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  • The Gruberization of Environmental Policies

    11/28/2014 11:57:49 AM PST · by Kaslin · 4 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 28, 2014 | Paul Driessen
    Call it the Gruberization of America’s energy and environmental policies.Former White House medical consultant Jonathan Gruber pocketed millions of taxpayer dollars before infamously explaining how ObamaCare was enacted. “Lack of transparency is a huge political advantage,” he said. “It was really, really critical to getting the bill passed.” At least one key provision was a “very clever basic exploitation of the lack of economic understanding of the American voter.” The Barack Obama/Gina McCarthy Environmental Protection Agency is likewise exploiting its lack of transparency and most Americans’ lack of scientific understanding. EPA bureaucrats and their hired scientists, pressure groups and PR...
  • Australia Is Terrified That This American Snake Could Give Birth In The Wild

    11/28/2014 11:11:07 AM PST · by EveningStar · 24 replies
    Business Insider ^ | November 27, 2014 | Alex Heber
    Theres concern this morning that a pregnant American corn snake is on the loose in Queensland, Australia, and a search is being mounted to find it before she gives birth. Sunshine Coast snake catcher Ritchie Gilbert told Business Insider he was sent a number of photos from a local vet to help identify the snake on Wednesday ... He said while the snake isnt venomous it does need to be located. Like rabbits or cane toads, introduced species can throw the natural environment off balance, causing problems for native wildlife and agriculture ...
  • Inhofe: New Congress will examine ozone rule

    11/26/2014 1:46:00 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 9 replies
    The Hill ^ | November 26, 2014 | Lydia Wheeler
    The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) standards for ozone, expected to be released Wednesday, are already being met with opposition from conservative lawmakers. In a statement released Tuesday night, Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) said the new National Ambient Air Quality Standards for ozone will face rigorous oversight in the Congress. EPA's proposal to lower the Ozone National Ambient Air Quality Standard (NAAQS) to between 65 parts per billion and 70 ppb will lower our nation's economic competitiveness and stifle job creation for decades," he said. "The EPA's previously proposed Ozone standard came with a price tag of up to $90 billion...
  • The surprisingly large carbon paw print of your beloved pet (Libs want you to kill your dog alert)

    11/20/2014 11:01:04 AM PST · by Zakeet · 45 replies
    Salon ^ | November 20, 2014 | Larry Schwartz
    Last week President Obama announced a historic climate change agreement with Chinese president Xi Jinping. Aimed at drastically curtailing carbon emissions into the atmosphere, the goal is to rein in the carbon footprints of the planets two major polluters, the U.S. and China. I wonder if the agreement contains anything about carbon paw prints. While humans and their ravenous appetite for growth remain the primary drivers of climate change and the accompanying specter of climate catastrophe, pets have a surprising negative impact of their own. Bowser and Mittens may be your best friends, but with around one billion pet dogs...
  • Maryland County To Churches: Preach Environmentalism And Get A Tax Break

    11/19/2014 11:01:47 AM PST · by C19fan · 36 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | November 19, 2014 | Derek Hunter
    Maryland Gov. Martin OMalley made national news last year when he fought to pass and signed a tax bill that levied a tax on Marylanders, businesses and churches for the amount of impervious surface they have on their property. Roofs, driveways, sidewalks, and parking lots qualify for the rainwater remediation fee to protect the Chesapeake Bay. Though the OMalley administration calls it a fee, it is commonly called the rain tax throughout the state. It is wildly unpopular and the promise to fight to repeal the tax was a large factor in Maryland electing Republican Larry Hogan governor this month....
  • Al Gore: Its Time For A National Policy On Food

    11/12/2014 8:45:19 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 74 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | November 10, 2014 | Jim Treacher
    And you’ll never guess why! Well, unless you guessed “global warming,” which is what you did the moment you saw Al Gore’s name. He cannot and will not shut up about it. And I, for one, don’t want him to.Here’s the President of the Environment: It’s time for a national policy on food. Brilliant essay in today’s Washington Post: http://t.co/bvGjpej5wN— Al Gore (@algore) November 9, 2014 If Al Gore thinks it’s brilliant, it must be hilarious. Let’s take a look!
  • The coming climate onslaught -- President Obama readies a sweeping list of executive actions

