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  • California Proposition 1 Water Bond is Bait & Switch

    09/25/2014 10:18:42 AM PDT · by fifedom · 15 replies
    Breitbart California ^ | 4 Sep 2014 | Chriss W. Street
    The $7.5 billion California Proposition 1 Water Bond on the November ballot promises to provide more above ground water storage for the first time in 40 years in order to gain a broad support from Democrats and Republicans. But a close look at the language in the proposition reveals that the initiative is another legislative “bait and switch” that will not complete a single major water storage or delivery system.
  • Wind Turbines but no Power

    09/14/2014 8:44:00 AM PDT · by rktman · 30 replies ^ | 9/13/2014 | Dr. Klaus L.E. Kaiser
    The highly touted, government-subsidized, unreliable, intermittent and expensive "alternative power" schemes currently in vogue are nothing but a phenomenal waste of money
  • Boeing fears regulatory wave amid battle over fish, water pollution

    07/07/2014 3:48:39 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 24 replies
    Fox News ^ | July 7, 2014 | Dan Springer
    Aerospace giant Boeing finds itself in a fishy fight against Native Americans and environmentalists over pollution in the waterways -- a disagreement that could affect where Washington state's largest employer builds the next generation of planes. At the heart of the fight, which could impact thousands of jobs, is a peculiar question: How much locally caught fish do Washingtonians eat, and what are the health risks? Green groups, alone with Washington state tribes, have sued the Environmental Protection Agency to push for increased fish consumption rates -- currently set at six-and-a-half grams a day. If the number is set higher,...
  • 94% of Electricity in 2013 Came from Reactors, Dams and Fossil Fuels

    03/29/2014 10:21:18 AM PDT · by rktman · 14 replies ^ | 3/29/2014 | Unknown
    Ninety-four percent of the electricity generated in the United States in 2013 came from nuclear reactors, dams, and fossil fuels--including petroleum, natural gas, other gases, and coal--according to a new report from the U.S. government’s Energy Information Administration. Only 0.2 percent of U.S. electricity during the year came from solar-power sources, and another 4.1 percent came from wind power.
  • Tycoon gives away $800 million fortune before suicide jump

    12/29/2013 7:02:49 AM PST · by rktman · 24 replies
    World Net Daily ^ | 12/29/2013 | unknown
    A renowned Wall Street tycoon gave away his entire $800 million fortune before falling to his death in a suicide jump this week.
  • The EPA’s ‘Make Sure Nothing Gets Done Unless We Like It"

    03/28/2013 10:53:19 AM PDT · by rktman · 12 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 3/28/2013 | Tim Blumer
    Obama is preparing to tell all federal agencies for the first time that they should consider the impact on global warming before approving major projects, from pipelines to highways.
  • San Jose, CA light rail among the nation's worst

    12/27/2012 12:00:43 PM PST · by fifedom · 21 replies
    San Jose Mercury-News ^ | 12/27/12 | Mike Rosenberg
    there was no grand celebration this month as Silicon Valley marked 25 years of light rail... The near-empty trolleys that often shuttle by at barely faster than jogging speeds serve as a constant reminder that the car is still king in Silicon Valley -- and that the Valley Transportation Authority's trains are among the least successful in the nation by any metric.
  • Obama finalizes auto mileage mandate

    08/28/2012 10:54:05 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 67 replies
    The Hill ^ | August 28, 2012 | Ben Geman & Keith Laing
    The Obama administration issued final rules Tuesday that require a major boost in vehicle mileage standards, highlighting a clash with Mitt Romney as the GOP convention gets under way. 

The Transportation Department and Environmental Protection Agency announced joint mileage and carbon emissions rules for model years 2017 through 2025 that will eventually force automakers to meet a standard equivalent to 54.5 miles per gallon.

