States limit purchase of high end computers

 

 

This should clip the wings of those capitalists who need powerful computer capacity. Add regular gamers as well. States putting the brakes and limiting what kind of computer one can have. Falls under “Power Consumption Regulations.” Where did this come from? If we needed another example of a previous post The United States Descent Into Madness this is it. California has a special kind of madness considering they are suppose to be the tech capital of the world.

Looks like it’s back to this:

NEC Multispeed EL Computer“NEC Multispeed EL Computer” by lewong2000 is licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

Approximately 59 million Americans spanning five states can’t buy Dell’s high-end Alienware brand desktop PCs “due to power consumption regulations.”

When one goes to the Dell Alienware online configurator to buy an Aurora R12 gaming desktop, a special notice appears which reads:

This product cannot be shipped to the states of California, Colorado, Hawaii, Oregon, Vermont or Washington due to power consumption regulations adopted by those states. Any orders placed that are bound for those states will be canceled.

Among other state policies, the prohibition puts Dell in compliance with California’s Energy Commission regulations which took effect on July 1. Under the new guidelines, annual energy consumption cannot consume more than 75 kWh/year, and cannot exceed an “expandability score” (ES) of 690, which includes idle power consumption.

 

California madness:

 

Computing Savings in California
Requirements for Desktop Computers, Thin Clients, MobileGaming Systems, Portable All-in-Ones and Notebook Computers
 
On July 1, 2021, desktop computers, thin clients and mobile gaming systems will be required to comply with the Tier-II performance, testing, marking and certification requirements listed inSections 16011608 ofCalifornia’s Appliance EfficiencyRegulations (Title 20). Portable all-in-ones and notebook computers must continue to meet the Tier 1 requirements that became effective on January 1, 2019.On December 9, 2021, computers with high-speed networking capability, multi-screen notebooks, notebooks with cyclical behavior, and monitors with high refresh rates will also be required to meet the performance, testing, marking and certification requirements listed inSections 1601(v) –1608 of Title 20.The regulations for these computer types are in addition to those that went into effect on January 1, 2018 for small-scale servers, high expandability computers, mobile workstations and workstations.
 Why?
 
According to the 2016 Energy Commission Staff Report, computers and monitors account for approximately 3% of residential and 7% of commercial energy use, qualifying them as large electricity consumers. Much of the time, these products are turned on and consuming electricity but are not actively being used. The Energy Commission recognizes four different non-active operational modes: short-idle, long-idle, sleep and off-modes.Some computers consume 50 watts of electricity in these idle modes.The Title 20 standards are cost-effective, technically feasible and limit the amount of electricity computers and monitors are allowed to consume when not in active mode. The standards are designed to reduce energy consumption in active mode without interfering with performance. The standards set targets for energy consumed in the four non-active modes based on a computer’s “expandibility score” (ES). The ES considers the number and type of interfaces offered. There are also allowances for additional energy use if the computer offers additional functionality, including:• Add-in Cards• Additional Hard Disks• Graphics Cards• High Bandwidth System Memory• High-speed Ethernet Capability• Integrated Display• Refresh Rates Above 300 Hz (monitors)• System Memory• Video Surveillance Cards• Wired Ethernet or Fiber CardsThe base total energy consumption targets are determined by a product’s ES, which is contingent on the type of interfaces present in the system as sold or offered for sale.
Relevant Code Sections
California Appliance Efficiency Regulations, Title 201602(a) and1602(v) – Definitions1604(v)(4) – Test Methods for Computers1605.3(v)(5) – State Standards for Computers1606 – Filing by Manufacturers; Listing of Appliances in Database1607(b) – Marking of Appliances (Name, Model Number, and Date)
 
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China Joe counting on other countries for electric vehicle materials

Apparently we haven’t learned anything about being self sufficient regarding raw materials. With the semiconductor shortage as I reported last week being a prime example. Let’s make sure we are dependent on the world for materials needed to produce all these wonderful electric cars. Recall first:

Silicon Chip Shortage Leads To Food Shortage: Dealers Halt Equipment Shipments To Farmers

Gelsinger said U.S. dominance in the chip industry had dropped so much that only 12% of the world’s semiconductor manufacturing is made in the U.S., down from 37% about 25 years ago.

“And anybody who looks at supply chain says, ‘That’s a problem.’ This is a big, critical industry and we want more of it on American soil: the jobs that we want in America, the control of our long-term technology future,” he said. the worldwide shortage of computer chips will impact all aspects of agriculture for the next two years and beyond… farm equipment manufacturers have halted shipments to dealers because they don’t have the chips to put in the equipment… not only have combine, planter, tillage, and tractor sales been impacted, but even ATV supplies are limited. Parts, even non-electric parts, are also in short supply because the manufacturers of those parts use the chips in the manufacturing process. As farmers integrate technology into all aspects of the farming process, these highly sophisticated semiconductors have become the backbone of almost every farming operation.”

