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  • Cotati family feels ‘pulse’ of the land

    05/04/2015 4:17:35 PM PDT · by rey · 10 replies
    Press Democrat ^ | 4 May 2015 | JONAH RASKIN
    Rebecca Black and Roy Smith, both 44 and native Californians, get to work soon after sunrise. By 7:30 a.m., they’re busy in the cottage they rent on Old Redwood Highway in Cotati, where they live with their two daughters, Siena Smith, 11, and Lillian Black, 12. This morning, Smith skins and guts a 13-year-old goat, chops up the liver to feed the cats and dogs and saves the best parts for a family meal. Meanwhile, in the backyard, Black tans the goat’s hide. In this super eco-driven household, almost nothing goes to waste. Nearly everything is recycled and everyone is...
  • The GOP’s destructive Vietnam mythology: How the right’s self-glorifying delusions led to...

    05/02/2015 11:42:13 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 103 replies
    Salon ^ | May 2, 2015 | Peter Birkenhead is a writer living in Washington, D.C.
    The GOP’s destructive Vietnam mythology: How the right’s self-glorifying delusions led to decades of avoidable war It only took about five years from the fall of Saigon on April 30, 1975, for the American right to succeed in burying the moment under mounds of revisionist horse shit. Ronald Reagan, speaking at a campaign appearance in the summer of 1980, said, It is time that we recognized that [the American War in Vietnam] was, in truth, a noble cause… We dishonor the memory of 50 thousand young Americans who died in that cause when we give way to feelings of guilt...
  • The Lying Game

    05/02/2015 10:57:22 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 10 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 2, 2015 | Ken Blackwell
    Will the next presidential election be won by a lie? Truth has long since been replaced by “narratives” on the American left. Rather than discuss genuine issues and objective facts, progressives prefer to make up a politically effective story. It doesn’t matter whether the story is false, as long as it sways the public’s emotions and wins the day. The ends justify the means. This “lying game” strategy often shows up in politically sensitive scientific debates. In honor of Earth Week, let’s look at one of the patron saints of environmentalism, Rachel Carson. Carson wanted to eliminate DDT, the most...
  • An Ironic Drought In California (It's Their Own Fault)

    04/30/2015 5:45:03 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 22 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 30, 2015 | Victor Davis Hanson
    The present four-year California drought is not novel -- even if President Barack Obama and California Gov. Jerry Brown have blamed it on man-made climate change. According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, California droughts are both age-old and common. Predictable California dry spells -- like those of 1929-34, 1976-77 and 1987-92 -- more likely result from poorly understood but temporary changes in atmospheric pressures and ocean temperatures. What is new is that the state has never had 40 million residents during a drought -- well over 10 million more than during the last dry spell in the early...
  • Can Shell Afford To Drill In The Arctic?

    04/29/2015 11:46:17 AM PDT · by bananaman22 · 8 replies
    Oilprice.com ^ | 29-04-2015 | drillstem
    How can Shell possibly finance the purchase of BG? Royal Dutch Shell is set to report its first quarter earnings, and by all accounts, it will be a doozy. Analysts predict a 60 percent decline in earnings from a year earlier, including a massive 7 percent fall in production. But the price tag for BG will be $70 billion, a colossal sum in a period of low oil prices. Shell has already said that it would undertake a major divestment campaign to rid itself of assets it does not see as integral to its future. Purchasing BG is a sign...
  • Marchant Wields Blade Against Wind Subsidies

    04/29/2015 10:15:56 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 16 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 29, 2015 | Neil McCabe
    The green energy barons have had a good run in the Age of Obama, but Capitol Hill conservatives are mounting their first serious challenge to these charlatans in the new Congress with the PTC Elimination Act filed by Rep. Kenny E. Marchant (R.-Texas). “If we want to build a healthier American economy, Congress must get rid of the dead weight in the tax code that is limiting our nation’s potential. That’s why I have introduced legislation to eliminate the production tax credit,” Marchant said in his April 22 statement. “Since its creation in 1992, the PTC has ballooned from a...
  • Hang Down Your Head, Debbie Dooley [solar energy puppet]