 Administration officials have made the rules a cornerstone of their energy agenda, noting that alongside earlier 2012-2016 rules, the mandate will eventually save consumers an estimated $1.7 trillion in fuel costs and save 12 billion barrels...
  • Interior Looks to Expand Permits for Killing Bald Eagles to Accommodate Wind Energy

    05/14/2012 8:25:54 AM PDT · by Josh Painter · 28 replies
    Heritage/The Foundry ^ | May 9, 2012 | Lachlan Markay
    The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, a division of the Interior Department, is considering loosening regulations on the killing of bald eagles, the national bird of the United States, to accommodate the development of wind energy sources. A draft regulation first filed in April would allow businesses to apply for 30-year permits allowing them to kill bald eagles in the course of other legal activities. The length of those permits would be a six-fold increase over the five-year window allowed under current law. The USFWS explains at We have reviewed applications from proponents of renewable energy projects, such as...
  • Obama administration likely to delay decision on Keystone pipeline (Article updated at link)

    11/10/2011 10:29:32 AM PST · by jazusamo · 32 replies
    The Hill ^ | November 10, 2011 | Andrew Restuccia
    The Obama administration will announce Thursday that it is reevaluating the route of the proposed Keystone XL pipeline, a move that will likely delay a final decision on the project, sources briefed by the administration said. TransCanada Corp.’s Keystone XL pipeline would carry oil sands crude from Alberta to refineries in Texas. The pipeline has set off a firestorm in Washington, with critics raising environmental concerns and proponents arguing the project will boost the economy. Reuters reported on the decision to reevaluate the pipeline route earlier Thursday. The State Department and the Whte House did not immediately respond to a...
  • Environmentalists, like Obama, face political test on Keystone pipeline

    11/06/2011 9:17:24 AM PST · by jazusamo · 15 replies
    The Hill ^ | November 6, 2011 | Ben Geman
    Environmentalists battling the proposed Keystone XL oil sands pipeline call the looming White House decision on the project a referendum on President ObamaÂ’s commitment to clean energy. But the fate of TransCanada Corp.Â’s push to build the massive Alberta-to-Texas pipeline is also a crucial test of the green movementÂ’s political clout. Activists calling on Obama to scuttle the project expect thousands of people at a major demonstration outside the White House Sunday afternoon. TheyÂ’re arriving with a warning: Environmentalists say a federal permit for TransCanada would sap their appetites for door-knocking, political giving and other work on behalf of...
  • Liberal Energy Policy: Make All the Lights Go Out

    05/02/2011 7:46:36 AM PDT · by La Lydia · 10 replies
    Moonbattery ^ | May 2, 2011
    If you think Obama's energy policy of suppressing our own oil industry while giving other countries taxpayer money to develop theirs is insane, just hope he doesn't inflict some of the truly deranged ideas being floated by moonbats like Daniel Weiss, senior fellow and director of "climate strategy" at the liberal think tank Center for American Progress: "There's a few things we have to do to fight the recent spike in oil prices. … First, we need to crack down on speculators — make sure that they're not intentionally driving up prices in order to make a quick buck. Second,...
  • Mn/DOT to test driver's 'mileage tax'

    04/19/2011 12:36:15 PM PDT · by La Lydia · 28 replies
    KARE ^ | April 19, 2011
    GOLDEN VALLEY, Minn. -- The Minnesota Department of Transportation is looking for 500 people to test technology that could someday be used to collect a mileage-based user fee. Mn/DOT anticipates a fee on road usage might someday be necessary as more fuel efficient and hybrid cars are on the road, decreasing revenue from the gas tax. "This research will provide important feedback from motorists about the effectiveness of using technology in a car or truck to gather mileage information," said Cory Johnson, project manager. "We are researching alternative financing methods today that could be used 10 or 20 years from...
  • Obama Energy Secretary Promises “Massive” Coal Plant Closures

