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  • The World’s First Clean Oil Sands Project: An Interview With Dr. Gerald Bailey

    09/01/2015 9:29:52 AM PDT · by bananaman22 · 1 replies
    Oilprice.com ^ | 09-01-2015 | sjiek
    fter decades of exhaustive attempts to overcome the dirty reputation of oil sands, we finally have an environmentally-friendly and low cost method to tap into these vast resources in the state of Utah—good news both for Mother Nature and all oil and gas investors. MCW Energy Group’s CEO, former Exxon President of the Arabian Gulf region, Dr. R. Gerald Bailey, tells Oilprice.com in an exclusive interview that his hunt for an innovative technology that simultaneously makes money and cleans up the environment is over. The race to capitalize on Utah’s vast oil sands resources is on, and only the ‘clean’—both...
  • SOS to Pope Francis: It’s souls that need saving not the environment

    08/30/2015 7:38:17 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 9 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 08/30/15 | Judi McLeod
    The DNC introduced to a reality TV trained world, a messiah with a bogus message of Hope and Change In a surrealistic world the pope’s coming to America is somewhat like Cleopatra coming to Mark Antony. Protocol and pomp and ceremony aside, why would Christ’s Vicar on Earth come to pay homage to a president who is unabashedly the world’s top champion of abortions, including partial birth abortions; whose party refuses to defund Planned Parenthood whose organization sells body parts of aborted babies on the black market; and whose presidency is driven by a soul-corroding hatred of the country he...
  • PETA: Bear Grylls’s show ‘last place’ for President Obama to be seen

    08/31/2015 1:50:13 PM PDT · by Zakeet · 22 replies
    The Hill ^ | August 31, 2015 | Judy Kurtz
    People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) is blasting President Obama’s planned appearance on “Running Wild with Bear Grylls,” calling the NBC series one of Grylls’s “demeaning,” “sexist,” and “disgusting” shows. [Snip] “This internationally condemned program, on which women have been bullied into slitting a baby pig's throat and eating a mouse soaked in urine, is the last place for the 44th president to be seen,” PETA’s Newkirk said.
  • Anger builds at EPA over radioactive landfill

    08/30/2015 8:03:30 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 21 replies
    The Hill ^ | August 29, 2015 | Timothy Cama
    Leaders in a St. Louis suburb are urgently calling on top Obama administration officials to quickly clean up a landfill with radioactive waste that they believe could catch fire. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has been working for 25 years on the West Lake Landfill in Bridgeton, Mo., which has housed barium sulfate waste from the Manhattan Project since the 1970s. The EPA is still studying the site and considering a wide range of actions to contain the radioactive material under its Superfund program for cleaning severe environmental contamination. But with an underground, smoldering fire in an adjacent landfill, residents...
  • EPA to Defy Judge [semi-satire]

    08/29/2015 6:39:04 AM PDT · by John Semmens · 2 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 28 Aug 2015 | John Semmens
    Judge Ralph Erickson of the District Court for the District of North Dakota granted plaintiffs an injunction against the Environmental Protection Agency's implementation of new navigable waterways regulations that were set for immediate enforcement. The EPA's new regulations would have extended its authority over every body of water within the United States including rain runoff, temporary puddles, and spillage from yard sprinklers and driveways where home owners wash their vehicles. The Judge observed that "it seems extremely improbable that the proposed EPA authority could conceivably apply to the so-called 'navigable waterways' described. As such, the 13 states suing the EPA...
  • Harry Reid: Global Warming Killed 30% Of Moose, Is Preventing Bears From Hibernating?

    08/25/2015 2:15:03 PM PDT · by Zakeet · 34 replies
    YouTube ^ | August 24, 2015
    Dirty Harry got a little carried away at the recent National Clean Energy Summit in Las Vegas. You should try not to laugh too loudly as the loony libtard makes this passionate plea to protect wildlife, stop melting tundra and reduce the number of hurricanes while necessarily raising taxes and increasing regulations.
  • Why salad is so overrated (It causes environmental disaster alert)

