The addiction thing

I didn’t bother commenting on the State of the Union address because I found it unworthy of attention. Other, more patient people have taken apart the meaninglessness of Dubya’s so-called program to mitigate our societal addiction to oil.

I did, however, get a perverse kick out of T. Boone Pickens, Jr.’s remark:

Well, you can’t become energy independent. That’s out of the question because you’re importing 60 percent of the oil that you use every day. There’s no way you’re going to (become independent). … If everybody in the United States started riding a bicycle, it’ll work.

Indeed. So start pedaling already. Think of all the interesting straw people you’ll meet this side of Pickens’ reductio ad absurdam.

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  • Mauricio Babilonia
    Mauricio Babilonia February 13, 2006 at 6:21 am

    I think you should read Ken Deffeyes’ latest post too. He doesn’t comment on the SOTU, but it’s relevant nonetheless. Here’s the money quote:

    The Times reports that solar energy today supplies one percent of US electricity; the hope is to double that to 2 percent by the year 2025. By 2025, we’re going to be back in the Stone Age.


    Stone age? Perhaps. I keep hoping for the Bike Age.

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