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  • Defying Critics, Obama Names Another Czar After Resignation of Environmental Adviser[Steel Union]

    09/07/2009 1:16:24 PM PDT · by Son House · 16 replies · 1,366+ views ^ | September 07, 2009 |
    Obama chose a Labor Day union picnic on Monday as the backdrop to announce his selection of Ron Bloom, a member of his auto industry task force, as senior counselor for manufacturing policy. Bloom planned to travel to Cincinnati with Obama for an afternoon announcement at the AFL-CIO event. "They have skirted around that process so there is no accountability for the czars," she said Monday. "Nobody has to go up and testify in front of Congress. They don't have to go through the process." Bloom has already sidestepped congressional approval. He was senior adviser to Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner...
  • Defying Critics, Obama Names Another Czar After Resignation of Environmental Adviser

    09/07/2009 8:59:03 AM PDT · by Sammy67 · 49 replies · 4,466+ views
    FoxNews ^ | 9/7/09
    President Obama's announcement of his selection of Ron Bloom as "manufacturing czar" follows the weekend resignation of Van Jones, the White House "green jobs czar" who had come under fire in recent weeks for past inflammatory statements. As one White House "czar" departs amid a cloud of controversy, an undeterred President Obama is naming a new one to advise him on manufacturing, defying conservative critics who have raised concerns about these advisory positions that do not require congressional oversight. Obama chose a Labor Day union picnic on Monday as the backdrop to announce his selection of Ron Bloom, a member...
  • Nations finish global treaty on illegal fishing-UN (Environmental groups treaty)

    09/01/2009 6:43:30 PM PDT · by Americaneedsyoou · 3 replies · 269+ views ^ | 09/01/09 | Daniel Flynn
    Nations finish global treaty on illegal fishing-UN 01 Sep 2009 12:22:40 GMT Source: Reuters ROME, Sept 1 (Reuters) - A group of 91 countries have finalised the first global treaty to fight illegal fishing, seeking to shut ports to rogue vessels plundering the seas, the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organisation said on Tuesday. Environmental groups estimate that one-fifth of all fish landed are from illegal, unregulated or unreported (IUU) fishing boats, dealing a heavy blow to developing countries in Africa and Asia which rely on the seas for valuable income. "IUU fishing damages the productivity of fisheries -- or leads...
  • Alaska's Rat Island apparently rid of its namesake pest

    08/24/2009 7:22:08 AM PDT · by wbill · 16 replies · 1,638+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | Mon Aug 24, 6:00 am ET | Erika Bolstad
    WASHINGTON — After two centuries of an epic infestation, Alaska's Rat Island finally may merit a name change. The island, part of a national wildlife refuge in the sprawling Aleutian chain, appears to be pest-free for the first time since rats overran it after a Japanese sailing ship wrecked there in the late 1700s. Scientists stopped by in early August to check on the progress of the $3 million eradication. So far, "no sign of rats whatsoever," said Steve MacLean , the polar marine program director for The Nature Conservancy in Alaska , one of the partners in the rat-ridding...
  • EPA Says It Will Toss Artifacts from Historic 18th Century Fort into a Landfill

    08/18/2009 10:33:27 AM PDT · by Nachum · 28 replies · 1,584+ views ^ | 8/18/09 | Adam Brickley
    ( – Less than a week after the Environmental Protection Agency restarted a controversial dredging project on the Hudson River, dredgers operated by the General Electric Company dislodged wooden beams that are the last remnants of one of the largest British forts in the American colonies. The EPA now says that the beams are contaminated with potential carcinogens known as PCBs and therefore must be buried in a landfill
  • Environmental Attitudes Survey

    This survey is for my vegan STEP-SON.
  • A question of legality, or more properly, a question of what is better for our country?