    11/12/2014 3:39:06 PM PST · by Zakeet · 29 replies
    Politico ^ | November 11, 2014 | Andrew Restuccia and Erica Martinson
    The Obama administration is set to roll out a series of climate and pollution measures that rivals any presidents environmental actions of the past quarter-century a reality check for Republicans who think last weeks election gave them a mandate to end what they call the White Houses War on Coal. [Snip] The coming rollout includes a Dec. 1 proposal by EPA to tighten limits on smog-causing ozone, which business groups say could be the costliest federal regulation of all time; a final rule Dec. 19 for clamping down on disposal of power plants toxic coal ash; the Jan. 1...
  • The coming climate onslaught: President Obama readies a sweeping list of executive actions.

    11/11/2014 11:09:28 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 46 replies
    Politico Magazine ^ | November 11, 2014 | Andrew Restuccia and Erica Martinson
    The Obama administration is set to roll out a series of climate and pollution measures that rivals any presidents environmental actions of the past quarter-century a reality check for Republicans who think last weeks election gave them a mandate to end what they call the White Houses War on Coal. Tied to court-ordered deadlines, legal mandates and international climate talks, the efforts scheduled for the next two months show that President Barack Obama is prepared to spend the remainder of his term unleashing sweeping executive actions to combat global warming. And incoming Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell will have...
  • Sen. Inhofe, denier of human role in climate change, likely to lead environment committee

    11/05/2014 11:28:40 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 58 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | November 5, 2014 | Tom Hamburger
    Sen. James M. Inhofe, an the Oklahoma Republican who once compared the Environmental Protection Agency to the gestapo, is likely to lead the Environment and Public Works Committee when the GOP takes control of the Senate next year. If approved, Inhofe would replace Chairman Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.), an avowed environmentalist, producing one of the most stark post-election changes in the Capitol. Committee assignments will not be made until Senate party caucuses meet in Washington after the election recess. Inhofe, who has served in the Senate for two decades, is an iconic figure to both environmental and energy lobbyists. He chaired...
  • Just how bad is your dog for the environment?

    11/04/2014 6:12:29 PM PST · by Libloather · 48 replies
    LA Times ^ | 11/01/14 | Judith Lewis Mernit
    **SNIP** FOR THE RECORD: A Nov. 2 op-ed about dogs and the environment said that methane was 30% more powerful a greenhouse gas than carbon dioxide. Recent research suggests that the effect of methane on climate change is at least 30 times that of carbon dioxide over a 100-year period. What, were you staring at your iPhone, dragging the dog behind? Daydreaming? Or are you with Sydney, Jason Segel's character in "I Love You, Man," thinking that dog doo actually benefits the environment. ("It's got tons of nutrients.") That's true, in a way. Dog poop does contain nutrients the...
  • Wind PTC is Redistribution to the Rich

    11/03/2014 4:46:53 PM PST · by Kaslin · 4 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 3, 2014 | Zachary Huffman
    Democrats are famous for pushing the idea that the rich don't pay their fair share of taxes. So, why are many of them lining up to support tax breaks for Big Wind's millionaires?Under the leadership of Harry Reid, lawmakers are pushing to extend the wind-energy industry's cash cow subsidy, the Wind Production Tax Credit (PTC). Created in 1992, the Wind PTC was scheduled to expire at the end of last year. Now, wind industry cronies and their friends in the Senate are leading the charge to revive the PTC by ramming an extension package through Congress during this year's lame-uck...
  • Garden, soil and God: Miss. soldier's recipe for Nobel nomination

    11/02/2014 8:37:54 AM PST · by Liaison · 2 replies
    Fox News ^ | November 2, 2014 | Kyle Rothenberg
    The last thing Randy Sandifer imagined when he was working in the yard alongside his father was that one day he would find himself halfway around the world - in the midst of a war - and later nominated for a Noble Peace Prize. ---break--- Sandifer joined the Army Reserves in December 2001 and deployed to Iraq after his sophomore year at the University of Mississippi. He was sent as an administrative clerk with the 412th Theater Engineer Command, but he volunteered to work with the soil lab and the environmental team, cleaning up pollutants left by U.S. forces. It...
  • Environmentalists: The World Could Use A Good Pandemic Or War

