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Hey guys/gals. I'm new a newbee on this board. After spending the last hour reading through nearly all of the recent posts, it really looks like there are a lot of sharp/keen individuals around these hills.

I'm a medical scientist by training, but my vested interest here is with US energy security and independence and what is starting to become common economic sense and responsibility. About 5 years ago, I began to trade US energy stocks...a year after starting, I realized that the "real" money is in total market speculation, not ownership of shares of anything. So, I got involved in trading energy futures and stock options, everything from alternative energy to the folks who manufacture drill bits for oil rigs. The future is pretty murky for the US energy situation, but it's far less out of our control than many people realize.

My first car was made by GM (and I was pretty happy with it), but I currently drive something from Honda's lineup (this will be my last Honda unless something radically changes with them, which it won't). I'd like to be able to run diesel, ethanol, an electric setup or something that doesn't eat up as many barrels of foreign oil as conventional gasoline. I don't even drive that much; it's more or less just principle. Unfortunately, I probably won't be buying a Volt when they come out, but a lot of the issues that you folks address on this forum are very interesting and extremely important.

Some things that totally perplex me are:
1) The UAW
2) Feet-dragging to get ethanol to the retail market. (I live in the Midwest; Milwaukee. There isn't an E85 retailer for 20 miles...)
3) Interference from big oil in all things big and/or oil.
4) Outsourcing of nearly everything...
5) Outright dishonesty of Consumer Reports and Motorweek/trend.
6) Feet-dragging by F and GM to put FFV's on the road in a serious manner. I don't want a 5 MPG Navigator FFV...
7) Taxes
8) Death

Anyways, that's it for my rant. I really hope that the Volt is totally successful from the drawing board to the showroom and eventually into everyone's garage! Cheers, everyone!:)
 

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For anyone requiring or desiring an oil "hedge", you might want to look at BP PLC $50 2010 Jan LEAPS/Calls for under $12.50/contract; limit order only or you can get screwed over. WAOAJ.X Thank me in a year or two...
 
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