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  • Trampling on Coal Country Families

    08/16/2014 11:50:09 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 7 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 16, 2014 | Paul Driessen
    Between 1989 and 2010, Congress rejected nearly 700 cap-tax-and-trade and similar bills that their proponents claimed would control Earth’s perpetually fickle climate and weather. So even as real world crises erupt, President Obama is using executive fiats and regulations to impose his anti-hydrocarbon agenda, slash America’s fossil fuel use, bankrupt coal and utility companies, make electricity prices skyrocket, and “fundamentally transform” our economic, social, legal and constitutional system. Citing climate concerns, he has refused to permit construction of the Keystone XL pipeline, and blocked or delayed Alaskan, western state and offshore oil and gas leasing and drilling. He’s proud that...
  • Charlie Crist Flies Private Jet to Global Warming Media Event [Jet Owned by Serial Polluter!]

    08/13/2014 2:21:06 PM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 17 replies
    MediaTrackers ^ | 8/8/14 | James Taylor
    Charlie Crist flew in a private jet from Tampa to Tallahassee to hold a press conference about the importance of reducing carbon dioxide emissions. Ironically, the private jet Crist used for his climate presser is owned by James Finch, who has repeatedly been forced to pay fines to the Florida Department of Environmental Protection for unlawful pollution. Finch’s company paid fines for unlawfully polluting water in the Gulf of Mexico near Apalachicola Bay and the Apalachicola National Forest. Crist has recently criticized a new initiative by Scott to spend $1 billion to improve water quality in the state, with a...
  • Kerry visits Solomon Islands, sees WWII memorials (and talks “climate change”)

    08/12/2014 9:55:11 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 14 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Aug 13, 12:39 AM EDT | Matthew Lee
    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry paid a visit Wednesday to the Solomon Islands in the South Pacific, where he met the tiny nation’s leaders and commemorated the ferocious World War II battles fought on Guadalcanal. Kerry met with Solomon’s Prime Minister Gordon Lilo and Governor General Frank Kabui to discuss sustainable development, ocean preservation and how the islands’ 600,000 residents are coping with the effects of climate change. …
  • “Climate-smart” Policies for Africa are Stupid

    08/09/2014 7:21:25 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 10 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 9, 2014 | Paul Driessen
    The 2014 US-Africa Leaders Summit hosted by President Obama this past week brought together the largest-ever gathering of African government officials in Washington, DC. They discussed ways to bolster trade and investment by American companies on a continent where a billion people – including 200 million aged 15 to 24 – are becoming wealthier and better educated. They have steadily rising expectations and recognize the pressing need to create jobs, improve security, reduce corruption, and control diseases like Ebola, HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria. They also understand that better roads and air transportation, improved agriculture and nutrition, and far more energy...
  • When Ideology Trumps Science: Neil deGrasse Tyson and Cosmos on Global Warming

    08/07/2014 5:48:05 AM PDT · by Heartlander · 23 replies
    Evolution News and Views ^ | August 6, 2014 | Jay W. Richards
    When Ideology Trumps Science: Neil deGrasse Tyson and Cosmos on Global Warming Jay W. Richards August 6, 2014 1:15 PM | Permalink I finally had a chance to watch the twelfth, penultimate episode of Cosmos, "The World Set Free." I was out of the country in June when it originally aired, but since there's no doubt the series is headed into the schools and remains relevant, I'll take this opportunity to comment. The episode stands out from most previous installments. Just when we've grown accustomed to circuitous narrative threads with obscure segues from one topic to the next, we get...
  • Going Green In The Name of Tyranny

    07/18/2014 10:09:38 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 5 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 18, 2014 | Gabriella Hoffman
    It’s undeniable that most, if not all, Americans want to preserve and protect the environment. No one truly wants to live in squalor or breathe in dirty air. No one truly intends to destroy nature or kill all wildlife. No one truly desires to harm the planet. Modern-day environmentalism is perceived as a benign, “hip” cause. All the celebrities are doing it, so it must be great—right? On the surface “going green” seems harmless. We’re told that “going green” will absolve us for our supposed transgressions against the environment. Certainly Mother Earth will forgive us for developing our beautiful planet...
  • Disinvestment of Fossil Fuels -- Symbolism and Hypocrisy

