Wednesday, September 17, 2008

The Future Is Now

smalley_fig05bThis made us laugh and we thought we'd share it with you. While reading through various commentary of the energy bill passed by the House today - a non-starter for us and apparently for everyone else too - we ran into this comment from the Independent Petroleum Association of Mountain States:

The current proposals [by the ever-growing bi-partisan Gang, now numbering 22] would raise taxes on domestic energy producers in order to subsidize futuristic sources of energy such as wind and solar.

Futuristic! We've grown accustomed to our fellow energy generators recognizing that it's the mix that makes the cake and thus not belittling complementary industries, but we can certainly understand IPAMS's pettishness - especially given that its members don't sit next to a coast line.

They really are getting nothing from the House's latest maneuvers in addition to being punished, through no fault of their own, for being on the bad side of a developing energy policy.

(Nuclear energy didn't get a shout-out in the bill, either, but it didn't get spanked like its petrol producing pals. No knowing for sure, of course, but we think the Senate and White House are unlikely to move anywhere with this legislation.)

Still - futuristic! At least they didn't say fictional.

Picture of Miss Bolles and Miss Thorpe of the Connecticut Trapshooters League. You wanna talk futuristic, you can talk to the trapshooting gun.

More about how women shooters were treated in turn of the last century hunting magazines here.

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

I have always thought that energy sources such as wind and solar are really ancient, ancient technology. Windmills trace their origins back to medieval times, and solar goes back to essentially the stone age (heating caves, etc.). The human race has spent millions of years developing to the point of being less dependent on the vagaries of natural phenomena, and a scheme that places great dependence on energy sources vulnerable to them would undo that aspect of progress.

Norske-Division said...

Great comment, anonymous.

As far as these energy sources being "futuristic" I think that "fictional" would have been more appropriate!