Save the World!

First disallow all private jets.  It would decrease carbon dioxide by incalculable tons.  Besides, it would likely cut down on the cost of travel on commercial airlines.  More folks would want to fly first class… decreasing the cost for those of us flying coach.

Second, require proper management of the forest.  Get rid of dead trees and undergrowth.  One forest fire likely produces more carbon dioxide than thousands of cars spew out in a year.  Besides, burning wood also produces a bunch of carbon monoxide.  Good forest management would drastically cut down on the quantity and size of forest fires.  The undeniable fact is the dead trees are nothing more than fuel for the next fire.  Thinning the trees in the forest insures that the remaining trees survive… as well as those creatures living in the forest.

The fact is that fuels such as gasoline and natural gas have drastically improved things.  Before internal combustion engines, the streets were lined with disease ridden horse manure.  Before we heated our homes with natural gas, we used wood and coal.  I think most of us would not want to return to those “good ole days.”  On the other hand, lets remember who generates most of the carbon dioxide — those who have the big houses and cars — many of which are those forcing the ecology down our throats.  Al Gore certainly uses his share of fuel.  He has a nice big house and flies around in those private jets, he and his countless friends.  (Moreover, his predictions are way off.  According to his movie, Florida should have been completely covered by the ocean years ago.)

Finally, I in no way condone the riots in France, but I can’t believe that anyone should be surprised by them.  The French government is robbing the middle and lower classes in the name of decreasing climate change.  As I said before and I will say again, those forcing the gas tax on people are those who don’t have to pay the taxes and the wealthy.  I assure you, those running France are not going to suffer one little bit from the increase in the cost of gas.  The wealthy don’t suffer the pain when the taxes go up ten or fifteen cents.  Those who drive to and from work daily, on the other hand, feel the pinch every time they have to pull up next to pump.  It means they have to give up something.  In some cases, that isn’t even an option.  It might mean they lose their job because they can’t afford the tax.

My personal opinion is that the climate changers are simply using the so called science for control.  Let’s face it. Controlling our mobility is certainly one method toward that end.  They want to move around freely while the rest of us walk, or use horses.

An Interesting Thing About Gas Tax

I’ve noticed two things about gas tax.  Most of the people who want them don’t drive cars, for instance those who live in New York city.  Also, many people like using the revenues received from the tax on things that have nothing to do with cars, such as trains and subways.  Now that’s just not right.

Consider the commuter.  Until I retired, I drove eighty miles a day.  Some drive a hundred a fifty miles to work, one way.  I suspect they have something to say about the way the tax money is squandered, such as on the train that is being built in California.

…but, of course, when the roads become riddled with potholes as such, the first thing those idiots like to yell is, “Increase the gas tax!”  Why not?  It is nothing to them.  Many don’t drive.  Many have so much money they don’t care.  Then too, some just like the idea of controlling just a little more money.  It’s what politicians like to do.  They have two main jobs, make laws and spend money.

I don’t like it when people call for a gas tax.  As far as I am concerned, anyone who has a brain should object too.  In the end, everyone pays those taxes.  If not directly, then indirectly.  Besides, it is a bad thing to squander tax money, wherever it comes from.

By the way, one reason they think it is a good idea to tax gas is because the price is going down.  I think that works one way.  They would never remove the tax should the price go up.

Finally, if they used the gas tax they get now on the roads, they would have plenty for the highways, that is, if it doesn’t line some polititian’s pocket… or his friend’s.

A Matter of Record

To save repeating myself, let me refer you back to my post Oct 9, 2018 about truth.  Some may have already read it.

During the Republican convention of 2008, Lt. Gov. Steele said, “Drill baby, Drill.”  Later, during the vice presidential debate, Gov Palin repeated it.  Some time later, Obama said it wouldn’t do any good.  At or about that time, the price of oil was $142 per barrel.  Then they started drilling in North Dakota and Texas…  I guess a few other places too, to the dismay of Obama.  The point is, Obama refused to release federal land for drilling.  Indeed, he went out of his way to keep people from drilling.

Oddly, the price went down briefly to $26.21 in 2016.  Currently, though the usage has gone way up, the price is currently about $63.  Moreover, we are virtually self-sufficient, something that I am sure frustrates Obama to no end.

Now, this leads me to believe one of two things.  Obama purposely lied, or he was totally ignorant.  I don’t know which scares me more.  However, given his history, I assume he was lying.  He is the same man that said he had shovel ready projects.  (I would still like to know where those billions went that were appropriated.  I suspect it is lining the pockets of his friends.)  He is also the same man that said you can keep your same doctor.  By the way, he is the same man that has me paying a thousand dollars a month for my wife’s health insurance.

Do you really want to believe that man, an admitted liar.  He himself said, “I guess those projects weren’t shovel ready after all.”  I don’t think I want to believe the man.  Now he is campaigning for his cohorts.   Some people actually believe him.  Some have college degrees.  Can’t figure that out.

