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“I hear my train a coming…It’s coming round the bend..”

From the Times Argus

WILLISTON — Vermont visionary David Blittersdorf has bad news and good news

The bad news, he says, is that the nation and world will run out of oil and face catastrophic collapse at local, national and global levels. The good news is that a combination of conservation and renewable energy sources can avert a crisis, but it will require a concerted effort — and commitment — to do so.

Blittersdorf’s latest pitch on the renewal energy front is to bring back passenger rail service in central Vermont with 1950s-era self-propelled diesel rail cars. It’s his latest salvo that has included pioneering progress in wind and solar energy programs in the state. For Blittersdorf, the writing is on the wall, but he hopes to help rewrite the dismal history of the future.

More than once, he described his plan as “Back to the Future” that will transform the way Vermonters travel while helping to cut the state’s dependence on fossil fuels and combat climate change in an effort to become 90 percent net-zero carbon free by 2050…..

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He said “Peak Oil” — when demand exceeded supply — occurred in 2007, only delayed by the fracking of oil and gas for another 10-15 years, with an exponential increase in carbon emissions and untold environmental damage.

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IntheAmericanempireand where we think we are, we’re going down the other side… we don’t have the resources in the future that we think we have,” Blittersdorf said. “Everyone thinks we can grow into infinity forever. Sowe’resettingourselves upfor something really bad.

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“We have to start somewhere, and the efficiency gain over getting people out of cars is we can be 50 to 100 times more efficient, so we’ll cut emissions immediately, and we can do it as a reasonable price. That’s key,” Blittersdorf said.

stephen.mills@timesargus.com

Here is a rebuttal..

From the Ethan Allen Institute.

It is a canon of Green theology that irresponsible, selfish Americans must be taxed or subsidized out of their personal vehicles and into a group carriage like a rail car, all to save the planet from the menace of global warming.

Guess who is behind the new push for commuter rail? Mr. Green enterprise himself,  VPIRG donor David “Wind Farm” Blittersdorf. He laid out $6 million for some reconditioned rail cars from Dallas in the hope of marrying them with the state owned rail lines and stations, to whisk commuters to Burlington from Rutland and maybe Montpelier.

And here’s the inevitable kicker: Blittersdorf “readily acknowledged that he won’t get this project rolling without public or private subsidies, or both. He imagines that some of Vermont’s large employers such as UVM, Global Foundries and state government will subsidize the trains in exchange for free transit for their employees.”

Oh, really? Are Vermonters dumb enough to fall for this costly foolishness all over again?

Let me state one thing from the beginning…I love trains/railroads.  As a kid I would hear a train whistle in the distance. I would get on my bike and race down to the bridge that went over the tracks. When I would first see the head light from the locomotive then hear it’s roar I would get tense from excitement. I would wave to the engineer and he would wave back.  I would listen to the click-ity clack of the wheels and try to count the freight cars. I would then wave at the guys in the caboose (yes..it was a long time ago).

Commuter trains certainly have there place…in large populated urban centers.  of which Vermont is not one…yet.  Perhaps if we only allow another 200,000 refugees from the middle east and central America to come to Vermont for a better life, commuter trains will be a much positive asset.

When Mr. Blittersdorf and the state of Vermont work out the details I and I’m sure many others will have to check it out and take a ride just for the joy of riding the rails. And I’m sure more then a few will utilize it for regular commuting.

But I certainly doubt that it’d going to break even cost wise. And Vermont  taxpayers will be forced to watch public money used to subsidize a religion, the church of climate change.

But this is what “Progressives” consider progress.

 

 

 

What will happen when there is no more road to kick the can down?

“May you live in interesting times”  Indeed we do.  The southern U.S.  has been struck by one Major Hurricane with another tearing through  Florida. Much to the delight of the disciples of climate change who have been waiting over a decade for a big storm(s) to strike the U.S.

The evil Telly Tubby that rules North Korea has openly threatened the U.S. with an E.M.P. attack.  Such an attack would be devastating to all of North America.  How so, you might ask? Well think of 21st century America suddenly being knocked back to 1840. Think of life before electricity, refrigeration, cell phones, telephones, television, radio, automobiles et. al. When the nations aging electrical grid gets fried that’s what is going to happen. and it will not be repaired overnight. America has never experienced famine like many socialist countries have. That is how serious that can be.

Another little “can” that the legislature has constantly kicked down the road is the National debt.  And the debt ceiling it appears that it’s going to be raised again to pay for not one but two devastating  hurricanes.  Taking measures for natural disasters is one thing but this cannot go on.  The national debt is nearly 20 Trillion dollars. And lets not even talk about unfunded liabilities.

