Hummers people? Really?

Why not go for a Hummer Bike instead?

Why not go for a Hummer Bike instead?

OK, I might be a serious doofus when it comes to certain things, but the noticable ubiquity of Hummer SUVs in this city just doesn’t make sense:

Hummers get really bad gas mileage which means you buy more gas…
the money for which goes to the oil companies…
who dredged through our wetlands…
that used to protect us from the hurricanes
but not any more because…

Also, if I can get political: this bullshit during the Vice Presidential debate about how we have to reduce our dependence on foreign oil by doing “safe” drilling in our National Wild Life preserves just really gets my knickers in a twist. I don’t really trust the government or the oil companies to safely drill. Do you?

Louisianas wetlands look like they were in a knife fight with the Oil Companies.
Louisiana’s wetlands look like they were in a knife fight with the Oil Companies.

We have to reduce our dependence on oil, period. Looking at an aeriel map of the Louisiana lower boot, you can see how the oil canals have destroyed the natural barrier and eroded our coastline:

Since the 1950s, more the 8,000 miles of canals have been dug for oil exploration and shipping. Scientists believe the canals caused 36% of land loss in coastal Louisiana. The state has lost 1,900 square miles since 1932.” From Buras High Investigates

If you feel like nothing you do can make the government do the right thing, you are probably right. The government is going to do what it wants to do: to wit, the $700 billion bailout, which is going to cost every man, woman and child $2,300 each (click here for source). If there is something that I’ve learned about America from my 16 years of living abroad is that it is NOT a democracy. America is a capitalist state. Money talks. So stop using your money to support naughty companies like Hummer. Or, just buy the bike.

1 Comment so far

  1. ericb on October 18th, 2008 @ 3:10 pm

    GM just got a loan for Uncle Sam because they were doing stupid things. The liberals like to spend our money. Bikes are great but the roads need to be fixed before riding them as an everyday activity.

    I trust the oil companies to drill safely but the Hummer thing is hard to understand. I am at the other end of the political spectrum and our views are closer than you would think.

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