    07/13/2014 5:46:53 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 9 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 13, 2014 | Debra J. Saunders
    A group called Fossil Free UC wants regents to divest the University of California's endowment fund of all fossil fuel holdings. "As one of the leading public institutions in the world, we have the privilege and the responsibility to take action where we can influence change," Fossil Free UC explains on its website. This is the global-warming movement at its most honest. Its goal is not change, which requires sacrifice in a plugged-in age; its goal is to "influence change" -- to wit, wag a finger at others and demand they do something symbolic and politically correct. What better...
  • EPA Fast Becoming The Green IRS

    07/10/2014 4:31:29 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 24 replies
    Investors.com ^ | July 10, 2014 | IBD Editorial
    Big Government: The EPA is now claiming the authority to bypass courts and, on its own, garnish the paychecks and attach the assets of those it accuses of violating its rules. And, as with the IRS, its hard drives also crash. The Environmental Protection Agency's insatiable lust for power has now gone beyond being the pen and the phone for President Obama's climate change, bypassing both the Constitution and the Congress in enacting rules and regulations that the American people and their representatives did not enact or even support. Through an announcement in the Federal Register, the agency is claiming...
  • Holding Greenpeace Accountable

    07/05/2014 4:47:08 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 10 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 5, 2014 | Paul Driessen
    Fossil fuel and insurance company executives “could face personal liability for funding climate denialism and opposing policies to fight climate change,” Greenpeace recently warned several corporations. In a letter co-signed by WWF International and the Center for International Environmental Law, the Rainbow Warriors ($155 million in 2013 global income) suggested that legal action might be possible. Meanwhile, the WWF ($927 million in 2013 global income) filed a formal complaint against Peabody Energy for “misleading readers” in advertisements that say coal-based electricity can improve lives in developing countries. The ads are not “decent, honest and veracious,” as required by Belgian law,...
  • Holyoke farmers mkt to get visit from bicyclists highlighting concerns about proposed…Gas Pipeline

    07/03/2014 10:38:38 AM PDT · by matt04 · 6 replies
    ix members of the Climate Summer 2014 Team Western Mass. have been bicycling across the state and will be at the farmers' market here Thursday (July 3) to highlight concerns about the proposed expansion of the Tennessee Gas Pipeline. The expansion of the pipeline in the Northeastern United States is believed to include a route through Franklin County, though a company spokesman said routes haven't been finalized and the company is committed to public safety and protection of the environment. Tennessee Gas Pipeline is part of the Kinder-Morgan company of Houston, Texas. The proposed mainline route of the company's Northeast...
  • Green groups tie Iowa Senate nominee to Palin

    06/24/2014 1:32:36 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 5 replies
    The Hill's Ballot Box ^ | June 24, 2014 | Cameron Joseph
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK) A coalition of environmental groups is going after Iowa state Sen. Joni Ernst (R), tying her to former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin (R) and Charles and David Koch in a new ad. The League of Conservation Voters, Sierra Club and Environmental Defense Fund are backing the spot, part of a planned $1 million push to help elect Rep. Bruce Braley (D-Iowa) to the Senate. The ad features footage of Palin's endorsement of Ernst during the primary, before attacking Ernst for her calls to shut down the Department of Education and abolish the Environmental Protection Agency. "That's why extremist Sarah...
  • Lost Jobs Are Simply 'Collateral Damage' To Environmentalists

    06/19/2014 6:32:19 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 9 replies
    IBD ^ | 06/19/2014
    The head of a leading environmental group recently defended job losses from the Obama administration's new anti-carbon regulations as "collateral damage" in the fight against global warming. Joseph Schumpeter must be turning over in his grave. Writing in the Huffington Post, William Becker of the Climate Action Project praised the new Environmental Protection Agency regulations to stop climate change, and wrote that "there is nothing explicit in the (Obama) plan to mitigate or adapt to the economic disruption the clean energy transition will cause for coal and oil-country families." These families thrown out of work, he said, are an "evolutionary...
  • Just Assume We Have a Climate Crisis