    02/11/2011 3:18:56 PM PST · by La Lydia · 105 replies · 1+ views
    Pat Dollard ^ | February 11, 2011 | Posted By Grizz
    Obama Energy Secretary Steven Chu has launched the next phase of the White House’s publicly stated agenda to bankrupt the coal industry via EPA regulations after announcing the prospect of “massive” coal plant closures even as Texas and other states suffer rolling blackouts as a result of maxed-out power plants that cannot cope with demand. The Obama administration’s strict enforcement of draconian EPA regulations has led to new clean-burning coal-fired plants being mothballed and other existing ones being shut down, which has in turn led to Texas and other states becoming energy-dependent, leading to shortages and blackouts exacerbated by freezing...
  • No agreement over conflicting wolf rulings

    11/24/2010 11:43:14 AM PST · by jazusamo · 16 replies · 1+ views
    Jackson Hole News & Guide ^ | November 24, 2010 | Cory Hatch
    While one conservationist sees room to negotiate, two hunters disagree.Two seemingly contradictory wolf decisions from two U.S. District Court judges in Wyoming and Montana indicate that it is time to move the wolf debate out of the courts, the head of a regional conservation group said Tuesday. The decisions also show that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service “has not done a very good job in terms of keeping up with its legal responsibilities,” Greater Yellowstone Coalition executive director Mike Clark said. At issue are rulings from U.S. District Court judges Donald Molloy, of Missoula, Mont., and Alan B. Johnson,...
  • Alaska Objects to Obama Administration Plan to Set-Aside California-Sized Polar Bear Habitat

    06/16/2010 4:18:00 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 22 replies · 454+ views
    CNSNews ^ | June 16, 2010 | Dan Joling AP
    Anchorage, Alaska - Alaska wildlife officials say they will object to key aspects of federal plans to provide additional protection for polar bears. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will collect testimony in Anchorage Tuesday evening on its proposal to designate critical habitat for the bears, listed two years ago as a threatened species. The agency has proposed designating 187,166 square miles of U.S. territory as polar bear critical habitat, which means it contains features essential for the conservation of a species and may require special management.
  • Fish and Wildlife Service ends three-strikes policy with wolves

    11/14/2009 10:13:05 AM PST · by george76 · 18 replies · 1,059+ views
    Associated Press ^ | November 14, 2009 | Sue Major Holmes
    The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and environmentalists reached an agreement Friday that scraps a rule the agency had used to kill or permanently remove any wolf that killed three heads of livestock in a year. Fish and Wildlife spokesman Tom Buckley said the three-strikes rule "will no longer stand." Ranchers said the policy targeted wolves that grow accustomed to preying on cattle. Several environmental groups sued in May 2008, asking a U.S. District Court in Arizona to stop the removal policy on the Mexican gray wolf, a subspecies of the gray wolf. Buckley said agency officials hope a judge...
  • Wolves Will Thrive Despite Recent Hunts (Good piece on govt understating wolf numbers)

    11/10/2009 8:07:11 PM PST · by jazusamo · 11 replies · 450+ views
    New American ^ | November 10, 2009 | William F. Jasper
    In 1995 the federal government began transplanting Canadian gray wolves into Idaho, Montana, and Wyoming. That program touched off a fierce range war that continues to rage, pitting farmers, ranchers, hunters, conservationists, outdoor recreationists, and rural folk against the major environmentalist lobbying organizations, government bureaucrats, the big-city media, and urban politicians. After being protected for 14 years, limited hunting seasons have finally been allowed for wolves this fall, and around 150 wolves have been taken thus far. Wolf advocates are howling that the permitted hunts are "barbaric" and that those who kill wolves are "murderers." A coalition of radical environmental...
  • Burn barrels put on scrap heap of history

    10/15/2009 4:45:36 AM PDT · by xcamel · 37 replies · 1,045+ views
    Albany TU ^ | 10/15/2009 | BRIAN NEARING
    ALBANY -- An artifact of life in the country, the backyard burn barrel, came to an end Wednesday under new state environmental rules. Outdoor waste burning is now banned in all towns, regardless of population. Such burning has been illegal in towns of 20,000 people or more since 1972. DEC said the tougher rules are needed because burning of waste can release harmful chemicals like dioxins into the air, in large part because barrels burn at much lower temperatures than commercial incinerators, allowing dangerous compounds to escape destruction. "The greatest source of dioxin exposure in New York today is the...
  • EPA Document Creates Crossfire Between Midwestern Utilities and Enviros

