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Thursday, December 30, 2010

The Coalfields Can Take Heart

Even with the well-funded efforts on the part of the Marxist environmental movement to destroy the coal industry, even with Obama vowing to bankrupt those areas of the country - like Virginia's coalfields - by making coal-fired power plants too expensive a proposition, even with the sinister extra-legal machinations of the radical Environmental Protection Agency, guess what's the world's fastest-growing source of energy over the last eight years. That's right:


But that fact provides a completely misleading snapshot of things. While the future of coal usage in this country is questionable (there are a lot of Obamas here), the exportation of coal is skyrocketing.

And guess where it's going.

That's right.

To the country that is kicking our ass economically. China is gobbling it up:
China has seen the future, and it is coal
By George F. Will, Washington Post

Today, about half of America's and the world's electricity is generated by coal, the substance that, since it fueled the Industrial Revolution, has been a crucial source of energy. Over the past eight years, it has been the world's fastest-growing source of fuel. The New York Times recently reported ("Booming China Is Buying Up World's Coal," Nov. 22) about China's ravenous appetite for coal, which is one reason coal's price has doubled in five years.

Half of the 6 billion tons of coal burned globally each year is burned in China.

Writing in the Atlantic on China's appetite for coal and possible aptitude for using the old fuel in new, cleaner ways, James Fallows quotes a Chinese official saying that the country's transportation system is the only serious limit on how fast power companies increase their use of coal. One reason China is building light-rail systems is to get passenger traffic out of the way of coal trains.

Fallows reports that 15 years from now China expects that 350 million people will be living in cities that do not exist yet. This will require adding to China's electrical system a capacity almost as large as America's current capacity. The United States, China, Russia and India have 40 percent of the world's population and 60 percent of its coal. [link]
We have it.  Lots of it.  And it's still a bargain* compared to oil and natural gas (and don't make me laugh by bringing up solar or wind).

If Obama and his ilk don't want it, by God, we'll sell it to the Chinese.

Wrap your brain around this: The wonderful people of Dickenson, Lee, Russell, Scott, Tazewell, and Wise Counties here in Virginia will not sacrifice their children's future so that leftist do-gooders in this country can high-five one another over brie and Bordeaux, celebrating the impending demise of a way of life being eked out by the great unwashed masses far, far away in the coalfields.  They will survive.

Stick that in your solar generator and use it to power your curlicue light bulb.

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* Think of coal as being the Wal-Mart of the energy world. Low, low prices every day.  From the American Coal Foundation, an eye-opening comparison of energy costs per million British Thermal Units:

● Coal—$1.20
● Oil—$4.45
● Natural gas—$4.30 

** According to this source, the cost of solar power, which brings with it a host of problems, runs as high as $6.00 per million BTU's.

*** I recognize the fact that George Will refers to coal production coming out of the Powder River Basin of Wyoming and Montana.  But in the eyes of the environmentalists, coal is coal.  And realistically, coal (along with nuclear) will be king for gererations to come. Especially here in the Appalachian region.

To Laugh

It is with a sneer and yet with eager anticipation that one comes across an op/ed headline like this (from the Washington Post):

"Liberals should accept defeat and get back to their goals."

And the heart begins to race when one realizes that the article was written by the Post's resident nitwit (no, not this nitwit; the other nitwit) - E.J. Dionne.

So what is it that he thinks liberals should do to get back on track?

You might guess:

"[L]iberals and Obama need to ... re-engage the country on what can only be called a spiritual level."

Yup. More of that "Hope and Change" horse shit.

Yeah. That'll work.

Keep thinking that, stud.

Maybe We Should Cut Them a Break

It's understandable that a lot of people think the globe is warming.  After all, NASA tells them it is.  And NASA never makes a mistake.

But does NASA make stuff up?

I don't blame the frightened little children for it.  I blame those "scientists" who have no soul and will do anything to further their political cause.

Little Do They Realize ...

I read this and wonder how many of the abortion cheerleaders among us support ObamaCare without hesitation:

"If government can limit Americans’ choice of effective medical treatments, there’s no limit to its control over our bodies, and the right to bodily autonomy is an illusion."

