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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:...
  • Arkansas Rep. Declares State of Emergency over Frying Pan Grease

    05/18/2012 9:49:12 AM PDT · by Psalm_2 · 18 replies
    heartland.org ^ | May 3, 2012 | James M. Taylor, J.D.
    Webb’s bill claims food grease presents an emergency risk of sewer overflows that threatens the environment. “It is in the public interest to establish a Fat, Oil, and Grease Advisory Committee to study the recommended measures to better ensure that the collection, transportation, disposal, and recycling of fat, oil, and grease are done in a manner that is protective of the environment,” reads the bill.
  • Contraceptives and the Environment - What the Pill Is Doing to Our Water Supply

    05/17/2012 8:42:30 AM PDT · by Brian Kopp DPM · 55 replies
    Zenit ^ | 05/17/12 | Rebecca Oas, PhD
    Contraceptives and the Environment What the Pill Is Doing to Our Water Supply By Rebecca Oas, PhDWASHINGTON, D.C., MAY 16, 2012 (Zenit.org).- In 1960, the combined oral contraceptive pill was first approved for use in the United States.  Seven years later, “the Pill” was featured on the cover of Time Magazine, illustrating its enormous societal impact[1]. Roughly two generations later, statistics from the United Nations show that, within more developed nations worldwide, just under 16% of “partnered” women use contraceptive pills, a number which does not include usage among single women[2].However, even as the popularity of oral contraceptives remains high,...
  • Communist China Setting Up City in America

    05/12/2012 4:37:54 PM PDT · by yoe · 51 replies
    The Patriot Update ^ | May 12, 2012 | Staff
    A Chinese group known as “Sino-Michigan Properties LLC” has bought up 200 acres of land near the town of Milan, Michigan. Their plan is to construct a “China City” with artificial lakes, a Chinese cultural center and hundreds of housing units for Chinese citizens. Essentially, it would be a little slice of communist China dropped right into the heartland of America. This “China City” would be located about 40 minutes from both Detroit and Toledo, and it would be marketed to Chinese business people that want to start businesses in the United States. Unfortunately, this is not just an isolated...
  • White House Lied, Jobs Died: The story behind the drilling moratorium

    05/11/2012 12:01:12 PM PDT · by Kevin C · 5 replies
    National Review ^ | 5/11/12 | Michelle Malkin
    While the White House and its media water-carriers try to distract the American public with gay-marriage talk and half-century-old tales of Mitt Romney’s prep-school pranks, the inconvenient truth remains: President Obama is responsible for perpetrating jaw-dropping, job-killing scientific fraud. And his minions are still trying to cover it up. New internal e-mails disclosed by the House Natural Resources Committee this week show that a supposedly exculpatory report on the administration’s doctored drilling moratorium analysis — issued by the Department of Interior’s inspector general’s office — was itself incomplete, misleading, and unsubstantiated. Even more damning, the documents reveal that the White...
  • Oregon norovirus traced to reusable grocery bag

    05/09/2012 4:01:09 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 18 replies
    Associated Press ^ | May 9, 2012
    PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- Oregon investigators have traced an outbreak of norovirus to a reusable grocery bag that members of a Beaverton girls' soccer team passed around when they shared cookies. The soccer team of 13- and 14-year-olds traveled to Seattle for a weekend tournament in October 2010.
  • Resuable grocery bag carried nasty norovirus, scientists say

    05/09/2012 7:47:44 AM PDT · by AT7Saluki · 61 replies
    pMSNBC ^ | 5/9/12 | JoNel Aleccia
    Oregon public health officials have traced a nasty outbreak of norovirus infections in a group of soccer players to an unlikely source: a reusable grocery bag contaminated with what some experts are calling “the perfect pathogens.” The incident is raising questions, once again, about the cleanliness of the portable shopping bags that many consumers use to avoid the paper vs. plastic impact on the environment. “We wash our clothes when they’re dirty; we should wash our bags, too,” said Kimberly K. Repp, an epidemiologist with the Washington County Department of Health and Human Services in Hillsboro, Ore. Her work is...
  • Dinosaur gases 'warmed the Earth' [T Rex Farts Caused Global Warming! LOL!]