    08/24/2015 6:49:24 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 55 replies
    Washington Post ^ | August 23, 2015 | Tamar Haspel
    As the world population grows, we have a pressing need to eat better and farm better, and those of us trying to figure out how to do those things have pointed at lots of different foods as problematic. Almonds, for their water use. Corn, for the monoculture. Beef, for its greenhouse gases. In each of those cases, there’s some truth in the finger-pointing, but none of them is a clear-cut villain. There’s one food, though, that has almost nothing going for it. It occupies precious crop acreage, requires fossil fuels to be shipped, refrigerated, around the world, and adds nothing...
  • 15 year old kid warrior, 20 of his badass friends sue us government for climate action

    08/23/2015 1:45:55 PM PDT · by SteveH · 68 replies
    ryot ^ | august 17, 2015 | nicole buscemi
    Alright people, we need to get it together. I say this because ‘Kid Warrior’ — the ‘Anti-Justin Bieber‘ — just gained major ground in being our Nation’s coolest teenager, and it’s because this 15 year-old eco-hip-hop artist/activist just teamed up with 20 other youths to sue our Federal Government for fossil fuel exploitation. His name is Xiuhtezcatl Martinez and he’s been owning the podium lately, demanding our government to reduce CO2 emissions. He also accuses our federal government of being responsible for allowing our nation’s climate system to be destroyed.
  • Climate Crisis, Inc.

    08/22/2015 8:01:08 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 15 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 22, 2015 | Paul Driessen
    Climate Crisis, Inc. $1.5 trillion and Larry Bell book explain how profiteers of climate doom keep the money flowing Paul Driessen No warming in 18 years, no category 3-5 hurricane hitting the USA in ten years, seas rising at barely six inches a century: computer models and hysteria are consistently contradicted by Real World experiences. So how do White House, EPA, UN, EU, Big Green, Big Wind, liberal media, and even Google, GE and Defense Department officials justify their fixation on climate change as the greatest crisis facing humanity? How do they excuse saying government must control our energy system,...
  • No Evidence Michigan Business Owners Support New EPA Mandates

    08/19/2015 12:12:36 PM PDT · by MichCapCon
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 8/17/2015 | Jack Spencer
    An environmental advocacy group is promoting what has all the markings of a rigged survey and presenting it as a poll that shows 68 percent of Michigan business leaders (owners, presidents, managers and so on) support President Barack Obama’s Clean Power Plan. According to the storyline, the 68-percent figure was the finding of a survey of 403 Michigan business leaders conducted by California-based Fairbank, Maslin, Maullin, Metz & Associates on behalf of Environmental Entrepreneurs, a national group that bills itself as “The Independent Business Voice for the Environment.” But the poll's methodology was not released and the group did not...
  • Wildfires blamed on climate change: More flames, higher costs

    08/19/2015 10:50:30 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 37 replies
    CNN ^ | Mariano Castillo
    The Forest Service report cites climate change for the increased wildfires. Other government reports have concluded the same. "Climate change has led to fire seasons that are now on average 78 days longer than in 1970," according to the Forest Service report. "The U.S. burns twice as many acres as three decades ago and Forest Service scientists believe the acreage burned may double again by midcentury." The U.S. Global Change Research Program predicted that wildfires will increase, especially in the Southwest. "These changes are often driven by multiple factors, including changes in temperature and drought patterns, wildfire, invasive species and...
  • EPA Fails to Acknowledge It Coerced Mine Owner to Grant Access

    08/16/2015 8:03:45 AM PDT · by Rusty0604 · 77 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 08/16/2015 | by Michael Patrick Leahy
    The Environmental Protection Agency isn’t responding to claims by Todd Hennis, owner of the Gold King mine in Colorado that the agency coerced him to grant access to his property. Once taking over, of course, EPA’s incompetent attempts to remove debris created a massive 3 million gallon toxic waste spill from the mine. Hennis told the CBS Denver affiliate that unless he allowed the EPA to have access and authority to conduct operations on the site the agency had threatened him with daily fines of $35,000. “When you’re a small guy and you’re having a $35,000-a-day fine accrue against you,...
  • Great Lakes Won't Cooperate With Climate Alarmists