    10/13/2009 8:30:28 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 4 replies · 382+ views on NYT ^ | 10/13/09 | Christa Marshall
    A new U.S. EPA analysis requested by Sen. Russ Feingold (D-Wis.) is spawning a lobbying frenzy among Midwestern utilities that claim the document shows they will be treated unfairly under federal climate legislation. They say the assessment (pdf) reveals that states like California will receive a financial windfall under a global warming bill, while states like Wisconsin will not get enough help and will have to spike electricity rates as a result. "The EPA document just confirms the formula will disadvantage Midwest states for decades to come while the coastal states will hit a 'federal jackpot' every year over the...
  • Wolf Hunts Will Go On; Judge Denies Injunction Bid

    09/09/2009 12:03:14 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 1 replies · 308+ views
    New West Missoula ^ | September 9, 2009 | Amy Linn
    U.S. District Judge Donald Molloy ruled that the fall wolf hunts in Idaho and Montana can proceed, denying a legal effort by environmental groups to stop them. The Montana and Idaho wolf hunts will not irreparably harm wolf populations and may proceed, according to a ruling filed last night by U.S. District Judge Donald Molloy. Molloy on Aug. 31 heard arguments from environmental groups seeking to halt the fall wolf hunts—the first of their kind in the lower 48—on the grounds that the killings would irreparably harm the species, which was on the Endangered Species List until just this...
  • ‘Green’ Initiatives in Iraq Provide Multiple Benefits

    08/21/2009 4:17:18 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 193+ views
    BAGHDAD, Aug. 21, 2009 – Ensuring energy use is both environmentally friendly and cost-effective helps to build Iraq’s security capabilities, a key infrastructure planner said here. Air Force Lt. Col. Thomas N. Williams, an infrastructure planner for Multinational Security Transition Command Iraq, said he’s found the best way to be environmentally friendly while saving costs is to ensure the highest possible degree of energy efficiency. Three recent projects are good examples of how the command is weaving these various threads together, Williams said. The first is an upgrade to the internal power generation and distribution system in Taji that will...
  • "What's the Catastrophe?"

    06/05/2009 4:11:18 PM PDT · by anniegetyourgun · 25 replies · 1,393+ views
    WorldMag ^ | 6/5/09 | Jacob Parrish
    WASHINGTON—Sen. Richard Lugar, R-Ind., in the middle of a Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing on U.S.-China climate change relations, leaned forward in his chair and asked the expert panel, “What’s the catastrophe?” Lugar, a long-time advocate of emissions reductions and global warming prevention, asked the expert panel to clarify just what the disaster would be if carbon emissions are not reduced. The three members of the panel, all experts on greenhouse gas emissions in China, looked at each other and hesitated. The panel had reached a consensus that the United States and China contribute 40 percent of the world’s greenhouse...
  • GOP Slams Democrat's Climate Change Bill

    05/30/2009 6:30:58 PM PDT · by Diana in Wisconsin · 13 replies · 706+ views
    All Headline News ^ | May 30, 2009 | David Goodhue
    Washington, DC (AHN) - A climate bill championed by Democrats in Congress and endorsed by the Obama administration will increase Americans' energy bills, cost jobs and do nothing to stop global warming, a Republican governor said in the GOP's weekly radio and Internet address. Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels referred to the House climate change bill as "a poster child for government that cannot work." The bill, which passed the House Energy and Commerce Committee before lawmakers went on their weeklong Memorial Day recess, would require a 17-percent reduction in carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases by 2020 and an 83-percent...
  • Enviros, plastic industry ready to battle over bag fee (Seattle)

