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  • Santorum: 'I Want to Endanger Newt'

    02/05/2012 12:01:58 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 42 replies
    Fox News ^ | February 4, 2012 | Nick Kalman
    MONTROSE, CO - Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum took a new jab at Newt Gingrich, saying he wants to "endanger" the former Speaker. The dig came during a campaign rally in Montrose, CO., as Santorum railed against the federal government's environmental regulations. "These are your lands! Oh but they always say we're doing it for your benefit," Santorum decried. "We'll make sure that you don't do something to scar the land or you don't do something to endanger a newt. No not that Newt, different newt. I want to endanger that Newt - that's a different story." The line drew...
  • Students step over 'rivers of urine' after green bathrooms plan... and it will cost $500,000 to fix

    01/31/2012 6:35:00 AM PST · by C19fan · 41 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | January 30, 2012 | Michael Zennie
    Students at a high school in Boca Raton, Florida, must step over rivers of urine and endure the stench of rancid waste after a plan to bring 'green' waterless urinals into bathrooms backfired. School officials at Spanish River High School thought they had found an environmentally-friendly, cost-saving solution for their bathrooms when they installed Falcon Waterfree urinals in their boys bathrooms.
  • California welcomes back oil industry production

    01/30/2012 5:59:48 AM PST · by usalady · 13 replies ^ | January 30, 2012 | Martha
    It is called underground injection, a process that brings up oil by using a rush of steam, water and chemicals from old, depleted wells. And it is getting the ‘go ahead’ from California Governor Jerry Brown, a major supporter of alternative energy.
  • Ozone hole above the Arctic has actually been caused by COLD Weather

    01/29/2012 9:09:19 PM PST · by smokingfrog · 22 replies · 1+ views ^ | 20 Jan 2012 | Rob Waugh
    The first ozone hole above the North Pole has been aggravated by extraordinarily cold winter temperatures, say scientists. Cooling of the ozone layer enhances the effect of ozone-destroying substances such as chlorofluorocarbons - CFC. A repeated ozone hole above the Arctic is to be expected, say scientists from the KIT Institute of Meteorology and Climate Research. About a year ago, the scientists detected that ozone degradation above the Arctic for the first time reached an extent comparable to that of the ozone hole above the South Pole. At a level of around 13 miles above the ground, 80 per cent...
  • Gore Praises Presidents Rejection of Pipeline

    01/29/2012 10:59:31 AM PST · by John Semmens · 6 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 28 Jan 2012 | John Semmens
    Former Vice-President Al Gore heaped praise on President Obama’s decision to block construction of the Keystone Pipeline, calling it “the medicine we need to break our addiction modern civilization.” “I know the President’s GOP critics have been harping on the negative impacts this will have on the US economy,” Gore admitted. “But they’re overlooking the very real environmental benefits of higher fuel prices and unemployment.” “If we were to build the pipeline more oil would flow into America,” Gore pointed out. “More oil means lower prices for gasoline. Lower prices mean more driving. More driving means more pollution. Avoiding this...
  • Obama admin says new forest rules stress science

    01/26/2012 12:12:44 PM PST · by Hunton Peck · 23 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Thursday, January 26, 2012 2:20 PM EST | MATTHEW DALY
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration says new rules to manage nearly 200 million acres of national forests will protect watersheds and wildlife while promoting uses ranging from recreation to logging. The new rules, to replace guidelines thrown out by a federal court in 2009, are set to take effect in early March. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced the rule change on Thursday. Vilsack said in an interview that the rules reflect more than 300,000 comments received since a draft plan was released last year. The new rules strengthen a requirement that decisions be based on the best available science...
  • Age of environmental fear

    01/25/2012 12:37:54 PM PST · by Hegewisch Dupa · 16 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | Jan 24, 2012 (Mary Lou Retton B-Day) | Rich Trzupek
    Government regulators, environmental groups and the news media tell us that the air we breathe is polluted, the water we drink is tainted, our orange juice contains a fungicide, and evil corporations are hoping to make a profit at Mother Earth’s expense. They also remind us that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and other federal agencies are protecting us by fighting the greedy capitalists who seek our destruction. Don’t believe it. The United States is among the cleanest nations on the planet.
  • Boxwood Blight Invades North America [Origin A Puzzle]

