Can Hemp Fuel Replace North American Oil Production?


hemp fuel

I thought I was finished with blog posts for today, but that changed after I read an article while eating lunch. I felt I had to speak out AGAIN on this subject, especially since it is quite pervasive.

Here is an excerpt from the article I read today:

In its latest report, the Paris-based IEA forecasts that North America’s oil supply will grow by nearly 4 million barrels per day between 2012 to 2018, amounting to nearly 50% of global output growth over that period.

‘The shock waves of rising U.S. shale gas, light tight oil and Canadian oil sands production are reaching virtually all recesses of the global oil market,’ stated the IEA report.

The U.S. is experiencing an oil boom, in large part thanks to high world prices and new technologies, including hydraulic fracking, that have made the extraction of oil and gas from shale rock commercially viable.

The new supply surge comes as developing nations are set to consume more oil than developed countries for the first time.

The IEA says the shift will be seen this quarter, with demand from developing countries hitting 54% of the global total by 2018, up from 49% in 2012.” (http://money.cnn.com/2013/05/14/news/world/oil-iea-demand/) (Author’s note: I am often skeptical about news that I read from major corporate-owned news sources, and usually turn to other news sources. However, even if this is partly true/partly false/exaggerated/or whatever, it is STILL disturbing to see them touting oil distraction {fracking, etc.} as ‘commercially viable. That may be so, but it is NOT NOT NOT environmentally viable.)

In a previous post that I had written I mentioned the benefits of hemp (carbohydrate) fuel vs fossil (carbon) fuel. Here are a few of the key points:

* Hemp is renewable. Unlike fossil fuels, hemp is easily replenished AND healthy for the environment. One acre of hemp can produce as much paper as 4 acres of trees; in addition, hemp can be harvested every 90 days.

* Hemp fuel is biodegradable and non-toxic. Hemp fuel spills do not harm the earth. In fact, they would act more as a fertilizer than a hazardous spill.

* Hemp fuel burns cleanly; it does not cause create large amounts of carbon monoxide or hydrocarbons. *This brings up a good point. We have gone from a ‘carbohydrate’ society to a ‘carbon’ society. Biofuels and natural, clean materials were pushed aside and replaced by carbon products – fossil fuel-based and chemical-based products that harm the air and environment, and health.

(You can read the entire article here)

It is IMPERATIVE that we back off from dangerous, toxic fuels and methods of extraction and turn to hemp-based fuels. It’s cleaner, healthier, and there would be no shortages.

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Is Kentucky Close To Growing Hemp Again?


Hemp in Kentucky

My friend Alan Tracy sent me a link this afternoon, with the comment, “Big News!” (A great followup to yesterday’s post!)

This is from the website of Kentucky U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell (http://www.mcconnell.senate.gov/public/index.cfm?p=PressReleases&ContentRecord_id=f0db455a-2152-4e7a-9ccd-358fb7f2f9bd)

Here is what it says

Jan 31 2013

Industrialized Hemp Will Help Spur Economic Growth and Create Jobs in Kentucky

Washington, DC – U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell made the following statement today regarding industrialized hemp and its impact on Kentucky:

“After long discussions with Senator Rand Paul and Commissioner James Comer on the economic benefits of industrialized hemp, I am convinced that allowing its production will be a positive development for Kentucky’s farm families and economy. Commissioner Comer has assured me that his office is committed to pursuing industrialized hemp production in a way that does not compromise Kentucky law enforcement’s marijuana eradication efforts or in any way promote illegal drug use. The utilization of hemp to produce everything from clothing to paper is real and if there is a capacity to center a new domestic industry in Kentucky that will create jobs in these difficult economic times that sounds like a good thing to me.”

A commitment to pursue a crop that can help our economy, our planet, and our health – that IS great news!

Let’s hope that Kentucky can get BACK to growing hemp, as it did 150 years ago.  It looks as if it is going in the right direction – again!

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Great News!


hemp field

Yes, this IS great news!

Many of you are aware that Colorado has legalized the use of hemp.

A farmer in Colorado, who owns 3,000 acres of farmland, will use 100 of those acres to start growing industrial hemp. His first crop will be used to produce food-grade hempseed oil. This project will be good to gain understanding of the viability of hemp farming in the U.S.