    10/30/2014 5:01:24 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 51 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 30, 2014 | Derek Hunter
    In the late 1960s through the 1970s, there was a panic that the Earths population, if not controlled, would lead to mass food shortages, water shortages, death, wars and the end of civilization as it existed. But much like the global cooling movement during the same period, it was proven to be horribly, horribly wrong. The book The Population Bomb, published in 1968, warned that by the 1980s there would be massive upheaval and starvation because of overpopulation. The 80s came and went, and even though the Earths population has nearly doubled, from 4 billion in 1974 to 7 billion...
  • Why U.S. green groups are talking about abortion this election

    10/29/2014 1:39:52 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 2 replies
    Global Post ^ | 10/29/14 | Andy Sullivan
    Green billionaire Tom Steyer vowed to make the November congressional elections about climate change. Now he's talking about abortion and the economy to get his candidates across the finish line.... The reason is simple: climate change isn't a top concern for most voters. Only 3 percent think it should be the country's top priority, according to Reuters/Ipsos polling.
  • Greens to spend record $85M in midterms ["climate science denial will soon come to a close"]

    10/28/2014 2:12:37 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 22 replies
    The Hill ^ | October 27, 2014 | Laura Barron-Lopez
    Environmental groups are on track to spend more than $85 million on key races this year, more than ever before, according to an internal memo. The record spending comes as green groups are worried about the fate of the Senate and the future of President Obamas climate agenda, which they say is crucial to helping the U.S. and other nations curb greenhouse gas emissions and stave off disastrous climate impacts. A memo circulated among five of the nations top environmental organizations, and provided to The Hill, summarizes in detail the plan hatched by the groups to put climate change on...
  • Its Rarely About the Environment Anymore

    10/25/2014 8:47:33 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 36 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 25, 2014 | Paul Driessen
    Back in 1970, when I got involved in the first Earth Day and nascent environmental movement, we had real pollution problems. But over time, new laws, regulations, attitudes and technologies cleaned up our air, water and sloppy industry practices. By contrast, today’s battles are rarely about the environment.As Ron Arnold and I detail in our new book, Cracking Big Green: To save the world from the save-the-Earth money machine, today’s eco-battles pit a $13.4-billion-per-year U.S. environmentalist industry against the reliable, affordable, 82 percent fossil fuel energy that makes our jobs, living standards, health, welfare and environmental quality possible. A new...
  • Nazi Environmentalism: How green were the Nazis?

    10/12/2014 12:12:04 PM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 4 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 10/12/14 | Dr. Ileana Johnson Paugh
    How green were the Nazis? Probably as green and as controversial as our renewables are today. Mark Musser describes how God granted Adam and Eve a substantial amount of autonomy over the natural world. Some environmentalists believe that this Biblical command is one of the reasons why the planet is in ecological distress, coupled with the population explosion, the industrial revolution, the unrestrained pollution, our obscene wealth, and western living standards. (Musser, R. Mark, Nazi Oaks, pp. 10-11) Musser explores in his book the philosophical and practical roots of environmentalism and its potential connection to the modern version of the...
  • If You Dont Build It, They Will Leave

    10/09/2014 1:55:30 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 7 replies
    The Weekly Standard ^ | 10-8-14 | Geoffrey Norman
    Seems Canada is tired of waiting and waiting for a decision on the Keystone pipeline and has come up with an alternate plan for moving the oil to market. As Bloomberg reports: It would be Keystone on steroids, more than twice as long and carrying a third more crude. Its end point, a refinery in the blue-collar city of Saint John, New Brunswick, operated by a reclusive Canadian billionaire family, would give Canadas oil-sands crude supertanker access to the same Louisiana and Texas refineries Keystone was meant to supply. And: if youre a fed-up Canadian, like Prime...
  • Doing an IRS? EPA cant find top officials text messages

    10/09/2014 2:49:30 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 37 replies
    Washington Times ^ | October 8, 2014 | Stephen Dinan
    The EPA is poised to do an IRS similar to what the tax agency had to do with dismissed top official Lois G. Lerner and officially notify the National Archives that it may have lost key electronic records, according to a think tank thats suing to get text messages under an open-records request. Justice Department lawyers told a federal court on Tuesday that the alert will be coming soon, in a case thats shaping up as a significant battle over whether government agencies are required to keep cellphone text messages as official records. In this case, researcher Chris...
  • The Lizard of Oz: Texas Beats Environmentalists

