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  • Report: How to Fix Surface Transportation Funding

    01/04/2021 1:23:18 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 17 replies
    For Construction Pros ^ | December 9, 2020 | Jessica Lombardo
    The surface transportation construction industry has long had to rely on Washington for its prosperity. We spend most years holding our breath and hoping we will receive more Federal funding to fix our crumbling roads, bridges and highway systems. Currently in the United States, 7 percent of bridges are structurally deficient, and 19 percent of major highway pavements have deteriorated. Yet, our existing financing structure has few tools to address the looming reconstruction challenges facing existing infrastructure. In 2020, Congress passed a one-year extension of the Fixing America's Surface Transportation (FAST) Act. While the one-year extension of the FAST Act...
  • [COVID-19] Masks and Face Shields Begin to Have an Impact on the Environment

    12/08/2020 8:47:01 AM PST · by Ebenezer · 27 replies (Spanish-language article) ^ | December 8, 2020 |
    (Translation) Masks, gloves, and disinfectant-soap containers used for protection against the COVID-19 pandemic have begun to have an adverse effect on the environment. According to [the Puerto Rican newspaper] El Vocero, masks and gloves have been seen floating over bodies of water and reaching the shore. "We see them floating as if they were jellyfish. The problem is that, everywhere one goes, one has to have masks, gloves, etc. Even face shields have been spotted. If they're not picked up, they'll eventually make it to water. If not, they reach the coast through the wind and reach the middle (of...
  • Not Even Donald Trump Could Reverse Coal’s Decline

    12/07/2020 11:11:10 AM PST · by buckalfa · 36 replies
    WV MetroNews ^ | December 7, 2020 | Hoppy Kercheval
    Donald Trump embraced coal during his 2016 campaign. The crowd at a Charleston rally four years ago broke into wild applause when he told them, “I’m thinking about miners all over this country. We’re gonna put the miners back to work. We’re gonna get those mines opened.” It has not worked out that way. In fact, employment and production are levels are behind where they were when he took office. We will get to the reasons for that in a moment. But first, the Trump administration has tried to lend a helping hand to coal. Taylor Kuykendall, energy and mining...
  • Obama criticizes Americans for liking 'cheap gas and big cars' more than 'the environment

    11/30/2020 6:54:53 PM PST · by ChicagoConservative27 · 111 replies
    Fox business ^ | 11/30/2020 | Bradford Betz
    Former President Barack Obama, in his latest memoir, criticized Americans for liking “cheap gas and big cars” more than they care about “the environment” – even during a catastrophic event like the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill.
  • The Climate Hustle

    11/18/2020 4:51:08 AM PST · by Kaslin · 9 replies ^ | November 18, 2020 | John Stossel
    I hear that climate change will destroy much of the world. "There will be irreversible damage to the planet!" warns a CNN anchor. Joe Biden says he'll spend $500 billion a year to fight what his website calls an "existential threat to life." Really? I'm a consumer reporter. Over the years, alarmed scientists have passionately warned me about many things that they thought were about to kill Americans. Asbestos in hair dryers, coffee, computer terminals, electric power lines, microwave ovens, cellphones (brain tumors!), electric blankets, computer terminals, herbicides, plastic residue, etc., are causing America's cancer epidemic!" If those things don't...
  • EPA Requests DOJ Investigate Foreign Funding of Environmental Groups

    10/27/2020 5:06:47 PM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 16 replies
    The Washington Free Beacon ^ | OCTOBER 27, 2020 3:30 PM | Joe Schoffstall
    The Environmental Protection Agency has asked the Justice Department to investigate allegations that U.S. environmental groups have received covert funding from China and Russia. EPA administrator Andrew Wheeler made the request after Rep. Lance Gooden (R., Texas) alleged that left-wing environmental groups—including the Sea Change Foundation, Sunrise Movement, and Sierra Club—have functioned as conduits for "foreign influence, financial involvement, and election interference." Wheeler noted that it is not against the law for a nonprofit to take contributions from foreign entities but nonetheless asked the DOJ to look into whether the groups should register as foreign agents. "Given heightened concerns that...
  • Worn Out Wind Turbine Blades Are Piling Up in Landfills Because They Can’t Be Recycled

    10/26/2020 8:03:05 AM PDT · by Diana in Wisconsin · 101 replies
    Return To Now Blog ^ | October 26, 2020 | Return To Now Staff
    In an epic case of poor foresight, the “clean, green” wind industry forgot to come up with a plan for what to do with wind turbine blades after they stop working. Like all things, they get old and stop functioning properly after a while, but the plastic used to make them lasts virtually “forever.” The industry has found ways to recycle the steel used to build the towers, but not the fiberglass (a type of plastic) used to build the blades of the high-tech windmills. Now that the first generation of wind turbines has reached the end of their “lives,”...
  • More than 4 months of tear gas in Portland raises concerns for environment

    10/25/2020 8:14:19 AM PDT · by Libloather · 41 replies
    OPB ^ | 10/23/20 | Monica Samayoa
    Portland has entered a fifth straight month of street protests, often met with a barrage of police-deployed crowd-control munitions, making Portland the most tear-gassed city in America. This has environmental groups, public health and human rights advocates questioning the short- and long-term effects of tear gas - not just on those demonstrating for racial justice, but also on the environment. There is no shortage of information and research about what tear gas exposure does to the human body. The Oregon Health Authority and the Department of Environmental Quality share information on their website from the Centers for Disease Control and...
  • 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...