    04/29/2015 1:46:43 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 6 replies
    The American Spectator ^ | April 29, 2015 | Jon Cassidy
    If you’ve ever got to teach a kid the meaning of non sequitur, remember this assertion by one Debbie Dooley, Tea Party eccentric and advocate for solar energy: Support solar energy, because Americans for Prosperity (AFP) says you shouldn’t, and “they refuse to take a position on the fiscal irresponsibility of illegal immigration and amnesty because their corporate benefactors support open borders and amnesty.” The best I can figure is that Dooley’s actually Andy Kaufman, returned to prank the Tea Party: “Vote solar. Because Mexicans.” There’s a ballot initiative campaign underway in Florida to get the state to endorse and...
  • A Solution to Help Preserve Our State and National Parks

    04/24/2015 2:43:07 PM PDT · by ThethoughtsofGreg · 7 replies
    American Legislator ^ | 4-24-15 | Cara Sullivan
    Every year, millions of Americans frequent our state and national parks. In 2013, tourists, families and outdoor enthusiasts made an estimated 720 million visits to state parks and 726 million visits to national parks. National Park Week is an opportune time to focus on how to best preserve our parks for future generations. Across the country, tight government budgets leave little money for preserving and maintaining public parks. With increasing operational costs, privatizing certain park concessions can help provide a sustainable funding structure for these beloved areas. Funding shortfalls have caused states to close or significantly reduce services in state...
  • Gov. Scott Walker addresses potential Natural Resources layoffs [science, media, education]

    04/23/2015 9:51:50 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 8 replies
    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel ^ | April 23, 2015 | Jason Stein
    Town of Grand Chute -- Gov. Scott Walker said his administration will continue to let science guide environmental policy in Wisconsin even if some scientists are laid off at the Department of Natural Resources. Speaking on Earth Day in this town near Appleton on Wednesday, Walker addressed notices of potential layoffs that have gone out to fifty-seven employees of the state Department of Natural Resources. DNR spokesman Bill Cosh has said that of that number, 27 employees are in the Bureau of Science Services, a unit of the DNR where Walker is proposing significant cuts. "We believe that science should...
  • Looking Back: The Doomsayers Were Wrong about the BP Oil Spill; Mother Nature Heals Itself

    04/23/2015 7:08:29 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 24 replies
    National Review ^ | 04/23/2015 | by STEPHEN MOORE & JOEL GRIFFITH Read more at: http://www.nationalreview.com/article/417345/doomsay
    Five years ago this week, a blowout of BPÂ’s Deepwater Horizon oil rig 40 miles from the Gulf Coast tragically claimed eleven lives and spilled 3 million barrels of oil from the damaged wellhead into the Gulf. ItÂ’s hard to forget the video images of thick oil gushing, day after day, into the regionÂ’s waters. It was a horrific accident that caused substantial damage to the ecology and commerce of the region. Gulf-area wildlife, portions of the shoreline, tourism, fishers and shrimpers, and energy-sector workers suffered large losses in the aftermath of the spill. BP has paid close to $27...
  • Celebrating Earth Day: Environment Getting Better All the Time

    04/22/2015 1:54:53 PM PDT · by ThethoughtsofGreg · 10 replies
    American Legislator ^ | 4-22-15 | John Eick
    Earth Day was first observed on April 22, 1970 as the brainchild of former Sen. Gaylord Nelson (D-WI). One of the leading proponents of environmentalism and conservation at the time, Sen. Nelson envisioned Earth Day as an “environmental teach-in” that would generate popular support for an environmental agenda. Modeled on the anti-war teach-ins of the gloomy Vietnam era, over 20 million people participated in the inaugural Earth Day. Ever since, Earth Day has been a largely somber event sounding the alarm on impending environmental doom. Instead of merely generating awareness of the environmental problems we face, Earth Day should be...
  • Scott Walker Celebrates Earth Day by Firing 57 Environmental Agency Employees

    04/22/2015 11:32:09 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 98 replies
    Mother Jones ^ | April 22, 2015 | Tim McDonnell
    Happy Earth Day! Today is a day we can all band together and share our love for this beautiful planet—or at least drown our sorrows about climate change with nerdy themed cocktails. Later today, President Barack Obama will mark the occasion with a climate-focused speech in the Florida Everglades. Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, a frontrunner for the GOP presidential nomination, had a different idea: Fire a big chunk of the state's environmental staff. From the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel: Fifty-seven employees of the state Department of Natural Resources began receiving formal notices this week that they might face layoff as part of...
  • Obama to spotlight global warming during Earth Day visit to Everglades [Lenin's birthday]