    08/14/2015 1:17:23 PM PDT · by MichCapCon · 28 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 8/12/2015 | Jack Spencer
    "Faster than ever before.” That’s how one headline from the Weather Channel described current changes in Great Lakes water levels. But the article itself acknowledged that Lakes Huron and Michigan, which come together in the Straits of Mackinac and so are considered one lake by hydrologists, actually rose faster 65 years ago. So why did the headline writer call the current rise “faster than ever before?" For more than a decade, those who claim man-made global warming is "settled science" exploited below-average Great Lakes water levels to promote their hypothesis. Although the period from 1999 to 2013 set fewer records...
  • Like Cheap Natural Gas? Obama’s Clean Power Plan Will Regulate It Out of Existence

    08/14/2015 12:17:54 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 12 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 14, 2015 | Isaac Orr
    U.S. households are saving hundreds of dollars a year because natural gas prices are low, but that’s about to change. Astudy by NERA Economic Consulting has found new regulations on power plants mandated by the Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Power Plan (CPP) will increase natural gas prices to 2007 levels, virtually guaranteeing these savings will soon be wiped out. A study by the Brookings Institution found natural gas prices have plummeted as horizontal hydraulic fracturing, also known as horizontal “fracking,” has caused U.S. natural gas production to skyrocket to all-time highs, making the United States the world’s top producer of...
  • Catholic Expert: Pope’s New Encyclical Denounces Radical Environmentalism

    08/13/2015 4:17:14 PM PDT · by Salvation · 21 replies
    Catholic.com ^ | June 18, 2015 | CatholicAnswers
    Catholic Expert: Pope’s New Encyclical Denounces Radical Environmentalism SAN DIEGO (June 18, 2015) — A Catholic expert said today that the news media and other observers are misinterpreting Pope Francis’s new encyclical on environmentalism, Laudato Si.“Some in the media are portraying the encyclical as if Pope Francis is a secular environmentalist, when in reality the encyclical is sharply critical of environmental ideologies that don’t recognize mankind’s unique place in creation,” said Jimmy Akin, senior apologist for Catholic Answers, the largest lay-run apostolate of Catholic apologetics and evangelization in the United States.Akin said the Catholic Church’s longstanding teaching on caring for...
  • ‘Future generations’ sue Obama administration over climate change

    08/12/2015 10:36:29 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies
    MSNBC ^ | August 12, 2015 | Tony Dokoupil
    One kid says that his family’s farm has been damaged by drought and wildfire. Another says that his childhood home has been devalued by rising sea levels. A third alleges an assault on his whole culture as man-made climate change upends the natural world. These and 18 other “youth plaintiffs” (ages 8 to 19) sued the federal government on Wednesday, walking a first-of-its-kind constitutional claim up the courthouse steps in Eugene, Oregon. The kids argue that inaction on climate change is a violation of their right to life, liberty and property. And they demand that President Obama, seven federal departments...
  • EPA won’t face fines for polluting rivers with orange muck

    08/11/2015 9:28:07 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 48 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | August 11, 2015 | Valerie Richardson
    DENVER — Unlike BP, which was fined $5.5 billion for the 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster, the EPA will pay nothing in fines for unleashing the Animas River spill. “Sovereign immunity. The government doesn’t fine itself,” said Thomas L. Sansonetti, former assistant attorney general for the Justice Department’s division of environment and natural resource. New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez and other lawmakers have called on the EPA to hold itself to the same standards as it would a private company in the aftermath of Wednesday’s accident, in which an EPA-led crew uncorked a 3 million-gallon spill of orange wastewater from the...
  • EPA spill: 'We looked at the river and we cried'

    08/11/2015 3:19:59 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 51 replies
    CNN ^ | August 11, 2015 | Dana Ford and Ed Payne
    From his backyard in Durango, Colorado, Tom Bartles can see the Animas River, which was stained an unnatural orange. The Environmental Protection Agency accidentally released millions of gallons of pollutants into the water last week, turning the typically blue water to the color of mustard. "Everybody in town knew it was coming. It was hard to wake up in the morning and see an orange river," Bartles, 52, told CNN. "Many of the locals in this region are probably going to experience a certain level of mourning." [Snip] Officials said they believe the spill carried metals, mainly iron, zinc and...
  • Stop Obama’s Clean Power Grab

