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First of all, we are not talking about marijuana. This is a bill to legalize industrial hemp. By definition that means it has less than 0.3% THC, the component of cannibis that makes you high when you ingest it. This is not that. This is…
@NatureRxEdibles @love_life_1988 @TexasHemp @MMJHealthFacts @MmjStateLaws YEAH BABY! https://t.co/Nfw9nZXYMi — TwistedPolitix (@TwistedPolitix) February 7, 2016 Legislation to legalize the cultivation, production and distribution of industrial hemp has been filed in Texas. House Bill 1332, sponsored by Representative Joe Farias, would legalize industrial hemp, which would be…
Almost a week late I learned of new tariffs on Chinese solar imports. Yahoo! It’s about time. Then I read this article on Forbes entitled “The US Should Be Dissatisfied With The Anti-China Solar Subsidy Tariffs” and I thought WTF? Why? Only a Fossil fuel loving staunchy old Republican or globalist could say that!
Tim Worstall writes:
This is one of those great moments in stupidity over trade policy… The US governments, at both Federal and State level, are going all out to subsidise the installation of solar panels. Given the worries over climate change this might seem sensible enough. For the problem is that solar PV is still more expensive than juice taken straight from the grid in most places. So there’s not enough substitution from coal derived electricity to non-emitting solar. Given this massive expenditure it really is an action of the highest idiocy to then slap import tariffs on people who can provide those solar panels more cheaply.
Don’t forget Tim that we subsidize the oil and natural gas industry with our military. The Seven Sisters couldn’t get their oil out of Nigeria, Iraq, Venezuela, Ukraine, or even Mexico for that matter if we didn’t run all out wars against them. Only an ignorant fool can deny that our military is almost completely designed to protect the interests of the oligarchy that run this country.
He goes on to say:
Further, assuming that you already agree with the ideas behind climate change and the desires to do something about it, we would like to encourage the move away from fossil fuels and over to renewables. Obviously, the cheaper those renewables are the greater the encouragement to make the move. So, to this end the US government, at the various different levels of it, provides subsidies to households to install such solar panels. There’s also low cost loans and guarantees to manufacturers (Solyndra anyone?). And various policies that insist that utilities must source some of their electricity, at higher than normal prices, from renewables based generators.
Whether those are all the correct policies or not is another matter (I favour imposing a carbon tax and that’s the end of it). But there is most certainly a large amount of money being expended on increasing the take up of solar panels.
Just getting things as cheap as possible is a dumb idea too. We’ve seen what Walmart does to our own local economies with their tax breaks and economies of scale and White House support. We need to make more things in America and not just derivatives, weapons of mass destruction and so forth. We need to produce and invest more in sustainable goods that have a shelf life of more than 3 weeks. Oh, and a Carbon Tax is another bankster idea related to UN Agenda 21, the Rockefellers, the Rothschilds, and the British Crown. It’s part and parcel with the global warming nonsense.
He wraps up by saying:
This is just nuts. If people want to offer us free money the correct response is to say “Thank you, come again”.
Come on Tim. Nothing is free. You should know that by now.
Below is my comment on the Forbes website. Let’s see if they take it down because I mention the Council on Foreign Relations.
I think this is a GREAT STEP FORWARD! The USA needs protectionism after YEARS of hollowing out our industries to the globalist profits. We’ve given China every opportunity to take over the world and soon they will, but perhaps we can build a decent solar industry with REAL JOBS right here in the USA.
This doesn’t need to be a response to the man-made climate change nonsense being spread by the very same bankster globalists that run the media – I am of course referring to the Council on Foreign Relations – the Big Club that dominates EVERY SINGLE ADMINISTRATION since Woodrow Wilson.
Tariffs on China’s heavily subsidized solar industry is a good thing IF it stimulates domestic production and residential, government, military, and commercial consumption continues to grow.
This is a VERY POSITIVE move to reduce demand for nuclear which is a complete disaster, for natural gas which is overstated and has horrible environmental impacts vis a vis fracking, and for foreign oil, which requires WAR!
What I can’t figure out is how we got this through without BigOil and the CFR from interfering. There must be something else, some hidden agenda, some kickbacks, or long term plan to rip it out – or the CFR intends for this to simply escalate the currency and trade wars with China as the Shanghai Cooperation Organization becomes a force of its own.
If I had my druthers, we would be taking advantage of the latest Farm Bill provisions that allows for research into industrial hemp. Perhaps we could make solar panels from American grown hemp in the future!
Found this website from 1999:
Hemp helps detoxify and regenerate the soil
Falling leaves and shrubs not used in processing fall to the ground and replenish the soil with nutrients, nitrogen, and oxygen. This rich organic mulch promotes the development of fertile grassland. Some of the carbon which is “breathed” in by the plant in the form of CO2 is left in the roots and crop residues in the field. The CO2 is broken down by photosynthesis into carbon and oxygen, with oxygen being aspirated back into the atmosphere. With each season more CO2 is reduced from the air and added to the soil.
