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Larry King's Questions for Chevron's Chairman

Crossposted from Envirowonk

CNN's ancient venerable host Larry King will interview Chevron Chairman and how much levitra CEO David O'Reilly during this evening's edition of cialis vs viagra Larry King Live. The topic is "How High Will Gas Prices Go?" This strikes us at a fairly heavy topic for a man who knows only one sport when it comes to interviews: softball.

Given that Larry isn't exactly famous for doing his homework on guests or asking anything resembling a probing question, we couldn't resist making some predictions about what "questions" are in store for tonight's guest.

  • "Gas prices ... they're really high .... [dead air, O'Reilly waits for a question] ... how high will they go?"
  • "Are we running out of oil?"
  • "Why is gas so expensive" [As Samantha Hulkower notes, Larry has a tendency to viagra levitra cialis just repeat the last word of the person he's interviewing.]
  • "So it's not your fault."
  • "What about that ethanol? Good? Bad?"
  • "Hybrid cars .... [more dead air, Larry hopes O'Reilly jumps in to save him here.] ... Wouldn't it save us lots of gas if everyone drove them."
  • "Global warming ... is the jury still out on this thing?"
  • "Venezuela. Important. Hugo Chavez. Kind of crazy. How do you address a situation like that?"
  • "Offshore drilling ... tell us why it's a good thing."
  • "What's this I hear about Chevron and oil sands up in Canada? Sounds crazy. Tell me about it."
  • [Follow up to last question] "Kind of like squeezing juice out of an orange. Amazing!"
  • "What do you think about that Windfall Tax?"
  • [Follow up question] "Okay."
  • "What's this I hear about Chevron workers in Nigeria going on strike over safety standards and unfair staffing?" [Note: We don't really expect King to ask this, but if he does, if you don't think Larry is accepting O'Reilly's spin with little more than a nod, then ... well, you just don't know Larry.]

We'll check back in tomorrow morning with a transcript to see how we did.


The Environmental Technology of Wall*E

In general I'll take any excuse to go see a kid's movie. Aside from the fact that I'm currently at the stage in my life where I find six year-olds to be annoying, content created for them often seems to 120 buy cheap tab tramadol be extremely entertaining. Proving, once again, that since I'm a grown-up's my turn to decide what that means.

But, obviously, as chief geek here at EcoGeek I had to go see Wall*E; the story of a little solar-powered robot left behind to take care of buy chinese herbal cialis the mess left on Earth. The result, aside from a wonderful and humorous love story in which the robots seem considerably more human than humans, contains some interesting ideas about the only now buy levitra uk environment and technology.

In the movie, the Earth is abandoned in about 2110...about 100 years from now. In that time, we've made some good advances in renewable energy, and even efficiency, but it wasn't enough.

Wall*E himself is the most prominent example of clean technology. We've covered robots that may help to sort trash, or break it down into more manageable chunks. But obviously Wall*E's finest clean technology are his exceptionally (in fact, impossibly) efficient solar panels. Just like the Solio charger, Wall*E's panels expand and fold-out to become larger than the surface area of Wall*E himself.

However, the surface area of the panels, at most two feet square, won't ever provide enough electricity for Wall*E's roving and trash compacting (never mind his high-powered laser.) To actually renewably charge the army of self-sustaining robots (of which Wall*E is the last remaining survivor) a huge solar array would need to be maintained (by other robots) and Wall*E would have to lowest price generic cialis no perscription visit it regularly for recharges.

Alternately, it's possible that an invisible and undiscussed satellite array is discount viagra soft gels collecting huge amounts of energy in orbit around the earth. And when Wall*E needs a charge he calls down a super-powerful beam of photons or microwaves. That would allow him to charge for a full day's work in a matter of minutes.

Additionally, on the post-apocalyptic earth, advertisements are solar powered and holographic projections for the mega-corps who have taken over as our government are only turned on when they detect movement.

Aside from the disturbing idea that Wal-Mart may one day be our government, it's true that they're using similar technology to turn off display lights when there are no shoppers, saving tons of levitra for sale usa electricity. And they have what may turn out to be the viagra pharmacy online largest privately owned collection of solar panels in the world.


EcoGeek's Guide to Saying "Thanks" to Dad

Father’s Day is June 15th and if you haven’t gotten a gift yet it’s time to start scrambling. Here are a few suggestions for those of you who would like to make Dad and the planet happy.

If you have a Dad who hasn’t jumped onto the Inconvenient Truth bandwagon yet try a new approach by giving him: Go Green Live Rich: 50 Ways to Save the Earth (and Get Rich Trying) by financial guru and best selling author David Bach. Bach outlines 50 ways to generic cialis next day delivery align environmental values with monetary success like getting a green audit, driving smart (hint: fuel efficiency) and investing in emerging eco companies.

