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  • Back to Rio—the Road to a Sustainable Economic Future

    06/13/2012 2:11:48 AM PDT · by SatinDoll · 6 replies
    International Monetary Fund ^ | June 12, 2012 | Christine Lagarde
    Good morning. It is a great pleasure to be here. I would like to thank the Center for Global Development for sponsoring this event. The Center does really great work under the inspiring leadership of Nancy Birdsall. Thank you, Nancy. It has been twenty years since world leaders first went to Rio to commit to the noble goal of protecting the planet for future generations. And now, twenty years on, we will be journeying back to Rio to affirm our commitment to sustainable development—the idea that we should strive for economic growth, environmental protection and social progress at the same...
  • Recycling to become compulsory in Miami Beach from July 2013 [fines up to $1,000]

    06/09/2012 4:01:02 PM PDT · by kevcol · 40 replies
    Digital Journal ^ | June 7, 2012 | Katerina Nikolas
    Miami Beach - Miami Beach city commissioners have passed an ordinance making recycling compulsory. Effective from July 2013, hefty fines will be applied to transgressors who fail to recycle. Local 10 reported that Miami Beach commissioners hope the new ordinance will raise awareness about recycling. Fines for those that fail to comply will increase with each violation. First offenders will be fined $350. This will rise to $500 for a second violation and $1,000 for a third violation. Commercial recycling became mandatory for business owners in Miami-Dade County in 1992, according to Miami Dade, with fines for non-compliance ranging from...
  • Darrell Issa explores the Obama administration definition of Green Jobs [Must see video]

    06/07/2012 4:06:29 PM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 15 replies
    Youtube ^ | June 7 2012 | Darrell Issa and some Obama lackey
    Darrell Issa explores the Obama administration definition of Green Jobs - June 7, 2010
  • Greenpeace says Brazil meatpacker hurting Amazon

    06/06/2012 10:27:12 PM PDT · by Hunton Peck · 8 replies
    Associated Press ^ | 6/6/2012 | RENATA BRITO
    SAO PAULO (AP) -- Greenpeace on Wednesday accused JBS, the world's largest meatpacker, of not honoring a 2009 agreement in which the Brazilian company pledged to protect the Amazon rainforest by not buying cattle from suppliers who raise beef on illegally deforested land. JBS denied the claim and said it would take legal action against Greenpeace, saying the environmental group's report could potentially cause a loss in sales. JBS didn't indicate what sort of damages it might seek. Greenpeace said it based its accusations on observations made by its own field investigators and on information obtained in reports from Ibama,...
  • Canada axes green advisory body (green parasites kicked off the dole)

    05/21/2012 4:35:35 PM PDT · by dennisw · 3 replies ^ | 17 May 2012 | Felix von Geyer,
    The C$5.2 million funding for the NRTEE will cease as of 31 March next year under a wide-ranging omnibus budget bill C-38 that is currently before Canada's House of Commons. The legislation seeks to speed up natural resources projects such as oil and gas pipelines, and repeal the Kyoto Protocol Implementation Act. The Canadian government is to mark the 25th anniversary of its green business advisers by closing the agency down. John Baird, Canada's foreign affairs minister and pointman for next month's Rio+20 Earth summit in Brazil, said this week that the National Roundtable for the Environment and Economy (NRTEE)...
  • The Dishonesty of Environmentalism

    05/19/2012 11:43:09 AM PDT · by Starman417 · 3 replies
    Flopping Aces ^ | 05-18-12 | Jake Cunningham
    Environmentalism and ‘saving the world’ are almost exclusively preoccupations of the left. Outwardly they are noble pursuits, and yet they have always smelt a bit rotten. In order to find the source of the odor it is necessary to look beneath the surface and understand what is going on at the psychological level when someone takes up these causes. Clues are few and far between, so when you find something in the press that hints at a deeper malaise, it’s worth looking at it very closely. The following comment by English journalist Geoffrey Wheatcroft is one such. He said:...
  • Arkansas Rep. Declares State of Emergency over Frying Pan Grease

    05/18/2012 9:49:12 AM PDT · by Psalm_2 · 18 replies ^ | May 3, 2012 | James M. Taylor, J.D.
    Webb’s bill claims food grease presents an emergency risk of sewer overflows that threatens the environment. “It is in the public interest to establish a Fat, Oil, and Grease Advisory Committee to study the recommended measures to better ensure that the collection, transportation, disposal, and recycling of fat, oil, and grease are done in a manner that is protective of the environment,” reads the bill.
  • Residents, environmentalists crowd hearing on Bridgeport (CT) coal plant

