This is a bit Aussie centric, but then theres a UK and USA linkup I think may have some bearing on it all.
Today the Sth Australian news is about the buyup proposed to be approved by Private UNnamed interests of the SA forests.
Last few weeks theres been a similar event happening in the UK a huge amount of old forestry to be privatised, no names again..
now I got a CDC email toaday, aside from the political views the people behind the doings are worth some note.
its the RBS royal bank of scotland…who happen to be broke and bailed out, doing the SA advisory.
then unrelated source I come across a corp that has bought almost All of Oregons forests to use for?
heres the real interesting bit!
they plan to chip and use for Fuels! biofuels from woodsources.
so the wood we would use as renewable home building and other sustainable ,non polluting , un like petrochem plastics etc, would be processed for fuel instead?
so excuse the length but I am adding the emails contents .
see if you think its a possible correct answer to the sudden interest.
first the adelaide news.
then the cdc
itizens Electoral Council of Australia
Media Release 8th of February 2011
Craig Isherwood‚ National Secretary
PO Box 376‚ COBURG‚ VIC 3058
SA Government to crush forestry communities for British Empire banks
The South Australian Government’s plan to privatise up to 110 years’ worth of state forestry rotations which will annihilate the forestry communities in the south-east of the state is being enacted on behalf of the British Empire’s bankrupt Inter-Alpha Group of Banks, charged Citizens Electoral Council leader Craig Isherwood today.
“The Inter-Alpha Group is on a global looting spree to prop up their failed monetary system, and the state government, directed by leading Inter-Alpha bank The Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS), is giving them the state’s forestry wealth to plunder,” Mr Isherwood said.
The RBS is one of the world’s leading privatisation outfits, which in the guise of “advisers” is being paid handsomely to direct the privatisation of SA Forestry; typically, its directives are hidden from the public behind the scam of “commercial in confidence”, but they are understood to involve multiple options, including the full privatisation of SA Forestry.
Mr Isherwood ridiculed the Government’s reasons for privatisation: “The Government’s argument that South Australia needs to smash forestry communities to fix up its finances is a sick con. First, hasn’t this moronic government learnt anything from the global financial crisis? The very same international credit rating agencies which decide if South Australia is AAA-rated, are the ones which rated trillions of dollars of toxic derivatives such as CDOs [collateralised debt obligations] that financed subprime mortgages, also as AAA! The Government wants people to swallow the idea that local timber communities should be decimated so the state can earn a worthless score on a piece of paper.
“Secondly, what about The Royal Bank of Scotland’s finances? IT IS BANKRUPT! It’s only still standing because it was nationalised by the British government in the global meltdown following the collapse of Lehman Brothers in late 2008.
“And as events in Europe prove, the so-called global financial crisis is far from over. The entire Inter-Alpha Group of Banks, of which RBS is a leading member, is in meltdown, which is causing the crises in Ireland, Spain, Greece, Portugal and Italy, and threatens to collapse the euro, the EU, and the whole trans-Atlantic monetary system.”
He continued, “As the American physical economist Lyndon LaRouche has exposed, the Inter-Alpha Group is the new British Empire, formed in 1971 by Lord Jacob Rothschild to ‘globalise’ the world’s financial system, i.e. to strip away any national obstacles to the City of London’s domination of the financial systems of all national economies.
“To prop up their system now that 40 years of unbridled financial looting has sent the world bankrupt, this criminal cartel of banks is dictating to governments to impose austerity measures on their populations, such as slashing funding to healthcare and essential services, and privatisations, that free up more money to be sucked into the banks.”
Mr Isherwood pointed out that The Royal Bank of Scotland is currently dictating privatisations all over Australasia. It is a joint lead manager of Anna Bligh’s asset fire sale in Queensland, the biggest privatisation spree since Jeff Kennett gutted Victoria in the 1990s, and it is heavily involved in the pernicious form of privatisation known as Public-Private Partnerships, in which governments carry all of the risk and private banks reap the profits, in Victoria, NSW, Queensland, NT, WA, as well as New Zealand.
Liberate the nation from the British Empire
Mr Isherwood called on the concerned residents who are protesting the SA Forests sale to join the CEC’s fight to free Australia from the British system of private money dictating government policy that is destroying the entire country:
“Not just South Australia, but the entire nation is being systematically and deliberately stripped of the essential industries and infrastructure that enables Australia as a nation-state to look after the physical needs of its people,” he explained.
“A combination of British free trade policies and British ‘green’ policies have smashed the family farmers who guarantee the nation’s food security [see below]; British free trade tariff cuts have smashed the nation’s manufacturing industries, especially in South Australia; British privatisation policies have looted the nation’s power, water and transport infrastructure; British-designed economic rationalism policies (as pioneered by Margaret Thatcher) have starved hospitals and essential services of adequate funding, which is mass-killing people.”
