Wednesday, November 04, 2009

Everything You Wanted to Know About the Wooly Adelgid

To give you an idea about "stimulus" (both R and D versions), you want to know where that money's going.

$2.3 million for the U.S. Forest Service to rear large numbers of arthropods, including the Asian longhorned beetle, the nun moth and the woolly adelgid.

If you thought that New Jersey and Virginia were loud noises, wait until next November.

Meantime, don't appear in public too often, you miserable toadturds.

HT: Sykes


John Foust said...

If we were to apporach this intellectually and dispassionately, you know, not the way that Charlie Sykes approaches topics, then we'd conduct a little research and know that these three creatures are grave and exotic threats to our nation's stands of timber. Presumably, the research will benefit all conifer-dependent industries as well as our national properties in general.

You have evidence to the contrary?

J. Strupp said...

This is an anti-intellectualist movement John.

Just in case that wasn't obvious enough yet.

Neo-Con Tastic said...

$2.3 million.

John Foust said...

OK, Neo, given the economic value of timber to industry, and the value of public lands denuded versus viable, how much should be spent on research in countering new alien pests? Zero? Leave it to private industry to research effective pest control methods that might benefit public land?

Dad29 said...

It could wait until next year, or yes, it could be a grant to private industry, or to a research university with similar programs.

All, UNDOUBTEDLY, cheaper than the USFS, which could be cut by 50% with no losses to SmokeyBear.

John Foust said...

Whatever you were quoting wasn't very accurate, either. A few minutes of tracking found the original story (in one of those trendy, hip, sex-laden give-away downtown free newspapers, no less) which did mention that some of the $2.3 million is being used to upgrade an existing secure facility where research on these pests is conducted.

It quotes their state Republican leader as saying "One legislator's pork is another legislator's important local district project."