Mr. Bobbie is a friend of mine. He has cancer, incurable, for which he gets radiation. His wife, Glendale, has a brain tumor--undetermined at present whether its malignant or not.
Mr. Bobbie gets a social security check each month. His rent alone accounts for over half. Not long ago, we cleaned out a storage building on my property. Mr. Bobbie took most of what I had to sell at the Jockey Lot, something he tries to do just to keep living.
Mr. Bobbie drives a 1983 Chevy Caprice. Its not all tricked out like. Its pretty beat up, shabby--runs used tires on it.
Makes about 10-12 miles to a gallon...
I was watching a news debate type show called "Bulls and Bears" on one of the cable network news channels. There were three people debating, with one moderating. There was a pretty young blond woman, Laura who indicated that the recent rise in gasoline prices was a good thing because it battled global warming, that it would force auto makers to create more "hybrids" and also force consumers to buy more "hybrids."
Mr. Bobbie is having to borrow money from friends and family to get enough gasoline to get him to his cancer treatments and the jockey lot and back. Money that he pays back out of the meager sales he makes.
Its a good thing Mr. Bobbie has to pay high prices for gas, because he really needs to break down and buy himself one of those shiny new hybrids.
"Some wealthy elitists in our country who cannot tell fact from fiction, can afford an Olympian detachment from the impacts of draconian climate change policy. For them, the jobs and dreams destroyed as a result will be nothing more than statistics and the cares of other people. These consequences are abstractions to them. I can name many of the thousands of the American citizens whose lives will be destroyed by these elitists' ill-conceived ‘global goofiness' campaigns."
Labels: global warming, man-made global warming