    05/31/2014 1:00:27 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 6 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 31, 2014 | Paul Driessen
    Climate modelers and disaster proponents remind me of four guys who were marooned on an island, after their plane went down. The engineer began drawing plans for a boat; the lumberjack cut trees to build it; the pilot plotted a course to the nearest known civilization. But the economist just sat there. The exasperated workers asked him why he wasn’t helping. “I don’t see the problem,” he replied. “Why can’t we just assume we have a boat, and simply leave?” In the case of climate change, those making the assumptions demand that we act immediately to avert planetary crises based...
  • The Left Doesn't Really Believe in Climate Change

    05/27/2014 2:09:17 PM PDT · by inkling · 28 replies
    Ricochet.com ^ | May 27, 2014 | Jon Gabriel
    The sky is always falling. If the new ice age doesn’t do us in, the ozone hole will. The instant DDT is banned, aerosols must follow. Global warming is replaced by climate change is replaced by “global weirding.” And what is the solution to these often-contradictory scenarios? We anachronists who retain a bias toward the hard sciences would employ very different measures to prevent a freezing ocean and a boiling one. To an engineer, soldier or plumber, this is obvious. But how do leaders of the environmental left address these opposing doomsdays? By raising taxes, increasing government, impeding capitalism and...
  • Does 1979 newspaper column shed light on 2008 campaign story? (Obama funding)

    09/23/2012 3:07:39 PM PDT · by CutePuppy · 38 replies
    Daily Inter Lake ^ | Septwmber 22, 2012 | Frank Miele
    Searching old newspapers is one of my favorite pastimes, and I have tried to use them many times to shed light on current events - or to inform readers about how the past is prologue to our very interesting present-day quandaries. Recently, I came across a syndicated column from November 1979 that seemed to point 30 years into the future toward an obscure campaign issue that arose briefly in the 2008 presidential campaign. Though by no means definitive, it provides an interesting insight, at least, into how Chicago politics intersected with the black power movement and Middle Eastern money at...
  • Americans Need To Wake Up To Green Movement's Radicalism

    05/02/2014 4:48:06 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 29 replies
    Investors.com ^ | May 2, 2014 | Stephen Moore
    Can Opinion Turn Against Not-So-Jolly Green Giant?How much of a toll on the American economy does the green movement have to charge before Americans start to wake up to the dastardliness of radical environmentalism? Last month we saw firsthand one impact of Big Green on our economy with the White House announcement that the Keystone XL pipeline won't be built for at least six more months. Ten thousand blue collar jobs, almost all paying more than $50,000 a year, down the drain. It's a project that polls show almost all Americans want, except for the deep-pocketed green elite in Hollywood,...
  • The environmental apocalypse

    04/24/2014 2:31:27 AM PDT · by LibWhacker · 7 replies
    Sultan Knish ^ | 4-23-14 | Daniel Greenfield
    Early in the morning, while most are still sleeping, groups of elderly Chinese women spread out across city streets. They tear open trash bags, pick through the litter and sort out bottles and cans that come with a deposit. And then they bring them to the local supermarket to a machine that scans and evaluates each can, accepting and rejecting them one by one, and finally printing out a receipt. The interaction between the elderly immigrant who speaks broken English or the homeless man who is barely holding it together... and the machine is a stark contrast between what the...
  • Petition to denounce Tom Steyer: It’s time for a little Koch Brothers jiu-jitsu on the left

