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  • Washington must fix culverts (at a cost of $2.4 billion) to allow tribal fishing, feds say

    07/06/2015 9:27:56 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 18 replies
    The Oregonian ^ | July 5, 2015
    Washington state is under a federal court order to fix hundreds of barriers built under state roads and highways that block access for migrating salmon and thus interfere with tribes' treaty-backed right to catch fish. But it's unclear how the state is going to come up with the estimated $2.4 billion needed ...
  • Jane Fonda sounds climate change alarm in Toronto (we're all gonna die alert)

    07/05/2015 2:12:55 PM PDT · by Zakeet · 71 replies
    The Star ^ | July 4, 2015 | Christopher Reynolds
    Fonda’s not in town to revive her fandom or her past betrothals. The 77-year-old actor and activist comes with a solar-fuelled fire in her belly. “The climate change problem is the issue of our civilization. It will affect everything about our lives if we don’t do something about it,” she says. Touching down Friday night from Los Angeles, the two-time Oscar winner is part of a parade of celebrities and distinguished guests who are putting foot to pavement in Sunday’s March for Jobs, Justice and the Climate. The demonstration, organized by environmental group 350.org two days before Toronto hosts the...
  • North Carolina Sharks in Marine Protected Area

    07/03/2015 4:29:55 PM PDT · by NaturalBornConservative · 12 replies
    Natural Born Conservative ^ | July 3, 2015 | Larry Walker, II
    Mid-Atlantic Shark Area Swim At Your Own Risk:: By: Larry Walker II ::If you follow the mainstream media, you would think the recent surge in shark attacks off the North Carolina coast is due to unusually warm water, a lack of rain causing increased salinity, or because more people are in the water than ever before, all of which is nonsense.In other words, they don’t have a clue. It might be more helpful to the public if the mainstream media simply stated the obvious and moved on to its next barrage of misinformation.So what is causing the uptick in...
  • North Carolina’s “Perfect Storm” for Shark Attacks (they're caused by global warming)

    07/01/2015 3:27:17 PM PDT · by Zakeet · 31 replies
    National Geographic ^ | June 29, 2015 | Brian Clark Howard
    5. Global warming Although Frank J. Schwartz, a shark biologist with the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, says there’s too much natural variability in weather cycles to blame the recent shark attacks on global warming, Burgess says the link is plausible. “Clearly global climate change is a reality and it has resulted in warmer temperatures in certain places at certain times,” says Burgess. As warming is expected to increase, it will likely bring more sharks farther north and entice more people to get into the water, which will lead to more bites.
  • Supreme Court overturns landmark EPA air pollution rule

    06/29/2015 10:22:22 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 39 replies
    The Hill ^ | June 29, 2015 | Timothy Cama and Lydia Wheeler
    The Supreme Court overturned the Obama administration’s landmark air quality rule on Monday, ruling the Environmental Protection Agency did not properly consider the costs of the regulation. In a 5-4 ruling, the justices ruled that the EPA should have taken into account the costs to utilities and others in the power sector before even deciding whether to set limits for the toxic air pollutants it regulated in 2011. The case, Michigan v. EPA, centers on the EPA’s first limits on mercury, arsenic and acid gases emitted by coal-fired power plants, known as mercury and air toxics (MATS). Opponents, including the...
  • Salon Writer: For White Catholics, Climate Science ‘Clashes With Their Other God: The Free Market

    06/27/2015 6:19:53 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 29 replies
    NewsBusters.org ^ | June 27, 2015 | Tom Johnson
    When it comes to American Catholic opinions about climate change, a recent poll shows a major gap between whites and Latinos. The Public Religion Research Institute reports that by margins of approximately 20 percent, Latino Catholics are likelier than white Catholics to believe that there is such a thing as global warming; that it’s “due to human activity”; and that it “constitutes a crisis or a major problem.” What’s causing this discrepancy? A false god, suggests writer Patricia Miller. “White Catholics don’t accept the scientific consensus on climate change because it clashes with their other god: the free market,” declared...
  • Electric Cars: Not So Environmentally Friendly After All?