    05/15/2012 3:52:47 PM PDT · by matt04 · 12 replies
    More than 150 people crowded into a room in the City Hall Annex Monday night to weigh in on Bridgeport Harbor Station's request to renew its five-year operating permit, which expired earlier this year. Environmentalists have been trying for years to shut down the coal operations at the station, which is owned by the Newark-based Public Service Electric & Gas. This may be their best chance, said John Calandrelli, program director for the Sierra Club's local chapter. "This is the first, big, major step in what we believe will be, hopefully, a short fight to convince them to not only...
  • Eco-warrior, Sea Shepherd founder Paul Watson faces charges in Germany

    05/13/2012 7:12:13 PM PDT · by Hunton Peck · 12 replies
    The Australian ^ | May 14, 2012 10:05AM | unattributed
    A FOUNDER of anti-whaling group Sea Shepherd, Paul Watson, has been arrested in Germany, the group has said. Captain Watson was arrested for the alleged violation of ships traffic in Guatemalan waters in 2002, over his involvement in interrupting the activities of a shark finning operation. A statement released by the group said Captain Watson had been given orders by Guatemalan authorities to intercept the boat, Varadero, and escort the crew to port to be prosecuted. "While escorting the Varadero back to port, the tables were turned and a Guatemalan gunboat was dispatched to intercept the Sea Shepherd crew," the...
  • Coal industry warns proposed EPA rule could force fourth of plants to close

    05/10/2012 9:26:51 PM PDT · by Hunton Peck · 23 replies ^ | May 10, 2012 | unattributed
    In obscure, blue-collar towns across Appalachia -- places that most Americans have never seen -- generations of coal miners have toiled away at back-breaking labor to power American homes and industry. Now, as many as 200,000 of them who dig, process, transport and burn America's most abundant fuel are threatened by EPA's latest coal rule. It imposes a standard for emissions that is all but impossible for many plants to meet. It requires coal-fired plants to release no more than 1,000 pounds of carbon dioxide per megawatt hour. The only means for many older plants to attain that standard is...
  • Global climate treaty may demand more carbon cuts from 'poor' countries

    05/09/2012 2:53:59 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 5 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 05/09/2012 | Fiona Harvey
    Old divisions between developed and developing countries in who should lead the fight against climate change should be laid aside, according to ministers from some of the world's poorest countries and European representatives meeting on Tuesday. The vexed issue of which countries should bear the greatest responsibility for cutting greenhouse gas emissions has been a sticking point in international negotiations for two decades. Under the original settlement reached in 1992 at the Rio Earth summit, and formalised in the 1997 Kyoto protocol, some rapidly emerging economies such as China were left out of the roster of obligations to curb emissions....
  • APNewsBreak: Protection sought for rare woodpecker [More forest fires needed!]

    05/02/2012 6:04:42 PM PDT · by Hunton Peck · 25 replies
    Associated Press ^ | May 2, 2012, 7:04 PM EDT | SCOTT SONNER
    Smokey Bear has done such a good job stamping out forest fires the past half-century that a woodpecker that's survived for millions of years by eating beetle larvae in burned trees is in danger of going extinct in parts of the West, according to conservationists seeking U.S. protection for the bird. Four conservation groups filed a petition with the U.S. Interior Department on Wednesday to list the black-backed woodpecker under the Endangered Species Act in the Sierra Nevada, Oregon's Eastern Cascades and the Black Hills of eastern Wyoming and western South Dakota. It is the first federal petition to recognize...
  • EPA boss who wanted to crucify them has resigned

    05/01/2012 10:56:36 AM PDT · by Mark Landsbaum · 8 replies
    Remember the EPA regional boss who revealed his motivation as government regulator? He’s the one who said: “…my philosophy of enforcement… kind of like how the Romans used to … conquer villages in the Mediterranean. They’d go in to a little Turkish town somewhere, they’d find the first five guys they saw and they’d crucify them. Then, you know, that town was really easy to manage for the next few years. It’s a deterrent factor.” First he apologized. Then he said that doesn’t really reflect his approach in his job. Then we asked if he shouldn’t lose his job. And...
  • Looks like an onion skin, but it could be electricity(new environmentalist regulations)