    08/08/2015 9:56:03 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 9 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 8, 2015 | Phil Kerpen
    In President Obama’s first big speech to Congress, just a month after he took office, he said, “I ask this Congress to send me legislation that places a market-based cap on carbon.” They didn’t. Indeed, largely because of Obama’s own words on the campaign trail, it became clear that under his plan for a cap-and-trade system, “electricity rates would necessarily skyrocket” and that if “somebody wants to build a coal-powered plant, they can. It's just that it will bankrupt them.” These facts became well known and contributed directly to the smashing defeat of his proposed cap-and-trade legislation during his first...
  • Shut down coal mines, group urges ( WildEarth Guardians : Colorado)

    08/07/2015 11:33:14 AM PDT · by george76 · 27 replies
    Grand Junction Media ^ | August 6, 2015 | Dennis Webb
    Industry blasts suggestion as harmful to the country. A conservation group that has succeeded in dealing recent legal setbacks to western Colorado coal mines called Thursday for a phase-out of federal coal leasing to help combat climate change. “It’s time for the Interior Department to shut it down,” Jeremy Nichols, Climate and Energy Program director for WildEarth Guardians, said in a news release. The group outlined a plan for ending the federal coal program over 10 to 25 years through a moratorium on leasing publicly owned coal, retiring existing leases that aren’t producing, honestly reporting the climate impacts of the...
  • GROUSE GETTING BUSY! New Report Says Population Has Rebounded ( Colorado, NM ..)

    08/05/2015 2:13:08 PM PDT · by george76 · 10 replies
    ColoradoPeakPolitics ^ | August 5, 2015
    The sage grouse population has exploded in the last two years, growing by nearly two-thirds from more than 49,000 males in 2013 to more than 80,000 this year. ... This is encouraging news for the bird, and for the people whose lives would be turned upside down by the federal government if it still insists on listing the critter as an endangered species on the brink of extinction. The report considered the population across the bird’s 11-state habitat, with specific news on the growth in Colorado numbers ... The report falls on the heels of a gloom and doom forecast...
  • Snowvember Storm Snow Pile Still Exists [Someone Alert Valerie & Company: Their Lies Are Apparent]

    08/03/2015 12:17:52 PM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 21 replies
    WGRZ ^ | 7/28/15 | Dave McKinley
    BUFFALO, NY - "It's not unprecedented, but it is weird when you think about it," said Storm Team 2 Meteorologist Patrick Hammer, when remarking on the snow piles that still exists near Central Terminal on the Queen City's east side. The snow was piled there following the "Snowvember" storm which occurred 8 months ago. Today, despite it being late July, two snow piles remain, although hidden in plain sight. That's because to anyone unfamiliar with their real composition, the snow piles looks more like a non-descript earthen berms.
  • USDA Seeking to Double High Ethanol Blend Gas Pumps

    08/02/2015 5:11:50 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 63 replies
    CNSNews.com ^ | May 29, 2015 | Eric Scheiner
    (CNSNews.com) - The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced Friday it is investing up to $100 million in biofuels with the goal “to double the number of fuel pumps capable of supplying higher blends of renewable fuel to consumers, such as E15 and E85.”“A typical gas pump can deliver fuel that contains a maximum 10% ethanol (E10), which limits the amount of renewable energy most consumers can purchase at the pump, despite the fact that our farmers now produce record amounts of renewable biofuels,” the USDA press release says.“This new investment seeks to double the number of fuel pumps capable of supplying...
  • Making environmentalism divisive

    08/02/2015 4:02:29 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 6 replies
    The Pittsburgh Tribune ^ | August 1, 2015 | Salena Zito
    ST. CLAIRSVILLE, Ohio - In May, Murray Energy, which sits along the old National Pike here in eastern Ohio, told nearly 1,500 workers at five of its West Virginia mines that their jobs were eliminated. In Ohio, 249 Murray jobs were gone; nearly 170 employees were out of work in Illinois. The announcement wasn't an isolated one. Mines are being boarded up and thousands of coal jobs are vanishing across America, in part because of competition from abundant natural gas but in larger part because of new federal regulations limiting carbon pollution from coal-fired power plants. One month later, Murray...
  • Obama to Unveil 'Biggest Step Ever' in Climate Fight