    04/22/2014 7:38:22 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 16 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 04/22/2014 | Thomas Lifson
    It’s time for a little Koch Brothers jiu-jitsu on the left, in particular former Labor Secretary Robert Reich. Over at MoveOn.org, Reich has launched a petition for people to sign to publicly “denounce’ and “condemn” the Koch Brothers for making their legal political donations.  As Bookworm put it, So far, 202,240 people have signed a document that could easily have come from the revolutionaries in China during Mao’s deadly Cultural Revolution (Nien Cheng’s Life and Death in Shanghai vividly illustrates that terrible time); or from the Kremlin during the height of Soviet Kangaroo trials; or from East Germany’s Stasi state (see, e.g, the...
  • A Message from the California Public Utilities Commission

    04/18/2014 11:29:31 AM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 30 replies
    email inbox | April 19, 2014 | PG&E
    Look for a Climate Credit from the State of California on Your April Utility Bill This month your electricity bill will include a credit identified as the "California Climate Credit." Twice a year, in April and October, your household and millions of others throughout the state will receive this credit on your electricity bills. The Climate Credit is a payment to Californians from a program designed to fight climate change by limiting the amount of greenhouse gas pollution that our largest industries put into the atmosphere. This program is one of many developed as a result of landmark legislation called...
  • BLM officials hear pleas to void oil and gas leases [CO]

    04/18/2014 10:33:54 AM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 35 replies
    Aspen daily News ^ | April 18, 2014 | by Brent Gardner-Smith
    About 80 people showed up at a meeting in Aspen on Thursday on whether the BLM should void 65 oil and gas leases in the region, including 25 in the Thompson Divide area. Two-thirds of the way through the meeting in the basement of the Pitkin County Library, every person who had spoke urged the 13 BLM officials in attendance to cancel the leases, which were first authorized in a 1993 environmental impact statement. “We’re very much in favor of voiding the leases, specifically within the Thompson Divide area,” said Rob Ittner, the chair of the Pitkin County Board of...
  • Solar companies learn to play nice with environmentalists [setting aside land]

    04/17/2014 5:00:27 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 36 replies
    GIGAOM ^ | flashback AUG. 9, 2011 | by Ucilia Wang
    As more solar farms arise in the sunny corners of the U.S., it’s inevitable that solar developers will have to play ball with environmentalists. First Solar and SunPower announced an agreement with the environmental groups to add thousands of acres near their projects for wildlife protection. As more solar farms arise in the sunny corners of the U.S., it’s inevitable that solar developers will have to play ball with environmental groups. First Solar and SunPower announced an agreement on Tuesday with the Sierra Club and others to add thousands of acres near their proposed projects for wildlife protection. The agreement...
  • Obama, Biden to announce millions for job training

    04/16/2014 1:21:18 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 44 replies
    CNN ^ | April 16, 2014 | CNN White House Producer Kevin Liptak
    (CNN) – Hoping to help close the gap between workers' skills and the needs of businesses, President Barack Obama on Wednesday will announce he's putting hundreds of millions toward job training programs that produce highly skilled workers. Obama and Vice President Joe Biden will head to a community college in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania to make the announcement. The funding will come in two parts: $500 million toward a new job training competition that pairs community colleges with businesses, and $100 million for new apprenticeship programs to train workers. The White House says the new initiatives are meant to combat a...
  • New Godzilla trailer gives fans a proper look at the terrifying monster... and Bryan Cranston's..

    04/07/2014 5:58:09 AM PDT · by C19fan · 44 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | April 7, 2014 | Sarah Bull
    It's one of the most famous monster stories of all time. And now Godzilla has had a reboot - complete with incredible special effects and an amazing cast - for a new blockbuster due for release this summer. A new extended trailer for the movie, which stars Bryan Cranston and Aaron Taylor-Johnson, shows the back story of Bryan's nuclear physicist character Joe Brody, as well as the first proper look at the terrifying monster.
  • No meat at ‘Noah’ party

    03/29/2014 3:58:30 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 55 replies
    The New York Post's Page Six ^ | March 28, 2014 | Richard Johnson
  • Going Green A Luxury Good For Rich At Expense Of Poor