    04/30/2012 6:16:44 PM PDT · by matt04 · 15 replies
    Sergio Squatrito knows all about food waste. At Carla's Pasta, his family's company in South Windsor, in addition to an array of easy-to-prepare pasta and other Italian specialties, the company produces 2,000 to 3,000 pounds of food waste a day. "We've tried four different ways of getting rid of our food scraps and all of them have failed," said Squatrito, who is vice president of operations. "I have nothing against the waste companies handling our trash, but there's got to be a different mousetrap." That's pretty much Connecticut's thinking, too. Faced with statewide data that showed food waste is, by...
  • Wind Farms Warming Texas

    04/29/2012 4:01:29 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 55 replies
    Discovery News ^ | April 29, 2012 | Eric Niiler
    New research finds that wind farms actually warm up the surface of the land underneath them during the night, a phenomena that could put a damper on efforts to expand wind energy as a green energy solution. Researchers used satellite data from 2003 to 2011 to examine surface temperatures across as wide swath of west Texas, which has built four of the world's largest wind farms. The data showed a direct correlation between night-time temperatures increases of 0.72 degrees C (1.3 degrees F) and the placement of the farms. "Given the present installed capacity and the projected growth in installation...
  • Westfield Concerned Citizens continue fight against proposed Pioneer Valley Energy Center

    04/27/2012 2:26:07 PM PDT · by matt04 · 10 replies
    The issuance earlier this month of a federal Environmental Protection Agency air quality permit for the proposed $400 million natural gas-fired electric generating plant has not deterred continued opposition by Westfield Concerned Citizens. “Westfield Concerned Citizens along with residents from neighboring communities concerned about the environmental impact of the plant are not satisfied with this outcome,” said WCC founding member Mary Ann Babinski. Babinski said WCC is “assessing future efforts” in opposition to the plant, adding” there is an appeal process to this permit award.” “This is a very important issue to us and we are considering an appeal of...
  • "If I wanted America to fail" Video Has Gone MEGA-Viral

    04/25/2012 12:51:02 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 118 replies
    Youtube ^ | 4-20-12 | FreeMarketAmerica
    This damning, inconvenient truth needs to be posted on EVERY Facebook page, and reTweeted over and over. Truth is always the enemy of Liberalism/Socialism.
  • Global warming alarmism cooling off. Soon it will be “global what?”

    04/23/2012 3:37:01 PM PDT · by Mark Landsbaum · 25 replies
    It’s time for our periodic check up on the sinking global warming alarmism movement. Let’s begin by noting the fading popularity of this eco-obsessive notion. “Earth Day stands up to the rain,” the Washington Post blared, putting as good a face on as lousy a turn-out as we can remember. The rain “didn’t stop the die-hards,” the report says. The Post didn’t give a crowd count. But, did . . .
  • 'Gaia' scientist James Lovelock: I was 'alarmist' about climate change

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

    04/22/2012 1:39:18 PM PDT · by Mark Landsbaum · 10 replies
    The folks over at News Busters have compiled a list of memorable words from those who so love the earth that they have lost sight of what really matters. And of impartiality. And of reality. Says, Geoffrey Dickens: “So sacrosanct the liberal media believes its mission to be, that they haven’t even bothered to hide their bias.” How so? . . .
  • Putting Earth Day into perspective

    04/22/2012 1:28:28 PM PDT · by Mark Landsbaum · 9 replies
    Orange County Register ^ | 4-22-2012 | The Orange County Register Editorial Board
    Was April 22 chosen to celebrate Earth Day because it's the birthday of that notable environmentalist Vladimir Lenin? Probably not. If you're wondering whether the brutal Soviet dictator had anything to do with putting the Earth first; he didn't. But he certainly put oppressive government first. Consequently, critics of what has become the environmental movement's High Holy Day note a discomforting correlation, even if unintended. . . .
  • If I wanted America to fail

    04/22/2012 9:20:18 AM PDT · by .454Puma · 18 replies
    Transsylvania Phoenix ^ | 04/22/2012 | Transsylvania Phoenix
    If there is only one video you can see for the entire year, make this the one. And don't forget to send it to your leftist enviro-nazi friends or in-laws.
  • Earth Day is a Celebration of Misery and Death

