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Saturday, June 19, 2010

Another Enviro-Panacea Down The Drain

This time it's biomass*:
Net Benefits of Biomass Power Under Scrutiny
By Tom Zeller, Jr., New York Times

[P]ower generated by burning wood, plants and other organic material, which makes up 50 percent of all renewable energy produced in the United States, according to federal statistics, is facing increased scrutiny and opposition.

That, critics say, is because it is not as climate-friendly as once thought, and the pollution it causes in the short run may outweigh its long-term benefits.

The opposition to biomass power threatens its viability as a renewable energy source when the country is looking to diversify its energy portfolio, urged on by President Obama in an address to the nation Tuesday. It also underscores the difficult and complex choices state and local governments face in pursuing clean-energy goals. [link]
In other words, there is no alternative - yet - to coal.  Environmentalists - and Obama - can talk till they're blue in the face about "green" alternatives but the sad fact remains - there is no "green" alternative.  And wishing it were so doesn't make it so.

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* Biomass, according to Wikipedia, is "a renewable energy source, biological material derived from living, or recently living organisms such as wood, waste, (hydrogen) gas, and alcohol fuels. Biomass is commonly plant matter grown to generate electricity or produce heat."

** Okay, nuclear power is a viable alternative.  But there are too many environmentalists out there who oppose it - out of ignorance - to let that technology go forward in an appreciable way.

Wake Me When The World Cup Is Over

Besides the fact that I can't stomach grown men acting like sissies when two of them collide and both flop to the ground, writhing and wailing in fake agony, often, and besides the fact that the sport allows Italy to participate (which is reason enough to shun the "sport"), the biggest reason I have no interest in soccer?  Here are the action-packed results of the USA's first two outings in the World Cup competition:

• a 1-1 tie against England.

• a 2-2 tie vs. Slovenia.

I'm on the edge of my seat for game 3 against Algeria.  Maybe someone will actually win.

Obama Joins Illegal Immigration Fight ...

... on the side of the Mexicans and against the USA:
Breaking: WH will sue Arizona over SB1070
By Ed Morrissey

CBS News reports that a “senior administration official” has confirmed to them that Hillary Clinton was telling the truth in the interview with an Ecuadorian media outlet. The Obama administration will file a lawsuit in federal court to block Arizona’s new law requiring law-enforcement personnel to check immigration status while processing suspicious people already in custody. [link]
As for Obama's responsibility to secure our border, well, he's given up on that.

What in God's name has the American electorate done?

WaPo Columnist Dispossessed Of A Cogent Argument

When was the last time you heard Rush Limbaugh attack Barack Obama's family life?  Let me answer for you.  Never.

So what is Washington Post columnist Colbert King smokin'?
On Father's Day, hypocrites are all in the family

Family, marriage and the contribution of fathers come together as topics for reflection on Father's Day. So I'd like to know why Barack Obama, a husband and a father in a family structure that encompasses bonds deemed essential to our society, is constantly and savagely attacked by conservative leaders whose personal circumstances undermine the family values they espouse?
As best I can surmise, Colbert King is (a) a moron, and (b) making the argument that conservatives like Limbaugh have no business criticizing Mr. Sunshine for running up the national debt, fumbling the Gulf cleanup, raising our taxes, giving aid and comfort to our enemies, making enemies of our allies, driving small business into exile, worsening our unemployment problem, and generally making a mockery of the rule of law because he is a good family man and they aren't? Is he serious?

Seems so.

I guess we can take some satisfaction in the fact that King didn't make the claim that it's all whitey's fault.

Beyond that, though, one has to presume that this Washington Post columnist, devoid of cogent thought, is stupid.  

NRA Clarifies Its Position ...

... by restating that which everyone already knows and condemns:

"We told Congress we opposed the bill.  Consequently, congressional leaders announced they would exempt us from its draconian restrictions on political speech.  If that happens, we will not be involved in final consideration of this bill in the House.  If it doesn’t, we will strongly oppose the bill."

Translation: We abandoned our allies in the fight to allow 2nd Amendment voices to be heard at election time because Congress blessed us with the gift of exemption.  We got ours.  We don't need allies.  The rest of you can pound salt.

My.  Oh, my.

It Goes Beyond Inaction

Obama is turning away help in the Gulf of Mexico Petroleum.  From "The President Does a Jones Act":
President Obama has repeatedly said his Administration is doing everything in its power to expedite the oil clean-up and mitigate the damage. But in the two weeks immediately after the spill, 13 foreign governments reached out and offered their assistance. The U.S. response? Thanks, but no thanks.

We sympathize with the President's lament on Monday that "I can't dive down there and plug the hole. I can't suck it up with a straw." But there's no excuse for turning away ships that can clean up the oil merely because that might offend Mr. Obama's union friends.
If The Messiah is going to part the waters and make this catastrophe vanish, he'd better be doing it soon.