    07/12/2009 2:46:43 PM PDT · by mapmaker77 · 4 replies · 354+ views
    Just a thought | 12JUL'09 | mapmaker77
    Which of these acts are illegal in the USA? Defending your country against suicidal terrorists who have no compunction about killing anyone who gets in their way, OR, Being the nobel prize winning co-founder and spokesman of a cult? I'll be really curious to see if anything comes of this, but I will say this: We have come to a place where some judge is going to rule on the legality of defending yourself and your country against bloodthirsty barbarians. But it's apparently OK to try to wreck the economy and indoctrinate our children into some pseudo-religious nonsense like a...
  • Costa Rica leads 'Happy Planet Index'

    07/04/2009 1:47:36 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 17 replies · 688+ views
    UPI ^ | July 4, 2009
    Costa Rica tops the "Happy Planet Index," a ranking of ecological efficiency among the world's nations, survey officials say. Costa Ricans reported the highest life satisfaction and have an average life expectancy second only to Canada, said a release from the New Economics Foundation, a British think tank that promotes ecology and sustainable economics. Nine of the 10 highest-scoring nations were in Latin America, with the United States reportedly "greener and happier" 20 years ago than it is today. Of the 143 nations surveyed for the Happy Planet Index, the United States ranked 114. While ecological progress is being made,...
  • Update: 700 International Scientists Dissent Over Man-Made Global Warming

    06/05/2009 12:13:04 AM PDT · by SERE_DOC · 8 replies · 560+ views
    US Senate ^ | 4:09 PM ET | Marc Morano (posted)
    Update: 59 Additional Scientists Join Senate Report...More Than 700 International Scientists Dissent Over Man-Made Global Warming Claims
  • A Move to Put the Union Label on Solar Power Plants (CA Unions Attack Non-Union Renewable Jobs]

    06/20/2009 1:21:04 PM PDT · by Robert A. Cook, PE · 6 replies · 676+ views
    New York Times Business Office (original) ^ | 20 June 2009 | By Todd Woody,
    Jun 20, 2009 When a company called Ausra filed plans for a big solar power plant in California, it was deluged with demands from a union group that it study the effect on creatures like the short-nosed kangaroo rat and the ferruginous hawk. By contrast, when a competitor, BrightSource Energy, filed plans for an even bigger solar plant that would affect the imperiled desert tortoise, the same union group, California Unions for Reliable Energy, raised no complaint. Instead, it urged regulators to approve the project as quickly as possible. One big difference between the projects? Ausra had rejected demands that...
  • Obama's green guru calls for white roofs (This is not satire alert)

    05/27/2009 9:30:16 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 69 replies · 1,894+ views
    President Obama's energy adviser has suggested all the world's roofs should be painted white as part of efforts to slow global warming. Professor Steven Chu, the US Energy Secretary, said the unusual proposal would mean homes in hot countries would save energy and money on air conditioning by deflecting the sun's rays. More pale surfaces could also slow global warming by reflecting heat into space rather than allowing it to be absorbed by dark surfaces where it is trapped by greenhouse gases and increases temperatures. In a wide-ranging discussion at the three-day Nobel laureate Symposium in London, the Professor...
  • 'Green' lightbulbs poison workers

    05/09/2009 4:30:22 PM PDT · by television is just wrong · 20 replies · 1,338+ views
    WHEN British consumers are compelled to buy energy-efficient lightbulbs from 2012, they will save up to 5m tons of carbon dioxide a year from being pumped into the atmosphere. In China, however, a heavy environmental price is being paid for the production of “green” lightbulbs in cost-cutting factories. Large numbers of Chinese workers have been poisoned by mercury, which forms part of the compact fluorescent lightbulbs. A surge in foreign demand, set off by a European Union directive making these bulbs compulsory within three years, has also led to the reopening of mercury mines that have ruined the environment. Doctors,...
  • Bhopal residents bring MIC warnings

    05/02/2009 1:46:06 PM PDT · by Peter Horry · 11 replies · 530+ views
    The Charleston Gazette ^ | May 2, 2009 | Rick Steelhammer
    CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Sarita Malviya wasn't born when an explosion at a Union Carbide chemical plant in Bhopal, India, on Dec. 3, 1984, sent a cloud of deadly gas containing the compound methyl isocyanate into the old section of the city, searing the lungs and causing the deaths of at least 4,000 people. When her family moved to Bhopal years after the world's worst industrial disaster, "we had no idea that Union Carbide left toxic waste in three ponds," she said through an interpreter. Heavy metals and toxins were seeping into the groundwater, she said, contaminating drinking water used by...
  • Best of the Conservative Web - Earth Day Links

