Addicted to Oil

Posted By on July 22, 2006

Dylan Ratigan of CNBC hosted a special last week that I recorded Dylan Radiganthinking that it would focus a bit more on a variety of alternatives … it did sort of, but for the most part was disappointing. There were two brief mentions of biodiesel at about the 25 minute and 36 minute marks and considerable conversation about ethanol. (not all that informative or complete in my opinion) The GE plant video segment on wind turbines was interesting as was the debate on what we should be doing to reduce our addiction. The conclusion that conservation techniques could really make a difference in the US demand was good as was the debate about producing more domestic petroleum. I don’t recall any concern for environment but all guests seem to agree that depending on middle east oil was not healthy for America.

Note: This video clip requires quicktime and is 40 minutes long and a fairly large download. A broadband connection is helpful for streaming. (watching while downloading)

CNBC Dylan Ratigan Oil Addiction Special


  • mike

    the host kept repeating ‘ethanol is great, but not a solution’ .. I remember Bush touting ethanol so much. I think he said celulostic ethanol. Anyways, like blair has mentioned, it has to be trucked, and I think you’ll agree with me that’s enough of a downside to ethanol that it’ll go away once petroleum goes away as well.

    One of the guests at the end said to drive 60 mph. Rich, he was talking to you. hehe

  • Ah …. thanks Mike …. but it will be a cold day when I’m driving 60! 🙂 Besides as long as I’m getting twice the mpg as most of the other cars on the road I’m not going to be slowing down too much. I still like the idea of enforcing the current truck speed limit for all large vehicles. That would encourage ‘right sized’ buying and driving with a couple cans of spray paint and a few more speeding tickets.

Desultory - des-uhl-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee

  1. lacking in consistency, constancy, or visible order, disconnected; fitful: desultory conversation.
  2. digressing from or unconnected with the main subject; random: a desultory remark.