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  • Jerry Brown: ‘Never underestimate the coercive power of the central state’

    12/07/2015 1:38:47 PM PST · by artichokegrower · 31 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | December 7, 2015 | David Siders
    One of the goals of Californians who traveled to Paris for climate talks this week was to showcase green-energy businesses that are succeeding in the state. But on Monday it was the “coercive power” of government for which Gov. Jerry Brown was seeking credit.
  • Clinton says Arctic drilling 'not worth the risk'

    08/18/2015 8:20:53 AM PDT · by PROCON · 37 replies
    reuters ^ | Aug. 18, 2015 | Emily Stephenson, Amanda Becker and Timothy Gardner
    Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton on Tuesday staked out her opposition to Arctic oil exploration, a day after the Obama administration gave Royal Dutch Shell (RDSa.L) final approval to drill off Alaska. "The Arctic is a unique treasure," Clinton said in a Twitter post. "Given what we know, it's not worth the risk of drilling." On Monday, the Obama administration gave Shell final approval to resume drilling into the oil zone off northern Alaska for the first time since 2012. Shell obtained the leases during the administration of former President George W. Bush.
  • California Is A Microcosm Of American Mediocrity

    07/01/2015 10:31:21 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 22 replies
    Investors' Business Daily ^ | 7-1-15 | Victor Davis Hansen
    California keeps reminding us what has gone astray with America in recent years. The state is in the midst of a crippling four-year-old drought. Yet it has built almost no major northern or central mountain reservoirs since the New Melones Dam of 1979. That added nearly 3 million acre-feet to the state's storage reserves a critical project that was almost canceled by endless environmental lawsuits and protests. Although California has almost doubled in population since the dam's construction, its politicians apparently decided that completing more northern and Sierra Nevada water projects was passe. So the parched state now prays...
  • When Will Climate Scientists Say They Were Wrong?

    05/29/2015 7:06:29 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 42 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 29, 2015 | Patrick Michaels
    Day after day, year after year, the hole that climate scientists have buried themselves in gets deeper and deeper. The longer that they wait to admit their overheated forecasts were wrong, the more they are going to harm all of science. The story is told in a simple graph, the same one that University of Alabamas John Christy presented to the House Committee on Natural Resources on May 15. The picture shows the remarkable disconnect between predicted global warming and the real world. The red line is the 5-year running average temperature change forecast, beginning in 1979, predicted by the...
  • Environmentalist: Ferguson Happened Because of Climate Change

    09/17/2014 2:47:45 PM PDT · by walford · 75 replies
    National Review ^ | September 17, 2014 | Katherine Timpf
    According to a top environmentalist organizer, climate change is responsible for this summers violence in Ferguson, Missouri. To me, the connection between militarized state violence, racism, and climate change was common-sense and intuitive, 350.org Strategic Partnership Coordinator Deirdre Smith wrote. Oppression and extreme weather combine to incite militarized violence, she continued. Weeks of rioting followed the killing August 9 of 18-year-old Michael Brown by Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson. Observers around the nation criticized the police for a heavy-handed response to protests in the town, but while the rioting received international attention, it did not result in any loss of...
  • The New Totalitarianism and the Logic of Civil War

    04/27/2014 8:03:53 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies
    American Thinker ^ | April 27, 2014 | Adam Yoshida
    Although I have developed a strong tolerance for reading the worlds of the left-wing press through many years of exposure, Christopher Hayes article, The New Abolitionism, in The Nation made me almost sick with anger. Hayes article is notably noxious, attempting as it does to draw a parallel between the fossil fuel industry and slavery and arguing that efforts to destroy the fossil fuel industry amount to a New Abolitionism in that as the Abolitionists of old argued for the destruction of the wealth represented by the slaves held in the Antebellum South, todays New Abolitionists now must argue for...
  • Green group accuses GOP of 'environmental racism'

    03/04/2014 2:58:27 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 8 replies
    The Hill ^ | March 3, 2014 | Tim Devaney
    House Republicans are being accused of environmental racism by an environmental group that argues GOP efforts to reform decades-old chemical laws would disproportionately harm minority groups. At issue is draft legislation backed by Rep. John Shimkus (R-Ill.) that would require the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to focus on chemicals that pose the greatest risk to the public in enforcing environmental protections. Shimkus argues his bill would free up resources to focus on the most dangerous chemical threats, but the liberal Environmental Justice Health Alliance says it would end up hurting minority groups by moving resources away from policing the threats...
  • Voluntary Human Extinction Movement

