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  • The hypocrisy of Green

    05/20/2015 6:31:05 AM PDT · by Baynative · 9 replies
    Examiner.com ^ | 5/19/2015 | Lorraine Yapps Cohen
    Green started as the stand against pollution. To the greenies, that pollution seldom seemed small enough, especially when the pollutants were made by evil humans rather than by nature itself. Green is no more good for saving the environment than it is for protecting the people. Green wears the badge of hypocrisy. Being green requires minimizing pollutants in products, places, people, and the environment. But it depends on what is a pollutant and how little of it is little enough. The EPA, for example, has declared CO2 a pollutant, the invisible, odorless, tasteless, non-toxic substance that sustains all life on...
  • The climate nightmare we arent taking seriously enough: President Scott Walker

    05/18/2015 1:27:33 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 62 replies
    Salon ^ | May 18, 2015 | Jeff Stein, a recent Cornell graduate and the editor of the Ithaca Voice.
    Imagine, for just a moment, the following scenario: The year is 2019 two years into the first term of President Scott Walker. The Royal Dutch Shell corporation proposes a massive expansion of its existing drilling operation in the Arctic Ocean. Shell officials note that there have been no major accidents since their first exploratory wells became operational, and that doing so will provide a big boost to an American economy sliding into recession. President Walker, whose base is furious that he has only eliminated half of all federal food stamp and welfare programs, jumps into action. He orders Interior...
  • Public Duping; Promoters of renewable energy failed to account for the return of cheap oil

    05/11/2015 5:35:15 AM PDT · by bestintxas · 20 replies
    wash times ^ | 5/10/15 | s moore
    The green energy movement in America is dead. May it rest in peace. No, a majority of American energy over the next 20 years is not going to come from windmills and solar panels. One important lesson to be learned from the green energy fads rapid and expensive demise is that central planning doesnt work. What crushed green energy was the boom in shale oil and gas along with the steep decline in the price of fossil fuel that few saw coming just a few years ago. An International Energy Agency report concedes that green energy is in fast retreat...
  • "Eco-Fads" by Todd Myers

    05/04/2015 7:51:19 PM PDT · by Jack Hydrazine · 6 replies
    Amazon.com ^ | 23AUG2011 | Todd Myers
    Todd Myers is an eco-mythbuster. He exposes trends among modern environmentalists that are based more on feel-good sentimentality than on scientific reality. If you truly care about the environment, then you should read this book. Alex B. Berezow, Ph.D., Editor of RealClearScience.com Wherever we turn, politicians, businesses and activists are promoting the latest fashionable green policy or product. Green buildings, biofuels, electric cars, compact fluorescent lightbulbs and a variety of other technologies are touted as the next key step in protecting the environment and promoting a sustainable future. Increasingly, however, scientific and economic information regarding environmental problems takes a back...
  • The GOPs destructive Vietnam mythology: How the rights self-glorifying delusions led to...

    05/02/2015 11:42:13 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 103 replies
    Salon ^ | May 2, 2015 | Peter Birkenhead is a writer living in Washington, D.C.
    The GOPs destructive Vietnam mythology: How the rights self-glorifying delusions led to decades of avoidable war It only took about five years from the fall of Saigon on April 30, 1975, for the American right to succeed in burying the moment under mounds of revisionist horse shit. Ronald Reagan, speaking at a campaign appearance in the summer of 1980, said, It is time that we recognized that [the American War in Vietnam] was, in truth, a noble cause We dishonor the memory of 50 thousand young Americans who died in that cause when we give way to feelings of guilt...
  • How I'm Celebrating Earth Day

    04/22/2015 6:17:18 AM PDT · by Reaganite Republican · 52 replies
    Reaganite Republican ^ | 22 April 2015 | Reaganite Republican
  • Obama to spotlight global warming during Earth Day visit to Everglades [Lenin's birthday]

