Re: [carfree_cities] John Kerry on energy and cities
- Doug said:
>The "official" numbers are fairly well organized at:In fact, the 2 mbd figure is pretty accurate according to EIA.
>> US oil consumption is
>> about 20 million barrels/day, IIRC. I thought that we were
>> importing a lot more than 2 mbd from the Middle East.
>I haven't looked a the breakdowns recently, but total imports are
>running at about 9 million bb/day, so...
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J.H. Crawford Carfree Cities
>As for Kerry vs. Bush on the environment, the differences are mostlycosmetic. Like, Smirky, Kerry is an enthusiastic champion of the global
industrial machine... To >believe that he is sincere when he makes
pretty speeches about protecting ANWR (or whatever) is truly naive.
Look, I'm not a massive Kerry fan, but there are serious differences
between Bush and Kerry. It's this kind of hyperbole which leads to
Nader votes, which leads to 4 more years of Bush in office, which I
don't even want to contemplate. If you don't believe Kerry's talk on
ANWR, then fine, check the voting record.
Here's Kerry according to an independent position-tracking website:
Here's Bill Frist, the "moderate" Senate Majority Leader:
And of course, here's Bush:
And here's Kerry vowing to filibuster the Senate along with Lieberman to
prevent an ANWR vote.
No, Kerry is not explicitly talking about demand reduction, compact
urban form, or even greater investment in transit. But he has gone on
record saying that we can't drill our way out of our energy problems.
Yes, I'd like to hear something more progressive from him, too, but this
is a step on the right path, and that's still important.
It's your choice- you can be ideologically pure about who you will
support, and cast your vote for some well-intentioned obscure person who
will not impact the national debate in any way. I choose to vote in a
way that maximizes the chance of success for my goals for my community
and my country, and that vote is not only a vote against Bush, but also
for John Kerry and Democratic candidates in Senate and House races, and
Democrats and Greens locally. Additionally, I believe that this is the
best voting posture for U.S. supporters of carfree or car-lite living