    04/22/2012 8:30:04 AM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 50 replies
    Earth Day is a Celebration of Misery and Death Yahoo! Contributor Network By Mark Whittington | Yahoo! Contributor Network – 2 hrs 47 mins ago COMMENTARY | Today is Earth Day, the annual bacchanalia of self abuse invented by the environmental movement to remind everyone that the human race is a pestilence upon this planet. It is a celebration by the self righteous for the hysterical. Robert Zubrin, writing for the Washington Times, points out the inconvenient truth of the carnage wrought in the name of the environment, the better to contain that cancer known as humanity. The death toll...
  • George Carlin: Earth Day

    04/22/2012 8:33:03 AM PDT · by matt04 · 14 replies
    A classic Earth Day rant from George Carlin. Language warning.
  • If I Wanted America To Fail

    04/21/2012 4:00:42 PM PDT · by sourcery · 22 replies
    FreeMarketAmerica | YouTube ^ | 20 April 2012 | FreeMarketAmerica
    The environmental agenda has been infected by extremism—it's become an economic suicide pact. And we're here to challenge it. On Earth Day, visit Video presentation: If I Wanted America To Fail A very powerful and effective message.
  • The Limits of The Limits to Growth: Contemplating 1972 predictions of environmental doom, just in...

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

    04/18/2012 6:28:17 PM PDT · by matt04 · 4 replies
    Apple has taken issue with the consumption estimates for its Maiden, N.C. data center included in a just-published "How Clean is Your Cloud?" report by Greenpeace, noting that renewable energy will provide 50 percent more of the center's power needs than the environmental advocacy group projected. Greenpeace on Tuesday gave Apple low marks in its new report and criticized it for its reliance on coal-based power. In the report, the organization dismissed Apple's renewable energy efforts for its Maiden, N.C., server farm as providing just 10 percent of "their total generation." The Cupertino, Calif., company quickly responded in a statement,...
  • Apple Is One of the Heaviest Coal Users in the Industry (VIDEO)

    04/17/2012 1:52:26 PM PDT · by matt04 · 30 replies
    Apple's pretty products do a good job distracting from the bleak reality of how they're made. As we've learned from the Foxconn debacle, that means sub-standard working conditions. But it's not just people that are affected, but also the environment. Built to support iCloud, Apple's new billion-dollar data center in Maiden, North Carolina is another strike against the world's most valuable company. In fact, the behemoth, which is one of the largest such facilities on the planet, is powered mostly by coal, through Duke Energy. Even though Cupertino is building a solar farm down the road from the data center,...
  • Global Warming Dogma and the New Iron Triangle

    04/15/2012 1:01:01 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 10 replies
    The American Thinker ^ | April 15, 2012 | Norman Rogers, senior policy adviser at the Heartland Institute
    ....The iron triangle of interests that promotes government support for global warming consists of big science, environmental organizations, and alternative energy industries. ... The climate science community is kept submissive by domineering leaders in positions of power. The president's science adviser, John Holdren, is a longtime environmental extremist and promoter of global warming hysteria. Thomas Karl, another strong advocate of the dogma, holds important positions. He is head of the National Climatic Data Center and chairman of the National Academy of Sciences Climate Research Committee. The levers of bureaucratic power are firmly under the control of warmers. There are, however,...
  • You know government has lost its mind when…

    04/13/2012 9:32:30 AM PDT · by Mark Landsbaum · 33 replies
    So, is there anyone left who still doesn’t recognize the absurd upside-down priorities of government driven by political correctness and environmental extremism? If so, get a gander at this news out of San Franciso (where else?): ( – The government spent at least $205,075 in 2010 to ‘translocate’ a single bush in San Francisco that stood in the path of a$1.045-billion highway-renovation project that was partially funded by the economic stimulus legislation President Barack Obama signed in 2009. Yeah, a couple hundred grand of your tax money to move a bush. “Why?” you might ask. . .
  • Earthquakes in Central U.S. ‘Almost Certainly’ Tied To Fracking

    04/13/2012 6:40:17 AM PDT · by BigEdLB · 70 replies
    NASDAQ ^ | 4/13/12 | Amir Khan
    Over the past few years, the number of earthquakes in the usually seismically calm central United States has skyrocketed. Now scientists are pointing the finger at hydraulic fracturing, better known as "fracking," as the culprit. Fracking is a method of extracting natural gas, the cleanest fossil fuel, from underground rocks. Proponents of natural gas say it could reduce the country's dependence on foreign oil since vast majority of it comes from within the country. Natural gas is also more plentiful and cheaper than oil. Read more:
  • Tombstone, Arizona is ground zero for state sovereignty

