September 23, 2019

After I’ve Made My Millions, Only Then Can I Tell the Truth

We see everyday people pushing some agenda that involves millions, perhaps even billions of dollars. Once dishonest crooks get their millions of dollars and the source of that new money is exhausted, only then can the crook begin to tell the truth…especially if that “truth” means even more money.

I recall several years ago now, when Dr. David Mech, often proclaimed as the premier “expert” on wolves, lied, cheated, and stole his way through a rigged system that placed in his lap a lot of money for wolf research, etc. He made up stories to support his dishonest actions and to keep the cash flow coming. He got what he wanted. He got wolves illegally introduced into the Greater Yellowstone ecosystem so that he would have something to play with that just happened to pay great dividends. Once the cash cow was milked dry and the good Dr. had no more lies to tell, Mech began to whistle a different tune, even making statements that his original theories about wolves, like alpha males and wolves’ capabilities of “balancing” an ecosystem, were walked back to something more near the truth. Was there money to be had from this change of direction? More than likely.

Today, I read a long report from an environmentalist who made gobs of filthy money by pushing the lies about renewable energy and global warming. No, this isn’t Al Gore who wrote the report, but it could very well have been.

The author of this report tells about all the things he did to screw the public out of billions of dollars, I’m sure making him a filthy, dishonest, rich person.

Now that he’s made his billion dollars, he can comfortably claim that solar panels and wind mills are a waste of money and that they destroy the environment far greater than current methods of energy creation and use.

The point of all this is that we are suckers for these Flim-Flam sellers of magic elixirs. In their dishonesty and greed, void of any semblance of a conscience, they concoct some far out fantasy, such as global warming caused by you and I attempting to live a normal and decent life, embellish the concocted lie, which requires more lying, cheating, and stealing, and then rush in with a solution that yields them filthy rotten lucre, enough to fill a semi tractor trailer.

Oh, wait a moment. I think I just described the Hegelian Dialectic. I did. We are taken to the cleaners on a regular basis by these con artists, wanting so much to believe their rotten lies, allowing the crooks to make millions of dollars from it. And we still don’t get it.

Maybe next time it will be different? If I can just try that one more time.

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When Money Talks and Shit Walks

According to the Boston Globe, Central Maine Power Company (a Spanish-owned company) wants to run an electric transmission line from the Canadian border, through the North Woods, crossing the Kennebec Gorge, and wending its way to a substation in Lewiston. The purpose of the proposed transmission line is to sell electricity to no other place than Massachusetts.

This same trick was attempted in New Hampshire with a project called Northern Pass, where residents and ultimately the state government said no thank you and don’t let the door hit you in the butt on the way out.

With this proposal, it seems the energy supplier intends to bribe their way to victory offering millions of dollars to poor struggling communities that rely mostly on tourism, outdoor recreation, and the lumbering industry, all of which are a dying breeds thanks to environmentalism and a decaying social structure which thinks it has no use for any of this.

But the money sounds good and several individuals and towns in the path of the 150-foot wide clear cut appear eager to have the eyesore that Massachusetts wants and doesn’t have to live with in exchange for money, some jobs during construction, that more than likely will be meted out to out-of-state and/or out-of-country workers, and funded with money that comes from anywhere but Maine.

But even with all that, consider the utter nonsense the sellers of the project are spewing.

They first want people to believe that this project will save the planet, by producing “clean” energy from hydro-power locations which will cut down on carbon emissions to curb Global Warming. Anyone with a brain knows this is utter nonsense that cannot and will never be supported by real science.

Consider the statement…Please! There is ample room for discussing how building a dam smack dab in the middle of a perfectly good river is harmful to the environment.

And then, millions and millions of board-feet of trees are going to be removed from the forest. Last time I checked trees feed off absorbed carbon dioxide giving off oxygen for all of us to breath. Can removing all the trees save the planet?

