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Category: Environmentalism

Oct 13 2021

Ecokooks in the Road

Nothing better symbolizes lunatic left ideology standing in the way of a thriving civilization than useless ecokooks sitting in the road, refusing to let people get to their jobs — or job interviews, as the case may be:

Dartford Crossing crosses the Thames east of London.

Note that enemies of civilization rely on the people whose world they are ruining to be civilized. If normal people shared leftists’ “by any means necessary” moral code, the ecokooks would wind up as roadkill.

On a tip from Wiggins.

Sep 28 2021

New Yorker Magazine Promotes Ecoterrorism

The liberal elite is not moderate. It is radical. The flagship publication of pretentious highbrow liberals even promotes the crippling of the economy through ecoterrorism:

New Yorker magazine platformed a Swedish climate change activist who advocates blowing up pipelines in the name of climate justice on a recent episode of its “New Yorker Radio Hour” podcast.

The term “climate justice” is a warning that you have entered the realm of dangerous maniacs.

Andreas Malm is an associate professor at Sweden’s Lund University, and the author of the book “How to Blow Up a Pipeline: Learning to Fight in a World on Fire.” Malm’s book does not only have an eye-catching title; he actually advocates destroying any and all fossil fuel infrastructure.

“Damage and destroy new CO2-emitting devices,” Malm exhorts his readers.

Every mechanical device emits harmless CO2 in its operation and/or production, as does every human with each exhalation.

Modern environmentalism is a cover not just for communism, but for psychopathic nihilism. Not that Malm is not a Marxist:

“Property,” writes Andreas Malm, “will cost us the earth.”

Back when insufferable frauds like Leonard Bernstein were throwing parties for the Black Panther Party, extreme moonbat posturing was known as “radical chic.” With the federal government actually inflicting lunatic policies based on radical left ideology, it is no longer a harmless pose.

Vote for the people New Yorker wants you to and there is no need to dynamite pipelines; Joe Biden will destroy them. The effect — skyrocketing energy prices — is the same as if an Earth First radical did it with dynamite. The effect on the supposedly endangered climate is also the same: absolutely nil.

Malm predictably used the megaphone provided to him by the New Yorker to promote the destruction of property, explicitly calling for blowing up the pipelines needed to efficiently transport resources. New Yorker is unlikely to amplify viewpoints the leftist ruling class does not endorse. Imagine hearing someone on a New Yorker podcast worry about the effects of displacing the white working class with easily exploitable masses imported from the Third World.

Other pillars of the liberal establishment that have provided a sympathetic platform for Malm’s sociopathic views include the New York Times and the New Republic. Vox cofounder Ezra Klein has compared the ecoterrorism Malm calls for to the American Revolution and the civil rights movement, although Klein at least acknowledges that driving up energy prices by destroying pipelines hurts the poor the most.

So as to enjoy the cushy life of a college professor rather than risk prison, Malm leaves it to others to sabotage pipelines. However, he has admitted to deflating the tires of SUVs in order to save the climate. Seriously.

On a tip from Mr. Freemarket.

Sep 27 2021

Volvo to Save Planet by Using Cheesy Synthetic Leather

Automobile manufacturers tend to play along with the leftist politics. Usually, this can be explained in terms of lavish government subsidies and bailouts. There are also lesser reasons. For example, Volvo has announced that it will replace genuine leather with cheesy synthetic fabric on behalf of moonbattery:

Volvo said on Thursday that its vehicle range will go leather-free or ‘vegan-friendly’ by 2030, offering instead bio-based and recycled materials to a customer base that increasingly wants sustainably sourced products.

According to leftist doctrine, electric cars benefit the environment (despite evidence to the contrary). Consequently, Volvo proclaims all its cars will be electric by 2030.

Volvo’s current all-electric C40 Recharge model is already leather-free, and the company is exploring using materials such as Nordico – made from forestry byproducts, recycled corks and plastic bottles – that head of design Page said has the same “softness and warmth” as leather.

Or at least, it will have the same high price as leather — if not higher.

On a tip from Wiggins.

