Wizard of Id (1/9/11)

This strip, which shows an ineffectual head of state groveling before a wealthy oil dictator, could have been written in 1973. Or 1979. Or 1990. Or 2003. Or 2008. While many people think we should do more to satisfy our energy needs domestically, it can’t be that popular of a notion because we haven’t taken meaningful steps to do it. Of course, now that mass-market electric vehicles have arrived, we have no excuse. How difficult would it be to wrap solar panels around every single streetlight and telephone pole in America, or to plant windmills atop every tall building? Not difficult at all, I suspect. But I wouldn’t hold my breath on any of those solutions, not as long as there’s money to be made from oil.

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