    05/08/2012 5:44:02 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 13 replies
    BBC ^ | 5/7/12 | Ella Davies
    Giant dinosaurs could have warmed the planet with their flatulence, say researchers. British scientists have calculated the methane output of sauropods, including the species known as Brontosaurus. By scaling up the digestive wind of cows, they estimate that the population of dinosaurs - as a whole - produced 520 million tonnes of gas annually. They suggest the gas could have been a key factor in the warm climate 150 million years ago. David Wilkinson from Liverpool John Moore's University, and colleagues from the University of London and the University of Glasgow published their results in the journal Current Biology.
  • New Research Brings Satellite Measurements and Global Climate Models Closer

    05/08/2012 3:23:12 AM PDT · by Makana · 18 replies
    ScienceDaily ^ | May 7, 2012 | Not Given
    One popular climate record that shows a slower atmospheric warming trend than other studies contains a data calibration problem, and when the problem is corrected the results fall in line with other records and climate models, according to a new University of Washington study. The finding is important because it helps confirm that models that simulate global warming agree with observations, said Stephen Po-Chedley, a UW graduate student in atmospheric sciences who wrote the paper with Qiang Fu, a UW professor of atmospheric sciences.
  • Loyola University eliminates the sale of bottled water on campus

    05/07/2012 7:12:16 AM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 56 replies
    Associated Press ^ | May 7, 2012
    Loyola University in Chicago is ridding its campus of bottled water. School officials say bottled water will no longer be sold anywhere on campus starting in 2013.
  • New Study Predicts Frack Fluids Can Migrate To Aquifers Within Years

    05/02/2012 6:30:45 AM PDT · by Erik Latranyi · 43 replies
    OPB News ^ | 1 May 2012 | Abrahm Lustgarten
    A new study has raised fresh concerns about the safety of gas drilling in the Marcellus Shale, concluding that fracking chemicals injected into the ground could migrate toward drinking water supplies far more quickly than experts have previously predicted. More than 5,000 wells were drilled in the Marcellus between mid-2009 and mid-2010, according to the study, which was published in the journal Ground Water two weeks ago. Operators inject up to 4 million gallons of fluid, under more than 10,000 pounds of pressure, to drill and frack each well. Scientists have theorized that impermeable layers of rock would keep the...
  • 8 Core Beliefs of Extraordinary Bosses

    The best managers have a fundamentally different understanding of workplace, company, and team dynamics. See what they get right. A few years back, I interviewed some of the most successful CEOs in the world in order to discover their management secrets. I learned that the "best of the best" tend to share the following eight core beliefs. 1. Business is an ecosystem, not a battlefield. Average bosses see business as a conflict between companies, departments and groups. They build huge armies of "troops" to order about, demonize competitors as "enemies," and treat customers as "territory" to be conquered. Extraordinary...
  • EPA Official Regrets Remarks

    04/28/2012 11:18:18 AM PDT · by John Semmens · 18 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 28 April 2012 | John Semmens
    Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 6 administrator Al Armendariz apologized for boasting that the Obama Administration’s approach toward environmental enemies was to “crucify them.” Armendariz attributed his remarks to his misunderstanding of the scope of the President’s authority. “While it is agreed that the President is empowered to kill those he deems a threat, I have been advised by the Attorney General that actually crucifying them would be construed as ‘cruel and unusual,’” Armendariz said. “Only more covert methods are currently approved.” Armendariz acknowledged “the President’s right to impose whatever restrictions he sees fit. After all, he is our ruler....
  • Gas boom may stop at coast of Maryland

    04/27/2012 7:39:53 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 23 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | April 26, 2012 | Ben Wolfgang
    Cove Point in Southern Maryland has become the latest flash point in the fight between the fossil fuels industry and its longtime foes in the environmental movement. Citing a unique Carter-era agreement, the Sierra Club says it will veto plans by energy giant Dominion to build the first natural gas liquefaction and export facility on the East Coast, a site that would handle booming supplies from the Marcellus Shale and other vast deposits for shipment to Asia and elsewhere. The 1970s legal settlement, the Sierra Club argues, gives it the authority to halt any project that would “change the footprint”...
  • Despite Environmental Alarmism, Great Lakes Have Not Been Setting Low Water Level Records

    04/24/2012 8:43:14 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 9 replies
    Capitol Confidential ^ | 4/24/2012 | Jack Spencer
    Over the past decade, alarmists have repeatedly made claims that the Great Lakes were drying up. However, month after month Great Lakes water levels were higher in the 2000s than low level records set in previous decades. Humans have only been keeping consistent Great Lakes water level records for 94 years. In 1918 the Army Corps of Engineers began measuring and recording the lake levels on a monthly basis. This is a very short period in terms of natural history. Yet, with the exception of two summer months on Lake Superior, the monthly measurements of the 2000s didn't even hit...
  • "If I wanted America to fail"

    04/23/2012 8:25:58 PM PDT · by mamelukesabre · 145 replies
    Youtube ^ | Apr 20, 2012 | FreeMarketAmerica Subscribe Subscribed Unsubscribe Loading...
    This is the video that got the maker's twitter account banned. It is very good.
  • 'Gaia' scientist James Lovelock: I was 'alarmist' about climate change

