More from the Watermelons

Vermont has it’s share of Loons, both in Congress and out.Those not in office line up to follow the prevaricating Piper.

Rep. Welch looks to expand subsidies for electric vehicles as ‘green’ claims fade

Last week at an electric car charging station in Burlington, Rep. Peter Welch, D-Vt, announced legislation to expand subsidies for the electric vehicle market. The federal program currently has a cap limiting the taxpayer dollars that may be used to incentivize EV purchases.

“Transportation is the single largest contributor to greenhouse emissions in the United States. It is urgent that we transition to cleaner, more efficient modes of transportation,” Welch said at the event.

“My legislation will make electric vehicles and their charging stations more affordable while saving Vermonters money at the gas pump and reducing their environmental footprint.”

While buyers of electric vehicles currently may receive a federal tax credit of up to $7,500 to offset the higher cost of the cars, automakers each have a cap that limits the offer to only 200,000 cars. Some automakers expect to hit that cap this year

To free up even more taxpayer subsidies, Welch’s legislation, H.R. 6274, would eliminate the cap for 10 years and enable buyers to get the credit at the time of the purchase instead of having to wait until they filed their annual income tax return, as the law currently requires. [snip]

The news comes on the heels of an announcement from Tesla Motors last month that the EV manufacturer is laying off 9 percent of its workforce, about 3,600 workers. [snip]

H.R. 6274 is cosponsored in the U.S. House by Reps. Jacky Rosen, D-Nev., and Jared Huffman, D-Calif. In the U.S. Senate, Sen. Rep. Jeff Merkley, D-Ore., is expected to introduce similar legislation.

All this of course is the dream of the Watermelon Nation. Vermont as part of this group is destroying the views of the mountains and solar farms blight the once green farmland. Most Vermonters cannot afford a windup car much less a Tesla. As usual, the Progressives don’t care who gets wounded in the fight for a totally petro-free lifestyle.

The peasantry has trouble finding work; the Legislators work hard to drive out small for profit businesses by mandating a $15/hr wage for those flipping burgers or smoking their brains out. One can’t believe that the dopers need or want a Tesla to motor around looking for the next score.


Climate Foibles

Just when you think it’s safe to go into the water, the Arctic freezes over.


Arctic Ocean almost totally ice-covered – Map

On the 26th of June! Where’s that (so-called) global warming?

Look at this map.

  • Purple signifies sea-ice thickness of approximately ½ to 1½ meters (20 inches to 5 ft).
  • Blue or green signifies 1½ to 3 meters ( 5 ft to 10 ft) of ice.
  • Yellow or orange signifies 3 to 4 meters (10 ft to 13 ft) of ice.
  • Red signifies 4 to 5 meters (13 ft to 16 ft) of ice.
  • White signifies zero thickness of ice.

I don’t see much open water. Do you? [snip]

Strange as it may seem, the Climate Change fools actually are the deniers; they’re denying reality.

Climate Foibles

YES! we’ll donate 25¢ toward a canoe provided the UN hops onboard and paddles the ‘Roaring Fortys’ from Australia to Chile.

U.N. official calls for ‘ark’ to save world from global warming-[endif]–>

Patricia Espinosa, the executive secretary of U.N. Climate Change, was speaking at a recent conference at the Vatican hosted by Pope Francis.

Climate-change skeptic Marc Morano of the Climate Depot site noted Espinosa urged the world “to make the fundamental, transformative changes necessary” to fight “global warming.”

The Vatican’s International Conference was titled “Saving our Common Home and the Future of Life on Earth.”

“If we truly want to make the fundamental, transformative changes necessary to combat climate change, perhaps what we need then is not a physical ark, but an ark of ambition for #climateaction,” she said on social media.

Espinosa echoed former U.N. climate chief Christiana Figueres, reported Morano.

Figueres called for “centralized transformation” that will make things “very different” for life on the plant. [snip]

“Climate change is about morality: who are we to willingly destroy the ancient and intricate beauty of the world? Climate change is about legacy: who are we to leave a debt of neglect to an unborn generation?”

Translation: Give us more of your money so we can sit in NYC and eat fine and expensive foods.

Idiot’s Corner

CALIFORNIA: Pee before entering. They probably will close the public rest rooms.

6alifornia’s Regulating How Often People Can Flush Their Toilets – Welcome to Life on Liberalism

California literally just made it illegal to shower, wash your dishes and do your laundry all on the same day. Think that sounds crazy, even for California? Apparently not. State lawmakers just passed a new law that limits how much water you can use in your home – it’s 55 gallons per person, per day by 2022. And it drops to just 50 gallons by 2030.

Here’s some perspective. Washing one load of laundry takes about 40 gallons of water. Taking a shower uses about 17. So if you’re single, it will literally be illegal to take a shower and wash your clothes in the same day. Flushing a toilet takes about 3 gallons, so have fun not doing that.

But this is pretty par for the course for the Golden State, where they just passed another law mandating that all new homes be at least 50 percent solar powered by 2030.

