The money proposed for the F-35 warplane is enough, and I have check this repeatedly,and I am not kidding, to put solar arrays on every single family home in the United States big enough to not only power the homes, saving hundreds of millions of tons of carbon from coal fired power plants annually, but big enough to charge the battery in an all electric car every day, 365 days a year, enough to drive 36,500 miles annually, totally on the free power of the Sun. And there would be enough left over from what is proposed to be spent on the F-35 to provide 43,000,000, that's 43 MILLION $27,000 ELECTRIC CAR VOUCHERS!!! Thereby getting 43,000,000 fossil fuel cars off the road, again keeping hundreds of millions of tons of carbon out of the air annually.
Why not repurpose the trillion plus for the F-35 into a plan that would both save the planet and stop our need for oil imports and burning coal?
It doesn't change the basic geography of the place though. Just because there is something besides opium of value there it doesn't mean the place can be occupied and managed by an outside power.
I still believe that our military cannot succeed in such a goal. It remains to be seen if deals can be struck to pay for the rights to the minerals. They won't be taken by force, I am pretty certain of that.
To see the problem OWS is for democrats look at the list of the largest contributors to Obama in 2008.
University of California $1,648,685
Goldman Sachs $1,013,091
Harvard University $864,654
Microsoft Corp $852,167
Google Inc $814,540
JPMorgan Chase & Co $808,799
Citigroup Inc $736,771
Time Warner $624,618
Sidley Austin LLP $600,298
Stanford University $595,716
National Amusements Inc $563,798
Wilmerhale Llp $550,168
Skadden, Arps et al $543,539
Columbia University $541,002
UBS AG $532,674
IBM Corp $532,372
General Electric $529,855
US Government $517,908
Morgan Stanley $512,232
Latham & Watkins $503,295
Something is seriously wrong with the corporate media when we have to go to Rolling Stone in order to get any sort of good reporting about issues as important as this one, or Matt Tabiibi's recent article about the SEC shredding the evidence illegally from 18,000 investigations over an 18 year period.
Another complication in Afghanistan is the extreme height of the mountains. Often helicopters are too heavily loaded to fly over a ridge to the next valley, so their flight paths are very predictable - up the valley and then back down.
I bought a tank of fuel at Vons last week. It was $60 for 15 gallons. When I was in college as an undergraduate in the early 70s in Kalamazoo, MI, when there was a gas war (In those days, a "gas war" was when independent fuel dealers competed on price, not the bombing of Iraq or sending the Marines in to Afghanistan.) regular would often sell for $0.18 per gallon. So for that same $60 you could buy more than 300 gallons of gasoline. Yet after I bought the $60 15 gallon tank of gas, I saw that the parking lot was full of new SUVs and monster motor homes the size of an intercity bus. There is some kind of delusion in place that is sure to be shattered soon. The paradigm I saw in the parking lot is completely inconsistent with the story told at the gas pumps just next door.
I agree. Here is a sobering thought - it is estimated that without oil energy for running tractors and other farm machinery and the production of chemical fertilizers Earth can only support about 1 billion humans. The population passed 7 billion recently.
The lead will have to be taken by government because there is money to be made by stretching out the oil based economy without creating its replacement, the alternative or renewable energy economy. The renewable economy can be better than the oil economy or carbon economy. It does not have to spell a return to the 19th century. Transportation will have to be efficient and move people not tons of steel and glass with people inside. It will have to use electricity and in many cases be the very efficient steel on steel. We must make the transition before there isn't enough easily available oil to do it and before the atmosphere becomes so fouled with carbon that agriculture is devastatingly disrupted. I have read estimates that the Earth's population carrying capacity without oil is about one billion people. Think about it.
Strangely enough, formerly remote and pristine and remote Utah has had several enormous coal fired generating plants sited there. In the remote San Rafael Swell area the air is so polluted that it is difficult to breathe and your eyes smart and sting from the sulfuric acid in the air. Bloodshot eyes from the thick coal smoke that would not be legal in California is the norm in the Redrock desert now.
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