    06/27/2015 7:21:39 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 44 replies
    IBD ^ | 06/27/2015 | BY KERRY JACKSON
    Is that electric car in the driveway — yes, that one with the long cord tethering it to the inside of the garage — a sign of deep environmental concern and human goodness? Or is it an indication that someone has been duped? A growing body of evidence shows that electric cars are more harmful to the environment than comparable fossil-fuel burners. The latest is a study — "Environmental Benefits From Driving Electric Vehicles?" — out this month from the National Bureau of Economic Research. The study's authors — economics and business professors — say that "rather than simply accepting...
  • Papal Economics and Papal Climatology

    06/27/2015 5:00:42 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 2 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 27, 2015 | John C. Goodman
    Pope Francis weighed in on global warming the other day after convening a conference of climate scientists from around the world. His recent encyclical on the subject, “Laudato Si,” was awful in describing what we know about climate science, dreadful in discussing possible solutions and completely wrong in understanding the role that economics must play.Let’s begin by distinguishing between “is” and “ought.” Scientists try to understand what is. And there is broad agreement about what we know and don’t know. (I’ll briefly summarize that below.) But there is not broad agreement about what we should do about it or whether...
  • The EPA vs. Pennsylvania's minorities

    06/27/2015 2:27:18 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 31 replies
    Pittsburgh Tribune Review ^ | June 24, 2015 | Harry C. Alford, president and CEO of the National Black Chamber of Commerce
    With the Obama administration only two months away from releasing its “Clean Power Plan,” much debate has focused on the supposed benefits of cutting U.S. greenhouse gas emissions over the next 15 years. Lost amid the rhetoric is the economic hardship it will impose on working families — especially the 2.2 million blacks and Hispanics living in Pennsylvania. That's the finding from a new study commissioned by the National Black Chamber of Commerce. This regulation will leave minority communities with disproportionately fewer jobs, lower incomes and higher poverty than whites. Thus, while the administration calls its regulation a “justice issue”...
  • Vatican's Climate Expert, an Atheist, Speaks on World's 1.2B Catholics Tackling Environment Issue

    06/23/2015 9:57:39 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 20 replies
    ZENIT: The World Seen From Rome ^ | 06/19/2015 | Deborah Castellano Lubov
    Only if we get our acts together will the climate crisis problem be able to be overcome. This is the conviction of Professor Hans Joachim Schellnhuber, founder and director of the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research in Germany, who has been a right-hand expert for Pope Francis' just-released encyclical on ecology. In an interview with ZENIT yesterday following the release of Pope Francis' 184-page encyclical on ecology 'Laudato Si': on the Care for Our Common Home,' Dr. Schellnhuber, who has recently been appointed to the Pontifical Academy of the Sciences, spoke on the importance of the encyclical and how...
  • Cardinal Suggests Rush Doesn't Understand Pope On Environment

    06/21/2015 8:07:20 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 93 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    The Cardinal couldn't have been more polite, but it didn't take much reading between the lines to get what he was asserting: that when it comes to the encyclical on the environment, Rush Limbaugh doesn't understand what the Pope was saying. On today's Fox News Sunday, Chris Wallace played a clip of Rush saying that the encyclical "is suggesting is that everyone should vote for the Democrat party. How in the hell else do you interpret it when the Pope sounds like Al Gore on global warming and climate change?" Responded Cardinal Donald Wuerl: "one of the great blessings of...
  • The sixth mass extinction on Earth has officially begun and could threaten humanity's existence

    06/20/2015 12:28:03 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 159 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | June 20, 2015 | Mark Prigg
    We are entering a mass extinction that threatens humanity's existence, researchers have declared. Researchers say a new study shows 'without any significant doubt' that we are entering the sixth great mass extinction on earth. The study says that the window for conserving threatened species is rapidly closing. The study shows without any significant doubt that we are now entering the sixth great mass extinction event,' said Paul Ehrlich, the Bing Professor of Population Studies in biology and a senior fellow at the Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment who led the research.The new study, published in the journal Science Advances,...
  • EPA proposes tougher mileage standards for trucks (to prevent global warming)

    06/19/2015 8:04:51 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 37 replies
    Fox News ^ | June 19, 2015
    The Obama administration is issuing new rules intended to improve fuel efficiency for medium and heavy-duty trucks and cut pollution blamed for global warming. The proposed standards are expected to lower cardon dioxide emissions by about 1 billion metric tons ...
  • The one about… It’s Blessed are the Poor IN SPIRIT, you Marxist Nincompoop.

