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Mar 20 2014

Obama Regime Calls for Wooden Skyscrapers to Stop Global Warming

It’s not your imagination. The anti-human envirofascist luddites who rule us really are trying to force us back to the Middle Ages in the name of their preposterous global warming hoax. Now they want us to go back to constructing buildings out of wood — even high-rise buildings:

The White House launched a new campaign to sell its global warming agenda to rural America: “sustainable” buildings, including skyscrapers, made out of wood to lower carbon dioxide emissions.

The Agriculture Department (USDA) announced it was launching a new $1 million program to promote wood as a “green” building material to boost rural economies, as well as a $1 million competition “to demonstrate the architectural and commercial viability of using sustainable wood products in high-rise construction,” according to Department.

Skyscrapers made out of wood. They are serious.

The project … combines parts of President Barack Obama’s Climate Action Plan and the administration’s push to win over rural America using green jobs. The USDA hopes to spur the use of wood technologies in industrial building projects like “tall buildings and skyscrapers, as well as other projects,” claiming that such buildings would produce be more energy efficient and reduce carbon emissions.

According to the bizarre ideology of our rulers, wooden buildings make the weather more hospitable for man-eating polar bears by “storing atmospheric carbon,” thereby preventing the global warming that so conspicuously does not exist.

These lunatics know as much about building as they do about running the health insurance industry. But they are in charge, so they will have their way.

Among the many obvious downsides of wooden skyscrapers are excessive cost, structural weakness, warping, termites, and fire hazard.

On the positive side, Muslims won’t have to hijack airliners full of people to knock them down. A fast-moving Cessna ought to do the job.

Coming soon: government-subsidized high-rises made out of dung. They will be the ultimate in sustainability, and help us to celebrate multiculturalism by embracing the Third-World techniques favored in Obama’s ancestral homeland. Uniquely among government initiatives, dung skyscrapers will actually reduce costs, because the District of Columbia can produce a nearly infinite supply of the building materials required.

Wooden-Skyscrapers

Tip and graphic compliments of Stormfax.



56 Responses to “Obama Regime Calls for Wooden Skyscrapers to Stop Global Warming”

  1. Softly Bob says:

    The Japanese used to make houses with paper walls. Maybe this will be the next step – paper skyscrapers.
    I think it may be more environmentally friendly to knit buildings though. Buildings made out of wool should keep the green moonbats happy!

  2. Saxon Warrior says:

    The Japanese used to make houses with paper walls. Maybe this will be the next step – paper skyscrapers.
    I think it may be more environmentally friendly to knit buildings though. Buildings made out of wool should keep the green moonbats happy!

  3. Henry says:

    The progs want to murder trees to build skyscrapers? Bring on the Tree Weepers!

    “The project … combines parts of President Barack Obama’s Climate Action
    Plan and the administration’s push to win over rural America using green
    jobs.”

    So, construction worker is now a “green” job…

  4. Henry says:

    The progs want to murder trees to build skyscrapers? Bring on the Tree Weepers!

    “The project … combines parts of President Barack Obama’s Climate Action
    Plan and the administration’s push to win over rural America using green
    jobs.”

    So, construction worker is now a “green” job…

  5. Nat says:

    No way this is for real. This has got to be some kind of The Onion-like spoof.

  6. Nat says:

    No way this is for real. This has got to be some kind of The Onion-like spoof.

  7. EngineerPoet says:

    Nope, absolutely serious.

    https://www.ted.com/talks/michael_green_why_we_should_build_wooden_skyscrapers

    It came from Vancouver, not Washington.

  8. EngineerPoet says:

    Nope, absolutely serious.

    https://www.ted.com/talks/michael_green_why_we_should_build_wooden_skyscrapers

    It came from Vancouver BC, not Washington DC.

  9. Buffalobob says:

    Has Rosie heard of this?

  10. Buffalobob says:

    Has Rosie heard of this?

