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  • Extending ‘bridge to nowhere’ still on track for next year

    02/21/2018 10:06:04 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 17 replies
    The Bluefield Daily Telegraph ^ | January 28, 2018 | Charlie Boothe
    BLUEFIELD — Extending the King Coal Highway’s “bridge to nowhere” in Bluefield to the Airport Road area is still on track for next year. Del. Marty Gearheart, R-Mercer County, said the project remains on the Department of Highways six-year plan for a 2019 start. “Dirt should be moved next spring (2019),” he said. “It will be built when it is supposed to. It’s been part of the six-year plan and was not scheduled until next spring.” The bridge, which connects to Rt. 460 and then to Interstate 77, was finished almost 10 years ago but funding for the highway has...
  • It’s highway robbery: How this environmental group is stealing a road SC needs

    02/21/2018 8:12:46 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 12 replies
    The State ^ | February 15, 2018 | Tom Rice
    Columbia, SC Once again, a group of obstructionists who like to call themselves environmentalists is trying to steal opportunities away from South Carolina. The Coastal Conservation League and Southern Environmental Law Center filed a suit in federal court a week before Christmas to halt the construction of Interstate 73, highlighting their continued disregard for the public good. These groups say the environmental impact of I-73 is too high. This couldn’t be further from the truth. The federal government requires that any new highway be constructed along the least environmentally impactful route. Fifteen state and federal agencies have spent 16 years...
  • Climate Alarmism Is Still Bizarre, Dogmatic, Intolerant

    02/17/2018 5:17:18 AM PST · by Kaslin · 11 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 17, 2018 | Paul Driessen
    Climate alarmism dominated the Obama era and run-up to Paris. But it’s at least as bizarre, dogmatic and intolerant now that President Trump pulled the United States out of the all pain/no gain Paris climate pact, the EPA is reversing anti-fossil fuel programs rooted in doom-and-gloom climatology, America is producing and exporting more oil, gas and coal, developing nations are burning vastly more of these fuels, Poland is openly challenging EU climate diktats, and German, British Australian and other politicians are voicing increasing concerns about job-killing, eco-unfriendly “green” energy.With trillions of dollars in research money, power, prestige, renewable energy subsidies,...
  • Hopis, Navajos say they’ll suffer if coal-fired plant closes

    02/08/2018 10:35:47 AM PST · by CedarDave · 44 replies
    The Albuquerque Journal ^ | February 6, 2018 | ABQ Journal/AP
    PHOENIX — Hopis and Navajos who work at a coal mine near the Arizona-Utah border said Tuesday their family lives and earning power will suffer greatly if the power plant fed by the mine is shuttered as planned. The Navajo Generating Station in Page is set to close at the end of 2019 unless a new owner can be found. That’s considered a long-shot, but the company that owns the supply mine says it has identified investors interested in one of the largest coal plants in the West. More than 200 workers, their family members and supporters in blue T-shirts,...
  • Melting Arctic Permafrost Could Release Tons of Toxic Mercury (we're all gonna die alert!)

    02/07/2018 12:19:05 AM PST · by Zakeet · 59 replies
    National Geographic ^ | February 6, 2018 | Craig Welch
    Scientists have uncovered another hidden threat buried in the icy frozen north—massive natural reserves of mercury, a toxic heavy metal that in some forms can build up in fish and other animals and cause serious health problems in humans. A study published Monday in the journal Geophysical Research Letters reports that the amount of natural mercury bound up in Arctic permafrost may be 10 times greater than all the mercury humans have pumped into the atmosphere from coal-burning and other pollution sources over the last 30 years. As climate change warms the land, this thawing permafrost could release significant quantities...
  • Environmental Policy Wishes for the New Year

    01/15/2018 6:19:24 AM PST · by Kaslin · 1 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 15, 2017 | H. Sterling Burnett
    New Year’s is a time for resolutions concerning personal changes one would like to make in one’s life. And each year, for me, it is also a time to reflect upon the environment and energy policy changes I would like to see take place during the coming year—recognizing, as with personal New Year’s resolutions for so many people, the list of goals is more aspirational than a list of policies I believe are likely to soon be implemented. First, and most importantly, I’d like to see Congress show greater respect for and fealty toward the Constitution’s Bill of Rights, in...
  • The Biofuel Crony Capitalist Revolving Door

    01/06/2018 6:57:48 AM PST · by Kaslin · 15 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 6, 2018 | Paul Driessen
    Yet another congressional aide is about to pass through Washington’s infamous revolving door to a lucrative private sector position. Kurt Kovarik, legislative director for Senator Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), will become vice president of federal affairs for the National Biodiesel Board.To grow and prosper, this industry relies on subsidies and mandates that require steadily increasing volumes of diesel fuel from crops and other sources. As the NBB said in a press release, Kovarik’s “decades of experience in the Senate will serve us well, as we navigate federal policy issues that most affect our industry.” His work on energy and tax legislation,...
  • Canada's bitter weather has even penguins coming out of the cold (global warming alert!)