    06/18/2015 2:35:05 PM PDT · by SatinDoll · 24 replies
    BarnHardt ^ | June 18, 2015 | Ann Barnhardt
    The one aboutÂ… ItÂ’s Blessed are the Poor IN SPIRIT, you Marxist Nincompoop. And seeing the multitudes, He went up into a mountain, and when He was set down, His disciples came unto Him. And opening His mouth, He taught them, saying: Blessed are the poor in spirit; for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Matthew 5: 1-3 The First Beatitude is another grossly misread and misunderstood verse, with the misunderstanding being a recent phenomenon, spurred by a conscientious perversion of the meaning of the verse by Marxist infiltrators beginning in the 20th century. And now most especially by Pope...
  • Walleye decline a big issue, mystery - clean water to blame?

    06/18/2015 11:33:01 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 66 replies
    Bayfield County Journal ^ | June 18, 2015 | Frank Zufall APG
    Across Northwest Wisconsin there has been much discussion about the decline of the walleye population. In response one of Governor Scott Walker’s initiatives has been stocking lakes with larger “extended walleye” versus small fry in the hopes that the larger fish have better chance of surviving and then reproducing. However, Governor Walker in his proposed biennium budget has also proposed cutting some key Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) scientists in the Bureau of Science Services, scientist behind the extended walleye initiative and who also created the modeling for the three-bag limit of walleyes using length as the critical factor...
  • How Scott Walker Dismantled Wisconsin's Environmental Legacy

    06/18/2015 2:54:55 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 26 replies
    Scientific American ^ | June 17, 2015 | Siri Carpenter with Nick Ibarra
    When Wisconsin’s new state treasurer Matt Adamczyk took office in January, his first act was to order a highly symbolic change in stationery. Adamczyk, a Republican and one of three members of the board that oversees a small public lands agency, “felt passionately” that Tia Nelson, the agency’s executive secretary, should be struck from the letterhead. As soon became clear, his principal objection to Nelson, daughter of former Wisconsin governor and environmentalist-hero Gaylord Nelson, was that in 2007–08 she had co-chaired a state task force on climate change at the then-governor’s request. Adamczyk insisted that climate change is not germane...
  • Biden: In WW1, America Should Have Bombed Our Own Steel Mills

    06/17/2015 1:17:10 PM PDT · by Zakeet · 46 replies
    Grabien ^ | June 17, 2015
    JOE BIDEN: "You know it reminds me, I remember back in 1973, I came from Pennsylvania and steel and coal were a big deal, particularly steel. I remember making a speech to the United Steel Workers sponsored by US Steel. There were 3,000 people there and I was a young Senator. Come out and I say, 'you know in World War I we made a mistake, and I was being not unusually Biden controversial. And, I said we made a mistake, we bombed the wrong steel mills. And, I went on to point out that there'd been virtually no innovation...
  • Pope Francis Calls For A New Global Political Authority To Save Humanity

    06/17/2015 5:10:37 AM PDT · by HomerBohn · 82 replies
    Right Side News ^ | 6/17/2015 | Michael Snyder
    Pope Francis says that global warming is a fact and that a new global political authority is necessary in order to save humanity from utter disaster. The new encyclical that was scheduled to be released on Thursday has been leaked, and it is being reported that this new global political authority that Pope Francis envisions would be in charge of “the reduction of pollution and the development of poor countries and regions”. The funny thing is that this sounds very much in line with the new sustainable development agenda that is going to be launched at the United Nations in...
  • Private investors pony up for clean energy

    06/16/2015 4:02:08 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 13 replies
    The Hill ^ | June 16, 2015 | Devin Henry
    A collection of investment firms, foundations, universities and other private institutions have pledged $4 billion to invest in new clean energy technology, the White House announced on Monday. The funding comes in response to an Obama administration call for more private sector research into low-carbon energy technology. The government will also launch a new Department of Energy program to provide technical assistance for investors. Obama administration officials launched their “Clean Energy Investment Initiative” in February, hoping to secure $2 billion from the private sector to fund new energy research. The White House doubled that goal, receiving major pledges from the...
  • Obama Decree Gives Western Landowners the Bird

