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RE: synth vs. the environment (Audi content only insofar as it relates to Audi oil changes!)
From: Richard Beels [SMTP:email@example.com]
Sent: Wednesday, August 12, 1998 3:17 PM
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.
ozone is a greenhouse gas so maybe it's a good thing we're killing
>Remember, we have less and less oil in reserves every day.
Gee, I though that proven reserves were actually rising. It's a
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
energy-coal, oil, and electricity-have been decreasing rather than
increasing, relative to the cost of labor and even relative to the
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
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