Posted by Michael Swickard on Sunday, April 3, 2011
From KRQE.com - RUIDOSO, N.M. - Fire officials are responding to a grass fire that has reached some of the trees to the North of Ruidoso Downs. It is being called the "White Fire," which started burning near Gavilan Canyon in Ruidoso. Quickly was estimated to be 2 to 3,000 acres at this time. High winds and thick fuels is causing the fire to grow rapidly and move to the West. Areas along the north side of highway 70 in Ruidoso Downs and the Ruidoso Downs Racetrack and Casino were evacuated. It is not known how many houses are being threatened at this time though there are reports of at least four houses being lost. Read more
Posted by Michael Swickard
This weekend saw several fires in New Mexico. Sunday afternoon Ruidoso was hit with a wind-driven fire. Instead of watching a news channel (Swickard) I got lots of information and pictures from Facebook with my friend Julie Baker Carter, who is a reporter for the Ruidoso News. She lives in Carrizozo and writes a great column on the Cowboy life. Here are several photos she posted or reposted from her Facebook friends: This first was taken by Jessica Snowden.
redstate.com - The US Government subsidizes the production of corn-based ethanol, as a substitute/supplement for gasoline. To maintain a demand, the US Government pushes for standard gasoline mixtures containing 10% ethanol. This will supposedly decrease pollution and increase efficiency. Corn is then turned into ethanol wholesale. Corn-based food prices rise. That includes critters that eat corn, by the way. This results in higher food prices domestically. This decreases efficiency. This also results in more food insecurity globally. Corn-based ethanol, being subsidized, crowds out other ethanol fuels. If this is confusing: please, reference Gresham’s Law, and generalize from its specific example. Ethanol, being less energy efficient than gasoline - which is why we weren’t using it to begin with - ends up causing effective inflation, as it costs more to go the same distance in your car. This also increases pollution. In short, 10% ethanol gasoline results in more pollution and less efficiency. Therefore, the only solution… is to raise the amount of ethanol in gasoline to 15%. You have to realize, of course, that darn few DC bureaucrats actually drive anywhere. And the ones that do rarely pump their own gas.
Posted by Jim Spence
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Posted by Jim Spence
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