On the other hand, there are those who are AGAINST the hemp farming. According to the Richmond Register, local law enforcement OPPOSES the farming. Their argument? “Dan Smoot, of the Kentucky Association of Chiefs of Police and president of Operation UNITE, a drug education, treatment and enforcement organization working in eastern Kentucky, said supporters are looking “through rose-colored glasses if they believe hemp production would be a good alternative crop or provide an economic boon.”

He said there isn’t a great demand for the crop, and legalizing its production “would create more problems than benefits and is currently not permitted under federal law.””

Also,

““It is impossible to distinguish between hemp and marijuana with the naked eye,” KSP Commissioner Rodney Brewer said.”

Here are my key arguments: There is a distinguishable difference between hemp and marijuana. Other countries, where hemp farming is legal, have no problem telling the difference between the 2 plants. Hemp farming WOULD provide an economic boom, because of the need for clean fuels, environmentally healthy crops for textiles and plastics and building materials, and  healthy food.

It is my hope that the Federal government does NOT interfere and allow the farming of hemp. This is an excellent start to get BACK to the crop that supported our nation a century ago.

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I Have A Hempy Dream!


This morning after taking my daughter to school (when I am driving is when I have my best ideas and do my best thinking) I had a thought. It wasn’t a new thought, but it had new energy.

I’ve always wanted to be involved with Habitat for Humanity. But my idea, my dream has a new twist. HEMP Habitats for Humanity. Solar hemp homes! I want to help put families in their own homes, homes that are carbon negative, environmentally healthy, and energy efficient. I want to get dirty, drive some nails, use my hands to help create a healthy environment for those that need a roof over their heads.

I, also, dream to have one of those homes. Solar. Hemp. Energy efficient. Clean. Healthy. Bright. A place that I know will not tax our planet, but HELP it.

I want to start by building one in each state. Can you imagine the impact just from one carbon negative home? I want this to go viral. I can envision communities like this, pockets of clean, green areas that heal, not harm.

I want this to be a movement, a wave. Wait, let me backtrack. WANT means lack. It WILL happen, and it will happen in my lifetime.

How will this happen? I do not know. But I do know I am not alone in this dream. I have put this dream out to the Universe, and where there is a will, a desire, there is always a way.

Who is with me? Who will join me in envisioning this dream and making it happen?

The time is NOW. For our planet, our environment, our economy, our children.

So, hop on this ride, folks, let’s make it happen!

The Environmentalist (Green) Movement of the 1960s ~ What Was The REAL Agenda?


This post may raise more questions than answers. I am taking a slightly different track, in that I am inserting bits and pieces that I’ve found today from various sources – some may be true, some may be half true; ALL made me question the true intent of the backers and investors of the green movement.

First of all, I will remind you that I am all for green movements: green energy, green living – organic, clean, healthy, and sustainable, with no underlying agenda or hidden negative backlashes.

It’s good to ask questions, it’s good to raise awareness, it’s good to wake up. Some of you may agree with what you read here, some may not. But I am not here to tell you what to believe, I am simply raising questions. I want answers. Do you? Perhaps you know more about these issues than I do. If so, please feel free to share, I’m a good student, I promise!

So, here goes!

Do you remember reading my post about the Rockefellers and their hand in hemp farming prohibition, their controlling interest in the AMA, and their agenda to push chemicals (pharmaceuticals and agriculture)? If not, you can read it here.  Well, this morning I came across this statement, “the entire “Environmental” Movement at the top, and increasingly at the local levels, is funded and controlled by the fossil fuel industry though the Pew Charitable Trusts (Sun Oil Co) and the Rockefeller Fund.” (wrongkindofgreen.org)

The environmental movement as we know it started in the 1960s. “The most prominent Republican environmen- talist was Nelson Rockefeller, who pressed for environmental legislation as governor of New York in the mid- 1960s.” (“Give Earth A Chance”) This sounds great, right? But let’s read on.

Where do the environmental groups get their money? Dues from members represent an average of 50 percent of the income of most groups; most of the rest of the income comes from foundation grants, corporate contributions, and U.S. government funds. Almost every one of today’s land-trust, environmental, animal-rights, and population-control groups was created with grants from one of the elite foundations, like the Ford foundation and the Rockefeller Foundation….Foundation grants in the range of $20 to $50 million for the environmental cause are no longer a novelty. In July 1990, the Rockefeller Foundation announced a $50 million global environmental program. The specific purpose of the program is to create an elite group of individuals in each country whose role is to implement and enforce the international environmental treaties now being negotiated.” (www.sweetliberty.org)

From the Rockefeller Foundation 1960 annual report:

One of the items that jumped out at me on the above graphic was the mention of grants to world food supply.  Then I saw this:

My curiosity was piqued.  And then there was this:

Now, this all seems good, we want to have crops that are disease resistant, we WANT to eradicate hunger. However, the words that caught my eye were, “Breeding for Insect Resistance.” Hmmmmm. I still have questions, but instead of being in an accusatory state of mind, I’ll give them the benefit of the doubt. For now.