    10/06/2014 12:34:06 PM PDT · by Rusty0604 · 3 replies
    Breirbart Texas ^ | 10/06/2014 | Marita Noon
    When the Dunes Sagebrush Lizard (DSL) was being considered for listing under the Endangered Species Act (ESA), Chris Bryan, agency spokesman for the Texas Comptroller, told me, significant parts of the Texas economy were placed at risk. On September 30, District of Columbia District Court Judge Rudolph Contreras ruled against the Center for Biological Diversity (CBD) and the Defenders of Wildlife. The groups brought litigation in the hopes of requiring the Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) to reverse its 2012 decision not to list the lizard as endangered. The 2012 decision was the first time that community engagement beat back...
  • The Smithsonian Institution Announces an Official Climate Change Statement

    10/03/2014 5:57:48 PM PDT · by smokingfrog · 36 replies
    Smithsonian Mag ^ | 10-2-14 | Saba Naceem
    s humans continue to transform the planet at an increasingly rapid rate, the need to inform and encourage change has become ever more urgent. The situation is becoming critical for wild species and for the preservation of human civilization. Recognizing this urgency, the Smithsonian Institution has formulated its first official statement about the causes and impacts of climate change. With special emphasis on the Smithsonians 160-year history and tradition of collection, research and global monitoring, the statement delivers a bold assessment: "Scientific evidence has demonstrated that the global climate is warming as a result of increasing levels of atmospheric greenhouse...
  • 35,000 walruses mass on Alaska beach 'due to climate change'

    10/02/2014 5:19:38 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 47 replies
    AFP ^ | October 1, 2014
    At least 35,000 walruses have beached themselves on a remote Alaskan coastline in a phenomenon blamed on the melting of arctic ice due to climate change, experts said Wednesday. Initially there had been only 1,500 of the tusked pinnipeds counted on one beach, but in recent days that number has exploded. "Our best estimate is almost a 24-fold increase," said Megan Ferguson of the Aerial Surveys of Arctic Marine Mammals.
  • California Takes Anti-Consumer Plastic Bag Ban Statewide

    10/01/2014 2:04:12 PM PDT · by dignitasnews · 35 replies
    Dignitas News Service ^ | October 1, 2014 | Paul M Winters
    The high cost of living in California just got a bit higher as Governor Jerry Brown heeded the call of environmental activists and Democratic Party leadership in signing a statewideanti-consumer plastic bag ban. The law forbids retailers from providing free plastic bag packaging to shoppers, forcing the consumer to pay for either paper or (yes) plastic bags or providing their own means of transport for groceries, sundries or other items purchased throughout the state. While environmental groups and the grocery industry hailed the decision, the law has been criticized by consumer groups and manufactures who expressed concerns on the added...
  • The New Climate Deniers: Americas Radical, Underground Climate Change Countermovement

    09/30/2014 9:57:31 AM PDT · by stinkerpot65 · 33 replies
    UK Progressive ^ | September 28, 2014 | Robert Hunziker
    Nowadays, the Kochs, with their billionaire accomplices, secretly donate funds to their countermovement lackeys whilst operating in the shadows, like Al-Qaeda, operating out of caves, and, similar to how the Weathermen operated, aka: the Weather Underground Organization, circa 1970s, whose goal was overthrow of the U.S. government. In point of fact, they may eventually be classified as white-collar terrorists, but they have every appearance of honest, upstanding citizenship. On any given Sunday, youd probably exchange a smile with them at church without suspecting in the least that you are acknowledging a terrorist.
  • 19th Annual Solar Tour October 4-5

    09/26/2014 11:17:19 AM PDT · by Prophet2520 · 6 replies
    You can visit solar homes near you.
  • The Green war: To protect the environment, coalition will let ISIS keep major oil wells

