‘Global warming’ update: Two feet of snow in Western Massachusetts on December 1-2. More in the nearby mountains.
The Energy Information Administration reported on Friday the United States exported 89,000 more barrels of crude oil and refined petroleum products a day than it imported in September, the first full month of a positive oil trade balance since the 1940s, FT reported.
Imports exceeded exports by 12 million barrels a day a decade ago…
These are staggering numbers. Just think about how positive this is for the economy as oil wealth stays in the US rather than going to the Middle East or elsewhere. MAGA!
This good news comes primarily from “fracking” (hydraulic fracturing of the rock around oil deposits) which is an oil-industry practice that has dramatically increased oil production.
Environmentalists and Democrats oppose fracking since it debunks the alarmist claim that the world is running out of oil.
Meanwhile ‘greenies’ and Democrats want to get rid of oil altogether. And one way to do that is to make oil more and more expensive by banning practices like fracking that give us abundant oil that keeps prices low.
Friends, do not fret when ‘greenies’ say that the world is running out of oil or that oil is a finite resource that is going to run out eventually. They have been saying this for 50 years yet there is more oil than ever being produced and used in the world today. Nikitas3.com believes that there is an infinite amount of oil in the earth and that it is getting easier and easier to find and extract.
Oil is amazing and can never be replaced. Gasoline indeed is a “miracle” fuel. It is super-concentrated energy. One single cup of gasoline can power a 2-ton pickup truck for one mile at 50 miles per hour.
How many men would it take pushing that truck to do the same amount of work?
You do the math…
How many solar panels would it take?
It is not worth thinking about.
BTW, global crude oil use in 2019 is 102 million barrels per day. A barrel is 42 gallons.
Illegal Immigration Hurts Poor Americans Most
Illegal immigration is having a devastating effects on poor Americans. This happens since most illegals settle in poor urban neighborhoods that are largely black and hispanic in makeup.
These illegals not only take jobs and depress wages by working for less money but they increase rents for poor Americans in those neighborhoods. How? Well, as the demand for housing by illegals rises in poor neighborhoods rents increase naturally under the law of supply and demand.
This bad situation is exacerbated by “sanctuary city” policies. Here are excerpts from Jason Hopkins at The Daily Caller with a Nikitas3.com comment after each excerpt.
Hopkins writes: The Philadelphia Police Department arrested Hector Moran-Espinoza, an illegal alien accused of heinous sexual abuse crimes against minors, on two different occasions.
Both times, the PPD chose to ignore a detainer request by Immigration and Customs Enforcement, choosing instead to release him back into the community.
Nikitas3.com comment: And “the community” is not a wealthy suburb, rest assured, or a white neighborhood. The cops are dumping this guy into a poor ‘minority’ neighborhood in Philadelphia. This is only going to increase the existing problems in that neighborhood. This is obviously devastating for the poor people there who already are under siege by myriad problems. Yet liberals then complain about the terrible conditions in these neighborhoods while liberal policies exacerbate those conditions.
Hopkins writes: Philadelphia, a sanctuary city that refuses to cooperate with federal immigration authorities, has chosen to release a growing number of illegal aliens accused of heinous crimes, despite ICE detainers.
The Philadelphia Police Department arrested Hector Moran-Espinoza, a Guatemalan national living in the U.S. illegally, on two different occasions on charges relating to the sexual abuse of children. Both times, federal immigration authorities lodged a detainer request for Moran-Espinoza, but both times, Philadelphia Police ignored their requests and released him back into the community, according to a press release from ICE.
The PPD arrested Moran-Espinoza on April 2 for an eyebrow-raising list of charges: involuntary deviate sexual intercourse by forcible compulsion, unlawful contact with a minor-sexual offenses, statuary sexual assault, endangering the welfare of children-parent or guardian commits offense, indecent assault-without the consent of other person, rape by forceable compulsion, sexual abuse of children-photographing, videotaping, depicting on a computer or filming sexual acts, aggravated indecent assault without consent, corruption of minors, and reckless endangerment of another person.
Nikitas3.com comment: Yes, and soon after he was released to be among his hispanic brothers and sisters… and children… in Philly.
Hopkins writes: “By releasing a criminal with multiple offenses, the Philadelphia Police Department is putting their city at risk by letting this individual roam free to potentially harm the most vulnerable, our children,” read an ICE statement released Friday.
A spokesperson for (ICE) took aim at all sanctuary localities across the country that refuse to cooperate with federal immigration authorities.
Nikitas3.com comment: Democrats not only favor sanctuary cities but also want to eliminate ICE as part of their anti-law-enforcement crusade of the last 50 years.