  11. TED says:

    The latest Obama gaffe leaves Putin unamused

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AJnjVX-I65o

  12. TED says:

    The latest Obama gaffe leaves Putin unamused

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AJnjVX-I65o

  13. TED says:

    What an absolute DUMBASS! And HE is what the left think is an intellectual! Or is it that “always take the opposite of what they say thing”

  14. TED says:

    What an absolute DUMBASS! And HE is what the left think is an intellectual! Or is it that “always take the opposite of what they say thing”

  15. Jester says:

    Great. Another Solyndra. Three or four guys are gonna become overnight billionaires.

  16. Jester says:

    Great. Another Solyndra. Three or four guys are gonna become overnight billionaires.

  17. SNuss says:

    Obviously, Obama knows even less about structural engineering than foreign policy or economics.

  18. SNuss says:

    Obviously, Obama knows even less about structural engineering than foreign policy or economics.

  19. Bodhisattva says:

    What ELSE could go wrong? Well, wood doesn’t have the strength concrete and steel do – you could not build ‘skyscrapers’ of wood – they would collapse under their own weight.

  20. Bodhisattva says:

    What ELSE could go wrong? Well, wood doesn’t have the strength concrete and steel do – you could not build ‘skyscrapers’ of wood – they would collapse under their own weight.

  21. BradenLynch says:

    Did someone ever tell the POTUS about how we firebombed the hell out of Tokyo? One terrorist with a Bic lighter would be all that is needed to destroy a city. No need for nukes.

    We need to put the ADULTS back in charge now. So much FAIL from this administration and this President. He stated he was ashamed of America; well, I’m ashamed of him.

  22. BradenLynch says:

    Did someone ever tell the POTUS about how we firebombed the hell out of Tokyo? One terrorist with a Bic lighter would be all that is needed to destroy a city. No need for nukes.

    We need to put the ADULTS back in charge now. So much FAIL from this administration and this President. He stated he was ashamed of America; well, I’m ashamed of him.

  23. tngmv says:

    About 35 years ago, when the John Hancock building (a skyscraper) opened in Boston, the windows began falling out, and were temporarily replaced with plywood. Approaching from the south, it appeared to be a wooden skyscraper. Hence the joke (then, it was a joke) “that, only in Boston, the home of MIT would it be tried, the world’s first wooden skyscraper!” We have come (actually, gone) a long ways — backwards!! Now our president is a (sick) joke.

  24. tngmv says:

    About 35 years ago, when the John Hancock building (a skyscraper) opened in Boston, the windows began falling out, and were temporarily replaced with plywood. Approaching from the south, it appeared to be a wooden skyscraper. Hence the joke (then, it was a joke) “that, only in Boston, the home of MIT would it be tried, the world’s first wooden skyscraper!” We have come (actually, gone) a long ways — backwards!! Now our president is a (sick) joke.

  25. detroit58 says:

    Never say never. Just because this article attached “Obama” to the idea, no need for a knee-jerk negative response. SOM thinks otherwise:

    http://www.woodworkingnetwork.com/wood-market-trends/woodworking-industry-news/production-woodworking-news/Timber-Tower-Report-Previews-42-Story-Wood-Skyscraper-225452362.html

  26. detroit58 says:

    Never say never. Just because this article attached “Obama” to the idea, no need for a knee-jerk negative response. SOM thinks otherwise:

    http://www.woodworkingnetwork.com/wood-market-trends/woodworking-industry-news/production-woodworking-news/Timber-Tower-Report-Previews-42-Story-Wood-Skyscraper-225452362.html

  27. detroit58 says:

    Ha, attach “Obama” to a story and out from the cave they fly.

    Skidmore, Owens and Merrill thinks the idea has merit:

    http://www.woodworkingnetwork.com/wood-market-trends/woodworking-industry-news/production-woodworking-news/Timber-Tower-Report-Previews-42-Story-Wood-Skyscraper-225452362.html

  28. detroit58 says:

    Ha, attach “Obama” to a story and out from the cave they fly.

