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  • Plastics Over the Bounding Main? Not Primarily the US’s Doing

    01/14/2022 5:20:45 AM PST · by Kaslin · 9 replies ^ | January 14, 2022 | William D. Balgord
    In a report just released, the National Academy of Sciences takes America to task for being the world’s biggest contributor of the plastic refuse that finds its way into to the oceans. But the claim needs closer examination. Credible prior reporting has estimated, on a country-by-country basis, the seaward flux of packaging materials: plastic bottles, bags, eating and drinking utensils, and sundry other consumer items afloat on ocean currents. Study outcomes may vary and yield somewhat divergent results, accountable from differing methodologies reliant on the modeling assumptions used, but their overall agreement is consistent. Neither cited study supports NAS’s contention...
  • Israeli environment minister says UAE oil deal is blocked

    12/31/2021 6:12:56 PM PST · by blueplum · 6 replies
    AP ^ | 30 December 2021 | TIA GOLDENBERG
    TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) — Israel’s Environment Minister said Thursday a clandestine oil deal that would have turned a scuba divers’ paradise into a waypoint for Emirati oil headed for Western markets has effectively been blocked.... ...The secret deal would have significantly increased the number of oil tankers docking and unloading in the Israeli resort city of Eilat. It was struck last year between the Europe-Asia Pipeline Company, the Israeli government-owned corporation, and MED-RED Land Bridge, a joint Israeli-Emirati venture, following the historic agreement establishing formal diplomatic ties... ...Senior officials in former Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s government — including his...
  • Bizarre World Economic Forum Video Orders Citizens to Stop Washing Their Clothes to Fight Climate Change

    12/26/2021 9:06:54 PM PST · by E. Pluribus Unum · 32 replies
    Big League Politics ^ | Dec 26, 2021 | Richard Moorhead
    A bizarre new video of the globalist World Economic Forum is ordering citizens of western countries to cease washing their clothes in order to fight climate change, following the WEF’s commands that the populace of developed nations eat bugs and renounce all possessions in order to lower carbon emissions. The strange missive appeared on the WEF’s Twitter feed on Sunday morning. The World Economic Forum, chaired by infamous “Great Reset” architect Klaus Schwab, routinely insists that decreasing the quality of life of average citizens is the way forward to deter climate change and supposed catastrophe. Twitter users chimed in to...
  • Harrisburg Man Arrested After Burning Cemetery Christmas Wreaths

    12/25/2021 5:50:29 PM PST · by Viking2002 · 32 replies
    WCBC Radio ^ | December 25th, 2021 | WCBC Radio
    Deputy State Fire Marshals arrested a Harrisburg, Pennsylvania man early Christmas Eve after setting multiple Christmas wreaths on fire at a local Hagerstown cemetery. Peter J. Custer, 43, is charged with Second Degree Malicious Burning, Malicious Destruction of Property Under $1,000, and Trespassing on Private Property. Witnesses called 911 just after 1:00 a.m., after driving by Cedar Lawn Memorial Park in Hagerstown and saw Custer standing by a fire. Washington County Sheriff's Office and the Office of the State Fire Marshal responded and concluded that Custer took plastic wreaths from three or more burial plots, placed them on an access...
  • That ‘70s Show: An Auto Icon’s Demise Previews A Re-run of Regulatory Malaise

    12/16/2021 1:37:13 PM PST · by Kaslin · 9 replies ^ | December 16, 2021 | Henry Payne
    At the Los Angeles Auto Show this November, Dodge shocked the auto world when it announced the end of one of its iconic Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat. The V8-powered, 717-horsepower beast is revered by performance enthusiasts and has vaulted Dodge to the #2 best-selling sportscar behind the mighty Ford Mustang. Dodge’s huge fan base vented their disapproval on Internet forums. But, buyer be damned, Hellcat doesn’t fit into bureaucrats’ vision of what Americans should be driving. Hellcat’s emissions footprint isn’t sustainable under federal rules. Dodge will introduce an electric muscle car early next year as the US government imposes the...
  • California to Become Abortion Sanctuary [semi-satire]

    12/10/2021 10:56:13 PM PST · by John Semmens · 6 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 12 December 2021 | John Semmens
    In the event that the Supreme Court overturns its 1973 Roe v. Wade decision that made abortion the law of the land, Gov. Galvin Newsom (D-Calif) is boasting that his state "will become an abortion sanctuary for the entire world. We have the will and the votes to go far beyond the bounds of the Roe v. Wade decision, which essentially only protected abortion during the first two trimesters." Based on the oral arguments between the Justices and the attorneys representing both sides of the issue, it is speculated that the Court seems most likely to rule that it will...
  • Radical Environmentalism Poses Grave Threat to True Conservation Efforts