    01/02/2018 6:18:18 AM PST · by Zakeet · 23 replies
    AFP ^ | January 1, 2018
    Just how cold is it in Canada? Ask the penguins at the Calgary zoo: Even they have had to take shelter. King penguins -- one of five species at the zoo in western Alberta province -- are certainly accustomed to chilly weather ... But with a cold snap pushing temperatures below minus 30 degrees Celsius (minus 22 Fahrenheit) on New Year's Eve -- and feeling more like minus 40 in the wind -- and with one five-month-old penguin chick still maturing, zoo officials decided to draw a line in the snow on Sunday, setting minus 25 as the birds' limit....
  • Interstate 73 permits challenged by South Carolina environmentalists in federal filing

    12/27/2017 7:12:00 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 10 replies
    The Charleston Post and Courier ^ | December 19, 2017 | Chloe Johnson
    MYRTLE BEACH — Environmental groups are challenging the federal permits that allow construction of Interstate 73, a project that is the longtime dream of Grand Strand tourism officials. The lawsuit was filed by the Southern Environmental Law Center on behalf of the Coastal Conservation League. It claims the Army Corps of Engineers relied on an outdated environmental study and did not consider alternatives to I-73 as it issued permits this June to begin work on the road, therefore violating federal law. Catherine Wannamaker, an attorney for the SELC, said that the agencies involved in issuing the permits were stuck on...
  • The Sun is Cooling Faster than Anyone Suspected

    12/20/2017 5:11:19 AM PST · by JustTheTruth · 78 replies
    Armstrong Economics ^ | December 20, 2017 | Martin Armstrong
    214876 Blog/Climate Posted Dec 20, 2017 by Martin Armstrong The danger from the Global Warming crowd is that they are misleading the entire world and preventing us from seeing what is dangerously unfolding that sparks the rapid decline in civilization – GLOBAL COOLING. I previously warned that this is not my opinion, but simply our computer. If it were really conscious it would be running to store to buy heating pads. This year will be much colder for Europe than the last three. It will also be cold in the USA. We are in a global cooling period and all...
  • Climate change driving record snows in Alaskan mountains - study

    12/19/2017 3:17:31 PM PST · by Zakeet · 41 replies
    Reuters ^ | December 19, 2017
    Snowfalls atop an Alaskan mountain range have doubled since the start of the industrial age, evidence that climate change can trigger major increases in regional precipitation, according to research published in the journal Scientific Reports on Tuesday. The study by researchers from Dartmouth College, the University of Maine and the University of New Hampshire, shows modern snowfall levels in the Alaska Range at the highest in at least 1,200 years, averaging some 18 feet per year from around 8 feet per year from 1600-1840. [Snip] The research was based on an analysis of two ice core samples collected at 13,000...
  • Here's How Many People Have Left the EPA Since Scott Pruitt Took Over [Winning!]

    12/16/2017 10:10:38 AM PST · by Simon Foxx · 61 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | 12/16/2017 | Courtney O'Brien
    The Environmental Protection Agency has shrunk considerably since Scott Pruitt took over as administrator. In fact, the agency is back to President Reagan-era staff levels. Over 700 EPA personnel have either retired, quit, or taken voluntary buyouts since Pruitt took over...
  • Killer roads, rail tracks snuff out wild animals

    12/15/2017 11:13:54 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 11 replies
    The Hindustan Times ^ | December 15, 2017 | Badri Chatterjee
    Hours before sunrise on a cool February night this year, a four-year-old male leopard waited behind a bush along the National Highway 8 that cuts through the Tungareshwar Wildlife Sanctuary in Maharasthra. As vehicles zipped passed along the high-speed motorway, it waited for a break in traffic to make it to the other side. But traffic never ceases on the Mumbai-Ahmedabad highway and the leopard had no other option but to take the risk. It was the big cat’s last sprint. As it reached the middle of the road, the leopard was stunned by the bright headlights of an incoming...
  • Jerry Brown Blames Fires On Global Warming. Here's Why That's Insane (poor Moonbeam alert)