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Exclusive-Biden looks abroad for electric vehicle metals, in blow to U.S. miners

Electric vehicleU.S. President Joe Biden will rely on ally countries to supply the bulk of the metals needed to build electric vehicles and focus on processing them domestically into battery parts, part of a strategy designed to placate environmentalists, two administration officials with direct knowledge told Reuters.

The plans will be a blow to U.S. miners who had hoped Biden would rely primarily on domestically sourced metals, as his campaign had signaled last autumn, to help fulfill his ambitions for a less carbon-intensive economy.

Rather than focus on permitting more U.S. mines, Biden’s team is more focused on creating jobs that process minerals domestically into electric vehicle (EV) battery parts, according to the people.

Such a plan would help cut U.S. reliance on industry leader China for EV materials while also enticing unions with manufacturing work and, in theory, reduce pandemic-fueled unemployment.

Better yet, under the approach, the United States would rely on Canada, Australia and Brazil – among others – to produce most of the critical raw materials needed, while it competes for higher-value jobs turning those minerals into computer chips and batteries, according to the two sources.

Bonus for those who prefer a visual of shortages:

Chip shortage: Ford trucks piling up at Kentucky Speedway

Visual of gas shortage which happens when no longer energy independent.

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Silicon Chip Shortage Leads To Food Shortage: Dealers Halt Equipment Shipments To Farmers

This is what happens when we depend in “Just in time” delivery. In this case we look at the semiconductor shortage and I see no easy fix. We are so concerned about energy independence and so we should, but how about other necessary products that make are economy roll? I have seen little reporting and any effort to fix the issue. Semiconductors are what is necessary for our economy to keep going round. It could make a gas shortage look tame. Not only that, it is a feeder into what could prove to be inflation the likes of which we have not seen since Carter. Shortages are everywhere now. Whether it be lumber or now potato chips. Here tis:

Zero Hedge:

The shortage has caused Reynolds Farm Equipment, one of Indiana’s largest John Deere dealers, to inform customers that order times are unknown at the moment because production for specific equipment has been disrupted because of the lack of chips.

“In the U.S., we love our quick-fix solutions, which usually involve federal government bailouts. This time, however, that solution will not work to solve the shortage,” said Hoosier Ag Today. 

Intel’s CEO Pat Gelsinger has been the latest in a chorus of voices to warn about the ongoing semiconductor shortage that will last for a “couple of years.”

Gelsinger said U.S. dominance in the chip industry had dropped so much that only 12% of the world’s semiconductor manufacturing is made in the U.S., down from 37% about 25 years ago.

“And anybody who looks at supply chain says, ‘That’s a problem.’ This is a big, critical industry and we want more of it on American soil: the jobs that we want in America, the control of our long-term technology future,” he said.

Readers have been briefed on the ongoing semiconductor shortage that may last a “couple of years.” The auto industry has grabbed the spotlight as the hardest-hit industry, with some of the world’s biggest manufacturers restricting production.

According to a new report, the worldwide chip shortage is impacting the agriculture industry that may last for a couple of years and has already impacted the price of potato chips.

Hoosier Ag Today reports, “The biggest factor impacting the ability of US farmers to produce the food we need has nothing to do with the weather, the markets, trade, regulations, or disease. The worldwide shortage of computer chips will impact all aspects of agriculture for the next two years and beyond… farm equipment manufacturers have halted shipments to dealers because they don’t have the chips to put in the equipment… not only have combine, planter, tillage, and tractor sales been impacted, but even ATV supplies are limited. Parts, even non-electric parts, are also in short supply because the manufacturers of those parts use the chips in the manufacturing process. As farmers integrate technology into all aspects of the farming process, these highly sophisticated semiconductors have become the backbone of almost every farming operation.”

Read more at Zero Hedge here.

Not just farm equipment. Here is what is happening in the auto industry.

Chip shortage: Ford trucks piling up at Kentucky Speedway

CARROLLTON, Ky. — The stands have been empty at the Kentucky Speedway for months but its parking lot tells a different story. The lot is packed with thousands of Ford Super Duty Trucks. “We noticed them putting the trucks in there about three to four weeks ago and wondered why,” Pat Roeder said. “As of last week, it’s overwhelming – you can’t believe there’s that many trucks.”

The trucks were made at Ford’s Kentucky Truck Plant and are ready to be sold, but lack semiconductors. They are the small computer chips that go inside the vehicles. A global shortage due to the pandemic is impacting Ford and all other automakers. The shortage has changed schedules and even shut down the plant in Louisville at times. The lot shows they are still making the Super Duty trucks as they wait for parts.

