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  • NASA Planetary Protection Officer Profiled (EPA for the planets)

    10/06/2015 7:37:52 AM PDT · by Purdue77 · 14 replies
    NYT via AIAA Newsletter ^ | 10/05/2015 | KENNETH CHANG
    The New York Times (10/6, Chang, Subscription Publication) posts a feature on NASA Planetary Protection Officer Catharine Conley, whose job “is not so much protecting Earth from aliens as protecting other planets from Earth.” Conley is responsible for making sure than NASA missions to Mars and elsewhere do not pollute or contaminate alien worlds.
  • Lafayette Parish President candidates field questions on coal-fired plant, traffic signals

    10/05/2015 6:15:58 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 1 replies
    The Advocate ^ | October 1, 2015 | Richard Burgess
    City-parish president candidates Joel Robideaux and Dee Stanley navigated questions on coal-generated power, the disruption an elevated interstate might cause in Lafayette and whether the city has too many traffic signals — all posed at a Thursday evening forum sponsored by the local chapter of the Sierra Club. In a campaign season where the candidates have often found themselves repeatedly addressing the same issues in the string of debates and forums leading up to the Oct. 24 election, Stanley and Robideaux covered some new ground at the environmental group’s forum at the Lafayette Public Library downtown. Robideaux, a longtime state...
  • Paris’s first attempt at car-free day brings big drop in air and noise pollution

    10/04/2015 7:40:53 AM PDT · by bgill · 28 replies
    The Guardian ^ | October 2, 2015 | Kim Willsher
    Paris’s “day without cars” last week led to such a dramatic drop in both air and noise pollution that the mayor’s office is now planning more vehicle-free days in the French capital. Airparif, which measures city pollution levels, said levels of nitrogen dioxide dropped by up to 40% in parts of the city on Sunday 27 September... Najdovski, a member of the Europe Ecology-Green (EELV) party, admitted he was disappointed that only one third of Paris was handed over to pedestrians and cyclists on 27 September... added: “My dream Paris would be a city without cars.
  • Los Angeles beaches reopen after syringes, condoms cleaned up

    09/27/2015 8:37:22 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 12 replies
    Fox News ^ | September 27, 2015
    The second of two Los Angeles beaches closed after hypodermic needles, condoms and tampon applicators washed ashore has reopened. [Snip] Excessive bacteria levels were also found in the water. Sanitation District spokeswoman Tonya Durrell said crews collected at least 200 pounds of waste from the beaches.
  • Volkswagen's cheating engines can't be easily fixed

    09/25/2015 8:08:56 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 122 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 09/25/2015 | Benjamin Zhang
    Volkswagen is confronted with a monumental challenge. The company has admitted that 11 million of its cars used illegal software to cheat emissions standards. Now, many owners are demanding that the offending cars be fixed. That's easier said than done, and Volkswagen has already tried — and failed — twice. Here's the issue, according to the US Environmental Protection Agency: Cars with Volkswagen's 2-liter TDI turbo-diesel four-cylinder engines include software that detects when the car is undergoing emissions testing and turns on a suite of pollution-control systems. But as soon as the test ends, the controls switch off, leaving the...
  • Erin Brockovich takes on EPA

    09/05/2015 10:52:44 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 11 replies
    The Hill ^ | September 4, 2015 | Kevin Cirilli
    Erin Brockovich is joining Navajo Nation's political battle against the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The famed environmental activist will visit Navajo Nation on Sept. 8 to view the affects of a devastating EPA mining leak and could potentially testify on Capitol Hill later this month.
  • To Donald Trump: Tell EPA Poisoners “You’re Fired

    08/26/2015 8:34:15 PM PDT · by kathsua · 5 replies
    London Telegraph ^ | August 27th, 2015 | reasonmclucus
    Some irresponsible employees of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency may have given Donald Trump an issue that could put him in the White House. Even those of us who didn’t regularly watch Trump’s television show “The Apprentice” know his signature phrase is “You’re fired”.
  • The details behind that EPA gold mine spill just get worse and worse [They knew it would happen]

