Today’s Headlines

  • States Enacting ‘Holidays’ on Their Own (NYT)
  • An Economist Speaks In Favor of Gas Tax Holiday, Sort Of (NYT)
  • State Senate Votes to Suspend Gas Tax; Paterson Not on Board (Post)
  • Bloomberg: Parking Placards Should Not Be Perks (News)
  • Counterfeit Placards Rampant in Downtown Brooklyn (News)
  • It’s Official: Bike Month Is Here (Bike Snob)
  • LA Times Surveys State of NYC Cycling
  • 5-Year-Old Passenger in Critical Condition After Car Crash (Post)
  • Bedbugs Sighted in the Subway (Post)
  • Traffic Piles Up in Northern Virginia Suburbs (WaPo)
  • Mark Walker

    If you think it’s a good idea to add a lot of electric cars to the grid, read on…

    http://www.theoildrum.com/node/3934

  • vnm

    Re An Economist Speaks In Favor of Gas Tax Holiday, Sort Of (NYT):

    Prof. Caplan wants to prevent a windfall profits tax on the oil companies because such a tax would discourage the companies from exploring and producing more oil. That might make sense in a world where “the oil companies” were the only ones who produced oil and could therefor respond to tax policy stimulations or dampening. In fact, “the oil majors” pump a small fraction of all oil. It’s the nationalized, government-controlled companies like Saudi Aramco that pump probably 75% of the world’s oil supply. So these foreign companies wouldn’t be responsive to a U.S. windfall profits tax on American companies anyway.

    He might be right about economic theory, but he’d only be right within the little microcosm he’s studying. He doesn’t seem to be aware of the scope of the problem.

  • Larry Littlefield

    You forgot to mention the “congestion protesting.”

    The Reverend Al and followers sought to shut down the city by blocking vehicular traffic on bridges and tunnels, leading to mass arrests.

    I can remember a case in the past (1980s? early 1990s?) when, after a similar incident, protesters got on subway trains and pulled cords, stranding subway trains in tunnels, instead. No mass arrests then.

    Thanks to the protesters for harrassing the wealthy and the placard holders in their SUVs this time, rather than the schulbs trying to get home to their families on the train.

  • Larry Littlefield

    (If you think it’s a good idea to add a lot of electric cars to the grid)

    The cars need to be programmed to only take on power overnight. If that can happen, then it is a good idea.

    Plug-in hybrids can always generate their own power if they run out.

  • “Plug-in hybrids can always generate their own power if they run out.”

    As you know very well Larry, there are no free lunches. Hybrids don’t just generate power – they burn gas (inefficiently) to propel the vehicle and the battery is charged through braking. It’s an efficiency gain yes, but it’s not a self generating power plant.

  • I’m not a germophobe, but I do find the reports of bed bugs in the subway to be rather alarming. I understand they’re very difficult to get rid of once there’s an infestation.

  • bureaucrat

    glenn – plug-in hybrids plug in to charge on electricity.

  • mike

    Missed this from yesterday:

    Former Deputy Mayor under Bloomberg, Marc Shaw, still has a parking placard.

    http://www.nydailynews.com/news/2008/05/07/2008-05-07_bloomberg_crony_on_ez_street_procongesti.html

  • bureaucrat – yes, that’s pretty obvious not sure why you are pointing that out since my comment does not contradict that. I was correcting the end of LL’s comment that hybrids “generate” their own power. They only recapture a small bit of power that would have otherwise have lost in braking, which is derivative of the gas engine.

  • bureaucrat

    just call me captain obvious!