How does Europe become “green energy” heaven?

How is Europe working its way to being “green?” Part of the answer is to make America LESS GREEN!

[Source: Europe’s biomass boom is destroying America’s forests, by Paul Homewood]

The USA isn’t the only nation to ram “green energy” down the throats of its citizenry. Europe is rife with such regulation.

In 2007, the European Union set an ambitious goal to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases to 20 percent below their 1990 levels by 2020. The move forced coal-based power plants to convert their facilities to biomass. OK, say you. Why is that a bad idea? The bio-fuel that is burned instead of coal comes in the form of wood pellets.

So, say you, we’re sure you will ultimately get to your point. Indeed I will, say I.

Here is a syllogism. Europe needs a lot of wood pellets. Wood pellets come from trees. The trees need to be harvested before they are turned into wood pellets. Europe doesn’t allow harvesting of trees. They don’t just regulate energy, they regulate their forests, as well. Hmm. How does that work?

It “works” because Europe is buying their wood pellets from the USA, specifically the Southeastern USA. That’s right. You are beginning to see the dawn. Europe interdicts the harvesting of their forests so we are chopping down enormous numbers of our trees to meet their needs.

A new report by the Natural Resources Defense Council has pointed out that 15 million acres of unprotected forests in the Southeastern United States, home to more than 600 imperiled, threatened or endangered species are at risk due to booming wood exports to the European Union. Additionally, pollution from logging has put more than 18,000 miles of our impaired freshwater rivers and streams at new risk.

Wood pellet exports from the United States doubled from 1.6 million tons in 2012 to 3.2 million tons in 2013. They increased again, by nearly 40 percent, from 2013 to 2014 and are expected to reach 5.7 million tons in 2015. Wood pellet manufacturing in the region is expected to continue skyrocketing, with production estimates as high as 70 million metric tons by 2020.

Every time one looks are “green energy projects” they turn out to be not so “green.” Electric cars lead to battery pollution. Windmills need rare earths that are mined to the ill-health of tens of thousands of Chinese. Windmills also slaughter birds by the tens of thousands. Solar plants vaporize tens of thousands of birds, burn loads of fossil fuels, and require large amounts of water in deserts. As Kermit the Frog famously said, “It’s not easy being green.”

But the USA cutting down forests to satisfy the green mandates of European Union regulations crosses a very bright line. This whole agenda is psychotic, schizophrenic, deranged, disturbed and crazed.

And thanks to HP for sending this to me.

Roy Filly

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I guess today is cartoon day!

The following cartoon perfectly capsulizes why Congress is right and Obama is wrong about Syrian refugees.


And thanks to BC for sending this to me.

Roy Filly

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Regulation Nation. It must end

“That government is best which governs least;” and I should like to see it acted upon more rapidly and systematically.

Henry David Thoreau

“No tyranny is more cruel than the one practiced in the shadow of the laws and under the colors of justice — when, so to speak, one proceeds to drown the unfortunate on the very plank by which they had saved themselves.”

Charles de Secondat, baron de Montesquieu

The more corrupt the state, the more numerous the laws.


You have heard every politician since you could understand the English language say, “We are a nation under the rule of law!” It is complete nonsense. We are a nation of regulations.

The following is from one of my earliest posts. The 125 laws passed by Congress in 2009 were not sent to you by letter and you were not instructed in the manner to conduct yourself so that you will not be sent to prison. Indeed, between 2000-2007 452 new crimes were created in the USA, that is one per week! But, I am sorry to tell you that “laws” do not stop there. They are then sent to various Federal Regulatory Agencies where the “rules” for the application of these laws are written. These busy little beavers wrote – are you ready – 3503 rules and regulations to administer 125 laws. That is a multiplication factor of 28.

If you think that you can’t be prosecuted for “breaking rules” of which you have never heard, just ask Abner Schoenwetter about that. Congress continues to go its merry way passing laws that subsequently need “rules” (i.e., regulations) although gridlock has thankfully reduce the ability to pass substantive laws.



[Source:Obama Administration Announces 144 Big Regulations Right Before Thanksgiving, by James Gatuso]

Our current President likes regulations. Over 2,000 regulations are now being written. Of these, 144 are deemed “economically significant”—that is, expected to cost Americans $100 million or more each. This is a new record, beating the previous high of 136 set by – you guessed it – President Obama this spring.

I will assume you are an adult of sound mind and consider yourself a free and emancipated American citizen. You will therefore want to know that our federal government has decided to advise you (and require that manufacturers label their food products) with the serving sizes for food that “can reasonably be consumed at one eating occasion.”

