Wednesday, August 06, 2008

We'll always have Paris

By Libby

Paris Hilton responds -- really -- to the "wrinkly, white-haired guy's" attack ad with a little mockery of her own.

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Pretty good, don't you think? McCain was quick to say that Paris reflects his own "all of the above" policy recommendations, and while it feels odd to be responding to her points, it is likely that more people will watch this one than either of the candidate's ads, so it's worth noting the glaring error of her "compromise energy plan."

Steve Benen already has a good takedown, but it bears repeating that offshore drilling will not "carry us until the new technologies kick in." Dr. Joseph Romm, who formerly served at the U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy also has a great endorsement of Obama's energy plan and I have more thoughts at Detroit News.

Hard to say what effect this will have on the race, probably not much in the long run, but my estimation of Paris Hilton's intelligence has gone up some. I doubt she cares about the politics, but judging from the immediate attention from the elite media, it's a hell of a PR move.

Update: As I feared, CNN has a poll at the bottom of the home page right now that shows Paris' "plan" is beating out both Obama and McCain. Current standings are McCain 27%, Obama 33%, Hilton 40%, with 120,908 total votes.

I also see some commentators are calling it an pro-McCain ad, but really it's just pro-oil corporation, which come to think of it, is sort of the same thing.

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Blogger Capt. Fogg said...

I think you're right that limited drilling isn't going to carry us anywhere. People seem to think it it's quick and easy to implement, and it isn't. There may be no oil for a decade or more and there may be no oil at all.

People seem to think that if it's pumped from US waters, it's going to stay in the US. It isn't.

People haven't thought much about how big is the bucket this oil will be a drop in.

I'm not sure we're going to see any dramatic results from wind and solar plants either and the biofuel thing in light of today's technology is pretty much a scam.

To me the question is: Is there enough energy anywhere to allow worldwide development if we run out of oil before something really big like economically viable nuclear fusion - and who knows if and where that will happen.

I think it's more practical to immediately begin to rebuild the railroads. The rising price of fuel will promote innovation and conservation all by itself.

3:12:00 PM  
Blogger Libby Spencer said...

I can't understand why so many people believe this is any kind of solution. It doesn't take much googling to find out that it won't really make a difference, not now and not ever.

7:08:00 PM  

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