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Bush's Energy Plan: A Closer Look

vw.jpgPresident Bush did a pretty good job of not explaining his plans to overhaul Social Security last night, but he did an even better job of not explaining his proposed energy bill. How exactly will his plan reduce energy costs? After the jump, we consider the President's strategy in greater detail.


Build new nuclear power plants: Studies show that old VW hippie wagons account for approximately 17% of all gas usage in the U.S. The fastest way to get these ozone-killers off the road is to build new nuclear power plants. More nuclear plants mean more round-the-clock silent vigil protests, and more round-the-clock silent vigil protests mean fewer hippie wagons in transit.

Make rich oil companies richer: Let's face it. Few people are ever going to start driving their cars less because it's the environmentally correct thing to do. But if people get so pissed off at oil industry fats cats, who made over $60 billion in after-tax profits in 2003, they might just stop driving out of spite. To encourage this possibility, President Bush wants to give the oil companies closed military bases so they can build new refineries, plus over $8 billion in tax cuts and subsidies.

Get rid of all the old people: Lots of heat in the winter. Lots of air conditioning in the summer. Old people consume way too much energy. Eliminate them, and the energy crisis solves itself. Of course, you can't just eliminate old people with a magic wand. That's why it's so important to cut Medicaid and dismantle Social Security as soon as possible.

Bush Is Blowing Smoke on Energy [Business Week]

Define Gouging, Mr. President [AmericaBlog]

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Well, goddamn it, a wonderful person we'd never heard of until last night is dead. Lyra McKee was 29, an investigative journalist who specialized in looking at the legacy of "the Troubles" in Northern Ireland. She was murdered by someone shooting at police during rioting in Derry, or perhaps Londonderry, depending on who you want to piss off by using either name for the city. The rioting broke out after police "started carrying out searches in the area because of concerns that militant republicans were storing firearms and explosives" in advance of attacks planned to mark the anniversary of the 1916 Easter Rising. Police are blaming the violence and McKee's death on the "New Irish Republican Army," a radical republican group formed a few years ago from several smaller groups. Despite the name, the group has no ties to the old Provisional Irish Republican Army, which renounced violence and disarmed in 2005 following the 1998 Good Friday Agreement, which was supposed to have brought peace to Northern Ireland, and kind of did, at least much of the time.

McKee is being remembered by colleagues and readers as a promising journalist who was expected to go far. A year ago, McKee signed a two-book deal with Faber & Faber; the first of the books, The Lost Boys, an investigation of eight young men who disappeared in Belfast during the Troubles in the '60s and '70s, will be published next year. A 2016 Forbes profile said "McKee's passion is to dig into topics that others don't care about." For instance, CNN reports, McKee spent five years investigating a story about the only rape crisis center in Northern Ireland and its long struggle to regain funding after the government eliminated it.

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