    04/22/2009 1:43:28 PM PDT · by Scott Martin · 6 replies · 353+ views
    Examiner ^ | 4-22-09 | Scott Martin
    Links to some of the best, right-wing extremist Earth Day writing.
  • Editorial: Consider costs of environmental edicts

    04/20/2009 9:44:17 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 7 replies · 331+ views
    OC Register ^ | 4/20/09 | Editorial
    There's potentially good news on the environmental front out of Washington D.C., but it's probably more than offset by a devastating announcement Friday. First, the good news. The U.S. Supreme Court ruled 6-3 that the Environmental Protection Agency, when upgrading older power plants, may consider costs before demanding use of the most advanced technology, as required by law. The ruling was a defeat for environmentalists, who challenged the Bush administration's discretionary practice. Hans Bader, special projects counsel for the Competitive Enterprise Institute think tank, told us the ruling permits continued cost-benefit analysis as an option in upgrades .. The group...
  • Envirofascist law turns Spokane residents into bootleggers

    03/30/2009 9:24:45 AM PDT · by soccermom · 35 replies · 983+ views
    AP in Belleville News Democrat ^ | March 28, 2009 | soccermom
    SPOKANE, Wash. -- The quest for squeaky-clean dishes has turned some law-abiding people in Spokane into dishwater-detergent smugglers. They are bringing Cascade or Electrasol in from out of state because the eco-friendly varieties required under Washington state law don't work as well. Spokane County became the launch pad last July for the nation's strictest ban on dishwasher detergent made with phosphates, a measure aimed at reducing water pollution. The ban will be expanded statewide in July 2010, the same time similar laws take effect in several other states. But it's not easy to get sparkling dishes when you go green....
  • Earth Hour Reminder: Turn all your lights on West Coast

    03/28/2009 8:38:30 PM PDT · by MountainLoop · 37 replies · 1,272+ views
    Vanity | Me
    Just a reminder to all West Coasters to turn on all lights, etc. to protest Earth Hour from 8:30-9:30.
  • The inescapable apocalypse has been seriously underestimated

    03/14/2009 11:27:57 PM PDT · by Schnucki · 31 replies · 1,692+ views
    Spectator Blogs (U.K.) ^ | March 12, 2009 | Melanie Phillips
    The atmosphere is cooling, the ice is expanding, the seas are not rising -- even though carbon emissions are increasing. The evidence is now crystal clear to anyone with an unwashed brain that man-made global warming theory is sheer unadulterated bunkum. So how do the warmers react to the ever more embarrassing evidence that they have hitched their reputations to the biggest anti-scientific scam in history? By ratcheting up the hysteria to fever pitch and shrieking that their predictions about the impending irreversible environmental apocalypse have grievously underestimated the catastrophe which is going to be far, far worse. At the...
  • Inhofe Speech: ‘Consensus’ Continues Freefall - Why Americans Are Growing More Skeptical

    03/14/2009 5:01:45 PM PDT · by Delacon · 7 replies · 852+ views
    ‘High school kids watching Gore’s movie today will be nearing AARP’s retirement age by the time warming allegedly resumes in 30 years’ WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator James Inhofe (R-Okla.), Ranking Member of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, today delivered a floor speech on the latest global warming poll data and the continuing inconvenient science developments refuting man-made climate fears. See: Inhofe: ‘Consensus’ Continues Freefall: Science and Scientists Challenge Man-Made Global Warming Fears & Inhofe Speech: "Gallup Poll: Record-High 41% of Americans Now Say Global Warming is Exaggerated"Inhofe Speech Highlights: I come to the floor today with breaking...
  • Fox reports “11 ways to make your sex life greener”

    03/02/2009 8:10:52 PM PST · by slomark · 28 replies · 763+ views
    [photos (and the "sexpert" is pretty hot] We don’t make this stuff up, we just report it. Nobody could make this stuff up. Fox News just issued a story titled “Eleven Ways to Make Your Sex Life Greener.” This surprised us, because we didn’t know that sex was bad for the environment. “As we become more compelled to sustain the future, all that is erotic is becoming green,” Dr. Yvonne K. Fulbright says in the report. “From seduction to sex, individuals are becoming more planet-friendly as well as body-friendly. The story goes on to provide tips on green dating, vegetarian...
  • EPA says farmers must keep dust down

