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Monday, September 12, 2005

Can someone explain...

How this fool got into a Ph.D. program? No really, please tell me because I find it hard to believe that anyone who gets as far as writing a doctoral thesis can come up with this sort of condescending dribble about "peak oil", or maybe he just picked up a few of Jeanette's speeches. A series of ad hominem remarks and strawmen arguments can hardly be considered a deep thought. Socialism, it rots the mind.

Posted by Chefen | 9/12/2005 06:50:00 am


Blogger Too Right and Having A Blast said...

It is a shocker - it's illuminated by the author's incorrect use of its and it's. Presumably the Ph.D was from TWoA?

9/12/2005 07:44:00 am  
Blogger Tane said...

Yeah I can't understand it either, anyone who uses that stupid arguement '...the stone age didn't end for lack of stones...' loses all credibility. I mean, confusing a commodity for an energy source.......

What part of his blog did you disagree with Chefen?

9/12/2005 09:29:00 am  
Blogger ZenTiger said...

It all seemed fluffy to me. "Bring back trains" seemed the catch cry.

One of the points I disliked was the "sure tax plays a part, but it doesn't really."

It does when it represents 45% of the price. We could test the theory by quadrupling the tax to see what part it plays.

If oil prices contnually increase, there will be big adjustments. I think Tane has made the point our level of preparation will dictate the pain levels.

I've come up with a few points about this (hasn't every-one) and will save it for a post election post, when every-one is bored witless, drunk, or packing bags.

9/12/2005 09:50:00 am  
Blogger Tane said...

Don't be surprised that as oil prices rise, the Government (even a Labour/Green one) lowers the tax take. As the pain mounts, the screams for relief will mount, and even a newly elected Labour govt will have to do something. The Greens might resist such a move, but then, we might find out what it's like to be the junior partner in a coalition then.

I'm not expecting oil prices to keep rising relentlessly. I expect the trend to be upwards over time, but it will be a jagged one, with drops along the way. It all depends on demand these days, as the supply is maxed out. If demand can drop (don't mention depression) then so will the price.

9/12/2005 10:15:00 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Labour-Greens added 5c to the cost of oil during highly fluctuating but rising prices. I think you are being generous to Lab-Gre, giving them the beneft of the doubt on this issue.


9/12/2005 11:47:00 am  

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