    04/22/2015 4:50:50 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 10 replies
    Mashable ^ | April 22, 2015 | Andrew Freedman
    For the 45th annual Earth Day on Wednesday, President Obama will elevate global warming to the top of the list of environmental threats currently facing Americans, in a speech at the Everglades National Park. The trip, his first to the fragile but vital "river of grass" that, following decades of human interference now occupies a fraction of its former sprawling range in southern Florida, also comes with a heavy dose of politics. Winning the state will be key for any presidential candidate in the 2016 race, and two leading contenders for the Republican nomination, former governor Jeb Bush Senator Marco...
  • Greens against the poor

    04/19/2015 8:18:44 PM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 8 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | 2015-04-19 | Stephen Moore
    Lexus liberals ignore how their climate change agenda hurts the less fortunateBarack Obama, Hillary Clinton, Elizabeth Warren and the whole gang of Democratic leaders claim that one of their highest priorities is to lift up the middle class and reduce the income gap between rich and poor.That goal collides with what they admit is their very highest priority: stopping climate change. Their agenda is driven by the millionaire and billionaire Democratic donors who make the party possible. But the agenda also involves making energy, home heating, transportation and just about everything else less efficient and more expensive to the middle...
  • Demand for electric vehicles in Western Pennsylvania still low

    04/08/2015 2:05:29 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 44 replies
    Pittsburg Tribune-Review ^ | April 7, 2015 | David Conti
    Jake Pultorak chuckles at the mention of range anxiety, the fear among some electric vehicle owners that their car's battery will run out of juice before the driver can find a charger. I had that as a gas-car driver, but the anxiety was over how much I had to pay to get where I was going, said Pultorak, 44, of Franklin Park, who has owned an all-electric Tesla Model S for about two years. Worries at the gas pumps have diminished over the past nine months as the global crash in oil prices brought the cost of gasoline to its...
  • Neil deGrasse Tyson slams GOP climate deniers: I thought as a nation we were above this

    03/24/2015 12:19:41 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 108 replies
    Salon ^ | March 24, 2015 | Lindsay Abrams
    Popular astrophysicist and anointed spokesperson for science Neil deGrasse Tyson is not impressed by the recent antics of Republican leaders, from Sen. Ted Cruzs directive that NASA stop focusing on Earth to Florida Gov. Rick Scotts reported ban on the term climate change. I dont know if our country has any precedent for emergent scientific truths to be debated on political grounds, he said during a live appearance in Sarasota, Florida, referring to the aforementioned censorship. Im astonished by that. Astonished and disappointed. I thought as a nation we were above this. Tyson, who is the director of the Hayden...
  • Scott Walker Is the Worst Candidate for the Environment

    03/11/2015 12:35:51 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 57 replies
    Mother Jones ^ | March 11, 2015 | Tim McDonnell |
    Scott Walker is killing it with Republicans. The Wisconsin governor is one of his party's rising starsthanks to his ongoing and largely successful war against his state's labor unions, a fight that culminated Monday with the signing of a controversial "right-to-work" bill. Now (for the moment, anyway), he's a leading contender for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination. At the Conservative Political Action Conference a couple weeks ago, he polled a close second to three-time winner Sen. Rand Paul (Ky.), beating the likes of Sen. Ted Cruz (Texas) and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush by a significant margin. It probably won't...
  • California Legislature Considering Sales Tax Reduction For Clean Vehicles

    03/10/2015 7:04:55 AM PDT · by nascarnation · 6 replies
    The Truth About Cars ^ | 3/10/2015 | Cameron Aubernon
    Live in California and looking for more money in your wallet upon purchasing a green vehicle? The states legislature just might make that wish come true. The Los Angeles Times reports a bill sponsored by Assemblyman Phil Ting of San Francisco would reduce the sales tax on so-called clean vehicles from 7.5 percent to 3.06 percent. The reduction would be applied to EVs, PHEVs, FCVs and CNG-powered models. Should the legislation become law, over $92 million in tax revenue would disappear between 2016 and 2020, when the law rides off into the sunset; the figure is based on 60,000 PHEVs...
  • Green Fiasco: 92% Of Swiss Voters Reject Carbon Tax In Referendum