    08/23/2015 9:02:29 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 19 replies
    Hotair ^ | 08/23/2015 | Jazz Shaw
    The “unfortunate accident” that the EPA had near Silverton, Colorado recently has raised all sorts of questions, not the least of which is why it took the agency 24 hours to tell anyone about it. (The folks who draw water off the river are particularly interested in that one.) But hey… accidents happen, right? I mean, it’s not like anyone could have seen it coming. Except that the EPA actually did see it coming. During a late Friday night document dump the Environmental Protection Agency lifted the mask just a bit and revealed that they knew what they were...
  • Giving pollution a pass to advance the climate change agenda

    08/17/2015 9:42:35 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 2 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 08/17/15 | Judi McLeod
    Pope Francis & Barack Obama: The world-dominating current global warming/climate change movement is way off base: It is not man-made global warming from CO2 that is the problem, it’s man-made pollution which the global warming gang all but patently ignore. It’s not exaggerated beyond belief man-made global warming that should have Al Gore acolytes sending out sky-is-falling alarmism, but ongoing and unattended to man-made pollution putting human lives at risk. But of course, it’s easier to cash in on global warming as a catch all for all issues the Al Gores count on for election and re-election survival than it...
  • China ‘exporting’ ozone pollution to US: study

    08/15/2015 6:13:34 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 12 replies
    Japan Times ^ | 08/14/2015
    Progress slashing unhealthy ozone in the western United States has largely been undone by pollution wafting across the Pacific from China, according to a study published Monday. Scientists have long suspected this might explain why ozone levels along the U.S. west coast remained constant despite a significant local reduction in ozone-forming chemicals. The study, published in Nature Geoscience, is the first to make the case using satellite observations coupled with computer models of how air-borne molecules travel in the lower atmosphere, the authors said. “The dominant westerly winds blew this air pollution straight across to the United States,” explained lead...
  • China’s air pollution kills about 4,000 every day: Study

    08/14/2015 2:37:16 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 21 replies
    Today Online ^ | 08/14/2015
    BEIJING — Air pollution is killing an average of 4,000 people a day in China, according to researchers who cited coal-burning as probably being the main cause. Deaths related to the main pollutant, tiny particles known as PM2.5 that can trigger heart attacks, strokes, lung cancer and asthma, total 1.6 million a year, or 17 per cent of China’s mortality level, according to the study by Berkeley Earth, an independent research group funded largely by educational grants. It was published on Thursday in the online peer-reviewed journal PLOS One from the Public Library of Science. “When I was last in...
  • Did The EPA Intentionally Poison Animas River To Secure SuperFund Money?

    08/12/2015 8:36:02 AM PDT · by Former Proud Canadian · 60 replies
    Zerohedge ^ | August 12, 2015 | Tyler Durden
    A week before The EPA disastrously leaked millions of gallons of toxic waste into The Animas River in Colorado, this letter to the editor was published in The Silverton Standard & The Miner local newspaper, authored by a retired geologist detailing verbatim, how EPA would foul the Animas River on purpose in order to secure superfund money...
  • Animas, Animals, Animus! (Abolish the EPA suggests Todd Seavey)

    08/12/2015 7:51:37 AM PDT · by OddLane · 9 replies
    Splice Today ^ | August 12, 2015 | Todd Seavey
    The so-called Environmental Protection Agency will face no fines over some of its regulators accidentally dumping a million gallons of mining waste containing heavy metals, as orange as Donald Trump, into the Animas River in Colorado (and points beyond), potentially poisoning fish and livestock alike. Needless to say, when some organization that isn’t government causes a disaster like this, there’s outrage and there are calls for harsh punishments, even demands that we fundamentally alter our relationship to the earth and renounce greed, devise a whole new economic system run by Al Gore or someone, that sort of thing. In this...
  • 8 reasons manufacturing is great for America

