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  • Rep. Westerman Hopes to Steer GOP in Right Direction on Conservation Issues

    10/16/2020 4:25:06 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 4 replies ^ | October 16, 2020 | Gabriella Hoffman
    Rep. Bruce Westerman (R-AR) stands out in Congress as the lone registered forester. The third-term congressman representing Arkansas’ 4th Congressional District has emerged as a leading conservative voice on conservation issues. And for good reason. He recently told me his thoughts on forest management, why he supports market-based conservation, why conservatism isn’t at odds with conservation, and more. Forestry: A CallingCongressman Westerman said his love of the Great Outdoors greatly influenced his decision to pursue a career in natural resources. After graduating from the University of Arkansas with an engineering degree, he obtained a Master of Forestry from Yale University in a program established with...
  • EPA Eases Rule To Allow Power Plants To Dump Polluted Water (barf)

    10/12/2020 9:30:05 AM PDT · by where's_the_Outrage? · 8 replies ^ | Oct 12, 2020 | Sarah Okeson
    Agency Gives Utilities a Break, Reclassifies ‘Cooling Ponds’ as ‘Waste Treatment Systems’ Alice Fleming Guzick and her husband, Bill, have been living at their lake house on Lake Keowee in South Carolina since the coronavirus pandemic started. She likes to paddleboard and kayak there. Trump and Radical Republicans stripped environmental protections from lakes such as the one Guzick lives on when the EPA and the Army Corps of Engineers repealed former President Barack Obama’s Clean Water Rule and replaced it. Environmentalists say the change removes lakes such as Lake Keowee from being protected under the landmark Clean Water Act, which...
  • U.S. could adopt carbon tax under a Biden presidency -ex-Fed Chair Yellen

    10/08/2020 5:21:43 AM PDT · by Theoria · 23 replies
    Reuters ^ | 08 Oct 2020 | Valerie Volcovici and Matthew Green
    Former Federal Reserve chair Janet Yellen said bipartisan concern over climate change could see the United States adopt a tax on carbon emissions, with the proceeds shared with households, if Democrat Joe Biden is elected President in November. Yellen, who served as Fed chair from 2014-2018, said the combination of social injustices exposed by the coronavirus pandemic and Black Lives Matter protests, and wildfires in California, could boost support for the proposal. “There really is a new kind of recognition that you’ve got a society where capitalism is beginning to run amok and needs to be readjusted in order to...
  • Wind Turbines Generate Mountains of Waste

    09/25/2020 7:22:06 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 24 replies ^ | September 25, 2020 | Duggan Flanagan
    Environmentalists and wind energy opportunists (entrepreneurs who take advantage of overly generous tax credits and multiple other subsidies) want you to believe wind energy is as pure “green” as newly driven snow is white, and as cheap as Taco Bell. They never tell you about the costs – or the environmental destruction – that they have hidden from you for decades. But neither do most governments, news media or social media.Ars Technica science editor John Timmer says wind hardware prices are dropping, even as new turbine designs are increasing the typical power generated by each turbine. Timmer did admit that “wind is...
  • The Curious Case of Environmentalist Mike Shellenberger

    09/25/2020 5:24:48 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 14 replies ^ | September 25, 2020 | Gabriella Hoffman
    On a recent episode of my podcast District of Conservation, environmentalist Mike Shellenberger shared what’s on his mind regarding the current state of environmentalism. An admitted moderate Democrat, the bestselling author of the summer breakout book, Apocalypse Never, discussed his findings from the book and why he’s speaking out.Unbeknownst to many, the Environmental Progress founder and president had a reckoning about climate alarmism and apologized for contributing to any past fear mongering. In a June 29th blog post entitled, On Behalf Of Environmentalists, I Apologize For The Climate Scare, he wrote: On behalf of environmentalists everywhere, I would like to formally apologize for the climate...
  • Area families seek legal action against DOE contractors[OH]

    09/21/2020 6:19:24 AM PDT · by buckalfa · 5 replies
    Portsmouth Daily Times ^ | September 18, 2020 | Patrick Keck
    PIKETON — Earlier this month, former Portsmouth Gaseous Diffusion Plant employees and their families came forward with a lawsuit against contractors of the U.S. Department of Energy with allegations of a culture of corruption, misinformation, and endangerment to families across southern Ohio. According to the DOE’s Portsmouth/Paducah Project Office, the 3,777-acre site operated from 1954 to 2001 and enriched weapons-grade uranium during the Cold War. While working with hazardous, radioactive materials, the suit claims safety measures were insufficient causing exposure and subsequent bodily injuries and diseases. “The United States Department of Energy and its contractors, through their criminal acts, negligence,...
  • The Wild West Must Remain Wild….and Free

