The End of the Age of Oil

Am I one of the last people to get around to watching that Al Gore film, ‘An Inconvenient Truth?’ It’s been out for a while, I know, but I just didn’t get to it until now. I have to say, I enjoyed it immensely.

Al’s film (directed by Davis Guggenheim), is entertaining as heck, although, regrettably, it’s been transformed into laugh-a-minute time capsule material, a fairy tale about the all-importance of preventing global warming and saving the environment, paper-airplaned to us direct from the far-off care-free era of 2006.

I say this despite the fact that I live at the Jersey Shore, close enough to the sea that a mere two meter rise in sea levels (considerably less than those estimates cited in ‘An Inconvenient Truth’) would have the surf rolling through marshy Belford, across US Route 36, and right up to my doorstep. So much for my property value.
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The Halloween Economy

HalloweenThe lawn signs have been gone for years now. In 2005, you saw them everywhere, little white placards bearing the words “Middletown Town Center” canceled out by one of those circle-and-slash null signs.

They were protest signs, forked into the front yards of people who were opposed to the construction of a town center that would include up to 750,000 square feet of retail space, 250,000 square feet of office space, 4500 parking spaces, and 220 townhouses and apartments in the last undeveloped acres of Middletown, NJ.
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