    03/01/2009 1:18:14 PM PST · by patriotmediaa · 142 replies · 4,803+ views ^ | February 28. 2009
    EPA says farmers must keep dust down DES MOINES — Nothing says summer in Iowa like a cloud of dust behind a combine. But what may be a fact of life for farmers is a cause for concern to federal regulators, who are refusing to exempt growers from new environmental regulations. It's left some farmers feeling bemused and more than a little frustrated. "It's such a non-commonsense idea that you can keep dust within a property line when the wind blows," said Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, a member of the Senate Agriculture Committee who still farms in New Hartford. Under...
  • RFK Jr.: Hog farms bigger threat than Osama (barf alert)

    02/04/2009 6:18:24 PM PST · by markomalley · 13 replies · 867+ views
    Washington Times ^ | 2/4/2009 | Ralph Z. Hallow
    Robert F. Kennedy Jr. on Wednesday said he thinks hog farmers are a greater threat to Americans than Osama bin Laden. Mr. Kennedy, son of the the slain New York Sen. Robert F. Kennedy, is an environmental law attorney who was testifying before a House Judiciary subcomittee when Rep. Steve King, Iowa Republican, asked him if a quotation attributed to him in 2002 about hog farmers representing a greater threat than the leader of al Qaeda was accurate. "I don't know if that [quotation] is accurate, but I believe it and I support it," said Mr. Kennedy, who has been...
  • The Amazing Story Behind Tho Global Warming Scam

    01/29/2009 7:43:40 AM PST · by rellimpank · 19 replies · 1,551+ views
    KUSI-San Diego ^ | John Coleman
    The key players are now all in place in Washington and in state governments across America to officially label carbon dioxide as a pollutant and enact laws that tax we citizens for our carbon footprints. Only two details stand in the way, the faltering economic times and a dramatic turn toward a colder climate. The last two bitter winters have lead to a rise in public awareness that CO2 is not a pollutant and is not a significant greenhouse gas that is triggering runaway global warming. How did we ever get to this point where bad science is driving big...
  • Gore: Earth in 'grave danger'

    01/28/2009 9:46:46 AM PST · by Sub-Driver · 38 replies · 1,447+ views
    Gore: Earth in 'grave danger' Tom LoBianco (Contact) UPDATED: Former Vice President Al Gore told lawmakers Wednesday morning that the earth is in "grave danger" and that the nation must break its dependence on oil. Mr. Gore said Congress must pass a cap and trade bill and increase tax breaks for renewable energy sources before going before the U.N. climate change conference this December to negotiate new carbon-reduction benchmarks. "Climate change will be increasingly central to our foreign policy and national security, and it will be a focal point of this committee's efforts as well," said Sen. John Kerry, the...
  • China dams reveal flaws in climate-change weapon

    01/26/2009 5:12:23 AM PST · by blueplum · 12 replies · 638+ views
    AP ^ | Jan 25th, '09 | Joe McDonald, Charles J. Hanley; Patrick McGroarty in Berlin contributed.
    XIAOXI, China (AP) — The hydroelectric dam, a low wall of concrete slicing across an old farming valley, is supposed to help a power company in distant Germany contribute to saving the climate — while putting lucrative "carbon credits" into the pockets of Chinese developers. But in the end the new Xiaoxi dam may do nothing to lower global-warming emissions as advertised. And many of the 7,500 people displaced by the project still seethe over losing their homes and farmland. [snip] The AP has found that hydroelectric projects, whose climate impact is most widely questioned, have quickly become the No....
  • Chinese Drywall MAy Be Toxic

    01/19/2009 7:01:31 AM PST · by LadyBuzz · 40 replies · 3,646+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 01/12/2009 | MICHAEL CORKERY
    Some home builders already struggling in Florida's dismal housing market are facing another headache: The Chinese-made drywall they used is causing unpleasant odors and possibly leading to electric problems in dozens of homes constructed during the housing boom.
  • Ramapough environmental activist invited to Washington