    09/25/2014 8:11:48 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 23 replies
    Hotair ^ | 09/25/2014 | NOAH ROTHMAN
    This week, coalition forces took the fight against ISIS to Syria where the Islamic State not only maintains most of its command and control infrastructure but also its petroleum-based sources of revenue. Ed Morrissey has the details on coalition strikes which for the first time targeted mobile petroleum refineries under ISIS control. “[CBS News reporter David] Martin says 12 small-scale oil refineries were hit in the eastern desert of Syria,” a CBS report revealed. “According to the Pentagon, the refineries produced between 300 and 500 barrels of petroleum a day, which ISIS used to power its own vehicles and...
  • Burn Their Houses Down The Progressive Activists The Media Doesnt Want You To See

    09/25/2014 6:17:02 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 29 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | September 23, 2014 | Derek Hunter
    It was a protest for the planet, or at least it was billed that way. Progressive activists marched under the green banner this week in New York City to call for action on climate change. But what was the action they were advocating? White the media covered senators, actors, and celebrities at the event, they stayed away from the masses. That wasnt an accident. One idiot shows up at a tea party event with a Confederate flag and the media covers that person like they started the movement, but hundreds, if not thousands of violent, anti-capitalist, anti-American lunatics damn near...
  • The Emperors New Climate

    09/24/2014 11:56:39 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 16 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 24, 2014 | Bob Barr
    Last weekend, an estimated 300,000 climate change evangelists flooded the streets of New York City, creating traffic jams and leaving the streets littered with trash and waste. Their publicly-stated goal? -- to raise awareness about "climate change," as if decades of yelling, bullying, and name-calling has not left the public well-aware of the movement's agenda. As expected, the march attracted its usual suspects clothed in their standard green hypocrisy. Al Gore left the march in an SUV. Robert F. Kennedy Jr., an environmental lawyer, got testy with a reporter when asked if he was going to lead by example and...
  • Chelsea Clinton Fears Her Baby Could Live on a Planet Without Elephants

    09/24/2014 9:37:24 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 101 replies
    ABC News ^ | September 23, 2014 | Liz Kreutz
    If there is one thing Chelsea Clinton is most worried about, it may be that her soon-to-be child will grow up in a world without elephants. Standing alongside her mother, Hillary Clinton, at the Clinton Global Initiative this afternoon, the very-pregnant former first daughter warned the plight of African elephants, killed for their ivory tusks, is an existential one, and said that if the current poaching rates continue, elephants could be few and far between within the next decade. If so, this means Chelsea Clintons favorite animal could be something her child would never know.
  • Obama Offers Climate Change Help to Other Nations

    09/23/2014 9:16:12 AM PDT · by illiac · 10 replies
    ABC Snooze ^ | 9/23/14 | Josh Lederman
    President Barack Obama is pledging new U.S. help for other nations struggling to address global warming, as heads of state from around the world converge for a major summit on climate change. Obama will use his speech at a U.N. summit Tuesday to announce plans to sign an executive order requiring the U.S. government to take climate change into account when it spends money overseas to help poorer countries, the White House said. The U.S. will also offer vulnerable communities abroad new tools to address the effects of climate change through science and technology. The measures join a host of...
  • Robert F. Kennedy Jr. Wants To Jail His Political Opponents Accuses Koch Brothers of Treason

    09/22/2014 7:51:22 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 57 replies
    Climate Depot ^ | September 21, 2014 | Marc Morano
    Complete headline: Robert F. Kennedy Jr. Wants To Jail His Political Opponents Accuses Koch Brothers of Treason They ought to be serving time for it Environmental activist Robert F. Kennedy Jr. lamented that there were no current laws on the books to punish global warming skeptics. . I wish there were a law you could punish them with. I dont think there is a law that you can punish those politicians under, Kennedy told Climate Depot in a one-on-one interview during the Peoples Climate March. The interiew was conducted for the upcoming documentary Climate Hustle. Kennedy Jr. accused...
  • Rockefellers, Heirs to an Oil Fortune, Will Divest Charity From Fossil Fuels

    09/22/2014 5:29:29 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 15 replies
    NY Times ^ | September 21, 2014 | John Schwartz
    John D. Rockefeller built a vast fortune on oil. Now his heirs are abandoning fossil fuels. The family whose legendary wealth flowed from Standard Oil is planning to announce on Monday that its $860 million philanthropic organization, the Rockefeller Brothers Fund, is joining the divestment movement that began a couple years ago on college campuses. The announcement, timed to precede Tuesdays opening of the United Nations climate change summit meeting in New York City, is part of a broader and accelerating initiative. In recent years, 180 institutions including philanthropies, religious organizations, pension funds and local governments as well...
  • Half of North American bird species threatened by climate change