    08/02/2015 6:26:26 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 34 replies
    Discovery News ^ | August 2, 2015
    Part of President Obama's new plan is to cut carbon pollution from power plants by 32 percent by 2030. President Barack Obama will Monday unveil what he called the “biggest, most important step we’ve ever taken” to fight climate change, a sensitive issue central to his legacy. The White House will release the final version of America’s Clean Power Plan, a set of environmental rules and regulations that will home in on the pollution from the nation’s power plants, setting limits on power-plant carbon emissions. Laying out how climate change was a threat to the health, well being and security...
  • New York's Empire State (building light show) highlights endangered animals

    08/02/2015 5:44:11 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 82 replies
    BBC ^ | August 2, 2015
    The unique display, on one of the world's most recognisable structures, was aimed at sparking conversations about mass extinction. Pictures of snow leopards, tigers and various sea creatures were shown. A 350ft (106m) image of Cecil, the famous lion killed in Zimbabwe earlier this month, also appeared. [Snip] In all 160 species were shown, including marine mammals, insects, and even the shadow of King Kong climbing up the building.
  • Former Exxon President On Mission To Clean Up Oil Sands

    07/30/2015 3:59:22 PM PDT · by bananaman22 · 4 replies
    Oilprice.com ^ | 30-07-2015 | utah
    Canada has given oil sands a dirty reputation, but a breakthrough, commercially viable technology has caught the eye of a former Exxon Mobil president who is putting it to use to clean up Utah’s billions of barrels of oil sands. Imagine extracting high-quality oil out of the estimated 32 billion barrels buried in Utah’s oil sands, without creating the toxic wastelands that have resulted from oil sands projects in Western Canada. And imagine doing it at a cost that can still turn a profit in today’s oil price slump. That would be highly enticing to some of the large operators...
  • US Fish & Wildlife Service Investigating Killing Of Cecil The Lion

    07/30/2015 1:39:23 PM PDT · by Zakeet · 30 replies
    CBS News ^ | July 30, 2015
    The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced that the agency is investigating the killing of Cecil the Lion, saying it will “go where facts lead.” The agency made the announcement via Twitter Thursday. Also Thursday, the Eden Prairie Police Department said that, while they will be stepping up neighborhood monitoring, they will not be providing personal protection for the dentist who killed a protected lion in Zimbabwe. “Because of the increased traffic in the neighborhood of Walter Palmer’s residence, the Eden Prairie Police Department is monitoring the neighborhood to ensure the safety and security of the residents and their property,”...
  • LAUDATO SI' -- Enironmental Encyclical - COMMENTARY FOR PARISH USE - Mrs. Don-o - [CATHOLIC CAUCUS]

    07/30/2015 11:08:14 AM PDT · by Mrs. Don-o · 69 replies
    My own fevered brain | July 30, 2015 | Mrs Don-o
    LAUDATO SI’ A letter from Pope Francis on the Care of our Common Home “Praise be to You” (“Laudato Si”) – Pope Francis’ environmental letter --- is a different kind of encyclical, and invites a different kind of response from most of its predecessors. In this essay I hope to put the spotlight on the ways this encyclical is unprecedented, and also selectively highlight its positive contributions to Catholic Social Thought. Historically, encyclicals were any official teaching letters concerning Catholic doctrine on faith and morals. They were sometimes addressed to bishops in a particular area, or sometimes to the bishops...
  • Former Carter Staffer Wants to Kill All Republicans and Conservatives

    07/29/2015 3:04:27 PM PDT · by PoliticallyShort · 52 replies
    Western Free Press ^ | 07/29/2015 | Christopher Cook
    From Progressives Today: “Republicans and conservatives are the enemy. They are expendable. They will be targets in the Revolution when it comes” writes Roland Windsor Vincent, in a recent post on his blog, Army Of The Revolution. The entry, entitled “Protect Animals And The Environment. Shoot Republicans“, centers around animal rights and how “active Republican and conservatives voters are enabling the Animal Holocaust” and “If we were to start shooting Republicans, we would likely not harm a single friend of animals or the environment.” You hear about something like this and you want to think of it as an anomaly....
  • (Dem Congressman Betsy) McCollum calls for federal investigation of lion-killing Minnesota dentist