    08/11/2015 9:16:38 AM PDT · by T-Bird45 · 38 replies
    Inc magazine online ^ | 8/10/2015 | Drew Greenblatt
    In a scathing rebuke of the importance of U.S. manufacturing in The New Yorker ("What's So Great About Manufacturing?") James Ledbetter attempted to dismantle the benefits of manufacturing in our transformational age. Ledbetter, who is editor of Inc. Magazine and this website, is wrong. Here are 8 reasons U.S. manufacturing is great for America and critically important to focus policy solutions to help this job machine thrive. 1. Manufacturing creates strong middle-class jobs. 2. Manufacturing jobs create dignity. 3. Manufacturing creates wealth for a nation. 4. Manufacturing is critical during wars. 5. Factories are safer than ever before. 6. U.S....
  • US carbon pollution from power plants hits 27-year low

    08/05/2015 2:44:00 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 31 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 8/5/15 | Seth Borenstein - AP
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Heat-trapping pollution from U.S. power plants hit a 27-year low in April, the Department of Energy announced Wednesday. A big factor was the long-term shift from coal to cleaner and cheaper natural gas, said Energy Department economist Allen McFarland. Outside experts also credit more renewable fuel use and energy efficiency. Carbon dioxide — from the burning of coal, oil and gas — is the chief greenhouse gas responsible for man-made global warming. "While good news for the environment, we certainly would not want to assume that this trend will continue and that we can simply relax," said...
  • Solar Modules Cause More Greenhouse Gas Emissions Than Modern Coal Power Plants! (WTF)

    08/04/2015 8:32:39 AM PDT · by Titus-Maximus · 32 replies
    NotrickZone ^ | 3/25/3014 | P Gosselin
    It turns out that because of the emissions of extraordinarily potent greenhouse gases NF3 and SF6 and energy during the manufacture of solar modules, solar energy ends up being worse for the climate than burning coal (assuming the global warming hypothesis is valid). A Swiss engineer has made a thorough analysis of the greenhouse gas emissions caused by the manufacture, transport and operation of solar panels. His conclusion: Ferrucio Ferroni writes here how China is the number 1 manufacturer of solar panels globally and that the production of solar panels there requires immense amounts of electricity, which in China is...
  • Your Green Car Could Cause Black Rain in China

    07/28/2015 9:27:51 PM PDT · by Up Yours Marxists · 8 replies
    National Observer ^ | July 28, 2015 15:12 GMT | Charles Mandel
    You may have a "green" car, but it could be causing black rain in China from the graphite mined and used in its lithium ion battery. Two academics at Toronto's York University, Carla Lipsig-Mumme and Caleb Goods, applaud many of the new advances in green technology in recent years, but at the same time warn that those very technologies may come with a host of environmental issues. The pair issue a caution about “superindustrialization” in which the answer to climate change is a matter of “technological adjustment.” In an article recently published in The Conversation and picked up by the...
  • EPA Mulling Rules against Fireworks, BBQs [semi-satire]

    07/04/2015 10:46:46 AM PDT · by John Semmens · 5 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 4 Jul 2015 | John Semmens
    The American tradition of celebrating Independence Day with fireworks and barbeques may be living on borrowed time. The Environmental Protection Agency is working on new regulations that could put a serious dent in the festivities. Strict new standards for ozone could bar most fireworks displays and some backyard BBQs. EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy derided the idea that traditional modes of celebrating July 4th merited any special consideration. "Clean air is too important to play second-fiddle to abuses that result in needless pollution," McCarthy contended. "Given our modern technology there are surely more environmentally-friendly ways of celebrating this annual event." The...
  • Pope Francis Calls For A New Global Political Authority To Save Humanity

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

    01/31/2015 10:21:40 AM PST · by GSWarrior · 21 replies ^ | 1/30/15 | Debra Villalon
    CONTRA COSTA COUNTY (Calif.) - A third dog died Thursday after exposure to toxic algae at an East Bay park, and broken-hearted dog owners say the park district's warnings have been too little, too late. "It's this green algae that's everywhere, it's fatally toxic to dogs, "warned Katie Stone, intercepting hikers at the Lake Chabot marina Friday evening. "She was healthy as can be, I walked her about five miles every day, " Stone says sadly, showing a snapshot of her five year old chocolate Labrador, Josie. "It's completely unbelievable, it was like a nightmare, like when am I going...
  • Farms can be held liable for pollution from manure: U.S. court