    06/16/2015 1:17:49 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 36 replies
    The American Spectator ^ | June 15, 2015 | Bette Grande
    The Obama administration is establishing new to limits on public land uses in 10 Western states to protect the habitat of the ground dwelling greater sage grouse. The federal efforts are an attempt to prevent a continued decline in sage grouse numbers which could necessitate listing the sage grouse as threatened or endangered. The new limits are the federal government's biggest land-planning effort to date to conserve a single species. The proposal would affect energy development. Among other actions, the regulations would require oil and gas wells to be clustered in groups of a half-dozen or more to avoid scattering...
  • The Worrywart Generation: The Age of Debilitating Anxieties

    06/15/2015 12:19:45 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 19 replies
    The American Spectator ^ | June 11, 2015 | Ron Ross
    ".....There are good reasons why society admires courage and despises cowardice. Fear is one of the primary subjects taught in primary and secondary schools both public and private. Teaching fear to young people is a kind of collective child abuse. We are raising a generation of paranoid neurotics. Our children are being taught, erroneously, that individuals and the environment are delicate and fragile. ....Those who are the most paranoid seem to know the least about the objects of their anxieties. For example, fear of genetically modified foods, glutens, and hydraulic fracturing are based almost solely on complete ignorance of these...
  • Battle brewing over logging, grazing at state parks

    06/14/2015 3:16:30 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 11 replies
    Stamford Advocate ^ | June 14, 2015 | KEITH MORELLI, The Tampa Tribune
    TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Conservationists are drawing a line in the scrubland, vowing to fight any attempt by the state to expand logging and cattle grazing throughout Florida's 171 state parks. Florida Department of Environmental Protection Secretary Jon Steverson, appointed in December by Gov. Rick Scott, set off a furor last month when he suggested in a series of newspaper guest columns that Florida expand grazing and timber harvesting in its state parks as a way to offset the cost of running them. In the columns, which ran in newspapers throughout Florida, Steverson said state parks hosted more than 27...
  • Francis is not the Left's Pope

    06/13/2015 1:21:57 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 12 replies
    The American Thinker ^ | June 13, 2015 | Gene M. Van Son
    Apart from the recent misquote regarding Mahmoud Abbas (Pope Francis encouraged Abbas to “become an angel of mercy;” he did not say that Abbas ‘is an angel of mercy’), the silence from the Left has been pretty deafening in regard to Pope Francis lately. Perhaps the Left has finally realized that Pope Francis is not the progressive they hoped he was, and that apart from encouraging dialogue he is not going to be changing Catholic Doctrine after all. On March 7 Breitbart noted the shift in the Left’s attitude with an article by Thomas Williams titled, “New York Times Ends...
  • Land Control: Feds Announce Sweeping Plan to Conserve Sage Grouse Habitat

    06/11/2015 12:07:02 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 27 replies
    CNSNews.com ^ | June 10, 2015 | Penny Starr
    (CNSNews.com) – The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS), part of the Interior Department, will decide by September 30 whether to list the greater sage-grouse as an endangered or threatened species under the 1973 Endangered Species Act (ESA).The stakes are huge: Greater sage-grouse (or prairie chicken) habitat covers 165 million acres across 11 western states, but that is only half of what it used to be, the federal government says. At one time, the greater sage-grouse population likely numbered in the millions, but it is now estimated to be in the 200,000 to 500,000 range.The enormous sage grouse habitat also is home to...
  • Going for the Golden Climate Change Dollars - "Bootlegger and Baptist"

    06/11/2015 9:12:44 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 6 replies
    E21 - Economic Policies ^ | William O'Keefe
    In 1848, the discovery of gold in California lead to one of the most dramatic population shifts in US history. People hoping to strike it rich migrated from all over the country, South America, and even as far as China. The non-native American population of California went from under 1,000 to over 100,000 in a little over one year. Today, there is another gold rush taking place in Washington D.C. as political entrepreneurs seek to strike it rich by mining the climate change mother lode. According to the 2013 Federal Climate Change Expenditures Report to Congress, the Federal Government is...
  • Obama to seek climate rules for airplanes