    01/11/2009 3:59:21 PM PST · by Coleus · 4 replies · 292+ views ^ | 01.08.09 | MARY JO LAYTON
    For decades, Vivian Milligan complained that the government ignored the Ramapough Mountain community when Ford Motor Co. dumped a sea of waste in their Upper Ringwood community.   Longtime environmental activist Vivian Milligan says her heart was "pounding" when former state DEP chief invited her to Washington D.C. for her senate confirmation hearing as head of the Environmental Protection Agency.  On Wednesday, Milligan, who rarely ventures out of the area, plans to make her first trip to Washington D.C. – at age 57 — as a guest of former DEP Commissioner Lisa Jackson.  The U.S. Senate is expected to confirm...
  • Sea Ice Ends the Year At Same Level It Was In 1979

    01/01/2009 9:09:10 AM PST · by ebayhater · 33 replies · 2,800+ views
    Daily Tech ^ | 1/1/2009 | Michael Asher
    Rapid growth spurt leaves amount of ice at levels seen 29 years ago. Thanks to a rapid rebound in recent months, global sea ice levels now equal those seen 29 years ago, when the year 1979 also drew to a close. Ice levels had been tracking lower throughout much of 2008, but rapidly recovered in the last quarter. In fact, the rate of increase from September onward is the fastest rate of change on record, either upwards or downwards. [chart] The data is being reported by the University of Illinois's Arctic Climate Research Center, and is derived from satellite observations...
  • Bank execs refusal to say where bailout money is going is wrong

    12/24/2008 11:24:51 AM PST · by shielagolden · 16 replies · 931+ views ^ | December 24, 2008 | Brenda Brissette
    Bank execs refusal to say where bailout money is going is wrong Posted by Brenda Brissette Mata | The Flint Journal December 24, 2008 08:46AM "We've lent some of it. We've not lent some of it. We've not given any accounting of 'Here's how we're doing it,'" said Thomas Kelly, spokesman for JPMorgan Chase about the $25 billion in emergency bailout money the organization received from the $700 billion bailout that Congress authorized in October. Really? Barry Koling, a spokesman for Sun-Trust Banks of Atlanta, said "We're not providing dollar-in, dollar-out tracking" regarding $3.5 billion in bailout money they received....
  • Green activists find new ally in US unions

    12/14/2008 8:31:40 PM PST · by hattend · 7 replies · 487+ views
    AP ^ | Sun Dec 14, 12:09 pm ET | VANESSA GERA
    POZNAN, Poland – Some U.S. labor groups that have long feared environmental campaigns as a threat to American jobs are starting to see advantages in going green. This evolution was clear at this week's U.N. climate talks in Poland, where several American labor groups and environmental activists made joint appeals for policies that would promote high-tech renewable energy as the answer to both climate change and job losses.... snip ....Foster said unions and green groups have waged joint lobbying efforts nationwide for laws increasing energy efficiency and promoting renewable energies, and they have teamed up for numerous court battles against...
  • Rhode Island for new tolls, taxes and higher fees (riving your car may take your wallet )

    12/05/2008 7:08:32 PM PST · by thetru · 9 replies · 495+ views ^ | December 5, 2008 | Bruce Landis
    To repair Rhode Island roads, report calls for new tolls, taxes and higher fees 12:25 PM EST on Friday, December 5, 2008 By Journal Staff Writer PROVIDENCE — Driving your car may take on a new and larger meaning — for your wallet. Video Sneak peek: The new way to get onto the Iway More projo videos To fix its crumbling roads and bridges and rescue the state’s financially challenged public transit system, a draft report made public yesterday says the state should consider charging tolls at the state line on every interstate highway and creating a new tax for...
  • The Environmental Motor Company Making Detroit a subsidiary of the Sierra Club.

    11/23/2008 4:48:05 PM PST · by thetru · 5 replies · 686+ views ^ | 11/23/08 |
    When is $25 billion in taxpayer cash insufficient to bail out Detroit's auto makers? Answer: When the money is a tool of Congressional industrial policy to turn GM, Ford and Chrysler into agents of the Sierra Club and other green lobbies. AP Ford CEO Alan Mulally, Chrysler CEO Robert Nardelli, and GM CEO Rick Wagoner at a Senate hearing on the state of the auto industry That's the little-understood subplot of the Washington melodrama over a taxpayer rescue for Detroit. In their public statements, proponents describe the bailout as an attempt to save jobs, American manufacturing and the middle-class way...
  • Waxman unseats Dingell as House energy committee chair(Watch out Russ)