Hikers are Much Worse for the Environment than Hunters
Repeatedly we have we seen hunters excoriated on the internet, for instance when posing with one of their kills. Or we have seen hunting camps vandalized by anti-hunting fanatics as happened in 2012 in Louisiana. Bossiersheriff.com reported:
The Bossier Sheriff’s Office and Bossier Crime Stoppers is asking the public’s help in finding the person(s) responsible for causing nearly $100,000 in damages to various deer camp sites in northern Bossier Parish over the past two years.
Vandals have burned campers, placed sharp spikes on the roads and stolen deer stands, feeders, cameras and other items at deer camp sites in the vicinity of Highway 160 and Old Plain Dealing Road since October 2010. The latest incident occurred on Oct. 17, 2012, when a deer camp was burned to the ground, and the criminal mischief is causing fear for hunters as they head into the busy hunting season.
Yet hunting has two big benefits – it can provide food (and historically has) and it culls wild animals that would otherwise starve and die painful deaths from over-population. State agencies set hunting permit issuances at specific levels to accomplish wildlife management and to prevent over-population.
Man has been hunting since the beginning of time. It is a natural pursuit. It often has provided the only food that the hunter gets. But today hunting is under fire from extremist ‘greenies’ and bird watchers. But who is really worse for the environment – hunters, or hikers and bird watchers?
Actually hikers and bird watchers are worse since hunting has measurable benefits for all, including animal herds, while bird watching and backpacking are only for the pleasure of the bird watcher and the backpacker.
It gets much worse. Increasing hordes of hikers are disrupting wildlife year-round all over the country. On the other hand hunters shoot in small groups and only in short seasons. In fact hunters were the first environmentalists who fought for wilderness protections.
A website called Gohunt.com reported:
In and around Vail, Colorado, outdoor recreation is taking a toll on elk. While habitat encroachment, fossil fuel development and predators are often to blame for a dip in wildlife population, this time it appears to be mountain bikers, hikers, backcountry skiers, ATV and Jeep enthusiasts and motorcycle riders. Yes, unfortunately, the rise in outdoor recreation in places like Yosemite National Park (where as many as 5 million people visit each year) has resulted in higher calf mortality among the elk that roam in these areas, High Country News reports.
Recent research has acknowledged that social media – and the sharing of more wilderness “hot spots”—has created this newfound interest in outdoor recreation, spurring on a 24/7 mentality about when, where and how to enjoy the outdoors. However, in Colorado, it’s always been popular. In fact, since 2009, trail use has more than doubled in Vail and some trails “host as many as 170,000 people in a year,” according to High Country News.
According to Bill Andree, who served as Colorado Parks and Wildlife’s (CPW) Vail district wildlife manager until he retired in 2018, “night trail use in some areas has also gone up 30% in the past decade” with more people “traveling even deeper into woods and higher up peaks” due to “improved technology and in part to escape crowds.”
Night trail use?! Yes, friend, the lunatics now are going out with their headlights on their hats to hike after dark. So the animals cannot even rest at night. The nuts are even finding these faraway wilderness ‘hot spots’ and invading them too. Yet they have an attitude of smug superiority as if they cannot possibly be doing any harm.
It is shocking to read about the massive garbage and human waste problem on Mt. Everest. There are almost 300 dead bodies on the peak as well. Do the backpackers care? Of course not. They are too busy pleasuring themselves at the expense of the environment. Gohunt.com continued:
One (elk study unit) in particular, Unit 45, which is located in the peaks of the Colorado Rockies, has experienced significant population declines since the early 2010s. Bill Alldredge, a retired wildlife professor at Colorado State University, started studying the unit in the 1980s after ski resorts and trail systems began expanding in the area. He tracked the impact on elk calves through radio collars and discovered “about 30% of the elk calves died when their mothers were disturbed an average of seven times during calving,” according to High Country News. Further modeling found that if a cow elk was disturbed 10 times during calving, all the calves would die; however, eliminating the disturbances caused by outdoor recreation resulted in regular, healthy calves.
Well, what the heck else can we expect when these kooks go farther and farther out into the wilderness? Animals get frightened. How would you like it if strange people started hiking through your yard every day by the dozens or hundreds?
How would you like to be a bird being chased by these lunatics with their binoculars? How would you like to be a whale that is being tailed by a boat full of tourists taking photos? How about these “off grid” crazies who build their homes out in the middle of nowhere, ignoring the fact that every house that is built in the wilderness destroys a slice of the wilderness.
The best thing for wilderness protection and for animal populations is for people to generally stay out of the wilderness, as Nikitas3.com does. I ‘hike’ on sidewalks near my house. And I don’t burn up countless gallons of gasoline and jet fuel getting to and from “the wilderness”.
Conclusion: Hikers are much worse for the environment than hunters.