The Biomass Scam: Should Africans Truly Burn More Trees?

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By Duggan Flanakin ~

Why are the World Bank and other international institutions promoting widespread use of charcoal for heating and cooking in sub-Saharan Africa (SSA)?

During the recent 2019 “climate week,” the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change touted increased reliance on biomass – which already comprises 60 percent of European renewable energy – as a tool in fighting climate change.

The Dogwood Alliance objected to the IPCC report, claiming that biomass (largely charcoal) contributes to deforestation. Dogwood’s arguments reflect the views of Norimitsu Onishi, whose 2016 article in The New York Times pointed out that burning charcoal not only poses human health concerns, it also constitutes a massive threat to the environment.

The UN Environment Programme predicts that Africa’s demand for charcoal – currently 23 million tons a year — is likely to double or triple by 2050. Africa’s charcoal production doubled in the past two…

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The Woody Biomass Conundrum

They don’t count any of the CO2 emissions from the harvesting/processing and burning of biomass. (Do a search for Fixing a Critical Climate Accounting Error” by Searchinger, et al. I think it’s a good idea to use biomass, but the CO2 emissions should be counted just like they are for coal, gas, etc..

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By Duggan Flanakin ~

One of the major “burning issues” of the day is whether burning wood as biomass is green – or at least green enough. The European Union has classified biomass as a carbon-neutral source of heat and electricity, and the U.S. government has endorsed its widespread use as a “clean” fuel whose use also helps reduce destruction from forest fires. But not everyone agrees.

The U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) defines biomass as organic material that comes from plants and animals that is a renewable source of energy. Wood and wood processing wastes are used to heat buildings, produce process heat in industry, and generate electricity.

Biomass fuels provided about 5% of total primary energy use in the United States in 2017. Of that 5%, about 47% was from biofuels (mainly ethanol), 44% was from wood and wood-derived biomass, and 10% was from municipal waste.

Much of…

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Name 4 a Borough that is causing extreme pain to #CRPS #Veteran?

Nobody should have to put up with this. Every effort should be made to prevent this from happening – and especially in this case. I get horrific 4 day migraines – I know what even the slightest noise can do. This is 100% preventable. Allowing it to continue is deliberate torture.

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they must want to be sued

May 9th I asked Duryea Borough to place a no truck turn around sign at the entrance of this tiny dead-end road. I also begged them to stop backing the garbage trucks up to my home three times a week. They could drive in and then back up with very few black up Alarms. I lived here 17 years, and so many lost trucks drivers have painfully awoken me at 3 or 4 am trying to get their truck turned around in a place they never should be in the first place. I explained their Garbage trucks backing in this distance off of Main ST, with the backup alarms, the sound & vibrations of which was giving me seizures.   I also provided them with the posted painful Hyperacusis article noting that it showed just how the Alarms & vibrations were keeping my head, neck, and whole spine in extreme…

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Alt-Left Insanity: The Founding Fathers Would Fight Climate Change

Spot on.

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By Matt Philbin ~

Warning: The items in this column, though weird, surreal, distasteful and kooky, are by no means aberrations. Really. Lefties think like this.

… juft then Jefferfon rode up on his favorite horfe, Priuf, looking quite pleafed with himfelf. “Adamf,” he called, “are you ftill riding that old oat guzzler of yourf?!” Nobody much likef Jefferfon … From the Diary of John Adams

Fun fact: When he wasn’t bedding his slaves, “purchasing” Louisiana and warring against peaceful Muslim trading ships, Thomas Jefferson was a proto-environmentalist. So were the other Founding Male-Identifying Parents. Joe Romm, at ThinkProgress tells us so.

The only thing better than being lectured about Independence day by a liberal is being lectured about Independence Day by liberal who anachronistically insists the Framers shared his obsessions. So Romm’s article is a real treat — hysterical in both senses of the word.

It’s also, of course…

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‘Gender-Neutral’ Barbie Dolls Not Woke Enough For The Left

Sheer, utter madness. It’s got to stop.

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By Gabriel Hays ~

After Barbie maker Mattel introduced its “gender-neutral Barbie” abominations in September, some lefties have voiced their disapproval, saying the new toy line is too “playful” and not woke enough.

Truly, a time is coming when Play-Dough will be the only acceptable toy on the market.

Alex Myers, the trans writer of the Slate op-ed, who should probably make the career switch from journalist to woke toy company quality control specialist, didn’t really approve of Mattel’s latest foray into woke capitalism. Myers, “deeply skeptical” of the business decision, slammed the toy, saying, “On a basic level, the doll falls far short of actually embodying or even representing a nonbinary identity.” Ouch Mattel, not a hot review from your target demographic.

But then again, how does one represent mental illness in a plastic doll?

First, Myers pointed out that calling the new dolls “Gender-Neutral” is…

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