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RE: synth vs. the environment (Audi content only insofar as it relates to Audi oil changes!)

	-----Original Message-----
	From:	Richard Beels [SMTP:beels@technologist.com]
	Sent:	Wednesday, August 12, 1998 3:17 PM
	To:	quattro@coimbra.ans.net
	Subject:	Re: synth vs. the environment (Audi content only
insofar as it relates to Audi oil changes!)

	OK, can't take it anymore....

	>You would probably find the negative publicity about the USA over
	>last few days (July was the hottest month _EVER_ globally) hard to
	>believe.  The USA is the world's largest producer of greehouse
	>and the most intransigent about their control.

	Global warming has to be the most over-hyped environmental disaster
	isn't happening.  Ever.  Oh, I forgot the ozone "hole".  Of course,
	bloody ozone layer thins over Antarctica in the winter.  It's dark
	there's no UV to make ozone.  Any dumb git knows that.  Remember, it
	just last year that we were cursing the cold (and I can remember the
	Age front page newspaper stories from 20 years ago).  The
	cycles and 'heatsink-ability' of our dear Mother Earth are a bit
	than we can affect; or even comprehend.  If you listen to the
	Little's, we've already put enough CFCs into the atmosphere to kill
	ozone twice over.  It's too late, nothing we can do now can stop the
	millions of tons of Cl and Fl that are floating their way up in the
	atmosphere, on there way to the final battle in the stratosphere.
But then
	ozone is a greenhouse gas so maybe it's a good thing we're killing
it off?

	>Remember, we have less and less oil in reserves every day.  

	Gee, I though that proven reserves were actually rising.  It's a
silly way
	we track oil reserves anyway; proven by the fact that we've been
	years from running out of oil for the past, oh, 20-30 years.
	exploration/drilling/recovery techniques have made all manner of
	oil fields into 'productive' fields in the recent past.  

	Besides, wasn't Julian Simon right?  The Ultimate Resource, first
	in 1980 and was re-published in 1996 as TUR II, is an excellent book
	anyone who wants to debate the natural resources issues should read.
	quote an excerpt:  "The statistical history of energy supplies, is a
	in plenty rather than in scarcity... Through the centuries, the
prices of
	energy-coal, oil, and electricity-have been decreasing rather than
	increasing, relative to the cost of labor and even relative to the
price of
	consumer goods, just as with all other natural resources... there is
	nothing meaningfully 'finite' about our world that inevitably will
	energy, or even oil in particular, to grow more scarce and costly."

	The entire book is on the web (along with many other of his
	http://www.inform.umd.edu/EdRes/Colleges/BMGT/.Faculty/JSimon/ and
one of
	the few article in Wired that I actually enjoyed is at

	Now, back to our regularly scheduled rants.....

		88 90Q - <insert pithy witticism here>
		88 Golf GTi - PRO Rally