    04/23/2012 10:48:49 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 52 replies
    MSNBC ^ | April 23, 2012, 10:35 am | Ian Johnston
    James Lovelock, the maverick scientist who became a guru to the environmental movement with his “Gaia” theory of the Earth as a single organism, has admitted to being “alarmist” about climate change and says other environmental commentators, such as Al Gore, were too. Lovelock, 92, is writing a new book in which he will say climate change is still happening, but not as quickly as he once feared. He previously painted some of the direst visions of the effects of climate change. In 2006, in an article in the U.K.’s Independent newspaper, he wrote that “before this century is over...
  • A Tennessee Fireman's Solution to Climate Change (let's make the deniers pay)

    04/23/2012 10:12:40 AM PDT · by CounterCounterCulture · 40 replies
    Forbes ^ | 19 April 2012 | Steve Zwick
    Let’s take a page from those Tennessee firemen we heard about a few times last year – the ones who stood idly by as houses burned to the ground because their owners had refused to pay a measly $75 fee. We can apply this same logic to climate change. We know who the active denialists are – not the people who buy the lies, mind you, but the people who create the lies. Let’s start keeping track of them now, and when the famines come, let’s make them pay. Let’s let their houses burn until the innocent are rescued*. Let’s...
  • Trash left on Tybee beach sparks ire in wake of Orange Crush

    04/23/2012 6:15:57 AM PDT · by onlylewis · 49 replies
    savannahnow.com ^ | Updated: April 23, 2012 - 7:59am | By DASH COLEMAN
    When Tony Abruzzio and his fiancee were taking their morning walk on the beach Sunday, he saw something he called appalling. “Bottles, broken-up ice coolers, towels — you name it, all over the place,” Abruzzio said. “... It was really unnecessary and unneeded.” In the video, Abruzzio shows a section of the island’s south beach pocked with cups, bottles, other trash and clothing as volunteers clean. “This is why Orange Crush has got such a bad reputation on Tybee,” he says in the video.
  • The Limits of The Limits to Growth: Contemplating 1972 predictions of environmental doom, just in...

    04/20/2012 10:38:05 AM PDT · by neverdem · 12 replies
    Reason ^ | April 18, 2012 | Ronald Bailey
    Contemplating 1972 predictions of environmental doom, just in time for Earth Day Forty years ago, The Limits to Growth, a report to the Club of Rome, was released with great fanfare at a conference at the Smithsonian Institution. The study was based on a computer model developed by researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and designed “to investigate five major trends of global concern—accelerating industrial development, rapid population growth, widespread malnutrition, depletion of nonrenewable resources, and a deteriorating environment.” The goal was to use the model to explore the increasingly dire "predicament of mankind." The researchers modestly acknowledged...
  • Overthrowing Environmentalism

    04/17/2012 11:30:01 AM PDT · by IbJensen · 4 replies
    Right Side News ^ | 4/16/2012 | Alan Caruba
    In 1517 Martin Luther set off the Protestant revolution against the Catholic Church that led to the spread of the then-new movement as a response to the corruption of the Church. It took time for it to establish itself as an alternative and was greatly aided by the invention of printing and spread of literacy, but mostly because ordinary people had grown weary of the Church’s extravagance, poor governance, and resistance to change. The selling of worthless “indulgences” as a means to wipe one’s sins clean was the final straw. Environmentalism has become a modern religion and its “cap and...
  • Now biomass is the environment's enemy?

    04/17/2012 10:56:06 AM PDT · by Twotone · 13 replies
    Kitsap Peninsula Business Journal ^ | April 16, 2012 | Don Brunell
    When environmental organizations pushed Washington voters to approve their renewable energy Initiative 937, they touted biomass energy — incinerated wood waste — as one of their preferred alternatives to fossil fuel. They reasoned that biomass energy plants would help clear forests of flammable wood debris from dead and diseased timber, put idled loggers and millworkers back to work and produce cleaner, more affordable energy. But since voters narrowly approved the initiative in 2006, many of those same activists are battling against biomass projects.
  • Obama's push to implement 'Eco-Tyranny'

    04/17/2012 9:04:47 AM PDT · by Perseverando · 16 replies
    WND.com ^ | April 16, 2012 | Kevin DeAnna
    Meteorologist Brian Sussman blows whistle on president's scheme The environmentalist movement isn’t about protecting the environment at all, according to meteorologist-turned-journalist Brian Sussman. It’s about destroying private property, controlling behavior, and expanding government – and the Obama administration has a secret plan to further all of it, he says. Sussman is now blowing the whistle on the real nature of environmentalism in his explosive brand-new book, “Eco-Tyranny.” He reveals secret memos from inside Obama’s Bureau of Land Management, or BLM, outlining a covert plan “to pursue a program of land consolidation” for the federal government to secure tens of millions...
  • Sea Ice - greater than average (for three weeks now)

