Tomorrow we will be “treated” to the annual State of the Union lie-fest, with Liar-in-Chief George W. Bush reportedly to tell us we need a massive commitment to ethanol to break our oil addiction. Ethanol is the oil man’s methadone, it seems. It doesn’t sound like we’ll be hearing about conservation, mass transit or other alternative energy sources (although maybe we’ll hear about the oxymoron, “clean coal”). Mr. Bush is an oil man from Texas, and in Texas they know what’s good for Global Warming.
They are good for global warming. As in the new 18 lane highway they are building to take the place of a commuter rail line:
Between 2003 and 2009, $2.7 billion of state and federal money will have been plowed into expanding 23 miles of Interstate-10 in west Houston to as wide as 18 lanes in some stretches of the city’s main east-west road.
“It is a concrete monstrosity,” said Jim Blackburn, an environmental lawyer in the Texas city who fought the expansion of “I-10” and lost. “It probably shows as much as anything the philosophy of development here.”
[Environmentalists] had sought to preserve a rail line that ran along I-10 for a commuter train that someday might bring workers to the city from distant suburbs. But after 15 years of study and discussion about the highway, state officials decided to go with a highway-only strategy. (Reuters)
The late Art Buchwald was interviewed by the NewsHour’s Jeffrey Brown not long before his death last week. Brown asked him what was the one thing he regrets he will miss by not living longer. Buchwald answered immediately: Global Warming. He said he hoped his children and grandchildren would enjoy it in his place.
George Bush and his Texas cronies. Thinking of the next generation.