Are these guys for real? This little clip of audio is a real head shaker. Charles Grassley, Republican from Iowa outlines his case for Manifest Diesel:

You know, what–what makes our economy grow is energy. And, and Americans are used to going to the gas tank (sic), and when they put that hose in their, uh, tank, and when I do it, I wanna get gas out of it. And when I turn the light switch on, I want the lights to go on, and I don’t want somebody to tell me I gotta change my way of living to satisfy them. Because this is America, and this is something we’ve worked our way into, and the American people are entitled to it, and if we’re going improve (sic) our standard of living, you have to consume more energy.”

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(hat tip C&L)

It’s just unreal. Shouldn’t this guy be advocating bio-fuels and whatnot being from Iowa? Heaven forbid Grassley and his ilk change their way of living. Why don’t you go live in a third world country for a bit Mr. Oil and see if you’d like to change your way of living THEN! Fly over the rainforest and get a nice little view of what your lightswitch is doing to indigenous people. Watch the seawater rise around your fine leather shoes. You imbecile!

Listen, the argument is not purely environmental and is not purely about lifestyle. Of course we all like to be comfortable, but the fact of the matter is alot of us live in excess while others live in squalor – and I’m talking about PLANET here. But let’s break it down for the average Joe. Using less gas and fuels amounts to cost savings on a budget that is very much filled with red. I argue in favor of hybrids and any technology that will maximize the efficient use of fuel, but not purely on an environmental level. It makes financial sense for the average middle class American to conserve because it saves them money. Money they can usually put to other really good uses. This idea of Manifest Diesel and cheap gas is ludicrous. High prices are a good market driver toward conservation. Conservation leads to more sensible use of natural resources and lowers the need to pound on the planet. Conservation also saves money – and isn’t that a conservative value afterall? Hell, they are Conservatives for crying out loud! And they don’t wanna conserve? I guess they are liberal when it comes to paternalistic petroleum policy. Sorry, into alliteration today for some reason. It’s third on my list behind sarcasm and irony.

Conservation makes sense. Hybrids make sense. Alternate fuels make sense. Smart design makes sense. Saving money makes sense. Manifest Diesel if fucking dumb! Pardon mon francais, si vous plait!

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