    04/01/2009 1:05:06 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 37 replies · 806+ views
    Seattle PI ^ | April 1, 2009 | Chris Grigiel
    Can the "Greens" compete against some serious green -- as in cash?On Aug. 18 Seattle voters will decide whether they want to impose a 20 cent-per-bag fee on plastic and paper grocery bags sold in the city. Backers say the fee will help the environment. Industry opponents say it is expensive and unnecessary.Those supporting the bag fee are counting on Seattle's green-friendly electorate. If recent history is any guide, opponents will be counting on vastly superior monetary resources.The Coalition to Stop The Seattle Bag Tax -- a group funded largely by the American Chemistry Council -- had raised nearly...
  • Obama’s Backing Raises Hopes for Climate Pact

    02/28/2009 8:14:31 PM PST · by anniegetyourgun · 7 replies · 360+ views
    NYTimes ^ | 2/28/09 | ELISABETH ROSENTHAL
    Until recently, the idea that the world’s most powerful nations might come together to tackle global warming seemed an environmentalist’s pipe dream.
  • New Jungles Prompt a Debate on Rain Forests [enviros are upset that rain forest is growing back]

    02/02/2009 5:55:37 PM PST · by grundle · 36 replies · 1,505+ views
    New York Times ^ | January 30, 2009 | ELISABETH ROSENTHAL
    By one estimate, for every acre of rain forest cut down each year, more than 50 acres of new forest are growing in the tropics... The idea has stirred outrage among environmentalists...
  • Development threatens mountain lions (CA)

    07/20/2008 1:02:04 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 28 replies · 115+ views ^ | July 19, 2008 | Julia Scott
    A mountain lion is chased up a tree in downtown Palo Alto. Another one is shot after mauling a Chihuahua at a Watsonville mobile home park. In Los Gatos, a lion hits a car while trying to cross Summit Road. Peninsula and Silicon Valley residents rarely ponder the lives of mountain lions trying to survive in the Santa Cruz Mountains. But urban development — the razing of habitat for homes, roads and parking lots — is the chief obstacle the wild cats face every day as they hunt for deer and fulfill their instinct to roam hundreds of miles, looking...
  • No cheeseburgers in paradise

    04/25/2008 12:26:22 PM PDT · by Josh Painter · 6 replies · 77+ views ^ | April 25, 2008 | Josh Painter
    (with apologies to Jimmy Buffett)I went to McDonald's for a burger on a bun, But the man at the counter said, "We just can't help you, son." Everythng that we used to feed the critters in the stall, Has been Shanghaied to make more ethanol. All the grass for the cattle and the corn for the swine, Is sellin' at the pumps for three ninety-nine. Ain't no cheeseburgers left in this paradise, All you get is cold sushi with a little cup of rice. Oh, a big cheeseburger would taste so nice, But now they tell me I have to...
  • Readin', Writin' And Warmin'

    02/20/2008 1:13:58 PM PST · by ddtorquee · 10 replies · 78+ views
    IBD ^ | 2/19/2008
    A lawmaker from the Silicon Valley wants to require "climate change" to be taught as "science" in all California public schools. Warmers can't convince the adults, but they can brainwash the children. "You can't have a science curriculum that is relevant and current if it doesn't deal with the science behind climate change," says the bill's sponsor, California state Sen. Joe Simitian, D-Palo Alto. "This is a phenomenon of global importance, and our kids ought to understand the science behind that phenomenon." So should adults such as Al Gore, who declares the debate over even as evidence debunking the junk...
  • Green "Disparate Impact" (Thomas Sowell)

    01/14/2008 9:01:30 PM PST · by jazusamo · 56 replies · 189+ views ^ | January 15, 2008 | Thomas Sowell
    It was front-page news on the January 14th issue of the San Francisco Chronicle that blacks by the tens of thousands have left the San Francisco Bay area since the 1990 census. Since my book "Applied Economics" analyzed this situation a few years ago, it was nice to see that the information has finally reached the San Francisco Chronicle, though they have yet to explain the politics and the economics behind the exodus. Unfortunately, this phenomenon is not peculiar to the San Francisco Bay Area and blacks are not the only group being forced out of upscale liberal communities in...
  • Glass Houses [George W. Bush's home is environmentally friendly. Al Gore's is not]