Of course, it’s not like the dumpster fire that is California has anything else to worry about. Oh, wait…

Climate Foibles

Finally, the MSM is calling the ridiculous Global Warming/Climate Change farce over. The only ones left to give devotion at that altar will be the bunnyhuggers and fern worshipers.

Climate Change Has Run Its Course

Its descent into social-justice identity politics is the last gasp of a cause that has lost its vitality.

Climate change is over. No, I’m not saying the climate will not change in the future, or that human influence on the climate is negligible. I mean simply that climate change is no longer a pre-eminent policy issue. All that remains is boilerplate rhetoric from the political class, frivolous nuisance lawsuits, and bureaucratic mandates on behalf of special-interest renewable-energy rent seekers. [snip]

The global Warming devotées was always a hive of idiocy; now the only watermelons left are the true mental defectives and ardent Communists.

Idiot’s Corner

There are pros and cons to every action taken, one cannot avoid that fact. In this instance the cons outweighed all potential pros.
Taking one’s life is a personal choice; at least have the dignity to do it privately. Leftys make it theater thus degrading the act. One doesn’t have the right to take another with you; all must choose this road solo.

Environmentalist Burns Himself to Death to Protest Fossil Fuels

The New York Post reports that environmental activist and legal expert David Buckel has committed suicide in the name of environmentalism. The high profile lawyer, who made a name for himself as a prolific gay and transgender rights attorney, set himself on fire in Brooklyn’s Prospect Park earlier today.

From the New York Post:

“In a gruesome protest against the ecological destruction of the earth, David Buckel, 60, left behind a charred corpse and a typed suicide note that said he was burning himself to death using “fossil fuel” to reflect how mankind was likewise killing itself, police sources said.

He left the note behind in a manila envelope marked “To The Police,” recovered from inside a black metal push cart he discarded at the scene.

Witnesses report the scene was horrifyingly gruesome.

“It was just lying there, on its back, knees slightly bent like someone would lie on the sand at the beach,” said Irena Ryjova, 44, who rollerbladed past at around 7 a.m., less than an hour after the immolation.

“It’s a shock; it’s a shame,” said mom Dana Lall, as she shepherded a crowd of Catholic school kids past the gory scene, en route to a baseball game.

According to the New York Daily News, the note started off “My name is David Buckel and I just killed myself by fire as a protest suicide. I apologize to you for the mess.”  [snip]

The cons in this blatant bit of theater are enormous. This Bozo by using petroleum fuel created a need to dig up the ground to get the residual fuel out. Then there is the air pollution and stink.  The unnecessary carbon footprint that should have been the bane of any enviro-nut, he left. No worry, as he wasn’t even concerned about the people living downwind in the pollution flow.

The Pros of this farrago numbers just one. The sane portion of the universe won’t have to listen to his panoply of Leftist bilge anymore with the attendant exhaust of CO2 adding to the Eco-Nazis worries.

Vermont Chases the White Rabbit…

…down that ole carbon hole and finding a lost cause.

Report: state policy failing to reduce carbon

Vermont’s landmark energy policies are not solving the problems they were designed to solve, according to a report from Vermonters for a Clean Environment. Also, new tariff on mostly Chinese-made solar panels will add 7.5 to 12 percent to cost of installation. Pictured: Solar array construction in Ferrisburgh.

Photo by Lou Varricchio

Vermont’s landmark energy policies are not solving the problems they were designed to solve, according to a March 12 report from Vermonters for a Clean Environment.

The report, titled “Understanding Vermont Energy Policies”, describes how these state policies such as Renewable Energy Standard, standard-offer program, net-metering, Act 174’s energy planning process, and Renewable Energy Credits have raised energy costs while failing to reduce Vermonters’ carbon consumption.

“Most Vermonters would be stunned to know that we have actually seen an increase in carbon emissions due to our current energy policies,” said Annette Smith, executive director of Vermonters for a Clean Environment. “From public discourse to date, it appears most Vermonters do not realize we get little renewable energy from our state’s wind and solar developments, while simultaneously costing ratepayers significantly more money… .”

Regarding imported (mostly Chinese) solar panel tariffs imposed by the Trump administration, they will add 7.5 to 12 percent to cost of installation, according to the February issue of Green Energy Times.

The article concedes that the paltry employment figures of 1,000 USA solar panel manufacturing jobs may increase as a result of the tariff, although installation jobs will likely decline.

According to the March Vermont Business News Magazine, Vermont solar job employment is down 13 percent, or three times the national average – perhaps due to a reduction in net metering subsidies. Yet these subsidies remain high enough to scare off some local utilities.

A March 8 News & Citizen reports that Hardwick Electric doesn’t support construction of a 150-KW Norwich Solar project because it would be required to buy its power at twice the average price of the alternative.

This is a common thread for everything that the Progressives have placed into the economy in Vermont. All start with big announcements, fanfare and grandiose promises of future returns and fantastic workings. Then the people find out they HAVE to buy the product at twice the cost OR else. The or else is insured by removing the competition.

The final paragraph in the story tells the tale. The solar power will cost twice as much and according to the report, won’t reduce the carbon usage, thank God. That is all a scam anyway.