During construction of the transmission line, carbon-burning equipment will pollute the environment, erosion will happen, wildlife will be disrupted, vernal pools destroyed, brooks and rivers will be dirtied and upset, more roads built to gain access, and the list is endless. How is any of this good for the environment and how will it have any effect on fake global warming? It’s “clean” energy from water power, therefore it is good?

Seriously!

I know I mostly waste my time talking about Global Warming because the masses are now completely sold on its validity and all that is measured these days is how ga-ga the zombies are at the moment about how it might affect their self-gratifying lives and their love affairs with cell phones and social media. Nothing else matters.

Some of the environmentalists are saying they aren’t sold on the idea that hydropower sent over a new transmission line will reduce the effects of global warming and instead suggest that CMP (a Spanish-owned company – oh, did I already mention that?) should take the money and put it to work building more solar and wind energy projects.

Consider this suggestion for a moment. Think of the environmental destruction that takes place when solar fields and windmill projects are built. Massive amounts of forests are forever destroyed and still transmission lines must be built in order to get power from point A to point B.

In the proposed new transmission line, it would pass the Appalachian Trail 3 times and cross directly over the Kennebec Gorge. Some find this an atrocity that cannot happen because environmentalists use the trails and consider the Gorge as untouchable. And yet, they think nothing of raping mountain tops and erecting the ugliest of all uglies – windmills towering well over 200 feet placing a blight on the skyline, especially when one catches on fire after it has killed hundreds of birds and changed the habitats and habits of all sorts of wildlife. But, but, but… we’re saving the planet.

And all of this will save the planet?

But saving the planet be damned, it appears money will talk and shit will walk. Here’s some of what CMP is promising the residents that will be impacted by this project.

It will create 1,700 temporary jobs and bring in $18 million a year in new property taxes. (Sounds like a lot of money but when you spread it out through numerous towns the length of the transmission line, it’s not that sizable that it would matter much.

CMP is pledging to spend $50 million over 40 years on “programs” to “assist” low-income families and to reroute the Appalachian Trail. Gobbledee-Gook!!! A million a year…until nobody keeps count anymore and then what? Pledge be damned!

You will have to decide for yourself about whether you think the project is a good one. The real issue here is the continued lying and hypocrisy that still exists and always will from two-faced environmentalists who swear to save the planet with one breath while something else is destroyed that is more destructive than what is attempted to be saved. It is utter insanity.

The world won’t come to an end if power lines are strung across the Kennebec Gorge. But don’t think for a minute that swapping that proposal for another super ugly, environmentally destructive windmill project will save the day. Give me a break!

However, it appears that the enticement of some temporary money will win out. Some in Maine will see effects of bribe money but most won’t, all for the prospect of delivering electricity to Massachusetts. As was suggested to me, if Massachusetts needs the electricity, let it be their problem and not Maine’s. Serious thought should be given about what happens to Maine that will only benefit Massachusetts and to hell with dirty bribe money.

If Massachusetts insists on “clean” energy, I’m sure there are many great locations to put up a nuclear power plant and be done with it. GASP!!!!

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NEPA: An Environmental Law Subverted

Press Release from the House Committee on Energy and Natural Resources:

*Editor’s Note* – These are the kinds of press releases designed to deliberately mislead. The wording is chosen such that some will think that good changes will happen to environmental fascism. However, few look beyond such worthless press releases for the actual wording of proposed and passed laws. What will this farce bring?

WASHINGTON, D.C., November 29, 2017 –

Today, the Full Committee held an oversight hearing to discuss improving and modernizing the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). The panel discussed deficiencies in NEPA’s implementation and potential legislative improvements to enable the law to best serve its intended purpose.

“In 1969, NEPA was originally designed as a tool to assess the impacts of government actions on the environment. Unfortunately, today it has become a sweeping regulatory framework that does the exact opposite,” Chairman Rob Bishop (R-UT) stated.

“We can both better protect the environment and allow for thorough review and processing of critical economic, energy and infrastructure activities in a timely manner. These concepts are not mutually exclusive.  But it simply won’t happen unless Congress acts to clarify NEPA’s intent, scope and limitations,” Bishop added. 

