Skip to comments.SOLAR WARMING UPDATE: Two Stories on the Environment
Posted on 10/10/2005 11:58:21 PM PDT by Yosemitest
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RUSH: I have a couple of environmental stories here that I want to share with you. First in the New York Times. The headline: "As Polar Ice Turns to Water, Dreams of Treasure Abound." The story is written from Churchill, Manitoba, which for those of you in Rio Linda, is Canada. A manatee is the sea cow. " It seems harsh to say that bad news for polar bears is good for Pat Broe. Mr. Broe, a Denver entrepreneur, is no more to blame than anyone else for a meltdown at the top of the world that threatens Arctic mammals and ancient traditions and lends credibility to dark visions of global warming. Still, the newest study of the Arctic ice cap - finding that it faded this summer to its smallest size ever recorded - is beginning to make Mr. Broe look like a visionary for buying this derelict Hudson Bay port from the Canadian government in 1997. Especially at the price he paid: about $7. By Mr. Broe's calculations, Churchill could bring in as much as $100 million a year as a port on Arctic shipping lanes shorter by thousands of miles than routes to the south, and traffic would only increase as the retreat of ice in the region clears the way for a longer shipping season."
Basically what this story is about here is that as the polar ice cap is melting, supposedly, we are learning that there is quite a lot of value underneath it, like oil and lots of fishies. Lots of fishies to be caught and eaten, lots of food swimming around up there underneath the arctic shelf, and the New York Times story is all concerned about the commerce potential of this shrinking ice cap. "Last year, scientists found tantalizing hints of oil--" Oil! "--in seabed samples just 200 miles from the North Pole." Folks, do you understand the ramifications of this? Oil 200 miles from the North Pole? And get this: "According to the story, one quarter," 25% for those of you in Rio Linda, "of the world's undiscovered oil and gas resources lie in the arctic, according to the United States Geological Survey." Now, how is oil made? I don't know what you were taught. When I was in school, and I've told you this, I was taught that oil was made from the decaying remains of our early ancestors, the dinosaurs, those big things trundling around the planet and so forth. That's why everybody thought there would be a shortage of oil that wouldn't last very long, because there weren't that many dinosaurs, not enough to decay to produce this kind of oil. That's why it was called "fossil fuels." I grew up thinking it was caused by dinosaurs. Well, not true.
"Most geologists view crude oil, like coal and natural gas, as the product of compression and heating of ancient vegetation over geological time scales." That means quite a few years. "According to this theory, it is formed from the decayed remains of prehistoric marine animals and terrestrial plants. Over many centuries this organic matter, mixed with mud, is buried under thick sedimentary layers of material. The resulting high levels of heat and pressure cause the remains to metamorphose, first into a waxy material known as kerogen, and then into liquid and gaseous hydrocarbons in a process known as catagenesis. These then migrate through adjacent rock layers until they become trapped underground in porous rocks called reservoirs, forming an oil field, from which the liquid can be extracted by drilling and pumping." You can also find this at Wikipedia. Just get on Wikipedia, put in "petroleum," and this is what you'll get. Anyway, if there was warming, it is a result of the only furnace capable of generating enough heat to affect the temperature here on earth, and what is that? And, by the way, we're talking centuries ago, folks, oil at the North Pole. There is only one element of heat, one source of heat strong enough to cause something like this, and it's Mr. Sun. But here's the real question. If there is oil at the North Pole, and you have to admit, folks, even with the so-called melting of the ice cap, it's still pretty cold up there.
I mean, you still need a jacket to go up there to visit Santa Claus. If there is oil where it is cold now, it had to be pretty damn hot there in the past, didn't it? Wouldn't you think? I mean, if we've got oil reserves up there, 25%, that had to be a pretty, pretty hot smoking place at some point in our earth's past, don't you believe? And it had to be warm there or hot there for a very, very long period of time -- and, by the way, we're talking about a period of time when there were relatively few SUVs and evil corporations pock-marking our planet, unless, of course, Tom Cruise's Scientology aliens were hard at work polluting the planet as they went about their business of populating the earth. I mean, there could be any number of explanations for this. That's the process by which oil is made and it takes a lot of heat over a long period of time, and it's pretty frigid up there. So it must have been pretty hot at some point, and the point there is, if it was really hot up there when we didn't have all that many SUVs up there then and we didn't have that many evil corporations, what was it that caused the heat? It has to be the sun. It can't have been humanity. So just wanted to pass that on.
