How fast can we get to Apocalypse Junction?

A record year for automobile sales and oil prices equals fun for the whole economy and ecosystem.

Published October 18, 2007 9:43PM (EDT)

Sometimes you just want to bang your head against the wall:

General Motors predicted on Thursday that global sales of automobiles would hit a record 70 million in 2007. Next year is supposed to be even better: 72 million.

Meanwhile, in other news, the price bid for a barrel of light, sweet crude to be delivered in November closed at a record high of $89.97. And it won't be long before we can even stop making the de rigueur observation that, adjusted for inflation, the price of oil still hasn't reached its post oil-shock peak of around $95 a barrel.

Warning: Only professional drivers on a closed course should proceed at such breakneck speeds.

By Andrew Leonard

Andrew Leonard is a staff writer at Salon. On Twitter, @koxinga21.

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