    12/10/2017 9:43:37 PM PST · by Zakeet · 23 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | December 10, 2017 | Michael Bastasch
    California Governor Jerry Brown said the wildfires ravaging the greater Los Angeles area are part of a "new normal" residents can expect due to man-made global warming. [Snip] "With climate change, some scientists are saying that Southern California is literally burning up," Brown said, according to CNN. "So we have to have the resources to combat the fires and we also have to invest in managing the vegetation and forests ... in a place that's getting hotter." Brown's statements, though ominous, aren’t in line with the scientific consensus.
  • Massachusetts AG Maura Healey wants climate change warnings on gas pumps

    12/09/2017 1:32:41 PM PST · by Zakeet · 101 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | December 8, 2017 | John Siciliano
    Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey wants gas station owners to post warnings at the pump that say customers are spurring climate change by filling up their tanks. The idea came up in oral arguments in Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court Tuesday in a case challenging Exxon Mobil's record on addressing the threat of global warming and the attorney general's claim that the company misinformed the public over the threat. Justice Frank Gaziano asked how gas stations are involved in "deception or fraud related to climate change." "Because, your honor, the gas sold at those gas stations is among the premier contributors...
  • Answering Objections about Genetically Modified Organisms

    12/07/2017 4:01:09 PM PST · by Kaslin · 97 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 7, 2017 | Tracy Miller
    Opponents of genetically modified (GM) crops raise a number of questions and objections to growing them and including them in the food supply. Although they cite scientific research to support their claims, a careful review of the literature suggests there is very little evidence to support any of the claims about harmful health effects of GM food. For this reason, combined with the many potential benefits, governments should not restrict the use of genetically modified organisms (GMOs).Opponents place a great deal of emphasis on the fact that many GM crops have been engineered to be resistant to glyphosate, the active...
  • Trump Is Rolling Back Obama’s Last-Minute Land Grab. Here’s What Must Come Next.

    12/06/2017 10:45:15 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 20 replies
    The Daily Signal ^ | December 5, 2017 | Matt Anderson
    Today marked an important moment as President Donald Trump made much-needed changes to sweeping land use designations made under previous administrations. The Trump administration listened to the combined voices of individual citizens, tribal members, small communities, and elected officials from the county, state, and federal levels. In doing so, Trump has responded to Utahns’ calls by dramatically reducing the size of both the Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante national monuments, which had a combined land mass larger than the state of Connecticut. This is a good step forward in reforming a law that has too easily been abused to drown...
  • Carbon Taxes Increase Global CO2 Emissions. Period.

    12/01/2017 2:21:14 PM PST · by Thalean · 9 replies
    National Economics Editorial ^ | Dec 2, 2017 | Spencer P Morrison
    As the hysteria over global warming heats up, carbon taxes have become the “cool” option. Environmentalists love them. So do politicians, who are more than happy to raise taxes while scoring political points. Carbon taxes, or other analogous pricing schemes, are now prevalent in Western Europe, and are making headway in North America. For example, California recently joined forces with the Canadian Provinces of Ontario and Quebec to create an integrated cap-and-trade carbon market. On top of this, many well-known economists support carbon taxes, thinking they’re the best way to mitigate man’s contribution to climate change. A new report written...
  • Fish die as Lower Santa Cruz is diverted for Ina bridge construction

    11/23/2017 8:16:31 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 17 replies
    Tucson.com ^ | November 13/20, 2017 | Tony Davis, Arizona Daily Star
    Up to 1,000 non-native fish died in the Lower Santa Cruz River, a retired fish biologist says, because a state contractor diverted river water for an Ina Road bridge construction project. The diversion moved the river’s treated sewage effluent from the west bank to the east bank, away from the towering, shady willow trees along the west bank. It ended Friday, a little more than a week after it started, when the contractor dug a new channel near the bridge site to reverse the effluent’s course back to the west bank. The diversion “was a necessary part of the construction,”...
  • Scientists Say Earth Is Doomed Without 'Urgent' Action — Just Like They Did 25 Years Ago

    11/15/2017 4:15:51 AM PST · by IBD editorial writer · 38 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 11/14/2017 | Staff
    Environment: This week, thousands of scientists issued a bleak and terrifying "second notice" to mankind about how we will destroy the planet unless we take "urgent" action. If this warning is as reliable as the first notice these scientists issued in 1992, we have nothing to worry about. In an article published in the journal Bioscience, 15,364 scientists warned that we are "jeopardizing our future" and that "immediate action" is needed to "safeguard our imperiled biosphere." "Soon it will be too late to shift course away from our failing trajectory, and time is running out," the scientists say. The article...