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By Robert Rapier on Aug 16, 2006 with no responses

Prop 87 Interview

I was interviewed yesterday by reporter Marc Strassman from Etopia News. There is a brief story, including a link to the interview, at:

California Politics Today #631

The interview went in a lot of different directions (not just Prop 87), and it lasted for almost an hour. It went pretty smoothly for the most part.

I misspoke on at least two occasions. Once, Mr. Strassman asked about Peak Oil, and said that most studies suggest that it will happen by 2010. I told him that I didn’t think it would be that soon, but I mentioned that the Hirsch report warned that we would need to begin preparations 20 years prior to the peak, and we are certainly within that time frame. However, to be certain, I don’t think peak oil is 20 years away, and it is possible that it will hit us by 2010. I didn’t mean to be dismissive of the possibility that we will peak by 2010.

The other occasion was near the end of the interview. I was asked about the possibility of an initiative like this coming to my state. I said something like “hopefully we can point to the failed initiative in California as a reason not to do it.” That didn’t come out right. I don’t want it to fail, I just don’t think it will do anything to reduce our reliance on fossil fuels. I think other options would have been better. And if it plays out like I think it will, I don’t want to see my state wasting money like that.

Finally, yeah I know it’s a blurry picture. It’s the only one I had handy.