Tilting at Windmills
Windmills are a favorite of the granola and birkenstock posse, but they are really a sort of stupid idea except as a tertiary, supplemental form of power. Sometimes, the wind doesn't blow. Sometimes, it blows too much:
Am I the only one creeped out by the BP ads, where some idiot man- or woman-in-the-street gives their half-assed opinion about where we ought to get power? Some yutz talks about how great solar power is. It is also a good supplemental supply, but right now, solar's contribution to powering the world is best measured in parts-per-million.
I recognize that oil is a finite resource (though it is routinely underestimated), but I also know that the solution isn't some goddammed oil company feeding off subsidies while they pretend to create the next energy source. And it sure as hell isn't like they are really listening to some yokel in his porch swing opine about energy economics. Beyond Petroleum, my ass. The sunshine these bastards are trying to pump up our skirts isn't going to drive a solar grid.
I don't like being patronized. Just pump the oil out of the fucking ground, BP. Soon enough, the forces of supply and demand will knock you off your high horse unless we are bamboozled into giving you even more tax money to keep us under your thumb.