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  • Fracking foes say disaster similar to Gulf oil spill could happen here

    06/16/2010 10:06:48 PM PDT · by Impala64ssa · 3 replies · 335+ views
    Times Herald Record Middletown, NY ^ | 6/16/10 | Steve Israel
    Does the Gulf Coast oil drilling disaster mean a gas drilling disaster could happen here? Opponents of natural gas drilling in this region think so. They point to the environmental nightmare to reiterate their call for a moratorium on exploration of the gas-rich Marcellus shale, which sits beneath Sullivan and Ulster counties and Pennsylvania. Right now, permits could be issued by year's end, once the state releases new regulations for the controversial horizontal drilling method of hydraulic fracturing, or "fracking." Related Stories VIDEO: Fracking ProtestWould drilling for gas in Sullivan affect Orange County?Upper Delaware River named 'most endangered' Pennsylvania bans...
  • Obama’s upside down world: short-term gain for long-term pain

    06/08/2009 10:16:17 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 4 replies · 354+ views
    Canada Free Press ^ | June 8, 2009 | Dr. Tim Ball
    We are made wise not by the recollection of our past, but by the responsibility for our future. George Bernard Shaw Change What did Obama mean when he promised change? He did say it was “Change you can believe in”, but that doesn’t clarify anything. You can believe in change but not understand or agree. Many understood or at least hoped he meant a change to something completely new. Most were more limited and partisan wanting anything but Bush; a view reinforced by Obama’s rhetoric on the campaign trail. Politicians using words or phrases in vague ways that appear full...
  • House passes bill to expand wilderness in 9 states

    03/25/2009 2:07:23 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 32 replies · 1,273+ views
    Seattle Times ^ | March 25, 2009 | Matthew Daly
    WASHINGTON — Congress on Wednesday set aside more than 2 million acres in nine states as protected wilderness - from California's Sierra Nevada mountains to the Jefferson National Forest in Virginia. The legislation is on its way to President Barack Obama for his likely signature. The House approved the bill, 285-140, the final step in a long legislative road that began last year. The vote came two weeks after the House rejected the bill amid a partisan dispute over gun rights. The measure was brought up again in the Senate and approved last week, setting up Wednesday's vote. The bill...
  • Implicating Hawaii's Furry and Feathery Friends in the Sewage Disaster?

    04/07/2006 4:08:19 PM PDT · by GrandmaPatriot · 420+ views
    Hawaii Reporter ^ | 04/07/2006 | Malia Zimmerman
    State health officials need a reality check, a good dose of common sense, public relations training and a lesson in, … well, … feces, especially now that the entire island has become one big toilet that Mother Nature just cannot seem to flush. That of course is thanks to a combination of seven weeks of flash flooding and more than 50 million gallons of raw sewage spewing out of manhole covers, force mains and sewage pipes all around the island. And let’s not forget the 10 years with former Mayor Jeremy Harris in charge of flushing the $100 million sewer...
  • Nearly 50M Gallons Of Sewage Spill Into Waters Off Waikiki

    04/01/2006 8:54:20 AM PST · by rfreedom4u · 19 replies · 634+ views
    KITV-TV ^ | 30 March 2006 | KITV-TV
    Nearly 50M Gallons Of Sewage Spill Into Waters Off Waikiki. Leave your name or hometown blank if you do not want it published. KITV-TV 7:15 p.m. HST March 30, 2006 HONOLULU - The massive Waikiki sewage spill has hit nearly 50 million gallons through the Ala Wai Canal and into the ocean, city officials said. State and city crews continued to check the ocean waters near shore and off shore on Thursday. At Ala Moana Beach Park, the Health Department tested oxygen levels and for salinity. "Salinity was still low, indicating there's still a lot of fresh water," said Josh...
  • MSNBC attempts to be un-biased and fails miserably. What do Freepers think?