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Living in Disneyland

Living in Disneyland

by Mustang

No, I’m not talking about Goofy; he’s living in the White House.  I’m speaking about the average Joe, John Q. Citizen, Susie Doe, and everyone else who is not living within the confines of Bunkerville, U.S.A.

Disneyland 13

Anyone who’s been to Disneyland knows that it’s a fantasy park.  There really is no Micky; it’s really someone fighting drug addiction dressed in a costume who spends their day making four-year-old’s pee their pants.  That’s what America has become, as well.  Masks on — to save lives; Masks off — because masks don’t matter.  Covid-19 inoculations — to save lives; steadfast refusal to get a Covid-jab, because after nearly everyone got one, the CDC announced that the vaccine doesn’t prevent Covid infection.

Border walls — because illegal aliens constitute a prohibited assault upon our economy; borders open, because illegals are people, too, even if they pose a significant health risk to everyone in South Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, and Southern California — and, um, Chicago.

Also, you know all that money Congress set aside for Covid-19 assistance programs?  Well, Biden is spending it elsewhere.  Why?  Because he can, that’s why.  How dare you even question it.

Here’s a very clever leftist idea.  To prevent a dangerous psychotic from entering a school and shooting students to death, let’s have magic-marker printed signs placed on the palms of all students that read “Don’t” (on the right hand) and “Shoot” (on the left hand).  That should do it.  Now, of course, with reference to the Parkland shooting in Florida, it was the abject stupidity and cowardice of the School Board and a lily-livered deputy sheriff that let that horrific event happen, but of course, we don’t allow reality in Disneyland.

If we did allow reality, then we’d have to conclude that were it not for Democrats, dangerous psychotics sitting in our publicly funded classrooms would be identified, removed from general populations, and confined in an institution suitable for psychopaths (other than Congress).  But no … in Disneyland, we blame the problem on inanimate objects.

We’re also doing a good job keeping refrigerants out of the atmosphere and let’s not forget how grateful the environment is — evidenced by the fact that the recent five-day rainy period has moved on.  Overall, most Disneyites believe refrigerant control is a priority over a justice system that gives all of us confidence.  Not to worry, though, because in taking the lead from the 2002 Tom Cruise film Minority Report, we can prevent crime by reading the minds of conservatives by borrowing their DNA from Ancestry dot Com and then taking appropriate action, such as placing barbed wire fences all over Washington, traffic barriers, and increased personal security for members of the Congress Mob.

Some other key benefits to living in Disneyland (with a hat tip to Ed Bonderenka) include: putting oil and gas employees out of work so that they can draw state and federal unemployment benefits; reduce energy production so that all Disneyites can pay more for gasoline; an economy designed to increase the cost of goods and services while diminishing the value of the dollar; embracing Critical Race Theory as if it were an undeniable fact, and last (but not least) increasing the cost of admission to Disneyland.

In conclusion, don’t forget the Disneyland Parade.  You’re paying for it.  It is a small world, after all.

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Whitmer threatens profit seizure if pipeline stays operating

Just after hearing for the first time yesterday from our new energy maven, we get the news that Michigan’s Governor Whitmer has even a more diabolical move afoot. The very time we are in an “energy crunch” not a “shortage,” this nitwit does this. Sheer madness. First let me introduce you to Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm.

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer threatened Tuesday to go after Enbridge’s profits from a Great Lakes oil pipeline if the company defies her order to shut it down.

The Democratic governor issued the warning in a letter to the Canadian energy transport company on the eve of a state-imposed deadline to halt operation of Line 5, which moves oil through northern Wisconsin and Michigan to refineries in Ontario. Enbridge repeated its intention to defy Whitmer’s demand.

Terrifying

“Terrifying” by ellenmac11 is licensed with CC BY-NC-ND 2.0.

A nearly 4-mile-long (6.4-kilometer-long) section of Line 5 divides into two pipes that cross the bottom of the Straits of Mackinac, which connects Lake Michigan and Lake Huron.

Whitmer, backed by environmentalists and native tribes, says the segment is vulnerable to a catastrophic spill in the cold, swirling channel. She revoked an easement last November that Michigan had granted in 1953 for the pipes to occupy the lake bottom and ordered them closed by May 12.

Enbridge insists the segment is in good condition and says its loss would cause economic damage in both countries, a position shared by the Canadian government, which filed a legal brief Tuesday in support of the company.

In her letter to Vern Yu, Enbridge’s executive vice president for liquids pipelines, Whitmer said continued operation of the line after Wednesday “constitutes an intentional trespass” and that the company would do so “at its own risk.”

“If the state prevails in the underlying litigation, Enbridge will face the prospect of having to disgorge to the state all profits it derives from its wrongful use of the easement lands following that date,” Whitmer said. 

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From our latest savant: “If you were driving an electric car this would not being effecting you.”  Let’s see those big tractor trailers which brings to us most of everything make out. 