It is clear that he just wanted the price of energy to go up so that he could pay for his green projects.  By the way, his green projects didn’t work, none of them.  They were all flops.  Not only that, the windmills are still killing birds, including the protected eagles.

About Electric Cars

I published a post on electric cars a few years ago.  Since then, they have made a few improvements.  I saw on TV where a man was going to make a car where the batteries could be recharged in five minutes.  I would be satisfied with thirty minutes.  On long distance trips, it would allow me to eat while my car was being charged.

I really do like the concept of electric cars.  I saw a Tesla the other day.  It was very impressive.  It never made a noise and it had an impressive appearance.  Still, I wonder how the driver stayed warm in the winter and cool in the summer.  Here in the Memphis it does get above the century mark in the summer and well below freezing in the winter.  The thing is, gasoline motors generate heat.  In the winter, we take advantage of that.  For cooling, the A/C compressor is driven by the engine.  Would someone like to tell me how the Tesla does it.  I can’t imagine such an expensive car existing without heat and air.

Regardless, there are still some problems, ignoring the creature features.  If, suddenly, everyone was to go out and get an electric car, our electric grid would likely be taxed beyond its limits.

Speaking of tax, we who drive gas cars pay a road tax.  It varies from state to state, but it helps to pay for our roads.  Those that drive Tesla autos get to use the highways for free.  I don’t know.  It might also apply to the battery powered trucks.  Eventually, the governments at all levels aren’t going to like that.  When and if electric vehicles become numerous enough, they will figure out a way to collect taxes on the vehicles.  There are a number of ways to do it and I would suspect there are a few that are already considering it.

So.  Whatever you are paying to run your car now, you might want to figure that you will likely pay a little bit more.  Let’s figure out what a fair amount would be.  Nowadays, I use about one gallon of gas for every 28 miles, more-or-less.  I guess, for that gallon, I pay about 25 cents.  (I remember paying 25 cents a gallon, gas and taxes.  Things sure have improved.)

At any rate, that means that those driving a Tesla should pay a little less than a penny a mile.  Maybe that would mean a meter placed in each car by law.  Maybe the driver would pay in advance as the rest of us do.  On the other hand, he might pay as with any other utility.  Once a month, the odometer is read and the driver pays based on his mileage.

It could also be done electrically over the internet.  The car would send a signal to the billing authority and a credit card would be billed.  I’m sure people smarter than I am have considered it.

I have no idea how it will be done, but those of you driving electric cars might as well get used to it.  You will start paying road taxes too.

Then, there’s those pesky batteries.  They just don’t last forever.  Occasionally, they will have to be replaced.  I have no earthly idea how much that will cost, but when I look at the cost of replacing my laptop battery, I get the feeling that they don’t just give the things away.

Maybe, sometime in the next few decades, we will all drive electric cars.  I hope so.  As I said, I do like electric cars.  I just don’t know if I would like paying for them.  Besides, I really like my A/C and heater.

I have an Idea (2)

No need to build a wall.

Winston Churchill said that socialists need walls to hold people in. (my words, such as East Berlin)  Capitalists need walls to keep people out.  (my words, such as the US)

Solution: turn Mexico from socialism to capitalism.  The US is already going from capitalism to socialism.  At some point, people will stop coming north and start going south.  (oddly, beach front property in southern California will again be affordable.  Property in Baha California will be outrageous.)

To be sure, there is one problem with this approach.  Getting the US to become socialist seems to be simple.  Getting Mexico to become capitalist is likely a tad bit more difficult than impossible.  It just might be easier to build the wall, though I’m not sure.

GAS TAX??!!

I heard someone else suggest increasing the gas tax, this time federal… 25 cents a gallon.  Easy assumption.  The man does not have to eek out a living and drive fifty miles each way for work.  He certainly doesn’t have to drive a hundred miles to and from work each day as some do.

Then again, maybe I’m wrong.  Maybe he drives an electric car.  At present people driving electric cars don’t pay gas tax.  (I suspect that will be changed soon, though I don’t know how.)

On the other hand, he might use a subway, train or bus to go to work.  He’d not pay a penny for gas tax, leastwise not directly.

Regardless of his method of transportation, he likely doesn’t have to give up groceries to pay the taxes.  He likely doesn’t hurt to pay the bills as most of us do.

There is a solution for building and repairing highways.  Stop squandering the money they have.  Obama was authorized a trillion dollars for “shovel ready projects.”  I believe he should have to repay it.

I still don’t know where that money went.  Maybe it’s time for the government to pinch their pennies for a while.  Maybe it’s time they stop squandering it.  Then maybe they will be more careful with it.  (I don’t hold out much hope for that.)

If you agree with me, send this to someone else.  Send this to your representatives.  Yell it from the housetops.  I’m not sure, they might increase it anyway.  It is what the government does.  It is what they do.  They tax and they spend.  What else would they do.  What else can they do.  Oh, yes.  Make laws.  They do have a tendency to mess that up too.