Idiot’s Corner

Never underestimate the


power of human stupidity.

Time has proven Robert Heinlein correct on that statement over and over.

Here’s why Russia is delivering loads of natural gas to Massachusetts

Massachusetts anti-fossil fuel policies is one of the primary reasons why the state has relied on natural gas imports from a Russian oil company the Department of State sanctioned during the Obama-era.

Officials in Massachusetts and neighboring New Hampshire blocked financing in 2016 for the $3 billion Access Northeast Pipeline, which would have helped the state weather an energy crunch this winter. The state’s decision to rely principally on green energy hiked gas prices and forced it turn to Russian oil imports.

Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey concluded in 2016 that “no new pipelines are needed” and that we “can maintain electric reliability through 2030 even without additional new natural gas pipelines.” Healey also joined New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman’s investigation into ExxonMobil’s alleged willingness to hide internal documents about climate change.

Environmentalist groups like and Greenpeace are organizing online campaigns to oppose every new coal, oil, and natural-gas project in the country. Greenpeace, for one, has etched out the position that the only good fossil fuels are the ones that are left in the ground. The Sierra Club, meanwhile, claims the U.S. is ready for 100 percent green energy.

New England’s energy grid strained to keep up with skyrocketing energy demand in December and January when arctic temperatures hammered the region. Boston received a shipment of natural gas from an export terminal owned by Novatek — one of the Russian energy giants sanctioned in 2014. Russian oil and gas shipments, however, aren’t covered by U.S. sanctions.

Massachusetts’ lack of pipeline infrastructure forced the state to rely on coal production during the cold snap, which caused energy prices to pitch upward. President Donald Trump appointed a top regulator in 2017 who suggested in January that the electric grid could have operated without coal so long as customers were willing to pay higher energy prices.

“We wouldn’t have seen any widespread outages absent coal,” Kevin McIntyre, chairman of the Federal Energy Regulatory Agency, told senators during a Jan. 24 meeting assessing how the grid responded to a recent spate of snowstorms. Coal production did help reduce energy prices.  [snip]

Coal accounted for more than 40 percent of the electricity makeup delivered this winter on the PJM Interconnection, the regional transmission organization responsible for delivering energy to more than 50 million people, said the group’s president and CEO, Andrew Ott.

“We could not have served customers without the coal-fired resources; that’s the reality,” he said.

PJM burned so much coal, in part, because the price of natural gas skyrocketed during the cold snap, Ott said. Winter weather pounded Massachusetts and New York again in late February, dropping several inches of rain in the state. The cold snap will likely continue for the time being as spring nears. [snip]

These Eco-nuts are on the Left because they have never been right.


Because change admits we’re wrong…

… and the Eco-Nazi Left never admits that.

Rep. Peter Welch admits government’s ‘well-intentioned flop’ on ethanol

Vermont Democratic Congressman Peter Welch has been an advocate of doing away with ethanol subsidies for a while. As the program’s serious failures mount, Welch is gaining some allies, and there is actually a possibility that the subsidies will be phased out. Here’s what he recently had to say on the subject:

We’ve now had more than a decade of experience with [ethanol subsidies], and it had the best of intentions. But it has turned out to be a well-intended flop.

It actually doesn’t cut down on greenhouse gas emissions, it expands them. It’s had a significant impact on overplanting in fragile areas of the corn belt. It has had significant impacts on small engines. And it’s also had a significant impact on feed prices … and there is a lot of evidence it has increased the cost of food. (Source: Red State)

What a refreshing admission from a politician. Our meddling actually made matters worse in pretty much every respect, and we should just stop.

Now, if only Welch and his colleagues would come to similar revelations regarding their actions in, say, healthcare reform, where government intervention (very well intentioned) has led to higher insurance costs, longer wait times to access care and an opioid crisis. Or in regard to their “help” with access to higher education, which has caused the price of a college degree to explode while the value of those degrees, in many cases, has declined. Or government’s approach to welfare, which has destroyed the black family in America and is now corroding other demographic groups.

The list is almost endless. But ethanol policy is a start.

Rob Roper is president of the Ethan Allen Institute.

Getting any change in this policy will require a massive movement in the electorate. The farm lobby will raise money, donate to non farm candidates to insure votes outside the farm belt keeping ethanol in the gas tanks of American cars. It has nothing to do with cleaner air, better fuel economy or less damage to machinery. It has only to do with money in someone’s pocket.