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THE BUNKERVILLE WAR – The Fight for Land Rights -The Bundys, the Conclusion

The Bunkerville War — Part II

The fight for land rights

by Mustang

The Bundy’s

In 1848, as part of the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo (ending the Mexican/American War), the United States purchased from Mexico the entire southwestern region of the United States.  The federal government has since then owned much of the land that is now Nevada, including an allotment of land previously permitted to Cliven D. Bundy, which was called Bunkerville Flats, Nevada.

In 1861, the Nevada Territory was partitioned from the Utah Territory and, in 1864, Nevada became a state.  Nevada’s original settlers in the 1840s and 1850s were Mormons from Utah with a few small-time farmers from Louisiana, Arkansas, and Mississippi sprinkled in.  After the War of Yankee Aggression, much of the southwest land was settled by rural farmers, homeless squatters, and small-time ranchers from former Confederate states.  Most of these people sought to escape the ravages of war — some of them were fugitives from the law.  The ancestors of Cliven David Bundy (b. 29 April 1946) were Mormons from Utah.

Since 1934, federal land in Nevada has come under the management of the US Forest Service, BLM, or its predecessor, the US Grazing Service.  More than two-thirds of Nevada’s 70-million acres fall under the authority of BLM; nation-wide, the agency manages around 18,000 grazing permits and leases — in Nevada, around 700.  In every permit agreement, the federal government asserts its control over the leased land, so there is no question about whose land it is.

Cliven Bundy’s father, David Ammon Bundy, first obtained a grazing permit from the BLM in 1954.  Bundy maintained these permits until 1993.  Five years earlier, in 1989, the federal government declared the desert tortoise an endangered species and began to develop a plan to save this creature within Clark County, Nevada.

The government announced their project by asserting that its purpose was “to meet the needs of the tortoise and the people,” such as Bundy, who owned a permit to use the tortoise’s land.  In 1991, the US Fish and Wildlife Service approved a short-term conservation plan that set aside 22,000 acres of tortoise habitat around Las Vegas … and did so in exchange for strict conservation measures on 400,000 acres of BLM land south of the city.  This arrangement eliminated livestock grazing and imposed strict limitations on off-road vehicle use within protected areas.  Unhappily for local ranchers, the final arrangement in 1992 doubled the size of the conservation area, which by then included Bunkerville Flats.

But 1992 wasn’t the first time ranchers complained about the federal government’s control of western lands.  Following passage of the Federal Land Policy and Management Act of 1976 came the so-called Sagebrush Rebellion — when cattlemen, miners, loggers, developers, and farmers argued that federal land ownership harmed their states’ economies and violated the principles of federalism and states’ rights.[1]

The Sagebrush Rebellion demanded that the federal government transfer its control over large amounts of this land to individual states, giving state legislatures the right to make their own decisions about land and resource management.  This “rebellion” was diffused when Ronald Reagan appointed James Watt, a Sagebrush Rebellion leader, to serve as Secretary of the Interior.  Watt devised and implemented a “good neighbor” policy to manage federal lands, a cooperative arrangement that seemed to appease the sagebrush rebels.[2]

After the government’s adoption of the Turtle Policy, it asked Bundy to return his grazing permit for a refund. Bundy refused, and as a protest of the government’s actions, he also declined to renew his “modified” permit in 1993.  In 1994, BLM canceled Bundy’s permit to access Bunkerville Flats.  Concurrently, however, Mr. Bundy asserted his “vested right” to graze his cattle on land that had been in use since 1954.

Photo:By Gage Skidmore from Peoria, AZ, United States of America – Cliven Bundy, CC BY-SA 2.0,

Bundy ignored federal court orders to quit the federal land; not only that, but Bundy also refused to pay his back permit fees or stop grazing his cattle at Bunkerville Flats.  Accumulating Fees and court-ordered fines soon approached $1-million.  In contrast, excluding Bundy’s fines and fees, ranchers’ total unpaid costs in arrears nation-wide amounted to only $237,000.

The Battle of Bunkerville

On 24 March 2014, BLM announced its intention to close federal lands known as Gold Butte, Mormon Mesa, and Bunkerville Flats.  The purpose of the closure was to “limit public access, use, and occupancy during impoundment of illegal cattle to ensure the safety and welfare of the public, contractors, and government employees.” The closure project involved a jaw-dropping 802,571 acres of land, only some of which fell under BLM management.  According to federal officials, the confidential nature of on-going law enforcement operations prevented them from giving their standard 30-day notice of intended action.

