Wednesday, May 17, 2006

Look Who's Coming To Dinner

That alligators are now wandering out of the swamps and dining on Floridians, no doubt as another unfortunate result of climate change, is analogous to what the oil companies will be doing to us this summer. The price of gas is slated to go over $4.00 per gallon, and that will eat many of us alive. I expect to see fewer cab drivers, and more homelessness. Truckers will be in pretty rough shape, too. Life in hell sure doesn't get any easier, does it?

It would be nice if the cab companies had more than a few hybrids on hand, but, why should they care? They make their money regardless, and they'll only invest where it suits their needs. They think we should be grateful to drive cabs that don't have square wheels. There could be a gas tariff, but it will be accompanied by a gate increase, so the drivers will get little relief. It's a lucky thing for the cab companies that they recently got one of their own onto the taxi commission here, and she's a real ball-buster. There will probably be no cap on gate increases. What can a poor man do?

The weather modification bill that just got fast-tracked through Congress has to make you wonder just what they have in mind. A technological quick-fix for the ravages of global warming is not what the situation is calling for, but that's what seems to be on the table. I wonder what the environmentalists who scoffed at the notion of weather control when first presented with the idea years ago will say now.

I also wonder what Lee Raymond, former Exxon Mobil chairman, will do with his $400,000,000 retirement package. Maybe he'll build a nice compound in the Caribbean, somewhat like this one. If he takes a taxi anywhere, though, I hope he tips big.

2 Comments:

Blogger Mike said...

Weather modification? Mark Twain must be rolling over.

10:09 AM  
Blogger Panda said...

Cabbie, you are hilariously funny!!!

6:04 PM  

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