    09/10/2014 6:24:48 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 56 replies
    LA Times ^ | September 8, 2014 | Louis Sahagun
    Half of all bird species in North America including the bald eagle are at risk of severe population decline by 2080 if the swift pace of global warming continues, the National Audubon Society concluded in a study released Monday. "The scale of the disruption we're projecting is a real punch in the gut," said Gary Langham, chief Audubon scientist. Langham led an Audubon study that examined more than 500 bird species and determined that more than 300 in Canada and the United States face large climate shifts that could reduce their habitat by half or more by 2080.
  • The Chain of Enviro Command How a Club of Billionaires and Foundations Control the Enviro Movement

    09/03/2014 8:44:29 AM PDT · by PIF · 8 replies
    EPA Minority Staff Report, US Governemnt ^ | 30 July 2014 | U.S. Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works (Minority)
    EXECUTIVE SUMMARY In his 2010 State of the Union Address, President Obama famously chided the Supreme Court for its recent campaign finance decision by proclaiming, With all due deference to the separation of powers, the Supreme Court reversed a century of law to open the floodgates for special interests including foreign corporations to spend without limit in our elections." In another speech he further lamented, There arent a lot of functioning democracies around the world that work this way where you can basically have millionaires and billionaires bankrolling whoever they want, however they want, in some cases undisclosed. What it...
  • Radioactive wild boar roaming the forests of Germany

    09/02/2014 6:27:12 AM PDT · by Buckeye McFrog · 31 replies
    UK Daily Telegraph ^ | September 1, 2014 | Justin Huggler
    Twenty-eight years after the Chernobyl nuclear disaster, its effects are still being felt as far away as Germany in the form of radioactive wild boars. Wild boars still roam the forests of Germany, where they are hunted for their meat, which is sold as a delicacy. But in recent tests by the state government of Saxony, more than one in three boars were found to give off such high levels of radiation that they are unfit for human consumption. [snip]
  • Having solved all other problems, Obama to fix your dishwasher

    08/31/2014 6:56:17 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 65 replies
    Hotair ^ | 08/30/2014 | Jazz Shaw
    I guess he really was multitasking out on the golf course. The President’s team has been hard at work behind the scenes, coming up with a strategy … well, maybe we should say plan, to address the nation’s many challenges. Spurred by President Obama’s climate action plan, the Department of Energy is pumping out new standards for refrigerators, dishwashers, air conditioners, ceiling fans, furnaces, boilers, water heaters, lamps and many more appliances.The administration says the standards will not only help the planet but also stimulate the economy by saving consumers money on their energy bills that they can spend...
  • The Continued Farce

    08/29/2014 6:28:32 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 4 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 29, 2014 | Erick Erickson
    Just last week, the temperatures in Middle Georgia, where I write, were over 100 degrees. This week, they are struggling to get to 90. But, as say climate change advocates, that is called weather, not climate. Of course, this is the second year in a row Georgia has experienced a milder than normal summer. The data shows, rather inconveniently, that there has not been a warming trend in 17 years. Climate change alarmists say that is wrong. Just a few months ago, the alarmists claimed the world is still warming. The Pacific Ocean, they claimed, is acting as a heat...
  • Report: EPA Exceeds Its Authority With Proposed Rules

    08/20/2014 8:15:56 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 11 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | August 19, 2014 | Peter Fricke
    Congress should use the appropriations process to reassert its authority over the Environmental Protection Agency, according to a Heritage Foundation issue brief released Tuesday.The report, written by scholar Daren Bakst, identifies three issues on which the EPA has proposed rules and regulations that exceed its authority. In all three cases, Bakst recommends that Congress prohibit the agency from using its funding to implement the proposals. (RELATED: EPA Overrides Congress, Hands Over Town to Indian Tribes)According to the report, “the EPA is using the regulatory process to require greenhouse gas emission reductions even as Congress has been unwilling to take such...
  • Coalition Urges Malloy, Foley To Consider Taxes, Tolls to Raise Transportation Money