I'll bet every one of the "it's my body" crowd enthusiastically supports the government's new role in health care oversight.

Not even realizing the implications.

The dark side of me hopes that the abortionists have the opportunity to see how ObamaCare plays out and how it comes crashing down upon them.

But "that better angel of my nature" wouldn't wish that on anyone.

Kill it.  And save the morons from themselves.

On Our Way To a Colorblind Society

This I find to be dismaying:
Colorblind America: A Malignant Fallacy
By Chidike Okeem, American Thinker

The fanciful idea of living in a colorblind society is one of the greatest impediments to sophisticated discussions about race in America. If there is going to be a soothing of racial tensions in American society, there first has to be an understanding that race -- albeit a social construct based on some biological realities -- exists and matters, and it is not just a vestigial figment of centuries-old white racism. [link]
To his credit, the author goes on to attack "a band of profiteering, country-trotting black liberals claiming that race matters in all the areas where it clearly does not."

But the premise he starts with cannot go without comment.

We are, if ever so slowly, moving toward that colorblind society. In fact, a raceless society.

Seen the latest Lexus commercial on TV? No? Take a look:

I wonder how many people watched it and never paid attention to the fact that the husband in the commercial is black and the wife is white? I'll bet more than a few.

When that sort of thing goes unnoticed Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton - and all the other slave traders among us who peddle the racism card - should be very afraid.

We are winning this argument. One interracial marriage at a time.

* And when the day comes that our president stops calling himself black, we will have made further strides.

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Okay, we have some work yet to be done. "But whether he’s race baiting or just that dumb ..."

'I'm Sick & Damn Tired Of It'

From the man who brought the title "Marine Corps drill instructor" to the big screen with a flair unique unto himself, R. Lee Ermey on the Democrats' effort to destroy this country:

A patriot speaks.  A patriot with an attitude.  And chain-fed weaponry.

You'd do well to listen.

* Hat tip to Hot Air.

Love Him Or Hate Him

Here's Ted Nugent explaining the 2nd Amendment as only he can:

I'm reminded of the fact, as I listened to his position on his right to be free, regardless whether there's a document that says it's so, that the 2nd Amendment doesn't grant us the right to keep and bear arms. It actually recognizes and codifies a preexisting right in natural law that allows Americans to keep arms and to defend themselves.

Notice it reads: "... the right of the people to keep and bear Arms shall not be infringed," not "... the people are hereby granted the right to keep and bear arms."

A profound difference.

Anyway, thanks, Nuge Man.

Tell Them To Stuff It

I'll tell you up front, I'm a Brett Favre fan.  So when I see what the NFL has done to him this year, it fries me.

The latest:
NFL fines Favre $50K for 'failure to cooperate'
By Dave Campbell, AP Sports Writer

Eden Prairie, Minn. (AP) — Brett Favre was fined $50,000 by the NFL for failing to cooperate with its investigation of inappropriate messages and lewd photos he allegedly sent to a former Jets game-day employee.

Commissioner Roger Goodell "could not conclude" that Favre violated the league's personal conduct policy based on the evidence currently available to him.

The league said forensic analysis failed to establish that the 41-year-old Minnesota Vikings quarterback sent objectionable photographs to Jenn Sterger. "The review found no evidence ... [link]
Favre has been accused of inviting a woman who was not his wife to his room (which puts him in league with three-fourths of his NFL compatriots who do the same on most any given day), and of sending that woman a cell phone image of his schwanz (which is rather weird but not illegal, doesn't reflect in any way on the image that the National Football League may have, and is no one else's business).

Here's the deal: It's not like he's been arrested and charged with murder and aggravated assault or anything.  He did something that the prudes in the league office don't appreciate.  So they fined him.

It sounds like Favre has refused to cooperate with the busybodies who run the league, essentially saying it's none of their business and to kiss his ass.

Good for him.

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Want some irony so thick that it can't be cut with a knife?  The woman who allegedly received the text message from Brett Favre that included a photo of his male member?  She is reported to be offended by the fact that Favre exposed himself to her.

Here's the offendee:

Exposed for all the world to see.

She is reported to be offended by the fact that Favre exposed himself to her.

Give me a break.

Photo courtesy of the New York Post.