Today America is probably more divided now then at anytime since the Civil War.  For that we can thank fifty years of, hell no more like eighty years of slow insidious indoctrination of American citizens and the body politic to Marxism.

They have taken over academia, all the way down to kindergarten,  the media, down to the local level, and they have completely taken over the Democrat party. JFK would not recognized it today.

And the Republican establishment is next to worthless, loving their perks and power more then their country and its Constitution.

Together they make up the “Deep State” and their goal is to ensure that “government of the people, by the people, for the people'” does indeed perish from the earth.

Of course they call themselves “Progressives”, the progress to historical inevitability.

Coupled with the previous administrations eight years of  turning over every rock to expose the tiniest hint of racism. And if they couldn’t find it then created it out of whole cloth. Dr. Martin Luther King’s dream of a color blind society is further away then ever.

We are certainly living in “interesting times”.

Yet we can try to keep things in prospective. On more then one  occasion our country has faced deep crisis.

Abraham Lincoln on the eve of a national crisis that was to become the Civil War gave reference to this fable to give him comfort.

It is said an Eastern monarch once charged his wise men to invent him a sentence, to be ever in view, and which should be true and appropriate in all times and situations. They presented him the words: “And this too shall pass away” How much it expresses! How chastening in the hour of pride! How consoling in the depths of affliction![4][5]

The American Civil War happened because the “can” was kicked to the end of the road.

Today another “end of the road” is approaching fast.  And only God knows what will happen.

 

 

Are the eyes and minds of (some) Millennials beginning to open?

A very interesting article from American thinker.

Included was this video .

And this video is not the only example. There are other “red pill” stories to see on You Tube .  For now, possibly.

The “Antifa” movement may perhaps be the best thing to happen to conservatism.  They take the position that you are either with them 100%  or else your a racist, homophobe, misogynist, non-person who deserves to have the shit kick out you.

People who consider themselves “Liberal” should take note.

First they came for the Trump supporters (ugh) But I wasn’t a Trump supporter.

Then they came for the “conservatives” (yuck) but I wasn’t a conservative.

Then they came for the “Christians” but I considered myself “enlightened”

Then they came for the “Constitution”, but I considered it antiquated, written by white slave owners.

Then they came for me…

 

It’s almost football season.

Do you like divisive politics mixed in with your pigskin.

You may not have a choice.

From American thinker

The whole thing started last year when San Francisco quarterback Colin Kaepernick sat out the traditional pre-game playing of the National Anthem.  Fans, outraged that he wasn’t fired outright or at least benched under a “sit for the Anthem, sit for the game” policy, abandoned pro football in droves.  Kaepernick was released by San Francisco later in the year, and since then, no other NFL team has picked up his contract. 

Now both the NAACP on one side and pro football fans on the other are calling for a boycott of the NFL.  This has put the League in a “damned if you, damned if you don’t” situation and given it a headache of Solomonic proportions.

Read the whole thing.

By they way my friends Ski and Wayne were commenting on this subject just the other day.

What will Google do next?

 

A video from Paul Joseph Watson

Lets get down to the nitty gritty, “Google” is the internet, and “Youtube” had no real competition.

My little blog is but an insignificant minute speck in the vast universe of cyberspace. I’ve likely more eggs in my refrigerator  then I have readers. I’m only a dim red dwarf star of which they’re many, far outshined by the stars much bigger and brighter. I’m not monetized. There is no financial incentive for me to do this.  It’s something I enjoy doing when I can find the time.

I utilize Google apps. They know about my blog. But I’m such a Pissant they likely won’t bother with me.  But it is a bit disconcerting to be on a company platform that claims to be open the  free flow of ideas and opinions except those that differ from their own.

We have seen what happens when a thought criminal is discovered in their midst.

This BUDD’s for you!

Many years ago when I was just a wee lad, the year was 1959 and it had been announced that the Budd car passenger rail service up the Connecticut River from White River Jct. to St. Johnsbury was to be terminated. This was several years before Interstate 91 even crossed the Mass. border into Vermont but by now the automobile was king. It was just not profitable anymore. My Parents decided to take me on the last run to give me the experience of riding a train. I remember still watching my Aunt and Uncle follow us in their car up Route 5 which ran parallel to the track. It was great fun. After that rail travel went extinct.

Fast forward to today.

From the Times Argus

MONTPELIER — “Back to the Future” is how officials described the return of an old technology to power a future transportation system with the arrival of 1950s-built, independently powered rail cars in the Barre-Montpelier area on Tuesday. 