    04/22/2015 4:50:50 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 10 replies
    Mashable ^ | April 22, 2015 | Andrew Freedman
    For the 45th annual Earth Day on Wednesday, President Obama will elevate global warming to the top of the list of environmental threats currently facing Americans, in a speech at the Everglades National Park. The trip, his first to the fragile but vital "river of grass" that, following decades of human interference now occupies a fraction of its former sprawling range in southern Florida, also comes with a heavy dose of politics. Winning the state will be key for any presidential candidate in the 2016 race, and two leading contenders for the Republican nomination, former governor Jeb Bush Senator Marco...
  • Cheap Gas Helps Pull the Plug on Electric Cars [Good News on Earth Day!]

    04/22/2015 4:10:53 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 3 replies
    Time ^ | 4/22/15 | Brad Tuttle
    Sales of the Nissan Leaf and other electric cars have dipped thus far in 2015, and automakers have resorted to price cuts to boost interest in plug-ins.
  • Obama's big carbon footprint celebrating Earth Day in Fla

    04/22/2015 2:24:22 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 13 replies
    Tampa Bay Times ^ | 4/20/15 | Adam C Smith
    ....Obama will visit the Everglades Wednesday, Earth Day, to call attention to global warming and the administration's efforts to cut carbon pollution across the globe. CBS News reporter Mark Knoller raised an intervesting question with honorary Floridian and former Jim Davis adviser Josh Earnest at the press secretary's daily briefing today. Here's a transcript of the exchange: Q Thanks. On the Everglades trip, does the President risk undermining his message when he flies to the Everglades on a 747 hundreds of miles to make a statement about climate change? (Laughter.) Q He could drive. (Laughter.) MR. EARNEST: It’s a provocative...
  • Oklahoma goes from two 3.0 quakes a year to two a day

    04/21/2015 7:37:21 PM PDT · by Star Traveler · 174 replies
    NYTIMES, CNBC ^ | Tuesday, April 21, 2015 | Morgan Brennan
    In November of 2011, a magnitude 5.7 earthquake ripped through the small Oklahoma town of Prague, damaging more than a dozen homes and toppling a turret on a St. Gregory's University building in nearby Shawnee. It was the worst of three large quakes to strike the area over several days, and it still as ranks as the worst Oklahoma has ever experienced. Since then, hundreds more have rattled the state, racking up millions of dollars in damages and unleashing a political and financial maelstrom. Until 2008, Oklahoma typically had one or two earthquakes of magnitude 3.0 or greater per year,...
  • The flight distance from Washington...to Miami [Obama Carbon Burn on Earth Day]

    04/20/2015 5:07:58 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 6 replies
    Travelmath.com ^ | 4/20/15 | sff
    The flight distance from Washington, District of Columbia to Miami, Florida is: 923 miles
  • Greens against the poor

    04/19/2015 8:18:44 PM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 8 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | 2015-04-19 | Stephen Moore
    Lexus liberals ignore how their climate change agenda hurts the less fortunateBarack Obama, Hillary Clinton, Elizabeth Warren and the whole gang of Democratic leaders claim that one of their highest priorities is to lift up the middle class and reduce the income gap between rich and poor.That goal collides with what they admit is their very highest priority: stopping climate change. Their agenda is driven by the millionaire and billionaire Democratic donors who make the party possible. But the agenda also involves making energy, home heating, transportation and just about everything else less efficient and more expensive to the middle...
  • National Mall Trashed After Global Citizen 2015 Earth Day Concert

    04/19/2015 2:30:16 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 63 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 19, 2015 | Christine Rousselle
    Oh, the delicious, delicious irony.Yesterday was Global Citizen 2015 Earth Day, which was celebrated with a concert and other festivities on the National Mall. While the concert itself was powered by solar energy, the attendees could have learned a lesson or two about taking care of planet Earth.For instance, check out these trash and recycling cans I spotted near the National Mall, close to the Washington Monument: scenes from the Earth Day concert on the Mall pic.twitter.com/3kKQOe2qax— Christine Rousselle (@crousselle) April 18, 2015 Disgusting. Granted, there should have been more attention to detail/park workers actually emptying the trash cans, but...
  • Obama to visit Florida Everglades on Earth Day — to talk about climate change