    03/27/2014 4:54:24 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 7 replies
    Investors.com ^ | March 27, 2014 | IBD Editorial
    Saving The Planet: It used to be said that socialism was the opium of the liberal intelligentsia. But now the drug of choice for the elite is environmentalism. The dirty little secret of the modern green movement is that it's become a luxury good for the uber-rich who espouse policies — from carbon taxes to renewable energy standards to closing down coal plants — that impose high costs on poor people who can least afford to pay the green tab. A Pew Research Center poll released last week offers further confirmation of this truism. It found that only two major...
  • 100% RENEWABLE ENERGY IS FEASIBLE AND AFFORDABLE, ACCORDING TO STANFORD PROPOSAL

    03/09/2014 12:37:41 PM PDT · by matt04 · 73 replies
    One of the greatest promises of the high-tech future, whether made explicitly or implicitly through shiny clean concept sketches, is that we will have efficient energy that doesn’t churn pollutants into the air and onto the streets. But here in the present, politicians and even many clean energy advocates maintain that a world run on hydrogen and wind, water and solar power is not yet possible due to technical challenges like energy storage and cost. Yet Stanford University researchers led by civil engineer Mark Jacobson have developed detailed plans for each state in the union that to move to 100...
  • Hidden dangers of solar panels

    02/20/2014 4:14:53 PM PST · by matt04 · 20 replies
    Lots of people have installed solar panels into their homes and businesses in an effort to help the environment and save some money, but the 22News I-Team has discovered solar panels could be dangerous in an emergency. More and more families and businesses in western Mass. are using the sun to go green, installing solar panels to generate power, but as these become more common in western Mass., fire departments are faced with new challenges. “There certainly have been examples with power being backfed into the site that have killed firefighters in adjacent states,” said Northampton Fire Chief Brian Duggan....
  • Revealed: how green ideology turned a deluge into a flood

    02/17/2014 2:55:46 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 21 replies
    The Spectator ^ | February 15, 2014 | Christopher Booker
    It has taken six long weeks to uncover the real hidden reasons why, from the West Country to the Thames Valley, the flooding caused by the wettest January on record has led to such an immense national disaster. Only now have the two ‘smoking guns’ finally come to light which show just how and why all this chaos and misery has resulted directly from a massive system failure in the curious way our country is governed. Because I live in Somerset, I first became aware that something very disturbing was going on back around the new year. As it became...
  • Sunny Colorado is losing ground in solar energy jobs

    02/15/2014 8:16:10 AM PST · by rktman · 4 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 2/13/2014 | unknown
    Colorado may be known for its abundant sunshine, but employment in the solar energy sector is looking cloudy — solar industry jobs have declined by 32 percent since 2010, according to a newly released survey by the Solar Foundation. Colorado saw a zero percent increase in solar sector jobs from 2012-2013, while such jobs increased by nearly 20 percent nationwide. The high-profile bankruptcy of Abound Solar in 2012, which cost 400 jobs, could have something to do with those numbers, but solar advocacy organization Environment Colorado lays the blame on what could have potential longer-term effects on the market —...
  • Energy official: Electricity prices to soar 80 percent, thanks to EPA coal regulations

    02/12/2014 3:13:22 PM PST · by matt1234 · 24 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | FEBRUARY 11, 2014 | Ashe Schow
    Regulations for new coal plants would increase electricity prices by as much as 80 percent, an Obama administration official told lawmakers on Tuesday. Julio Friedmann, deputy assistant secretary for clean coal at the DEPArtment of Energy, told members of the House Energy and Commerce Committee's oversight board that carbon capture and storage technology was still not ready for prime time. “The precise number will vary, but for first generation we project $70 to $90 per ton [on the wholesale price of electricity],” Friedmann said. “For second generation, it will be more like a $40 to $50 per ton price. Second...
  • The Costs of the Environmentalism Cult: Nature will kill you

