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Morning Brew: May 14, 2008

Posted by Michael / May 14, 2008

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Gas prices are at $1.39 per litre across most of the city. That's up 11 cents from last Wednesday and the largest weekly increase felt by any of the 60 major Canadian cities (60? I can only count around eight). By next month, gas could hit $1.54 a litre due to the tighter supply of crude (now at $127 a barrel) felt during a typical summer. Will the slick stuff ever get cheaper? One analysist, Frederique Quintal, says yes, but only if the U.S. falls into a recession. But another, Peter Buchanan says a recession won't change gas prices, because it's China and India, not the U.S., that drive the demand (Burn!).

A group of Quebec psychiatrist who treat prisoners are threatening to boycott provincial jails unless the province does something about the 'inhuman' infirmary conditions.There is a growing number of prisoners with mental illness and according to psychiatrists from the Phillippe Pinel Institute, and money is needed to improve their facilities. The psychiatrists see prison as an optimal chance to give mentally ill inmates rehabilitating care, but complain that it is not 'in the mentality' of Quebec's provincial services to give that type of care. Psychiatrists are currently negotiating the province for control of the infirmaries, which fall under the prison warden's watch.

A petition is online to rename lower St. Laurent Boulevard Lucien Rivard Boulevard (isn't a boulevard supposed to have a median?). But this name change holds no political weight like others of the past. Instead, it's just a publicity stunt for The American Trap, a movie about Rivard, which opens tomorrow. City Councillors have called the move 'ridiculous'. You have to admit though, it's a pretty cool way to generate some hype. Rivard was a notorious herion importer in the 60's.

NEWS BYTES

The highway 20 was jammed up during evening rush hour after a truck from St. John's Newfoundland lost a thirty ton load on the highway. Those silly Newfies!

So the ADQ didn't make any gains but infact lost their share of the vote on the island during this week's by-elections. Is this the end for Dumont's brand of populism?

According to a recent poll, the Tories are loosing ground as well.

Discussion

13 Comments

Rob / May 14, 2008 at 11:02 am
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When are people going to simply WAKE UP and smell the crude? (or lack thereof)

You don't need a PhD in Economics to understand that there is a rapidly diminishing amount of the "black blood" left, either in the ground or in reserves... The demand is in a violently (and bluntly obvious) inverse relationship to the supply. There is no coincidence that the US armed forces have been (and will continue to be) in Iraq for many, many years due to the simple fact that Iraq is #2 on the global list of oil-rich locations. Who is #1 you ask? Why George W. Bush's good buddies in Saudi Arabia or course!

Anyway, the point is: the second "analyst" was right on the money... between China and India (and the USA and Canada and every other 2nd/1st world country) we are running out of oil resources and simply cannot keep heading in the same direction. We all need to walk, bike, bus, metro, train, plane whatever... WAY MORE OFTEN. And as soon as we have some viable electric and/or hydrogen vehicles available on the market, we need to jump on that bandwagon EN MASSE. Show the industrialists that we want change, we NEED change and it needs to happen NOW.

And stop complaining about the fucking gas prices. They will not go down. Only up. Get used to it.
James / May 14, 2008 at 11:53 am
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Indeed, we've hit peak oil production, which will soon begin its irreversible decline: http://www.dossiersdunet.com/spip.php?article138

Also, hydrogen will never be a viable fuel source, because it takes more energy to break a hydrogen bond (which you have to do before you can burn it), than can be gained through the forging of a hydrogen bond, by the second law of thermodynamics.

The electric car is no panacea either. If the electricity source is renewable (wind, solar, tidal, geothermal): great. But we'd still have to figure out how to cool them using less water than they need now, seeing as water supplies even in some parts of North America are under stress. http://www.enn.com/business/article/32381 http://www.alternet.org/water/81301/
James / May 14, 2008 at 11:55 am
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Indeed, we've hit peak oil production, which will soon begin its irreversible decline: dossiersdunet.com/spip.php?article138

Also, hydrogen will never be a viable fuel source, because it takes more energy to break a hydrogen bond (which you have to do before you can burn it), than can be gained through the forging of a hydrogen bond, by the second law of thermodynamics.

The electric car is no panacea either. If the electricity source is renewable (wind, solar, tidal, geothermal): great. But we'd still have to figure out how to cool them using less water than they need now, seeing as water supplies even in some parts of North America are under stress. enn.com/business/article/32381 alternet.org/water/81301/
Rob / May 15, 2008 at 09:06 am
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Pardon my ignorance but what exactly is wrong with air cooling? I never heard any engineers that have worked on major EV projects stating that cooling is a major issue...

The Tesla Roadster seems to be doing just fine and so was the EV1 until they killed it for no apparent reason ("Who Killed the Electric Car").
James / May 17, 2008 at 10:28 pm
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Sorry, I had misread the article I was citing. The fact I meant to draw attention to was this: "A comparison of the volume of coolant water used in the thermoelectric power plants that provide most of our electricity and that used in extracting and refining petroleum suggests that electric vehicles require significantly more water per mile than those powered by gasoline." Of course, dry cooling alternatives exist for those plants - they are just more expensive - and if we switch to renewable energy sources, water use is no longer an issue.
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