    01/04/2008 8:44:32 AM PST · by grundle · 16 replies · 122+ views ^ | March 28, 2007
    Claim: E-mail compares Bush's eco-friendly ranch with Al Gore's energy-expending mansion.Status: True.HOUSE # 1: A 20-room mansion (not including 8 bathrooms) heated by natural gas. Add on a pool (and a pool house) and a separate guest house all heated by gas. In ONE MONTH ALONE this mansion consumes more energy than the average American household in an ENTIRE YEAR. The average bill for electricity and natural gas runs over $2,400.00 per month. In natural gas alone (which last time we checked was a fossil fuel), this property consumes more than 20 times the national average for an American home....
  • Put people first [Environmentalists outlawed the best asthma inhalers!]

    12/29/2007 10:02:50 AM PST · by grundle · 112 replies · 547+ views
    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette ^ | December 29, 2007 | SHAWN PIRRUNG
    This is the problem with the politicians, and especially those who are so worried about the environment: They forget what and who is important -- people. The reason I say this is because of what has happened with prescription inhalers used for asthma treatment. I recently needed to refill my inhaler and was told by the local pharmacist that the inhaler was now different because it contained ingredients that harmed the ozone layer. However, these ingredients were the most effective for helping calm down an asthma attack. I was also informed by the pharmacy that since the medication was altered,...
  • It's Inconvenient Being Green [Enviro admits it's more about caring than saving the planet!]

    12/06/2007 1:02:22 PM PST · by grundle · 28 replies · 197+ views
    Time magazine ^ | Nov. 21, 2007 | LISA TAKEUCHI CULLEN
    Recently I have spent considerable time considering my environmental failings, if not actually doing much about them. Like the average American household, we own two cars. Between my husband and me, we drive 13,000 miles (21,000 km) a year, making our country 520 gal. (2,000 L) of gas more dependent on foreign suppliers. The thermostat in our 2,200-sq.-ft. (200 sq m) house is set at 70°F (21°C). It takes 6,960 kW-h a year to power our computers, halogen lights and plasma TV. My child went through an industry-calculated average of 4.4 diapers a day for 34 months, which amounts to...
  • Green power may ruin pristine land in California [Environmentalists object to solar power!!!]

    12/05/2007 9:40:23 AM PST · by grundle · 41 replies · 136+ views
    Christian Science Monitor ^ | April 24, 2007 | Daniel B. Wood
    Los Angeles - California and the city of Los Angeles have set an ambitious goal for 'greener' power: obtain 20 percent of their energy from renewable sources by 2010. But to do that difficult decisions need to be made. Wind, solar, and geothermal electric power produced in the rural reaches of the state must be somehow be transported to faraway cities – meaning some transmission lines must cut through national forests, wildlife refuges, and other treasured land areas. Solar panels require the expanse and cloudless climes of desert areas Some environmental groups are up in arms over the project. "There...
  • DeVore stands ground on (nuclear power) plants

    07/19/2007 1:05:26 PM PDT · by fifedom · 7 replies · 388+ views
    The Newport Beach and Costa Mesa Daily Pilot ^ | July 19, 2007 | Alicia Robinson
    An earthquake that hit Japan on Monday reportedly damaged a nuclear power plant, but it hasn't shaken Newport Beach Assemblyman Chuck DeVore's resolve to allow new sources of nuclear power in California. The incident has raised questions about whether nuclear plants should be located in areas that experience frequent earthquakes ... DeVore last week filed papers for a statewide ballot measure that would remove the ban on new nuclear facilities. ... That wouldn't happen under his initiative because it doesn't allow plants to be built in quake-prone areas, DeVore said. ... he said, according to an article from Bloomberg News...
  • 29 Ways To INCREASE Global Warming