    06/10/2015 11:51:00 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 24 replies
    The Hill ^ | June 10, 2015 | Timothy Cama
    The Obama administration wants to declare that greenhouse gas emissions from airplanes are harmful, which would set up regulations to limit the pollution. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released a proposed “endangerment finding” Wednesday, which would formally conclude that carbon dioxide and any other greenhouse gases from commercial airplanes contribute to climate change and harm the public health and welfare. The move is a major win for environmentalists, since aircraft are the largest source of greenhouse gases that the EPA is not either regulating or planning to regulate. But the EPA’s proposed solution to the airplane climate problem — adopting...
  • Gasland Producer Kicked Off Fox For Calling Host A ‘Liar’ [Stuart Varney kicks butt]

    06/09/2015 1:44:00 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 7 replies
    The DC - The Daily Caller ^ | June 8, 2015 | Michael Bastasch
    Josh Fox, creator of the “Gasland” films, has been playing up on Twitter that he got kicked off the Fox Business show Varney & Co. after a heated debate with the show’s host on the EPA’s hydraulic fracturing report. Fox and his supporters claimed he was kicked off the Fox show for schooling its host Stuart Varney in a fracking debate. Fox claims Varney kicked him off the show after being “confronted with the truth on fracking.” But Fox’s claim of being kicked off Fox Business for beating them down with facts is very far from the truth. The Daily...
  • Foes poised to declare victory in ‘war on coal’ as investors, utilities flee energy source

    06/08/2015 8:23:54 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 39 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | June 7, 2015 | Ben Wolfgang
    The war has been waged on several fronts for nearly a decade, and the aggressors are poised to declare victory over the wounded U.S. coal industry. After powering the Industrial Revolution and helping to turn the U.S. into the world’s top economic power, coal now seems to be drowning in what environmentalists call a “deadly cocktail” — a rabid, politically potent anti-fossil fuels movement, the rise of cheap, abundant, relatively clean domestic natural gas and an Obama administration that freely admits it wants to decrease coal use in America through a host of new rules. That near-perfect storm is taking...
  • WI Republicans fire scientists working on research related to climate change and polllution (sic)

    06/08/2015 12:55:37 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 21 replies
    Wisconsin Gazette ^ | June 8, 2015 | Todd Richmond,
    Republican lawmakers are cutting scientists from the Department of Natural Resources who worked on issues related to climate change, pollution and mining. Republicans claim the cuts are designed to refocus the DNR on hunting and fishing. But Democrats say the GOP is retaliating against researchers in areas they oppose for political reasons. “It has to be political,” Rep. Chris Taylor, D-Madison, a member of the Legislature’s budget committee, said of the cuts. “The public hasn’t called for this. Most people in the state want decisions about the environment to be based on science, not politics.” Republican Gov. Scott Walker, an...
  • Global Left’s Machiavellian Misrepresentation of the Pope Is Failing

    06/08/2015 5:43:07 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 23 replies
    The American Spectator ^ | June 8, 2015 | Gene J. Koprowski
    There has not been this kind of palace intrigue at the Vatican since the 1500s. Foreign potentates are making a power grab, trying to seize the moral authority of the papacy for their own, secular ends. Like modern-day courtiers, lay and clerical aides to Pope Francis are slyly assisting these foreign princes from the United Nations, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and other such non-friends of Catholicism. In public comments, for months, officials such as Jeffrey Sachs and Ban Ki Moon from the UN, and lay leaders such as Margaret Archer at the Vatican, have been telling the public the...
  • G.O.P. Assault on Environmental Laws ["Batty suggestion from Gov. Scott Walker"]

    06/08/2015 12:42:07 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 11 replies
    New York Times ^ | June 8, 2015 | NYT Editorial Board
    President Obama has announced or will soon propose important protections for clean water, clean air, threatened species and threatened landscapes. Mitch McConnell, the Senate majority leader, and other Republicans in Congress are trying hard not to let that happen — counterattacking with a legislative blitz not seen since Newt Gingrich and his “Contract With America” Republicans swept into office after the 1994 midterm elections bent on crippling many of the environmental statutes enacted under Presidents Johnson and Nixon. Bill Clinton threatened or used vetoes to block that assault. Mr. Obama should be prepared to do the same. The usual complaints...
  • UN invites world’s seven billion people to become agents of change on World Environment Day

