Just a “reminder”..?

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Gates: New US Carrier in Gulf a “Reminder” to Iran
By David Morgan
Reuters

Tuesday 29 April 2008

Mexico City – The US Navy has temporarily added a second aircraft carrier in the Gulf as a “reminder” to Iran, but this was not an escalation of American forces in the region, U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates said on Tuesday.

Speaking to reporters during a trip to Mexico, Gates flatly denied a suggestion that the presence of two US carriers in the Gulf could be a precursor to military action against Tehran.

“This deployment has been planned for a long time,” Gates said. “I don’t think we’ll have two carriers there for a protracted period of time. So I don’t see it as an escalation. I think it could be seen, though, as a reminder.”

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Interesting…

It just so happens this was announced about the same time as this hit the news:

CNN – Iran dumps U.S. dollar for oil trades

April 29, 2008

Iran, OPEC’s second-largest producer, has stopped conducting oil transactions in U.S. dollars, a top Oil Ministry official said Wednesday, in a concerted attempt to reduce reliance on Washington at a time of tension over Tehran’s nuclear program and suspected involvement in Iraq.

Iran has dramatically reduced dependence on the dollar over the past year in the face of increasing U.S. pressure on its financial system and the fall in the value of the American currency.

Oil is priced in dollars on the world market, and the currency’s depreciation has concerned producers because it has contributed to rising crude prices and eroded the value of their dollar reserves.

“The dollar has totally been removed from Iran’s oil transactions,” Oil Ministry official Hojjatollah Ghanimifard told state-run television Wednesday. “We have agreed with all of our crude oil customers to do our transactions in non-dollar currencies.”

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad called the depreciating dollar a “worthless piece of paper” at a rare summit last year in Saudi Arabia attended by state leaders from OPEC countries.

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Just a quick reminder..

Right before we attacked Iraq, Saddam Hussein quit trading in dollars and went to Euros. After we invaded, and took out Saddam, we quietly changed it back to dollars for oil trading.

More on this here and here.
I posted on this before.

What does all of this have to do with Cheney’s recent trips to the ME? Is this the ‘urgency’ and the rising BOOM BOOM BOOM of these beating war drums?

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Is this how we support our troops..?

Crooks and Liars

It’s like Walter Reed all over again. The US defense budget last year was a staggering $439.3 billion dollars. Can’t we spare a few bucks to ensure our soldiers don’t have to live in such horrendous conditions? Magnetic yellow ribbons and flag lapel pins aside, “supporting the troops” means actually caring about them. Not only when they’re off fighting your wars, but also when they come back. Kudos to the understandably outraged father who exposed the story.

My hands are shaking right now from the disgust and outrage I feel. This administration and our government don’t care about our soldiers, they only care about their war and the profits. That’s it.

Words don’t mean anything. Actions (or INACTION) speaks far louder than words. The administration has demonstrated over and over again just where their loyalties and PRIORITIES lay.

When are we going to do something to stop all this? Hold people accountable? There is just no more excuse.

They don’t care. That’ the bottom line.

US Energy Update

According to Mother Jones in their May-June 2008 issue, our fight for energy “independence” is a losing proposition. Here are some great stats pulled from the article “The seven Myths of Energy Independence” by Paul Roberts.

I don’t necessarily agree with everything in the article, but I do agree that I don’t think the US will ever see energy “independence” in my lifetime. Some of these tables and charts show some interesting figures.

Check out another informative table here.

Federal Funding for Renewable-Energy R&D
$ millions, in 2005 dollars

Renewable-Energy R&D

Seeing Green
Where the clean-energy money is—and isn’t

Dept. of Energy solar budget, 2008: $168 million

Venture capital investment in solar, 2006: $264 million

Dept. of Energy renewable-energy budget, 2008:$1.7 billion

Venture capital investment in renewable energy, 2006: $2.4 billion

Federal ethanol subsidies, 2006: $6 billion

Federal coal subsidies, 2006: $8 billion

Federal oil and gas subsidies, 2006: $39 billion

Worldwide investment in renewable energy, 2007:$71 billion

How in the heck can we expect energy change when our federal oil and gas subsidies out spend the worldwide investment in renewable energy???