Drilling as Wedge Issue

Posted by Katherine | Tuesday, October 7th, 2008

Drilling ninja [TheAlieness GiselaGiardino23 / Flickr] Steve from Toledo, Ohio, calls himself (possibly facetiously?) a "circus plate spinner." Steve is unconvinced that new domestic oil drilling would have any measurable effect on gas prices. So for a while he thought it would be fun to see the Republicans go through with ...

Pissed Off at Stimulus Checks

Posted by Katherine | Friday, July 11th, 2008

Munchdiggy is a bartender who depends on tips. Those tips are pretty sparse right now because gas and food prices are keeping customers away. So when Uncle Sam promised him a stimulus check and then applied it to his defaulted student loans instead, the only thing it stimulated was munchdiggy's ...

Midwest Floods

Posted by Katherine | Wednesday, June 18th, 2008

The devastating midwest floods point to a bunch of election issues. Global warming, for one. Whether or not these particular floods are a direct result, they're a preview of the kind of extreme weather predicted by climate models. Then there are the rising corn prices due to flooded cropland, which ...

Carpooling: Save the Environment and Gas Money

Posted by Katherine | Friday, June 13th, 2008

Paul lives in Wichita, Kansas, where he's an aerospace engineer. Somewhere in the eight or so years since he moved there, he decided that it has "the ambiance and excitement of a gravel parking lot." So to relieve the boredom, he took up video making. Oh, and also aerobatic flying ...

Stop-Motion Gas Prices

Posted by Katherine | Thursday, June 12th, 2008

Taking a wee break from the aftermath of the Democratic primary with something not altogether lighter, here's a time-lapse video found by Sarolta Cump. It shows the rapid hike of gas prices. (In case you were wondering, McCain is still talking about a gas-tax holiday.) Flunky Carter started taking pictures ...

Gas Prices Song

Posted by Katherine | Tuesday, May 27th, 2008

This funny, silly original tune will strike home if you took a roadtrip over Memorial Day (thanks, Sue Salinger). It's about gas prices and why they're so high -- a crowd-pleasing topic at any campaign event. The musicians, Rhett and Link, are boyhood pals from North Carolina; they've been writing ...

Gas-Tax Math for McCain

Posted by Katherine | Friday, May 2nd, 2008

This sarcastic engineer is armed with a calculator, and he's no fool. He tells John McCain that his proposed summer "gas-tax holiday" (which Clinton supports and Obama opposes) is ridiculous. The engineer figures it will save each American a grand total of 30 dollars. Which, compared to what we'll be ...

Gas Prices

Posted by Katherine | Thursday, April 24th, 2008

Beth Fitzgerald, a junk food and photography lover from Gulfport, Mississippi, documented prices at a local gas station earlier this month (via Ann Raber): [bfitz85 / Flickr] The Pete from Los Angeles, California, sold his car about five years ago but is also documenting fuel prices in his hometown. He writes, in ...