Witness Philip Howard, Chairman of Common Good, noted that prolonged environmental reviews on a range of NEPA projects negatively impact the environment, a contradiction of NEPA’s original intent. He cited NEPA-related permitting delays in rebuilding the nation’s highway infrastructure resulting in an extra 51 million tons of carbon dioxide emissions.

“These delays are costly and, often, environmentally destructive,” Howard said.

Howard lauded NEPA’s original environmental objectives. The goals, however, “have been subverted by a process that takes years and ends up interfering with important projects instead of promoting better projects.”

Witness James Willox, Wyoming County Commissioners Association Member, reiterated the disconnect between NEPA’s intent and the statute’s implementation.

“What was once a helpful look at proposed actions has metastasized into a grotesque perversion of Congressional intent whereby agency officials are forced into years of analysis and reams of paper designed to fend off litigation instead of making sound, informed policy decisions,” Willox said.

“NEPA itself was never intended to be an obstructionist part of our infrastructure nor building of any other thing. But it has been used as that,” Rep. Don Young (R-AK) stated. “NEPA should not be used to slow down and impede development because it does not protect the environment. And that’s really what we should be talking about.”

Witness Mike Bridges, Washington State Building and Construction Trades Council Executive Board Member, echoed the same concerns, emphasizing the law’s negative economic impacts.

The seemingly endless and arbitrary regulatory process in Washington State will discourage future projects that would employ members of the Building Trades and my community,” Bridges said.

Members and the panel discussed changes to the law including increasing the role of counties and local governments, fast-tracking the permitting of projects, and avoiding duplicative environmental analyses.

Counties in Wyoming and across the West are ready and willing to assist in the goal of modernizing NEPA to ensure that it continues to work for the benefit of decision-makers,” Willox said.

Click here to view full witness testimony.

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I Want to be Clear, Renewable Energy Puts Money in My Buddy’s Pocket

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Presidential Determination No. 2017-01 of November 14, 2016

Presidential Determination Pursuant to Section 1245(d)(4)(B) and (C) of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2012

Memorandum for the Secretary of State[,] the Secretary of the Treasury[, and] the Secretary of Energy

By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, after carefully considering the reports submitted to the Congress by the Energy Information Administration including the report of September 7, 2016, and other relevant factors, including global economic conditions, increased oil production by certain countries, the level of spare capacity, and the availability of strategic reserves, I determine, pursuant to section 1245(d)(4)(B) and (C) of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2012, Public Law 112- 81, and consistent with my prior determinations, that there is a sufficient supply of petroleum and petroleum products from countries other than Iran to permit a significant reduction in the volume of petroleum and petroleum products purchased from Iran by or through foreign financial institutions. However, consistent with U.S. commitments specified in the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), the United States is no longer pursuing efforts to reduce Iran’s sales of crude oil. The United States action to fulfill these commitments became effective upon reaching Implementation Day under the JCPOA, which occurred once the International Atomic Energy Agency verified that Iran had implemented key nuclear-related steps specified in the JCPOA to ensure that its nuclear program is and will remain exclusively peaceful.

I will continue to monitor this situation closely.

The Secretary of State is hereby authorized and directed to publish this memorandum in the Federal Register.

THE WHITE HOUSE, Washington, November 14, 2016 [FR Doc. 2016-28795 Filed 11-25-16; 11:15 am] Billing code 4710-10-P

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Bernie’s Energy Saving Idea

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PSC wants feds to hold hearings on Salish Kootenai Dam transfer

*Editor’s Note* – Please use the following links if you need help in understanding why Jackson and Keenan might fear links to Turkey by the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes could create security risks.

This link takes you to a previous article – the corrected one – explaining ties between the two entities: “Its assertions are rooted in the efforts of the Turkish government and Turkish-American organizations to establish business and cultural exchanges with Native Americans.”

Former state Sen. Verdell Jackson, R-Kalispell, and state Sen. Bob Keenan, R-Bigfork, filed suit to stop transfer of the dam to the tribes on Sept. 3. They maintained the move could result in the Turkish government seeking raw nuclear materials on U.S. soil to blow up the dam or other targets.