    06/07/2015 2:30:14 PM PDT · by PROCON · 16 replies
    mercopress.com ^ | June 6, 2015
    With many of the earth’s ecosystems nearing “critical tipping points,” the United Nations invited each of the seven billion people on the planet to mark this year’s World Environment Day by making one change towards a more responsible consumption of resources – “be it refusing to buy single-use plastic bags or riding a bike to work.”“Humanity continues to consume far more natural resources than the planet can sustainably provide,” Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said in this year’s message for the Day, observed annually on 5 June. “It is time for us to change.”> “The goal of sustainable development is to increase...
  • Putin and Buffett’s War on U.S. Pipelines

    06/06/2015 6:52:57 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 13 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 6, 2015 | Paul Driessen
    Abundant, reliable, affordable oil and natural gas empower people. They support job creation, mobility, modern agriculture, homes and hospitals, computers and communications, lights and refrigerators, life and study after sundown, indoor plumbing, safe drinking water, less disease and longer lives. Hydrocarbons make plastics, pharmaceuticals and synthetic clothing. They create fertilizers and pesticides, to improve crop yields, reduce food prices and improve nutrition. But Sierra Club, 350.org and other radicals want to keep America’s oil and natural gas bounties in the ground. They block leasing, drilling and fracking. They block pipelines that transport oil and gas to refineries, power plants, factories...
  • Valerie Jarrett Secretly Lobbying Big Corporations To Support UN Climate Talks

    06/03/2015 1:00:48 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 16 replies
    American Specator ^ | June 2, 2015 | Michael Bastasch
    White House Senior Advisor Valerie Jarrett is quietly working behind the scenes to build a coalition of major U.S. corporations to back President Barack Obama’s goal of hashing out a global agreement to cut greenhouse gas emissions at the upcoming United Nations summit in Paris.The Daily Caller News Foundation obtained a letter that outlines how, by the end of June, Obama is looking to build a coalition of businesses to show support for UN climate talks. After that, the White House will then try to grow this group of businesses to 250 in the run up to the Paris talks...
  • The glaciers of Mount Everest may be gone by the end of this century

    06/02/2015 8:38:44 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 57 replies
    Benchmark Reporter ^ | 6/2/15 | Steven Myers
    Recent research by the climate analysts suggests that Mount Everest by the end of this century would be free from its glaciers. Located in Nepal, Mount Everest is reported to be the tallest mountain on the earth with the recorded height of 29,029 feet. The tallest mountain is situated on the border of Nepal and China. According to the rough estimate, it is estimated to be 9000 feet taller than the highest peak of North America.
  • 5 Points On The Juiciest Red-Meat Goodies In Scott Walker's State Budget

    06/02/2015 8:17:00 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 12 replies
    TPM - Talking Points Memo ^ | June 2, 2015 | Daniel Strauss
    Before he announces that he's jumping into the 2016 presidential race, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) wants to finish work on his latest state budget and in the process pack it with conservative goodies he can tout on the campaign trail. For Walker, this is key to his 2016 game plan. "The budget is important, because Walker has been delaying an announcement before he officially announces as President. It gives him a list of popular red-meat items to check off in the primaries," University of Wisconsin Public Policy Professor Donald Moynihan told TPM. Here is a list of five of...
  • Epic Fail: ‘Climate Change Voters’ Attempt To Protest Scott Walker NH Cruise

    06/02/2015 12:15:11 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 9 replies
    Breitbart ^ | June 1, 2015 | Matthew Boyle
    Epic Fail: ‘Climate Change Voters’ Attempt To Protest Scott Walker NH Cruise With ‘Floating Iceberg,’ People Dressed As Moose Before Walker went on a fundraising cruise on Lake Winnipesaukee, Americans United For Change (AUFC)—a liberal organization—announced it would be organizing a counter-protest to Walker’s cruise. A couple things made this different than any normal protest, however. First off, the people “protesting” Walker on global warming—who they called “climate change voters”—would be dressed as moose. Secondly, and perhaps more importantly, they’d be on a “floating iceberg” behind Walker.................................. ...........In fact, the protest was so successful that Sirius XM’s The David Webb...
  • Budget panel adopts Scott Walker's cuts to DNR scientists, bucks....