Sep 14 2021

Organic Farming Causes Food Crisis in Sri Lanka

Under rule by Biden and the Democrats, the cost of food is climbing. If it’s any consolation, there is a place where food inflation is even worse: Sri Lanka. There as here, the crisis was caused by letting moonbats have power:

The surge in food prices and a real fear of hoarding of essential food items was the last straw that forced President Gotabaya Rajapaksa to impose the economic emergency on 31 August under the public security ordinance.

At the root of this economic catastrophe is a bizarre overnight flip by Rajapaksa’s government on 29 April to ban the import of chemical fertilisers and any other agrochemicals to make the Indian Ocean nation the first in the world to practice organic-only agriculture.

The result: prices of daily food items like sugar, rice and onions have soared over twice, with sugar even touching record Rs 200/kg; kerosene oil and cooking gas prices are surging; tea crops are predicted to fail in October; and there are fears over a hit to production of other crucial export crops like cinnamon, pepper, rubber, cardamom, cloves, nutmeg, betel leaves, cocoa, and vanilla.

Big Government eagerly exploits the crises it creates to grow even bigger:

The crisis has now reached such a proportion that a former army general has been appointed as ‘commissioner general of essential services’ to raid and seize food stocks.

If ham-fisted authoritarianism driven by lunatic liberal ideology that ignores disastrous real world consequences sounds familiar, you may be thinking of the Green New Deal policies of the Biden Administration.

Typical of coercive ecomoonbattery, the organic farming mandate is a matter of posturing, not of improving the environment:

Eminent researchers have also noted that organic farming increases farmland due to its low yields. This results in deforestation, leading to large scale extinction of species and a rise in greenhouse emissions.

Get woke, go broke — and eventually go hungry, as the world around you goes to hell.

On tips from R F and Dragon’s Lair.

Aug 01 2021

More Acreage Burned in Delaware Than Delaware + Maryland Combined

No wonder our Democrat rulers are willing to set off hyperinflation by spending $trillions that we do not have on gestures intended to combat the climate. According to their ideology, forest fires are caused not by environmental kooks preventing forest management, but by the climate. The problem is so serious that more acreage burned in Delaware last year than Delaware and Maryland combined.

Incredible as this may sound, it must be true, because we hear it straight from the guy millions of people regard as fit to serve as President of the United States:

It would be bad enough if he is trying to say that more acreage burned in Delaware than in Delaware and Maryland. But he might mean that more acreage burned in Delaware than exists in Delaware and Maryland. The fire must have been huge enough to see from outer space. Maybe the UFOs that have been in the news came to check it out.

On a tip from Wiggins.

Jul 29 2021

Watch Robert Reich Dance

Watching former Democrat Labor Secretary Robert Reich participate in a dwarf-tossing contest would be even more fun if preceded by watching him dance:

Since Reich opposes the distribution of fossil fuels, he will make all future TikTok videos without using electricity or plastics. Otherwise, people might think he is a hypocrite and a contemptible fool.

On a tip from Jester.

Jul 25 2021

Let Them Eat Plastic Trash

Getting us to eat bugs for the sake of pretending to save the planet from variation in the weather sounds like a great idea, until you consider that according to moonbat ideology, it is anthropocentric not to think that bugs are people too. Some have suggested that we should eat weeds. But weeds absorb the harmless CO2 that liberals regard as politically unclean. If people are going to insist on eating, better that they should eat plastic trash:

Two U.S. scientists have won a 1 million euro ($1.18 million) prize for creating a food generator concept that turns plastics into protein.

The 2021 Future Insight Prize went to Ting Lu, a professor of bioengineering at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, and Stephen Techtmann, associate professor of biological sciences at Michigan Technological University, for their project. It uses microbes to degrade plastic waste and convert it into food.

Merck sponsors the prize. No doubt it will position itself to make a fortune if food made out of plastic garbage one day becomes mandatory.

“The winners of this year’s Future Insight Prize have created a ground-breaking technology with the potential to generate a safe and sustainable source of food, while reducing the environmental harms associated with plastic waste and traditional agricultural methods,” said Belen Garijo, Merck CEO and chair of the executive board.