Look for Archer Daniels Midland to lead and other members of the consortia to follow such as Union Pacific RR ( Big AG) and Monsanto. Then we shall find out who in the MSM own large blocks of Big AG and blow off the downside of ethanol.

Climate Foibles

This is like trying to find a cop when you need one.

Where in hell is Al Gore


when we need him?

Record snowfall amounts pile up around the globe

Record snowfall in Windsor, Ontario –  – A record 18.4 cm of snow fell on Windsor on Friday, according to Environment Canada. Read more

Snow-covered beaches of Barcelona – 

10 Feb 2018 – Snowfall on a good part of Spain. Read more

Michigan city’s snowfall totals climbing toward record highs –  – With more snow on the way. – Read more

New snowfall record for Calgary, Alberta –  – 9 Feb 2018 – “For this time period in February you have the most snow on the ground ever recorded – Read more

Arctic dips to 76F below zero: ‘Some of the coldest temperatures that people have ever experienced’ –  February 12, 2018

Record snowfall in British Columbia –  – Mt. Timothy dealing with record snowfall – Read more

Record Montana snowfall for the season –  – Several reporting stations in central and eastern Montana are reporting historic snowfall totals through the first week in February. Read more

Record snowfall in Japan kills seven –  – Many motorists forced to spend the night in their vehicles. – Read more

First snowfall ever in parts of Morocco –  – Up to 282 cm (110 inches) of snow in the Middle Atlas. That’s more than 9 feet. – Read more

Chicago – 20 inches of snow by Saturday night possible –  – “Travel will be very difficult to impossible at times overnight and into Friday morning,” the National Weather Service warns. Snowfall rates of 1 to 2 inches per hour. – Read more

Northern France hit by heavy snow – More on the way –  – On Tuesday night more than 1,500 motorists were stranded on the N118. – Read more [snip]

Remember when Al Gore promised the kids of England they wouldn’t see any snow in ten years. Wasn’t that about 15 years ago?Guess that was a lie.


Did you cause Climate Change today…

…when you made that luscious Ruben sammich? You might be a PLANET KILLER!

Is the humble sandwich a climate change culprit?

Scientists at the University of Manchester have found a surprising global warming culprit – sandwiches. In the first study of its kind, the researchers carried out an in-depth audit of various sandwiches throughout their life cycles and found the triangular meals could be responsible for the equivalent annual carbon emissions of 8.6 million cars in Britain alone.

According to the British Sandwich Association (BSA), the United Kingdom spends £8 billion (US$11.3 billion) annually on 11.5 billion sandwiches, with half made at home and the other half bought at shops, supermarkets, kiosks, and service stations. To better understand the environmental impact of all these sarnies, the Manchester team looked at over 40 different sandwich types, recipes, and combinations as well as how they are made, packaged, transported, and stored. In addition, they considered the waste produced in making them, as well as the stale, rotten, or simply outdated sandwiches that are thrown away.

What the researchers found was that not all sandwiches are created equal and that some varieties have larger carbon footprints than others. The highest footprint was found in premade, prepackaged, all-day-breakfast sandwiches. These contain eggs, bacon, and sausage and are kept packaged and refrigerated until sold and eaten – all of which is estimated to add up to 1,441 g (3.18 lb) of carbon dioxide equivalent, or roughly the same as driving a car for 12 miles (19 km).

After consuming one of these high protein goodies, one then repairs to the loo for relief or worse waddles off down the byway pooting like a mis-timed flivver.


By contrast, the smallest footprint is that of a homemade ham and cheese sandwich. Overall, making your sandwiches at home potentially halves the carbon emissions compared to their prepackaged equivalents.

According to the team, a number of factors affect the sandwich’s carbon footprint. Ingredients is one of them, with items like meat in general and pork in particular, cheese, prawns, lettuce, and tomatoes being particularly large footprint culprits. Producing these ingredients, as well as the bread and condiments, can account for 37 to 67 percent of the carbon dioxide produced. Other factors are the packaging, which makes up 8.5 percent of emissions, transportation (especially in refrigerated trucks) for 4 percent, and refrigeration at point of sale making up another 25 percent. [snip]

In their efforts to prove social responsibility and deliver full employment, society winds up with this tripe as output. Nugatory at its best and totally wasteful for the norm.
Climate Change/Global Warming is the willow o’ wisp fronting for wealth redistribution. As per usual, that redistribution never goes sideways or down, only up. If you believe otherwise, stay out of the bridge buying business.