    08/04/2013 11:09:32 AM PDT · by Awgie · 87 replies
    Wikipedia ^ | Unknown
    The Voluntary Human Extinction Movement (VHEMT[A]) is an environmental movement that calls for all people to abstain from reproduction to cause the gradual voluntary extinction of humankind. VHEMT supports human extinction primarily because, in the group's view, it would prevent environmental degradation. The group states that a decrease in the human population would prevent a significant amount of man-made human suffering. The extinctions of non-human species and the scarcity of resources required by humans are frequently cited by the group as evidence of the harm caused by human overpopulation.
  • ASPCA pays circus $9.3 million to settle suit related to elephant litigation

    12/31/2012 4:47:40 PM PST · by Kolath · 18 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 12/31/2012 | David Martosko
    The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals has agreed to pay the parent company of the Ringling Bros. Circus $9.3 million to settle allegations that the animal group conspired to pay a witness for false testimony in a 12-year lawsuit over the treatment of circus elephants.
  • Geologists: Shale gas likely under Connecticut River Valley, but would be hard to exploit

    12/13/2012 5:47:50 PM PST · by matt04 · 7 replies
    Fracking, the controversial method of extracting shale gas or other petroleum from deep below the earth's surface, might be possible in the Connecticut River Valley, geologists say. But the rock deposits likely to bear gas are thin here and difficult to access, making commercial exploitation of the resource unlikely in the near future. It's not hard to hit, said James L. Coleman Jr., a research geologist with the U.S. Geological Survey. It's hard to do anything with once you get it. Coleman was one of the speakers Thursday at a day-long conference on the future of shale gas, hydraulic fracturing...
  • The next environmental battlegrounds

    11/08/2012 6:19:11 PM PST · by jazusamo
    The Washington Times ^ | November 8, 2012 | Paul Driessen
    Green agenda threatens economic futureWhen American voters re-elected President Obama, they also returned his Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Interior and Energy departments and wide-ranging agenda for fundamentally transforming our nation. This will mean cementing Obamacare, Dodd-Frank, higher taxes and rampant spending. It also will bring more disputes over energy and environmental regulations, the vanguard of Mr. Obamas determined campaign to eliminate hydrocarbons that power our economy and to embrace more green energy. The conflict will be fought primarily on six battlegrounds: Carbon taxes: Hurricane Sandy presented a fresh pretext for regulating and taxing hydrocarbons. No respectable climatologist or meteorologist believes...
  • Alex 'Butcher' Salmond has destroyed Scotland [windfarms]

    10/20/2012 6:28:13 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 25 replies
    Telegraph - UK ^ | October 20, 2012 | James Delingpole
    Today is the Scottish National Party conference in Perth. At some stage, SNP leader Alex Salmond will no doubt be crowing, as he is wont to do, about his success in transforming Scotland into the "Saudi Arabia of renewables". This is inaccurate. What he has actually done is transform Scotland into the Saudi Arabia of tourism, which is to say he has turned a once-beautiful country into a vast, inhospitable desert which no one in their right mind would want to visit. Scotland's landscape was, until recently, one of the great glories of our national heritage. What made it so...
  • Eagles reappear in San Mateo County

    03/24/2012 10:11:35 AM PDT · by jonascord · 11 replies · 1+ views
    San Jose Mercury ^ | 03/24/2012 | Lisa M. Krieger
    A pair of bald eagles is nesting on the San Francisco Peninsula for the first time in nearly a century, a milestone for the once-endangered symbol of strength and grandeur. The nest is tucked deep in a fir tree on the far edge of northern Crystal Springs Reservoir -- hard for humans to see, but with a bird's-eye view of 7.15 million noisy neighbors.
  • Peter Gleick Admits to Deception in Obtaining Heartland Climate Files (More Globo-Warmin' Fraud!)