    01/17/2015 4:05:36 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 101 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 1/17/15 | Ayesha Rascoe- Rueters
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A U.S. federal court has ruled for the first time that manure from livestock facilities can be regulated as solid waste, a decision hailed by environmentalists as opening the door to potential legal challenges against facilities across the country. A large dairy in Washington state, Cow Palace Dairy, polluted ground water by over applying manure to soil, ruled Judge Thomas Rice of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Washington on Wednesday. "The practices of this mega-dairy are no different than thousands of others across the country," said Jessica Culpepper, an attorney at Public Justice,...
  • Diesel exhaust a danger after 2 hours, indicates UBC study

    01/11/2015 1:51:08 PM PST · by smokingfrog · 54 replies
    CBC News ^ | 1-8-15 | unattributed
    Just two hours of exposure to diesel exhaust is enough to cause significant damage to the human body, a new UBC study concludes. The study, led by Dr. Chris Carlsten, looked at how pollution particles affect the way genes are expressed in the body. Sixteen non-smoking adult volunteers with asthma were put in an enclosed booth about the size of a standard bathroom, and made to breathe diluted and aged exhaust fumes equal to the air quality along a Beijing highway, or a busy port in British Columbia. Carlsten says the impact of the pollution "exceeded our expectations." "Quite rapidly,...
  • 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...
  • Acid Rain Has Turned Canadian Lakes into a Kind of Jelly

    11/19/2014 12:29:19 PM PST · by Bettyprob · 41 replies
    MSN ^ | November 19, 2014 | John Metcalfe
    Swimmers who dive into any number of Canadian lakes might not emerge clean and refreshed, but dripping with globs that resemble slimy fish eggs. A legacy of industrial pollution has caused great changes in the country's water chemistry, creating a boom in tiny organisms that transform lakes into "jelly." That's the gooey news from scientists behind a new paper in Proceedings of the Royal Society B, who say that populations of this particular organism have doubled since the 1980s in many of Ontario's lakes. The reasons involve a complex dance of species, but here's the short version: Acid rain caused...
  • Earth-friendly energy is anything but

    09/30/2014 5:57:16 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 13 replies
    Human Events ^ | September 29, 2014 | Deroy Murdock
    NEW YORK — Environmentalists worship solar energy and wind power as Earth-friendly answers to their ecological prayers. Tortoises, bats, butterflies, and bald eagles beg to differ.Perhaps because solar panels and industrial wind farms lack emissions, they seem “clean.” Despite their pristine appearance, however, these “green” electricity sources hammer Mother Nature — often fatally. Consider the Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System in California’s Mojave Desert. As Carolyn Lochhead wrote in September 7’s San Francisco Chronicle, Ivanpah occupies 3,500 previously untouched federal acres. It features 300,000 mirrors that focus sunlight on three 40-story towers of power. Inside, 900-degree temperatures yield steam, propel...
  • Clean Energy’s Dirty Secrets

    09/24/2014 5:26:04 AM PDT · by thackney · 5 replies
    National Review ^ | September 23, 2014 | Rupert Darwall
    Renewable energy has become a potent rallying cry uniting Hollywood and the Beltway. “We can move our economy town by town, state by state to renewable energy and a sustainable future,” Leonardo DiCaprio says in his eight-minute climate movie Carbon, released in August. In his fiscal-showdown speech during his first term, in April 2011, President Obama put Paul Ryan’s proposals for a 70 percent cut in clean energy at the top of his list of reprehensible and unnecessary reductions. “These aren’t the kind of cuts you make when you’re trying to get rid of some waste or find extra savings...
  • Landmark fracking study finds no water pollution

    09/16/2014 1:43:10 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 14 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Sep 16, 2014 3:05 PM EDT | Kevin Begos
    The final report from a landmark federal study on hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, found no evidence that chemicals or brine water from the gas drilling process moved upward to contaminate drinking water at a site in western Pennsylvania. The Department of Energy report, released Monday, was the first time an energy company allowed independent monitoring of a drilling site during the fracking process and for 18 months afterward. After those months of monitoring, researchers found that the chemical-laced fluids used to free gas stayed about 5,000 feet below drinking water supplies. Scientists used tracer fluids, seismic monitoring, and other tests...
  • California Trees Nailed As The Source Of Mystery Infections