A quick note: I am not here to bash any family or investor or organization wanting to donate money or institute programs for the better of mankind. I do, however, see some signs that maybe all is not as it is shown to be. That is why I ask questions.

And what about this? “John D. Rockefeller used his oil wealth to acquire Equitable Trust, which had gobbled up several large banks and corporations by the 1920’s. The Great Depression helped consolidate Rockefeller’s power. His Chase Bank merged with Kuhn Loeb’s Manhattan Bank to form Chase Manhattan, cementing a long-time family relationship. The Kuhn-Loeb’s had financed – along with Rothschilds – Rockefeller’s quest to become king of the oil patch. National City Bank of Cleveland provided John D. with the money needed to embark upon his monopolization of the US oil industry. The bank was identified in Congressional hearings as being one of three Rothschild-owned banks in the US during the 1870’s, when Rockefeller first incorporated as Standard Oil of Ohio. [17]

One Rockefeller Standard Oil partner was Edward Harkness, whose family came to control Chemical Bank. Another was James Stillman, whose family controlled Manufacturers Hanover Trust. Both banks have merged under the JP Morgan Chase umbrella. Two of James Stillman’s daughters married two of William Rockefeller’s sons. The two families control a big chunk of Citigroup as well. [18]

In the insurance business, the Rockefellers control Metropolitan Life, Equitable Life, Prudential and New York Life. Rockefeller banks control 25% of all assets of the 50 largest US commercial banks and 30% of all assets of the 50 largest insurance companies. [19] Insurance companies- the first in the US was launched by Freemasons through their Woodman’s of America- play a key role in the Bermuda drug money shuffle.

Companies under Rockefeller control include Exxon Mobil, Chevron Texaco, BP Amoco, Marathon Oil, Freeport McMoran, Quaker Oats, ASARCO, United, Delta, Northwest, ITT, International Harvester, Xerox, Boeing, Westinghouse, Hewlett-Packard, Honeywell, International Paper, Pfizer, Motorola, Monsanto, Union Carbide and General Foods.” (http://www.globalresearch.ca/the-federal-reserve-cartel-the-eight-families/25080)

Did you see it? Of course you did, I highlighted the key words in red.

I am a wholehearted proponent of multiple streams of income, and certainly there is nothing wrong with having a variety of financial interests.  But, does it make sense to implement a ‘green’ movement when your activities and funding go to destroy or do exactly opposite of what that ‘green movement’ means?

Is there a secret agenda of those who started the green movement, when clearly their actions dictate otherwise?

Why would someone fund environmentalist projects while at the same time reap huge financial benefits from products that clearly harm health and the environment (oil, chemicals)?

Why would someone donate money to help educate poor farmers, or help with programs to increase their farming in other countries, yet appear to be a backer, or even owner, of one of the most dangerous companies known to human health (Monsanto)?

Why not more focus on sustainability?

Like I said earlier, I am not strictly out to accuse, attack, or bash anyone. I am simply curious and want to know more. I want to know that when someone says they are dedicated to helping our environment, they mean it and take proper action to SHOW that they mean it.

So, show me the green. The TRUE green.

*I cannot swear that all of the above inserts are 100% true, I simply saw them and took them for face value. Are they true? Half true? I would suggest that if you question anything I have posted in this article, please do your own due diligence, perhaps you would find more information than I did.

I would never knowingly publish false information, this post is strictly educational and intended to raise questions and curiosity, and hopefully will open some eyes and minds.

Washington State Passes Cannabis Legalization Initiative 502


November 6 2012 – a day that will go down in history. Not only was it a very close presidential election (following one of the most aggressive campaigns I can ever remember), but it was also an opportunity for 4 states to approve Marriage Equality (my sister can now marry in our home state!) AND Colorado and Washington approved the legalization of cannabis.

Colorado and Washington have each defined cannabis in their own way, but they basically make the same point. In Washington State, there will be a 1 year period in which to decide on the rules and regulations.