Environmental story number two. It's from the Wall Street Journal. You talk about gouging? You talk about evil? You talk about selfishness? You talk about just absolute carelessness and lack of sensitivity for anybody else? "Hurricanes Katrina and Rita knocked down millions of trees." This story hasn't been told, folks. Oh, yeah, we've seen the houses that were felled and we've seen the floods and we've seen the people, but we haven't seen the story of the trees. We haven't seen it. There's a reason. There's a reason, my friends, that we haven't seen the devastation of these millions of trees. You know why? Because loggers -- evil timber company employees -- are "scrambling against the odds to get those trees to market before they rot or further contribute to the region's wildfire danger. From Texas to Alabama, these two hurricanes alone toppled forests as far as 50 miles inland. As much as 21 million board feet of timber, trees, which by state and federal figures is enough to build one million homes," destroyed, felled, kaput. "State officials estimate the market value of the downed timber at about $900 million in Louisiana," and get this, "2.4 billion in Mississippi. The amount of timber debris in the forest is as much as 50 tons an acre, which is more than ten times the norm," and guess who's going in there and taking it out? The evil lumber companies!
These are people that would have never been allowed to cut down these trees. You talk gouging and profiteering! Are they in there helping people? Hell no. No, they're in there taking these forests. You know, what are they going to do? Why, they're going to turn these trees into something they can sell. Baseball bats, pianos, houses or whatever. They're going to admittedly turn them into beautiful things. (interruption) Well, it's not pristine wasteland anymore, Mr. Snerdley. It's wasteland. That is a good point. Since this is what the environmentalists want, why rebuild this place at all? This is what they tell us the earth should be. Just go pitch a tent and live there. But my point is this: These evil loggers would not have been able to get within 50 miles of these forests were it not for the hurricanes, and yet, here come the hurricanes, and they go in there disguised as rescue workers. They go in there trying to make people think they're there to help, and what are they doing? Stealing lumber to make homes, to make baseball bats, pianos, chairs, whatever else that they make out of it. It's unconscionable, this lack of concern and compassion.
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My relatives in Mississippi tell me that timber (logs) sell now at $35.00 a ton, down $10.00 a ton from prior to the hurricane damage. So ... with gas increasing in price, and timber dropping 22.22 percent in price before federal and state tax ... some land owners think that it's not worth the cost in hard labor, time and money, to try to salvage the timber that was blown down.
My relatives said that most mills have stopped taking timber from private individuals, unless they personaly know and trust the man delivering the logs to the mill. Too many of the logs that were blown down, were from people's yards or fence lines and carry the danger of having nails, or dog chains grown into them. This is a terrible danger to the man running the saw-mill. If timber is salvaged from a suspected area, then it usually goes for chip-board, or particle-board, or whole tree pulp-wood. The end result is that blown down trees have about a 50 percent chance of being not usable for lumber, since the bending of the tree in the strong wind usually tears them up on the inside. If you cut them into shorter 8 or 10 foot logs, some will break apart down the middle, from the bending of several different directions from the wind, before the hurricane stops. And then there's tornado damage to a lot of the timber, which normally snaps the trees off above the ground, or blows them down in many different dirrections in a small area. Tornado damage makes it very difficult to get to the base of the trees to cut them up, and makes it hard to load them. In some areas, log roads had to be built where the rain washed out the roads.
So when you see lumber prices rise, don't think the money is getting to the one who owned the timber. Some people are having to pay $400.00 a tree to get them removed. But the poor land owners in the country, ... most are cutting the damaged timber up themselves, and paying someone to come and take the trees to the mill. If the bark falls off the trees, from waiting too long to take them to market, the mill won't take them. If a log is over 30 inches in diameter, the mill won't take it, because their equipment can't handle it. A lot of trees will rot where they fell, and most will get burned this fall, either in the fields where they lay, or for fire wood if they aren't pine.
It's bad all the way around. Two days of work cutting up a load of logs (between 16 to 18 tons) and paying for someone to deliver them to the mill ($100.00 to $140.00) after taxes might bring about $400.00. Then you get to pay for your fuel, maintain your chain saw, buy mosquito repellant, and pay for the fuel the tractor uses to clean up the mess from the limbs that were left from the logs. But ... you can't beat the work-out for exercise.