    05/30/2015 3:52:41 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 14 replies
    Wisconsin State Journal ^ | May 30, 2015 | STEVEN VERBURG and DEE J. HALL, with Molly Beck
    Budget panel adopts Scott Walker's cuts to DNR scientists, bucks natural area buy moratorium The Legislature’s budget committee voted Friday to slow down conservation land purchases and eliminate half of the state Department of Natural Resources senior science staff as part of an overall reduction of 80 DNR positions. With their plan to reduce annual borrowing for purchases of natural areas, Republican lawmakers bucked Gov. Scott Walker, who wanted a 13-year moratorium to reduce debt payments that ballooned in 2012 because the state postponed payments during the recession. Joint Finance Committee leaders announced they would propose cutting stewardship land borrowing...
  • Scott Walker calls EPA power plant rule 'unworkable'

    05/29/2015 12:44:42 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 14 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | May 28, 2015 | Zack Colman
    Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker has signaled in a letter to President Obama that his state might not comply with a forthcoming rule limiting carbon emissions from power plants. The likely GOP presidential candidate told Obama in the May 21 letter that he has "deep concerns regarding our ability to develop a state plan to comply with" the proposed Environmental Protection Agency targets. The implicit threat makes Walker the highest-profile governor to consider endorsing Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's strategy of undercutting the regulation through states refusing to submit a compliance plan, though he ultimately stopped short of doing so. "The...
  • EPA issues new rule expanding reach over waters

    05/27/2015 8:09:58 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 26 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | May 27, 2015 | Zach Coleman
    The Environmental Protection Agency announced a rule Wednesday that critics say would expand federal reach over U.S. waterways, but that the Obama administration contends will clarify which farming, development and other practices are subject to regulation. The battle over the "Waters of the U.S." rule has been brewing for months and will continue both on and off Capitol Hill. The regulation attempts to define Clean Water Act regulations as stretching to bodies of water that have a "significant nexus" with "navigable waters" to prevent pollution of drinking water. The EPA told various media outlets that the rule asserts the agency's...
  • Environmentalists fail in bid to revoke GOP senator’s degree

    05/24/2015 12:13:14 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 32 replies
    Watchdog.org ^ | 5-21-15 | Tori Richards
    A Washington state senator has survived a campaign by Western Washington University students who demanded their school revoke his master’s degree because he’s not radical enough on global warming. Doug Ericksen, a Republican and chair of Washington’s Senate Energy, Environment and Telecommunications Committee, has blocked efforts to force businesses and residents to go green, but he supports voluntary compliance. He opposes mandated cap-and-trade programs and low-carbon fuel standards. But the effort to yank Ericksen’s degree — he earned his MA in political science and environmental policy at WWU — met with a stiff rebuke last week from the university’s president....
  • DUTCH SEA LEVEL RISE EXPERT: MIAMI WILL BE "THE NEW ATLANTIS," A CITY IN THE SEA

    05/22/2015 3:49:39 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 48 replies
    Miami New Times ^ | 5/21/15 | Jessica Weis
    ...after Hurricane Sandy bared down on New York, killing over 150 people and wreaking $65 billion in damage, federal leaders cried for help to make the Northeast more flood-proof. Dutch expert Henk Ovink answered..... ... there's good cause to be worried when the Dutch expert says there’s no place in worse shape today than Miami. He’s begun calling the city “the new Atlantis,” after the legendary and beautiful island subcontinent that was submerged by the sea in one night. “If we look around the world and take into account sea level rise and the increase of water related disasters, among...
  • Trek urges Wisconsin cyclists to oppose governor's proposed budget cuts and bike tax

    05/21/2015 1:05:24 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 45 replies
    Industry News, Bicycle Retailer ^ | May 20, 2015 | Brain Staff
    "I think the reason these anti-bike policies are being proposed is it’s a red-meat issue for a lot of Republicans," Bike Fed executive director Dave Cieslewicz told Madison.com. "They have stereotypes about what cyclists are and they don’t see them as their voters. They see attacks on cycling as politically beneficial." WATERLOO, Wis. (BRAIN) — Trek Bicycle's president, John Burke, is urging Wisconsin cyclists to contact their state lawmakers in support of the state's Complete Streets Law, which Gov. Scott Walker has proposed eliminating. Burke, in an email sent this week, also urged them to oppose a $25 state bicycle...
  • Updated NASA Data: Global Warming Not Causing Any Polar Ice Retreat (since 1979)