    09/28/2004 9:55:15 AM PDT · by Wonderama · 19 replies · 887+ views
    MSNBC Opening Web Page ^ | 9/23/04 | MSNBC Home
    BUSHAfter straining relations with major European allies and the United Nations over war in Iraq, Bush has shifted his foreign policy focus to the spread of democracy by pushing a Greater Middle East Initiative that would aim to resolve the region’s political, economic and social problems through democratic reform. The president, criticized for the failure to find weapons of mass destruction in Iraq, is also pursuing a policy that seeks to unravel the black market in nuclear components and block programs in North Korea and Iran, countries he has labeled an “axis of evil” along with prewar Iraq. KERRYWhile insisting...
  • Kennedy Pollutes the Truth About Bush Environmental Record Says NCPA

    09/16/2004 9:23:30 PM PDT · by The Bandit · 15 replies · 415+ views
    NewsWire ^ | 9/16/04 | NCPA
    WASHINGTON, Sept. 16 /U.S. Newswire/ -- Environmental lawyer Robert F. Kennedy Jr. is currently promoting a new book, Crimes Against Nature: How George W. Bush and His Corporate Pals are Plundering the Country and Hijacking Our Democracy. Kennedy argues that the Bush administration is rolling back decades of environmental laws and regulations. Yet according to the National Center for Policy Analysis (NCPA), this accusation is patently untrue. "While it is true the Bush administration is not trying to ram through a host of new environmental regulations, it is absurd to suggest they are rolling anything back," said NCPA Senior Fellow...
  • The Right Conservative Position On The Environment

    07/18/2004 12:55:58 AM PDT · by Remember_Salamis · 33 replies · 1,419+ views
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | November 2nd, 2001 | Robert Locke
    The Right Conservative Position On The Environment By Robert Locke FrontPageMagazine.com | November 2, 2001 THE WAR ON TERRORISM is rightly dominating ideological discussion, but it would be a mistake to forget other issues. While public attention is elsewhere, ideological shifts can occur which will burst into prominence when terrorism, inevitably, recedes as an issue. Sad irony or no, these attacks have given conservatives an enormous boost; we should use this opportunity to clean up our act on issues where we do poorly with the public. If we do this, we can establish a serious electoral lock on this country...
  • Winds bring clear skies for Mexico City

    07/02/2004 5:38:35 PM PDT · by The Bandit · 4 replies · 296+ views
    AP ^ | 7/2/04 | JOHN RICE
    MEXICO CITY (AP) — Most people in Mexico City had never seen anything like this: day after day of panoramic views of distant volcanos through crystalline skies. Unusually windy weather and decades of anti-pollution measures brought the cleanest smog-season air in the capital since officials started keeping records in the mid-1980s. At least 61 days met "satisfactory" standards for ozone levels in the metropolitan area in the first five months of the year, which included much of the annual March-July smoggy season. There were only 80 such days all of last year. Airplanes overhead sometimes seemed so close you could...
  • Ronald Reagan, Sagebrush Rebel, Rest In Peace

    07/01/2004 12:18:57 PM PDT · by ServesURight · 1 replies · 197+ views
    Mountain States Legal ^ | 07/01/04 | William Perry Pendley
    RONALD REAGAN, SAGEBRUSH REBEL, REST IN PEACE by William Perry Pendley July 1, 2004 "I am," former Governor Ronald Reagan proudly proclaimed in 1980, "a Sagebrush Rebel." Reagan's common cause with westerners besieged by a host of federal agencies came as no surprise. Forty-four percent of California, which Reagan governed for eight years, is managed by those agencies; thus, he saw hubris, hyperbole, and humor whenever a federal employee declared, "I'm from the federal government and I'm here to help you." When Ronald Reagan was sworn in, he became the first president since the birth of the modern environmental movement...
  • Greens vs. the Environment - Studies Show That Capitalism Helps The Enviornment

