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  • Congressional Candidate Praises Abortion

    06/17/2012 2:52:38 PM PDT · by John Semmens · 8 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 16 June 2012 | John Semmens
    Darcy Burner, a Democratic candidate for the House of Representatives in the state of Washington, told an audience at the Netroots Nation convention in Providence Rhode Island that women who have had abortions deserve our thanks. “We all know that humans are destroying this planet,” Burner contended. “We need to single out those who are taking action to stave off this destruction. No action is more heroic than that of a woman who sacrifices her own child to help us move closer to the day when humans become extinct.” In order to help the heroes in the audience gain the...
  • U2 Guitarist May Get 2nd Chance at Malibu Mansions (If You're Rich & Liberal It's OK to Rape Nature)

    06/16/2012 1:09:27 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 6 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | June 16, 2012 | Michael J. Mishak
    U2 guitarist may get a second chance at Malibu mansions Lobbyists who worked on the Edge's project are urging legislators to approve a measure that could clear the way for his development, which the Coastal Commission rejected. SACRAMENTO — The California Coastal Commission rejected a controversial proposal last year by U2 guitarist the Edge to build five mansions on a scenic bluff above Malibu, saying that it would scar a rugged ridgeline and harm sensitive habitat. Now, some of the same powerful lobbyists and lawyers behind the musician's quashed development are working the halls of the Capitol to push a...
  • FAULTY FDEP SCIENCE DRIVES UNNECESSARY FLORIDA MERCURY SCARE

    06/16/2012 8:08:04 AM PDT · by Twotone
    Science & Public Policy Institute ^ | June 15, 2012 | Willie Soon
    Regulatory actions being debated in Florida should raise bright red flags for Sunshine State residents, other U.S. states, and even other countries.
  • Jobs Are Also an Endangered Species (Is the dunes sagebrush lizard more important than the economy?)

    06/15/2012 4:23:19 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 2 replies
    National Review ^ | 06/15/2012 | John Fund
    The phrase “You can’t fight city hall” expresses the futility of opposing an entrenched bureaucracy. For hard-pressed ranchers, miners, oil and gas drillers and developers, and even solar-energy entrepreneurs, the refrain has instead been, “You can’t fight the Endangered Species Act” (ESA). Until now. This week, the Obama administration announced that it would not declare the dunes sagebrush lizard an endangered species, as it had seemed likely to do, because voluntary conservation agreements in Texas and New Mexico offer promise that the lizard can be protected without halting economic development in the two states where the lizard is found. “Today’s...
  • Obama 2nd term: Jobs? economy? Nope. Global Warming!

    06/14/2012 4:53:25 PM PDT · by Starman417 · 4 replies
    Flopping Aces ^ | 06-14-12 | DrJohn
    If you thought that in a second term Barack Obama would focus like a laser beam on jobs and the economy, think again: President Obama plans to make climate change his top priority for his second term. No, that's not from The Onion, a humor publication, but the left-leaning New Yorker. What planet does this president live on? 'Obama has an ambitious second-term agenda," wrote Ryan Lizza in this week's New Yorker. "The President has said that the most important policy he could address in his second term is climate change," supposedly to "improve the world." So forget about the...
  • DC is Killing or Forests (Saturbray)

    06/09/2012 5:51:13 AM PDT · by bray · 11 replies
    www.brayincandy.com ^ | 6/9/12 | bray
    They overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony; they did not LOVE their lives so much as to shrink from death. Rev 12:11 There is only one thing standing between America and full employment, its gummit. We have become a country where the people in the wagon has killed and eaten the horses. Now they sit in absolute amazement wondering why they aren't moving. This is the most anti-business administration in a long line of anti-business congress’ leaving an absolute wreck of an economy. Until we shove this wagon full of ingrates...
  • Arctic discovery: Massive algae bloom raises crucial (Global Warming) questions

    06/09/2012 4:21:59 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 48 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | June 8, 2012 | Amy Hubbard
    NASA has revealed its discovery of a massive algae bloom under the slowly diminishing Arctic ice -- a finding that made scientists' eyes pop. But does this never-before-seen phenomenon change the fate of this microscopic algae? Not long ago, this crucial plant life -- which produces much of the world's oxygen -- was reported in a century-long tailspin. Here's the back story. The same year that NASA researchers launched the Icescape expedition to the Arctic -- the project that resulted in NASA's astounding new discovery -- there was a dire report on the world's phytoplankton. A Canadian team said...
  • Veep Urges End to Traditional Farming