    11/20/2008 11:57:27 AM PST · by thetru · 38 replies · 2,495+ views ^ | 11/20/08 | Eoin O'Carroll
    Waxman unseats Dingell as House energy committee chairTo the delight of many environmental groups across the country, California Democrat Henry Waxman has ousted fellow Democrat John Dingell of Michigan from his post as chairman of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce. The 255-member House Democratic conference voted 137 to 122 Thursday to replace Rep. Dingell, a close ally of the auto industry, with Waxman, a longtime champion of environmental causes. The vote places Waxman in charge of a panel with one of the broadest jurisdictions of any congressional committee, responsible for legislative oversight relating to consumer protection, food and...
  • CA: Environmental rules face budget woes (Whiny Enviro-Nutcases Alert!)

    11/14/2008 5:23:45 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 13 replies · 349+ views
    Capitol Weekly ^ | 11/13/08 | John Howard
    Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s hard-times budget proposal to balance the state’s books hinders California’s efforts to curb global warming and weakens the state’s principal environmental law, environmentalists contend. Fears of an economic meltdown appear to be driving the shift, which conflicts with the governor’s public image as a warrior to curb greenhouse gases. “He seems to be panicked. Instead of moving ahead calmly and deliberately, he is throwing possible solutions out there, giving a sense that he is spooked by the economy. There is a sense of panic, and I think it’s out of character,” said Gary Patton, general counsel of...
  • Carbon credit biz feels meltdown heat

    10/23/2008 8:57:29 PM PDT · by DeaconBenjamin · 5 replies · 384+ views
    Times of India ^ | 24 Oct 2008, 0147 hrs IST, | Nitin Sethi, TNN
    NEW DELHI: With developed economies staring at a recession, talks of the global financial meltdown forcing climate change negotiations into a freeze have gained ground. The collateral damage from the financial contagion closest home could be to India’s carbon trade that has already locked in investments generating 31 million carbon credits annually up to 2012. Other projects worth 439 million credits that are in the pipeline could now come under the cloud. The negotiations, meant to hammer out new targets for rich countries to cut their greenhouse gas emissions after 2012 (although the rich nations want the developing ones to...
  • 'Environmental volunteers' will be encouraged to spy on their neighbours[UK]

    08/31/2008 3:52:49 PM PDT · by BGHater · 22 replies · 194+ views
    Telegraph ^ | 31 Aug 2008 | Lucy Cockcroft
    Councils are recruiting residents to report anyone who drops litter, fails to recycle their rubbish properly, or who allows their dog to foul the streets. Advertisements looking for people to sign up for the unpaid "environmental volunteer" jobs have been posted across the country in recent months. Critics said the scheme is encouraging a Big Brother society where friends and neighbours will be encouraged to "snoop" on one another. The recruitment drive follows news that the Home Office is granting police powers to council staff and private security guards, allowing then to hand out fines for low-scale offences and ask...
  • China sets up first environmental exchange

    08/05/2008 1:22:55 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 6 replies · 74+ views
    AFP on Yahoo ^ | 8/5/08 | AFP
    BEIJING (AFP) - China on Tuesday launched its first environmental exchange in Beijing, aiming to eventually provide a platform for emission quota trading, the parent company and state media said. The Beijing Environmental Exchange will be a trading platform for environmental protection technology as well as sulfur dioxide and chemical oxygen demand emission permits, the China Beijing Equity Exchange said in a statement on its website. --snip-- It is the first environmental equity trading institution in China and will initially focus on environmental technology business, with an aim to finally incorporating carbon emission trading, said Tuesday's Beijing Evening News. It...
  • Govt. Agency Issues Gag Order (EPA)

    07/30/2008 11:44:36 AM PDT · by smokingfrog · 4 replies · 162+ views
    Judicial Watch ^ | 7/29/2008 | Judicial Watch Blog
    In yet another example of government secrecy, the agency in charge of protecting human health and the environment has ordered its staff not to speak with congressional investigators, the media and even the agency’s own inspector general. The massive, taxpayer-funded Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), with an annual budget of nearly $8 billion, has issued a gag order on its pollution enforcement officials via an internal electronic mail made public by an international wire service dedicated to covering environmental issues. The message orders nearly a dozen managers in the EPA’s Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance and their staff to keep...
  • Farmers fear wind of change [Kyoto Alert]