    03/09/2015 8:29:41 PM PDT · by Signalman · 23 replies
    WUWT ^ | 3/9/2015 | Anthony Watts
    Swiss voters Sunday overwhelmingly rejected an initiative that would have scrapped the Alpine countrys value-added-tax system and replaced it with a carbon tax. Roughly 92% of voters opposed the initiative while 8% supported the measure. The initiative would have encouraged Swiss households to use renewable energy sources, including solar and wind, which would have been exempt from taxes. The initiative, which was introduced by the Green Liberal Party of Switzerland, was designed to help lower carbon emissions and reduce global warming. A proposal replacing the main consumer tax with a new levy on non-renewable energy has suffered a blistering defeat...
  • Gov. Scott Walker to speak at Iowa Ag Summit

    03/07/2015 5:10:11 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 7 replies
    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel ^ | March 7, 2015 | Jan Stein
    Des MoinesOnly weeks after taking this key state in the presidential race by surprise, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker returns to Iowa Saturday to defend his front-runner status at a major Republican event focused on 2016 and agricutural issues.The GOP governor and a line-up of other major White House contendersincluding former Florida Gov. Jeb Bushwill take the stage at the Iowa Ag Summit on Saturday at the state fairgrounds here.A key point to watch will be whether Walker, an early favorite among conservatives for 2016, will stick to his past opposition to government intervention to aid the ethanol industry or moderate...
  • Scott Walker wants to end funding for renewable energy program - UW-Madison needs to prioritize

    03/02/2015 10:12:34 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 18 replies
    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel ^ | March 2, 2015 | By Thomas Content and Lee Bergquist
    ......UW officials say that Walker's proposal to end funding for the bioenergy program would cripple broader energy-development research that is receiving $25million annually from the federal Department of Energy."I can't honestly say how we would replace it at this point,"said Michael Corradini,director of the Wisconsin Energy Institute at UW-Madison,which derives 90% of its funding from the bioenergy program...In 2007,Wisconsin landed the Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Centerthe first federal research center the state had attracted in decades. The center received an initial five-year,$125 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy.It was part of a $375 million package by the administration...
  • Climate scientist being investigated by Congress for not believing in global warming enough

    02/26/2015 9:44:40 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 12 replies
    Amerian Thinker ^ | February 26, 2015 | Rick Moran
    Roger Pielke, a professor of environmental studies at the University of Colorado, and six others are under investigation by Congress regarding testimony they've given on the subject of climate change.Pielke, a believer in man-caused global warming, can't quite figure out why he's the object of a witch hunt....................... What am I accused of that prompts being investigated? Here is my crime: Prof. Roger Pielke, Jr., at CUs Center for Science and Technology Policy Research has testified numerous times before the U.S. Congress on climate change and its economic impacts. His 2013 Senate testimony featured the claim, often repeated, that it...
  • Sources: Gov. Kitzhaber expected to resign Friday

    02/13/2015 11:31:39 AM PST · by C19fan · 17 replies
    KOIN ^ | February 13, 2015 | Staff
    Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber is expected to resign Friday, perhaps in the early afternoon, multiple sources told KOIN 6 News. The decision came after intense debate among the governor and those close to him. These sources say Kitzhaber has wanted to pursue that course since the weekend but had been dissuaded by his fiance, Cylvia Hayes, and his legal team.
  • The climate Comintern speaks - "intentionally transform the economic development model"

    02/10/2015 4:42:44 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 11 replies
    The Hill ^ | February 10, 2015 | Benjamin Zycher, John G. Searle scholar at the American Enterprise Institute
    "This is probably the most difficult task we have ever given ourselves, which is to intentionally transform the economic development model, for the first time in human history. This is the first time in the history of mankind that we are setting ourselves the task of intentionally, within a defined period of time, to change the economic development model that has been reigning for the, at least, 150 years, since the industrial revolution." Those were the words spoken on Feb. 4 by Christiana Figueres, the executive secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), under the auspices...
  • The Brute-Force Left - But in your country they lynch Negroes.

