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The oil in your oatmeal A lot of fossil fuel goes into our breakfast
SFGate.com ^ | Sunday, March 26, 2006 | Chad Heeter

Posted on 03/26/2006 9:37:59 AM PST by Nachum

Please join me for breakfast. It's time to fuel up again.

On the table in my small Berkeley apartment this morning is a healthy-looking little meal -- a bowl of imported McCann's Irish oatmeal topped with Cascadian Farms organic frozen raspberries, and a cup of Peet's Fair Trade Blend coffee. Like most of us, I prepare my breakfast at home, and the ingredients for this one probably cost me about $1.25. (If I went to a cafe in downtown Berkeley, I'd probably have to add $6 more, plus tip, for the same.)

My breakfast fuels me up with about 400 calories, and it satisfies me. So for just over a buck and half and an hour spent reading the morning paper in my own kitchen, I'm energized for the next few hours. But before I put spoon to cereal, what if I consider this bowl of oatmeal porridge (to which I've just added a little butter, milk and a shake of salt) from a different perspective. Say, a Saudi Arabian one.

Then what you'd be likely to see -- what's really there, just hidden from our view (not to say our taste buds) -- is about 4 ounces of crude oil. Throw in those luscious red raspberries and that cup of java (an additional 3 ounces of crude), and don't forget those modest additions of butter, milk and salt (1 more ounce), and you've got a tiny bit of the Middle East right here in my kitchen.

Now, let's drill a little deeper into this breakfast. Just where does this tiny gusher of oil actually come from? (We'll let this oil represent all fossil fuels in my breakfast, including natural gas and coal.)

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KEYWORDS: breakfast; fossil; fuel; oatmeal; oil; walmart
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1 posted on 03/26/2006 9:38:06 AM PST by Nachum
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To: Nachum

I encourage everyone to click through and read this hilarious article.

Liberals hate themselves.


2 posted on 03/26/2006 9:44:15 AM PST by Dog Gone
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To: Nachum

More reasoning that organic is not all it's cracked up to be.


3 posted on 03/26/2006 9:44:49 AM PST by taxcontrol
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To: Nachum

Liberals--What doesn't kill them makes them whinier.


4 posted on 03/26/2006 9:46:50 AM PST by Crawdad (So the guy says to the doctor, "It hurts when I do this.")
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To: Nachum

I grow my own. What's wrong with Mr. Berkeley?

Can't shovel manure?

And they say that conservatives whine....


5 posted on 03/26/2006 9:47:18 AM PST by OpusatFR
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To: Dog Gone

Theres an Oatmeal Nazi too ?


6 posted on 03/26/2006 9:47:53 AM PST by Squantos (Be polite. Be professional. But, have a plan to kill everyone you meet. )
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To: Nachum

I burn more oil warming my car up in the morning.


7 posted on 03/26/2006 9:48:02 AM PST by Always Right
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To: Dog Gone

Man, to be a Liberal in this day and age. The main choice you have is to either kill yourself or whine constantly.

What a life.


8 posted on 03/26/2006 9:49:11 AM PST by headstamp (Nothing lasts forever, Unless it does.)
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To: Nachum
...imported McCann's Irish oatmeal topped with Cascadian Farms organic frozen raspberries, and a cup of Peet's Fair Trade Blend coffee.

Weenies. The Breakfast of Chumps.

9 posted on 03/26/2006 9:49:58 AM PST by rickmichaels
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Maybe he should do the right thing and drink two quarts of Valvoline and get it over with.


10 posted on 03/26/2006 9:50:08 AM PST by Dog Gone
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To: Nachum

A corollary of Peak Easy Oil theory. Food prices are linked closely to oil prices.


11 posted on 03/26/2006 9:50:30 AM PST by RightWhale (pas de lieu, Rhone que nous)
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To: Dog Gone

Liberals do hate themselves, but this one has a point. I'm not sure he understands his own point, but here it is: the idea that by using solar power or wind power or "alternataive fuels" we can stop using fossil fuels is ludicrous. And even the most liberal of us is a hypocrite, because all those Berkeley-living, Prius-driving lefties burn a great deal of fossil fuel, too.


12 posted on 03/26/2006 9:50:40 AM PST by Fairview
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So the next time we're at the grocer, do we now have to ask not only where and how a product was grown, but how far its manure was shipped?

We don’t, but you go right ahead.

13 posted on 03/26/2006 9:50:43 AM PST by dighton
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To: Nachum

Have a beer .. you'll feel better


14 posted on 03/26/2006 9:51:16 AM PST by Mo1 ("Stupidity is also a gift from God, but it should not be abused." Pope John Paul II)
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To: Nachum

Think of how many trees had to be killed so this tree-hugger's whiny article could get published? I think he should just kill himself right now before he harms our environment even further.


15 posted on 03/26/2006 9:51:23 AM PST by SamAdams76 (Need a tree census in Maine)
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To: Nachum

Hmmm... maybe we need a way to prioritize the use of scarce resources? What could help us figure that out... Couldn't be THE MARKET PRICE! Could it?


16 posted on 03/26/2006 9:51:37 AM PST by RKV ( He who has the guns, makes the rules.)
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To: Nachum
We're Doomed! Doomed I tell ya.......
LOL
17 posted on 03/26/2006 9:53:39 AM PST by Fiddlstix (Tagline Repair Service. Let us fix those broken Taglines. Inquire within(Presented by TagLines R US))
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To: Dog Gone

Yer close to solving his problem...Castor Oil at the very least to rid this constipated presstitute of his burden. He's full of it .......


18 posted on 03/26/2006 9:56:09 AM PST by Squantos (Be polite. Be professional. But, have a plan to kill everyone you meet. )
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To: Nachum

While whining about his energy consumption in this modest breakfast, this nut unintentionally makes a vital point--he shows how essential it is for civilization to have a stable, economically viable petroleum supply, indeed, that modern civilization depends on such a supply. Hence, if we have to fight one or more wars to maintain that supply, so be it.


19 posted on 03/26/2006 9:57:43 AM PST by libstripper
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What happens when middle-class families in India or China decide they want their Irish oats for breakfast and topped by organic raspberries from Chile?

It's nice to see these liberal idiots finally figure out that their precious globalization translates into increased competition for scarce resources.

Maybe greed will straighten these libs out just like mortgages and taxes took them off the communes and made investment bankers out of them after the 1960's ended.

20 posted on 03/26/2006 9:59:09 AM PST by Dr.Syn
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