A state of emergency is being declared by four governors as the southeastern coast of the United States fears increased gas shortages. The fuel distribution has been thwarted by a cyber-attack against one of the largest suppliers, Colonial Pipeline.
Democratic Governors Roy Cooper of North Virginia and Ralph Northam of Virginia, as well as Republican Governors Brian Kemp of Georgia and Ron DeSantis of Florida declared states of emergency on Tuesday.
Governor Kemp tweeted out a copy of his executive signed order with the caption “Today I signed an executive order suspending the gas tax in Georgia to help with higher prices as a result of the Colonial cyber attack. We are working closely with Colonial and expect for them to recover by the end of the week.”
South Carolina’s Republican Governor Henry McMaster decided not to declare a “new” state of emergency because the COVID-19 pandemic has already placed the state in that category.
Daily Caller News Foundation reports
“Kemp suspended Georgia’s gas taxes, while Cooper eliminated transportation regulations. McMaster instituted anti-price gouging laws. Virginia Republicans called on Northam to suspend the state’s gas tax…
“More than 7% of Virginia gas stations are out of gas, according to industry monitor GasBuddy. More than 8% of North Carolina gas stations are out of fuel, as are more than 6% of Georgia stations.”
On Monday, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said of the situation simply that President Joe Biden was regularly being briefed on the situation. That was Monday…
Bill Gates Wants Wealthy Countries to Eat Fully Plant-Based and Beef Should Be 100% Synthetic
Bill Gates was recently interviewed by MIT Technology Review where he argued that the world’s richest countries should stop eating beef and instead switch to a plant-based diet to help fight global climate change.
Gate’s believes that the “80 poorest countries” should still rely on eating real meat but plant-based should be the future for developed countries.
“I do think all rich countries should move to 100% synthetic beef. You can get used to the taste difference, and the claim is they’re going to make it taste even better over time. Eventually, that green premium is modest enough that you can sort of change the [behavior of] people or use regulation to totally shift the demand,” the Microsoft co-founder told the MIT Tech Review.
Gates addresses agriculture in his new book “How to Avoid a Climate Disaster” and details the measures needed to eliminate greenhouse-gas emissions. The billionaire software developer and philanthropist discusses policy changes and tech innovations needed to help curb industries with the largest carbon footprints, like steel, cement and agriculture, where a third of all greenhouse gas emissions — which trap heat and warm the climate — come from livestock production.
Gates noted it would be almost impossible to eliminate emissions from burping cows and fertilizer to reduce methane emissions, saying that plant-based beef options are the only viable option.
“There are all the things where they feed them different food, like there’s this one compound that gives you a 20% reduction [in methane emissions]. But sadly, those bacteria [in their digestive system that produce methane] are a necessary part of breaking down the grass. And so I don’t know if there’ll be some natural approach there. I’m afraid the synthetic [protein alternatives like plant-based burgers] will be required for at least the beef thing.”
Gates is a fan of Impossible Foods who makes plant-based burgers and other meat alternative products. Impossible Foods plans on cutting their prices for grocery stores by 20% throughout the U.S. with a suggested retail price of $5.49 for their burger patties.
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Charlie Kirk in Newsweek: Canceling Keystone Does More Harm to the Environment than Good
In President Joe Biden’s first week in office, with little more than the stroke of his pen, he took steps to revoke the permit of the Keystone XL pipeline. Of course, this policy doesn’t significantly protect the environment—the oil will still be transported—it was a virtue signal to climate change activists.
President Biden has been on the record stating that he wants to end fracking, as well as drilling and exploration for oil and natural gas. What Biden knows, but probably doesn’t care about, is that we actually need oil for most things in our daily lives. Things that may actually surprise you.
We need oil to make affordable clothes, cleaning products, soap, toothbrushes, shampoo, perfumes, nail polish, furniture, footballs, computers, cell phones, fertilizers, insecticides, car seats, heart valves, aspirin—even the plexiglass dividers that Biden wants restaurants to put up to maintain social distancing.
Crude oil, or oil in its unrefined state, is toxic to humans and animals, and destructive to the environment when spilled on land or in bodies of water. After crude oil is obtained, it must be transported safely and carefully to refineries to be chemically processed so that it can be used. It can be easily transported in one of three ways: by truck, by train or by pipeline.
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