Nothing says “environmentalism” like an energy policy that encourages deforestation. With oil and gas prices rising or in short supply, folks are turning to firewood to keep warm. It’s been trending in Germany, and now Maine is wrestling with increased demand and insufficient supply.
While wood has remained the cheaper option for many to stay warm this winter, it’s seen an increase as well. It’s being blamed on the higher fuel costs that seem to be impacting the entire wood supply chain, from the loggers to the transporters and the sellers.
“Right now, we’ve been trying to hold the price down a little bit,” Dyer said. “But diesel fuel is killing us. That, labor, parts, everything has gone through the roof. Even the price of wood for me to buy it.” …
“There’s plenty of demand, there’s just not enough wood out there,” Dyer said.
There’s plenty of wood, but it’s not cut and dried and available for people to buy. And while this is Maine, there’s a fair share of folks who don’t have the timber, time, or ability to cut and split their own. But plenty of folks might try, especially with prices for firewood rising as demand outstrips supply. A problem created by energy policy at the Federal level on which the Brandon Administration appears ready to double down, complete with the consequences (reformatted).
The higher demand is also impacting organizations like the Cumberland Wood Bank which, like a food bank, offers free wood to those in need. The organization can only help those in its surrounding communities, but has seen people reach out from across the state in recent weeks.
“We were flooded with requests that we just wouldn’t be able to fill,” volunteer John Hankinson said.
Democrat energy policy is directly impacting “the most vulnerable,” who may be unable to get even firewood to keep warm. Democrats will pretend that’s an unexpected and unfortunate side-effect of necessary policy, but that’s a lie. The Left may spend like drunken sailors, but they know what they are doing. At some point, that gravy train derails itself, and even the money that wasn’t ever there eventually disappears.
Everyone who ended up dependent as a result of Progressive policy – and as far as the Democrats are concerned, more is better – will be on their own, and many of those folks won’t make it. Given what we know about the Left’s goals, that seems deliberate.
They are, after all, obsessed with depopulating the planet.
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