    04/17/2007 9:18:57 AM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 57 replies · 2,949+ views ^ | 2007 | MetroSpy
    29 Ways To INCREASE Global Warming The hysteria surrounding global warming is a crock. The idea that human beings are destroying the planet with BBQs and hair spray is stupid and silly...and I refuse to accept this nonsense. Following is a 'how-to' guide on enjoying more of the wonderful resources our Earth has to offer. I encourage readers to stop feeling guilty if they choose NOT to recycle. It's time to burn those fossil fuels. Get out and drive your SUV...And by all means, leave the farting cows alone! 1. Remove your energy-saver bulbs and go back to normal lights....
  • Brooklyn Man Dies Of Hypothermia After Being Stranded In Car

    01/29/2007 11:47:25 AM PST · by xcamel · 75 replies · 2,206+ views
    NY1 ^ | Jan 29, 2007 | unatributed
    A Brooklyn man froze to death in his car after he and his wife spent 32 hours stranded in below zero temperatures upstate. The couple was driving home from a wedding in Montreal when their car crashed off Interstate-87 around 1 a.m. Thursday. Barbara Langner had tried to call for help with her cell phone but couldn't get service. Family members reported them missing, and state police found the couple Friday in their Lincoln Town Car in North Hudson, about 90 miles north of Albany. When authorities found the couple, Alfred Langner – who was 63 – had died of...
  • Dems hope to ban Alaskan oil drilling

    01/06/2007 7:53:32 AM PST · by saganite · 88 replies · 2,088+ views
    NorthWest Herald/AP ^ | 06 Jan 06 | staff
    WASHINGTON (AP) – Opponents of oil drilling in an Alaskan wildlife refuge are going on the offense after playing defense for a quarter of a century. They want the new Democratic Congress to make an oft-challenged drilling ban permanent. Legislation introduced in the House on Friday would make the oil-rich 1.2 million-acre coastal strip of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge a permanently protected wilderness, and end repeated efforts to open the area east of the Prudhoe oil field to energy companies. “The consensus is that there should not be drilling in the refuge, so the logical next step is to...
  • The polar bear in the living room (Lib alert)

    01/02/2007 1:38:53 PM PST · by jazusamo · 55 replies · 1,194+ views
    The Oregonian ^ | January 2, 2007 | Editorial
    T he big, strong and beloved polar bear may at last achieve what thousands of scientists, economists, diplomats, conservationists and others have failed to accomplish: Persuade the Bush administration to respond to global warming. Bush's U.S. Interior Department announced Dec. 27 that it is proposing to add polar bears to the list of threatened species under the Endangered Species Act. By acknowledging that the polar bear literally is on thin ice, the Bush administration has at last been required to make a completely scientific pronouncement on global warming. For six years now the Bush administration has feinted and dodged from...
  • Environmentalists sue to block Maryland's Intercounty Connector

    12/21/2006 10:52:33 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 12 replies · 554+ views
    Examiner ^ | December 20, 2006 | Sarah Karush
    WASHINGTON - Environmental groups filed two court challenges Wednesday aimed at blocking construction of Maryland's Intercounty Connector, a highway that officials say will ease commutes and take vehicles off local streets. The 18-mile, six-lane highway connecting Interstate 270 in Montgomery County with Interstate 95 in Prince George's County has long been championed by regional business groups, but faced stiff opposition from environmentalists as well as concerns over its cost. It finally won federal approval in May. In one lawsuit, filed in U.S. District Court in Washington, Environmental Defense and the Sierra Club claim the air quality analysis conducted by federal...
  • ICC Could Be Hazardous To Your Children's Health