    02/11/2014 7:15:56 AM PST · by bestintxas · 12 replies
    front page ^ | 2/11/14 | b thornton
    California is in the third year of a drought, but the problem isn’t a lack of water. The snowfall in the Sierra provides enough to help us ride out the years of drought. All we need to do is store it. But California hasn’t built a new dam in 35 years. Worse than that, every year we dump 1.6 million acre-feet of water––about enough to serve 3.2 million families for a year––into the Pacific Ocean in order to protect an allegedly “endangered” 3-inch bait-fish called the Delta smelt. California’s $45 billion agricultural industry, a global breadbasket that produces nearly half...
  • CT lawmaker proposes ban on plastic bags

    02/10/2014 4:45:34 PM PST · by matt04 · 28 replies
    One state lawmaker is now hoping more people will make the switch to cloth bags, and is calling for a tax on plastic bags. Imagine not having a ball of plastic bags in a drawer somewhere in your house. Soon, in our state, asking for a plastic bag may cost you more money. That's what environmentalists are hoping for - a ban on plastic bags in Connecticut. Close to 100 cities and counties across the country have already done it, the biggest city being Los Angeles. People in those cities told various news outlets that the ban is working fine....
  • Obama launches 'climate hubs' to help farmers, communities

    02/05/2014 1:59:43 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 27 replies
    The Hill ^ | February 5, 2014 | By Laura Barron-Lopez
    The Obama administration will announce the establishment of regional hubs focused on mitigating climate change on Wednesday. The hubs are the first-ever regional centers that will focus solely on risk adaptation and climate change solutions at seven locations across the country. "On the heels of passage of the farm bill, the administration will take executive action to help farmers, ranchers and rural communities combat climate change and adapt to extreme weather and other damage it causes," a White House official said in an email ahead of Wednesday's announcement. Dubbed "climate hubs," the new centers will address issues like increasing risks...
  • Cosmic Newsflash: God Controls the Climate, Not Man!

    01/28/2014 5:15:57 PM PST · by Clintons-B-Gone · 12 replies
    Clash Daily ^ | January 28, 2014 | R.G. Yoho
    When I was in elementary school, scientists were telling us that we were headed for another ice age. A little over forty years later, they were telling us that we were facing global warming. This week it was reported that we just experienced the coldest January we’ve seen in over a century. Perhaps that is the reason the scientific community is longer calling it global warming.
  • UN Chief: Communism Is the Environment’s Only Hope

    01/20/2014 10:35:03 AM PST · by Kaslin · 57 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 20, 2014 | Michael Schaus
    Well… On the bright side: The UN Climate Chief has finally decided to adopt a certain modicum of honesty in her crusade to rid the world of pollution. As suspected by capitalists, free market advocates, and anyone who read into the redistributive agenda of the UN Climate Scientists, Christiana Figueres has suggested that only communism is capable of successfully fighting global warming and “climate change”. Of course it’s a strange statement, given the Soviet Union’s abysmal record on environmental issues, and red China’s horrific display of environmental abuse. Figueres even went so far as to suggest that communist China is...
  • Deep Green Resistance - Study this proto terrorist website

    01/04/2014 10:06:49 AM PST · by Yollopoliuhqui · 29 replies
    DGR Website ^ | Recent | Deep Green Resistance
    Deep Green Resistance is an analysis, a strategy, and the only organization of its kind.

 As an analysis, it reveals civilization as the institution that is destroying life on Earth. As a strategy, it offers a concrete plan for how to stop that destruction. As an organization, Deep Green Resistance is implementing that strategy. The goal of DGR is to deprive the rich of their ability to steal from the poor and the powerful of their ability to destroy the planet. This is a vast undertaking but it needs to be said: it can be done. Industrial civilization can be...
  • California Officially Working To Protect Fictional Environment

    01/03/2014 12:36:21 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 12 replies
    Political Outcast ^ | January 3, 2013 | Mark Horne
    The fact that a state legislature would decree population density mandates to cities in the state is an intolerable tyranny. Naturally, the California legislature is doing it. But it has officially decided to worry about the environment of a fantasy world, not the real one.
  • Brad Pitt's charity houses begin to rot

