Archive for June 25, 2009

Apparently We Still Have Too Much Money So Your Worthless Democratic Congress Wants to Give More Of It To Other Countries

If a tree falls in Brazil, it will, in fact, be heard in the U.S. – at least if a little-noticed provision in the pending climate-change bill in Congress becomes law.

As part of the far-reaching climate bill, the House is set to vote Friday on a plan to pay companies billions of dollars not to chop down trees around the world, as a way to reduce global warming.

The provision, called “offsets,” has been attacked by both environmentalists and business groups as ineffective and poorly designed. Critics contend it would send scarce federal dollars overseas to plant trees when subsidies are needed at home, while the purported ecological benefits would be difficult to quantify.

The offsets “would be a transfer of wealth overseas,” said William Kovacs, vice president for environmental affairs at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

The Congressional Budget Office (CBO), the official fiscal scorekeeper on Capitol Hill, has not offered an estimate on how much the offset plan would cost, but the liberal Center for American Progress says it will be pricey.

“The international offsets market is not a huge or cheap market,” said Joseph Romm, a climate expert at the center. “By 2020, the U.S. could be spending $4 billion on international offsets.” Read the rest of the sad story here.

H/T Bonz at GCP.

If that doesn’t make you want to grab the pitchforks and boiling oil, it should. Congress is planning on the biggest tax hike in history which will make everything more expensive. Your food. Your shelter. Your transportation. Your electricity. And they will take your tax dollars and send it to other countries because you have too damned much money.

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Australian Crop Circles Created by “High” Wallabies

Interesting report from the BBC:

Australian wallabies are eating opium poppies and creating crop circles as they hop around “as high as a kite”, a government official has said.

Lara Giddings, the attorney general for the island state of Tasmania, said the kangaroo-like marsupials were getting into poppy fields grown for medicine.

She was reporting to a parliamentary hearing on security for poppy crops.

Australia supplies about 50% of the world’s legally-grown opium used to make morphine and other painkillers.

Lara Giddings, government official
“The one interesting bit that I found recently in one of my briefs on the poppy industry was that we have a problem with wallabies entering poppy fields, getting as high as a kite and going around in circles,” Lara Giddings told the hearing.

“Then they crash,” she added. “We see crop circles in the poppy industry from wallabies that are high.”

Rick Rockliff, a spokesman for poppy producer Tasmanian Alkaloids, said the wallaby incursions were not very common, but other animals had also been spotted in the poppy fields acting unusually.

“There have been many stories about sheep that have eaten some of the poppies after harvesting and they all walk around in circles,” he added.

Retired Tasmanian poppy farmer Lyndley Chopping also said he had seen strange behaviour from wallabies in his fields.

“They would just come and eat some poppies and they would go away,” he told ABC News.

“They’d come back again and they would do their circle work in the paddock.”

Some people believe the mysterious circles that appear in fields in a number of countries are created by aliens. Others put them down to a human hoax.

There are people that are confident that aliens are traveling light years across the universe in order to spend the evening trampling crops in elaborate patterns. How scary is that? These people vote.

I always thought that they (crop circles) were the work of pranksters or perhaps farmers that were complicit with the area’s need to relieve credulous tourists from that heavy burden of cash. Opium-fiend sheep and/or wallabies weren’t actually on my list.

I need to go outside and check the barn for illicit substances. I could use some relief for my foot.

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