    04/18/2015 6:27:12 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 49 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 4/18/15 | Chris Mooney
    The Washington Post Energy and Environment Obama to visit Florida Everglades on Earth Day — to talk about climate change Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Google Plus Share via Email Share on WhatsappShare on Pinterest Share on LinkedIn Share on Tumblr Resize Text Print Article Comments 4 By Chris Mooney April 18 at 6:20 AM A bird flies over the sensitive ecological landscape of the Everglades National Park, home to many endangered and rare plants on March 16, 2015 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images) Saturday morning, President Obama gave a speech on climate change...
  • EPA Clean Power Plan Litigation Begins

    04/16/2015 12:49:39 PM PDT · by ThethoughtsofGreg · 2 replies
    American Legislator ^ | 4-16-15 | John Eick
    The first major step in what will likely be a long, drawn-out legal process will begin today, April 16. Today, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit will hear oral arguments from 16 states and a handful of energy companies. The two consolidated cases led by the state of West Virginia and the Ohio-based Murray Energy Corporation seek to prevent EPA from finalizing the already proposed Clean Power Plan (CPP). The two lawsuits contend that EPA cannot legally regulate greenhouse gas emissions from coal-fired power plants under Section 111 of the Clean Air Act since –...
  • Man-made disaster': Critics say California drought caused by misguided environment policies

    04/16/2015 11:14:46 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 32 replies
    Fox News ^ | 4-16-15 | Malia Zimmerman
    The blistering drought that has Californians timing their showers, driving dirty cars and staring at brown lawns and empty swimming pools is a “man-made disaster,” according to critics, who say the Golden State’s misguided environmental policies allow much-needed freshwater to flow straight into the Pacific. In an average year, California gets enough snow and rain to put 200 million acres under a foot of water, but environmental opposition to dams over the last several decades has allowed the majority of the freshwater to flow into the ocean, even as the state’s population exploded to nearly 40 million people. ~snip~ “This...
  • Obama: Daughter's asthma brings home climate change debate (barf alert)

    04/08/2015 5:24:55 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 43 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | April 8, 2015
    President Barack Obama says his memory of the fear over his daughter's preschool asthma attacks brings home the debate over climate change. Obama says he knows firsthand how scary it can be to have a child who struggles to breathe. He is arguing that preventing climate change could improve public health by reducing illnesses such as asthma. Obama tells ABC he felt "terrible" fright when a young Malia told him she couldn't breathe and had to be rushed to the emergency room. He says he thinks every parent would wish to reduce such incidents by improving the environment.
  • California Water Authorities To Use New Tool In Fight Against Water Wasters (Smart Meters)

    04/07/2015 2:10:52 PM PDT · by Zakeet · 28 replies
    CBS News ^ | April 6, 2015
    Water authorities are using a new tool in a major effort to crack down on people and businesses wasting water in light of new water restrictions issued by Gov. Jerry Brown to fight the drought. The Long Beach Water Department says sprinklers at a McDonald’s restaurant on Bellflower Boulevard went on for 45 minutes at a time, twice a night, for an undefined number of nights. Complaints continued to mount as water pooled and wasted. The department, however, could do little about the wasting. That was before the smart meter.
  • At Rand Paul’s Party, It’s Bring Your Own Lie Detector [Next Gen Environmentalist Wackos]

    04/07/2015 4:54:51 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 2 replies
    New York Times, First Draft ^ | April 7, 2015 | Coral Davenport
    The attack ad against Senator Rand Paul will not be the only burr on the coattails of his Tuesday campaign announcement: The billionaire environmentalist Tom Steyer will set up a lie-detector test at the event and demand he answer questions about climate change. Mr. Steyer’s environmental group, NextGen Climate, is kicking off a campaign of its own, hoping to bring climate change into the heart of the 2016 elections. The lie detectors will be the first in an escalating series of stunts, advertisements, billboards and rallies over the next year and a half aimed at highlighting Republican candidates’ denial, questioning...
  • Professor: "The Patriarchy is Killing our Planet," US to Blame for Rape in Middle East