Later in the month, a U.S. District Court judge rejected the argument, ruling Jackson and Keenan “failed to raise any fact or point to any evidence in the application for transfer that would materially call into question (the tribes’) suitability to serve as licensee.”

Source: PSC wants feds to hold hearings on Salish Kootenai Dam transfer

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New Approach to ‘Eating Shit’

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Creating Scarcity At a Very High Price

“The RET review by Dick Warburton on the government’s behalf has brought the rent-seekers out in force, for billions of dollars of corporate welfare is resting on its outcome.

As it stands, the RET will produce a bounteous return for a small group of investors shrewd enough to get into the windmill game while the rest of us are slapped with four-figure power bills.

Wind farms may be ugly but they are certainly not cheap, nor is the electricity that trickles from them. No one in their right minds would buy one if they had to sell power for $30 to $40 a megawatt hour, the going rate for conventional producers.

But since the retailers are forced to buy a proportion of renewable power, the windmill mafia can charge two to three times that price, a practice that in any other market would be known as price gouging.”<<<Read More>>>

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National Center Tells Coal Industry It Must Fight Back

Think-Tank Tells Arch Coal it Must Fight Harder Against the Lies of the Left

Meets with CEO, Top Executives to Press Case

St. Louis/Washington DC – Determined to encourage – emphatically – corporations to do a far more robust job defending themselves against lies told by the left, the National Center for Public Policy Research attended the Arch Coal shareholder meeting Thursday to press its case with company management.

“A message Arch Coal is trying to present but failing to deliver successfully is that reduced carbon emissions can only be achieved through improved technologies,” said Justin Danhof, director of the National Center’s Free Enterprise Project, who represented the National Center at the meeting. “More regulation from Washington DC will retard technological advancements by increasing compliance costs, thus reducing funds available for carbon-reduction technologies. These fact have broad appeal across the political spectrum but the company is not getting this message out to the public successfully.”

“When I told an Arch Coal senior executive that he and other company employees should get on television and radio and broadcast the valuable information they have as loudly as possible, he demurred, saying the company doesn’t get the type of television and radio invitations that organizations such as the National Center receive,” Danhof continued. “This admission highlights two central company failings. First, the company’s public relations efforts are entirely too tepid. Second, the company underestimates the value of the information it has about the value of coal specifically and low-cost energy generally to our economy and to jobs – information the public is interested in hearing without the filter of the mainstream media.”

“A senior executive told me that coal companies are too much of an unsympathetic figure, and the media would be unwilling to listen to its message. I told him that activists such as Al Gore and former Mayor Bloomberg were not going to back down, whether the company fought for itself or not. It must fight,” Danhof said.

“When I confronted the CEO, he put out his arms and asked, ‘what can we do?’ I said, defend yourself from the misinformation, junk science, and lies. For example, set up a website similar to KochFacts.com and every time MSNBC, the New York Times or 60 Minutes runs a junk science report on the coal industry, counter with the truth and send that information out to allies and critics alike. Facts are powerful, but only when people hear them.”

The National Center’s question for Arch Coal, as prepared for delivery, can be found here.

National Center President David Ridenour is an Arch Coal shareholder, and Justin Danhof attended as Ridenour’s representative.
The National Center’s Free Enterprise Project is a leading free-market corporate activist program. In 2013, Free Enterprise Project representatives attended 33 shareholder meetings advancing conservative and free-market principles in the areas of health care, energy, taxes, subsidies, regulations, religious freedom, media bias, gun rights and many more important public policy issues. The National Center has participated in 11 shareholder meetings so far in 2014.

The National Center for Public Policy Research, founded in 1982, is a non-partisan, free-market, independent conservative think-tank. Ninety-four percent of its support comes from individuals, three percent from foundations, and three percent from corporations. It receives over 350,000 individual contributions a year from over 96,000 active recent contributors.

Contributions are tax-deductible and greatly appreciated.

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