The Budd rail diesel cars — or Budliners — are among 10 purchased to run passenger rail service in both central and western Vermont that could pave the way to meet net zero-energy emissions goals in the state.

 

The driving forces behind the program are venture capitalist David Blittersdorf and Montpelierbased Net Zero Vermont.

Blittersdorf is the former CEO of NRG, a successful wind-energy company, who subsequently launched AllEarth Renewables — both based in Williston — to build energy-efficiency enterprises that reduce fossil-fuel demand and slow climate change.

 

“The vision of the future is that we have to get back to mass transit, we have to get back to train, so I call this ‘Back to the Future,’” Blittersdorf said. “What settled Vermont, what settled the U.S. and even the world were the rail lines and the river and boat traffic.”

He said the old technology would make a comeback because it’s the most efficient way to move people and freight.

“Vermont is so small and we can innovate. With the rail, we are going to lead,” Blittersdorf added.

He spent over $4 million to buy 12 Budliner rail cars from a Texas company that had restored them. The cars are individually powered by diesel engines and do not require a locomotive to pull them. The cars can carry 80 passengers and provide an alternative to people driving cars.

Additional photos here.

 

So basically what we have are buses that run on railroad tracks. That Mr. Blittersdorf used his own money to purchase them is commendable.

The only problem with rail is…and now don’t get me wrong,  I’ve a lot of experience with railcars, and I have nothing against the concept of mass transit,  is that unless your going to have a flexible schedule, i.e. a single RDC leaving Barre-Montpelier every hour for Burlington, and vice versa, people are forced to accommodate their schedule to the trains.

And after you arrive at your destination and your job is miles away from the rail station…TAXI!

And a little bit more of your freedom disappears.

Since the RDC’s will be going back and forth on a single track,  and sharing it with freight trains and Amtrak safety will need to be of prime concern. These cars were built in the 1950’s, will they be upgraded with 21st century technology? That won’t be cheap.

Will there be  local and express trains? One stopping in every town and one direct to the big city?

What will be the price of tickets? What happens went the novelty wears off. What happens if the whole enterprise is awash in red ink? Every rail service in the entire world requires subsidizes i.e. taxpayer money.

But remember, we have to save the planet,

Well, I wish them luck in their endeavor. While riding the rails one will be able to look out the windows and see acres and acres of corn and cows solar panels may not be as green as you think.

I will be looking forward to giving it a ride someday. If only to reminisce about that day long ago.  And what America was.

 

 

 

 

 

From the Gorilla Pundit

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“Of course they’re not going to be stop with a few Confederate generals. They’re just getting started. Pretty soon it will be all statues. Then it’ll be movies. Then books. They’re on a roll and they’re not going to stop until they’ve turned the entire country into ‘Fahrenheit 451’, Mao’s Cultural Revolution, and ‘1984’ all mashed up together and managed by Google”

From the blog Ace of Spades.

The Morning Rant

—OregonMuse

We are in a “cold” civil war!

By now you’ve probably heard about the engineer from Google who published anonymously his manifesto on diversity. Well he is anonymous no more.

He is also been Fired.

Remember when those bakers refused to bake a cake for a gay wedding because it was against their religious beliefs. Well they lost everything.

But apparently political beliefs trump (no pun intended) religious beliefs as bakers in California refused to bake a pro Trump birthday cake for a nine year old boy.

Then we have the fat bottomed girl overhearing airline flight attendants expressing their opinions about “”Trans” people. She ratted on them to their bosses.

And “free speech” on college campuses is an oxymoron .

“Live and let live”. “Agree to disagree”. That’s no longer possible in this time of political correctness gone amok. When expressing an (incorrect) opinion can cost you your job.

This is not the America that I grew up in, but this did not happen overnight.

Today the so called Social Justice Warriors (SJW) are no different then  the informers that infests the neighborhoods of cities, towns, and villages in places like Cuba and Venezuela, The old Soviet Union and the eastern bloc of Europe during the cold war.

People my age remember McGruff the crime dog.  Neighborhood watches were formed and people who observed criminal activity would report it to police.

Now thinking the wrong thoughts can land you in very hot water.  Throwing climate change deniers in jail  was proposed in several quarters.  And thinking the wrong thoughts about LGBT?  Better to keep your mouth shut.

Which is precisely what they want.

America is at war with itself.  And the election of Donald Trump has only intensified it. During the reign of Obama the conservative cause was restrained by civility and the rule of law. the Left knows no constraints.

But perhaps things are slowly changing.

We can only hope.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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