Free Markets, Free People

Welcome to the law of unintended consequences

Or here’s what happens when you play the green card and drive up the cost of energy to the point that it is unaffordable:

When the mercury falls, the theft of wood in the country’s woodlands goes up as people turn to cheaper ways to heat their homes. With energy costs escalating, more Germans are turning to wood burning stoves for heat. That, though, has also led to a rise in tree theft in the country’s forests. The problem has been compounded this winter by rising energy costs. The Germany’s Renters Association estimates the heating costs will go up 22 percent this winter alone.


How much carbon is being emitted by wood burning stoves?  How about the deforestation?

Gee, nukes don’t sound so bad now, do they?


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21 Responses to Welcome to the law of unintended consequences

  • “Energy poverty” is a growing realization in the Developed World, especially among people on fixed incomes.
    There is only one reason for that; the witchcrap of the Collective.

    • Don’t worry, strongman apologist Joe Kennedy can always give them cheap oil….

      • I read where brave young Leo DeCrapio has volunteered to fly around the world, spreading hte gospel of anti-science known as “environmentalism”.
        I hope his wings don’t melt …

        • Saving the world by enlarging his “carbon footprint”
          … hey, he might be on to something

        • Yeah, no carbon footprint from them jets ya know, not a drop of ironic awareness in the boy is there.
          Ah well, no one said you had to be smart to be an actor, and many of them prove it every time they open their yaps off the screen and without a script.

  • But no!  this cannot be!  I just read a glowing article about their use of solar power in collectives run by private citizens!  The dream of solar power, they said it was all true!   And we need to emulate it!  Obama will save us!
    And can someone splain to me how a man with ratings as low as Carter and Ford in Gallup just got re-inaugurated for a second term.
    Or maybe why an American President can’t mention the dead Americans specifically in Algeria.
    What a tool, 4 more years of this jerk?  Really?
    Oh well, good and hard, let it burn.  Something drastic has to happen to snap us around, I guess he’s it.

    • Speaking of unintended consequence and drastic action …

      Q: When you’re asked about Stricker’s semi-retirement, with the political situation the last couple months … what did you mean by that? Do you find it an unsettling time in a way?

      Phil Mickelson:
      Well, it’s been an interesting offseason. And I’m going to have to make some drastic changes. I’m not going to jump the gun and do it right away, but I will be making some drastic changes.

      Q: Meaning leaving from California?

      I’m not sure.

      Q. Moving to Canada?

      I’m not sure what exactly, you know, I’m going to do yet. I’ll probably talk about it more in depth next week.

      … I know, it’s not like nobody mentioned this possibility.

    • The thing I find curious about the election, virtually no voting impropriety claims.  I don’t care if they wouldn’t be enough to turn the election.  I mean if Obama lost, you’d gotten everything from ‘someone who looked republican gave me a stern look so I left’ on up.  Proven or not.
      I mean there was no town of say 100 people where there were no votes for Romney and 2-3 people say they did?   Nothing, anywhere?

      • There were mumbles about 104% voter participation in some districts, that sort of thing.  In solid blue areas where he didn’t NEED the extra votes to put him over.  No, I think we genuinely were stupid enough to put him back in office because too many people just couldn’t vote for the Mormon RINO and somehow figured it would be better not to vote so we could re-elect the divisive Marxist stoner.

    • “And can someone splain to me how a man with ratings as low as Carter and Ford in Gallup just got re-inaugurated for a second term.”

      Oh, that’s easy. The GOP’s project to create an android candidate hit the uncanny valley problem.

      • Romney’s two problems.  Republicans laying the groundwork that he was Richie Rich (which is ironic since they all have more money than I’ll make in my lifetime) and enough Gingrich fans not to immediately decry that tactic making it acceptable.  Romney not saying and adopting the attitude “i’m rich so what”.

  • Burning wood is considered green.  Because the tree grows back and re-takes the carbon out of the atmosphere.
    The key thing is that its got to grow back.  The way the wood is likely taken is not from a managed tree farm.  Its more likely taken in a way that leaves the land scared or prone to erosion.  So the loss of the tree will be a net loss.

  • /snark
    Clearly this is an example of the failure of the free market.  When green energy is the only viable solution then the market fails us by producing alternatives such as burning wood for heat.  There is an unquestioned need for more government regulation of the wood burning stove terrorists.  The government is simply looking out for your best interests.

  • This is plainly a lie, because Facebook posts assure me that Germany leads the world in cheap solar power (and in a wonderful example of how edited and repeated factoids become plain lies, “produces half of its power from solar!”*). Thus it cannot possibly be too expensive to heat your home there.
    (* The distorted factoid being that on one day in May last year, on the weekend, for a moment, solar produced half the power demanded… on a nice warm day when industry was shut down.
    That became “half the power needs of Germany” for all time, thanks to the need to fit The Best Sounding Possible Thing on a stupid little image.)

    • That sounds like the hemorrhoid I read, I mean factoid, about German’s solar collection.  Course I recall it was detailed and more than q 2 line blurb, but your factoid sounds remarkably similar to my recollection of idle reading on day recently.

  • I like all the recent post-apocalyptic movies and TV shows.  If whatever the apocalypse is, doesn’t kill at least 90% of us, the other 10+% don’t have very long.  There isn’t enough forest to keep warm and not enough wildlife to ‘live off the land’.  Trees and wildlife would be over-harvested and the resulting crash would likely finish off all that are left.

    • Nah, most of us will be dead from hunger, disease, and killin each other off before enough to damage it could figure out how to hunt and farm enough to strip the place clean.  Mother nature isn’t just a mean bitch, she’s a tough old bird too.

    • Forgot to mention, take away our power supplies, and a lot less suddenly gets done.   Try cutting down a tree with a chainsaw that doesn’t run.   And when you manage that, try moving the tree a hundred yards with human power only.  Then dress the lumber.
      then do that enough to build a shack to keep warm and dry.
      We done got rid of our friendly beasts of burden that we spent eons training and breeding.  When was the last time you saw a team of oxen hauling a log or a sledge?  We don’t have the raw materials in livestock or the skill in harnessing and working them.  We don’t just NOT have the knowledge any more(or in making the awls, or the needles, or the steel or iron or the thread, or the leather, or the rope…see where this goes?).
      There’s a reason a most common name is Smith, when was the last time you met one who could ply some version of the trade?

      • I remember an episode of Connections that addressed the ‘who will make it after the apocalypse’ question.  It pretty much boiled down to ‘the guy who can physically get out of the city and get his hands on a plow.’

        • You’re telling me my antique frontier coffee grinder ain’t going to be nearly as useful as I planned then 🙂
          I’m sensing my LookerBucks coffee and mud franchise idea after the fall isn’t going to be successful.