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Paris Hilton is smart

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By now you’ve probably already seen that fake Paris Hilton for President energy plan ad. And you maybe giggled. And you were maybe a little shocked that she didn’t sound entirely like the retarded baby giraffe she looks like.

But what about that energy plan? Would it work?

Our friend Eoin O’Carroll over at Bright Green Blog does the dirty work, scouring through all kinds of numbers and facts and other things that presidential candidates just can’t be bothered with. Turns out the Paris Hilton energy plan may be completely backward, but still better than the other options on the table:

So in short, the Hilton Plan seems to have it backward: Even under fairly conservative estimates we have the ability to develop more fuel-efficient technology before we can access all the oil that’s offshore.

But it also looks like, even with such technology, the United States would still need to be importing significant amounts of oil from abroad in the coming decades. If we really wanted to get ourselves off the sauce, we’d need to combine these technological improvements with developing walkable communities and extending public transit.

Interesting. On a side note, my figures indicate that ESPN could reduce its carbon footprint by 82% just by halving the number of reporters chasing the Brett Favre story. This move would also have a tangible effect on the psychology of American sports fans — most of whom would rather suck out their own eardrums with a Shop-Vac than listen to another GD story about it.

And that’s one to grow on.

Will Paris Hilton’s energy plan work? [Bright Green Blog]

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Let’s all pretend we’re not retarded for just a minute, OK?

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Tom Friedman plans his next opinion piece — this time about herring and how you can never get enough of them.

Depending on which member of the Pax Arcana defamation defense team you ask, I may or may not have labeled Tom Friedman an overrated gasbag back in October.

I stand by that assertion, if I ever made it in the first place (wink!). But I’d be remiss if I didn’t pass along this Op-Ed from last week, in which the billionaire walrus-man completely and totally nails the ridiculousness of the “gas tax holiday” supported by Hillary Clinton and John McCain.

Here’s the lede:

It is great to see that we finally have some national unity on energy policy. Unfortunately, the unifying idea is so ridiculous, so unworthy of the people aspiring to lead our nation, it takes your breath away.

Ouch.

But what’s so bad about suspending the 18.4 cents/gallon federal excise tax for the summer? Won’t it give us all the ability to cruise around solo in our 16-passenger heavy trucks just like in the 90s? What’s the problem?

But here’s what’s scary: our problem is so much worse than you think. We have no energy strategy. If you are going to use tax policy to shape energy strategy then you want to raise taxes on the things you want to discourage — gasoline consumption and gas-guzzling cars — and you want to lower taxes on the things you want to encourage — new, renewable energy technologies. We are doing just the opposite.

While other countries, like Germany and Japan, are pumping tons of money into development programs for the rapidly growing market of cleaner resources, our leaders are tossing a “gas tax holiday” down from the parapet — ignoring the greater problem for short-term political expediency.

To be clear, this is not about some hippie-dippie crusade to save the environment (though that would be nice). This is about protecting our nation’s vital interests and preeminence in the global economy:

While all the presidential candidates were railing about lost manufacturing jobs in Ohio, no one noticed that America’s premier solar company, First Solar, from Toledo, Ohio, was opening its newest factory in the former East Germany — 540 high-paying engineering jobs — because Germany has created a booming solar market and America has not.

Sweet. Now I have to teach my kids math and German. As if they don’t get enough of that from television.

Dumb as We Wanna Be [New York Times]

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