    04/06/2015 8:45:00 AM PDT · by rightistight · 33 replies
    Pundit Press ^ | 4/6/15 | Aurelius
    Dr. Nafeez Ahmed, who has taught at University of Sussex’s School of Global Studies and and Brunel University, has written an article in which he claims that “global warming,” among other crises, are “gendered,” and men are at fault. The piece, titled “Patriarchy is killing our planet – women alone can save her,” appeared in “The Ecologist.” Dr. Ahmed specifically pins the world’s problems specifically on men; not specific men, but men as a whole. The way to solve it is by destroying the patriarchy. He explains, “The global epidemic of violence against women and their systematic exclusion from the...
  • Attention America: Californians will shower less

    04/06/2015 7:27:30 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 66 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | April 5, 2015 | Andrew Malcomb
    Signing far-reaching executive orders seems to have become contagious in American government, at least among Democrats. Gov. Jerry Brown went on national TV Sunday to explain his newly-announced mandatory water restrictions that will, among other things, require California residents to shower less. And if you've ever visited France, you know what that means. Last week Brown, now in his fourth term as chief executive of the nation's most populous state, said California has not properly prepared for the kind of long-term drought it appears to face now. Brown, who turns 77 Tuesday, did not blame George W. Bush, but instead...
  • Finding Nemo at SeaWorld

    04/06/2015 5:37:39 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 6 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 6, 2015 | Katie Kieffer
    In Finding Nemo, a whale helps a clownfish find his son; at SeaWorld, killer whales helped me dismantle PETA’s lies. Last week, I had the opportunity to tour SeaWorld Orlando behind-the-scenes. I observed how the theme park’s animals are trained, treated, rescued, rehabilitated and—in over 25,000 cases so far—returned to the ocean. On my first day, I had the pleasure of meeting four-month-old “Tenacious,” a petite Gentoo penguin, who let me pet her silky head. I also met “Jasper,” a four-year-old female penguin who is so friendly that she has a following of super-fans who regularly seek her out at...
  • Why I am a Climate Change Skeptic [Human Emissions Saved Planet]

    03/20/2015 8:46:38 PM PDT · by grundle · 44 replies
    heartland.org ^ | March 20, 2015 | Patrick Moore
    Editor’s Note: Patrick Moore, Ph.D., has been a leader in international environmentalism for more than 40 years. He cofounded Greenpeace... Human Emissions Saved Planet Over the past 150 million years, carbon dioxide had been drawn down steadily (by plants) from about 3,000 parts per million to about 280 parts per million before the Industrial Revolution. If this trend continued, the carbon dioxide level would have become too low to support life on Earth. Human fossil fuel use and clearing land for crops have boosted carbon dioxide from its lowest level in the history of the Earth back to 400 parts...
  • The EPA Planning To Crack Down On Backyard Barbecues, Too?

    03/20/2015 10:00:10 AM PDT · by IBD editorial writer · 34 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 03/20/2015 | John Merline
    Back in 1997, when Bill Clinton's EPA was pushing stricter air pollution rules, then-EPA administrator Carol Browner scoffed at complaints that the new rules would be so strict as to eventually ban backyard barbecues.
  • The Jihad of Climate Change

    03/16/2015 10:25:48 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 7 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 3/16/15 | John C. Velisek USN (Ret.)
    Is Climate Change/global warming/global cooling real? Our government says it is all settled science. But if that is the case, why did Patrick Moore, an environmentalist from Canada and one of the founders of Greenpeace, decide to leave the organization nearly 30 years ago, in response to “extreme, anti-scientific anti-capitalistic processes within the climate change community?" “It fails the most basic principles of the scientific method,” said Moore, claiming that the “science” of climate change has been derived from climate models based on unsound theory and computer models based on subjectively assigned values. Naturally there are points that the climate...
  • Gov. Scott Walker CPAC 2015 with 7 year-old Aaron Stark (on climate change)