    05/20/2015 9:31:25 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 42 replies
    Forbes ^ | May 19, 2015 | James Taylor
    Updated data from NASA satellite instruments reveal the Earth’s polar ice caps have not receded at all since the satellite instruments began measuring the ice caps in 1979. Since the end of 2012, moreover, total polar ice extent has largely remained above the post-1979 average. The updated data contradict one of the most frequently asserted global warming claims – that global warming is causing the polar ice caps to recede. The timing of the 1979 NASA satellite instrument launch could not have been better for global warming alarmists. The late 1970s marked the end of a 30-year cooling trend. As...
  • Obama Recasts Climate Change as a More Far-Reaching Peril

    05/20/2015 3:40:42 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 18 replies
    NY TIMES ^ | 5/20/15 | JULIE HIRSCHFELD DAVIS
    .....Obama will use a commencement address at the Coast Guard Academy in Connecticut on Wednesday to cast his push for urgent action to combat climate change as a national security imperative, arguing that the warming of the planet poses an “immediate risk” to the United States....
  • Two States of Mind

    05/18/2015 11:46:27 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 4 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 18, 2015 | Paul Greenberg
    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- What a difference a border can make. Sometimes it marks a difference not just in altitude but attitude. When our neighbors in Oklahoma find the ground shaking beneath their feet, they know well enough what's causing it. Or they should know by now. As quake follows quake in the center of that state, the cause becomes undeniable: the injection of wastewater into deep wells as part of the process called fracking. The number of good-sized tremors in our neighboring state has multiplied tenfold within just the past three years. The revolution in oil-and-gas production that's making...
  • For California salmon, summer of truck rides, bucket lifts (operation fish-lift alert)

    05/17/2015 10:05:16 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 4 replies
    AP ^ | May 16, 2015 | Ellen Knickmeyer
    What do you do when you have 30 million young salmon ready for their big journeys downstream, but drought and development have dried your riverbeds to sauna rocks? In California this year, you give the fish a ride. State and federal wildlife agencies in California are deploying what they say is the biggest fish-lift in the state's history through this month, rolling out convoys of tanker trucks to transport a generation of hatchery salmon downstream to the San Francisco Bay.
  • Top five quotes from the always-candid Judge John McBain in ruling on city stormwater fee lawsuit

    05/13/2015 9:21:39 AM PDT · by cripplecreek · 9 replies
    Mlive.com ^ | May 13, 2015 | Will Forgrave
    JACKSON, MI – Jackson County Circuit Court Judge John McBain has been known to unload a healthy dose of candor when entering judgments. Anyone from a convicted murderer to a local politician can get caught in the judge's verbal volley. In the case of the city's illegal stormwater tax hearing on Tuesday, May 12, it was the latter. City leaders are required to repay their illegally collected stormwater fees by June 26 or face a $1,000-per-day fine, McBain ruled with fiery contempt. After creating the fee in 2011, a Michigan Court of Appeals' decision ruled the fee unconstitutional two years...
  • What EPA Wants You to Know About Nail Salons

    05/13/2015 7:36:47 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 39 replies
    National Journal ^ | May 12, 2015 | Clare Foran
    Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy will take a trip to a San Francisco nail salon Wednesday—a visit intended to shine a spotlight on health risks posed by the industry. [Snip] Nail polish and other products found in salons contain an array of chemicals that may pose a threat to public health and the environment. Without proper handling, exposure to chemicals such as formaldehyde can lead to difficulty breathing, skin irritation and other health problems. EPA already has put together a federal working group and doled out grants to organizations tackling the industry's public health and environmental impact created by...
  • The Sorcerer’s Apprentice Scene From Fantasia Captures the Spirit of Earth Day

    05/11/2015 10:09:22 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 6 replies
    Capitol Confidential ^ | 5/5/2015 | Jack Spencer
    Every December millions watch an array of familiar Christmas theme movies — "Scrooge," "A Christmas Story," "It’s a Wonderful Life" and so on. No similar tradition has been established for Earth Day, but if there were an appropriate selection would be The Sorcerer’s Apprentice scene from Disney’s classic movie "Fantasia." As explained below, the mousey parable is a metaphor for what has happened the environmental movement. When Earth Day was created in 1970 the environmental movement advocated practical approaches to real problems. The air and water, cities, rural areas and woodlands were being used as waste dumps. A broad consensus...