    05/06/2004 3:55:53 AM PDT · by Remember_Salamis · 9 replies · 363+ views
    Hoover Institute Via FrontPageMag.com ^ | May 5, 2004 | Terry L. Anderson
    Greens vs. the Environment By Terry L. Anderson Hoover Institution | May 6, 2004 In the March 2004 issue of Scientific American, National Aeronautics and Space Administration global-warming expert James Hansen notes that greenhouse gas emissions and global-warming projections are "consistently pessimistic." Hansen suggests that projections do not take into account the lower carbon dioxide and methane emissions that have resulted from technological advancements. He explains that the lower carbon dioxide emissions result from increased energy efficiency following the energy crisis in the 1970s and the lower methane emissions, from technological changes in agriculture. Hansen's concludes on an optimistic note,...
  • Judge upholds government's use of obscure 1800s law in charging Greenpeace

    04/15/2004 2:54:48 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 10 replies · 173+ views
    Associated Press ^ | 4-15-04 | CATHERINE WILSON
    MIAMI (AP) -- A judge refused Thursday to throw out federal charges against Greenpeace for protesting a shipment of Amazon mahogany, setting up a trial that could serve as a test on the limits of political dissent. The Justice Department charged the environmental group under an obscure 19th century law enacted to stop pimps from clambering aboard ships heading for port. The government has never successfully prosecuted an activist organization on criminal charges over protest methods. Although U.S. District Judge Adalberto Jordan allowed the case to move forward, parts of his ruling could give prosecutors reason to be nervous. "This...
  • U.N. Warns About Islands' Sewage Problems

    03/30/2004 8:54:06 AM PST · by presidio9 · 4 replies · 119+ views
    Associated Press ^ | Tue, Mar 30, 2004 | HANS GREIMEL
    JEJU, South Korea - Island "paradise" countries are increasingly threatened by piles of garbage and sewage they don't have the money or space to dispose of, the United Nations (news - web sites) warned Tuesday at a global environment summit. High-Tech Taxes If you've waited this long, why not file online? Get a move on with E-filing tips and tax site comparisons. The new trend is a health and economic hazard and linked to exploding tourism in places like the Caribbean Sea and Pacific Ocean, the United Nations said in a report. Garbage now rates among rising sea levels, overfishing...
  • Eco-Imperialism

    01/23/2004 4:21:50 AM PST · by kattracks · 1 replies · 141+ views
    FrontPageMagazine.com ^ | 1/23/04 | Roger Bate
    Despite the best efforts of historian, Niall Ferguson, to demonstrate the better side of the British Empire (see Empire, Basic Books, 2002) the overwhelming view of the American people to colonialism and imperialism is largely negative. So any charge made against a group, individual or government that involves these words is bound to be resisted strongly by the recipient. At recent events in Washington and New York a broad charge of eco-imperialism has been laid at the feet of the environmental movement. Government officials, aid agency bureaucrats, as well as sandal-wearing greens, are blamed for mass disease and death in...
  • The Earth as a weapon in 21st Century of Wars

    12/27/2003 12:29:05 PM PST · by vladog · 26 replies · 361+ views
    TWN ^ | Unknown | By Rahab S Hawa
    The Earth as a weapon in 21st Century of Wars By Rahab S Hawa While scientists, governments and concerned groups worry about increased industrial emissions of greenhouse gases and its effects on the planet, the role of the military in climate change has been ignored. ‘When environmental crises occur, it is usually only the civilian economy that is called upon to rectify the balance, while military programmes are rarely taken to task,’ says Dr Rosalie Bertell, renowned scientist and nuclear activist. According to her, the military has got away scot-free from responsibility for polluting the environment and ecological disasters. In...
  • Senate to Probe Increasing Ethanol in Gas

    06/02/2003 1:05:11 PM PDT · by Sonny M · 26 replies · 500+ views
    The Associated Press | 06/01/03 | H. JOSEF HEBERT
    WASHINGTON (AP) - Politicians hail ethanol, the corn-based gasoline additive, as a boon to the environment and a way to reduce America's dependence on foreign oil. But ethanol also comes with its own environmental problems and scientists disagree over whether producing ethanol actually uses more fossil energy than it replaces. The Senate this week will decide whether to double the amount of ethanol to be used in gasoline, to 5 billion gallons a year. Critics say the plan is just one more subsidy for corn growers. Supporters make the case that the proposal is essential to an energy policy that...
  • A Look at Ethanol As a Gasoline Additive