    12/03/2021 3:03:07 AM PST · by Kaslin · 7 replies ^ | December 3, 2021 | Gabriella Hoffman
    There is a grave environmental crisis afoot. Mind you, it isn’t the oft-discussed “climate crisis”— but a threat that’s conveniently overlooked: radical preservationism. Preservationists, namely the far-Left and their environmentalist allies, have falsely presented themselves as true conservationists. But they’ve finally been unmasked. How? Anytime their policies are enacted, the results are ruinous to both people and nature. Take raging wildfires out West. A lack of forest management, due to preservationist policies, has led to the destruction of nearly 20 percent of sequoia trees in the last two years. That’s unconscionable. Here are some additional examples of destructive preservationist environmentalist...
  • Test detects petroleum product in Pearl Harbor-Hickam water but big questions remain

    12/02/2021 5:24:53 PM PST · by Jyotishi · 26 replies
    Hawaii News Now ^ | December 1, 2021 | HNN Staff
    Honolulu (HawaiiNewsNow) -- A Hawaii lab has detected a petroleum product in a water sample collected from the Pearl Harbor-Hickam system -- a worrisome finding that comes as the investigation into the source of the fuel-like odor and oily sheen from the water continues. It’s the first confirmation of what military households and other impacted residents have been reporting for days: That their water smells like fuel and has made them sick. But the results also raise more questions, including how much petroleum is present and what kind it is. Environmental Health Deputy Director Kathleen Ho stressed the results are...
  • What happens when America’s coal plants die?

    11/28/2021 11:00:16 PM PST · by blueplum · 16 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 26 November 2021 | Matt Krupnick
    When the coal-fired power plant just outside the tiny town of Nucla, Colorado, closed in 2019, it had the makings of a disaster. The plant, which opened in 1959, shut down three years ahead of schedule when it ran out of coal, leaving the town shocked and facing the loss of its largest employer. The facility provided nearly half the tax revenue to the region... ....The huge Navajo Generating Station in northern Arizona, within the Navajo Nation, also shut down in 2019. Local leaders complained that plant operators closed the facility decades ahead of schedule, although the region did have...
  • Hillary Campaigning to Replace Kamala as VP [semi-satire]

    11/27/2021 11:00:24 AM PST · by John Semmens · 12 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 28 November 2021 | John Semmens
    As Vice-President Kamala Harris' poll numbers continue to sink far below those of the hapless President, former First Lady, Senator, and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has publicly expressed lavish praise for Biden's "accomplishments." "On the legislative front, President Biden has induced Congress to increase federal spending by trillions of dollars," Clinton pointed out. "This is more spending than any other president has been able to convince Congress to spend in such a short period of time. A lot of this spending will help shore up support for Democrats in states like Virginia where voters are rebelling against unresponsive government."...
  • Biden officials to propose road ban on much of Alaska’s Tongass National Forest

    11/18/2021 11:06:02 PM PST · by blueplum · 4 replies
    WaPo ^ | 18 November 2021 | Juliet Eilperin
    The move would restrict development on roughly 9.3 million acres in North America’s largest temperate rainforest, according to those briefed on the plan, reversing Trump Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack will propose reinstating a Bill Clinton-era rule to ban logging and road building in more than half of North America’s largest temperate rainforest, the department confirmed. The restrictions had managed to stay in place for years because of a series of court battles, but the Trump administration wiped them out last fall. “Restoring the Tongass’ roadless protections supports the advancement of economic, ecologic and cultural sustainability in Southeast Alaska in a...
  • Biden's Soviet-born Comptroller of the Currency nominee wants oil and gas companies to go 'bankrupt”

    11/11/2021 3:47:38 AM PST · by littleharbour · 18 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | November 10, 2021 | Will Stewart, Rob Crilly, Nikki Schwab
    Video has emerged of President Joe Biden's nominee to lead the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, Saule Omarova, saying she wants oil and gas companies to go 'bankrupt.' 'We want them to go bankrupt if we want to tackle climate change, right?' the Soviet-born Omarova said in a clip that was shared online by the conservative-leaning American Accountability Foundation. She made the comments in February when appearing at the Jain Family Institute's Social Wealth Seminar, where she was making the case for a National Investment Authority, which would pull resources from the Treasury Department and the Federal Reserve...
  • Countries’ climate pledges built on flawed data, Post investigation finds

    11/08/2021 2:43:32 AM PST · by Erik Latranyi · 9 replies
    WaPo via MSN ^ | 8 November 2021 | Chris Mooney, Juliet Eilperin, Desmond Butler, John Muyskens, Anu Narayanswamy, Naema Ahmed
    Malaysia’s latest catalogue of its greenhouse gas emissions to the United Nations reads like a report from a parallel universe. The 285-page document suggests that Malaysia’s trees are absorbing carbon four times faster than similar forests in neighboring Indonesia. The surprising claim has allowed the country to subtract over 243 million tons of carbon dioxide from its 2016 inventory — slashing 73 percent of emissions from its bottom line. Across the world, many countries underreport their greenhouse gas emissions in their reports to the United Nations, a Washington Post investigation has found. An examination of 196 country reports reveals a...
  • One of world's largest investment firms will need permission to hire White men