    Skidmore, Owens and Merrill thinks the idea has merit:

    http://www.woodworkingnetwork.com/wood-market-trends/woodworking-industry-news/production-woodworking-news/Timber-Tower-Report-Previews-42-Story-Wood-Skyscraper-225452362.html

  29. […] Obama Regime Calls for Wooden Skyscrapers to Stop Global Warming […]

  30. wilfranc says:

    To those of us with even a basic understanding of statics, the reason we built higher was the advent of metals. All materials have a modulus of elastisicty, bending, shear strength, etc.. When an engineer calculates the loads expected on a building (wind, snow, gravity, dead, live, etc.), he chooses the most economical member that will support that load safely. As mentioned, wood is more likely to burn: the char on heavy timbers do create a sort of fireproofing, but using heavy timbers is not cost effective, nor wise to support light loads. The MOE of SPF#2 is about 1,400,000 psi, the MOE of grade a-36 steel is 29,000,000. But different materials have different qualities. Steel is good in bending, concrete is good in compression and terrible in bending, so the use of both together takes advantage of the properties of both materials. Wood is good for most homes, but try to span a basement area with a wood beam that allows the family to comfortably add a pool table, and it is difficult without going so deep head room is compromised. Wood also sags under its own weight over time without a load. Wood can expand and contract with the weather.

    In other words, I think the decisions of structural safety and economics are best left to those involved in that industry, not an outsider using a first criteria that is not an combination of strength and safety. The factor of importance for use of a building grows as the number of people occupying it grows. The farmer throwing up a barn for his cows does not have the same factor of safety as the engineer designing a building to hold hundreds and thousands of human lives.

    After all this, the best rule I’ve heard is from a state meterologist who said if it isn’t economically sustainable, it isn’t sustainable.

  31. wilfranc says:

    To those of us with even a basic understanding of statics, the reason we built higher was the advent of metals. All materials have a modulus of elastisicty, bending, shear strength, etc.. When an engineer calculates the loads expected on a building (wind, snow, gravity, dead, live, etc.), he chooses the most economical member that will support that load safely. As mentioned, wood is more likely to burn: the char on heavy timbers do create a sort of fireproofing, but using heavy timbers is not cost effective, nor wise to support light loads. The MOE of SPF#2 is about 1,400,000 psi, the MOE of grade a-36 steel is 29,000,000. But different materials have different qualities. Steel is good in bending, concrete is good in compression and terrible in bending, so the use of both together takes advantage of the properties of both materials. Wood is good for most homes, but try to span a basement area with a wood beam that allows the family to comfortably add a pool table, and it is difficult without going so deep head room is compromised. Wood also sags under its own weight over time without a load. Wood can expand and contract with the weather.

    In other words, I think the decisions of structural safety and economics are best left to those involved in that industry, not an outsider using a first criteria that is not an combination of strength and safety. The factor of importance for use of a building grows as the number of people occupying it grows. The farmer throwing up a barn for his cows does not have the same factor of safety as the engineer designing a building to hold hundreds and thousands of human lives.

    After all this, the best rule I’ve heard is from a state meterologist who said if it isn’t economically sustainable, it isn’t sustainable.

  32. Bodhisattva says:

    Ahh, as long as you’re monitoring my posts, how about your take on this one:

    ON REAL TIME WITH BILL MAHER, Shane Smith and Maher were discussing some of the claims of climate alarmists. Smith had recently visited Greenland to document how the ice was melting ‘catastrophically’ there and made two interesting claims:

    1) That if all the ice on Greenland melts it will raise world sea levels 20 to 23 feet. Now calculate the square miles of Greenland, take the average depth of the snow and ice there, then come up with a volume. Keep in mind the volume of ice is greater than the resulting meltwater that comes from it. Now get the surface area of the world’s oceans and computer how that volume of ice and snow meltwater will raise that surface area of the oceans. Anything close to 20-23 feet, or more like 20-23 mm?