    03/16/2015 1:14:38 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 28 replies
    Clean Energy Now ^ | March 16, 2015
    Aaron Stark, (7, in the second grade at Haycock Elementary School in Fairfax County, Virginia) asks Governor Scott walker some questions about climate change at the 2015 CPAC convention. -----:35 VideoLittle boy walks up to ask Gov. Walker a question. Gov. Scott Walker leans down to listen. Aaron: "If you were president, what would you do about climate change?" Walker: "What would I do about that? Well you know I was a boy scout, and always thought maybe campsites should be cleaner when we leave than when we found it, so I'd try to work with people that care about...
  • Humanity’s “surprising” climate win: Global CO2 emissions didn’t rise in 2014

    03/14/2015 1:26:03 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 22 replies
    Salon ^ | March 13, 2015 | Lindsay Abrams
    Humanity’s ongoing contribution to climate change didn’t get any worse last year, the International Energy Agency reports. We did it! Global carbon dioxide emissions from the energy sector stalled in 2014, the IEA found, news that the group’s Chief Economist Faith Birol called “both a very welcome surprise and a significant one.” The big news is that this was the first time in forty years that emissions have stalled while the economy grew 3 percent — suggesting, said Birol, that the two are “decoupling.” And it means, the IEA said in a press release, that our efforts to mitigate our...
  • Scott Walker Is the Worst Candidate for the Environment

    03/11/2015 12:35:51 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 57 replies
    Mother Jones ^ | March 11, 2015 | Tim McDonnell |
    Scott Walker is killing it with Republicans. The Wisconsin governor is one of his party's rising stars—thanks to his ongoing and largely successful war against his state's labor unions, a fight that culminated Monday with the signing of a controversial "right-to-work" bill. Now (for the moment, anyway), he's a leading contender for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination. At the Conservative Political Action Conference a couple weeks ago, he polled a close second to three-time winner Sen. Rand Paul (Ky.), beating the likes of Sen. Ted Cruz (Texas) and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush by a significant margin. It probably won't...
  • Using “safety” to break a nation

    03/10/2015 4:25:10 PM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 11 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 03/10/15 | A. Dru Kristenev
    The agenda is a simple one, while President Obama called climate change a greater threat to America than ISIS, the unending supply of accidents continues to keep the assumed peril in the news Lulling Americans into believing that government can provide a safety net for everything from stocking a pantry and providing healthcare, to preventing administrative offices from “shutting-down,” boosting the stock market and de-stressing the environment through regulating virtually every activity, results in an opposite effect… It destabilizes the economy. As President Obama declared climate change to be the ultimate threat to national security, incidents stemming from the oil...
  • What if states just say ‘no’ to climate rule? [EPA asks for “cooperative federalism”]

    03/09/2015 1:42:44 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 15 replies
    The Hill ^ | March 8, 2015 | Timothy Cama
    Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is counseling states to defy a key pillar of President Obama’s climate change initiative. But while it may be politically attractive for some states to heed the call to just say “no,” to the Environmental Protection Agency’s landmark limits on power plant emissions, experts say doing so could bring unwanted consequences. McConnell, a Republican from coal-rich Kentucky, reasoned in a column in the Lexington, Ky., Herald-Leader that states’ refusal to comply with the contentious rule could be a powerful display of protest against an administration he accuses of overreach. At the same time, he argues,...
  • EPA's latest proposal could be the most expensive regulation ever imposed on the United States.

    03/03/2015 2:14:15 PM PST · by ThethoughtsofGreg · 13 replies
    American Legislator ^ | 2-28-15 | John Eick
    In late 2014, the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposed a rule that would further ratchet down national ambient air quality standards (NAAQS) for ground level ozone from the current level of 75 parts per billion (ppb) to a range of 65 to 70 ppb. Notably, the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) declared the proposal to be the most expensive regulation ever imposed on the country. A study recently conducted by NERA Economic Consulting and commissioned by NAM confirms NAM’s earlier statement. Specifically, the study reveals that reducing the current ozone standard to 65 ppb would reduce U.S. gross...
  • Why Obama Is So Autocratic About Environmental Policy [that's what dictators do]