    11/07/2021 2:00:26 PM PST · by markomalley · 42 replies
    Fox Business ^ | 11/7/2021 | Emma Colton
    Leaders at one of the largest investment firms in the world, State Street Global Advisors, will need to ask permission to hire White men as it rolls out a diversity hiring initiative. "This is now front and central for State Street — it’s on every senior executive’s scorecard," said Jess McNicholas, the bank’s head of inclusion, diversity and corporate citizenship in London, according to the Sunday Times. "All of our leaders have to demonstrate at their annual appraisals what they have done to improve female representation and the number of colleagues from ethnic-minority backgrounds."
  • Call for Military Campaign Against Climate Change [semi-satire]

    11/07/2021 10:12:42 AM PST · by John Semmens · 5 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 7 November 2021 | John Semmens
    The United Kingdom's Prince Charles called for "a vast military-style campaign to combat climate change" as he opened the COP26 summit in Glasgow. "If we were to bomb refineries, oil wells, coal mines, and nuclear power plants we'd 'break the backs' of our chief environmental enemies and restore life to the cleaner pre-industrial age we carelessly tossed aside in a faulty quest to uplift commoners to lifestyles they were never meant to have." "Let me remind everyone what smashing job our air forces did in flattening the Third Reich during the 1940s," the Prince boasted. "Civilized values prevailed over Nazi...
  • NY state approves constitutional right to clean environment

    11/05/2021 3:10:08 PM PDT · by T Ruth · 41 replies
    Breitbart News ^ | 3 Nov 2021 | AFP
    The New York state constitution will be amended to say people have the right to clean air and water and a healthy environment, after voters said yes to the measure in a referendum that was part of local elections on Tuesday. A total of 60.8 percent of voters approved the referendum question, compared to 27 percent against and 11.7 casting blank ballots, with 99 percent of state districts reporting. Supporters of the “yes” option are claiming victory. *** Questions remain on whether this environmental right will be truly binding and opponents are already warning that it would create a legal...
  • Pennsylvania Environmental Rule Change Will Affect ‘Everyone Who Flushes’

    10/26/2021 12:48:11 PM PDT · by lightman · 26 replies
    epoch times ^ | 26 October A.D. 2021 | Beth Brelje
    Brace yourself for inflation where you least expect itin Pennsylvania’s bathrooms. That was the conclusion state Rep. Daryl Metcalfe came to Monday while chairing a hearing of the House Environmental Resources and Energy Committee, which heard testimony about the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection’s (DEP) plan to revise requirements for its Biosolids Beneficial Use General Permit. This is a permit for anyone who deals in the land application of biosolids— livestock manure on farms, and the stuff you flush in the bathroom that ends up in a septic tank or a wastewater treatment facility. Biosolids can be used in mine...
  • Brown crabs mesmerised by underwater power cables for renewable energy sources, study finds

    10/11/2021 12:55:11 AM PDT · by blueplum · 26 replies
    Sky News ^ | 10 October 2021 | Alexa Phillips, news reporter
    Offshore wind farms requiring extensive underwater cabling are installed and planned around Scotland's coast, and researchers said they could destabilise the nation's brown crab population if precautions are not taken. Brown crabs are mesmerised by underwater power cables for renewable energy sources, scientists have found. The cables emit an electromagnetic field which causes them to sit still...
  • Oil Company Says Pipeline Shut After Major Calif. Spill Kills Wildlife

    10/03/2021 6:16:42 PM PDT · by AirForceVet1988 · 19 replies
    NewsMax ^ | 10-3-21 | Staff
    Crude was no longer leaking from a Southern California pipeline believed to be the source of a massive oil spill that closed miles of popular beaches on Sunday, according to the head of the company that owns the facility. Divers were still trying to determine where and why the leak occurred, but the flow of oil was stopped late Saturday from the line that runs under the ocean off Huntington Beach, said Amplify Energy CEO Martyn Willsher. At least 126,000 gallons (572,807 liters) of crude spilled into the waters off Orange County starting late Friday or early Saturday when boaters...
  • Don’t Waste Time Or Money On ‘Silent Earth’

    10/02/2021 3:53:32 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 22 replies ^ | October 2, 2021 | Paul Driessen
    Book reviews usually tell people, buy this new hardback. This article advises, don’t bother reading "Silent Earth," much less purchasing a copy; it’s mostly a junk-science, anti-technology screed. Dave Goulson’s book expands on "Silent Spring," Rachel Carson’s polemic against pesticides that helped rid Europe and the USA of deadly malaria, and now protect crops that require so much land, water, work, fertilizer and energy to grow and harvest that we dare not sacrifice them to hordes of hungry insects. Carson falsely blamed DDT for her cancer – and launched the practice of using conjecture, poetic prose, hyperbole and even fraud,...