Thursday, September 10, 2009

Clunkers the untold

A vehicle at 15 mpg and 12,000 miles per year uses 800 gallons a year of gasoline.

A vehicle at 25 mpg and 12,000 miles per year uses 480 gallons a year.

So, the average clunker transaction will reduce US gasoline consumption by 320 gallons per year.

They claim 700,000 vehicles – so that's 224 million gallons / year.

That equates to a bit over 5 million barrels of oil.

5 million barrels of oil is about ¼ of one day's US consumption.

And, 5 million barrels of oil costs about $350 million dollars at $75/bbl.

So, we all contributed to spending *$3 billion* to save $350 million...

How good a deal was that???

No doubt, they'll probably do a great job with health care though!

Pet Saves Owner from House Fire

A cold nose in the middle of the night saves a man’s life near Boston.
Major Healy, a family pet, is now up for a promotion—perhaps to colonel or even a general.
The dog alerted owner John Healy to a fire in their home early Monday morning.
“Major jumped on my bed probably around 1:30—putting his nose in my face. He does that—not too often—just when he wants to be a major pain in the butt. So, he did that and I said ‘Major, knock it off’ a couple of times and finally I opened my eyes and I saw the smoke in my bedroom,” said Healy.
He tried to put the fire out himself, but wound up having to drive a mile for help.
Healy thanks Major for his persistence. “I think he saved my life, you know? I think Major saved my life.”
Firefighters are investigating the cause of the fire.
The home was built in 1783.

Cat and Mouse Encounter


Dog has unconventional method of going down slide