High Gas Prices and the Woodworker

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Blog entry by gene posted 07-05-2008 12:38 PM 5176 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A few weeks ago I started a blog about woodworkers and high gas prices. It was brought to my attention, that I had broken the posting rules because of an edited copy of a letter that I had sent to president Bush being in the post, so I immediately removed the questioned post.
This post has to do with high gas and fuel cost and a simple common sense way to deal with the problem. It is non political in nature. Please take the time to watch the video that I have just released to the world on You-Tube. Click on the link below to view. I hope that if you agree with what I have to say, you will spread the word to friends, neighbors, fellow workers, civic and church groups. Anyone that is a concerned citizen. Then get involved. A couple of stamps or e-mails from everyone can and will change our country. I feel that our country needs a jump start and I hope that you feel the same as I. “God Bless the United States”

If this post is against the posting rules? Please remove it, Thanks

-- Gene, a Christian in Virginia

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#1 posted 07-05-2008 04:59 PM

Hey Gene… it is already being done… Wabash National (Semi-trailer manufacture) here in Lafayette is starting this Idea now…

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#2 posted 07-05-2008 06:43 PM

Utah has already implemented the 4-day work week for the state’s workers. While it is a 3-day weekend variety, it should still cut down on consumption and emissions. Hopefully they will be able to show their savings in real numbers soon so that may inspire other state governments to do the same.

Schools would be hard pressed to change to a 4-day week because they would simply have to go longer into the summer. They are by law required to teach a certain number of days. I’m all for year-round school since the school year was based on an agricultural need to have children available for the harvest, which we do not have that need (mostly) anymore.

While Utah has the right idea, until we get the private sector into the mix of the 4-day week it’s not going to have that much of an impact. Although any amount is better than none.

I think that we need to close stores on Sunday’s again and this in turn will make people stay home. This will not only cut down on driving, but may help bring families back together again. Call me naive I guess.

Gene – I admire you for trying to get people moving. Any ideas are better than none.

-- "Our past judges our present." JFK - 1962; American Heritage Magazine

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#3 posted 07-05-2008 07:00 PM

The challenge is beyond the 4 day work week. The only solution is in alternative fuels and technology.

Bio fuels are the answer. University of Texas has an Israeli technology in testing that gets automotive fuel from algae. The algae feeds on CO2 and grows faster than you can imagine. This algae is squeezed and beautiful burnable oil comes out. You can actually filter the filthy exhaust from a coal burning electric plant through the water the algae is growing in to clean up the emimsions and make fuel. Bio Diesel can also be made from this and other agricultural products.

We would have had these technologies further along if we were not ruled by petroleum interests. Think of this when you vote. Research both candidates and decide which one you think can help us invest in our non-petroleum dependence. End our need for petroleum in mass and begin our lack of need for the middle east.

We save money, and find a way to no longer depend on folks that we see as the enemy.

-- making sawdust....

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#4 posted 07-05-2008 08:30 PM

One of my (okay of a list of many) pet peeves is people who idle their cars in parking lots to keep the air conditioner running! Here in Manitoba it does not get that hot that you can’t open your windows and survive (I can see if it +60C and you got frail,elderly or kids in the car). How much would these individuals have to pay per litre to realize they are wasting gas….and more importantly irritating me…okay maybe that isn’t really more important but still :-)...

-- "Checking for square? What madness is this! The cabinet is square because I will it to be so!" Jeremy Greiner LJ Topic#20953 2011 Feb 2

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#5 posted 07-06-2008 06:22 AM

Hi! Betsy,
And, all of you that have taken the time to look at my post. I do have 99.9% of the answers worked out. I did not throw this plan together without a lot of planing and thought. I have been working on the plan for months. The school issue is one that I do have the answer for and I am glad that you have brought it up. With the fuels saved by not having schools and buses run on Wednesday. Each and every child will have their own registered laptop issued to them at the beginning of each school year. A national school site will have to be established and taught by retired teachers. Each student must log in on Wednesdays and take classes as if they where in school and take a test on Thursday mornings covering the lessons studied the day before. Thus beating the ones that try to cheat. This will also help stop the days missed because of snow and bad weather. Thus ending the school year on time each year. And the state budgets will not need to be used to clear roads just for their school systems. I have sent a couple of news shows a link to the video and hope to give all of the answers for all the questions to everyone shortly.
My friend the judge has probably asked me most of the things that most people will question me on. But, everyone please, keep me straight. You might ask me one that I have not thought of yet.
Thanks and God bless.

-- Gene, a Christian in Virginia

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#6 posted 07-06-2008 01:05 PM

Gene, I’ve watched your video and have considered your basic proposal. Unfortunately, I do believe you’ve made some pretty big assumptions that just aren’t accurate. Your first assumption is that the current situation is a mechanical problem, meaning that it can be solved by changes in operations. The problem is not mechanical but social. Even with a four-day work week, people will still expect to be able to run their errands when they’re not at work. They’ll still expect that a delivery will be on time. They’ll still expect to be able to do all the things they do on Saturday and Sunday. Unless you have a way to change people’s expectations then your plan will not work out as well as you hope. If you determine that this shutdown be government enforced, then you run the risk of creating a massive underground society and black market to satisfy the expectations you cannot change. No amount of mechanics can change people.

On top of that, you haven’t laid out any details on how such a massive program would be funded. This is a big issue when pretty much every government from city to federal is running in a deficit mode. Those government that have approved 4 day work weeks are already aware that that is not enough to dry up the red ink.

Also, merely closing a business for a day does little to the fuel necessary to run it. Heating and cooling need to run whether the company is doing business or not. To re-heat or re-cool and office building after a 24 hour shutdown requires more energy than if it were left running. That leaves the saving of a 4 day week to merely transportation which are minimal in the scheme of things.

Unless you got a lot more that you’re not telling, I think your plan may be overly simple for such a complex problem. I think you’ve ignored the social aspect of the issue and overestimated the energy used in going to and from work. A shut down like the one you describe is not practical and even if possible will not generate the savings you imagine.

At least that’s the way I see it.

-- Working at Woodworking

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