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July 23, 2008

Fuel Crisis Sparks Ingenuity, and More Confusion

Here's an innovative way to handle the fuel crisis:

The Department of Education has approved a four-day school week for students in the MACCRAY district in western Minnesota.

They are making the switch to save money on fuel. The district says it will save $65,000 out of a $7 million budget.

An extra hour will be added to the school day. Classes will run Tuesday through Friday.

I wonder if I could convince PFM to implement the same policy.

But, in all seriousness, it's a shame that Congress is wringing its hands over offshore drilling in Alaska. Representative Michele Bachmann offers some challenging thoughts about this on her blog.

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Benjamen R. Meyer

I'm not sure that a 4-day school week is all that good; but it won't save as much as it would if they switched the school buses for something cleaner - especially if they made the move to an all-electric bus, or at least a true hybrid (electric drive train with a combustion engine that is just large enough to charge the batteries).

An honestly, who are we kidding? Off-shore drilling any where won't help the situation, when what we really need is more processing plants to convert the crude oil to gasoline, diesel, or whatever else it is. (And no, ethanol doesn't help - it just helps burn the gas faster, thus using more gas for the same distance; not less).

The problem (however) is that the oil companies can't build a new processing plant in the U.S. due to environmental regulations and cost. Additionally, it takes about 10 years to build one and get all the approvals for it to operate.

This issue is most evident as several plants have been shut down in the last few years - due to age, fires, and natural disasters (e.g. Katrina & Rita).

In the mean time, instead of finding a real solution, we seem to be okay with cutting down on the education our children receive - one that is already in too many places poor to start with.


Utah's doing it too with their government jobs: http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/25518225/

Apparently, you will beat me to the Starbucks Card, Z.


Benjamen, yes electric buses would be better but electric buses cost a lot of money while a four day school week costs pretty much nothing.

I wish there was a large initiative for pushing a four day work week universally. Work four 10 hour days and have a three day weekend. I'd love to do that.

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