The food they create out of plastic waste could be almost as tasty as the synthetic meat that Bill Gates wants us to eat, and even more politically correct. Expect it on the menu at hyperwoke Burger King soon. It might be an improvement over the current offerings.

On a tip from Dragon’s Lair.

Jul 02 2021

Moonbat Exorcism for Lumber at Home Depot

It used to seem that leftism would hit peak insanity and then burn itself out. But moonbats have revealed that insanity has no peak. No matter how far progressives progress, they always progress further still, into realms of madness hitherto unimagined. Soon they will leave even this June 21 incident behind them:

Pennsylvania police claim they were called to a Home Depot on a report of “disorderly people having an exorcism” in the lumber aisle.

The exorcism was for the dead trees and the would-be wood exorcists were escorted out of the building, according to a now-viral post from the Dickson City Police Department.

When utopia is achieved, enlightened citizens will revile the memory of those who once lived in dwellings constructed of the flesh of dead trees. By then we will be back to living in live trees like squirrels.

On a tip from R F.

Jul 01 2021

Fined $18,000 for Clearing Trees to Build Home

As we have seen, shoplifting in California is effectively legal now, those in charge openly siding with criminals and against business owners. It sounds like anarchy, but the system of government imposed under single-party Democrat rule is better categorized as “anarchotyranny.” Yes, thieves and other sociopaths can do whatever they please, but it is a different story for property owners who clear trees to build something:

A couple who bulldozed and buried 36 Joshua trees to make way for a home were recently fined $18,000…

Imagine the havoc a Black Lives Matter rioter would have to wreak to get punished like that.

This is why the cost of housing keeps Californians poor. You can’t put up so much as a garden shed without violating forty-eleven regulations.

As in other forms of tyranny, not even Big Government can be everywhere, so informants play a crucial role:

An investigation into the destruction began Feb. 11, when a Morongo Basin resident saw his neighbors using a tractor to mow down dozens of the twisted, bristled trees and reported it to the California Department of Fish and Wildlife through a tip line, wildlife officials said.

East Germany’s infamous Stasi had about 189,000 informers. Deutsche Welle reports that “political ideals served as the primary motivation for people to turn in their neighbors, friends and acquaintances to the secret police.” Similarly, sheer moonbattery is enough to motivate liberals to rat people out. The State doesn’t even need to pay them rewards.

On a tip from Wiggins.

Jun 06 2021

Energy Industry Pushes Back Against North Face

The fossil fuel industry is second only to agriculture in importance. We rely on it not only to keep from freezing or dying from the heat, for transportation, for communication, and to keep the economy from absolute collapse, but for the petrochemical materials most everything around us is at least partially made of.

Yet leftists demonize this crucial industry. Biden’s handlers have been systematically choking the life out of it (e.g., here, here, and here). Posturing moonbats of the type who run companies like North Face sanctimoniously treat it as a pariah.

Finally, the industry is showing solidarity and pushing back against the liberal frauds who would have us freezing naked in the dark for the sake of their deranged and malevolent ideology:

That excellent video is only part of a countermoonbat campaign:

Chris Wright, the CEO of Denver-based Liberty Oilfield Services, is spearheading the campaign by putting up billboards around North Face’s Denver offices and launching a website and social media campaign, dubbed “Thank you, North Face.”

The idea for the campaign started after North Face denied an order of jackets to a Texas oil and gas company [i.e., Innovex] reportedly because the popular fleece maker did not want its outdoor brand affiliated with the fossil fuel business.

Whereas the world could very happily exist without moonbats, North Face could not exist for a day without the oil and gas industry.

Fossil fuels are needed to make the petrochemicals that are used in the plastics, nylon, climbing ropes and more that North Face sells, Wright says. Oil and gas products fuel the factories that manufacture the goods. And fossil fuels are the backbone for shipping North Face products around the world.

“Whom the gods would destroy they first make mad,” wrote Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. Possibly inspired by these words, the leftists who have subverted every major institution including most corporations are destroying America by turning it against itself with their insane ideology. It is too late to play defense. We need to push back — hard, constantly, and with no apologies. Their conspicuous hypocrisy is a target painted on every progressive’s forehead.