    01/02/2014 9:36:57 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 73 replies
    O ver two dozen houses which were built by Hollywood star Brad Pitt's charity for the victims of 2005 Hurricane Katrina have started to rot from the inside out. While the blame-game is on between the Pitt's charity 'Make It Right New Orleans' and the house building company, the owners of the houses, which are situated at the Ninth Ward in New Orleans, are worried about the deteriorating condition of their homes, reported Radar Online. "The wood turned gray and it was also black," a homeowner, who has been living in the house for four years, said. "Also some parts...
  • Industry, not environmentalists, killed traditional bulbs

    01/01/2014 1:17:48 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 101 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 01/01/2014 | Timothy Carney
    Say goodbye to the regular light bulb this New Year. For more than a century, the traditional incandescent bulb was the symbol of American innovation. Starting Jan. 1, the famous bulb is illegal to manufacture in the U.S., and it has become a fitting symbol for the collusion of big business and big government. The 2007 Energy Bill, a stew of regulations and subsidies, set mandatory efficiency standards for most light bulbs. Any bulbs that couldn't produce a given brightness at the specified energy input would be illegal. That meant the 25-cent bulbs most Americans used in nearly every socket...
  • Iconic airboats won’t be part of Everglades culture for much longer

    12/27/2013 11:30:46 AM PST · by ExSoldier · 90 replies
    The Miami Herald ^ | 12/27/13 | Sue Cocking
    Privately operated airboats, icons of the Gladesmen culture of the Everglades, will be dwindling in number because the Park Service isn’t granting any new licenses.
  • Fracking Saves Water

    12/25/2013 3:46:37 PM PST · by Kaslin · 13 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | Nicole Bailey
    Contrary to the conventional teachings of environmentalists, hydraulic fracturing (i.e., fracking) has at least one major environmental benefit: saving water. Although most Americans are disturbingly ignorant about fracking, it is an issue of critical importance not only with respect to the environment but also in foreign policy and the economy. Typically, the debate is framed around priorities. If you care more about the environment, you are against fracking; but if you care more about energy independence and domestic economic opportunities, you are for fracking. However, a new study out of the University of Texas at Austin - one of...
  • Risqué environmental underwear raises eyebrows in Czech Republic

    12/21/2013 9:40:14 AM PST · by Innovative · 33 replies
    UK Telegraph ^ | Dec 20, 2013 | Matthew Day
    The Czech Republic’s environment ministry has come under fire for ordering 1,000 pairs of male and female underwear adorned with images of endangered animals as part of an end-of-year budget splurge. The environment ministry will use the beaver and cormorant pants as promotional materials for its Czech Nature campaign, which aims to encourage people to take an active role in environmental protection. With allegations of frivolous government spending on pants filling the press, the underwear spat even overshadowed controversy surrounding the environment ministry’s purchase of 130 new cars for its ministerial fleet.
  • Kerry returns to Vietnam's Mekong Delta, raises environmental concerns

    12/15/2013 12:13:37 PM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 37 replies
    Canada - Yahoo ^ | December 15, 2013 | Lesley Wroughton
    TAN AN TAY VILLAGE, Vietnam (Reuters) - As John Kerry's boat winds its way along the turbid waters of the Cai Nuoc river in Vietnam's Mekong Delta, the U.S. Secretary of State is taken back to the time he spent here as a commander of an American patrol boat during the Vietnam War. But it is not only the past that brings Kerry to this remote part of the Mekong, the 12th largest river in the world. He is here to deliver a message about the growing threat of climate change and the impact it will have on the delta...
  • ‘Green’ Energy Kills Eagles

    12/09/2013 7:07:52 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 13 replies
    National Review ^ | 12/09/2013 | Robert Bryce
    We have to kill eagles in order to save them. That’s now the official policy of the U.S. Interior Department. On Friday, the agency announced that it would grant some wind-energy companies permits that will allow them to kill or injure bald and golden eagles for up to 30 years without penalty. The move is an unprecedented gift to the wind-energy industry, which has been lobbying for the 30-year permit for several years. Shortly after the deal was announced, the wind-energy lobby issued a statement that would make George Orwell proud. An official with the American Wind Energy Association declared...
  • Power struggle: Green energy versus a grid that's not ready