Reportedly, the federal government offered to buy Bundy’s cattle, resell them, and provide him with the proceeds of the sale — no doubt, less what Bundy owed BLM in accumulated fees.  Mr. Bundy declined BLM’s offer.  Between 5 and 9 April 2014, federal contractors using horses and a small helicopter penned around 400 head of cattle on the closed range — ninety percent of those animals were Bundy’s.  During the roundup, six animals died, four of which the government euthanized because they posed a threat to contractors or employees.  One was a prized bull.  Ultimately, government officials suspended the roundup out of concern for the safety of the wranglers.

Cliven Bundy wasn’t taking any of this lying down.  At the end of March, he sent out notices asking for the help of fellow ranchers and other sympathetic organizations.  The media categorized these organizations as “right-wing” and “domestic terrorist.”  It was inspired rhetoric designed to incite violence between federal law enforcement officers and citizens who have complaints about the federal government’s perceived abuses.

Whether the complaints were legitimate is for the courts to decide, which they apparently did when they ruled in favor of the federal government.  Bundy, however, claimed that federal courts are always rigged in favor of the government and against the people.  One can understand how a citizen might develop this view given the fines assessed against Cliven Bundy, as compared to, say, the government’s refusal to prosecute Hillary Clinton for violating federal secrecy statutes.

But if there was any doubt about the Bundy family’s argument, Cliven’s son Ryan cleared the air in plain-spoken language: “If they are going to be out in the hills stealing our property, we will put measures of defense. And they have always asked us, ‘What will you do, what will you do?’ and our stance has always been we will do whatever it takes.  Open-ended.  And because of that, that’s why they are scared, because they don’t know to what level we will go to protect our property, but we will protect our property.”

In early April 2014, armed citizens from across the United States joined in peaceful protests against the government’s trespass-roundup in what has become known as the Battle of Bunkerville.  BLM officials were “concerned” that protests might turn into a twenty-first-century range war.  Accordingly, federal officers sought to limit these peaceful protests by establishing “first amendment zones.”  Nevada governor Brian Sandoval almost immediately stepped in and demanded the removal of these federal restrictions.

On 10 April, protestors impeded a BLM vehicle refusing to grant passage until federal officers explained what they were doing on Bunkerville flats with specialized equipment.  Addressing the protestors, Cliven Bundy doubled down by questioning the BLM’s jurisdiction, authority, and police power.  Cliven may have been a bit over-wrought when he added that Nevada ranchers were ready to take over the country.

Later, after protestors tied up traffic on I-15 for more than two hours, they converged on Gold Butte, where Bundy’s animals were being held against their will; a tense hour-long standoff occurred.  Protestors armed with high-powered rifles took up positions that gave them a good field of fire into the BLM’s position.

Clark County Sheriff Doug Gillespie (in office from 2007-2015) opined that escalation of the problem rested squarely at the feet of BLM, who largely ignored his advice on handling the matter. Gillespie’s under-Sheriff, Joe Lombardo (who succeeded Gillespie in 2015), stated that the standoff was volatile.  Angry armed citizens seemed anxious for a fight. “We were outgunned, outmanned, and there would not have been a good result from it [violence].”  The standoff at Gold Butte was resolved when the BLM signaled that the government would return Bundy’s cattle a short time later.

Officials and citizens from several western states seem to support Cliven Bundy’s claim that the federal government was acting beyond its constitutional authority.  Politicians in neighboring Arizona, for example, vocalized their support of the Bundy claims — one of whom characterized the Bundy standoff as being similar to the incident in Tiananmen Square.  It was a suggestion that the federal government had become as abusive as the Red Chinese in Beijing — an opinion shared by many conservatives throughout the country.

Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval sided with Bundy and the protestors, stating publicly that the federal government’s intimidation of the American citizen, its denial of constitutional rights to citizens with whom the federal government disagrees, is unjustified.  Members of the Nevada Assembly agreed with Sandoval and voiced their support of Bundy’s refusal to give in.  Michele Fiore thought that it was time that the federal government return all federal land in Nevada to the people of Nevada.

Politicians in Utah insisted that federal bureaucrats had become de facto paramilitary units and SWAT teams — they called for the disarming of bureaucrats.  In a letter to the White House,  Texas Congressman Steve Stockman accused the Obama administration of conducting unlawful paramilitary raids against the United States citizens.

There has been no shortage of infantile rhetoric on both sides of the Bunkerville War.  The political left claims that anyone who stands up for their Constitutional rights is a domestic terrorist; the political right responds by declaring the federal government under the Democratic Party in flagrant disregard of the U. S. Constitution.  The truth may lie somewhere in the middle of this petty speechifying but still, in 2021, there has been no overtures of peace from either side.  The matter remains “unresolved.”

Postscript:  The usual conclusion.  In this case Reid, his offspring, money and China.