Next will be an advisory on the required number of toilet paper, two-ply sheets necessary to adequately wipe your ass!

Roy Filly

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I love this cartoon!

I realize every president, regardless of party, “pardons” a turkey or two on Thanksgiving. Of course, they do not pardon the one they plan to eat – just some random turkey. However, they invariably give it a cute name, so that the American populace can relate to it.

This cartoon says a lot about “turkey pardons” and progressive/statist/altruist notions of border security.


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Thanksgiving stats.

While you’re digesting your turkey dinner, look these over before you nod off!

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The Syrian civil war – a review.

The following video will take you though the Syrian rebellion, step by step, in a few short minutes. If you are interested in practical word applications, this fills the bill for “complicated!”

And thanks to BC for sending this to me.

Roy Filly

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Happy Thanksgiving. Lessons from the first Thanksgiving.

Dear Readers,

I first posted this on Thanksgiving 2010. The story told by Plymouth Colony Governor William Bradford many years ago is eminently applicable today.

Roy Filly

Lessons from the first Thanksgiving.

When the current administration’s policies fail they resort to one of the following excuses:

  1. We needed more time.
  2. We needed to invest even more money.
  3. The forces of “evil” (i.e., anti big government citizens, “evil” me, for example) are arrayed against us.
  4. We weren’t “big enough” as a government to control all of the potential twists and turns of the capitalist (i.e., “greedy”) economy.
  5. It’s that damnable party of “no” (again, that would be me).
  6. The economy was worse than we thought. (Even though the President refers to it as the “Great Recession,” likening it to the Great Depression, I guess it was actually the “Great, Great Recession”).

The answer is never that socialism, statism, collectivism, central planning, and progressivism are failed concepts. It can’t possibly be that the failed notions of John Maynard Keynes should be buried alongside him.

I read a story recently that really brought this home to me. It was from the very foundations of our nation, the Plymouth Colony. It recounts why progressivism and socialism only sound nice, but do not work!

This is a simple historic recounting the diary of Plymouth Colony Governor William Bradford. From the Heritage Foundation: “The first Pilgrim winters in America were tough (These were during the “Little Ice Age” – approximately 1620 – 1800 – that comports with the beginnings of the Plymouth Colony and ending after the terrible winter in Valley Forge – RF). The colonists failed to produce adequate food and shelter, and as a result, many did not survive. But eventually the colony rebounded. The Pilgrims did build sufficient homes and did plant enough crops to feed the entire colony. So great was their bounty that they celebrated with a harvest feast that eventually became the Thanksgiving holiday that we celebrate today. But what was the key to the colony’s turnaround? What drove them from poverty to prosperity? The answer may surprise you.

When the first Pilgrims founded the Plymouth Colony, all property was taken away from families and transferred to the “common wealth” (Kentucky, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, and Virginia still refer to themselves as Commonwealths, instead of States. Delaware calls itself a commonwealth in its State Constitution, and Vermont is somewhat more schizophrenic about the term, referring to itself in its State Constitution using both the terms “State” and “Commonwealth.” However, the term no longer implies communal sharing of all property as it did in the Plymouth Colony. – RF). In other words, the Pilgrims tried to do away with private property. The results were disastrous. According to Bradford, the stronger and younger men resented working for other men’s wives and children “without any recompense.” And the women forced to cook and clean for other men saw their uncompensated service as “a kind of slavery.” The system as a whole bred “confusion and discontent” and “retarded much employment that would have been to [the Pilgrims’] benefit and comfort.” Unable to produce their own food, some settlers “became servants to the Indians,” cutting wood and fetching water in exchange for “a capful of corn.” Others tragically perished.

It was not until private property rights were restored and every man was allowed to “set corn for his own particular” that prosperity came to the colony. Bradford reported, “This had very good success for it made all hands very industrious… Much more corn was planted than otherwise would have been. Women went willingly into the field and took their little ones with them to set corn.”

After witnessing the experiment Bradford concluded that the elimination of private property was incompatible with human nature. The Soviet Union was the most recent experiment of this kind. The result was the same. What was Einstein’s definition of insanity? It was “doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.”

The problems with progressivism/socialism/statism aren’t the bad breaks of the economy or the evil players arrayed against their “benevolent” goals. The problem is that it is incompatible with human nature! To my progressive friends, you are never ever going to win that one! As it turns out, you are dealing with HUMANS.

Of some interest, the foundation of Ayn Rand’s concept for the true role of government, is that governments must, first and foremost, protect individual property rights.

Roy Filly

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Science is missing in action from ‘global warming.’