    04/16/2012 10:21:21 AM PDT · by Kinsingmonster · 4 replies
    University of Ilinois ^ | 4/16/2012 | Universtity of Ilinois
    Sea Ice extent still greater than average (third consecutive week) http://arctic.atmos.uiuc.edu/cryosphere/IMAGES/global.daily.ice.area.withtrend.jpg
  • DHS Introduces Green Police

    04/16/2012 9:05:45 AM PDT · by Twotone · 40 replies
    The New American ^ | April 13, 2012 | Raven Clabough
    The Department of Homeland Security has announced that it will be creating an “environmental justice” unit that will be overseeing environmental regulations, alongside local governments. The unit’s role of enforcing environmental regulations has prompted critics to refer to the new department as the “green police.” The DHS defines environmental justice as “the commitment of the Federal Government … to avoid placing disproportionately high and adverse effects on the human health and environment of minority populations and low-income populations.”
  • Wind power sagging - "That was quite a surprise to all of us"

    04/16/2012 12:04:41 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 30 replies
    Arizona Daily Sun ^ | April 15, 2012 | Cyndy Cole
    Only months after Coconino County's first major wind energy farm got up and running this winter, the utility buying its power says more wind farms here are unlikely -- at least for now. Cost is the bottom line, with the sun beating the wind on both equipment prices and time-of-day power production. This disadvantage for wind could have some implications for a handful of other big wind projects proposed in Coconino County. A worldwide glut of solar panels produced at lower costs (including from China) has cut solar panel prices to a fraction of their former cost. So Arizona Public...
  • Lucas empire strikes back in Calif. studio battle

    04/13/2012 4:59:17 PM PDT · by jmcenanly · 43 replies
    Associated Press via MSNBC ^ | updated 4/13/2012 12:18:35 AM ET | TERENCE CHEA
    SAN FRANCISCO — George Lucas' empire is striking back in its long-running battle to build a palatial film studio in the pastoral hills north of San Francisco. Lucasfilm Ltd., the force behind the Star Wars movies, shocked Marin County on Tuesday by announcing that it is abandoning the controversial Grady Ranch project, citing bitter opposition from neighbors and delays in the approval process. The company said it would build its new digital media production studio elsewhere and hopes to sell the historic farmland to a developer interested in constructing low-income housing.
  • Agenda 21 Action Thread

    03/23/2012 4:34:41 PM PDT · by TEXOKIE · 216 replies · 2+ views
    A few days ago I realized that we who are participating on the Agenda 21 thread have amassed an impressive amount of data and links which are quite important for the educating of anyone who is wondering what “Agenda 21” is all about. There is absolutely no question in the minds of any of our participants at this stage that “Agenda 21” is real, and is NOT a tin-foil hat conspiracy. There are quite a number of people on this forum who were way ahead of us, and have been quite patient with us while some (like myself) have played...
  • You thought it was only greedy capitalists who find California unfriendly?

    04/12/2012 2:48:56 PM PDT · by Mark Landsbaum · 13 replies
    le this under “There (almost) goes the neighborhood.” Lucasfilm announced this week that despite many years of planning and investment, the continuing regulatory delays and furious opposition of neighbors has led the company to abandon efforts to build a large production studio in Marin County, north of San Francisco. “We have several opportunities to build the production stages in communities that see us as a creative asset, not as an evil empire, and if we are to stay on schedule we must act on those opportunities,” Lucasfilm said it a statement . . .
  • What did pass the Maryland General Assembly

    04/11/2012 5:15:04 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 3 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | April 10, 2012 | Greg Masters
    Although negotiations over a package of tax increases and a proposed casino collapsed Monday night, the Maryland General Assembly passed a lot of bills this session — 791, to be exact. Of those, 96 percent were passed in the last week, including hundreds in the hours and minutes before midnight on Monday. Here are some highlights from the 90-day session’s last day: STORMWATER FEE The Senate spent much of the session’s waning hours fiercely debating a stormwater fee bill that was on few people’s radar earlier in the session. The bill requires localities to fund projects to reduce polluted runoff...
  • Sea Ice extent greater than average extent

    04/11/2012 7:04:51 AM PDT · by Kinsingmonster · 11 replies
    University of Ilinois ^ | 4/11/12 | Universtity of Ilinois
    Sea ice extent has been above average for about two weeks now. No big deal, but worth a mention. Please see the attached link from The Cryosphere Today page, published by the University of Illinois. http://arctic.atmos.uiuc.edu/cryosphere/IMAGES/global.daily.ice.area.withtrend.jpg