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January 19, 2007

Hmm, Americans love their oil

An oil wellEvery so often a law gets changed in the United States and I think… you mean that law existed before?

Well, that’s happened again. Whereas over here we tax petrol to high heaven, in the U.S. they’ve been subsidizing the oil industry with ruddy great big tax breaks.

But not for much longer. The House has voted for $14bn dollars – that’s $14,000,000,000 – to be switched from tax breaks for fossil fuels to research into renewable energy.

It’s got to get through the Senate (likely, but not easily) and then get the stamp of approval from Mr Oil himself, good ole’ Georgey Bush. So far he’s not threatened to veto it. But can you imagine the look on his mates’ faces as he signs that bill into law? Ooh, you’d pay to watch, wouldn’t you?

There’s only one more thing. If this pushes domestic oil prices up, where do you think Bush might want to get some more cheap stuff from?


Do I spend too much time blogging?

Well there’s a bloody obvious answer to that one, isn’t there???

But I’ve found a webstat thing which makes me feel better.

Of the blogs I read regularly (+ mine), my blog is the third-most regularly updated, after Iain Dale and Guido Fawkes. Praguetory, Adrian Monck and Blamerbell all follow.

On average, I write 1.5 posts per day. They tend to take me between 5-15mins to write, which doesn’t seem too bad to me.

Iain Dale writes an average of 2.7 posts per day (far below what he claimed when he spoke in Cardiff last year) and Guido writes an average of 1.9 posts per day.

Blamerbell regularly takes the piss out of me blogging, so it’s refreshing to see he writes 1.3 posts per day, just behind me. Adam Westbrook and David Maxwell manage 0.5 posts per day while Oli Hawkins manages an impressive 0.0 posts per day. Well done, Oli!

Dan Wilson Craw only does 0.4 posts per day (to be fair, he is travelling around the world and might have better things to do), but Pete Swan doesn’t have the same excuse for his 0.4 posts per day.

Most posts I read have been written at 11am or 5pm, and Friday is a surprisingly quiet day in the world of blogging.

I can’t be bothered to link to them all individually, but their links are in my blogroll if you fancy a gander.


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