    02/08/2015 1:52:26 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 33 replies
    The National Review ^ | February 8, 2015 | Kevin D. Williamson
    “А у вас негров линчуют” is a bitter Soviet-era punch line meaning, roughly, “But in your country they lynch Negroes.” There were a million Cold War variations on the joke: The Soviet farm minister meets his U.S. counterpart, who inquires about whether the heroic Soviet farmers are meeting their five-year plans. Asked about each crop in turn, the Soviet minister is forced to sheepishly admit that they are woefully behind on every goal, and then demands: “But what about the blacks in the South?” A U.S. car salesman asks a Soviet counterpart how many months the typical Soviet citizen must...
  • Largest newspaper in Oregon calls on Dem governor to resign in green energy scandals

    02/05/2015 5:21:09 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 12 replies
    The American Thinker ^ | February 5, 2015 | Thomas Lifson
    Governor John Kitzhaber of Oregon is hanging tough in the face of a scandal that makes progressives look bad on multiple grounds. Kudos to the Oregonian newspaper for calling him out and demanding his resignation. So far, the national media are ignoring the story, because its the kind of thing that makes greenies faces turn red with embarrassment (at least among those capable of embarrassment). Some background: The governor has a fiance named Cylvia Hayes, who is acting as first lady without, as they used to say, benefit of clergy. And:.......
  • [Walker] Budget would end Wisconsin DNR land purchases until 2028

    02/04/2015 2:09:58 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 28 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | February 3, 2015 | Todd Richmond
    MADISON, Wis. (AP) Republican Gov. Scott Walker's budget would prohibit the state Department of Natural Resources from purchasing any land through its stewardship program until at least 2028 if the program still exists then. The budget the governor released Tuesday would place a moratorium on stewardship land acquisitions. It would last until the DNR's debt service on purchases that already have been made drops to $1 for every $8 spent since the program's inception in 1989. The program won't reach that ratio until 2028. The moratorium is expected to save the state $13 million in debt by then,...
  • Tossing Out Food In The Trash? In Seattle, You'll Be Fined For That [first though, red tag shaming]

    01/28/2015 4:05:22 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 61 replies
    NPR ^ | January 25, 2015
    In Seattle, wasting food will now earn you a scarlet letter well, a scarlet tag, to be more accurate. The bright red tag, posted on a garbage bin, tells everyone who sees it that you've violated a new city law that makes it illegal to put food into trash cans. "I'm sure neighbors are going to see these on their other neighbors' cans," says Rodney Watkins, a lead driver for Recology CleanScapes, a waste contractor for the city. He's on the front lines of enforcing these rules. Seattle is the first city in the nation to fine homeowners for...
  • On climate change, 'not a scientist' not enough for some U.S. Republicans

    01/27/2015 2:57:30 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 12 replies
    Reuters ^ | January 27, 2015 | BY VALERIE VOLCOVICI AND AMANDA BECKER
    ... "'I'm not a scientist' won't be a winner in the presidential field," Republican strategist Ford O'Connell said of the now common response Republican lawmakers and candidates offer when asked about climate change. With the national party largely silent on the issue, conservative environmental groups like ConservAmerica are stepping up efforts to sharpen the Republican message. In recent months they have held meetings for like-minded conservatives and met with lawmakers and aides in a bid to help craft a new Republican environmental platform. Attempts to strike a softer tone will collide with entrenched resistance, primarily from the donor network in...
  • Peer-reviewed pocket-calculator climate model exposes serious errors in complex computer models

    01/26/2015 1:26:22 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 9 replies
    Physics Organization News ^ | January 21, 2015
    Near-term global warming projections (brick-red region) on[0.13, 0.50] K decade-1, compared with observations (green region)that fall on [0.0, 0.11] K decade-1, and the simple model's 21stcentury warming projections (yellow arrow), falling on 0.09 [0.06,0.12] K decade-1. Credit: Science China PressA major peer-reviewed climate physics paper in the first issue (January 2015: vol. 60 no. 1) of the prestigious Science Bulletin (formerly Chinese Science Bulletin), the journal of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, exposes elementary but serious errors in the general-circulation models relied on by the UN's climate panel, the IPCC. The errors were the reason for concern about Man's effect...
  • Five Years Later, Granholm's Green Economic Vision has Failed to Materialize