    08/23/2014 6:35:35 AM PDT · by Behind Liberal Lines · 38 replies
    © 2014 NPR ^ | August 22, 2014 3:32 PM ET | by NANCY SHUTE
    A fungus called Cryptococcus gattii can cause life-threatening infections, especially in people with compromised immune systems. One-third of AIDS-related deaths are thought to be caused by the fungus. But though people in Southern California have been getting sick from C. gatti for years, nobody knew how.... C. gattii from three trees, Canary Island pine, New Zealand pohutukawa and American sweet gum, matched almost exactly with C. gattii from infected patients. And the tree samples matched not just those from recent patients but from people who were sick 10 to 12 years ago. Thus this strain of C. gattii has been...
  • Boeing fears regulatory wave amid battle over fish, water pollution

    07/07/2014 3:48:39 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 24 replies
    Fox News ^ | July 7, 2014 | Dan Springer
    Aerospace giant Boeing finds itself in a fishy fight against Native Americans and environmentalists over pollution in the waterways -- a disagreement that could affect where Washington state's largest employer builds the next generation of planes. At the heart of the fight, which could impact thousands of jobs, is a peculiar question: How much locally caught fish do Washingtonians eat, and what are the health risks? Green groups, alone with Washington state tribes, have sued the Environmental Protection Agency to push for increased fish consumption rates -- currently set at six-and-a-half grams a day. If the number is set higher,...
  • White House Unveils Bee Plan, Creates Strategy To Restore Pollinator Populations (Huh?)

    06/20/2014 8:44:46 PM PDT · by Up Yours Marxists · 39 replies
    Inquisitr ^ | June 20, 2014 23:10 GMT | Justin Streight
    The White House is finally addressing a serious, and misunderstood, problem with a new “bee plan.” The bee plan is a federal strategy to stop the sharp decline of pollinators, most notably bees, and restore pollinator populations to their previous buzzing glory. Can the White House end a problem that has alluded scientists and policy makers for over a decade? The bee plan is focused on habitats… and bureaucracy. The first step of the plan is form a task force. The group will include representatives from 14 major federal departments (click here for the full list).
  • Environmental pollution linked to autism, schizophrenia, study shows

    06/07/2014 2:04:11 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 45 replies
    Fox News ^ | June 06, 2014 | Amanda Woerner
    Exposure to environmental pollution may cause brain changes that make people more vulnerable to developing autism or schizophrenia, according to a new study published in Environmental Heath Perspectives. This research falls in line with a 2013 study published in JAMA Psychiatry, which demonstrated an epidemiological link between pollution and autism; the researchers found that children who lived in areas with high levels of traffic pollution seemed to be more likely to be diagnosed with the neurodevelopmental disorder. […] While most research on pollution focuses on large-particle pollution—the only type monitored by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency—this research focused on the...
  • Obama: EPA Power Plant Rule Will Shrink Power Prices

    06/02/2014 11:49:37 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 49 replies
    In a sweeping initiative to curb pollutants blamed for global warming, the Obama administration's EPA unveiled a plan Monday aimed at cutting carbon dioxide emissions from power plants by nearly a third by 2030. But it delays the deadline for some states to begin complying until long after President Barack Obama leaves office. The 645-page plan, expected to be finalized next year, is a centerpiece of Obama's efforts to deal with climate change and seeks to give the United States more leverage to prod other countries to act when negotiations on a new international treaty resume next year. Under the...
  • EPA unveils sweeping plan to slash power plant pollution

    06/02/2014 10:20:10 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 73 replies
    Reuters ^ | 06/02/2014 | BY VALERIE VOLCOVICI AND JEFF MASON
    The U.S. power sector must cut carbon dioxide emissions 30 percent by 2030 from 2005 levels, according to federal regulations unveiled on Monday that form the centerpiece of the Obama administration's climate change strategy. The Environmental Protection Agency's proposal is one of the most significant environmental rules proposed by the United States, and could transform the power sector, which relies on coal for nearly 38 percent of electricity. Gina McCarthy, administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, said on Monday that between 2020 and 2030, the U.S. amount of carbon dioxide the proposal would reduce under the plan would be more...
  • The 10 Most Polluted Cities in America

