Rule Five African Energy Friday

This is a couple of weeks old but I stumbled across it while on the airplane traveling home.  From Master Resource, a favorite read on energy issue, comes this piece about how the developed world is trying to push “green” energy policies on Africa.  Excerpt:

Africans need and deserve affordable, plentiful, reliable energies, not dilute, intermittent, parasitic ones. First class energies for first class people has been a rallying cry here at MasterResource. Paul Driessen, in particular, author of Eco-Imperialism: Green Power, Black Death, has held the banner high on the need for developing nations to employ mineral energies, not expensive, politically correct, inferior wind, solar, and batteries.

It is good to see the moral case for fossil fuels in action. Excerpts from a recent manifesto by NJ Ayuk of the African Energy Chamber to the United Nations COP27 conference (now underway) follow:

I am going to COP27 because I believe if Africa is not at the table it will be on the menu…. The way we see it, the world’s wealthy nations’ green agenda ignores Africa – or at least, it dismisses our unique needs, priorities and challenges.

The green agenda of developed nations further ignores the tremendous role that Africa’s oil and gas industry plays in generating African countries’ revenue. Oil revenues represent at least 20% of GDP in Libya, Algeria, Gabon, Chad, Angola, and The Republic of Congo.

Here’s the catch, though:

The above plea is clear about Africa and natural gas, in particular. The author, however, couches the above in political correctness (not excerpted). Africa desires to mix in wind and solar, he states, and wants to play a part in Net Zero. Ayuk also hints at manmade climate change as part of the reason for weather extremes in his area (check the time series, please).

Yes, the African Energy Chamber is playing defense at COP27. But the tide is turning. The foes of African energy are not interested in compromise but, as Ayuk notes, “green Colonialism’. The sooner NJ Ayuk and the Chamber recognize this, the faster they can help end the futile crusade against mineral energies.

Read the whole thing, of course; most of it consists of excerpts from NJ Ayuk’s speech to COP27.  It’s telling; it displays, in the words of one representative, the frustration much of the developing world is feeling on energy issues.

These developing nations have no interest in playing footsie with the green energy advocates.  They are sovereign nations, and are free to develop their resources to suit themselves.  The catch, of course, is that they are also depending on extraction revenues – selling oil and gas on the global market – to fund their development, and the “green” movement is trying to slam that door in their faces.

It’s very ironic that it is the global Left, who make a lot of noise about colonialism, that is engaging in this neo-colonial treatment of the developing world.  Energy is the key to industry; industry is the key to development; development is the key to prosperity; prosperity is the key to independent, powerful, free nations.

The “greens” are trying to deny the nations of Africa the first rung of that ladder.  It’s shameful.  It’s despicable.  And it’s unnecessary.

And here’s the real interesting bit:  Through their own senseless policies, the developed – one might say post-developed – nations of western Europe may be in dire need of that energy soon, the ample energy that these African nations are ready to supply.  They have their own resources, of course, but are unwilling to develop them.  Africa has plenty, and to spare.  It seems like it would be a win-win – as fair and free trade, by necessity, always is.

If this happens, mind you, be ready for shouts from the Left about “colonizers” taking Africa’s energy.  They ignore the real, painful, and condescending treatment of Africa’s energy development by much of the Western world.  And frankly, Africa shouldn’t be putting up with it.  If there are no customers in Europe for African oil, there are customers elsewhere.

Rule Five New Amendment Friday

I initially put this up about two years ago, and given the goat screw our recent mid-terms turned out to be, and give the ever-accelerating downhill slide of the Imperial government, I thought I’d trot it out for comment again.  So, here you go; have at it in the comments.

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I’d like to propose a few constitutional amendments, to hopefully help to unscrew the jug-fuck the Imperial government has become.  I’ve done this before, but much like Barack Obama on same-sex marriage, my views have ‘evolved’ some.

Bear in mind that I have absolutely no illusion that these will ever come to fruition; this is purely a pie-in-the-sky wish-list of things I would implement were I Dictator For A Day.