    07/04/2008 8:34:48 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 23 replies · 69+ views
    The Australian ^ | July 5, 2008 | John Stapleton
    It all boils down to one simple question: will cows be taxed for burping and farting?The complex debate about the introduction of an emissions trading scheme to tackle climate change is causing panic among farmers. The release of the Garnaut report yesterday only served to increase their fears. Ross Garnaut's report acknowledges the initial difficulties of measuring gas emissions on Australia's 155,000 farms, but says a broad-based scheme should include agriculture at some stage. The only question now is whether it will be included in the initial 2010 version of the scheme or introduced at a later date. Every major...
  • Lawmakers urge CO2 cut [25-40 percent by 2020] targets for rich nations

    06/29/2008 10:52:14 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 17 replies · 117+ views
    Reuters ^ | June 29, 2008 | Linda Sieg
    Lawmakers from G8 rich countries and five emerging economies including China agreed on Sunday that developed countries should pledge to cut CO2 emissions by 25-40 percent by 2020. They said developed countries should commit to reducing by at least 60-80 percent below 1990 levels by 2050 and called on poorer countries to do their bit by taking "appropriate" national actions, in a framework being negotiated to fight global warming after 2012. The proposal will be passed to G8 summit host Japanese Prime Minister Yasuo Fukuda.
  • Radical environmentalist Tre Arrow gets 78-month prison term (OR)

    06/04/2008 8:08:31 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 36 replies · 255+ views
    The Oregonian ^ | June 4, 2008 | Stuart Tomlinson
    The activist pleads guilty in two arsons and will serve at the Sheridan federal prisonTre Arrow, a radical environmentalist who was once one of the FBI's most-wanted fugitives, pleaded guilty Tuesday to two counts of arson. Appearing before U.S. District Judge James Redden, Arrow agreed to serve to 78 months in federal prison, with credit for time served since March 2004 in jails in Canada and the United States. Arrow, who will be formally sentenced Aug. 12, will serve about two years and four months at the Sheridan Federal Correctional Institution. His sentence could be further reduced by 54 days...
  • Environmental activist to serve 2 years under deal (Tre Arrow)

    06/04/2008 4:14:15 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 7 replies · 190+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 6/4/08 | Joseph B. Frazier - ap
    PORTLAND, Ore. - An environmental activist and former fugitive who once won thousands of votes in a congressional election pleaded guilty Tuesday to federal charges under a deal that would send him to prison for two years. Tre Arrow, 34, pleaded guilty to the destruction of concrete-mixing trucks in Portland in April 2001 and to firebombing logging trucks at a contested logging sale near Mount Hood in June 2001. He had faced up to 40 years in prison if convicted of two counts of arson. In a separate case, a radical environmentalist who helped federal officials round up a militant...
  • Shareholders blast pay of GM chief executive

    06/04/2008 7:09:34 AM PDT · by yoe · 37 replies · 121+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | June 4, 2008 | Randall Chase
    WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) -- General Motors shareholders blasted the company's chief executive for raking in huge salaries and bonuses while the automaker has struggled financially, but a proposal to give investors a say on executive pay was soundly defeated on Tuesday. Shareholders also defeated a proposal under which at least 75 percent of future stock options and restricted stock awards for senior executives would be tied to the company's performance. John Lauve of Holly, Mich., who sponsored the proposal on performance pay, said GM's market share, stock price and credit rating have decreased in recent years, but management and directors...
  • McCain Pushes 'Cap-And-Trade' Plan to Fight Global Warming

    05/12/2008 10:25:21 PM PDT · by parousia · 71 replies · 258+ views
    Business and Media ^ | 3-29-08 | Dan Gainor
    GOP presidential nominee John McCain is using the idea of global togetherness to promote “a cap-and-trade system” to battle climate change. He said “Americans and Europeans need to get serious about substantially reducing greenhouse gas emissions in the coming years or we will hand over a much-diminished world to our grandchildren.” According to the Arizona senator, whose opinion column appeared in the March 19 Financial Times, the United States needs to work with Europe to create a replacement for the Kyoto treaty. “We need a successor to Kyoto, a cap-and-trade system that delivers the necessary environmental impact in an economically...
  • Court orders American Indian to trial for shooting eagle