    12/05/2013 6:45:28 PM PST · by Mean Daddy · 8 replies
    LA Times ^ | Dec. 3rd, 2014 | Evan Halper
    WASHINGTON — In a sprawling complex of laboratories and futuristic gadgets in Golden, Colo., a supercomputer named Peregrine does a quadrillion calculations per second to help scientists figure out how to keep the lights on. Peregrine was turned on this year by the U.S. Energy Department. It has the world's largest "petascale" computing capability. It is the size of a Mack truck. Its job is to figure out how to cope with a risk from something the public generally thinks of as benign — renewable energy. Energy officials worry a lot these days about the stability of the massive patchwork...
  • Dominion Puts Finishing Touches On State's Largest Solar Project (CT)

    12/04/2013 4:48:43 PM PST · by matt04 · 20 replies
    Electricians in bright yellow coats have been tending to rows of solar panels in recent days, patching together a complex network of equipment that will be the largest of its kind in the state when it's completed in about a month. But the project — dedicated Friday at a gathering of company and public officials — won't hold the top spot forever. A project four times the size of the Somers solar center that is planned in Sprague will knock it to second when it comes online in three years. These massive projects, as well as the thousands of smaller-scale...
  • George W. Bush on Keystone XL: Just “build the damn thing” already

    11/19/2013 6:45:59 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 8 replies
    Hotair ^ | 11/19/2013 | Erika Johnsen
    At the last update, I think we were somewhere in “earlyish 2014″ territory (who can even keep up?) for the time frame in which the northern extension of the Keystone pipeline will be either approved or denied by President Obama, but by determinedly delaying on what should have/could have been a simple and bygone decision of his first term, the issue is now a ticking time bomb of highly publicized, faux-environmentalist outrageous outrage. I suppose that the dollars the president has been fundraising from well-monied, self-fancied “green” Democratic donors may have made the delay, delay, delay tactic worth it in...
  • U.S. Safety Agency Opens Inquiry Into Tesla Fires

    11/19/2013 5:24:44 PM PST · by matt04 · 11 replies
    The federal government announced on Tuesday that it had opened an investigation into two recent battery fires in the Tesla Motors Model S sedan. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s decision came amid public speculation over the electric car’s safety and the battery pack’s design after reports of three fires in six weeks. Two of the fires occurred on American highways when the cars hit debris in the road. A third, in Mexico, took place after a high-speed crash into a wall and a tree. The drivers in all three incidents were unhurt. Tesla also said late on Monday that...
  • SeaWorld fights OSHA ruling [Team Obama Attacks Orlando Tourism]

    11/12/2013 7:02:00 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 31 replies
    Sentinel Source ^ | 11/12/13 | Vivian Kuo
    No stranger to performances, SeaWorld must put on a very different kind of show today in what could be a make or break day for the aquatic entertainment giant. SeaWorld Orlando is asking a panel of three judges on a federal appeals court to overturn safety citations and a ban instituted by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration restricting the ability of humans to interact with killer whales during performances. The injunction was instituted after the death of veteran trainer Dawn Brancheau in 2010, when Tilikum, the orca she had worked with for years, dragged her into the water and...
  • Australian ministers: We’ve had just about enough of “socialism masquerading as environmentalism”

    11/11/2013 5:20:31 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 23 replies
    Hotair ^ | 11/11/2013 | Erika Johnsen
    Back in September, the relatively conservative Liberal Party swept to power in the Australian national elections, booting the Labor Party out of the hot seat and bringing in brand-new Prime Minister Tony Abbot. He campaigned on promises of rolling back some of Australia’s profligately expensive green commitments and streamlining the government’s bureaucracy, and he immediately got to work by scrapping the country’s Climate Commission and freezing renewable energy funding.The oh-so-august bureaucrats gathering in Warsaw, Poland for yet another United Nations climate conference this week usually turn up their noses at such tacky, backwards notions as fiscal sustainability, but Australia is...