Climate Foibles

Damn! If it wasn’t for all this snow falling we could tell you about the dangers of Global Warming. But we can’t see the audience because of the six feet of fresh snow.

Scientists Get Buried In Snow At Davos While Lecturing On Global Warming

Scientists have once again set up a mock Arctic base camp to educate world leaders about man-made global warming at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.

Climate scientists hope their mock camp illustrates how global warming could impact the Arctic, but the “Gore effect” may make it harder to get the message across. Davos has seen frigid temperatures along with about six feet of snow in the last six days.

There was so much snow, authorities evacuated some neighborhoods due to avalanche concerns, CNBC reported. Global elites headed to the conference had to force their way through heavy snow drifts.

CNBC reported that “heavy snow had already blocked the rail line through the Alps from Zurich, and villages along the route were at the highest level of avalanche alert.” Davos visitors were forced off trains and onto “a half-hour bus trip on back roads around the blockage and then loading them onto a crowded red commuter train that ran the rest of the way into Davos.

“Scientific evidence on Arctic change is unequivocal and it is sending us a warning cry that has profound consequences and global risks,” scientists wrote in 2017. “Yet the risks from Arctic change remain invisible to the world’s most powerful decision-makers. We wanted to change that.”

You would think by now these fools would hold these “SHOWS” in places like Sub Saharan Africa whee it doesn’t risk snowing on their parade of goofy celebrities. Perhaps they can stand in front of a high sand dune showing where the glaciers have melted away.
Most of the chippies they have standing around in fur coats can’t even spell Climate Change


Idiot’s Corner

When the City of NY can’t raise taxes higher, can’t find any more fees to charge and fear an exodus of wealth, there is only one more thing to do: Sue someone with deep pockets.

New York City to Sue Oil Companies to Cover Climate Change Damages

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio is preparing a lawsuit against BP, Chevron, ConocoPhillips, Exxon Mobil and Royal Dutch Shell for their apparent climate change crimes.

The mayor is “seeking billions in the lawsuit to recoup money spent by the city for resiliency efforts related to climate change,” from the major oil companies, the Associated Press reports. It will include reparations for damage after devastating storms and costs to prepare the city for future disasters.

The lawsuit contends that the targeted oil companies have produced more than 11 percent of the world’s carbon and methane pollution from industrial sources “since the dawn of the industrial revolution.”

“The city seeks to shift the costs of protecting the city from climate change impacts back onto the companies that have done nearly all they could to create this existential threat,” reads the lawsuit, which was filed in the Southern District of New York. (New York Post) [snip]

A spokesman for Shell, the only company to offer a response to the lawsuit so far, said climate change is a complicated matter that has no place in court.

In his mission to combat climate change, De Blasio has vowed to cut emissions from New York’s towering skyscrapers in an effort to become more energy efficient. Under the initiative, about 14,500 private and municipal buildings would have to invest in better heating and cooling systems, insulation and hot-water heaters by 2030, or face penalties. More recently, he announced plans to divest the city’s pension funds from fossil fuel companies over the next five years.

Divesting the pension funds of stocks that pay high dividends is always a wonderful Progressive move. What do you think the replacement stocks will be? Millie’s Organic Filbert Spread or perhaps Todd’s Leather Free Winter Sandals. Two brand new IPO’s from the Nigerian Venture Capital Company LLC sound like sure fire pump and dump prospects.

It is no wonder that cities and yes, countries when run by socialists with such economic brilliance constantly wind up in debt troubles and a toe tag from a bankruptcy court. If they cannot tax, borrow or steal money, they have no idea how capital comes into existence. The concept of working for it is as foreign as Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness.


Idiot’s Corner

The major thrust of the Enviro-nazi movement is the battle cry “Sustainable everything” from recyclable shopping bags to reusable toilet paper. They have placed giant solar farms that bake birds on the wing. All this is to get a zero carbon footprint. For those birds that escape going up in flames, a more devious mechanical device is erected on the ridgelines to remove the larger birds of prey.

These choppers mangle both Golden and Bald Eagles, California Condors, Accipiters and Buteos specie of hawk plus the occasional buzzard. Not in the least selective, these pinwheels whack one and all.

So much for caring about Gaia.