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Some things are puzzling

September 5, 2008 - Frank Robinson
Just a few random observations:

Oil and Earth: I was changing the oil in my truck last weekend, and, as I looked at the bucket of used, black oil I started thinking. I take used motor oil to a local garage for disposal. But if I dumped it in the backyard, or down the drain, serious consequences would surely meet me. Have you ever paid attention to how the streets and roads are blacktopped? The amount of oil/tar that goes down by the dumptruck load is massive. Why is that OK? What's the difference?

Gas pumps: Why are gas stations not required to have battery backup at the pumps? Every time the power goes off, be it from a storm or other means, we hear about people not being able to get gasoline. Itás especially relevant in hurricane-prone areas. If the pumps had batteries, and the cash registers as well, people still could evacuate or go on about their daily business. Why not?

Electricity lines: Why is OK for the power company to string bare wires overhead? No one else is allowed to do that. I hear it has something to do with the heat generated by the electricity, so the wires canát be wrapped in plastic or rubber. But people get killed by the wires all the time. If I ran a bare wire across my backyard to an outbuilding, people would think I was crazy. What's the difference?

Burning wood: Why is it if someone burns wood on the ground in some neighborhoods, the fire department is called. However, put it in one of those chimneys on the back deck or stick a hot dog over the fire in the yard and itás OK. What's the difference?


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