    02/25/2015 11:07:11 PM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 8 replies
    Slate ^ | February 25, 2015 | Alec MacGillis
    After President Obama’s veto this week of legislation demanding the approval of the Keystone XL oil pipeline, congressional Republicans are charging him with once again flouting the will of the duly elected legislative branch. The charge has the ring of truth when it comes to energy and environmental matters, given how much the Obama administration has sought to circumvent Republicans with regulation and executive orders in that arena, most notably with the rules announced last year limiting carbon emissions from existing power plants. But there is a reason that Obama has chosen to go it alone on energy: The GOP’s...
  • Government Panel Calls for Measures to Upgrade Our Health SATIRE

    02/23/2015 12:57:18 PM PST · by John Semmens · 1 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 21 Feb 2015 | John Semmens
    The Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee (DGAC) issued a 571 page report outlining its recommendations for transforming Americans' health. Citing persistent high levels of overweight and obesity, the report proposed "strategies across multiple settings, including health care, communities, schools, work sites, and families." First Lady Michelle Obama hailed the report as "the guiding light toward a healthier and happier America. The notion that individuals can be left on their own to choose what they eat and how much to exercise has proven to be a failure. DGAC's call for 'trained interventionists' to take charge is the right message at the right...
  • Failed and Contradictory Climate Predictions (my title - vanity) climatechangepredictions.org

    02/21/2015 11:22:15 AM PST · by Marie · 4 replies
    I stumbled across this website and just had to share it with my fellow FReepers. Back in the late 1980's I saw a documentary that scared the bubbles out of me. In this documentary, I was informed that, by the year 2000, more than half of humanity would be dead and the rest would be roasting and starving in a Mad Max type desert. Before that, I was told that we'd be freezing and that glaciers would reach all the way to Mississippi. Over the years, I've become immune to these predictions and I've learned to take such things with...
  • New study confirms global warming skeptics better informed

    02/19/2015 4:54:53 PM PST · by aquapub · 30 replies
    Conservative Examiner ^ | 2/19/15 | Robert Moon
    A new study to be published in the journal Advances in Political Psychology reveals that global warming alarmists do not understand climate science as well as the skeptics they hysterically condemn as "deniers."
  • Natural Gas: Saving More and Emitting Less

    02/18/2015 9:03:23 AM PST · by ThethoughtsofGreg · 6 replies
    American Legislator ^ | 2-14-15 | John Eick
    Earlier this week, the American Gas Association released its 2015 Playbook. The report shows that natural gas continues to deliver safe, affordable, and reliable energy, while also providing environmental and energy efficiency benefits. Customers are deriving financial savings from using natural gas. For instance, households that use natural gas for space heating, water heating, cooking and clothes drying save an average of $693 per year compared to customers who use electricity to power these activities. Over the past five years, low natural gas prices have provided a total savings of almost $65 billion to natural gas customers, allowing this money...
  • Report: Solar Energy Subsidies Cost $39 Billion Per Year

    02/13/2015 12:33:34 AM PST · by Citizen Zed · 10 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | 2-12-2015 | Elizabeth Harrington
    Despite billions spent in investments over decades, solar energy will only make up 0.6 percent of total electricity generation in the United States, according to a report released by the Taxpayers Protection Alliance (TPA). “In spite of government’s best efforts to encourage innovation by solar energy companies and encourage Americans to rely more heavily on solar electricity, solar power continues to be a losing proposition,” the report said. “American taxpayers spent an average of $39 billion a year over the past 5 years financing grants, subsidizing tax credits, guaranteeing loans, bailing out failed solar energy boondoggles and otherwise underwriting every idea...
  • The Ethics and Realities of Divestment

    02/14/2015 6:44:52 AM PST · by Kaslin · 1 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 14, 2015 | Paul Driessen
    College students who support divestment of fossil fuel stocks are passionate about their cause. Just look at their word choices. Though they could never function even one week without hydrocarbon energy, they call fossil-fuel companies “rogue entities,” assert that oil, coal and natural gas interests have the “political process in shackles,” and believe most of the world’s known fossil fuel resources must “stay in the ground” to avoid “catastrophic global warming.”Their over-heated hysteria over climate change is fanned by groups like 350.org and college professors who rehash doom-and-gloom forecasts about rising seas, dying species and other cataclysms that they insist...
  • The climate Comintern speaks - "intentionally transform the economic development model"

