Obama Spending $1 Million to Fight Global Warming with Wooden Skyscrapers

914_1_1000 REX Tallest Log Cabin in the World

I’m still waiting for the press release on sustainable living by going back to the caves.

Environmentalism, like any leftist ideology, is so incoherent that it has gone straight from activists chaining themselves to trees to fight logging to promoting “emerging wood technologies” to fight Global Warming.

The White House launched a new campaign to sell its global warming agenda to rural America: “sustainable” buildings, including skyscrapers, made out of wood to lower carbon dioxide emissions.

The Agriculture Department (USDA) announced it was launching a new $1 million program to promote wood as a “green” building material to boost rural economies, as well as a $1 million competition “to demonstrate the architectural and commercial viability of using sustainable wood products in high-rise construction,” according to Department.

“Wood may be one of the world’s oldest building materials, but it is now also one of the most advanced,” said Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. “Building stronger markets for innovative new wood products supports sustainable forestry, helps buffer reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and puts rural America at the forefront of an emerging industry.”

An emerging industry of… wood. I’m pretty sure carpentry has been around for a while. I don’t know how much time you have to spend in Washington to believe that building things out of wood is an emerging industry.

Emerging engineered wood technologies can be used in industrial building projects such as tall buildings and skyscrapers, as well as other projects. By some industry estimates, a 3-5 story building made from emerging wood technologies has the same emissions control as taking up to 550 cars of the road for one year.

But there are worries that have given cities some pause in adopting wooden high-rises. The Oregonian reports that “building codes that restrict wood construction for fear of structural weakness or vulnerability to fire.” Cross-laminated timber panels are combustible, but char and burn out without buckling, reports the Oregonian.

It’s also unclear if wooden panel high-rises and skyscrapers will have the durability of steel buildings and be as economical as steel. Wooden buildings also need to be treated for termites and can warp and twist over time. Steel does not suffer from such problems.

I’m sure it won’t be a problem. Mass death when a fire spreads across a city and takes down all its wooden skyscrapers will significantly reduce the carbon footprint of the human beings who have been turned into ash.

The only remaining question is what will environmental activists chain themselves to now?

  • Anukem Jihadi

    It’s a fire sale

  • DogmaelJones1

    Daniel: Is that a photograph of an actual wood “skyscraper”? If it is, I’d rather live in a cardboard box. If it isn’t an actual building, I must commend the artist for creating a projection of a ghastly domicile.

    • Daniel Greenfield

      It’s an actual building, I believe, unfinished in Russia.

      • Elliott

        “Unfinished” Daniel?
        No, it’s finished. Remember, they still build according to the “Standards” established by the Kremlin and ENFORCED by the KGB (which definitely still exists – although it may have been renamed). This building (?) has ONE condition for residency: You may not be a member of the Russian elite – very easy to comply with!

      • Toni_Pereira

        I knew i saw that somewhere.It was the Sutyagin House in Arkhangelsk, Russia.It has a curious history.Berry shoud read it just to remember his Chicago days and avoid make a fool of himself…again:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sutyagin_House

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  • Alphamail

    “The White House launched a new campaign to sell its global warming agenda to rural America: “sustainable” buildings…..made out of wood to lower carbon dioxide emissions.”

    We can’t wait for this new WH campaign out here in rural America because in between clinging to our guns and obsessing over our Bibles it never occurred to us we could actually make barns and homes and fences and casks and…well…most
    anything out of wood.

    Now all us dumb ass rednecks can tear down those old cast iron houses and stop burning plastic in our fireplaces…oh, and those nasty aluminum toothpicks.

    I wonder if we’ll be using the same trees as he thinks money comes from?

    • Daniel Greenfield

      But wait… this is advanced wood. It’s innovative and emerging. It’s probably made with special advanced Fair Trade technology.

      It doesn’t come from a tree. It’s produced by an organic 3D printer lovingly programmed with extracts from Joe Biden’s biography and Neil Young’s music.

      • Steve Bryant

        I’m guessing it gives off a peculiar smell as well, eh.