Hemp roots absorb and dissipate the energy of rain and runoff, which protects fertilizer, soil, and keeps seeds in place. Hemp plants slow down the velocity of runoff by absorbing moisture. By creating shade, hemp plants moderate extreme variations in temperatures, which conserves moisture in the soil. Hemp plants reduce the loss of topsoil in windy conditions. Hemp plants also loosen the earth for subsequent crops
Hemp plants can even pull nuclear toxins from the soil. In fact hemp was planted near and around the Chernobyl nuclear disaster site to pull radioactive elements from the ground. The process is called phyto-remediation, which means using plants (phyto) to clean up polluted sites. Phyto-remediation can be used to remove nuclear elements, and to clean up metals, pesticides, solvents, crude oil, and other toxins from landfills. Hemp breaks down pollutants and stabilizes metal contaminants by acting as a filter. Hemp is proving to be one of the best phyto-remediative plants found.
The minimum benefit of a hemp crop is in its use as a rotation crop. Since hemp stabilizes and enriches the soil farmers grow crops on, and provides them with weed-free fields, without cost of herbicides, it has value even if no part of the plant is being harvested and used. Any industry or monetary benefit beyond this value is a bonus. Rotating hemp with soy reduces cyst nematodes, a soy-decimating soil parasite, without any chemical input. Hemp could be grown as a rotation crop and not compete with any other food crops for the most productive farmland. Marginal lands make fine soil for hemp, or hemp can be grown in between growing seasons.
Hemp and the Environment
All hemp products are completely biodegradable, recyclable, and hemp is a reusable resource in every aspect: pulp, fiber, protein, cellulose, oil, or biomass.
Hemp can grow in any agronomic system, in any climate, and requires no herbicides, pesticides, fungicides, or insecticides to grow well. Hemp is its own fertilizer, its own herbicide (it is a weed), and its own pesticide. Hemp plants only need 10-13 inches of water, 1/3 of the amount which cotton requires, to grow to 8-12 feet in 3-4 months.
Using hemp as biomass fuel would also reduce global warming because the hemp energy crop would pull carbon from the air and realease an equal amount when burned, instead of just releasing carbon as petrolium gasoline does now.
Using hemp biomass to make charcoal, could eliminate the need to burn petrolium coal. Hemp biomass burns with virtually no sulfur emissions or ash, which minimize acid rain caused by the burning of coal.
Deforestation is a big problem. Keeping trees alive and standing is necessary to our oxygen supply, and our well being. Trees provide the infrastructure which keeps microbes, insects, plants, fungi, etc. alive. The older and bigger the tree, the better for the environment it is. The more trees there are, the more oxygen is in the air, which helps reduce global warming.
Hemp growing could completely eradicate the necessity to use wood at all because anything made from wood can be made from hemp, especially paper. The paper demand is suppose to double in next 25 years, and we simply cannot meet this demand without clear-cutting all of our forest. Using hemp for paper could reduce deforestation by half. An acre of hemp equals at least 4 acres of trees annually. Hemp paper can be recycled 7 to 8 times, compared with only 3 times for wood pulp paper. Hemp paper also does not need to be bleached with poisonous dioxins, which poison waterways.
Carpets made from nylon, polyester, and polypropylene contaminate ground water. Hemp carpet is biodegradable and safe for the ground water when it is discarded. In 1993, carpet made up 1% of solid waste, and 2% of waste by volume.
Our garbage facilities are overfilling with plastics. Hemp can make plastics which are biodegradable.
Petrochemicals lubricants, paints, sealants, etc., poison the ground when they are discarded. Hemp can replace all of these petroleum-based products with non-toxic biodegradable organic oil-based products.
“Why use the forests which were centuries in the making and the mines which required ages to lay down, if we can get the equivalent of forest and mineral products in the annual growth of the fields?”
Whether you are a liberal Democrat, or a moderate Republican, a progressive independent, an Occupy protester, a social security recipient, a US veteran, a farmer, a work from home mom, an unemployed dad, or a Silicon Valley software developer, you should be behind the movement to legalize or decriminalize non-narcotic industrial hemp.
If you are against hydraulic fracking, you should be for Hemp for Energy.
If you are against BigOil and their energy wars, you should be for Hemp for Energy.
If you are against the Keystone XL pipeline deal, you should be for Hemp for Energy.
If you are against polluting the earth, you should be for Hemp for Energy.
If you are against big government, you should be for Hemp for Energy.
If you are against the United Nations Agenda 21, you should be for Hemp for Energy.
If you are against the high cost of medical treatment, you should be for Hemp for Energy.
If you are against the high cost of gasoline, you should be for Hemp for Energy.
Hemp biomass, biofuels, and plastics could be produced to run our diesel trains, our internal combustion cars, diesel cargo trucks, and some airplanes.
Domestically grown hemp could be used to produce many of the products that are currently fabricated from imported petroleum. Reducing the import of foreign oil would improve the economic equation for calculating GDP whereas Imports would decrease.
Domestically grown hemp would reduce the need to import oil from more and more expensive and dangerous locations, such as the Arctic circle, Nigeria, the Middle East, or from Canada’s tar sands.
That would mean fewer wars and fewer deaths due to military conflict. It would mean a reduction in pollution caused by oil spills, such as that of BP in the Gulf of Mexico.