Archive for January, 2007

Water: the new Oil

The global water market is estimated at $400 billion. The price of water is increasing at approximately the same rate as the price of oil – in California, at least.

We may eventually (ok, we must eventually) find a substitute for oil, but we’ll always need clean water. Who’s investing in water?
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China plans to spend $125 billion on water treatment and recycling over the next five years opening its door to foreign investment and participation in their water market.

Keep your eyes open – it’s coming.


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Whose Vietnam?

OpinionJournal – Best of the Web Today
Edward Kennedy likes to label Iraq “George Bush’s Vietnam,” as he did last week when he introduced legislation to give Congress the final say on troop levels in Iraq.

Senator Kennedy, it seems, has trouble remembering some details surrounding past events.

Kennedy helped lead the congressional drive to cut off financial aid to the pro-American governments in Saigon and Phnom Penh, brushing aside President Gerald Ford’s warning that “the horror and the tragedy that we see on television” would only grow worse if America deserted its allies.

Does that sound familiar?

Here’s what President Bush had to say on the matter:

“If we abandon our allies, we will be saying to all the world that war pays. Aggression will not stop; rather it will increase. In Iraq, the aggressors will have shown that if negotiations are resisted, the United States will weary, abandon its friends, and force will prevail. The third issue is the reliability of the United States. If we cease to help our friends in Iraq, we will have violated their trust that we would help them with arms, with food, and with supplies so long as they remain determined to fight for their own freedom. We will have been false to ourselves, to our word, and to our friends. No one should think for a moment that we can walk away from that without a deep sense of shame.”

Oops – I’m sorry – I misquoted there. This wasn’t Bush speaking. Each occurrence of “Iraq” should be replaced by “Cambodia” – this was part of a news conference given by President Ford March 6, 1975.
What’s really ironic here is that it was Kennedy, among others, leading the charge to cut off support for South Vietnam and Cambodia. The result – killing fields and boat people. Vietnam left a bad taste in our collective mouths, and for good reason. We gave up on those who were depending on us for their freedom.  Kennedy appears to be doing his best to ensure that Iraq becomes “Bush’s Vietnam” by repeating the same mistakes he’s made in the past.
James Taranto sums it best: “As much as he likes to preen about his humanitarianism, when the going gets tough, Kennedy’s message to those in need is sink or swim.”

(Mary Jo Kopechne could not be reached for comment.)

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Are you using compact fluorescent bulbs in your house?  Sure, they look funny, and they cost more – but you can’t argue that they make sense.

I did a survey of our house shortly after we moved in in 2001.  I found that we have 169 light bulbs in our house.  Every year, I watch for sales, and buy compact fluorescents when they’re cheap, to replace the incandescents that are currently installed.  I think we’re up to 40-odd fluorescents now.

Wal-Mart is on a fluorescent vendetta.  Good for them.  It’s an idea whose time has come.

Wal-Mart Puts Some Muscle Behind Power-Sipping Bulbs – New York Times
Which is what makes Wal-Mart’s goal so wildly ambitious. If it succeeds in selling 100 million compact fluorescent bulbs a year by 2008, total sales of the bulbs in the United States would increase by 50 percent, saving Americans $3 billion in electricity costs and avoiding the need to build additional power plants for the equivalent of 450,000 new homes.

Unfortunately for them, I’ve never actually purchased any of my fluorescents at Wal-Mart.  I get mine mostly during sales at Menard’s or at Ace Hardware.  I’ll have to watch Wal-Mart to see how their prices compare…

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