    02/21/2012 8:56:15 AM PST · by tcrlaf · 20 replies · 1+ views
    NYTimes ^ | 2-20-12 | Andrew Revkin
    Peter H. Gleick, a water and climate analyst who has been studying aspects of global warming for more than two decades, in recent years became an aggressive critic of organizations and individuals casting doubt on the seriousness of greenhouse-driven climate change. He used blogs, congressional testimony, group letters and other means to make his case. Now, Gleick has admitted to an act that leaves his reputation in ruins and threatens to undercut the cause he spent so much time pursuing. His summary, just published on his blog at Huffington Post, speaks for itself. SNIP---- The Heartland Institute had already signaled...
  • Iowa ethanol industry celebrates Romney-Santorum

    01/05/2012 1:35:21 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 138 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | January 4, 2012 | Timothy P. Carney
    ..........."Romney and Santorum (like Gingrich and Obama) both go 4-for-4 on the ethanol lobby's scorecard. Paul goes 2-for-4 because he would cut oil subsidies and allow 15-percent ethanol blends to be sold, but opposes the mandate and other subsidies. Rick Perry went 0-for-4."
  • Sierra Club calls for tougher emission standards at Mt. Tom power plant in Holyoke

    11/10/2011 10:49:21 AM PST · by matt04 · 7 replies
    Saying they have concerns about emissions from the coal burning power plant at Mt. Tom and potential health effects on Holyoke and Northampton, organizers led by the Sierra Club are trying to get the state to impose tougher standards on the plant's operation. "Big coal does make us sick. We are asking that the Mt. Tom plant stop making money by making us sick,'' the Sierra Club's Drew Grande said at a press conference Thursday near the Holyoke YMCA building.
  • Wind Farms Disrupting Radar, Scientists Say

    11/05/2011 12:54:18 PM PDT · by Hunton Peck · 30 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | November 05, 2011 | unattributed
    This one's really off the radar. Wind farms, along with solar power and other alternative energy sources, are supposed to produce the energy of tomorrow. Evidence indicates that their countless whirring fan blades produce something else: "blank spots" that distort radar readings. Now government agencies that depend on radar -- such as the Department of Defense and the National Weather Service -- are spending millions in a scramble to preserve their detection capabilities. A four-star Air Force general recently spelled out the problem to Dave Beloite, the director of the Department of Defenses Energy Siting Clearinghouse. "Look theres a radar...
  • Earth to Al Gore! Rolling Stone rant out of this world

    06/23/2011 6:15:44 AM PDT · by Leigh Patrick Sullivan · 29 replies
    Calgary Sun ^ | June 23, 2011 | Lorrie Goldstein
    Judging from his latest 7,000-word rant in Rolling Stone titled, "Climate of Denial: Can science and the truth withstand the merchants of poison?" Al Gore lives on another planet. One where, he complains, the media, especially television, are in cahoots with the "merchants of poison" (Big Coal, Big Oil) to deny the truth about global warming. This would be the same media that uncritically fawned over his 2006 film, An Inconvenient Truth -- which was over-hyped climate porn -- turning it into one of the most successful "documentaries" of all time and winning Gore the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize and...
  • Electric vehicle charging stations coming to Springfield, Hadley, Pittsfield

    05/03/2011 2:23:01 PM PDT · by matt04 · 20 replies
    SPRINGFIELD Western Massachusetts Electric Co. has announced plans to install three charging stations for plug-in electric cars as its parent company studies the future of rechargeable vehicles. Charging equipment has been installed at the company's headquarters in Springfield and at the Courtyard Marriott Hotel in Hadley. A third location is planned for Pittsfield. WMECO President Peter Clarks says the company wants to better understand consumer charging patterns and preferences. He says soaring gasoline prices and efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions make it clear the electric vehicles are a key component of the future of transportation.
  • It's not easy being green: Religious attacks against environmentalism

    12/24/2010 9:11:59 AM PST · by ZGuy · 13 replies
    Houston Chronicle ^ | December 22, 2010 | Kate Shellnutt
    Decades ago, if you heard that a group of family-focused Christian conservatives did a lecture series called Resisting the Green Dragon, you might have thought it was part of the war on drugs. But today, the attacks are against a 21st-century threat: Environmentalism. The campaign targets groups like Greenpeace and environmental lobbies who, they say, make nature a priority over people and are taking over classrooms, political bodies and society as a whole. "Today's environmentalism isn't a neutral set of ideas that can be tacked onto the Christian faith without theological compromise," said Dr. E. Calvin Beisner, the founder of...