Everybody else is probably blogging about the Libby indictment, which you can read
in its entirety if you like, but I'd rather talk about energy rather than shadenfreude.
Here's a scary Halloween message to the red states. You know those high gas prices? Well, they're like a selective tax on them. The red states are doomed as energy prices escalate because they represent the least efficient model of development.
Consider, red state Americans, due to their ugly sprawl and McMansions developed 40 miles out of the city, have to drive farther than other Americans.
And it's not just a matter of more fuel efficient cars, their homes are inefficient, take a look at how much it costs to heat and cool these houses that are built in the middle of nowhere. Denser, more concentrated development is more energy efficient. Sprawl will be the end of these states when the energy prices hit.
Sources, U.S. Department of Transportation, Federal Highway Administration Office of Highway information Management, Our Nation’s Highways - 2000: Selected Facts and Figures, Publication No. FHWA-PL-01-1012 www.fhwa.dot.gov
Department of Energy, Energy Information Administration, Energy Consumption Estimates by Source and End-Use Sector, 2001, www.eia.doe.gov