    01/22/2015 10:04:13 AM PST · by MichCapCon · 12 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 1/20/2015 | Tom Gantert
    According to the press releases issued by the administration of then-Gov. Jennifer Granholm five years ago, Michigan's economy was undergoing a transformation. In a June 2010 press release, Granholm declared that the company LG Chem in Holland was making Michigan a world capital for advanced batteries. In October of 2010, she said in a press release about a proposed biogas facility in Reed City that the state was being transformed into the clean energy capital of North America. Five years later, plans for a biogas facility in Reed City died and LG Chem was made to repay $842,000 from a...
  • Mueller on anthrax,

    07/19/2008 3:41:59 PM PDT · by ZACKandPOOK · 10 replies · 232+ views
    ABCNews ^ | July 19, 2008
    I never give time frames, because you never know where you'll have sufficient evidence to go public with a prosecution, " Mueller said.
  • Steyer outlines Senate goals for climate, taxes, education

    01/19/2015 2:21:42 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 10 replies
    The Hill ^ | January 19, 2015 | By Timothy Cama
    Tom Steyer is telling potential supporters that if he were to run for Senate in California, he would set policy goals related to climate change, taxes and public education. If he does not meet certain goals in six years, Steyer would pledge not to run for a second term. The billionaire environmentalist and former hedge fund manager spent $74 billion in the midterm elections in an effort to elect more lawmakers who want to fight climate change. Steyer also wants to ensure that the highest income earners pay effective tax rates that are at least the same level as the...
  • Plan for Green Energy Biogas Facility 'Just Dies'

    01/15/2015 9:54:26 AM PST · by MichCapCon · 4 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 1/14/2015 | Tom Gantert
    In October of 2010, the state of Michigan issued a press release similar to many churned out during then-Gov. Jennifer Granholms tenure claiming that this state was on its way to becoming the clean energy capital of North America. In this instance, the release noted that the King of Sweden had honored Gov. Granholm with the insignia of "Commander First Class of the Royal Order of the Polar Star." The governor was given the citation for her work in fostering relations between Michigan and Sweden in clean energy. Part of that work included helping broker a deal between a Swedish...
  • County Looks at Wind Turbine Moratorium

    01/15/2015 8:04:25 AM PST · by MichCapCon · 21 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 1/14/2015 | Tom Gantert
    There are 328 wind turbines in Huron County, which is more than in all of Michigans other counties combined. But now the county appears poised to say: Enough is enough. With a 6 to 1 vote on Dec. 30, the Board of Commissioners agreed to pay up to $1,000 for Foster Swift, a Grand Rapids law firm, to draft a moratorium on wind energy. John Nugent, a member of the board, said the board wants to at least push the pause button on new wind energy development so it can reevaluate the situation. Huron County is large and primarily rural,...
  • Crocus Hill neighbors split on plan to raze 1902 home

    01/13/2015 8:04:41 AM PST · by TurboZamboni · 19 replies
    Pioneer Press ^ | 1-13-15 | Frederick Melo
    The house at 27 Crocus Place is listed on property tax statements for $1.06 million, but neighbors consider it priceless. Built in 1902, the yellow, two-story Victorian sits on a bluff, overlooking Pleasant Avenue and Interstate 35E. In November, trial attorney Fred Pritzker and his wife, Renee, bought the 4,200-square-foot home from his brother and sister-in-law with a singular goal: to tear it down and replace it with one that is more accessible to the disabled. At 64, Pritzker said he is slowly losing function on the left side of his body; at some point soon, he'll need a walker...
  • Will new Congress take on ethanol?

