Sunday, January 3, 2010

Pass the Bark, Please

It's difficult to understand what our politicians are thinking. Is getting re-elected more important than our country's future?

Don't these fools understand that billions of people on our planet aren't going to play along?

Think you and I can make a difference when it comes to cleaning up the planet?

Think again!

We're no match for about five billion crazed carbon-burners. Read more here.
We don’t control the global supply of carbon.

Ten countries ruled by nasty people control 80 percent of the planet’s oil reserves—about 1 trillion barrels, currently worth about $40 trillion. If $40 trillion worth of gold were located where most of the oil is, one could only scoff at any suggestion that we might somehow persuade the nasty people to leave the wealth buried. They can lift most of their oil at a cost well under $10 a barrel. They will drill. They will pump. And they will find buyers. Oil is all they’ve got.

Poor countries all around the planet are sitting on a second, even bigger source of carbon—almost a trillion tons of cheap, easily accessible coal. They also control most of the planet’s third great carbon reservoir—the rain forests and soil. They will keep squeezing the carbon out of cheap coal, and cheap forest, and cheap soil, because that’s all they’ve got. Unless they can find something even cheaper. But they won’t—not any time in the foreseeable future.

We no longer control the demand for carbon, either. The 5 billion poor—the other 80 percent—are already the main problem, not us.

Climate change legislation could destroy the American way of life.

If environmental wackos have their way, farmers would do better by planting trees instead of corn. Read more here.

The legislation would give free emissions credits, known as offsets, to farmers and landowners who plant forests and adopt low-carbon farm and ranching practices. Farmers and ranchers could sell the credits to help major emitters of greenhouse gases comply with the legislation. That revenue would help the farmers deal with an expected rise in fuel and fertilizer costs.

Meanwhile, farmers around the world will be converting forests to farmland faster than we can do the opposite.

Allison Specht, an economist at the American Farm Bureau Federation, said other studies have largely confirmed the results of the EPA and Agriculture Department analysis.

"That's one of the realities of cap-and-trade legislation. The biggest bang for your buck for carbon credits is planting trees," she said.

I think I know who's behind all this. Could the tree-huggin' Breatharian lobby be pushing this?

Food? They don't need no stinkin' food!

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