    09/20/2020 6:44:13 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 6 replies ^ | September 20, 2020 | Graig Shirley
    When Teddy Roosevelt ascended to the presidency after the assassination of William McKinley, a big business GOP political opponent exclaimed in disgust, “Now that damned cowboy is in the White House!”  This same reaction was widespread among the Republican establishment when Ronald Reagan was elected president in 1980, as he was a conservative, a conservationist and yes, a cowboy. Much like TR, Reagan also celebrated the outdoors, especially the American West. His favorite poet may have been Robert Service, a big, handsome man who penned poetry about the West. Reagan could recite “The Mountain and the Lake” at an invitation. Reagan...
  • Pope Francis’ 'creation is groaning' letter: Biblically and Scientifically bankrupt

    09/11/2020 7:56:34 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 26 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 09/11/2020 | Vijay Jayaraj
    In a letter marking the World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation, Pope Francis laments the destruction of nature.“Our constant demand for growth and an endless cycle of production and consumption are exhausting the natural world,” he says. “Forests are leached, topsoil erodes, fields fail, deserts advance, seas acidify and storms intensify. Creation is groaning!”But Francis thinks COVID-19 and the associated economic lockdowns are restoring nature: “Already we can see how the Earth can recover if we allow it to rest: the air becomes cleaner, the waters clearer, and animals have returned to many places from where they...
  • The Myth of Harmonious Indigenous Conservationism

    09/10/2020 11:04:17 AM PDT · by em2vn · 17 replies
    Quillette ^ | 09-06-2020 | Baz Edmeades
    It seems like a long time ago. But only six months ago, pundits had convinced themselves that the great morality tale of our time was playing out in an obscure part of British Columbia. Following on an internal political fight within the Wet’suwet’en First Nation over a local pipeline project, one columnist wrote that “the Indigenous people of Earth have become the conscience of humanity. In this dire season, it is time to listen to them.”
  • Green energy is not so green

    09/08/2020 7:01:41 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 1 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 09/08/2020 | Viv Forbes
    Solar energy is very dilute, so solar collectors usually cover huge areas of flat arable land, stealing farmland, starving wild herbs and grasses of sunlight and creating "Solar Deserts." Wind turbines steal energy from winds, which often bring moisture from the ocean. These walls of turbines then create rain shadows, producing more rain near the turbines and more droughts downwind. Turbines work best along ridge lines where eagles also seek thermals, so birds and bats get chopped up by these whirling scythes. They also annoy neighbors with noise and increase bushfire risk. They even spread their wall of wind towers...
  • Remembering EPA’s Gold King Mine Blowout – Part 2

    09/05/2020 8:32:13 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 10 replies ^ | September 5, 2020 | Duggan Flanagan
    On August 5, five years to the day after suffering from a 3-million-gallon spill of heavy-metal-laden toxic wastewater from Colorado’s Gold King Mine, the State of Utah announced a settlement of its claims against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and several EPA contractors (who thus far have not been held responsible, accountable or liable) for their alleged negligence in allowing the spill. The notorious, devastating accident turned Cement Creek and the Animas, San Juan and Colorado Rivers yellow all the way from Colorado through New Mexico and Utah and into Lake Powell. The settlement is good news. Yet those whose...
  • Coal mines could store old turbine blades [ Wyoming ]

    08/16/2020 11:05:46 AM PDT · by george76 · 29 replies
    Wyoming News Exchange ^ | August 15, 2020 | Camille Erickson
    Wind energy companies will have the option of using decommissioned wind turbine blades as backfill material when reclaiming surface coal mine sites soon, thanks to a new bill signed into law earlier this year. But first, the state needs to set the rules. ... The blades.. are made of fiberglass. Fiberglass is a tricky material that can’t be recycled or easily repurposed. And as utility companies look to replace aging wind turbines, the machines’ blades are being buried in stacks at a handful of landfills around the country, ... old mine sites to suddenly become a landfills, which could affect...
  • Greta Thunberg – Master of Self-marketing

    08/09/2020 4:37:29 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 31 replies ^ | August 9, 2020 | Rainer Zitelmann
    Once again Greta Thunberg has demonstrated her PR genius. She just met a researcher from neighboring Norway for a conversation on the border between their two countries. And Greta didn’t waste any time posting the pictures of their meeting on Twitter and Instagram. In one of the photos, the two are seen greeting each other by touching their right feet together over the Morokulien border crossing – without physically entering the other’s country. According to Thunberg, she was interviewing the climate and environmental scientist Per Espen Stoknes for an upcoming BBC documentary series. However, because she was not allowed to...
  • More Juice!