    04/30/2014 11:37:01 AM PDT · by SC_Pete · 13 replies
    24/7 Wall Street ^ | April 30, 2014 | Vince Calio
    1. Fresno-Madera, Calif. 2. Visalia-Porterville-Hanford, Calif. 3. Bakersfield, Calif. 4. Los Angeles-Long Beach, Calif. 5. Modesto-Merced, Calif 6. Pittsburgh-New Castle-Weirton, Penn.-Ohio-W.Va 7. El Centro, Calif. 8. El Paso-Las Cruces, Texas-N.M. 9. Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, Ariz. 10. St. Louis-St. Charles-Farmington, Mo.-Ill. COMPLETE ARTICLE HERE:
  • The 10 Most Polluted Cities in America

    04/30/2014 10:13:17 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 24 replies
    Wall Street 24X7 ^ | 04/30/2014 | Vince Calio
    After making great strides in air pollution over the past decade, the United States took a small step backwards. Forty-seven percent of the U.S. population lived in areas with unhealthy levels of air pollution, slightly higher than last year. According to the American Lung Association’s 2014 “State of the Air” report, the Fresno, Calif., metro area was the most polluted city, moving ahead of Bakersfield, Calif. The ALA’s report measures cities based on low-lying ozone pollution, as well as both short- and long-term particle pollution. These particles, just 1/30th the diameter of a human hair, are capable of getting past...
  • China says one-fifth of its farmland is polluted

    04/18/2014 10:51:01 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 31 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Apr 18, 2014 4:31 AM EDT | Ian Mader
    Faced with growing public anger about a poisonous environment, China’s government released a yearslong study that shows nearly one-fifth of the country’s farmland is contaminated with toxic metals, a stunning indictment of unfettered industrialization under the Communist Party’s authoritarian rule. The report, previously deemed so sensitive it was classified as a state secret, names the heavy metals cadmium, nickel and arsenic as the top contaminants. It adds to widespread doubts about the safety of China’s farm produce and confirms suspicions about the dire state of its soil following more than two decades of explosive industrial growth, the overuse of farm...
  • EPA Justifies Experiments

    04/05/2014 8:02:09 AM PDT · by John Semmens · 8 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 5 Apr 2014 | John Semmens
    Revelations that the US Environmental Protection Agency has been conducting deadly experiments on unwitting volunteers have surfaced. According to the Office of the Inspector General (OIG), the EPA’s experiments exposed individuals to pollutants in quantities up to 50 times greater than the levels the agency deems safe. The OIG findings were dismissed as “exaggerated scaremongering” by EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy. “The number of individuals exposed to these toxins are but a tiny fraction of the population. Those criticizing the Agency are overlooking the potentially larger gains to the vast majority of the country that may be achieved by the sacrifice...
  • Senator Calls Keystone Pipeline a Health Threat

    03/03/2014 10:01:09 AM PST · by John Semmens · 7 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 28 Feb 2014 | John Semmens
    Senator Barbara Boxer (D-Calif) wants the EPA to take a closer look at the proposal to build the Keystone Pipeline. The pipeline would replace rail transport of oil from Canada and is considered a generally safer means of getting the flammable commodity to its destination. Boxer sought to clarify her opposition to the pipeline, saying that “I’m not stupid. I know that trains sometimes get derailed and that in terms of the safety of transporting oil a pipeline would be less dangerous. The point I am trying to make is that a cheaper and safer mode of shipping will mean...
  • Polluted Minds: Greenies think nature is bad for itself

