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On the move!

Agh! You’re still here? My new site and weblog, is now up and running; new posts are building up over there, never to be mirrored here. Go! What are you waiting for? All the stuff worth keeping has been migrated over to the new server, and I don’t anticipate making any more posts here.

Bloggers and webmasters: Update your links! Simply replace with in your blogrolls or bookmarks to point to the new site. Old posts will remain on this server for as long as the people at Blogger/Google allow them to remain; unfortunately, I’m not going to bother to come up with any way of converting permalinks on this blog to their corresponding posts on the new site. Yes, I plead laziness. I also realize the irony of switching away from Blogger just it starts to add features that the demanding blog nerds insist upon.

Thanks for reading and linking, and see you over at!

—Ian King, December 13, 2004

Thursday, September 05, 2002

When in doubt, do absolutely nothing...

The New Republic's Gregg Easterbrook reports on just how the American government has done absolutely nothing about the country's oil supply. Energy "crisis" of 2000-01? Blah. September 11, 2001, and wonders about the dependency on Saudi oil, and serious questions about what its profits fund? Meh. The necessity of buying crude from the Axis of Evil's lynchpin, you know, the one that (most of the) Bushies want to attack? Dunno.

Individual petroleum firms have backed off somewhat on purchasing from Iraq, but only, as The Washington Post reported this week, because Saddam's corrupt brokers demand excessive kickbacks, not as a result of any new government policy.

Domestic consumption?

SUVs retain their special low-mileage standards.

Even though, with a bit of engineering ingenuity, the SUV's could achieve the average mileage of other vehicles. According to the article, the current SUV mileage is over 7 MPG less than other passenger vehicles. Further, do SUVs really need 240-hp (and higher) engines? When the SUV craze began in the 1990s, the most powerful one on the market was the 190-hp Jeep Cherokee; most others had 140-160 horsepower. But, seeing as the SUV is being used by and large as a passenger vehicle, it should meet passenger-vehicle standards...

It's true... he who governs least, governs America.

Easterbrook is also the man behind Tuesday Morning Quarterback, which is both a book and a weekly pigskin picker. A man of many talents.
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