    06/09/2012 1:12:34 AM PDT · by John Semmens · 50 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 8 June 2012 | John Semmens
    Vice-President Joe Biden told the graduating seniors of Cypress Bay High School (Fla.) that “it’s long past the time when Americans should be shifting away from traditional farming as a means of supplying food.” “Let’s face it, farming is unnatural,” Biden pointed out. “Using sharp tools to cut into the earth, planting seeds in neat rows for efficient reaping (also done with sharp tools, I might add), piping in water from far away—these are all artificial methods that rape the land.” Biden argued that “in a more primitive era such methods may have been unavoidable. But do we really need...
  • Consumption driving 'unprecedented' environment damage: UN ('revving up' the climate for Rio Summit)

    06/06/2012 7:47:35 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 18 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 6/6/12 | AFP
    Population growth and unsustainable consumption are driving Earth towards "unprecedented" environmental destruction, the UN said in a report Wednesday ahead of the Rio Summit. Of 90 key goals to protect the environment, only four have seen good progress, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) said in a planetary assessment issued only every five years. "If current trends continue, if current patterns of production and consumption of natural resources prevail and cannot be reversed and 'decoupled,' then governments will preside over unprecedented levels of damage and degradation," said UNEP Executive Director Achim Steiner. The phonebook-sized report, the fifth edition of the...
  • Environment: Germany, a laboratory for green growth

    06/04/2012 12:12:32 AM PDT · by Einigkeit_Recht_Freiheit · 53 replies
    OECD ^ | 05/31/2012 | OECD
    Germany is successfully limiting the amount of carbon, energy and resources required to grow its economy. Though the public is generally satisfied with the level of environmental quality, the OECD’s Environmental Performance Review of Germany warns that challenges remain in areas like air and water quality, the protection of biodiversity, and de-carbonising energy production. It says that Germany will need more cost-effective policies to achieve its ambitious environmental objectives which, in some cases, go beyond those established in the European Union. Stringent environmental requirements have helped to make Germany a leader in the environmental goods and services sector. Worth up...
  • Depleted uranium: could this reduce our dependency on crude oil?

    06/01/2012 7:03:38 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 12 replies
    http://phys.org ^ | June 1, 2012 | Lindsay Brooke
    A simple three-step chemical reaction which could herald the introduction of new sustainable feedstocks for the chemical industry has been developed by scientists at The University of Nottingham. Scientists in the School of Chemistry have developed a recyclable system for converting carbon monoxide (CO) directly into more complicated organic molecules using depleted uranium. The research, funded by the Royal Society and European Research Council, was led by Dr. Stephen Liddle, an expert in inorganic chemistry. Details of the new procedure — which can return the molecule that performs the transformation back to its start point — have been published in...
  • Cookout aims to tip scales against snakehead in Maryland

    05/31/2012 8:13:01 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 29 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | May 30, 2012 | Meredith Somers
    If Maryland has its way, an invasive enemy could become a nontraditional entree. Ten years after the northern snakehead was first caught in a local pond, the animal once dubbed “Frankenfish” has established a habitat and lived up to its reputation as an adaptable, aggressive and all-consuming predator. But unlike the protections afforded to the other mascots of Maryland’s waterways, the sacred blue crab and the beloved rockfish, environmental officials are encouraging area anglers to kill and cook as many of the scaly monsters as possible — a prospect local chefs say is surprisingly palatable. “The big difference between snakehead...
  • Even in Coal Country, the Fight for an Industry

    05/30/2012 4:47:48 AM PDT · by MulberryDraw · 24 replies
    New York Times/Yahoo ^ | May 30, 2012 | Eric Lipton
    LOUISA, Ky. — For generations, coal has been king in this Appalachian town. It provided heat, light and jobs for the hundreds of people who worked in the nearby coal mines and the smoke-coughing Big Sandy power plant that burned their black bounty. But now, coal is in a corner. Across the United States, the industry is under siege, threatened by new regulations from Washington, environmentalists fortified by money from Michael R. Bloomberg, the billionaire mayor of New York City, and natural gas companies intent on capturing much of the nation’s energy market. So when the operator of the Big...
  • Mo‘ynaq – Graveyard of Ships in the Desert (Uzbekistan)

    05/27/2012 8:30:55 AM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 23 replies
    Kuriositas ^ | Saturday, 26 May 2012 | Kuriositas
    Mo‘ynaq – Graveyard of Ships in the Desert Many have visited an abandoned city and wondered what catastrophic event could have caused such an exodus from a metropolis once so evidently thriving. Yet these cities are usually hundreds if not thousands of years old, the everyday clamor and cry of civilization just an echo. Visit Mo'ynaq in Uzbekistan, however, and you can see apocalypse right here, right now. The Soviet era sign still welcomes people to the city. Yet there are few visitors who stay more than a few hours. They all leave after they have done looking at what...
  • O’Malley signs hundreds of bills that will tint Maryland a deeper shade of blue