So, without further ado, here they are.

Amendment 28 – Term and Service Limits

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The President is limited to one six-year term.  Senators are limited to one six-year term.  Representatives are limited to three two-year terms.  Following the allowed terms, all such persons are forever prohibited from holding elected, appointed or hired office at the Federal level, nor shall any such persons receive any benefits or pensions once leaving office, except in the event of a service-connected permanent injury or disability.

Purpose:

No more ‘political class,’ obviously.  No more lifetime pols suckling at the Imperial teat for life.  A true citizen legislature: you spend some time in office, then go back and live in the mess you made.

Amendment 29 – Qualification of Voters

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The franchise is limited to those citizens of the United States who have attained the age of eighteen on the day of the election, who possess a government-issued photo ID and present the ID at the polling station, and who have filed a tax return on the year previous to the election showing a net payment of taxes at the Federal level.  All votes shall be cast in person at a designated polling station.  Ballot harvesting and mail-in voting, excepting requested absentee ballots, are prohibited.

Purpose:

No skin in the game?  You don’t vote.  Add a healthy dose of election integrity to that; the 29th Amendment wouldn’t make cheating impossible, but it would make it a lot harder.

Amendment 30 – Constitutional Tribunal

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A fourth branch of government is established, the Constitutional Tribunal, consisting of three Tribunes from each State:  One elected by the eligible voters of the State, one appointed by the State legislature, and one selected at random from the rolls of eligible voters.  The purpose of the Tribunes are to determine the Constitutionality of all new laws and regulations, as defined in Amendment 31.

Purpose:

In our current system, career pols freely pass laws that cannot and should not pass Constitutional muster.  Unfortunately, someone with “standing” has to challenge those laws to get them tossed out, and the people who passed those laws face no consequences.  So let’s have a new branch of government who does nothing else but determine the Constitutionality of new laws and regulations, and let’s have the selection of the members be split among various groups with differing priorities.  Which leads us to…

Amendment 31 – Constitutional Challenge of Laws/Regulations

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All new laws and regulations from any source are considered to be potentially unconstitutional and shall not take effect until approved by a 2/3 vote of the Constitutional Tribunal.  In the event of a law or regulation being determined to be prohibited by the Constitution, any elected officials who sponsored or co-sponsored the legislation, or any appointed or hired officials who authored the regulation, shall be immediately removed from office and henceforth prohibited from any elected, appointed or hired office at the Federal level.

Purpose:

As noted above:  Consequences.  Pass a law or write a regulation that you haven’t absolutely determined is in concord with the Constitution?  No soup for you!  You are out on your ass and proscribed from ever holding such a position of authority again.  I did not include, but am willing to consider, including any President who knowingly signs an unconstitutional bill into law.

So.  Thoughts?

Animal’s Hump Day News

Happy Hump Day!

At this time of year, the only flights to the 48 out of Anchorage are red-eyes.  At least, on our airline.

There’s supposedly a reason for this, and the reason supposedly is that there are fewer people traveling from the Great Land to Outside and vice versa this time of year (in the summer there are daytime flights) and the overnight flight to wherever you’re going, be it Frisco, Chicago or Denver, allows you to have plenty of leeway to catch any connecting flights.  Tonight, we’ll be taking one of those red-eyes and connecting in Denver for a flight to Des Moines, where we will spend the holiday with our kids and grandkids.  So, as previously mentioned, look for some placeholder posts next week.

I get the reason for the red-eye.  Doesn’t mean I have to like it.

</gripe>  And now:

On To the Links!

When you dine at the devil’s table, you don’t get to choose the menu.

Good.  It’s a dirty business.

No, it won’t.

Trump welcomed back to Twitter.  It was as if millions of pearl-clutchers suddenly cried out in terror and were suddenly silenced.  And, yes, I have a funny feeling Elon Musk gives not even one single fuck.