I was beginning to wonder if we were going to run out of toothpicks. Guess not. Whew, that was close.
It's going to make good termite food.
This is sort of what my last post was about in a "some Government programs create work just to keep themselves alive" sort of way. To say you're going to clean the soil at a site to a level that's lower than background in areas nearby is crazy. I'd say dilute it with nearby soil if there are concerns to reach such low levels. Sometimes dilution is the solution to environmental pollution. I've spent 15 years as an environmental chemist and know superfund programs (and the money they waste) very well.
Such a shame. If they only would have let it be cut sooner.
But about cleanups... I really like to know your opinion of the cleanup of these old military bases like Warminister, PA and if you think that the only thing that can be done with them is ...say use them to build nuclear power plants.
But the timber situation in Mississippi, is why I posted this article. I know many people who lost a lot of good timber to those hurricanes, and the new hybrid pines are glorified milkweeds. They grow twice as fast as the close grain pines, but weigh less than half the weight of the old pines. The new pines aren't worth anything except for pulp wood for paper, or chip or particle board. They really are a waste of good land.
And the big, timber around the little towns and cities, is either too large to cut for lumber, or in danger of having some metal inside of it. Some of the pecan orchards I saw that were torn apart, driving up highway 45 from Mobile to Meridian, would make excellent furniture, but most of it will be piled up and burned where it lays, or maybe used for fire wood this winter.
The major problem with old military bases are the chlorinated hydrocarbons (usually TCE) that were used as degreasers and cleaners. In most cases, the halogenated organics have premeditated into the groundwater and are very toxic to life. As far as the hydrocarbons are concerned, there's more hydrocarbons on the surface of a candy bar then there is at most sites. It's simply food for the bugs. Sorry, I know very little about wood.
I don't know how you would clean that up.
And wood, is also great bug food, and rotted wood contributes to great topsoil. If you burn it, it makes great potash, which also makes good topsoil, in moderation.
Well, that's a can of worms issue that I'll not mention here. And anyone who respects their secret clearances shouldn't say much either. But one has to remember things were done differently back them. And that's that.
To answer youre question more specifically about chlorinated hydrocarbons, the answer is usually DNAPLS (pronounced dean-apples; Dense Non-aqueous phase liquids). Its simple really, the chlorinated hydrocarbons are more dense (heavier) than water and so they will permeate into the cracks of the aquifer and are thus impossible to clean. Therefore, its sometimes best to just monitor them (via monitoring wells) and make sure the plume (contaminated water) stays within a certain contain area.
Given this, there seems to be a supply-demand match. After the hurricanes, the US has plenty of wood that can be used as fill for topsoil. There are many third world lands around the globe with topsoil problems. Isn't it better to create fishermen?
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Fishermen are always good. Problem solvers are better.
My simple view of it is that during the 50s and 60s, Governments developed 100s of ways to kill millions of people very quickly and efficiently. When it gets to the point of countering the 100s of ways all your enemies have, it gets to the point of a different solution, A NEW WORLD ORDER. When Governments act in secret, the world becomes less ordered. In short (similar to your tag line), the choice for humanity is to either work towards WORLD ORDER and towards disorder (and possible mass human extermination).
And your tag line is also very true.
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These gasoline regulations are the EPA on Steroids! Only one formula is needed and that is to keep the sulfa content under control - ever think of filling your tank in one state and driving into another state with entirely different gas formulations - commingling with other gas as you add gas to what is already in the tank perhaps unwittingly creating some nocuous pollutant and drive on to another state with other regulations where we add more formulations for that state - are we breaking the law somehow? No, we have just allowed a stupid law to manipulate the taxpayer into paying higher taxes
some of these additives have poisoned the land where highways cross it, yet the Congress is slow to stop the practice
follow the money. One formula for clean air would lower the costs for fuel and enable the refinery to produce far more fuel --- that is not to say we will not need to build more refineries, we desperately need more however, the practice of blending fuels must be ended.
These environmental idiots cause more wasted money than their worth.
My father tells me that as of today pine logs were selling for $16.00 to $14.00 a ton and they are watching the logs for "blueing" to cull them to pulp wood at a much cheaper price.
If you're not careful, a load of logs will bring less than the cost of the fuel to harvest and deliver it cost.
$16 to $14 a ton makes it a good buy for firewood, at least if it was in the Pacific Northwest.