    02/27/2014 5:32:49 PM PST · by Daniel Clark · 5 replies
    The Shinbone: The Frontier of the Free Press ^ | February 27, 2014 | Daniel Clark
    Polluted Minds: Greenies think nature is bad for itself by Daniel Clark One of the things liberals remember best about Ronald Reagan is that he said trees cause pollution. The reason they remember this is that it makes them feel superior to him, and no wonder. Can you imagine anything that sounds stupider than that? It’s the kind of statement for which we’d expect Sarah Palin to be ridiculed, despite her never having said it. So why would Reagan say such a thing? Because trees cause pollution, that’s why. In particular, decaying leaves and pine needles produce organic compounds that...
  • Solar Cells Linked to Greenhouse Gases Over 23,000 Times Worse than CO2 (Warmists very silent)

    02/20/2014 11:37:51 AM PST · by Titus-Maximus · 27 replies
    E-Release ^ | 6/4/2012 | Ozzie Zehne
    BERKELEY, Calif., June 4, 2012 – Solar cells do not offset greenhouse gases or curb fossil fuel use in the United States according to a new environmental book, Green Illusions (June 2012, University of Nebraska Press), written by University of California – Berkeley visiting scholar Ozzie Zehner. Green Illusions explains how the solar industry has grown to become one of the leading emitters of hexafluoroethane (C2F6), nitrogen trifluoride (NF3), and sulfur hexafluoride (SF6). These three potent greenhouse gases, used by solar cell fabricators, make carbon dioxide (CO2) seem harmless. Hexafluoroethane has a global warming potential that is 12,000 times higher...
  • Obama Credits Self for Decreasing Carbon Pollution that Has 'Severe Impacts on Our Weather'

    02/18/2014 10:21:17 PM PST · by Nachum · 32 replies
    breitbart ^ | 2/18/14 | staff
    President Obama speaking at a Safeway distribution center in Upper Marlboro, Maryland, while speaking about fuel standards: "So for decades, the fuel efficiency standards of our cars and trucks was stuck in neutral even as other kinds of technology leapt forward," Obama said. "And that left families and businesses and our economy vulnerable to fluctuations in oil prices. Every time oil prices shot up the economy got hurt. Our automakers were in danger of being left in the dust by foreign automakers. Carbon pollution was going unchecked, which was having severe impacts on our weather."
  • Carbon Benefits Exceed Costs By Up to 500:1

    02/15/2014 8:41:03 AM PST · by Kaslin · 20 replies ^ | February 15, 2014 | Paul Driessen
    Editor's Note: This column was co-authored by Roger Bezdek. The Environmental Protection Agency, other government agencies and various scientists contend that fossil fuels and carbon dioxide emissions are causing dangerous global warming and climate change. They use this claim to justify repressive regulations for automobiles, coal-fired power plants and other facilities powered by hydrocarbon energy. Because these rules are costing millions of jobs and billions of dollars, a federal Interagency Working Group (IWG) devised the “social cost of carbon” concept – which attaches arbitrary monetary values to the alleged impacts of using hydrocarbons and emitting carbon dioxide. SCC estimates...
  • NY Legislature Attacking Facial Scrubs… And They’re Probably Right To Do So!

    02/12/2014 9:30:17 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 3 replies
    Political Outcast ^ | February 12, 2014 | Mark Horne
    I say “probably” because I haven’t had time to research the factual claims behind the legislation. But if anyone thinks conservatives are against all government action, then this might be a time to set the record straight. If the facts are correct then I think if is quite likely that the NY legislature is doing exactly what it needs to do. In that case, I hope other states, or even the Federal Government follows their example. Here is’s summary:
  • Pollution from China Reaches U.S., According to New Study

    01/21/2014 7:22:33 AM PST · by chessplayer · 9 replies
    The pollution that reaches the West Coast is largely a by-product of production of consumer goods for the U.S. and Europe. It’s the first study to measure exactly how much of the Chinese pollution reaching the U.S. West Coast is from the production of items for the U.S., like cell phones, televisions, and electronics. “We’ve outsourced our manufacturing and much of our pollution, but some of it is blowing back across the Pacific to haunt us,” said U.C. Irvine Earth system scientist Steve Davis, a co-author of the study. “Given the complaints about how Chinese pollution is corrupting other countries’...
  • COLD SHOCK: Warming up your car illegal!

