1. Lovely and relaxing. I can never remember, are you in VA or NC? I grew up in northern VA and even now, 40 years later, Texas just doesn’t look right. The landscape in your photos, that’s how a countryside is supposed to look.

    1. @Jeff

      I’m in Forest, VA, not far from Bedford, home of Sharp Top and Round Top (aka Peaks of Otter), along with the famous Bedford Boys who led the charge on D-day.

      My view is similar to the one Thomas Jefferson had from his Poplar Forest summer home.

  2. Thanks for the mention, Rod.

    You have one fantastic spread and vista there! The dawns and dusks in autumn must be awesome as heaven! Your sweat and skull-crushing well deserve it! I only wish more Vermonters and others appreciated such too!

    James Greenidge
    Queens NY

  3. Something just hit me again. I just realized that the Japanese NRA must secure local support to restart a nuke.

    I strongly disagree that this should be part of their decision making process. They have to certify and that is it.

  4. As a Brit, the most striking thing about those views is the trees! Most of our forests were cut down for fuel and structural materials over the past few hundred years, the remainder only being saved by the advent of coal and steel. Now our big coal generators are switching to wood again since it’s been classed as ‘renewable’ and qualifies for subsidies. The total forested area of the UK is about 3 million hectares, while (based on the numbers for Drax) a wood-burning coal station seems to require about 600,000 hectares per GW for sustainable operation. Obviously it’s not feasible for Drax et al to get their wood here, so it’s mostly being imported from North America. Watch out!


  5. In the early 1900s 45% of Africa was covered by forests. Today it is 4%. Why? People need heat for food, laundry, home heating, and bathing purposes. Had Africa as many coal power stations as the US has, they would have most of that lost forest back, even with the people pressure. Looks like the UK is going backwards.

    N & S Korea. North is barren and treeless adn suffers from flash flooding. South is lush and green. Why? Capitalism is part of it, but cutting trees is so anti-green, yet this is what green policies encourage so strongly.

    Then there’s the toxic sludge generated by mining for rare earth metals that feature so prominently in wind turbines. This sludge is far more toxic than the sludge from coal mining or uranium mining. But hey those windmills are so greeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeennn!#$.

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