Thursday, June 3, 2010

Tracing the oil spill to Dick Cheney

Remember way back when, with Cheney and Bush in the White House, Cheney had an energy task force that met secretly, and he wouldn't allow their discussions to be publicized?

There are indications that that task force made the decision not to require oil companies to install something called an "acoustic switch" which would have made it possible to turn off the oil flow in the Gulf remotely following the explosion.

See this article by Michael Tomasky in the UK's Guardian.

Top 50 worst inventions

This is a fun listing at TIME.com of the top 50 worst inventions.

I saw this listing first in the Facebook update of a friend, who loved that the Segway was on the list, and there I commented,

"I remember the buzz so well. Was working in a software company, and fellow geeks were totally jazzed by stories about Dean Kamen's coming revolution, which was code-named "Ginger." There was so much speculation as to what he had invented, and few substantive rumors. Then the Segway was announced, and what a thud. Considering how brilliant Kamen is, however, I have to wonder if in 20 years we'll see Segways everywhere -- radio didn't catch on immediately either, as I understand."

Sarah Palin's duplicity

Wow, look at this. This is the woman who just recently was chanting "Drill, baby, drill!" to her audiences. She wrote this on her Facebook page:

"Extreme deep water drilling is not the preferred choice to meet our country’s energy needs, but your protests and lawsuits and lies about onshore and shallow water drilling have locked up safer areas. It’s catching up with you. The tragic, unprecedented deep water Gulf oil spill proves it."

She's pretending that she wants drilling in ANWR specifically for this reason, that it's safer than drilling off-shore!

And I've often bought gas there

BP apparently has a terrible record with environmental safety.

Maybe this explains why gas is often cheapest at BP stations around here.