    05/23/2012 7:51:09 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 17 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | May 22, 2012 | Aaron C. Davis
    Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley signed into law a package of tax increases Tuesday targeting six-figure earners, tobacco users and companies engaged in real estate transactions to cover record spending on education. In a two-hour ceremony, it was easily the most recognizable measure O’Malley (D) signed but hardly the most popular. Rather, union members, minorities and interest groups crowded the State House to celebrate more than 200 lesser-known and often narrowly tailored bills. They passed the General Assembly with little fanfare but, taken together, will color the state’s social and political identity a slightly deeper shade of blue. The bills included...
  • Night herons settling down in downtown Oakland

    05/20/2012 9:51:40 AM PDT · by thecodont · 11 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle / SFGate.com ^ | Sunday, May 20, 2012 | Carolyn Jones
    Downtown Oakland has no shortage of wildlife. Now it even has some of the nonhuman variety. A colony of giant, squawking, black-crowned night herons has taken up residence in the gritty urban core of Oakland, apparently thriving amid the tattoo parlors and Afghan restaurants, Occupiers and bus exhaust. "Oh my God, I saw one walking right down 14th Street. I'm like, 'What is that?' " said Jalima Morales, 26, who saw a few more of the striking blue birds as she was walking down Jackson Street recently. "Now I see them all the time. They're so loud. It sounds like...
  • Owner of solar-powered home fights neighbor's trees, gains little ground - "Right to sunlight"

    05/20/2012 7:21:57 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 162 replies
    Tampa Bay - St. Petersburg Times ^ | May 20, 2012 | Will Hobson
    LARGO — Last summer, Mike Zwalley put a $65,000 solar energy system on his roof. The system — a 30-gallon solar water heater and 44 black panels that convert sunlight into electricity — cut Zwalley's electric bill from $300 to $400 per month to $10 to $20. About two months after Zwalley installed the system at his waterfront home off Indian Rocks Road, his next-door neighbor planted three cypress trees, each about 10 feet tall, along his property line. Zwalley, a 58-year-old car salesman, was not happy. He had asked the neighbor, Wade Gibson, not to plant the trees there....
  • Environmentalist pleads guilty to illegal tree marking

    05/20/2012 6:20:13 AM PDT · by rellimpank · 24 replies
    Rapid City Journal ^ | 20 may 2012 | Kevin Woster
    --a tree-hugger gets caught--- Brian Brademeyer is charged with painting over markings to trick Forest Service crews into cutting down trees. Black Hills environmentalist Brian Brademeyer has pleaded guilty to a federal charge of illegally marking trees to be cut in a U.S. Forest Service timber sale. Brademeyer agreed prior to a proceeding scheduled for Thursday in federal court to pay a $475 fine, plus a $25 processing fee. The maximum penalty for the charge, a federal petty offense, was $5,000 and six months in jail. Contacted by email Friday, Brademeyer confirmed that he was paying the $500 but did...
  • Desert Visions (Monument and Horseshoe2 Fires)

    05/17/2012 1:44:53 PM PDT · by OddLane · 8 replies
    American Rattlesnake (Photos by Cindy Kolb) ^ | May 17, 2012 | Gerard Perry
    As four separate wildfires devour the state of Arizona-burning more than 17,500 acres at last count-it’s instructive to look at how our government has handled its investigation into the two enormous ones which blazed a path of destruction across the state in 2011. According to the Arizona Daily Star, both the Horseshoe 2 and the Monument Fire were caused by humans, which in the case of national forests invariably means illegal aliens and/or Mexican narco-traffickers nesting within wilderness cordoned off from American citizens. The tragedy, which should elicit anger and frustration in anyone concerned about the environment and the lives...
  • Run for the hills: Yet another study informs us of the imminent end of life as we know it

    05/18/2012 6:47:36 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 15 replies
    Hot Air ^ | 10:01 am on May 17, 2012 | Erika Johnsen
    The end is nigh! Or so our esteemed environmental prophets are telling us… yet again. Humans will need two Earths to support our lifestyles by 2030 because we are draining the world’s resources so quickly, a new report has warned.Produced by the World Wildlife Fund, the Zoological Society of London, the Global Footprint Network and the European Space Agency, the 2012 Living Planet Report measures humans’ ecological footprint on the planet.At the moment, the picture is bleak, according to Jim Leape, Director General of WWF International, with resources being drained 50 per cent faster than they can be replenished.He said:...