Sources:

  1. Dick, E.  The Lure of the Land: A Social History of the Public Lands from the Articles of Confederation to the New Deal.  Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 1970.
  2. Ferrara, D. “Cliven Bundy Case Dismissal Upheld by Appeals Court.” Las Vegas Review-Journal.  6 August 2020.
  3. Gates, P. W.  The Jeffersonian Dream: Studies in the History of American Land Policy and Development.  Albuquerque: University of New Mexico Press, 1996.
  4. Maughan, R. “A Brief History of the public lands, the BLM and grazing.” The Wildlife News online, 23 April 2014.
  5. Robbins, R. M.  Our Landed Heritage: The Public Domain, 1776-1970.  Lincoln: University of Nebraska, 1976.

 

Endnotes:

[1] On average, the federal government owns 60% of the land in twelve states within and west of the Rockey Mountains.

[2] The “good neighbor” authority allows federal land management agencies to enter into agreements with state land management authorities to accomplish projects critical to maintaining healthy and productive forests.  However, given the number of forest fires that develop annually in the western states, it would appear that work to remove dead underbrush — the kindling materials from which forest fires are conceived — has been less than effective … and perhaps intentionally so.

This is part II. For part 1:

The Bunkerville War – The fight for land rights

Schumer smug about Texas? New York has to import Nat Gas from Russia

 

Schumer preens about, so full of himself that Texas is in a bad place due to the severe cold that caused the energy crisis this past week. Be careful Chuck. You and your pal Cuomo have put New York in the same boat for a potential disaster. New York and other New England States dependent on Russia for energy.

An excellent example of just what has been allowed to happen that puts Americans at risk by a few nitwits.

Even the Boston Globe opined that “Massachusetts’ reliance on imported gas from one of the world’s most threatened places is also a severe indictment of the state’s inward-looking environmental and climate policies.”

Previous posts on the situation in New York, the latest from the eco-terrorists:

For eight years, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has capitulated to the eco-left. From preventing the construction of needed pipelines to banning fracking, he has implemented an extreme environmentalist agenda.

Now, the consequences of those decisions are hitting New York residents hard.

Earlier, it was reported how New York is facing shortages of natural gas, even though it has plentiful shale reserves and shares a border with Pennsylvania, a state that also has shale reserves. As the Wall Street Journal noted, “The reason for the shortage is obvious: The Cuomo administration has repeatedly blocked or delayed new pipeline projects. As a Con Ed spokesman put it, there is a ‘lot of natural gas around the country, but getting it to New York has been the strain.’”

 

 

It seems New York has a partial solution – import liquefied natural gas from Russia.

That’s right, instead of permitting pipelines and fracking to get access to domestic natural gas, New York is importing energy from across the world – and from a geopolitical rival to boot.

Chuck DeVore, Vice President of the Texas Public Policy Foundation explains, “And, while Gov. Cuomo continues to obstruct new pipelines, generating political goodwill from some, his state’s policies, combined with a 99-year-old law that bans foreign vessels from shipping cargo between U.S. ports, result in the importation of liquified natural gas (LNG) from Russia and Trinidad and Tobago—rather than Pennsylvania or Texas.”

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Moratorium on New Yorkers getting more hookups to energy.

The New York Post says lawmakers are confused by Cuomo’s claim they get to decide on the Williams pipeline. In an editorial, the Wall Street Journal says Cuomo blocking the pipeline and then blaming National Grid for the moratorium is “another parable of how the political campaign to ban fossil fuels is detached from energy and economic reality.”

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Yes… this is how it works New Yorkers:

“To add additional service would pose a risk to the integrity of our system and compromise natural gas use for our existing 1.8 million customers in New York City and on Long Island,” said Karen Young, the National Grid spokesperson. The result is that, while existing customers are unaffected, those attempting to get a new hookup are denied new service.

“…Mr. Cuomo has ordered the utility National Grid to resume natural-gas hookups that were suspended after his senseless pipeline veto this spring.”

Guess how this will end. Let’s connect these dots. One doesn’t need to be a Mensa candidate.

What happens when you don’t add any new supply lines?  Taken from an earlier post

New York has to get energy from Russia thanks to Cuomo and the eco-left

 

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Biden Harris pincher move against Manchin not a big success

If we are concerned about the GOP not pulling their oars together, one can only wonder what was in the thinking of the Biden/Harris presidential pair. It doesn’t sound like they are keeping in mind they need each and every one of the Dems to keep on rolling over the GOP setting aside reconciliation. Schumer no doubt must be chaffing that Manchin doesn’t support getting rid of the filibuster  but it’s not a popular concept to go behind a Senator’s back and undermine him. So the squeeze was to put the Governor and Biden against Manchin. Not enough? Then go over Arizona way an aggravate things there.

CHARLESTON/HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) – After airing Thursday evening, WSAZ’s exclusive interview with Vice President Kamala Harris drew national attention.

Friday morning, the White House answered questions about the vice president’s appearance on two stations — one in Arizona, the other on WSAZ.