    01/09/2015 10:58:39 AM PST · by george76 · 37 replies
    Watchdog ^ | January 9, 2015 | Rob Nikolewski
    The fiscal impact of the ethanol mandate is huge Michaels estimated it totals billions, easily in direct and indirect money but it has come under attack by liberals as well as conservatives and appears to have lost some of its clout on Capitol Hill. For example, the Environmental Protection Agency which administers the Renewable Fuel Standard is considering a cut to the amount of ethanol blended into the nations gasoline supply. ... a growing number of environmentalists want the ethanol requirement eliminated, too. ... In 2007, Congress passed and President George W. Bush signed into law...
  • Thieves steal house

    01/05/2015 9:26:47 AM PST · by AU72 · 66 replies
    MYFOXNY.COM ^ | January 5, 2015 | MYFOXNY.COM
    <p>A San Antonio, Texas couple had build a 'tiny house' to commit themselves to 'green living' but the entire home ended up being stolen.</p> <p>Casey Friday says, "It was depressing, devastating, made me angry and shocked all at the same time."</p>
  • Why Your All-Electric Car May Not Be So Green

    12/15/2014 2:48:11 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 98 replies
    ABC News ^ | December 15, 2014 | By SETH BORENSTEIN AP Science Writer
    People who own all-electric cars where coal generates the power may think they are helping the environment. But a new study finds their vehicles actually make the air dirtier, worsening global warming. Ethanol isn't so green, either. "It's kind of hard to beat gasoline" for public and environmental health, said study co-author Julian Marshall, an engineering professor at the University of Minnesota. "A lot of the technologies that we think of as being clean ... are not better than gasoline."
  • Obama's Science and Tech Adviser, Holdren, laid foundation for understanding environmental probs

    12/12/2014 11:48:13 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 2 replies
    Volvo Environment Prize ^ | December 12, 2014
    "In 1993, the [Volvo Environment] Prize went to Professor Paul R. Ehrlich of Stanford University and Professor John P. Holdren of the University of California in Berkeley, whose work laid the foundations of our understanding of how the dynamics of population growth, rising living standards and changing technology, as well as the relationships between them, interact in the context of environmental problems." List of past winners (and their work) from 1990 - 2014 Professor Paul R. Ehrlich, Professor John P. Holdren
  • Peru climate change talks slowed by clashes of rich and poor nations

    12/07/2014 6:49:42 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 10 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | December 7, 2014 | By NEELA BANERJEE
    International climate talks in Lima, Peru, are entering their final week, with few hints of whether a newfound optimism that marked the start of negotiations will ultimately translate into an agreement that would rein in climate change. Poorer nations are struggling to nail down significant, steady funding from industrialized countries to help them cope with the damage from climate change and to develop their economies without relying on fuels such as coal. Over the years, participants at U.N. climate talks estimated that $75 billion to $100 billion annually in public and private funding was needed to help poor countries cope...
  • Exhausted By a House That Saves Energy

    12/04/2014 7:40:18 AM PST · by Theoria · 25 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 03 Dec 2014 | Sandy Keenan
    Was It Too Soon to Be Sustainable? Warren, Vt. Dotty Kyle and Eric Brattstrom had an ambitious vision for the home they would build when they sold their bed-and-breakfast here seven years ago and retired. They were environmental and community advocates, so they wanted it to be as sustainable as possible ideally net-zero, producing as much energy as it used. And because they would be living on a modest fixed income, they needed to make sure it was inexpensive to maintain. But they didnt want to scrimp on luxury or size, so against their architects advice they insisted...
  • Megyn Kelly, Dem Rep Al Green Square Off On Ferguson

    12/03/2014 4:41:00 AM PST · by Biggirl · 32 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | December 3, 2014 | Breitbart TV, Ian Hanchett
    The Fox News Channel's "Kelly File" anchor Megyn Kelly and Congressman Al Green (D-TX) sparred over the decision not to indict Officer Darren Wilson in the shooting death of Michael Brown on Monday. Green started out by denouncing the rioting, saying "I do not respect those who engage in dastardly deeds.
  • Business boiled over EPAs water rule

