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Quote of the Century. Er.. or four…

…He has been eight years upon a project for extracting sunbeams out of cucumbers, which were to be put in phials hermetically sealed, and let out to warm the air in raw inclement summers. He told me, he did not doubt, that, in eight years more, he should be able to supply the governor’s gardens with sunshine, at a reasonable rate: but he complained that his stock was low, and entreated me "to give him something as an encouragement to ingenuity, especially since this had been a very dear season for cucumbers." I made him a small present, for my lord had furnished me with money on purpose, because he knew their practice of begging from all who go to see them.

Jonathon Swift: Gulliver’s Travels.

Nails  and satirically eviscerates our Green fanatics nicely doesn’t it? And in 1726.  Read the only proper working journalist left in England, here on the topic of keeping the lights on at vast and hypocritical cost. And the punch-line…

“And the final irony, of course, is that those diesel generators chuck out almost as much, per unit, of that supposedly polluting CO2 as any of the coal-fired power stations our politicians want to see taxed and regulated out of existence.”


  1. John Galt says:

    We have reached the stratospheric heights where the Green movement (which presumably resembles a rather smelly cucumber) is beyond parody.

    I often read stuff by Moonbat and other members of the collective and think “Does he/she actually believe this rubbish that they’re spouting or is it a bit like PR – we’ll say whatever you like as long as the cheques keep coming in”?

    How can any rational person not acknowledge this is nonsense?

    P.S. Good quote RAB. The other Jonathan Swift that I always loved was “When a true genius appears, you can know him by this sign: that all the dunces are in a confederacy against him”

  2. Roue le Jour says:

    I haven’t seen it aired for a while, so to repeat, the conspiracy theory goes like this: The US economy is totally dependent on the petrodollar system. Anything which undermines the world’s dependence on dollar denominated oil and gas is a serious threat to the US and must be stopped. This will include fracking, nuclear and coal. It all makes perfect sense once you’ve donned your aluminum headgear.

  3. John Galt says:

    Can’t see how “Fracking, nuclear or coal” are a threat to the petrodollar.

    I accept that the US does have a political agenda to promote and sustain the petrodollar as part of its foreign policy as it acts as a natural short for all of this money that is being created as well as giving the US Dollar greater liquidity.

    Not sure how far they are prepared to go to protect it though. The argument that the US invasion of Iraq was because Saddam Hussein wanted to price oil in Gold Dinars rather than dollars I find unlikely, more akin to a conspiracy theory.

    Even a transition to price crude in a basket of currencies has found little favour outside non-US political circles as it would add complexity for uncertain benefit and carry tremendous risks.

  4. RAB says:

    I thought China had all America’s Dollars these days?

  5. Roue le Jour says:

    Of course it’s a conspiracy theory, John. I said so right at the start. It just has a greater than usual correlation, that’s all.

    As to how other energy sources are a threat, how can they not be? The more energy a county generates from sources other than imported oil and gas, the less oil and gas it imports. How can the petrodollar system work without customers?

    I’ll say it again: it is a conspiracy theory. BUT it is very curious that any serious energy source besides oil and gas seems to be immediately shot down. Coal I can just about understand, nasty dirty stuff, but nuclear? Submariners sleep next to the bloody things. All got two heads have they? And fracking makes your tap water burst into flames? Really? It makes the local practice of setting off firecrackers to scare away ghosts seem quite reasonable.

    I am ignoring renewables here because they are blatantly nothing more than a mechanism for channeling tax money to friends.

    RAB, China has actually has an IOU for all of America’s dollars. We’ll see how that works out…

  6. John Galt says:

    Roue Le Jour:

    I’ve said before and I will say again. I work in the energy supply industry, previously for BP Oil Trading and now in the Coal supply business as well as a number of bio-ethanol companies. In all of that time I’ve never seen any justification of price, trade or market manipulation of the sort you describe.

    I work across market risk, operational risk and compliance. Believe you me if the conspiracy you highlight was anything more than a tertiary market sentiment, we would have picked up on it.

  7. Roue le Jour says:

    I think we’re talking at cross purposes, John. I’m not accusing the oil industry of anything. I’m saying that we have proven reliable methods of generating electricity which we are not allowed to used for little more that superstitious reasons. Coal is out because global warming wibble. Fracking despoils the countryside, (unlike windmills which are a delightful addition to any vista), and nuclear upsets the ghosts of Hiroshima or something to do with earthquakes and tidal waves,never quite got that one.

    There’s a saying that this calls to mind: once is happenstance, twice is coincidence, three times is enemy action. And I say that as a suspicious, cynical old bugger, not a conspiracy theorist.

    Anyway, let us agree to differ. I look forward to more interesting posts from your good self.

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