The interview even took U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., by surprise. Friday morning, Manchin visited one of West Virginia’s COVID-19 vaccination clinics. His visit comes just one day after the vice president spoke with WSAZ’s Amanda Barren about the proposed “American Rescue Plan” (ARP).

“I saw [the interview], I couldn’t believe it. No one called me [about it],” Manchin said. “We’re going to try to find a bipartisan pathway forward, but we need to work together. That’s not a way of working together.”

“We want to make the case to the American people across the country (…) This is a way to do just that,” Psaki said.

Psaki was then asked by a reporter why Arizona and West Virginia were chosen specifically.

“I think [the vice president will] do a number of additional regional calls and regional interviews, as will members of the team,” Psaki responded.

“We met [Pres. Biden’s] economic team and they put out what they wanted. We said, ‘Just show us the figures.’ Because people need to know. We want to help everybody that needs help,” Manchin said. “But if a person is making $250,000 or $300,000, I don’t think they’re in much as need as a person making $40,000 or $50,000. We’re going to target it.”

Thursday, the vice president told WSAZ’s Amanda Barren she and President Joe Biden ran as Democrats, but “we are Americans and we will lead as Americans.” Vice President Harris added, “The reason I am here in West Virginia talking with you is because everybody matters whether you voted for us or not.”

Now back to this West Virginia governor business. This is a born again Democrat/Republican who rode the coattails of Trump and became a Republican again.  Trump won W.VA by 39 points.

James Conley Justice II (born April 27, 1951) is an American businessman and politician who has been serving as the 36th governor of West Virginia since 2017. With a net worth of around $1.9 billion, he is the wealthiest person in West Virginia.

Although Justice was a registered Republican before running for governor, he ran as a Democrat and defeated the Republican nominee, Bill Cole. Less than seven months after taking office, Justice switched back to the Republican Party after announcing his plans at a rally with U.S. president Donald Trump in the state.

Whichever way the wind blows apparently.

Whoopi apparently thinks it was just fine. Actually a couple of them figured it out how it works.  Manchin votes with the GOP about 50 percent of the time.

Kamala Harris once again demonstrating her lack of familiarity with the energy sector, yet, for some reason, she intends to regulate it.

A stunning success for the swamp.

Watch out for Biden’s next land grab via the Monuments Act

 

In the waning days of the Obama administration, Obama  finished off his ravaging the land taking control  of more land to make sure we would be energy dependent and finish off tens of thousands of good paying jobs. I listened closely to Biden’s first day of E.O.’s and a close ear would have heard him add  he wanted to “expand the Monuments land.”

Let us be clear what that is suppose to be:

What did the National Monuments Act do?
In 1906, Congress passed the General Antiquities Act. The Act, drafted by an archaeologist, gave the President the power to set aside objects and structures of historic and scientific interest as national monuments. 54 U.S.C. 320301.

No surprise, it’s been abused to grab tons of federal land. Once land is set aside and cannot be reversed.

So we ain’t see nothing yet… Let’s take a look at just how devastating has been so far.

Flashback: Obama eyes taking control of the Arctic, adding to Monuments Act

We learn that Obama has eyes on the Arctic. Of course, to remove any opportunity for oil and gas exploration and adding to the larder of government controlled land and water. In the last year alone added 750,000 acres. All under the Monuments Act. The result? No turning back. Of course he will do this and much more. Here tis;

In September President Obama created the first marine national monument in the Atlantic Ocean, roping off around 5,000 square miles in waters near the coast of Cape Cod. The month before, he designated over 440,000 square miles in the Pacific off the coast of Hawaii.

Now, as the president begins his lame duck stint, environmental groups are pressuring him to turn his focus to Arctic waters, with the goal of permanently banning oil and gas development in the region. And that prospect has become even more likely following last week’s election result and the advent of a Trump Administration, which has pledged to provide industry with greater access.

President Obama‘s use of the 1906 Antiquities Act is already unmatched. In an effort to secure his environmental legacy, his administration has created or enlarged 26 national monuments since 2011, including 14 in just the past year and a half, collectively totaling more than 750,000 square miles.

Any national monument designation is effectively final. That means portions of America’s Arctic Ocean bestowed with monument status would be removed from oil and gas development forever, even if a later administration, with the benefit of hindsight, wanted to reverse the order.

If environmental groups are successful in banning offshore oil and gas development, it will have dire and lasting consequences. More at Washington Examiner

Obama gobbles up 400,000 square miles for the government 

President Obama, with the stroke of a pen, created the world’s largest ocean reserve on Friday off Hawaii, 400,000 square miles, days after designating a massive federal monument in Maine – moves that have angered local lawmakers who accuse the president of disregarding the impact on residents.