    04/11/2012 11:32:22 AM PDT · by inkling · 11 replies
    Goldwater Institute ^ | April 11, 2012 | Nick Dranias
    In a showdown between the Obama Administration and the “Town Too Tough to Die,” the U.S. Forest Service is refusing to allow the City of Tombstone to repair its mountain spring water infrastructure after the 2011 Monument Fire destroyed pipelines and catchments. Despite Gov. Jan Brewer’s declared state of emergency to empower Tombstone to restore its municipal water supply, the feds continue to block Tombstone, citing the Wilderness Act, which was passed decades after Tombstone secured the water rights. The Forest Service's decision risks the lives and properties of Tombstone residents and tourists due to the loss of adequate fire...
  • Nature ISN'T fragile nor a bossy mother-in-law - top eco boffin

    04/05/2012 1:35:31 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 12 replies
    The Register ^ | 4th April 2012 12:42 GMT | Andrew Orlowski
    Get rid of hippies, save the planetThe Green movement needs to rethink its philosophy from the ground-up. That's according to Peter Kareiva, a leading conservation expert and chief scientist for The Nature Conservancy, the world's biggest environmental group.It must abandon the idea that nature is "feminine" and in particular that it's "fragile", he said, because not only is this artificial, it's wrong, and so many bad ideas follow.When people believe that a fragile "Mother Nature" is harmed by anything humans do, it's actually the humans who suffer, Kareiva argues in the co-written essay Conservation in the Anthropocene. It's little wonder...
  • Lights on or off? Earth Hour challenged by Human Achievement Hour

    03/31/2012 6:38:44 PM PDT · by matt04 · 35 replies
    Earth Hour, the annual event that turns off lights as a statement for cleaner energy, marks its fifth year this Saturday. But a free-market think tank is trying to get some traction with its alternative: the Human Achievement Hour, when people are encouraged to leave lights on to show their appreciation for inventions "and the recognition that future solutions require individual freedom not government coercion." ... In the other corner is the Competitive Enterprise Institute, which isn't expecting to match Earth Hour's reach but aims to make a point when they battle from 8:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. this Saturday...
  • Water tunnels would be huge project -- if they clear huge obstacles

    03/30/2012 1:03:37 AM PDT · by blueplum · 4 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 30 March 2012 | Matt Wieser
    (orginally pub 2/20, edited 2/29.) From his driveway along the Sacramento River south of Freeport, the view to the east offers a peek at the snow-capped Sierra Nevada. When that snow melts, it flows relentlessly by, just across the levee road from Stone's front windows. From the state and federal governments' point of view, his 20-acre property in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta is an ideal spot for one of the five large pumping stations they're proposing to feed what may be the largest water tunnel ever contemplated in North America. ....Twin 33-foot-diameter tunnels would carry a portion of the Sacramento...
  • CL&P's plan to cut 100 trees in Simsbury backfires

    03/20/2012 1:36:57 PM PDT · by matt04 · 6 replies
    Connecticut Light & Power's plan to cut some 100 trees on Owens Brook Boulevard is drawing fierce protest from some residents. Town officials said they've got a half-dozen letters and calls from residents opposed to the utility company's plan because it would change the look and feel of the boulevard. CL&P targeted the trees as part of its newly installed tree-trimming program aimed at preventing wide-spread power outages like the one during the freak October snow storm, which toppled trees and left thousands of its customers in the dark for up to 10 days. ... "Well the town has asked...
  • Train kills reindeer 'like meat grinder': farmer [Swedish high-speed rail]

    03/13/2012 1:38:46 PM PDT · by Hunton Peck · 25 replies
    The Local [Sweden] ^ | 12 Mar 2012 | unattributed
    A new high-speed railway in northern Sweden has already claimed the lives of 200 reindeer since it opened three months ago, forcing the farm owner to move to safer pastures. The train line, which runs between Umeĺ and Lycksele, has been responsible for the deaths of hundreds of reindeer over the last three months, when the unfortunate animals have wandered onto the tracks. Finding a dead reindeer or one that is injured and needs to be euthanized is a daily occurrence for reindeer owner, Per-Mikael Jonsson, who is forced to put down many injured reindeer fearing that their internal damages...
  • Energy expert Dr. Daniel Fine takes on the "opposition" to Shale Gas in North Carolina

