by Chris Bowers, Fri Feb 18, 2005 at 12:13:37 PM EST
by Chris Bowers, Fri Feb 18, 2005 at 12:13:37 PM EST
Biodiesel is the name of a clean burning alternative fuel, produced from domestic, renewable resources. Biodiesel contains no petroleum, but it can be blended at any level with petroleum diesel to create a biodiesel blend. It can be used in compression-ignition (diesel) engines with little or no modifications. Biodiesel is simple to use, biodegradable, nontoxic, and essentially free of sulfur and aromatics.
It's basically made up of vegetable oil.
So, I was wondering what everyone thinks about this stuff. Do you think it could possibly give petroleum a run for it's money, thus, lessening our dependancy on foreign oil? I mean, we're gonna run out of oil someday, right?
or do you think gas-electric hybrids are a more likely solution?
I know this isn't straight politics, but given our current president's association with the oil industry, I thought it might be an interesting discussion. besides, there are fairly obvious political points (the environment and foreign dependancy on oil).
for more info on Biodiesel, check out this website:
Think about it... hemp biomass per acre is very high (something like 10 tons per in 4-5 months) which is perfect for biodiesel production.
How much hemp under cultivation (acreage) would it take to alleviate our dependence on Big Oil?
Here's the lead research site link...
It assuages my considerable guilt for tooling around in a gigantic vehicle that I need for my bourgeois horseback riding hobby.
Here in Maine several schools heat their buildings with biodiesel. One that I know of, though for some reason it's not on their website, Chewonki.org, makes their own.
A vexing issue is that Maine's newly Californicated emissions controls recently made buying a new diesel car, as opposed to a truck, impossible. This is particularly irritating because the bulk of Maine's air pollution comes from other parts of the country.
Besides unharnessing us from petroleum and multiplying mileage, biodiesel is less polluting than diesel. So, environmental policy that discourages people from buying vehicles that can use biodiesel makes little sense.
As press secretary McClellan admitted, they knew him to be Jim Guckert. If there had been a background check they would have discovered that he was no journalist. The only thing that makes sense to me is that he was spared the background check and provided a fake name and a fake job so he could keep boffing whomever it was he was boffing.
So, who was he boffing? Clearly it was someone
powerful. White House peons wouldn't have had access to the memos that G/G received. Only someone high level would have known that Bush was going to announce the beginning of the Iraq War four hours before the President did so. And only someone powerful could have gotten him the credentials and the level of access he had.
Now that we know that Talon News was formed after G/G was in the White House, it appears to me that it was formed to provide cover for G/G. The founder, Eberle, was a Texan who had long been involved with Bush's campaigns and Talon was certainly not a serious news organization. Who, other than a Texan, would have made these arrangements with Eberle?
High level, male, Texan. Doesn't that pretty much narrow the boffee down to Karl Rove or President Bush? I think one of them divulged the Plame information.
But it seems, reading the stuff on dailyKos that Guckert was simply supposed to leak the Niger-uranium story. After a while though, he needed the additional cover of being a reporter. That this might have also engendered a subsequent affair with McClellan is very possible.
Just why Bush/Rove/???? arranged Guckert to be this operative with Eberle is unknown, but my guess is that what's really going is that if Judy Miller and Matt Cooper volunteer a source and crack...the investigation is over. Guckert disappears back into the shadows.
By Joe Strupp
Published: February 18, 2005
San Antonio radio producer Susan Farris could always count on James Guckert, a.k.a. former White House correspondent Jeff Gannon, to pitch an appearance on the shows she produces at conservative talk station KTSA.
He was not only anxious about pushing his story of the day, but seemed to always have some kind of inside knowledge about the White House, as well.
"I said, 'How do you have such great sources?' and he just laughed it off," she told E&P Friday. "Now we all know how."
Guckert, she said, frequently passed on what he clearly thought was insider information, during his 12 appearances on KTSA during 2003 and 2004. She first heard from him the expression "shock and awe" to refer to the massive U.S. bombing attack at the start of the Iraq war, and he fingered Mary Mapes as the producer of the so-called "Rathergate" segment on "60 Minutes" before she had seen that mentioned elsewhere.
We thought we saw a sign of some White House backsliding on Social Security Wednesday, and now there's more evidence of retreat.
I would be very very careful about slacking off and thinking we have got this thing won.. because when we are relaxed and thinking good thoughts that is when they slap it to us! Even when we think the neo-cons have backed off.. they have not! We must ALWAYS .... I mean ALWAYS be on the look out for these creeps on all fronts and we MUST protect Social Security! MUST!
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