  • Gee

    And here I thought that trees reduced carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. If they cut them down they won’t.
    Oh and by the way Israel is the only nation in the entire world that has EVER reduced desertification by planting millions of trees.

  • liz

    It’s an “emerging” technology because it has just now emerged in their stunted brains. The other obvious stuff – like flammability, etc., still hasn’t emerged into their highly intelligent and perceptive grey cells yet.

    • Daniel Greenfield

      They haven’t discovered fire yet. It’s a technology still to emerge.

  • Toni_Pereira

    Only a politician could believe in something so stupid.

  • objectivefactsmatter

    Death is the most certain way to achieve a sustainable standard of living.

  • Nyfarmer

    The Straw home builders association will request an equal allotment.

    • Steve Bryant

      huffing and puffing since the stone age….lol

      • The March Hare

        Huffington post and beam construction.

  • Adam

    Wood is a fairly poor building material for anything over a few stories as high rises require high strength materials like steel beams that perform well under high compression loads. That and steel can be joined much more effectively via welding than screws, brackets, or other methods used for wood. Building anything tall with wood already puts it close to its design limits. Throw in fire, aging, moisture, and it can get ugly pretty quick. Went to a 200 year old school as a kid that was 5 stories. In a good thunderstorm you better have your sea legs on and not have motion sickness. To say it swayed a little was a huge understatement. Always fun to watch the new students have panic attacks because they always thought it would collapse!

    Obviously O-Inc. didn’t bother to consult any actual architects or structural engineers.

    • JoeThePimpernel

      Why would they consult anyone? They already know everything.

      • The March Hare

        People who think they know everything really piss off those of us who do.

  • Gamal

    What about the carbon dioxide released when people turn to ash and the wood buildings burn up?

    • Icarus62

      What you’re referring to is carbon that was already in the atmosphere when the trees and crops grew. The main cause of global warming is carbon which wasn’t in the atmosphere for millions of years, which we’ve released by burning fossil fuels.

      • JoeThePimpernel

        You do realize that there was lots more CO2 in the atmosphere millions of years ago and the world didn’t end?

        Increased CO2 is an effect of global warming, not a cause. The oceans are a huge CO2 sink. When the oceans warms, CO2 is expelled. When the oceans cool, CO2 is absorbed. Just like the CO2 in a bottle of Coca-Cola.

        But you can’t tell the truth about anything and get your agenda. You have to lie about everything to get your way.

        • Icarus62

          “You do realize that there was lots more CO2 in the atmosphere millions of years ago and the world didn’t end?”

          Yes indeed, and it was a lot warmer then. Much warmer than modern human civilisation is adapted to. We’re currently heading that way, but tens of times faster than natural climate changes.

          “Increased CO2 is an effect of global warming, not a cause. The oceans are a huge CO2 sink. When the oceans warms, CO2 is expelled. When the oceans cool, CO2 is absorbed. Just like the CO2 in a bottle of Coca-Cola.”

          Except that today, the oceans are warming *and* absorbing our CO2, which is why the oceans are acidifying and why atmospheric CO2 isn’t rising as fast as it would if all our emissions remained in the atmosphere. Unfortunately that situation, which is ameliorating our global warming impact, cannot last forever.

  • CaoMoo

    Green = expensive idiocy that is worse for the environment and people

  • notme123

    Destroying the forests….makes no sense. The trees are the biggest users of the co2 in the atmosphere, I think it’s called “photosynthesis”……

  • figment

    gee, I hope it’s the same kind of super sustainable, green building material that they used to rebuild dwellings in LA – after Katrina.

    You know, those ones suffering from mold, mildew and decay after just a few years.
    Positively, this means they will have a never ending money pit and boon to the economy .

  • MarilynA

    Where are we supposed to get all this wood that is gong to be in demand. Our Forestry industries were effectively shut down over 25 years ago. We have been importing most of our wood products from Canada and China since I can remember.

    • Daniel Greenfield

      China, just like the rest of our Green economy, including useless windmills and solar paanels