The “science” of global warming has devolved into the following: if the data don’t prove it, change the data! The alarmists constantly invoke the “97% of climate scientists” argument. Any counterargument from a scientist is confronted by the statement, “That scientist is not a climate scientist.”

OK. Let’s go with that. But today’s post isn’t about “climate science.” It is about numbers and data analysis. Professor Dr. Friedrich Karl Ewert is a data computation expert. True he doesn’t study “climate.” However, he has painstakingly examined and tabulated all NASA GISS’s temperature data series, taken from 1153 stations and going back to 1881. So he is just looking at numbers – a subject for which he has great expertise.

His conclusion: that if you look at the raw data, as opposed to NASA’s revisions, you’ll find that since 1940 the planet has been cooling, not warming.

[Source: German Professor: NASA Has Fiddled Climate Data On ‘Unbelievable’ Scale, by James Delingpole]

A German professor has confirmed what skeptics from Britain to the US have long suspected: that NASA’s Goddard Institute of Space Studies has largely invented “global warming” by tampering with the raw temperature data records.

Using the NASA data from 2010 the surface temperature globally from 1940 until today has fallen by 1.110°C, and since 2000 it has fallen 0.4223°C. The cooling has hit every continent except for Australia, which warmed by 0.6339°C since 2000. The figures for Europe: From 1940 to 2010, using the data from 2010, there was a cooling of 0.5465°C and a cooling of 0.3739°C since 2000.

Activist scientists at NASA GISS began systematically adjusting the data for various spurious reasons using ten different methods.

The most commonly used ones were:

  • Reducing the annual mean in the early phase.
  • Reducing the high values in the first warming phase.
  • Increasing individual values during the second warming phase.
  • Suppression of the second cooling phase starting in 1995.
  • Shortening the early decades of the datasets.
  • With the long-term datasets, even the first century was shortened.

Ewert’s findings echo that of US meteorologists Joseph D’Aleo and Anthony Watts who examined 6,000 NASA weather stations and found a host of irregularities both with the way they were sited and how the raw data had been adjusted to reflect such influences as the Urban Heat Island effect.

Britain’s Paul Homewood is also is critical of NASA GISS’s data alteration. Here he shows the shocking extent of the adjustments they have made to a temperature record in Brazil which has been altered so that a cooling trend becomes a warming trend.



Unadjusted temperature record: shows cooling trend.


Adjusted temperature record: shows warming trend.

But, while any true scientist would stand to defend his/her data, computational methods, statistics, and conclusions (something that happens every day in the world of real science), NASA “climate scientists” are screaming bloody murder because Congress wants them to defend theirs. And the eco-terrorist crowd is backing them.

My friends, these are dark days in the world of science. The “science” is not only “NOT settled,” it is not science!

Roy Filly

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OMG! I agree with Dana Milbank twice in one month!

I thought many times that Dana Milbank is the political antithesis of the Rugged Individualist. That I would agree with a Dana Milbank editorial twice in one month was a statistical  impossibility, almost as rare as an accurate prediction by global warming alarmists.

The following is too perfect to even try to embellish:

[Source: Barack Obama, President Oh-bummer, by Dana Milbank]

The two presidents (Hollande and Obama) stood in the East Room on Tuesday afternoon, united in their goal of defeating the Islamic State but separated by a stylistic gulf as vast as the Atlantic.

On the left, facing the cameras, was François Hollande, war president. He spoke of “cowardly murderers” who “dishonor humanity,” of a “relentless determination to fight terrorism everywhere and anywhere,” of “an implacable joint response,” of “hunting down their leaders” and “taking back the land.”

On the right stood Barack Obama, President Oh-bummer. (Milbank’s words!)

Defeating the Islamic State? “That’s going to be a process that involves hard, methodical work. It’s not going to be something that happens just because suddenly we take a few more airstrikes.”

A political settlement in Syria? “It’s going to be hard. And we should not be under any illusions.”

Could the Paris attacks have been prevented? That’s hardthat’s a hard thing to track. . . . That’s a tough job.

Obama, in Turkey last week, responded to those who believe he isn’t tough enough on the Islamic State. “Some of them seem to think that if I was just more bellicose in expressing what we’re doing, that that would make a difference.”

Well, yes! (Way-ta-go, Dana!)

Tough talk won’t defeat terrorists — but it will rally a nation. It’s no mere coincidence that the unpopular Hollande’s support has increased during his forceful response to the attacks, while Obama’s poll numbers are down.

It’s a beautiful thing finally to see one of Obama’s strongest supporters in the lame-stream media take a measure of the man and find the measurement lacking!

Roy Filly

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Graph day!












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