    11/18/2014 4:36:44 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 26 replies
    The Hill ^ | November 18, 2014 | Timothy Cama
    Business groups are joining with local government representatives and conservative lawmakers to criticize the Environmental Protection Agencys water jurisdiction proposal, imploring the Obama administration to rescind it. Opponents of the proposed rule say the EPAs effort to redefine its authority over creeks, ponds and wetlands is written so broadly that it could put millions of new miles of rivers and streams under federal control, along with ditches, puddles and dry creek beds. Such a change would be a major impediment to commerce, as businesses could suddenly need permits for all manner of routine activities like building fences or digging ditches,...
  • White House taunts GOP on climate change: I dont believe they can stop us

    11/17/2014 12:37:17 PM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 62 replies
    Washington Times ^ | November 17, 2014 | Ben Wolfgang
    The White House on Monday essentially dared Republicans to try and stop President Obamas climate-change agenda, with officials bragging that even after the GOP takes control of the Senate in January, there is nothing that can be done to stop a host of controversial new actions. On a conference call with reporters, White House counselor John Podesta said the administration will move ahead on the issue despite Republican efforts to stand in the way. He even called out incoming Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell by name, saying the Kentucky Republican will not succeed in trying to slow executive action on...
  • Obama to Announce $3 Billion U.S. Contribution to Climate Change Fund

    11/14/2014 7:43:11 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 55 replies
    New York Times ^ | November 14, 2014 | By CORAL DAVENPORT and MARK LANDLER
    WASHINGTON President Obama will soon announce that the United States will contribute $3 billion to a new international fund intended to help the worlds poorest countries address the effects of climate change, according to a senior administration official. Mr. Obama is expected to make the announcement at a summit meeting of the Group of 20 industrial powers this weekend in Brisbane, Australia, on the heels of his landmark announcement this week that the United States and China will jointly commit to curbing greenhouse gas emissions over the next decade.
  • Chinese loan to rescue BlueFire, Irvine-based biofuel plant

    11/11/2014 1:27:34 PM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 6 replies
    Orange County Register ^ | Oct 24, 2014 | MARGOT ROOSEVELT
    Arnold Klann had spent two decades on his planet-friendly enterprise: making transportation fuel from plant waste. But two years ago, the CEO and President of Irvine-based BlueFire Renewables recalled, We were thinking of shutting down the business. Grants from the U.S. Department of Energy had dried up, as private banks, tightening credit in the wake of the financial crisis, refused to match government funds. Now, it seems, China is coming to the rescue. BlueFire announced Thursday that The Export-Import Bank of China has issued a letter of intent to provide a $270 million loan to build BlueFires first commercial plant,...
  • Tesla keeps ZEV scam alive...by building a fake swap station!

    11/10/2014 2:41:59 AM PST · by AlbertoZaragoza · 1 replies
    Doubting is thinking ^ | 11/9/2014 | Alberto Zaragoza Comendador
    CARB and Tesla Motors have fooled us all. Tesla will keep selling cars as usual but, quietly, they will be earning 9 ZEV credits for each of them rather than the 4 they legally deserve - on the basis of a few thousand battery swaps that never actually took place. By the time everybody realizes what has happened, it will be too late.
  • Fossil fuels should be 'phased out by 2100' says IPCC

    11/02/2014 4:26:54 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 62 replies
    BBC News ^ | November 2, 2014 | By Matt McGrath
    The unrestricted use of fossil fuels must end soon if the world is to avoid dangerous climate change. That is the central message of a stark new report from the UN-backed Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. The IPCC urges that by 2050, most of the world's electricity must - and can - be produced from low carbon sources. Fossil fuels, without carbon capture and storage (CCS), should be phased out "almost entirely" by 2100. It re-states many familiar positions: Warming is "unequivocal" and the human influence on climate is clear Since the 1950s the observed changes are unprecedented over decades...
  • Green jobs fading