    2) Smith also made a claim that the latest IPCC report (one I apparently haven’t read yet, because this claim is the opposite of the truth admitted in the one I DID read) states that we are seeing their worst case scenario come true 60 years early. Now the actual IPCC report I DID read admitted that, as far as temperature rise, predicted versus actual, we are below the best case scenario predicted by previous IPCC reports, not the other way around.

    What’s your take on those claims?

  33. Bodhisattva says:

    Ahh, as long as you’re monitoring my posts, how about your take on this one:

    ON REAL TIME WITH BILL MAHER, Shane Smith and Maher were discussing some of the claims of climate alarmists. Smith had recently visited Greenland to document how the ice was melting ‘catastrophically’ there and made two interesting claims:

    1) That if all the ice on Greenland melts it will raise world sea levels 20 to 23 feet. Now calculate the square miles of Greenland, take the average depth of the snow and ice there, then come up with a volume. Keep in mind the volume of ice is greater than the resulting meltwater that comes from it. Now get the surface area of the world’s oceans and compute how that volume of ice and snow meltwater will raise that surface area of the oceans. Anything close to 20-23 feet, or more like 20-23 mm?

    2) Smith also made a claim that the latest IPCC report (one I apparently haven’t read yet, because this claim is the opposite of the truth admitted in the one I DID read) states that we are seeing their worst case scenario come true 60 years early. Now the actual IPCC report I DID read admitted that, as far as temperature rise, predicted versus actual, we are below the best case scenario predicted by previous IPCC reports, not the other way around.

    What’s your take on those claims?

  34. Bodhisattva says:

    Note I didn’t even mention Obama in my response, nor was it ‘knee-jerk’ – rather I stuck to facts: The fact you can’t build a ‘skyscraper’ out of wood because the engineering FACTS prove, beyond any doubt, it’s possible. I don’t care that the Obama administration apparently wants to go back to the years we would clear cut forests in the name of ‘stopping climate change’. Not so sure how the Sierra Club and others will respond to that.

    Plus, I reviewed my post and didn’t see the word ‘never’ in it.

  35. Bodhisattva says:

    Note I didn’t even mention Obama in my response, nor was it ‘knee-jerk’ – rather I stuck to facts: The fact you can’t build a ‘skyscraper’ out of wood because the engineering FACTS prove, beyond any doubt, it’s possible. I don’t care that the Obama administration apparently wants to go back to the years we would clear cut forests in the name of ‘stopping climate change’. Not so sure how the Sierra Club and others will respond to that.

    Plus, I reviewed my post and didn’t see the word ‘never’ in it.

  36. detroit58 says:

    For a smart guy, you often overblow. I guess with your two degrees you have more facts than Skidmore, Owens & Merrill – one of the largest and most influential architecture, interior design, engineering, and urban planning firms in the world – about building with wood.

  37. detroit58 says:

    For a smart guy, you have a tendency to overblow. “Never say never” was just an expression due to your “surety” about the subject. I guess you have more facts than Skidmore, Owens & Merrill – one of the largest and most influential architecture, interior design, engineering, and urban planning firms in the world – about building with wood.

  38. detroit58 says:

    FOLLOW-ing your posts – lol. You are a good source of articles AND, when not ranting, can offer some reasonable dialogue.
    I’m surprised you watch Maher.
    1. That number caught my attention as possibly off by some decimal point. If you come across or calculate that number, please do share.
    2. I, too, wondered if there was a new report.
    Looking back through Disqus, I see my long response some time back to your thoughts on renewables and the developing world did not post. When I get time I’ll revisit that as we were getting some good discussion going.