On a tip from Mr. Freemarket.

Jun 03 2021

As Gas Prices Rise, Biden Shuts Down Alaska Drilling

When the price of lumber started skyrocketing, pulling the price of housing after it, Biden responded by doubling the tariff on Canadian lumber, diverting this precious product to our ChiCom adversaries. As an unsurprising result of his energy policy, gasoline prices are also climbing steeply. This inflates the price of everything. How would you expect Biden to respond? That’s right: by further restricting our oil supply:

The Biden administration on Tuesday suspended oil and gas leases in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge…

The move by the Interior Department, which could spark a major legal battle, dims the prospect of oil drilling in a pristine and politically charged expanse of Alaskan wilderness…

The “pristine wilderness” consists largely of frozen tundra — i.e., wasteland. It is no good for anything but oil drilling. Once in a while, a man-eating polar bear lumbers across it.

Interior Secretary Deb Haaland, a leftist radical who supports the insane Green New Deal and whose qualification for office is that she is an Indian, has called a halt to all drilling activity so that leftist bureaucrats can conduct “a new, comprehensive analysis of the potential environmental impacts of the oil and gas program.” If they find that so much as a mosquito is inconvenienced, the oil will lie wasted in the ground as our standard of living declines.

As noted at Daily Wire,

The news comes as gas prices under the Biden administration have risen every month that he has been in office and are currently more than $.60 per gallon higher than in January.

Biden made his hostility to the energy industry obvious from the beginning by maliciously shutting down the Keystone XL pipeline. But evidently thanks to a generous lobbyist, Biden is okay with Russia building the Nord Stream 2 pipeline to make Germany dependent on it for the natural gas that it can no longer buy from us because he won’t let us produce it.

On a tip from Mr. Freemarket.

May 29 2021

Now We Are Supposed to Fret About Tree Farts

Progressives want to limit our access to meat, because according to their ideology, cow flatulence is offensive to the climate. At least we can still eat fruits and vegetables. Well, maybe not fruits that grow on trees, because it turns out that trees fart too:

Gases released by dead trees — dubbed “tree farts” — account for roughly one-fifth of the greenhouse gases emitted by skeletal, marshy forests along the coast of North Carolina, researchers report online May 10 in Biogeochemistry. …

A team of ecologists went sniffing for tree farts in ghost forests, which form when saltwater from rising sea levels poisons a woodland, leaving behind a marsh full of standing dead trees. These phantom ecosystems are expected to expand with climate change…

Where there is life or has been life recently, there is carbon dioxide. CO2 was previously viewed as an essential nutrient for plants. But now that CO2 has been revealed as environmentally unclean, plants are part of the problem.

The only way to heal the planet is to abolish all life. This will also serve to eradicate racism and capitalism.

On tips from Dragon’s Lair and R F.

May 17 2021

Open Thread

A developer is someone who wants to build a house in the woods. An environmentalist is someone who already has a house in the woods. - Dennis Miller
May 07 2021

New York State May Suppress Bitcoin Mining

The Biden Administration has been doing everything possible to create hyperinflation, intensifying interest in alternatives to potentially worthless fiat currency. Big Government’s predictable reaction — crackdown — has already begun. The pretext: BitCoin is offensive to the climate.

Via Gizmodo:

A new bill that hit the New York state senate on Monday is aiming to put a multi-year pause on crypto mining operations across the state until authorities can fully suss out what that mining is doing to the climate and local environment. …

Bitcoin mining has come under increasing scrutiny for the staggering carbon footprint tied to electricity use to keep operations running 24/7.

The bill would impose a 3-year moratorium on Bitcoin mining in New York state.

During that period, officials would try to measure the greenhouse gas emissions tied to mining as well as the impacts on local wildlife, water, and air quality.

If virtual mining for Bitcoin is suspected of all that environmental havoc, think what physical mining for gold and silver must do. Big Government might need to impose more moratoriums.

On a tip from Steve T.

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