    06/02/2003 1:05:03 PM PDT · by Sonny M · 37 replies · 1,325+ views
    The Associated Press | 06/01/03
    A look at ethanol as a gasoline additive: An ethyl alcohol made from fermenting and distilling starches from corn and other crops. Used for wide range of purposes from a gasoline additive to making beer and whiskey. Today, 90 percent of ethanol used in gasoline comes from corn. Researchers hope in the future it can be processed from cellulose biomass (grasses and various plant waste). 2.13 billion gallons were made last year, mainly in five states - Illinois, Iowa, Nebraska, Minnesota and Indiana. One bushel of corn yields 2.5 gallons of ethanol. Ethanol is more expensive to produce and transport...
  • Turkey Fuel (Turning garbage into Crude oil) (My Title)

    05/16/2003 8:55:48 PM PDT · by Sonny M · 12 replies · 539+ views
    Associated Press | May 15th, 2003 | Bill Bergstrom
    PHILADELPHIA - The versatile turkey has been chopped, pressed and processed into foods as diverse as burgers and bacon. Now a Long Island entrepreneur wants to put a turkey in your tank. Brian S. Appel, chief executive of Changing World Technologies, has developed a process for cooking and pressurizing waste turkey parts - and lots of other things - into a golden liquid that can be refined into heating oil, diesel fuel or gasoline. He has attracted the attention of former CIA Director James Woolsey, who says the process can reduce U.S. dependence on foreign oil. An adviser to Appel's...
  • Dihydrogen Monoxide, and why the government won't ban it.

    05/13/2003 12:07:55 PM PDT · by Sonny M · 22 replies · 263+ views
    How gullable are we? ^ | 1997 | Nathan Zohner
    Dihydrogen monoxide is colorless, odorless, tasteless, and kills uncounted thousands of people every year. Most of these deaths are caused by accidental inhalation of DHMO, but the dangers of dihydrogen monoxide do not end there. Prolonged exposure to its solid form causes severe tissue damage. Symptoms of DHMO ingestion can include excessive sweating and urination, and possibly a bloated feeling, nausea, vomiting and body electrolyte imbalance. For those who have become dependent, DHMO withdrawal means certain death. Dihydrogen monoxide: is also known as hydroxl acid, and is the major component of acid rain. contributes to the "greenhouse effect." may cause...
  • Burning Oil Wells May Prove Less Damaging Than Thought

    03/21/2003 8:45:43 AM PST · by WaveThatFlag · 7 replies · 197+ views
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | 3/21/3 | By SHARON BEGLEY
    <p>The predictions were chilling: As retreating Iraqi forces blew up an estimated 732 Kuwaiti oil wells at the end of the 1991 Gulf War, some high-profile scientists, led by the late Carl Sagan, warned that the infernos could produce a pall of black soot that would reach the stratosphere, circle the planet and remain aloft long enough to trigger a mini-nuclear winter.</p>
  • Congress to hold hearings on Indian Point power plant

    02/13/2003 10:54:24 AM PST · by WaveThatFlag · 4 replies · 292+ views
    New York Newsday ^ | 2/6/3 | The Associated Press
    WASHINGTON (AP) _ Congress will hold hearings into the contentious emergency evacuation plan for Indian Point, the nuclear power plant just north of New York City. Rep. Sue Kelly, a Republican whose district includes the Westchester County facility, had pushed for a hearing on the issue after a consultant firm found Indian Point's emergency plans rely on outdated technology and are based on unrealistic expectations. Fears about the plant have escalated sharply since the terror attacks of Sept. 11. A House subcommittee overseeing emergency management will conduct hearings in the near future, Washington, D.C., officials said Thursday. Kelly said she...
  • The Daschle Legacy - Judge allows South Dakota forest thinning