I just got done posting on August 22, 2016 Obama and the Greenies seeking massive land grab in Utah

Now more:

Try this one out:

Obama Designates National Monument in Maine, to Dismay of Some New York Times – 3 days ago

Mr. Obama designated more than 87,500 acres of rugged terrain

It became by far the largest region of federal parkland in Maine, surpassing the 48,900-acre Acadia National Park on the coast

Hawaii

Obama used a presidential proclamation to expand the Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument off the coast of Hawaii by over 400,000 square miles. The preserve now stretches 582,578 square miles, the world’s largest marine protected area. .

Keep reading…

Previous posts of land grabs that may be of interest:

Obama to claim half million acres today under ‘Monument act’ UPDATE .Then we have President Obama designates five new national monuments add Obama Stretches ‘Antiquities Act’ to Include Three New National .

I will give you this one  With 3 California Sites, Obama Nearly Doubles Public Land and we have 

The government already owns two-thirds of the 13 Western states. This doesn’t include State and Local government ownership.

Given the nation’s possible dependence on foreign sources of energy, it seems like it’d be a pretty bad move for the president to use his executive power to tie up more lands via the Antiquities Act–a measure generally intended to preserve historic landmarks.  Percent of Federal Land own in Western States:

  1. Nevada           84.5%
  2. Alaska            69.1%
  3. Utah               57.4%
  4. Oregon           53.1%
  5. Idaho              50.2%
  6. Arizona           48.1%
  7. California        45.3%
  8. Wyoming         42.3%
  9. New Mexico     41.8%
  10. Colorado          36.6%

 

 

 

Hang on folks, he is just getting started.

Biden’s killing the XL pipeline real winner was not the environment

By revoking the Keystone pipeline permit, Biden is destroying 11,000 jobs and roughly $2 billion in wages. Democrats couldn’t even get through Day 1 without killing jobs for middle class Americans. But think again if you think it had anything to do with the environmentalists. No, he is paying back those who funded his inauguration, funded his campaign and otherwise filled his coffers

Warren Buffett’s Burlington Northern Santa Fe LLC is among U.S. and Canadian railroads that stand to benefit from the Biden administration’s decision to pull TransCanada Corp. (TRP)’s Keystone XL oil pipeline permit.

With modest expansion, railroads can handle all new oil produced in western Canada through 2030, according to an analysis of the Keystone proposal by the U.S. State Department(2015). Chuckle time!

“Whatever people bring to us, we’re ready to haul,” Krista York-Wooley, a spokeswoman for Burlington Northern, a unit of Buffett’s Omaha, Nebraska-based Berkshire Hathaway Inc. (BRK/A), said in an interview. If Keystone XL “doesn’t happen, we’re here to haul.” From: Bloomberg

The keystone pipeline is actually just one of several oil sands pipelines targeted by the Rockefeller Brother’s Fund. Ezra Levant calls it industrial sabotage and, based on their own Power Point, that certainly seems an apt description.Found and more at: Heritage.  From my post Rockefeller Fund sabotages Keystone pipeline approval. The Rockefeller Brother’s Fund in a coordinated, 4-year, $28 million dollar campaign was on the march to defeat it.

While Rockefeller and other groups are actively working to dismantle Canada’s energy production infrastructure, polling shows that Canadians overwhelmingly support oil pipeline projects. And for good reason: the energy sector employs 230,000 Canadians, and represents nearly 7 percent of the country’s economy.

All to keep the price of energy up.

Side note on Canadian National Railroad (CN) – Bill Gates is their biggest investor.

The Keystone Pipeline project was expected to create tens of thousands of high paying jobs in the oil industry. The project itself would create 20,000 construction jobs. (From a post back in November, 2015)

Why here is good old Warren Buffet as he makes his millions off of his Railroads.  Lets all sing along with Warren as he wishes China a great new year working on the Railroads. Throw in the Rockefellers as well.

But this will no doubt is just the beginning of making sure we are no longer energy independent. Recall this little number?

Wes Clark Jr knees and apologizes to Native Americans over pipeline

 Long after permits were given to complete the pipeline the Army Corp rescinds the permit on the altar of perceived P.C. I bet this has the Chinese shaking in their boots to learn how hard it is to get the military to back down. But let us not stop there. We have Wes Clark Jr and his band of bowers, kneeling and apologizing. What is it with this prostrating oneself? Here tis:

Wes Clark Jr., the son of retired U.S. Army general and former supreme commander at NATO Wesley Clark Sr., was part of a group of veterans at Standing Rock one day after the Army Corps announcement. The veterans joined Native American tribal elders in a ceremony celebrating the Dakota Access Pipeline easement denial.

 Lakota spiritual leader and medicine man Chief Leonard Crow Dog and Standing Rock Sioux spokeswoman Phyllis Young were among several Native elders who spoke, thanking the veterans for standing in solidarity during the protests.

The swamp is very happy indeed and looks forward to a bright future.

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