The Politics of Oil and Gas __ No. 4, “Life is for the Birds”

A big H/T to Questions and Observations for this bit of insanity.

From this source we learn of some “chilling” news about life and death across the pond in the United Kingdom.

WINTER weather has killed a million Brits since the 1980s and will kill a million more by 2050, experts have warned.

Age support groups and doctors blame poor housing, high energy bills and pensioner poverty.

Many killed by the cold are elderly but the ill, vulnerable and very young also die.

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The death toll since 1982/83 covers the period of the Government’s Keep Warm, Keep Well winter health campaign, launched after average winter deaths in the early 1980s soared to 42,000.

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“The causes are poor housing, low pensioner incomes and high energy prices. The Government is complacent and must do more to help.”

The UK imports most of its natural gas at about four times the price paid in the US. The recent discovery of shale gas in the UK is definitely good news. The sooner they can bring that gas into production, the sooner they can reduce the winter mortality rates for the old, the infirm, and the poor. You would think that the British government would move heaven and earth to get that low-cost gas flowing, right? Well, if you think the Green Winnie’s have too much power in the US, it is worse in Europe and in the UK. The Times tells the story:

Migrating birds have halted Britain’s embryonic shale gas expansion in its tracks.

The company backed by Lord Browne, the former BP boss, admitted yesterday that it must delay resuming fracking near Blackpool until next year because of rules protecting thousands of birds wintering in the surrounding picturesque Fylde peninsula.

So, there you have it. Life in the  UK is for the birds. For the elderly and the infirm, not so much. For the Brits and their quintessential “stiff upper lips”,  may actually be frozen solid.

Well, that’s what I’m thinking. What are your thoughts?

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13 thoughts on “The Politics of Oil and Gas __ No. 4, “Life is for the Birds”

  1. Environmental concerns are real. But we have the technology to safely and responsibly recover shale gas and should do so. The real danger to this planet is overpopulation.

    Globally, the Earth’s temperature has remained statistically unchanged since about 1997. The geologic epoch we live in – the holocene – is an interglacial warm period. We are in one of the warmest times of the already warm holocene. Little of that is due to anthropomorphic CO2 emissions.

    Earth’s long term prognosis, however, is for cold weather to come. Earth has a history of long-term ice ages interrupted by brief interglacial warm periods going back 2 million years to the beginning of the quarternary.

    Enjoy the sunny holocene while you can. It ain’t gonna last. :)

  2. Another instance of the “greenies” letting people die (DDT is another example). Everybody should watch the video linked at this PowerLine post: http://www.powerlineblog.com/archives/2013/03/matt-ridley-explains-it-all.php

    Turns out the planet is getting GREENER… not because of environmentalist policies, but because of fossil fuels. Forests are expanding, not because of environmentalists, but because of productivity improvements due to nitrogen fertilizers created with… wait for it… fossil fuels. Where there is harm, like more expensive food and fuel, it is NOT because of fossil fuels, it is because of environmentalists’ insistence on using bio-fuel.

    Seriously… watch it. It’s amazing.

  3. I wouldn’t be surprised if the majority of those Britons dying prematurely due to bad living conditions brought about by their government policies are the ones that voted for so many Labour governments since WWII and have emasculated the few conservative governments out of any guts – the Thatcher government excluded, but not the present Cameron government.

  4. I am not surprised by this, these leftists have their priorities backwards. To think that they value the lives of birds above humans is crazy but they do. Of course the more elderly that die the less the government healthcare has to pay out so maybe it is part of the plan.

  5. So Birds are more important than the elderly. You sure this isn’t a bird-brained idea of OBAMA’S?
    Now we’re hearing that even the electric car, sacred answer to all climatic problems, is NOT SACRED ANYMORE~! WHEN will the left learn?

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