income working people who can't reduce the miles they drive. But there's no easy answer. I want to let the free market work and I oppose using tax code to implement policy, but we're already doing both of those.

It's going to be a long time yet before we can produce more oil here and even longer for alternative energy sources. So for now, reducing demand is the only option.
 

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It's human nature. During the Arab oil embargo, there were all these plans and good intentions, then the price of oil went down, people went "whew, I'm glad that's over" and went back to same-oh-same-oh and forgot all about it. Unless the price stays high, the same thing will happen again.
 

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In your case, I blame Reagan. He stopped vast amounts of funding into alternative energy sources.

In ours, I blame Maggie. For ignoring everything.

I hope we end up following France into the only viable source of power available. Nuclear.
 

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Jeanie said:
I wish the trolleys would return, the buses would add more routes, and the trains would run a commuter train again. That would help quite a few people. The sad part is that poor Exxon-Mobil will lose a bit of their 22.6 BILLION dollar profit. :cry:
1. Buses and Trolleys energy use is not efficient unless they are full all the time, and most Americans won't be convinced to live that way.

2. Geologist can find more oil around America than they have in the entire middle east.

3. Oil Companies profit from volume

And it really bothers me when Democrats keep burning record amounts of gasoline and tell the rest of us not to, every time I see a Democrat bumper sticker I wonder what they are doing burning gas?
 

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Do you drive, Cat Daddy? Even Democrats have to get to work and college. That's why I want an improvement in mass transit.

Hugh, the last thing we need is nuclear energy. We are not fallible. At Three Mile Island, the workers were so used to false warnings that they ignored the warnings when they were real. And the half life of nuclear waste is thousands of years. No one wants it being transported through his state, so the powers that be are considering the pollution of space. Talk about Pandora's box! :(
 

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The last nuclear accident in France was in 1993....

It's the only way forward IMO.

If we all dismiss it just because some people are too stupid to do safety checks, then we're all being very short sighted.
 

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Yes, I drive, and in Minnesota we've paid billions for a train while the interstate highway bridge collapsed. Trains slow down traffic, are tax payer subsidized, and very in-efficient because most Americans want the freedom to drive when ever and where ever any time of the day and night.

I drive a bus too, and can tell you that most folks just use them because there is limited parking downtown, and most of these folks have jobs and don't need to be subsidized by us folks who don't use it.

And I don't want folks like Al Gore telling me what I can use for fuel, when

http://www.tennesseepolicy.org/main/article.php?article_id=764

In the past year, Gore’s home burned through 213,210 kilowatt-hours (kWh) of electricity, enough to power 232 average American households for a month.

In February 2007, An Inconvenient Truth, a film based on a climate change speech developed by Gore, won an Academy Award for best documentary feature. The next day, the Tennessee Center for Policy Research uncovered that Gore’s Nashville home guzzled 20 times more electricity than the average American household.

After the Tennessee Center for Policy Research exposed Gore’s massive home energy use, the former Vice President scurried to make his home more energy-efficient. Despite adding solar panels, installing a geothermal system, replacing existing light bulbs with more efficient models, and overhauling the home’s windows and ductwork, Gore now consumes more electricity than before the “green” overhaul.
http://www.snopes.com/politics/business/gorehome.asp
 

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And it really bothers me when Democrats keep burning record amounts of gasoline

The implication being that Democrats are burning "record amounts" while non-Democrats are not burning "record amounts". Source please?

And don't use Al Gore, that is one man, not "the Democrats".
 

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A large number of the people who promote green ideals are Democrats - note, that does not mean all Democrates are green nor are all greenies Democrats.

A good friend of mine was in DC last week while his wife was at a conference. He saw a group of protestors complaining about the "Grand Oil Party." They wanted him to take a sticker and fight big oil. His response was that he would if they could assure him that they had arrived in a vehicle that didn't use oil or gas. He didn't get a sticker. :(

The bottomline is clean up your own act first. I know I could probably do more, but the light from the new bulbs (which we are in the process of switching to as the old one burn out) hurts my eyes. It turns everything a weird shade of green. And I worry because some of my seizure kids have issues with fluorescent bulbs possibly triggering their seizures. We have already limited our travel, even though my husband's company pays for his gas.
 

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The implication being that Democrats are burning "record amounts" while non-Democrats are not burning "record amounts". Source please?

And don't use Al Gore, that is one man, not "the Democrats".
Point really is for them to set an example.

Observation of cars on the road is my source, being that Gore and Kerry each got about half the votes in their election cycles, about half the drivers on the road are Democrat supporters, whom, a good many have been driving SUV's for years. Undeniable huge waste for too many who are chocking off the supply we are currently hostage to.

I'm excluding the non-Democrats because Democrat leadership is against energy independence. Not fair to some, probably, but very pointed criticism to the many who are guilty.
 

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Cat Daddy, it might not be your intent, but your posts seem to suggest that it is fine for Republicans to drive to work, but not for Democrats...not until we have a renewable form of energy. That would not be fair or feasible.
I agree, though, not in our lifetime. Using our own oil resources is the best solution until there is an alternative.

Clean American technology used for drilling oil is best for the world ecology, and energy independence means real friends in the world, not our country being criticized when we are the cleanest non-polluters actually advancing our current gasoline use to be the cleanest in the world, and everyone should enjoy that and not be made feel guilty about driving a big car to protect their family.

Seen the Smart Car they want to stuff us all into? I'm not going to choose that for anyone who wants a big SUV to protect themselves from an accident impact.

 
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