To save trees give your Dad a paperless book reader.  Sony and Amazon are battling this one out so you can take advantage of low prices on both the Amazon Kindle and the Sony Reader.  The Sony Reader is more stylish but their book buying system is cumbersome whereas the Kindle easily allows you to buy and download books directly to the device with no hassle.

No one likes the only today online levitra cheap current gas prices and everyone could use more exercise, so why not help your father with both by hooking him up with a foldable bicycle? He will never again worry whether his bike will fit in the car, subway, garage, or corner of his office. The Slingshot Foldtech is a high performance mountain bike that will run you about $800. The design will leave him speechless and that’s before he finds out it can fold. For more folding bikes, check out this story.

Does your Dad’s cell phone constantly die? Can he not figure out how to charge his Ipod? Help him. The Solio solar charger is pocket sized, can fit a number of small electric devices, and stores energy up to one year. Solio will even gift wrap the charger in 100% recycled, post-consumer paper for a small fee.

If your father is of the paranoid variety or a survivalist a la Bear Grylls from “Man vs. Wild” then the Lifesaver Bottle should be your gift of cialis 30 mg choice. The bottle, “removes bacteria, viruses, parasites, fungi and all other microbiological waterborne pathogens without using chemicals like iodine or chlorine.” For how it works you’ve got to go to the website. The cross section of the bottle looks like a diagram of the space shuttle so I’m not even going to attempt an explanation. He'll never have to buy bottled water again!


Bill Gates Produces 10,000 Times More Carbon

MIT professor of mechanical engineering Timothy Gutowski recently had his students compare the energy consumption of different people in different socio-economic classes, from a homeless person to online viagra canada a senator. In total, 18 different lifestyles were chosen ranging from vegetarian students to pro-golfers to a five-year-old.

What the researchers at MIT found was that even in the U.S. people with the lowest energy usage, a homeless person, a five-year-old and usefull link levitra philippines a Buddhist monk, all have a carbon footprint twice as large as the average global citizen. This is because the brand levitra services provided for every American, including infrastructure and public services, guarantee set a baseline that no American can drop below.

The carbon footprint of the low energy consumers were about one-third the American average. Americans are big foots when it comes to their carbon footprint. The world average is four tons; Americans on average consume 20 tons.

Bill Gates, specifically chosen for the study, has a carbon footprint about 10,000 times the average. Of course, he also has produced a great deal of wealth and growth for the world. In general, the researchers found that as income rises, so do emissions. A homeless person, who ate at soup kitchens and slept in shelters, had an average carbon footprint of 8.5 tonnes, still twice as much as the world average. Even monks, who lived half the year in the forest, had carbon footprints of 10.5 tonnes.

But the big question of buy cialis uk how to lower carbon footprints is a tough answer. The study found that voluntary reductions is likely unobtainable for the average American. Considerably more can be done by the wealthy, but the best way to lower footprints is to tax carbon use which, Professor Gutowski says, is a hard pill to swallow, especially for politicians. 

Via Environmental Research Web 


Wonked Out Friday

There's no getting around it -- we have to lead with the debacle that ended in the death of the Lieberman-Warner climate change bill this week. Yeah, the bill was flawed, but it was still a start. We expected heated debate. We didn't expect to see politics at its absolute worst.

Between making Senate clerks read aloud the natural viagra alteratives entire 491-page Boxer amendment, to the GOP memo that encouraged members to focus only on making political points and to wow look it purchase viagra online ignore real policy debate, this was not a distinguished week for Republicans. And the Democrats probably should have focused more on getting organized than waking up members for petty late night votes.

It's no wonder this bill fell flat on its face.

In other EnviroWonk news from the past (two!) weeks:

  • British lawmakers are considering a new way to control per capita emissions: personal carbon quotas.
  • ExxonMobil may not be completely sold on cialis costs climate change, but they have reached consensus about one thing: The millions of dollars they've been giving to groups who promote the scientific uncertainty of global warming -- they're not going to do it anymore.
  • We managed to sneak in not one, but two posts about our home state of Montana, but with good reason! First, we caught up with the governor, a potential VP candidate, and then we covered our primary, which turned out not to be as relevant as we once anticipated.
  • Those hockey-loving provinces of Ontario and Quebec have made their own power play against the federal government over emissions.
  • Post-Kyoto negotiations have started. Don't hold your breath -- it's going to be a while before officials reach a new agreement.
  • The German Conservative party may slash solar subsidies.
  • And to just keep the international theme going, the UN has banned ocean seeding, at least for now.
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