    05/11/2008 6:20:49 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 35 replies · 125+ views
    Associated Press ^ | May 9, 2008 | Ben Neary
    CHEYENNE, Wyo. - An American Indian who shot a bald eagle for use in a tribal religious ceremony must stand trial, a federal appeals court has ruled. A three-judge panel of the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver on Thursday reversed a 2006 lower court ruling that dismissed a criminal charge against Winslow Friday, a Northern Arapaho Indian who has acknowledged shooting a bald eagle in 2005 during the tribe's Sun Dance. In dismissing the charge, U.S. District Judge William Downes of Wyoming said the federal government has shown "callous indifference" to American Indian religious beliefs. Eagle feathers are...
  • Cindy Crawford Saves the Environment One $20 Water Bottle at a Time

    05/07/2008 8:57:59 AM PDT · by Rufus2007 · 62 replies · 236+ views ^ | May 7, 2008 | Jeff Poor
    It’s not quite champagne wishes or caviar dreams, but supermodel-turned-mommy Cindy Crawford is now offering tips on how to live a more environmentally conscious life. Crawford appeared on ABC’s May 7 “Good Morning America” to share with viewers something “a little less red carpet, a little more green” – her “eco-awakening.” “I mean, we’ve all have seen the Al Gore movie and green is on, it’s on top of the mind for everybody,” Crawford said. “But, it is overwhelming. I have a very full life as well, so it’s like ‘Oh, I can’t compost my own stuff.’” “But my kids...
  • Undoing America's Ethanol Mistake

    04/26/2008 5:54:53 AM PDT · by milwguy · 37 replies · 200+ views
    ibd ^ | 4/26/2008 | kbh
    The Nobel Prize-winning economist Milton Friedman once said, "One of the great mistakes is to judge policies and programs by their intentions rather than their results." When Congress passed legislation to greatly expand America's commitment to biofuels, it intended to create energy independence and protect the environment. But the results have been quite different. America remains equally dependent on foreign sources of energy, and new evidence suggests that ethanol is causing great harm to the environment. In recent weeks, the correlation between government biofuel mandates and rapidly rising food prices has become undeniable. At a time when the U.S. economy...
  • A Green Revolution

    04/25/2008 5:55:05 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 17 replies · 245+ views
    IBD ^ | April 25, 2008
    Food: Today's headlines are filled with Americans expressing their fears of food shortages and frustration with spiraling grocery prices. As part of the solution, it's time to give genetically modified crops a try.There's much resistance to overcome, however. In the fall of 2006, Friends of the Earth publicly asked governments in the hungry African countries of Ghana and Sierra Leone to recall American food aid that contained genetically modified rice. Four years earlier, when southern Africa was tormented by famine, the U.S. offered 540,000 tons of genetically modified grain. Though the World Health Organization estimated that nearly 14 million Africans,...
  • Anti-sealing activists to appear in court ( Sea Shepherd )

    04/13/2008 9:40:19 AM PDT · by george76 · 45 replies · 332+ views
    CBC News ^ | April 13, 2008
    The captain and first officer of the anti-sealing ship the Farley Mowat were due to appear in court in Sydney, N.S., on Sunday, a day after their arrest off the west coast of Newfoundland. They have been charged with interfering with the seal hunt after a confrontation with a Canadian Coast Guard icebreaker two weeks ago. Their vessel was boarded and seized Saturday in the Gulf of St. Lawrence by RCMP officers, working with officials from the federal Fisheries Department and the coast guard... Paul Watson of the international group Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, which owns the vessel, said its...
  • Our Thorny Oil Patch

    04/12/2008 1:23:09 AM PDT · by Exton1 · 43 replies · 249+ views
    Energy Policy: When America's biggest oil refiner contemplates putting almost a third of its refineries on the market, Congress should sit up and take notice. Valero will probably sell three of its 17 refineries this year and maybe two more later to focus on its core operations amid what CEO Bill Klesse acknowledged on Tuesday is a weak economy. Downstream, refiners are hit by not only high energy prices, but also bureaucratic regulations, environmental lobbies and special interests that make moving to Asia, where economic growth is still valued, more attractive. Mandates requiring certain ethanol percentages in gasoline composition are...