    01/22/2012 10:21:44 PM PST · by fight_truth_decay · 38 replies ^ | January 20th, 2012 | Susan Milius
    Devastating fungus has already stripped shrubbery in Europe and New Zealand. Shrubs may be trembling by doorsteps across North America as an aggressive fungus disease of boxwood invades the continent. Boxwood blight, caused by a Cylindrocladium fungus, was unknown to science before 2000 but has now spread through Europe and New Zealand. In October, U.S. authorities confirmed that the blight had jumped continents, with infections confirmed in North Carolina and Connecticut. By mid-January, with growers and pathologists on alert, the fungus had turned up in at least five more states — Virginia, Maryland, Rhode Island, Massachusetts and Oregon — and...
  • Crime is danger in remote areas, ADEQ director says Border-trash battle called tough, risky

    01/20/2012 9:27:26 AM PST · by SandRat · 13 replies
    Arizona Daily Star ^ | Sara Smith Cronkite News Service |
    PHOENIX - With many of those crossing the border illegally shifting to remote areas in response to stepped-up enforcement, the trash they leave behind is becoming tougher - and riskier - to clean up, a state agency director told lawmakers Thursday. "These are dangerous areas," Henry Darwin of the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality told the Senate Border Security, Federalism and States Sovereignty Committee. "These are known areas of illegal immigration, illegal drug trafficking." He called trash along the border "a fairly significant issue" that has persisted even as illegal border crossings have declined slightly. Showing pictures of trash-strewn landscapes,...
  • Genes Important to Keep Brain Sharp Through Old Age

    01/19/2012 5:54:05 AM PST · by Pharmboy · 21 replies
    Live Science ^ | 18 January 2012 | Jennifer Welsh
    A person's intelligence is mostly inherited, it's in their genes, but whether a person can expect to be a clever grandma or grandpa relies on both genes and environment. "Until now, we have not had an estimate of how much genetic differences affect how people's intelligence changes across the lifetime," study researcher Ian Deary, of the University of Edinburgh in the United Kingdom, said in an email to LiveScience. "These new results mean that researchers can seek both environmental and genetic contributionsto successful cognitive aging." Previous studies of the genetics of intelligence have been performed on sets of twins or...
  • NY Islamic School: We are in an Un-Islamic Environment

    01/18/2012 8:57:25 AM PST · by Nachum · 20 replies
    Logans Warning ^ | 1/18/12 | admin
    Searching the Internet to further expose the internal threat of Islam, I found another Islamic school which is not happy with Muslims living in the “un-Islamic environment” of America. Other Mosques/schools that have echoed that call are in Philadelphia, and Houston. Ones in Buffalo and NJ have stated they have created their own Islamic environments. Like I have said, Muslims are not in non-Islamic countries to assimilate, they are in them to dominate. Tonight we take a look at Al-Ihsan Academy, which is located at 130-08 Rockaway Blvd South Ozone Park NY. History Founded in 1989 by immigrant Muslims who...
  • GlobalWatt: How Corporate Welfare Hurts Real People

    01/16/2012 9:49:07 AM PST · by MichCapCon · 2+ views
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 1/12/2012 | Michael LaFaive
    The recent news that Michigan corporate welfare “winner” GlobalWatt is being evicted from its Saginaw headquarters for nonpayment of rent is a reminder that even when no taxpayer cash changes hands, government “incentive” programs can hurt real people in a number of ways. GlobalWatt is (yet another) solar energy company that won a state and local government tax break/subsidy deal and that could have been worth as much as $42 million had the company met performance milestones. The deal was trumpeted by announcements from the company and Michigan corporate welfare officials of “500 potential Saginaw jobs,” at a time when...
  • Hydrogen vehicle makers still look to EU for help

    01/14/2012 9:50:48 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 9 replies
    EurActiv ^ | 13 January 2012 | Timothy Spence
    Hydrogen vehicles are nimble, quiet and easy on the environment, and auto manufacturers are eyeing a commercial launch within a few years despite a lack of infrastructure for refueling stations. But the vehicles that the European Commission has touted for their low emissions are years away from capturing anything more than a niche market. Sales of hydrogen vehicles in Europe are expected to reach 100,000 by 2015 and 1 million in 2020, and could gain a 25% share of the total EU passenger car market in 2050, says a recent McKinsey & Company report. Today, Europe accounts for one-third of...
  • Canada's regulatory system 'broken' - Resources minister