    11/27/2002 4:43:43 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 2 replies · 222+ views
    Aberdeen News (SD) ^ | 11-27-02 | Colleen Slevin, AP
    DENVER - Logging in Beaver Park in South Dakota's Black Hills National Forest can continue now that environmentalists have lost their legal battle to block it.U.S. District Judge Edward Nottingham said Tuesday he would not halt the work because a new logging law did not violate a 2000 settlement between the government and environmentalists which limited logging in the forest.Sen. Tom Daschle attached the legislation to an emergency spending bill this summer to exempt parts of his home state from environmental regulations and allow more tree cutting as a way to prevent wildfires.Nottingham said Congress legally changed those environmental regulations...
  • NY Times Editorial - Under the Political Radar

    11/02/2002 4:08:19 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 6 replies · 205+ views
    Environmental issues are not resonating with voters in this midterm election the way they usually do. This is as much a rebuke to the Democrats as it is a tribute to the administration's ability to hide its assault on the rules protecting the nation's natural resources under the political radar. According to the polls, the environment commands voter interest about on a par with taxes, above crime and corporate malfeasance but below the economy, education and health care. Environmental issues could yet make the difference in several tight races, Colorado and New Hampshire among them. But its national impact is...
  • Senate panel Democratic staff faults Bush efforts to rewrite Clinton environmental regulations

    10/24/2002 3:19:57 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 3 replies · 169+ views
    Associated Press ^ | 10-24-02 | JOHN HEILPRIN
    <p>WASHINGTON -- Hostile to Clinton administration environmental regulations, the Bush White House largely shut out the public from commenting on its reworking of forestry and mining rules that had been years in the making, a Senate panel's Democratic staff says.</p>
  • Study says California leads in dirty air, smog may be worse this summer than last

    08/29/2002 2:44:45 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 8 replies · 230+ views
    Associated Press ^ | 8-29-02 | H. JOSEF HEBERT
    <p>WASHINGTON (AP)  --   With nearly twice as many "smog days" as any other state, California continues to lead the nation in dirty air, followed by Texas, Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Ohio, an environmental group said.</p> <p>The group, which gathered data from government air quality monitoring stations across the country, said last summer there were 4,634 reported times when smog levels exceeded federal health standards, about a 10 percent increase in violations from the previous summer.</p>
  • Blair's green record condemned - BBC

    08/26/2002 5:32:36 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 193+ views
    A leading environmental expert has strongly criticised UK Prime Minister Tony Blair for "lacking leadership" on green issues. Jonathon Porritt, who chairs the UK's Sustainable Development Commission, said the government's domestic record on the issue is seriously lacking and he accused the prime minister of "naive adulation" of the business world. Porritt: UK has done well on some issues His criticism comes as Mr Blair prepares to address the World Development Summit in Johannesburg. Mr Porritt, a former head of Friends of the Earth-UK, is now programme director of Forum for the Future, which works on ways to promote...
  • Plight of poor tops agenda at Earth Summit, Delegates to juggle development / preserve the planet

    08/26/2002 5:17:46 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 5 replies · 214+ views
    SF Chronicle ^ | 8-26-02 | Rachel L. Swarms, NY Times
    <p>Johannesburg -- The smoke settles over the rickety shacks and shabby houses as soon as this city wakes. Thousands of poor people without electricity burn scraps of wood in rusty tin cans to keep warm. Others burn coal in old stoves that belch soot and fumes into the cold morning air.</p>
  • EDITORIAL - Timber policy reflects president's world view

    08/26/2002 5:08:15 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 9 replies · 269+ views
    SF Chronicle ^ | 8-26-02 | Editorial Board
    <p>WITH characteristic disregard for the environment, President Bush last week announced a controversial plan to allow the timber industry to log millions of acres of national forest land. The ostensible reason? To prevent catastrophic fires. Rather than pursue a policy of thinning undergrowth and small trees, Bush prefers to give the timber industry a windfall by logging larger, more commercially valuable trees.</p>
  • International gathering of judges discuss role of the courts in upholding environmental laws

    08/20/2002 12:27:06 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 6 replies · 390+ views
    Associated Press ^ | 8-20-02 | DINA KRAFT
    <p>BENONI, South Africa (AP) --  Some of the world's top judges swapped ideas Tuesday on how to best enforce environmental laws at a meeting ahead of the World Summit on Sustainable Development.</p> <p>The U.N.-sponsored conference brought together judges from countries as diverse as Costa Rica and Tanzania to discuss ways to enforce environmental legislation, such as establishing an international environmental court or setting up training programs for judges in environmental science and policy.</p>
  • Are we running out of oil ??