    08/05/2020 5:01:18 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 16 replies ^ | August 5, 2020 | John Stossel
    Was the power on in your house this morning? If so, thank fossil fuels!A few parts of America do get energy from other sources. Washington state has fast-flowing rivers that allow Washingtonians to get most of their electricity from hydroelectric power. Iowa now gets about 40% of its electricity from wind.But most of us get power from the much-hated fossil fuels, primarily natural gas and coal.Burning them does pollute, although government-mandated controls like scrubbers in smokestacks have nearly eliminated the dangerous pollutants, such as sulfur dioxide. (Yes, government has done some useful things.) But fossil fuels still emit greenhouse gasses, and...
  • Trump says India, China and Russia don't take care of their air

    07/30/2020 4:56:01 AM PDT · by Jyotishi · 6 replies
    Daily Pioneer ^ | Thursday, July 30, 2020 | PTI
    Trump says India, China and Russia don't take care of their air Washington -- US President Donald Trump has alleged that India, China and Russia do not take care of their air, while America does, noting that he withdrew from the one-sided, energy-destroying Paris climate accord which would have made it a non-competitive nation . Trump, in his address on energy and the Permian Basin in Midland, Texas on Wednesday, said that by imposing these punishing restrictions -- and beyond restrictions the Washington radical-left, crazy Democrats would also send countless American jobs, factories, industries to China and to other foreign...
  • Alarm over discovery of hundreds of Chinese fishing vessels near Galápagos Islands

    07/29/2020 8:14:24 AM PDT · by Dr. Sivana · 55 replies
    Guardian ^ | 07/27/2020 | Guardian Staff
    Ecuador has sounded the alarm after its navy discovered a huge fishing fleet of mostly Chinese-flagged vessels some 200 miles from the Galápagos Islands, the archipelago which inspired Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution. About 260 ships are currently in international waters just outside a 188-mile wide exclusive economic zone around the island, but their presence has already raised the prospect of serious damage to the delicate marine ecosystem, said a former environment minister, Yolanda Kakabadse. “This fleet’s size and aggressiveness against marine species is a big threat to the balance of species in the Galápagos,” she told the Guardian. He...
  • A Win for Conservation: President Trump to Sign Landmark Public Lands Bill into Law

    07/24/2020 4:33:05 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 6 replies ^ | July 24, 2020 | Gabriella Hoffman
    In our deeply-divided country, it’s rare for Congress to come together. One bill that put a momentary pause on the gridlock is the Great American Outdoor Act (GAOA), the bipartisan conservation bill heading to President Donald J. Trump’s desk.   Last month, the Senate passed their version by a 73-25 vote. The House of Representatives, after much delay, overwhelmingly passed it by a 310-107 vote on Wednesday. President Trump is expected to sign it by August 1, 2020.There are two key takeaways from the GAOA: it will permanently fund the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) with $900 million annually in...
  • On Behalf Of Environmentalists, I Apologize For The Climate Scare

    06/30/2020 12:33:46 PM PDT · by NohSpinZone · 14 replies
    Quillette ^ | 6/30/2020 | By Michael Shellenberger
    On behalf of environmentalists everywhere, I would like to formally apologize for the climate scare we created over the last 30 years. Climate change is happening. It’s just not the end of the world. It’s not even our most serious environmental problem. I may seem like a strange person to be saying all of this. I have been a climate activist for 20 years and an environmentalist for 30. But as an energy expert asked by Congress to provide objective expert testimony, and invited by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) to serve as expert reviewer of its next...
  • Delingpole: Forbes Cancels Environmentalist Who Wrote ‘I Apologize for the Climate Scare

    06/30/2020 9:25:42 AM PDT · by rktman · 26 replies ^ | 6/30/2020 | James Delingpole
    “On Behalf of Environmentalists, I Apologise for the Climate Scare,” said an article published in Forbes magazine by Mike Shellenberger. At least it did, till Forbes caved to furious green activists and pulled it within hours of publication. By arguing that climate change is real – but “not the end of the world” and “not even our most serious environmental problem,” Shellenberger had been found guilty of wrongthink.
  • NYT Op-Ed: ‘Stop Eating Animals’ If You Care About Climate Change, Racial Justice and Working Poor

    05/27/2020 9:20:17 AM PDT · by JV3MRC · 59 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | 5/27/2020 | Joseph Vazquez
    What is it with liberal outlets and their apparent virtue-signaling obsession with eliminating meat from our diets? The New York Times published a wacky op-ed headlined “The End of Meat Is Here.” In the sub-headline, author Jonathan Safran Foer grumbled that “If you care about the working poor, about racial justice, and about climate change, you have to stop eating animals.” [Emphasis added.] Only leftists like Foer would know how to make that nonsensical connection.