  39. detroit58 says:

    FOLLOW-ing your posts – lol. You are a good source of articles AND, when not ranting, can offer some reasonable dialogue.
    I’m surprised you watch Maher.
    1. That number caught my attention as possibly off by some decimal point. If you come across or calculate that number, please do share.
    2. I, too, wondered if there was a new report.

    Looking back through Disqus, I see my long response some time back to your thoughts on renewables and the developing world did not post. When I get time I’ll revisit that as we were getting some good discussion going.

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  41. GaryA says:

    I don’t see that happening, unless the Spotted Owl Coonservation law of 1990 is repealed.

    It has singlehandedly brought commercial logging to it’s knees:

    “The Northern Spotted Owl was listed as a threatened species under the Endangered Species Act throughout its range of northern California, Oregon and Washington by the United States Fish and Wildlife Service on June 23, 1990[7] citing loss of old-growth habitat
    as the primary threat. The USFWS previously reviewed the status of the
    Northern Spotted Owl in 1982, 1987 and 1989 but found it did not warrant
    listing as either threatened or endangered. Logging in national forests containing the Northern Spotted Owl was stopped by court order in 1991.[3]”

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Northern_Spotted_Owl

  42. GaryA says:

    I don’t see that happening, unless the Spotted Owl Coonservation law of 1990 is repealed.

    It has singlehandedly brought commercial logging to it’s knees:

    “The Northern Spotted Owl was listed as a threatened species under the Endangered Species Act throughout its range of northern California, Oregon and Washington by the United States Fish and Wildlife Service on June 23, 1990[7] citing loss of old-growth habitat
    as the primary threat. The USFWS previously reviewed the status of the
    Northern Spotted Owl in 1982, 1987 and 1989 but found it did not warrant
    listing as either threatened or endangered. Logging in national forests containing the Northern Spotted Owl was stopped by court order in 1991.[3]”

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Northern_Spotted_Owl

  43. jimmy pruitt says:

    Treehouses, now they want us to live in tree houses. Have they been reading the lord of the rings or Tarzan of the apes?

  44. jimmy pruitt says:

    Treehouses, now they want us to live in tree houses. Have they been reading the lord of the rings or Tarzan of the apes?

  45. Phil Hemsley says:

    fascinating talk – but we must beware of facts getting in the way of preconceptions 🙂

  46. Phil Hemsley says:

    fascinating talk – but we must beware of facts getting in the way of preconceptions 🙂

  47. EngineerPoet says:

    Facts like wood being quite strong enough to build 30-story structures, if it’s used correctly?

    There’s a move to build wind-turbine towers out of wood.  There’s a limit to the diameter of round steel tower sections that can be moved via most major roads, but flat wood panels can be assembled into taller and stronger towers.

  48. EngineerPoet says:

    Facts like wood being quite strong enough to build 30-story structures, if it’s used correctly?

    There’s a move to build wind-turbine towers out of wood.  There’s a limit to the diameter of round steel tower sections that can be moved via most major roads, but flat wood panels can be assembled into taller and stronger towers.

  49. Phil Hemsley says:

    Indeed. I think it’s a great idea!

  50. Phil Hemsley says:

    Indeed. I think it’s a great idea!

  51. Wouter Pijnenburg says:

    what the f is this site? you people act like obama has no idea of structural strengths and firesafety but (and you should reckon) he is well informed. The technology in wood structure has come a long way and now mass timber techniques make it possible to build higher than 35 story building. DO SOME RESEARCH! google CLT (cross laminated timber) beams. they’re just as strong as steel… your ignorance makes me sick

  52. Wouter Pijnenburg says:

    what the f is this site? you people act like obama has no idea of structural strengths and firesafety but (and you should reckon) he is well informed. The technology in wood structure has come a long way and now mass timber techniques make it possible to build higher than 35 story building. DO SOME RESEARCH! google CLT (cross laminated timber) beams. they’re just as strong as steel… your ignorance makes me sick


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