    08/20/2014 12:08:04 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 15 replies
    The Hartford Courant ^ | August 19, 2014 | GREGORY B. HLADKY
    HARTFORD - A broad coalition of environmental, economic, regional and construction groups urged Connecticut's gubernatorial candidates Tuesday to conduct a debate focused on transportation issues, and to consider higher taxes and tolls to pay for the state's dire transportation needs. The activists put out a four-point program they said the state's next governor must consider, and expressed concern about the possibility that massive federal funding for highways and mass transit might dry up in the next few years. The coalition's key issues are: Making certain that state revenue that is supposed to be devoted to transportation - such as gas...
  • The Koch Brothers: Award-Winning Eco-Stewards: 792 awards for environmental quality and philanthropy

    08/15/2014 5:08:40 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 3 replies
    National Review ^ | 08/15/2014 | Deroy Murdock
    In Senate Democratic leader Harry Reids febrile mind, Charles and David Koch are twin volcanoes. They mercilessly belch hot, noxious gases into Earths feeble atmosphere. Maybe the evil Koch brothers cant help it. More likely, though, they pollute heavily just for laughs. Charles and David Koch are waging a war against anything that protects the environment, Reid bellowed on the Senate floor last May. While the Koch brothers admit to not being experts on the matter, these billionaire oil tycoons are certainly experts at contributing to climate change. Thats what they do very well. They are one of the...
  • The Chain of Environmental Command

    08/14/2014 12:05:10 PM PDT · by Twotone · 6 replies
    New iAgenda 21 ^ | August 14, 2014 | Staff
    Original Title: "The Chain of Environmental Command: How a Club of Billionaires and Their Foundations Control the Environmental Movement and Obamas EPA" - shortened due to length. Not since the Dodd Report to the Reece Committee on Foundations in 1954, has a report identified the destructive nature of tax exempt foundations and their goal: socialism. This title, is a Minority Staff Report by the US Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works The evidence provided in this report highlights the lengths the far-left environmental movement goes to hide sources of funding and to disguise their actions bought and...
  • Obama opens rift with greens: Moving toward opening the Atlantic Ocean to drilling

    08/11/2014 2:22:45 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 5 replies
    The Hill ^ | 08/11/2014 | Laura Barron Lopez
    President Obama is moving toward opening the Atlantic Ocean to drilling in a major shift in U.S. policy that cuts against the administration's efforts to reduce global warming. Environmental groups applauding the president's pursuit of new power plant rules meant to reduce climate change are now preparing for a major battle over authorizing drilling in the Atlantic, and possibly the Arctic and Pacific oceans. President Obama is moving toward opening the Atlantic Ocean to drilling in a major shift in U.S. policy that cuts against the administration's efforts to reduce global warming. Environmental groups applauding the president's pursuit of new...
  • Christie vetoes bill aiming to ban fracking waste in N.J.

    08/08/2014 9:39:04 PM PDT · by MikeNJ · 3 replies
    The Star-Ledger ^ | August 08, 2014 | Brent Johnson
    TRENTON For the second time in two years, Gov. Chris Christie has vetoed a bill that would have banned the dumping of fracking waste in New Jersey. Environmentalists and lawmakers from both parties had championed the measure, which would have prohibited companies from treating, discharging, disposing, and storing waste from hydraulic fracturing the controversial practice of pumping water, sand, and chemicals deep underground to harvest natural gas. Though an increase in fracking in recent years has caused U.S. energy production to spike, critics worry that the practice could pollute drinking water supplies. And while fracking doesn't happen in...
  • Columbia River dilemma: Kill cormorants to save fish?