    01/11/2012 7:32:07 AM PST · by rellimpank · 7 replies ^ | , 11 Jan 2012 | Dorothy Kosich
    RENO - Canada's Natural Resources Minister Joe Oliver unleashed a fire storm of debate after he published an open letter in the Globe and Mail claiming "environmental and other radical groups" seek to "stop any major project no matter what the cost to Canadian families in lost jobs and economic growth." "No forestry. No mining. No oil. No gas. No more hydro-electric dams," said Oliver in the open letter published in Monday's edition of the Globe and Mail. The letter was published on the eve of the beginning of oral hearings Tuesday on the C$5.5 billion proposed Northern Gateway project...
  • An Alert on Ocean Acidity

    01/09/2012 4:49:43 AM PST · by Makana · 26 replies
    The New York Times ^ | December 8, 2011 | JOHN COLLINS RUDOLF
    Carbon dioxide emissions from man-made sources are causing the acidity level of the world’s oceans to rise at what is probably the fastest rate in 65 million years, threatening global fisheries that serve as an essential food source for billions of people, according to a new United Nations report.
  • EPA’s Killer MACT

    01/05/2012 7:52:25 AM PST · by csd · 6 replies ^ | Jan 5, 2012 | Emerging Corruption
    To understand how the Environmental Protection Agency operates, one must first understand that it lies all the time. Its “estimates” are bogus. Its claims of lives saved are bogus. It thrives on scare-mongering to a public that is science-challenged, but the science remains and the EPA must be challenged to save the nation from the loss of the energy it needs to function. It must be challenged to unleash the huge economic benefits of energy resources—coal, oil, and natural gas—that can reverse our present economic decline. The latest outrage is the MACT rule—an acronym for “maximum achievable control technology” intended...
  • Build pipeline, build it safely and create jobs

    12/30/2011 3:10:40 PM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 7 replies
    Milwaukee Journal On Line ^ | 12-30-11 | Editorial Board
    Environmentalists' complaints about the Keystone XL oil pipeline ring hollow when the alternatives are considered. Saying no to the proposed Keystone XL oil pipeline across the Great Plains states would not change the demand for oil by one barrel nor would it lessen the impact of getting that oil out of the tar sands of Canada's Alberta province. Despite the promise of alternative fuels and more fuel-efficient vehicles, and our need to develop them, demand for oil will remain high for several decades yet even in the most optimistic projections, here and in places such as China and India. And,...
  • Is Hydraulic Fracturing Environmentally Safe?

    12/23/2011 6:52:20 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 13 replies
    RealClearMarkets ^ | 12/23/2011 | Fisher Investments
    s fracking environmentally safe? That's a key question surrounding the fast-growing method of gas and oil extraction-and one that's triggered debate since the process became more economically viable. It isn't hard to see where the concerns come from: The fracking process involves injection of fluids-mostly sandy water, but some chemicals as well-to bore holes in rock, releasing trapped gas and oil. The fluids are then pumped out of the well, treated and disposed (or possibly, reused). Few take issue with the injected water and sand. But the chemicals have long been a source of contentious debate. The anti-fracking crowd argues...
  • No Credible Case Against Keystone (Obama should approve it)

    12/17/2011 12:08:44 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 9 replies
    National Review ^ | 12/17/2011 | Deroy Murdock
    To recap:  Some 160 million Americans will watch their taxes rise about $1,000 each, if the current payroll-tax cut ends on January 1.  Millions of jobless Americans will see their unemployment benefits run out, if the federal government does not extend them by year’s end.  The Iranian government this week threatened to shut the Strait of Hormuz and bottle up a key route that oil tankers use to deliver petroleum to an energy-hungry planet.  President Obama could fix the first two problems and ameliorate the dangers of the third, if he would sign legislation to extend the tax cut...
  • Cable guy finds sleeping bear in NJ basement

    12/15/2011 10:35:16 PM PST · by Enchante · 19 replies
    AP via Yahoo News ^ | 12/15/2011 | AP Staff
    HOPATCONG, N.J. (AP) — A cable TV repairman got quite a surprise when he walked into the basement of a New Jersey home. There was a 500-pound bear sound asleep on the floor.