    10/31/2014 1:36:50 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 5 replies
    Oil & Gas Journal ^ | October 27, 2014 | Editorial
    While campaigning for election to his first term, President Barack Obama promised to create 5 million green jobs in 10 years. Once in office, he maneuvered Congress into passing the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) of 2009, a $840-billion spending spree that included about $90 billion for energy and, of course, green jobs. Results have not been spectacular. In fact, they testify to core problems of governmental profligacy. The expenditure of public money on green jobs, politically defined, has not lived up to its marketing as an unemployment cure. It has, in fact, failed. The DOE web site now...
  • 38 federal agencies reveal their vulnerabilities to climate change and what theyre doing about it

    10/31/2014 1:30:10 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 17 replies
    Washington Post ^ | October 31, 2014 | By Chris Mooney
    The Obama administration published a small library's worth of climate change documents on Friday, outlining 38 federal agencies' vulnerabilities to global warming and how they will address them -- as well as a separate and even larger set of new government-wide plans to cut down on greenhouse gas emissions and achieve new targets for sustainability. In many cases, the vulnerabilities revealed are stark. The Department of Agriculture, for instance, sees "the potential for up to 100 percent increase in the number of acres burned annually by 2050" by wildfires, according to its new adaptation report. The agency notes that fire...
  • [Green Billionaire] Steyer turns to celebrities [Woody Harrelson] in final election-year push

    10/28/2014 4:59:39 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 5 replies
    The Hill ^ | October 28, 2014 | Laura Barron-Lopez
    Billionaire environmentalist Tom Steyer is turning to actor Woody Harrelson and director Darren Aronofsky in a new ad urging voters to take the fight against climate change to the ballot box. The 30-second ad buy, narrated by Harrelson, and directed by Aronofsky, declares the climate fight is one people will win, but voting on Election Day is key. They told us the world was flat and insisted it was the center of the universe, Harrelson states in the ad as images of the earth in black and white flicker on the screen. [They] said that cigarettes were harmless. Now they...
  • Greens to spend record $85M in midterms ["climate science denial will soon come to a close"]

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

    10/27/2014 6:24:19 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 20 replies
    washingtontimes.com ^ | 10-27-2014 | Rowan Scarborough
    Elite Army Green Berets are knocking the performance of the Afghan National Army, telling war tales of its soldiers hiding and quitting the fight.The Green Beret criticisms, contained in a U.S. Central Command “friendly fire” investigative file, provide a window into the flaws of a national army more than a decade in the making.The Special Forces soldiers gave poor marks to the institution that is supposed to keep Afghanistan’s democratically elected governments in power. The security force must rebuff an expected Taliban offensive, on its own, once all American troops leave after 2016.The soldiers gave statements to investigators after going...
  • Lock your office door and stay away from the windows... [Moonbat View]

    10/24/2014 6:05:04 AM PDT · by Ethan Clive Osgoode · 4 replies
    Elizabeth May MP ^ | October 22, 2014 | Elizabeth May
    At 2 pm sharp I had been prepared to make a statement in the House honouring the Dalai Lama, whom I will be seeing on Friday in Vancouver, and calling for China to respect human rights in Tibet. By 4 pm I was to be testifying in the Senate committee studying my private members bill for a National Lyme Disease strategy. Well, that was what was supposed to happen. Instead it has been a day of tragedies and shock. As I write this, I am still in lock-down. With seven of my staff in Confederation Building, our office door is...
  • Pebble Partnership sues over EPA contacts with environmentalists

    10/22/2014 3:50:30 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 3 replies
    KTUU - NBC Local ^ | October 22, 2014 | by Chris Klint
    ANCHORAGE - The Pebble Partnership is suing the Environmental Protection Agency in federal court, seeking more details on what it calls secretive meetings by the agency with environmental groups and anti-Pebble activists. Pebble claims it filed a Jan. 22 Freedom of Information Act request with the EPA for any communications concerning the project between senior EPA officials, including Administrator Lisa Jackson, and a group of 16 people and organizations. The National Resources Defense Council, Trout Unlimited, the Bristol Bay Native Corp., and Sen. Mark Begich, as well as some of their employees, were listed specifically. So were anti-Pebble activists Alan...