    08/14/2002 8:34:48 PM PDT · by Leper Messiah · 58 replies · 1,021+ views
    Internet web site ^ | July 9, 2001 | Glenn R. Morton
    I post this article to prompt a discussion about the subject of oil production. I don't know a lot about this subject and there are severl things here which I am curious about, especially US production after 1970, and the oil "crisis".This is a follow-up to a short item I published last year. Morton, G. R. (2000) The Coming Energy Crisis, Perspectives on Science and Christian Faith, 52(2000):4:228. I know that Jeremiad's are rarely listened to, and I know that there are Chicken Little's behind every hen house. And until about a year and a half ago, I was...
  • Grim U.N. view of world environment - Bush expected to skip global summit

    08/14/2002 3:58:47 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 4 replies · 329+ views
    SF Chronicle ^ | 8-14-02 | Elizabeth Shogren, LA Times
    <p>Washington -- Two weeks before a global environmental summit, the United Nations painted a dismal picture Tuesday of the world's ecological condition, with fresh water becoming scarcer, forests shrinking, air pollution growing and global sea levels rising.</p> <p>Organizers of the summit, which will draw more than 100 heads of states -- but not, as of now, President Bush -- to South Africa, hope these grim facts will help inspire action by participants.</p>
  • Ocean tracts pulled from environment law - Bush ruling risks damage to sea, critics charge

    08/10/2002 3:21:38 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 6 replies · 219+ views
    SF Chronicle ^ | 8-10-02 | Katharine Q. Seelye, NY Times
    <p>Washington -- In a move environmentalists called an abrupt reversal of federal policy, the Bush administration said Friday that a major environmental law does not apply to vast tracts of ocean under U.S. control.</p> <p>Critics argued the ruling could allow military maneuvers, commercial fishing, ocean dumping and scores of other activities to proceed without public environmental review.</p>
  • The Green(backs) Movement: An Earth Day cautionary tale

    05/01/2002 7:56:44 AM PDT · by Jean S · 12 replies · 459+ views
    Common Conservative ^ | 5/1/02 | Carter Fletcher
    I won't normally ask you to do this, but you might want to direct any tree-huggers you know to read this. My eye was caught by an article in the March/April edition of The American Spectator. It was written by Matt Ridley, author of the book Genome and others, and was reprinted from The Spectator of London. The article was titled "The Borking of Bjorn Lomborg," and it is must reading, especially for Earth Day celebrants.It is proof that unsuspecting Liberals can be hoist on their own petard (unless, of course, they are Algore, who will simply change his story).The...
  • Gore criticizes Bush Administration's environmental policies

    04/22/2002 12:05:09 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 116 replies · 749+ views
    Associated Press ^ | 4-22-02 | KARIN MILLER
    <p>NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) --  Al Gore used Earth Day to unleash his harshest criticism of President Bush since losing the White House to him, saying the administration's environmental policies serve "special interests instead of public interests."</p> <p>"America is only as healthy as the air our children breathe, the water they drink and the earth they will inherit," Gore told about 200 Vanderbilt University students and environmental activists Monday.</p>
  • Tree-Sitter Dies in 150-Foot Fall

    04/13/2002 8:51:59 PM PDT · by mrfixit514 · 57 replies · 554+ views
    AP ^ | APRIL 13, 22:51 ET | ANDREW KRAMER
    PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A woman who climbed 150 feet up a tree to protest a timber sale fell and died from her injures before rescuers could reach the remote site in the Mount Hood National Forest. The timber sale she was protesting had been canceled three days before her death Friday, and the protesters expected to leave the area within a week. It took rescue crews over two hours struggling up snow-clogged dirt roads to reach the tree-sitters' camp after fellow activists called rescuers, Clackamas County Sheriff's spokeswoman Angela Blanchard said. The caller said the woman, identified as Beth...