Almost 40 years ago a group called Blossom Seattle was able to put the cannabis issue on a ballot.  20 years after Blossom Seattle we saw the inception of Seattle Hempfest, the world’s largest 3-day hemp rally, with over a quarter million attendees each year – and growing.  Our progressive state is making strides and making history – we have legalized a plant that helps many patients, even those with cancer; we have not given up in decriminalizing one of the safest medicines on the planet.

Now, why is this so important to industrial hemp lovers like myself? Initiative 502 opens the door wider toward the next progressive step – allowing industrial hemp farming. Will it happen overnight? No. Because this plant will be heavily regulated, it will take time, and hopefully much ‘adult conversation’ and the realization that this is what we need for our planet, to heal the soil, to provide healthy, organic foods, and to slow down or reverse global warming. Big oil, pharma, and the chemical industries will fight it…but the will of the people is strong. And the need for clean energy and clean products is strong.

How will the federal government respond? Well, technically, the federal level still overrides the state level decisions as far as cannabis is concerned. It remains to be seen if they will take this to the Supreme Court. But for now, we’ve taken an important step on the path to full cannabis and hemp legalization.

Next step – hemp farms? Let’s hope so.

Global Warming ~ Is Hemp The Solution?


This week the eastern U.S. coast had a visitor by the name of Sandy. She came through with a wide path of destruction, and left quite a mess in her wake, including devastating flooding. The news stations and internet were inundated with photos of her impressive size. Is this a sign of what is to be the norm, due to global warming?

The scenes in New York were also a reminder of a film I saw years ago, “The Day After Tomorrow.” It was quite frightening, yet I was riveted. Will it come to this? I certainly hope not.

Steps must be taken NOW to stop the devastation, and the practices that contribute to global warming, which include CO2 emissions from fossil-fueled power plants, CO2 emissions from methane, CO2 emissions from fossil-fueled vehicles, deforestation, and increased levels of chemical fertilizers, pesticides, and herbicides on commercial and large-scale crops.

I pulled up a blog article I wrote earlier this year, and I believe it is apropos to bring it up again, in light of Hurricane Sandy.

“In the past decade global warming has come to the forefront. This isn’t something new; the earth’s climates have always fluctuated throughout the centuries and millenia. What makes global warming more of an ‘issue’ now is the fact that people are becoming more aware of some of the practices that are not HELPING the global warming situation; it is said that the past 10 years have seen the fastest moving temperature changes.

What causes global warming? One cause is the buildup of CO2 (carbon dioxide) in the atmosphere, which holds the sun’s heat and causes the warming. Fossil fuels are the main culprits; coal burning plants and automobiles are 2 of the biggest contributors to the blanket of CO2 in the atmosphere.

CO2 emissions are at an all-time high; extensive removal of forests is adding to the problem, since CO2 is neutralized by plants and trees. The Amazon rainforest is being destroyed at a very quick pace. At over a billion acres, it is one of the planet’s most treasured ‘air cleaners’. Destruction of the rainforest is contributing to the warming we see today, as well as loss of habitat for animals and increased land erosion.

So, what is the remedy for halting or even reversing global warming? One way to counter the effects of global warming is growing hemp – on a global scale.

Industrial hemp uses photosynthesis to remove the CO2 from the atmosphere and convert it to oxygen. The hemp plant can convert huge amounts of CO2, more than most plants. Not only does it remove the CO2 from the air, it also deposits the CO2 into the soil, enriching it and causing it to be more fertile. Hemp is one of the very few crops that does NOT deplete the soil after it is grown and harvested.

There is a move to replace fossil fuels in automobiles with biofuels and hemp fuels. Homes are being built with hemp materials (making the hemp homes carbon neutral and in some cases carbon negative). Products typically made with petroleum and timber are being made with hemp. The move to green consumption is growing.

It is unfortunate that the US cannot legally grow hemp at this time. But steps are being taken, people are making their voices heard. We are inching toward the day when hemp can be farmed in the United States – and we can contribute to making our planet clean, green, and fresh again.”

I want my children and grandchildren to have a beautiful, clean planet to live on, one that practices sustainable, healthy ways of living. One that is not damaged by oil drilling, fracking, pollution, not one that is disease-ridden and environmentally unsafe. No, our children and grandchildren deserve something better, and the time is NOW to turn to practices that nourish the earth.