    07/29/2015 11:42:44 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 32 replies
    Minn Post ^ | July 29, 2015 | Sam Brodey
    The Internet exploded in outrage this week after it was revealed that a Minnesota tourist killed a beloved lion while on a hunting expedition in Zimbabwe. That indignation reached Capitol Hill yesterday, as 4th District Rep. Betty McCollum was quick to call for justice for the protected African lion, fondly referred to as Cecil the Lion. [Snip] “To bait and kill a threatened animal, like this African lion, for sport cannot be called hunting, but rather a disgraceful display of callous cruelty,” McCollum said. Palmer says he was not aware that the lion was a protected animal, and regrets what...
  • Expelling Mankind Won't Make Earth A Paradise

    07/29/2015 7:11:36 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 11 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 7/24/2015 | Jack Spencer
    Millions in this country and elsewhere are saddled with a false premise about the natural world., which has become the lens through which they view themselves and all mankind. It is the misperception that the Earth was a small blue and green paradise until humankind came along and began spoiling it. The truth is that the Earth has always been a place of breathtaking beauty, kaleidoscopic variety, nearly infinite dangers and cruel hard realities. In the natural world, a sip of sparkling clear surface water can cause any number of bacteria-induced deadly diseases; a scratch from a thorn-bush can lead...
  • Governed by Zealots

    07/29/2015 5:47:47 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 4 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 29, 2015 | John Stossel
    The government's environmental rules defeat even environmentalists. Thomas Collier is a Democrat who managed environmental policy for Bill Clinton and Al Gore. Then he noticed a mining opportunity in Alaska, one he calls "the single largest deposit of gold and silver Tom's company hired hundreds of people to study the Pebble Mine's potential environmental impact, a first step before asking the Environmental Protection Agency for permission to dig. Usually, the EPA analyzes a company's study, then does its own research, then rules. But in this case, the EPA did something odd -- it rejected the mine before Pebble even got...
  • Mind-blowing Temperature Fraud at NOAA

    07/28/2015 7:12:54 AM PDT · by RedMominBlueState · 34 replies
    StevenGoddardWordpress.com ^ | July 27, 2015 | Steve Goddard
    The measured US temperature data from USHCN shows that the US is on a long-term cooling trend. But the reported temperatures from NOAA show a strong warming trend....
  • Florida leads nation in property at risk from climate change [Dying Paper Channels Al Gore]

    07/28/2015 4:39:08 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 16 replies
    Miami Herald ^ | 7/28/15 | JENNY STALETOVICH
    Florida has more private property at risk from flooding linked to climate change than any other state, an amount that could double in the next four decades, according to a new report by the Risky Business Project. By 2030, $69 billion in coastal property in Florida could flood at high tide that is not at risk today, the report found.
  • Hillary Clinton Pledges to Install 500 Million Solar Panels if Voted President

    07/27/2015 7:44:02 AM PDT · by PROCON · 76 replies
    time ^ | July 26, 2015 | Helen Regan
    “We are on the cusp of a new era” Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton on Sunday made tackling climate change one of her key goals were she to enter the White House, pledging to have more than half a billion solar panels installed nationwide by the end of her first term in office. Clinton also called for a major increase in other renewable-energy sources, saying she wants every U.S. home to be powered by clean energy within a decade, reports Reuters. “I want more wind, more solar, more advanced biofuels, more energy efficiency,” she said at a weekend rally in...
  • Jerry Brown Takes On Climate Change-Denying 'Troglodytes' - "We are talking about extinction."

    07/21/2015 2:07:28 PM PDT · by Zakeet · 41 replies
    Huffington Post ^ | July 21, 2015 | Mollie Reilly
    California Gov. Jerry Brown (D) on Tuesday urged a group of 60 mayors to take action in their cities on climate change, warning that global warming is "the biggest threat of our time" and denouncing skeptics as "troglodytes." At a climate change conference hosted by Pope Francis at the Vatican and attended by U.S. mayors and global leaders, Brown offered a dire assessment of climate change's potential effects in the near future. "We don’t even know how far we've gone, or if we've gone over the edge,” Brown said. "This is not some linear set of problems that we can...
  • U.P. Road Commission Taking On EPA