    03/12/2012 8:28:19 PM PDT · by greenwill · 10 replies · 1+ views
    The John Locke Foundation ^ | 02/27/12 | Dr. Daniel Fine
    Daniel Fine discusses North Carolina's approach to shale gas and hydraulic fracturing (two minutes)--->
  • Confessions of a Former Tree-Hugger

    03/12/2012 3:11:31 AM PDT · by amylutz4 · 14 replies · 2+ views
    The College Conservative ^ | March 12, 2012 | Amy Lutz
    When I was younger, I loved to read. At one point, I basically devoured a book a day. By the time I was 8 years old, I was flipping through To Kill a Mockingbird. However, despite the plethora of novels I had at my fingertips, I still liked to read “the classics;” books by Shel Silverstein, Carolyn Keene, and Dr. Seuss. For years, The Lorax by Dr. Seuss was at the top of my list of favorite books. The story tells the tale of the “Lorax,” a whimsical, environmentally-conscious creature who speaks out about how increasing industrialization has led to...
  • Showdown on citizen environmental action statute

    03/09/2012 2:10:53 PM PST · by matt04 · 2 replies
    Environmental and business groups are marshalling forces for an anticipated showdown Friday that pits part of the cornerstone of state environmental law against development and job creation. At issue is legislation that would restrict using environmental grounds to block development projects. Supporters say it's needed because the existing language in the landmark Connecticut Environmental Protection Act of 1971 is dated, too broad and easily and often abused, resulting in a hostile business climate that drives project developers to other states. Opponents are branding it an assault on one of the state's most important environmental laws, specifically a provision that gives...
  • Colorado’s Own Green-Loan Sinkhole (More political pay for play at the Dept. of Energy)

    03/09/2012 6:03:14 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 4 replies
    National Review ^ | 03/08/2012 | Michele Malkin
    There’s no escaping Solyndra Syndrome. Here in my home state of Colorado, citizen journalists have uncovered our own gaping government-green-loan sinkhole. The stench of Chicago-on-the-Potomac is fouling the fresh Rocky Mountain air. Meet Loveland-based Abound Solar, the lucky winner of a $400 million federal loan guarantee from the Obama administration. Earlier this month, the thin-film cadmium-telluride solar-module maker announced layoffs of nearly 300 employees (70 percent of its work force). In addition, the firm froze plans to build a new factory in Indiana. Abound says it will ride out bad market conditions and “hopefully” survive until the market recovers. But...
  • Video: Taxpayers subsidize wind-farm generation … and non-generation

    03/08/2012 6:56:56 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 10 replies
    Hotair ^ | 03/08/2012 | Ed Morrissey
    Taxpayers have put out billions in subsidies over the last three years for Barack Obama's green-energy stimulus program, which has produced such success stories as Solyndra, Beacon Power, and Ener1. But what happens when taxpayers subsidize efforts that actually produce electricity? As people in the Pacific Northwest have discovered, they end up subsidizing green-power generation -- and non-generation: CLICK ABOVE LINK FOR THE VIDEO Wind farms in the Pacific Northwest — built with government subsidies and maintained with tax credits for every megawatt produced — are now getting paid to shut down as the federal agency charged with managing the...
  • Wind farms in Pacific Northwest paid to not produce

    03/07/2012 9:50:56 PM PST · by Hunton Peck · 38 replies ^ | March 07, 2012 | Dan Springer
    Wind farms in the Pacific Northwest -- built with government subsidies and maintained with tax credits for every megawatt produced -- are now getting paid to shut down as the federal agency charged with managing the region's electricity grid says there's an oversupply of renewable power at certain times of the year. The problem arose during the late spring and early summer last year. Rapid snow melt filled the Columbia River Basin. The water rushed through the 31 dams run by the Bonneville Power Administration, a federal agency based in Portland, Ore., allowing for peak hydropower generation. At the very...
  • Coal hurting Obama’s chances in swing states (They need jobs too, you know)

    03/07/2012 10:20:00 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 6 replies
    Hotair ^ | 03/07/2012 | Jazz Shaw
    Hot Air Memo to GOP:Dear Republicans, When you finish up letting the Democrats lead you around by the nose over things like which radio show host said what about who and where to buy the cheapest birth control pills, you might want to stop by some of the Rust Belt swing states and ask the folks there how things are going. In particular, check in with them in terms of how much it will be costing each voter this summer to keep the lights turned on and whether or not the workers at a number of coal fired power plants...
  • Electric cars and the liberal war with science (GM suspends Chevy Volt Production)

