Little Red Houses of Norway II

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Red Norway Fishing House

After the break a letter that I wrote to Governor Tim Pawlenty today.

Dear Governor,

How dare you bring the level of political discourse down to the basest level! I’m very disappointed about your behavior and very disappointed about your disingenuous comments listed below:

“Barack Obama stood up at a speech recently and said that one of the
things that is really important from energy policy from his
standpoint is to check the pressure in our tires, so here’s a tire
gauge and you can go out in the parking lot here and check your
tires. Now, that’s an interesting thing — we want you to have good
pressure in your tires, you know, it will very mildly add to your
fuel efficiency — but checking the air pressure in your tires is not
an energy policy for the United States of America.”

By stating the above, you portray a basic misunderstanding of the conservation issues. What you call “very mildly add to your fuel efficiency” will save the United States three times as much oil as we could drill via offshore oil drilling. By my calculations, a family owning two average cars and driving the average miles in a year will save over $230 a year by having properly inflated tires. In addition, they will have to replace their tires less. If people started doing this today, the effect is now vs. the oil we would get from offshore drilling which won’t be available until 7 years from now. By embracing instead of ridiculing energy conservation, America can buy the time we need to move our economy off of dependence on foreign oil and into a brighter energy future. Mr. Governor, if you haven’t read Senator Obama’s comprehensive energy plan, you can find it online. It gives us a road map to energy independence.

I’m sorely disappointed in you, Governor, because with Minnesota’s interest in alternative fuels and wind energy, I thought you’d understand conservation. Your statement show that you don’t, and instead shows you are willing to mouth whatever talking points the Karl Rove political machine puts into your mouth. As the Governor of one of the greatest states in the nation, you should conduct yourself in a way that doesn’t drop to the level of the ugly negative political games coming from the McCain, Coleman, and Bush campaign machine. In Minnesota, we need a Governor who stays above the fray.

Thank you,
Bryan Hansel

cc: Rhonda Silence, editor, Cook Country Star
Editor, Duluth News Tribune
Editor, Minneapolis Star Tribune

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  • shayla smith

    Heyy bryan this is the girl that you met at Grand Marais.
    I just wanted to say i love the pictures. Oh before i forget do you still have the picture of me and my brother??
    Well talk you later:]

  • Andy

    Awsome photograph. My brother is travelling in Norway this week. I am looking forward to seeing some of his photos as well.

    Andy’s last blog post..On Producing Music

  • Eric

    I’m interested in knowing where your facts are coming from, pertaining to the amount of time it will take to benefit from offshore drilling? I’m not saying I’m for it or against it, but I’ve done a lot of searching online and can’t seem to find a straight answer. You claim it’s at least seven years, but I’ve read anywhere from a couple of months to 20 years. I’ve also tried looking into how long the worlds oil could actually last, again I came up with pretty much nothing(not surprising, As I would assume this is almost an impossible question to answer).
    You’d have to be an idiot not to believe that filling your tires will help with gas millage, they taught me that 15 years ago when I was 16 and gas was only 98 cents a gallon, but $230 a year means almost nothing to most Americans. It’s a couple nights at the bar, or a few night out at your favorite restaurant. I’m willing to bet, most Americans think it’s more of a hassle check their tire pressure, then it is to waste 230 dollars a year. Which is why this turned into a joke.
    “Who Cares? that’s not an answer, we need something now, not a tire gauge!”
    So I guess the real issue here is what will it take to get people to actually care? If 4 dollar gas doesn’t do it then what will? If you’re looking for a quick answer, like offshore drilling, it’s not going to come, it’s the little things, like caring about changing that are going to make a difference. But how do you get people to care?

    How do you get people to care? I’m not sure that you can.
    Makes me sad just thinking about it.

  • Bryan

    Eric, you can find more info in the Bush government report about these issues. 10 to 20 years may be more realistic, but I was giving a little benefit of doubt.

    As far as the $230, I went with a very low number. That’s half a year of Direct TV. That’s new clothing for kids going to school. That’s half a years worth of college text books. It’s 1/4 if a monthly house payment or rent. I don’t go to the bar often, but last time I did, I spent about $10 for two drinks and last time I ate out in the USA, we spent $25 for two. $230 is a ton of money to most Americans.

    I think you’d be surprised about who cares, and the fact is that unless you and everyone else goes out and does something, then nothing gets done. The government can’t save you.

    And I believe that Americans do care. And for me, Obama is hope for change, instead of four more years of the same.

    A few quotes from someone who energized and changed the country:

    And so, my fellow Americans, ask not what your country can do for you; ask what you can do for your country.
    – John F. Kennedy

    Let us not seek the Republican answer or the Democratic answer, but the right answer. Let us not seek to fix the blame for the past. Let us accept our own responsibility for the future.
    – John F. Kennedy

    Our problems are man-made, therefore they may be solved by man. And man can be a s big as he wants. No problem of human destiny is beyond human beings.
    – John F. Kennedy

    The problems of the world cannot possibly be solved by skeptics or cynics whose horizons are limited by the obvious realities. We need men who can dream of things that never were.
    – John F. Kennedy

  • bubblesmem

    this is an amazing picture it is so beautiful!

    • Bryan

      Thanks. All of Norway looks just like this.

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