California’s Forest Management and The New York Times Selective Memory

It seems back in January there were indications that what California has been doing – for decades – isn’t working when it comes to forest management. California [in January, 2018]: 100 Million Dead Trees Prompt Fears of Giant Wildfires.

This week a group of scientists warned in the journal BioScience that the dead trees could produce wildfires on a scale and of an intensity that California has never seen.

And it is about the management.

In their natural state, forests were regularly thinned by fire but the billions of dollars that the state spends aggressively fighting wildfires and restrictions on logging have allowed forests to accumulate an overload of vegetation.

Except the NYT seems to not read its own stories, because today, it is all a myth that management practices have anything to do with this disaster. Trump’s Misleading Claims About California’s Fire ‘Mismanagement’.

Hat tip to SiGraybeard, who has a few interesting things to say about the Climate Report that has been getting so much attention this past week. (You should really take a look.)

In case the New York Slimes decides to eliminate the January story, here’s a link the Wayback Machine. (And they could use a few bucks if you can spare some.)


Variable Renewable Energy versus Unreliable Renewable Energy

Or why solar/wind is a bust without HUGE .gov subsidies. Peter Foster: Another report reluctantly admits that ‘green’ energy is a disastrous flop

Amid hundreds of graphs, charts and tables in the latest World Energy Outlook (WEO) released last week by the International Energy Agency, there is one fundamental piece of information that you have to work out for yourself: the percentage of total global primary energy demand provided by wind and solar. The answer is 1.1 per cent. The policy mountains have laboured and brought forth not just a mouse, but — as the report reluctantly acknowledges — an enormously disruptive mouse.

Say it again. Solar and Wind create just 1.1 percent of energy world wide. And that contribution hides a problem.

Finally, and most significantly, the report confirms what should have been obvious from the start: the more “variable” wind and solar are introduced into any electricity system, the more they make it both more expensive and less reliable.

More expensive energy means more poor people staying poor. And huge .gov subsidies leads to huge .gov corruption, just like it always does.

More expensive. Less reliable. Sounds like a government solution. (Hat tip Doug Ross)

It’s Good to Help the Environment Until You Ask Them to Pay More

The French are unhappy that “going green” means they have to pay more for fuel. ‘Assaults, fights, stabbings’: More than 400 injured in France’s yellow vest protests.

Though it does look a lot like a simple revenue-grab by the government.

Diesel is set to go up by seven cents a litre, and petrol by three cents. Diesel vehicle owners, still a majority in France, feel betrayed after decades of the state encouraging diesel engines.

I mean, how much is this tax going to actually change the conditions? Over time, maybe. But in the short run it will just mean that the .gov collects more in taxes.

Your Tax Dollars At Work: United Kingdom Edition

So are plug-in-hybrid cars a good thing if you never plug them in? Government-subsidised plug-in cars may never have been charged.

The UK had fairly generous taxpayer subsidies for hybrid cars. Most ended up in fleets.

The majority of the tens of thousands of eligible vehicles sold were bought by company fleets, including more than 70% of the 37,000 plug-in hybrids sold so far in 2018.

But data from The Miles Consultancy, a Cheshire firm which advises 300 blue-chip companies on fuel management, reveals that many businesses simply used the grant to save on buying regular cars

I’m not sure that’s what the UK taxpayer had in mind, not that they were actually consulted.

Many of the cars have Never. Been. Plugged. In.

“The charge cables are still in the boot, in a cellophane wrapper, while the company and the employee are going in and out of petrol stations, paying for all of this additional fuel.

The law of unintended consequences. Overly tax diesel. Overly subsidize plug-in-hybrids. Politicians may not be able to do math, but most companies have a cost accountant around somewhere.

There’s Just No Pleasing Some People

This story has been winding its way through my news feeds for the past few days, and I really didn’t want to say much about it, but the tenor of the “reactions” is just insane. Indian tiger ‘Avni‘ shot dead after 13 deaths.

So. 13 dead humans. The plan was to tranquilize the tiger and relocate her. But after she was hit with a dart, and before the drugs could take affect, she charged. The guy responsible for security shot and the tiger was killed at the scene.

But the environmentalists, the Left, the media (and probably some others) are all bent out of shape because that guy – Sharpshooter Shafat Ali Khan – didn’t stand around and wait to be killed, or watch someone else die.

The mother of two 10-month-old cubs had been linked to the deaths of 13 villagers near the Ralegaon forest in Maharashtra state‘s Yavatmal district since June 2016. There was reported to be DNA evidence linking her to 5 of the 13 deaths in Yavatmal, and forest surveyors said there was a male tiger in the forest whose DNA was found on one of the bodies.

People (not the environmentalists – who live hundreds or thousands of miles away) worry that those 10-month-old cubs may have been taught to hunt humans.

What Happens When An Electric Car Is Hit By Lightning?

OK, this one was in a garage, plugged into the grid when the house got hit by lightning. Close enough. Electri-Fried Fusion.

The storm was in September.

The car had been parked in the detached garage and was plugged into the grid. But wait, wouldn’t you think a modern electric car would be designed with a built-in circuit breaker for electrical storms like this? Guess not! He immediately drove his electric car straight to the Ford dealer and said something was wrong.

That was SIX long weeks ago and no end in sight. Turns out the Fusion had an en-lightning experience and is completely incapacitated. Car insurance doesn’t know how to deal with electric cars that have been struck by lightning. They want pictures. Really? What does an electric car demobilized by lightning look like? Well, the same as an electric car that hasn’t been struck by lightning. Except none of the 2 separate battery compartments work now. It turns out the lightning strike blew out the electrical circuit boards. After weeks of back and forth with the insurance company, things started progressing. Repair work is underway.

There is a needed part – a circuit board – that won’t be available until January 15, 2019.

Wait, the car went into the Dealer’s shop in early September and repairs will take over five months? Insurance won’t total the car, and nobody knows how much it will cost to repair this modern, energy efficient, low CO2 emissions electric car.

The future is stupid.

An Environmental Disaster Caused By Lack of Hunters

Somewhere a Democrat’s head is exploding. Up to Here in Deer: As Fewer Vermonters Hunt, the Growing Herd Is Becoming a Problem.

Chittenden County forester Ethan Tapper surveyed the scene with dismay. The woodland was “a little ecological disaster zone,” he declared.

White-tailed deer had ravaged the area, Tapper said as he crouched to examine a cluster of three-inch-high ash saplings in a thicket of ferns. Hungry deer had munched them down to the ground repeatedly, he said. The acres of maple and ash seedlings all around him had been decimated.

As a result, no understory of trees is growing to replace the overstory of 80-year-old maples. The forest is open to an invasion of buckthorn, honeysuckle and other nuisance species.

Go read the whole thing. But to the point, forward the Vermont article to anyone who questions why people should hunt.