    01/12/2014 4:35:45 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 123 replies ^ | January 10, 2014 |
    WASHINGTON – The recent nationwide cold snap isn’t just making Americans uncomfortable. It’s turning some into lawbreakers. The shocking news of state and local regulations that make it illegal to warm up your frozen car is hitting home in Texas, Maryland, Ohio, West Virginia, Colorado, Wisconsin, South Carolina – even some cities in Minnesota. Who knew it could be illegal to run back inside while your car is warming up in winter – in a practice sometimes called “puffing”? Many Americans are getting first-hand experience this brutal winter with the latest manifestation of what some call the “Nanny State.” The...
  • Pollution Rising, Chinese Fear for Soil and Food

    12/31/2013 12:24:47 PM PST · by Theoria · 12 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 30 Dec 2013 | Edward Wong
    The farm-to-table process in China starts in villages like this one in the agricultural heartland. Food from the fields of Ge Songqing and her neighbors ends up in their kitchens or in the local market, and from there goes to other provinces. The foods are Chinese staples: rice, cabbage, carrots, turnips and sweet potatoes. But the fields are ringed by factories and irrigated with water tainted by industrial waste. Levels of toxic heavy metals in the wastewater here are among the highest in China, and residents fear the soil is similarly contaminated. Though they have no scientific proof, they suspect...
  • CHINA: Our Smog Is A Major Defensive Advantage On The Battlefield

    12/09/2013 3:05:45 PM PST · by Dallas59 · 15 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 12/9/2013 | Business Insider
    Chinese air pollution has been in the headlines for some time now. Earlier this year Beijing announced a massive program that would need 1.7 trillion yuan in investment over the next five years to tackle its smog problem. While headlines about cancer villages and the other side effects of China's pollution debacle continue, and Beijing does seem to be taking the issue seriously, Chinese state media is searching hard for a silver lining. Citing a report from a nationalist newspaper, South China Morning Post points to an article that tries desperately to put a positive spin on China's air pollution....
  • Here are the world’s worst cities for air pollution (Al Gore Suicide Watch)

    10/20/2013 7:43:59 PM PDT · by My Favorite Headache · 36 replies
    QZ/Quartz ^ | 10/20/2013 | By Ritchie King and Lily Kuo
    Here are the world’s worst cities for air pollution, and they’re not the ones you’d expect. In 2010, some 223,000 people around the world died from lung cancer caused by exposure to air pollution, the World Health Organization (WHO) said yesterday. And more than half of those deaths are believed to have been in China and elsewhere in East Asia. Here are the world’s worst cities for air pollution, according to the WHO. + air-pollution-by-city Exposure to air pollution is getting worse in parts of the world, especially industrializing countries, according to the WHO. The WHO’s key announcement yesterday was...
  • (Portland, Oregon) Water Supply Cut Off After Man Urinates In Reservoir

    10/18/2013 12:23:51 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 49 replies
    CBS News ^ | October 16, 2013
    A Portland, Oregon man urinated in a Mt. Tabor reservoir Wednesday causing the city to take it’s critical water supply off line and dump millions in gallons of water. According to The Oregonian, officials saw five people throwing objects into the reservoir, while one person began to urinate into it through the fencing. Police did not cite the 21-year-old or his friends, but the Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office may press criminal charges after surveillance video and police reports are reviewed. [Snip] An administrator for the Water Bureau, David Shaff, said that because of this incident, roughly 7.8 million gallons...
  • Coal Miners and Mountaintop Strip Mining

    09/28/2013 11:16:28 AM PDT · by rktman · 10 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 9/28/2013 | Dr. Ileana Johnson Paugh
    The Earth Justice website paints a bleak picture of strip mining which has “devastated Appalachia,” claiming that “in the past few decades, over 2,000 miles of streams and headwaters that provide drinking water to millions of Americans have been permanently buried and destroyed. An area the size of Delaware has been flattened. Local coal communities routinely face devastating floods and adverse health effects.” If so many miles of streams that provide drinking water to millions had been buried, how do these millions get their drinking water? I also wonder if the cancer rate and lung-related illnesses are higher in these...