    07/21/2015 1:24:44 PM PDT · by MichCapCon · 21 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 7/20/2015 | Jack Spencer
    The Marquette County Road Commission announced that it has filed a lawsuit formally challenging a decision by the federal Environmental Protection Agency to block construction of a county road (CR 595) that would shorten the route between a new minerals mine and a processing facility. The suit was filed July 10 in the United States District Court for the Western District of Michigan. “The EPA, in its objection to the construction of County Road 595, has once again overstepped its bounds and demonstrated its politically motivated agenda,” said Sen. Tom Casperson, R-Escanaba. “The agency, without reason or merit, has hamstrung...
  • Global Warming Is Killing Bumblebees, Study Claims

    07/14/2015 4:17:19 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 37 replies
    Apex Tribune ^ | July 14, 2015 | Jenna Lewis
    A new research carried out by scientists at the Universities of Ottawa and Calgary claims that global warming is killing bumblebees. The climate change is affecting the habitats of the bumblebees and making them shrink in size. The bumblebees in Europe and North America are at risk of disappearing. Researchers have said that other species may adapt to the change in climate to a certain level and can expand their homes, but the conditions in the climate change didn’t allow the bumblebees to expand their homes as well.
  • Ethanol and Biodiesel: Guilty as Charged

    07/11/2015 6:10:33 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 50 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 11, 2015 | Paul Driessen
    Two notorious crooks are helping us wrap up another sordid episode in the saga of the United States biofuel mandates, while further highlighting how bungled and long past its expiration date the program is. Congress concocted the mandates over fears that US gasoline demand would rise forever and keep the United States dependent on foreign oil, as America’s supposedly limited reserves were depleted. The mandates currently require that we blend 15 billion gallons of ethanol with gasoline every year, and produce over a billion gallons of biodiesel. They hammer us consumers every time we fill our tanks. Turning corn into...
  • California Gov. Jerry Brown to Meet With Pope on Climate Change (and modern slavery)

    07/11/2015 5:02:38 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 11 replies
    NBC/AP ^ | July 10, 2015
    California Gov. Jerry Brown announced Thursday that he will travel to Vatican City later this month to discuss climate change and modern slavery with dignitaries including Pope Francis as the governor seeks to burnish his legacy as a climate change activist. Brown, a former Jesuit seminarian, plans to attend a two-day event starting July 21 hosted by the Pontifical Academies of Sciences and Social Sciences. The focus is on two issues highlighted in the pope's recent teaching document, called an encyclical, in which he chastised international lawmakers for failing to adopt effective, long-term policies that would protect the environment and...
  • Are electric cars damaging YOUR region? (Short)

    07/07/2015 4:58:19 AM PDT · by Freeport · 22 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 6 July 2015 | Ellie Zolfagharifard
    Are electric cars damaging YOUR region? Maps reveal how EVs can be WORSE for the environment than gas-guzzling vehicles In some areas, mostly in the east of the US, the impact of charging up EVs does more harm to the environment In monetary terms, electric cars are about half-a-cent worse per mile for the environment than gas-powered cars With gas cars, the worst damage to the environment, shown in red, took place in highly-populated urban areas They have been hailed as the environmentally-friendly solution to getting around towns and cities. But new research has found electric cars have an overall...
  • Washington must fix culverts (at a cost of $2.4 billion) to allow tribal fishing, feds say

    07/06/2015 9:27:56 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 18 replies
    The Oregonian ^ | July 5, 2015
    Washington state is under a federal court order to fix hundreds of barriers built under state roads and highways that block access for migrating salmon and thus interfere with tribes' treaty-backed right to catch fish. But it's unclear how the state is going to come up with the estimated $2.4 billion needed ...
  • Jane Fonda sounds climate change alarm in Toronto (we're all gonna die alert)

    07/05/2015 2:12:55 PM PDT · by Zakeet · 72 replies
    The Star ^ | July 4, 2015 | Christopher Reynolds
    Fonda’s not in town to revive her fandom or her past betrothals. The 77-year-old actor and activist comes with a solar-fuelled fire in her belly. “The climate change problem is the issue of our civilization. It will affect everything about our lives if we don’t do something about it,” she says. Touching down Friday night from Los Angeles, the two-time Oscar winner is part of a parade of celebrities and distinguished guests who are putting foot to pavement in Sunday’s March for Jobs, Justice and the Climate. The demonstration, organized by environmental group 350.org two days before Toronto hosts the...
  • North Carolina Sharks in Marine Protected Area

