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  • Global Warming, Empty Gestures

    12/18/2014 6:37:24 AM PST · by Kaslin · 9 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 18, 2014 | Debra J. Saunders
    I have a theory as to why Americans don't worry all that much about global warming: High-profile purveyors of climate change don't push for reductions in greenhouse gases so much as focus on berating people who do not agree with their opinions. They call themselves champions of "the science" yet focus on ideology more than tangible results. Their language is downright evangelical. Recently, science guy Bill Nye joined other experts who objected to the media's use of the term "climate skeptic." They released a statement that concluded, "Please stop using the word 'skeptic' to describe deniers." Deniers? Like Judas? Why,...
  • Yak Dung Is Making Climate Change Worse ... And there’s no easy solution.

    12/15/2014 10:35:29 AM PST · by Zakeet · 34 replies
    Slate ^ | December 4, 2014 | Eric Holthaus
    It gets pretty cold this time of year in Tibet. For centuries, the solution to this problem was a win-win: just burn that huge pile of yak dung that’s been accumulating all summer. For millions of nomadic Tibetans, it’s a system that works. But that system comes at a hefty cost. Tibetan homes have some of the worst indoor air pollution in the world, and the soot the dung fires release is a big contributor to climate change. Yak dung, when used as fuel, is arguably dirtier than coal but is definitely much cheaper. Particulate pollution from burning animal dung...
  • All for the Cause: Greenpeace Cultural Terrorists Desecrate Peru’s Nazca Lines

    12/12/2014 9:44:29 AM PST · by bardettespy · 23 replies
    The Ohio Miner ^ | December 12, 2014 | Jaime de la Cruz and Victoria Saldivar Palomino
    “What’s done cannot be undone.” Lady Macbeth Never in living memory has there been such a heartbreaking cultural calamity as that inflicted earlier this week by Greenpeace on the 2,000-year-old Nazca Lines in Peru. The only exception, perhaps, would be the Taliban’s destruction of the Bamiyan Buddhas in Afghanistan in 2001. It is poetic therefore, in a morbid sort of way, that both acts of cultural sacrilege were committed by terrorist organizations. The Taliban, of course, are conventional terrorists whose heinous acts of violence have claimed countless lives across the globe. But Greenpeace, by its actions in Nazca, is just...
  • Greenpeace Damages Ancient Nazca Lines; Peru to Prosecute

    12/11/2014 6:52:40 AM PST · by Jabba the Nutt · 25 replies
    ricochet.com ^ | 12/10/2014 | Jon Gabriel
    The United Nations is holding climate talks in Lima, Peru, featuring delegates from 190 countries. To get their attention, the anti-science extremists of Greenpeace illegally entered a prohibited area adjacent to one of the most famous Nazca Lines. The activists trampled across the fragile, 1,500-year-old site to install large cloth letters reading: “Time for Change; The Future is Renewable.” To put it mildly, Peruvian officials are not amused.
  • Obama Revives Ozone Regulation He Once Opposed for Being 'Too Severe a Burden' on Economy

    12/10/2014 4:18:59 PM PST · by george76 · 19 replies
    Breitbart News ^ | 8 Dec 2014 | Marita Noon
    Late on Thanksgiving eve, with no one paying attention, the Obama administration released its regulatory road map of thousands of regulations for 2015. Within the bundle of more than 3,000 regulations lies a rule on ozone that President Obama himself in 2011 “put on ice” in effort to reduce “regulatory burdens and regulatory uncertainty, particularly as our economy continues to recover.” Regarding the 2011 decision that shocked environmental groups, the New York Times recently stated: “At the time, Mr. Obama said the regulation would impose too severe a burden on industry and local governments at a time of economic distress.”...
  • 100 National and State Parks Could Fail to Comply with EPA’s New Ozone Regulations

    12/10/2014 4:09:11 PM PST · by OneLoyalAmerican · 37 replies
    American Action Forum ^ | December 8, 2014 | Sam Batkins, Catrina Rorke
    With the release of EPA’s 600-plus page proposal on ozone, all attention turns to the fine details of such an expansive regulation. American Action Forum (AAF) research found that 100 national and state parks might not the meet EPA’s standards of 60-70 parts per billion (ppb). Hardly transportation corridors and centers of heavy pollution, many observers would be surprised to know that Death Valley National Park, Sequoia National Park, and Cape Cod National Seashore have ozone readings of 71 to 87 ppb. The map below details the geographic distribution of state and national parks in danger of EPA’s non-attainment label...
  • Hillary Clinton: Climate changing 'no matter what deniers may say'

    12/02/2014 1:04:28 PM PST · by Zakeet · 104 replies
    The Hill ^ | December 2, 2014 | Peter Sullivan
    Hillary Clinton argued for forceful action to fight climate change in an environmental speech on Monday night, but did not mention the controversial Keystone pipeline. [Snip] “The science of climate change is unforgiving, no matter what the deniers may say, sea levels are rising, ice caps are melting, storms, droughts and wildfires are wreaking havoc,” Clinton said, according to ABC News. “The political challenges are also unforgiving, there is no getting around the fact the kind of ambitious response required to effectively combat climate change is going to be a tough sell at home and around the world at a...
  • The Republicans' strategy to block Obama’s regulations

    11/30/2014 5:19:02 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 27 replies
    The Hill ^ | November 30, 2014 | Tim Devaney and Lydia Wheeler
    The GOP is preparing to mount a full-scale assault on President Obama’s regulatory agenda, using the party’s strengthened hand in Congress to delay, soften or block contentious administration rules at every turn. As long as Obama sits atop the executive branch, Republicans’ power to derail scores of rulemaking efforts now under way is limited. But control of both the House and Senate in the next Congress will enable GOP lawmakers to ratchet up their attacks on what they view as overzealous regulation. “So long as we have this president the federal agencies can go around Congress," said Sen. Jim Inhofe...
  • The Gruberization of Environmental Policies

    11/28/2014 11:57:49 AM PST · by Kaslin · 6 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 · 27 replies
    Business Insider ^ | November 27, 2014 | Alex Heber
    There’s 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 isn’t 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 planet’s 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 O’Malley 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 O’Malley 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: ‘It’s 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 president’s environmental actions of the past quarter-century — a reality check for Republicans who think last week’s election gave them a mandate to end what they call the White House’s “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 president’s environmental actions of the past quarter-century — a reality check for Republicans who think last week’s election gave them a mandate to end what they call the White House’s “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 Earth’s 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 Earth’s 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 Obama’s 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 nation’s top environmental organizations, and provided to The Hill, summarizes in detail the plan hatched by the groups to put climate change on...
  • It’s 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, todayÂ’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, todayÂ’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 Don’t 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 Canada’s oil-sands crude supertanker access to the same Louisiana and Texas refineries Keystone was meant to supply. And: … if you’re a fed-up Canadian, like Prime...
  • ‘Doing an IRS’? EPA can’t find top official’s 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 that’s 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 that’s 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 Smithsonian’s 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 statewide anti-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: America’s 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, you’d 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 Doesn’t 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 wasn’t 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 Emperor’s 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 Clinton’s 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 don’t think there is a law that you can punish those politicians under,” Kennedy told Climate Depot in a one-on-one interview during the People’s 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 Tuesday’s 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 aren’t 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 Reid’s febrile mind, Charles and David Koch are twin volcanoes. They mercilessly belch hot, noxious gases into Earth’s feeble atmosphere. Maybe the evil Koch brothers can’t 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. That’s 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 Obama’s 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...