    03/06/2012 6:13:46 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 24 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 03/06/2012 | Charles Lane
    President Obama boasted at a United Auto Workers conference last week that General Motors was back in business, producing cutting-edge vehicles like the plug-in electric Chevrolet Volt. He even promised to buy one when his time in office ends “five years from now.” Whoops! Just three days later, GM announced that it would suspend Volt production for five weeks this spring, idling 1,300 workers at a Hamtramck, Mich., factory. Alas, Obama’s endorsements notwithstanding, there’s not much of a market for this little bitty car, at least not at the price of almost $32,000 — after a $7,500 federal tax rebate....
  • The Volt Sleeps With the Fishes

    03/05/2012 4:37:33 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 23 replies
    American Spectator ^ | 03/05/2012 | By ERIC PETERS
    GM has just announced it will be idling the plant (and the 1,300 workers at that plant) where the "game changing" Chevy Volt electric car is -- uh, was -- built. GM says it's only temporary -- until they figure out how to "align production with demand." It could be a long wait for those workers. GM projected production of 45,000 Volts this year. That may have been just a little bright-sided. Last year, 7,621 of them found buyers (about 2,400 fewer than the 10,000 GM had hoped for). This past month, just over 1,000 of the $40,000 sort-of electric...
  • In experiment, US offers up to $500 for fishermen not to fish - Mass. saltwater devotees uneasy

    03/02/2012 9:45:30 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 16 replies
    Boston Globe ^ | March 2, 2012 | Jenn Abelson
    Pat Judge, an avid sport fisherman, has been walking around with a $500 check in his pocket for a week, trying to decide whether to cash it. That’s because the money comes with a catch: Judge must agree to turn in his $10 recreational saltwater fishing license for the year. In an unusual experiment being conducted only in Massachusetts, the federal government is surveying anglers to figure out how much it would cost to persuade Judge and 1,899 others not to fish off the coast. But officials say the purpose is not to actually reduce fishing. Instead, they say, the...
  • Five PA coal-fueled power plants to close due to Obama administration regulation

    03/01/2012 12:10:59 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 23 replies · 26+ views
    Hotair ^ | 03/01/2012 | Ed Morrissey
    We get on President Obama’s case for neglecting to keep his campaign promises, so it’s only fair to note when he fulfills them. In January 2008, Obama promised to bankrupt coal-fired power plants with his new environmental regulations. Consider this a promise kept: GenOn Energy Inc. plans to close five of its older coal-fired power plants in Pennsylvania over the next four years.The company, based in Houston, said Wednesday that tough new environmental rules make it unprofitable to operate the plants, which generate a total of 3,140 megawatts of electricity. The plants are in Portland, Shawville, Titus, New Castle and...
  • The New Brisbane Line (Northern Australia is abandoned to weeds, ferals, trees and kangaroos)

    03/01/2012 6:43:54 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 6 replies · 2+ views
    American Thinker ^ | 03/01/2012 | Viv Forbes
    During WW2, defeatists were prepared to sacrifice all of Australia north of Brisbane to the advancing enemy. Green extremists have established a New Brisbane Line whereby Northern Australia is abandoned to weeds, ferals, trees, kangaroos, government boffins and park rangers. Every green policy seems designed to rid the north of all signs of human activity. Green Party Leader, Bob Brown's dream to close every coal mine, gas producer and carbon fuelled power station is well known - this should rid central Queensland of all those pesky little towns like Collinsville, Glenden, Blair Athol, Moranbah, Dysart, Saraji, Blackwater and Moura and...
  • Obama: I’ll veto bill that will provide water to California’s Central Valley

    02/29/2012 12:05:15 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 27 replies · 3+ views
    Hotair ^ | 02/29/2012 | Ed Morrissey
    I've called the judicially-imposed drought in California's Central Valley --- the Dust Bowl Congress created --- through its creation of the Endangered Species Act, invoked in this case by the Delta smelt, a fish that's not suitable for eating. Once a breadbasket for the nation, the cutoff of irrigation water to the Central Valley has destroyed agriculture and tens of thousands of jobs as a tradeoff for the endangered fish. Now, however, voices of sanity in Congress have begun to speak on the man-made economic and agricultural disaster, as Rep. Devin Nunes builds support for his Sacramento-San Joaquin Water Reliability...