    07/03/2015 4:29:55 PM PDT · by NaturalBornConservative · 12 replies
    Natural Born Conservative ^ | July 3, 2015 | Larry Walker, II
    Mid-Atlantic Shark Area Swim At Your Own Risk:: By: Larry Walker II ::If you follow the mainstream media, you would think the recent surge in shark attacks off the North Carolina coast is due to unusually warm water, a lack of rain causing increased salinity, or because more people are in the water than ever before, all of which is nonsense.In other words, they don’t have a clue. It might be more helpful to the public if the mainstream media simply stated the obvious and moved on to its next barrage of misinformation.So what is causing the uptick in...
  • North Carolina’s “Perfect Storm” for Shark Attacks (they're caused by global warming)

    07/01/2015 3:27:17 PM PDT · by Zakeet · 31 replies
    National Geographic ^ | June 29, 2015 | Brian Clark Howard
    5. Global warming Although Frank J. Schwartz, a shark biologist with the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, says there’s too much natural variability in weather cycles to blame the recent shark attacks on global warming, Burgess says the link is plausible. “Clearly global climate change is a reality and it has resulted in warmer temperatures in certain places at certain times,” says Burgess. As warming is expected to increase, it will likely bring more sharks farther north and entice more people to get into the water, which will lead to more bites.
  • Supreme Court overturns landmark EPA air pollution rule

    06/29/2015 10:22:22 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 39 replies
    The Hill ^ | June 29, 2015 | Timothy Cama and Lydia Wheeler
    The Supreme Court overturned the Obama administration’s landmark air quality rule on Monday, ruling the Environmental Protection Agency did not properly consider the costs of the regulation. In a 5-4 ruling, the justices ruled that the EPA should have taken into account the costs to utilities and others in the power sector before even deciding whether to set limits for the toxic air pollutants it regulated in 2011. The case, Michigan v. EPA, centers on the EPA’s first limits on mercury, arsenic and acid gases emitted by coal-fired power plants, known as mercury and air toxics (MATS). Opponents, including the...
  • Salon Writer: For White Catholics, Climate Science ‘Clashes With Their Other God: The Free Market

    06/27/2015 6:19:53 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 29 replies
    NewsBusters.org ^ | June 27, 2015 | Tom Johnson
    When it comes to American Catholic opinions about climate change, a recent poll shows a major gap between whites and Latinos. The Public Religion Research Institute reports that by margins of approximately 20 percent, Latino Catholics are likelier than white Catholics to believe that there is such a thing as global warming; that it’s “due to human activity”; and that it “constitutes a crisis or a major problem.” What’s causing this discrepancy? A false god, suggests writer Patricia Miller. “White Catholics don’t accept the scientific consensus on climate change because it clashes with their other god: the free market,” declared...
  • Electric Cars: Not So Environmentally Friendly After All?

    06/27/2015 7:21:39 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 44 replies
    IBD ^ | 06/27/2015 | BY KERRY JACKSON
    Is that electric car in the driveway — yes, that one with the long cord tethering it to the inside of the garage — a sign of deep environmental concern and human goodness? Or is it an indication that someone has been duped? A growing body of evidence shows that electric cars are more harmful to the environment than comparable fossil-fuel burners. The latest is a study — "Environmental Benefits From Driving Electric Vehicles?" — out this month from the National Bureau of Economic Research. The study's authors — economics and business professors — say that "rather than simply accepting...
  • Papal Economics and Papal Climatology

    06/27/2015 5:00:42 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 2 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 27, 2015 | John C. Goodman
    Pope Francis weighed in on global warming the other day after convening a conference of climate scientists from around the world. His recent encyclical on the subject, “Laudato Si,” was awful in describing what we know about climate science, dreadful in discussing possible solutions and completely wrong in understanding the role that economics must play.Let’s begin by distinguishing between “is” and “ought.” Scientists try to understand what is. And there is broad agreement about what we know and don’t know. (I’ll briefly summarize that below.) But there is not broad agreement about what we should do about it or whether...