    02/10/2015 4:42:44 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 11 replies
    The Hill ^ | February 10, 2015 | Benjamin Zycher, John G. Searle scholar at the American Enterprise Institute
    "This is probably the most difficult task we have ever given ourselves, which is to intentionally transform the economic development model, for the first time in human history. This is the first time in the history of mankind that we are setting ourselves the task of intentionally, within a defined period of time, to change the economic development model that has been reigning for the, at least, 150 years, since the industrial revolution." Those were the words spoken on Feb. 4 by Christiana Figueres, the executive secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), under the auspices...
  • Rush Caller: Using Sea Salt Threatens Environment. And is Racist.

    02/09/2015 11:09:59 AM PST · by mbarker12474 · 81 replies
    Rush Limbaugh Show and Website ^ | 6 Feb 2015 | Caller to Rush Limbaugh Show
    Does Sea Salt Threaten the Environment? February 06, 2015 BEGIN TRANSCRIPT RUSH: Scott in Hampton, Georgia. I'm glad you called, sir. Welcome to the EIB Network. Hello. CALLER: Hello. It's good to talk to you, Rush. Um, I wanted to make you aware, if you're not already, about an impending environmental disaster. It involves the oceans, and it's being caused by the tendency of the higher-end restaurants to use real sea salt on their tables as seasoning. It's taking too much salt out of the oceans and the result of course is gonna be a decreased salinity of the oceans....
  • Large fresh water supply discovered on Hawai‘i Island - conventional Model was way off

    02/03/2015 7:09:18 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 18 replies
    School of Ocean and Earth Science - University of Hawaii- Manoa ^ | February 3, 2015 | Donald Thomas, Geochemist, Director of Center for the Study of Active Volcanoes
    Large fresh water supply discovered on Hawai'i Island ... The stable water table in the saddle is not 500 feet above sea level. It's more like 4500 feet above sea level.” Watch the video in the UH System News, Hawaii ... Alexandra Roth narrates: Video [aprox 4 minutes]
  • The Power and Limits of Indoctrination

    05/25/2014 6:55:40 PM PDT · by Nachum · 6 replies
    Power Line ^ | 5/25/14 | Steven Hayward
    Cass Sunstein, Obama’s former regulatory “czar” and one of the smartest and most devious thinkers on the left, has a highly revealing Bloomberg column out this week reporting on the results of a study of the way China has attempted indoctrination in its school system. This column and the underlying study (it’s an NBER paper, behind a paywall unless you have academic access) are useful as background reading for everyone who is rightly concerned about how Common Core standards will likely become the means of nationalizing a liberal school curriculum. (What? You mean you aren’t reassured by the promises from...
  • Feds To Regulate Fake Fireplaces To Stop Global Warming

    01/31/2015 11:14:52 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 88 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | January 30, 2015 | Michael Bastasch
    Better go out and buy a gas fireplace and stove soon before federal regulations make them more expensive. Federal officials are looking to regulate the energy usage of fake fireplaces as part of the Obama administration’s effort to fight global warming.The Energy Department has proposed new regulations that would mandate that “gas-fired hearth products” like decorative fireplaces and stoves be more energy efficient and produce fewer carbon dioxide emissions. DOE says its rule would save $165 over the lifespan of the average hearth and reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 11.1 million metric tons through 2030.The major change DOE demands is...
  • Owners devastated after lake algae poisons dogs at Lake Chabot

    01/31/2015 10:21:40 AM PST · by GSWarrior · 21 replies
    Myfoxdetroit.com ^ | 1/30/15 | Debra Villalon
    CONTRA COSTA COUNTY (Calif.) - A third dog died Thursday after exposure to toxic algae at an East Bay park, and broken-hearted dog owners say the park district's warnings have been too little, too late. "It's this green algae that's everywhere, it's fatally toxic to dogs, "warned Katie Stone, intercepting hikers at the Lake Chabot marina Friday evening. "She was healthy as can be, I walked her about five miles every day, " Stone says sadly, showing a snapshot of her five year old chocolate Labrador, Josie. "It's completely unbelievable, it was like a nightmare, like when am I going...