    08/08/2014 4:38:51 PM PDT · by Innovative · 26 replies
    Columbian ^ | Aug 2, 2014 | AP
    Now, the population of the cormorants on East Sand Island has burgeoned from about 100 breeding pairs to 14,900, and a federal agency wants to have thousands of the seabirds shot to protect the fish, including some that are protected or endangered. The birds eat lots of endangered wild fish, as well as hatchery stocks an estimated 11 million a year mainly in May as the young fish head for their years in the ocean. In June, the corps released its plan to kill 16,000 of the birds. A public comment period has been extended to Aug. 19....
  • Ramping up is hard to do when logging in northern Arizona

    08/03/2014 3:06:59 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 20 replies
    Arizona Daily Sun ^ | August 1, 2014 | Eric Betz
    How do you turn hundreds of thousands of acres of smallish trees into a profitable product? If youre the Campbell Group, contractors for the Four Forests Restoration Initiative, you do it the old-fashioned way: Convert timber into lumber. Company officials say they will forgo more costly biofuel efforts for now as they prepare to thin 300,000 acres of northern Arizona forests. But the company faces a challenge even larger than the small trees. The logging industry has all but vanished from this region of the country. To thin that many acres, theyll need drastically more loggers, trucks and mills. At...
  • Feds raid S.C. home to seize Land Rover in EPA emission-control crackdown

    08/01/2014 12:58:56 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 34 replies
    Washinton Times ^ | August 1, 2014
    When it comes to environmental regulation compliance, the Department of Homeland Security isnt playing as evidenced by a recent federal raid of a South Carolinians home to confiscate a Land Rover that violated EPA emission rules. Jennifer Brinkley said she saw a line of law enforcement vehicles approaching her home and wondered what was wrong, the local WBTV reported. Homeland Security agents then went to her 1985 Land Rover Defender and lifted the hood. They popped up the hood and looked at the Vehicle Identification Number and compared it with a piece of paper and then took the car...
  • Is God Green? Some Religious Leaders Claim He's Against Burning Coal

    08/01/2014 5:54:41 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 40 replies
    National Review ^ | 08/01/2014 | Ian Tuttle
    When, in 2012, EPA official Al Almendariz likened his enforcement strategy for federal drilling policies to Romans’ peacekeeping tactics in the Mediterranean — “Crucify them,” he quipped — he was only exhibiting what many already knew: that the Environmental Protection Agency performs its work with an almost religious zeal. But the agency’s latest effort — a massive clampdown on the nation’s coal industry — is receiving actual religious imprimatur. This week 28 religious leaders, representing not only a number of Christian denominations (Presbyterian, Episcopal, Lutheran, Methodist, Quaker, Baptist, and more) but other faiths (Jewish, Hindu, Buddhist, and Bahāʾī), testified in...
  • BREAKING: Senate report exposes the movement as cash machine controlling the EPA

    07/30/2014 2:53:00 PM PDT · by Enchante · 33 replies
    Watts Up With That ^ | July 30, 2014 | Anthony Watts
    How a Club of Billionaires and Their Foundations Control the Environmental Movement and Obamas EPA A new report was released today by the Senate Environment and Public Works committee, and it is damning. All this time that climate skeptics are accused of being in the employ of big oil is nothing more than a projection of their own greed. Some excerpts: Over 7.9 BILLION in funding between these groups.
  • Study: Biomass Worse for Environment than Fossil Fuels

    07/26/2014 10:31:37 AM PDT · by Bratch · 7 replies
    Breitbart London ^ | July 25, 2014 | Nick Hallett
    Power stations that burn biomass are worse for the environment than those that burn coal, new analysis suggests. According to David MacKay, the governments chief scientific advisor on energy, burning wood imported from North America in British power stations produces more greenhouse gases than burning coal.As previouslyreportedonBreitbart London, American scientists wrote a letter to the British government in May to protest the policy of subsidising power firms to import wooden pellets from the U.S. They said that this was anything but carbon neutral as the forests from which the pellets are taken act as a carbon sink, taking carbon dioxide...
  • Just Who is Waging the War on Science?

    07/26/2014 5:40:29 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 8 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 26, 2014 | Paul Driessen
    Left-leaning environmentalists, media and academics have long railed against the alleged conservative war on science. They augment this vitriol with substantial money, books, documentaries and conference sessions devoted to protecting global warming alarmists from supposed harassment by climate chaos skeptics, whom they accuse of wanting to conduct fishing expeditions of alarmist emails and rifle their file cabinets in search of juicy material (which might expose collusion or manipulated science). A primary target of this unjustified harassment has been Penn State University professor Dr. Michael Mann, creator of the infamous hockey stick temperature graph that purported to show a sudden spike...