The PA GOP blew it.  What can they do better next time?  How about picking a Senate candidate that’s actually from the state?

Yes, natural gas is the solution to Africa’s energy woes, if idiots from the developed nations will just leave them alone.

Life finds a way.

Key Democrats losing their committee seats.  About time the GOP started playing hardball; the Dems have been doing it for years.

Cruz 2024?  Maybe.

This piece expresses concern about Joe Biden’s age, but let’s be real – Biden isn’t in charge of anything.  He’s a maundering, senile figurehead.  It doesn’t matter how old he is, as long as he can be propped upright.

Well, that’s disconcerting.

This Week’s Idiots:

Salon’s Amanda Marcotte (Repeat Offender Alert) is an idiot.

The Nation’s Robert Borosage is an idiot.

If by “political star,” you mean “deeply and fundamentally corrupt, petty and childish,” then, sure.

Maureen Dowd is an idiot.  I used to enjoy reading her stuff; I almost never agreed with her but she seemed to usually be well-spoken and reasonable.  Nowadays, though?  Full blown Trump Derangement Syndrome.

MSNBC’s Hayes Brown (Repeat Offender Alert) is an idiot.

The LA Times’ Harry Litman is an idiot.

This is one of the most idiotic pieces of public policy I’ve seen in years.  Maybe decades.

CNN’s Seth Fiegerman is an idiot.

The New York Times’ Anand Giridharadas is an idiot.

This Week’s Cultural Edification:

I’ve mentioned my fondness for the immortal Frank Zappa here before.  He produced many, many albums and was an inveterate concert act, but the first exposure I had to this genius of rock was when my cousin picked up a copy of his 1972 album Over-Nite Sensation.   One of the tunes on that track was Montana, which told the tale of a protagonist’s plan to move to that state to grow dental floss:

I might be movin’ to Montana soon
Just to raise me up a crop of
Dental Floss

Raisin’ it up
Waxen it down
In a little white box
That I can sell uptown

By myself I wouldn’t
Have no boss,
But I’d be raisin’ my lonely
Dental Floss

The backup vocals, by the way, on this studio recording?  Uncredited, but widely known and acknowledged later by all parties to be Tina Turner and the Ikettes.  Here, then, is that tune; enjoy.

Animal’s Daily Railways News

Before we start, check out the latest episode in Season of Ice over at Glibertarians!

So now, on top of everything else, a railroad strike may be looming again.  Excerpt:

Problems with an already-shaky economy and a rough holiday season could become exacerbated by the renewed threat of a nationwide rail strike. Just the News explains that coal transportation would be affected along with passenger service. But it is worth noting that rail companies also transport a variety of items. These may include automobiles, food, furniture, toys, fuel, and construction materials. The site did not report how these things would be impacted by the strike. As the situation stands now, the strike could cost the nation billions. This, of course, comes at a time when consumer expectations are higher than normal, energy usage and prices are up across the nation, and people are finding that their dollar does not have nearly the buying power it once did.

There are 12 railroad unions involved in the issue. All 12 need to agree to the contract, and if one union declines, as was the case on Sunday night, the others would refuse to cross the proverbial picket line out of solidarity.

I’m not too worried about the passenger service.  Except for the upper part of the Eastern Seaboard, there just isn’t that much railroad passenger service. A rail strike won’t affect a lot of small consumer goods, either, as most of those things travel by truck.  But as the article notes, larger things like furniture still move by rail, at least between major hubs.  And an awful lot of our imports here in the Great Land, which is a hell of a lot of stuff, comes to us at least in part by rail.

What it will effect most, through, are bulk commodities:  Coal and grain, for example.  This will be (like so many other things going on right now) inflationary.  Coal is energy, after all, and a fair amount of the United States’ electricity is still generated by coal-fired plants.  And grain?  Not only food but cooking oils and (stupidly) ten to fifteen percent of the gasoline you put in your car is about to get a lot more expensive, if this strike happens.

The hits just keep coming and coming.

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