The intention is genocide, he said.
“Australia is being targeted for depopulation,” he went on. “The fact that the privatisation will decimate the timber economy of the Southeast and depopulate the region is deliberate. It is the same issue in the Murray-Darling Basin: City of London-controlled private banks, and the radical green movement personally founded by Prince Philip to “solve overpopulation”, are directing the Murray-Darling Basin Authority’s drive to smash the national food bowl, to not just depopulate the rural areas, but to depopulate the entire nation, from its current 23 million down to Wentworth Group member and World Wide Fund for Nature trustee Professor Tim Flannery’s preferred level of 5-6 million people.” [See The New Citizen, Dec. 2010/Jan. 2011.]
The CEC National secretary concluded, “The CEC’s mission is to fight for the principle of the common good of people, and free Australia from this system. We are fighting to return to the policies that developed Australia into the once-powerful industrial economy we were, for which the patriots of ‘old Labor’ and great leaders such as John ‘Black Jack’ McEwen so tirelessly fought: government-owned national and state banks, long-term investment in nation-building infrastructure, and a vision for Australia’s economic development.
then the unrelated email from a investment group in aus.
Greasing the Wheels of Oil Production
by Byron King
There’s a common theme to my efforts on behalf of my Outstanding Investments subscribers. Yes, I like companies that control real resources like oil, natural gas, copper, gold, silver, etc. I look for the basic resource value. But beyond these basics, I look for companies that control resources and have the technology to extract them and add value.
A company like Venoco (NYSE:VQ) is just one intriguing example. Venoco is applying rock-fracturing technology to California’s Monterey Shale. If the company accomplishes what it aims to do – increase oil recovery from shale – there’s the strong potential for Venoco to transform its shale acreage into a recoverable billion-barrel oil resource.
Or look at Talisman (NYSE:TLM). Here’s a company that’s not just leading the charge to fracture shale formations for the shale gas, but also working with South African refiner Sasol to turn “stranded,” low- value natural gas into high-value liquid fuel. In other words, Talisman is working to add value at the upstream stage and capture that value for its bottom line – and, of course, for the shareholders.
Over and over in Outstanding Investments, I have highlighted resource technology companies like Schlumberger (NYSE:SLB), Halliburton (NYSE:HAL) and Baker Hughes (NYSE:BHI).
These global oil field service giants provide the essential technological foundations of modern-day energy extraction. If any of these three companies simply vanished overnight, the world energy system would start to break down by the following morning. Without their technology – and their corporate ability to integrate systems of systems – the world would quickly revert to an energy state of the 1850s or so.
I should add that you can’t just pigeonhole these guys. It’s way too glib to say that Schlumberger is a great wireline company, Halliburton is a great well cementing company and Baker Hughes is a great drill bit company.
Yes, each statement is true, as far as it goes. But each company also offers a full line of energy-development technology, with the process thinking and systems management to make it happen.
Beyond just the extraction phase, you need to think in terms of upgrading the products into something else – product transformation. For example, I’ve held Weyerhaeuser (NYSE:WY) in the Outstanding Investments portfolio for a couple of years. No, it’s NOT that I’m playing on the possibility of a housing recovery, although that would doubtless be good for a “tree growing company” like Weyerhaeuser.
It’s more that I like Weyerhaeuser because it controls large swaths of biomass – that is, “trees” and all the other stuff that comes from growing and harvesting trees. I mean lumber, of course, plus bark, chips, sawdust and everything else that comes out of those vast swaths of forestland up in Washington, Oregon, etc.
So Weyerhaeuser controls biomass – but now what? Weyerhaeuser is partnered with no less than oil giant Chevron to develop – “leapfrog” is more like it – new technology to turn this biomass into something that a refinery can process. This is far beyond the primitive idea of using corn for ethanol. Really, burn your food and deplete the agricultural soil just for motor fuel? (That’s why I call it “deathanol”).
So Weyerhaeuser has the biomass – the fundamental raw material. Chevron has the refining and marketing power. Now all they need is the correct technology to turn wood chips, etc., into a feedstock for refining fuel. It’s going to happen in a big way, and likely within five years or so.
So when you’re looking around for hi-tech investments, don’t forget to look around for the world’s cutting-edge energy service companies.
For Daily Reckoning Australia
for the Uk you can go to the guardian or daily mail or any paper to see the uproar over there.
I could be casting a looong bowshot, but I think I may be correct as to the long term motives behind this sudden upsurge of interest.
I am also told a(possibly Canadian?? company has Purchased large areas of Tasmanias forestry too