    12/02/2006 6:21:28 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 23 replies · 821+ views
    Washington Post ^ | December 3, 2006 | John M. Balbus and Jim Fary
    More than 1 million residents of the Washington-Baltimore region already live close to heavily trafficked motorways where dangerous soot pollution is at levels that can trigger asthma attacks, heart attacks and respiratory disease. Building the $2.4 billion (and rising), 18-mile intercounty connector linking Interstate 270 to Interstate 95 through neighborhoods and near schools would worsen these health problems. Maryland Gov.-elect Martin O'Malley (D) reiterated his support for the road following his election last month, but if the public demands protection for our children and the elderly, he still could take steps to prevent these health hazards. The toxic pollution the...
  • California professionals dine out of Dumpsters

    12/02/2006 9:20:01 AM PST · by DogByte6RER · 34 replies · 862+ views
    The Sun Herald ^ | Wed, Nov. 29, 2006 | Doug Oakley
    Posted on Wed, Nov. 29, 2006 California professionals dine out of Dumpsters By Doug Oakley Palo Alto Daily News (MCT) PALO ALTO, Calif. - Cynthia Powell and Stephen Vajda are unabashed Dumpster divers who get much of their weekly food from garbage cans. The two educated Berkeley, Calif., professionals - who are not hungry or otherwise in need - say they are motivated by a growing conservation movement with a mantra that wasting resources, especially food, is shameful. Powell and Vajda estimate they can save up to $100 a week by dining on day-old bread, vegetables and sometimes chocolate from...
  • Controversial scientist predicts planetary wipeout (We're all Gonna Die!!)

    11/29/2006 7:34:31 AM PST · by Anti-Bubba182 · 86 replies · 1,689+ views
    This is London ^ | 11-28-06 | Staff
    Billions of people could be wiped out over the next century because of climate change, a leading expert said. Professor James Lovelock, who pioneered the idea of the Earth as a living organism, said as the planet heats up humans will find it increasingly hard to survive. He warned that as conditions worsen, the global population which is currently around 6.5 billion, may sink as low as 500 million. Prof Lovelock also claims that any attempts to tackle climate change will not be able to solve the problem, merely buy us time. Given the dire situation we face, he urged...

    11/29/2006 5:48:02 AM PST · by NativeNewYorker · 24 replies · 822+ views
    deutsche presse via email, no url | 11/29/6
    Rome (dpa) - Farm animal manure produces more greenhouse gas emissions than cars. The surprise finding is the result of a report published Wednesday by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). According to the UN agency's Livestock's Long Shadow -Environmental Issues and Options report, the global livestock sector generates more greenhouse gas emissions as measured in CO2 equivalent 18 per cent than transport. It is also a major source of land and water degradation. ``Livestock are one of the most significant contributors to today's most serious environmental problems. Urgent action is required to remedy the situation,'' said Henning Steinfeld, head...
  • Where corridor goes, no one yet knows

    03/27/2006 1:33:27 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 46 replies · 942+ views
    San Antonio Express-News ^ | March 27, 2006 | Anton Caputo and Patrick Driscoll
    Depending on whom you talk to, the Trans Texas Corridor is a daring futuristic plan, the state's most ambitious ever, or it's a money machine and a destructive land grab. But for now, most of all, it's an enigma. There are no construction contracts for any of the 4,000 miles of car and truck lanes, freight and passenger rail lines and utility lines that are supposed to crisscross Texas by midcentury, just a $3.5 million deal with a private consortium to develop plans for the leg paralleling Interstate 35. And nobody knows just where the routes would go, though any...
  • Suit aims to stall Alaska oil development

    03/12/2006 9:06:28 PM PST · by FairOpinion · 23 replies · 685+ views
    Mercury News ^ | March 11, 2006 | AP
    Environmental groups are suing the Interior Department to block expanded oil and gas exploration in an ecologically sensitive area of Alaska's North Slope. The 18-page lawsuit filed Friday in U.S. District Court in Juneau focuses on the government's decision in January to allow drillers to lease previously closed acreage in the northeast corner of the National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska. The Bush administration's decision opens up 389,000 acres for leasing, giving drillers a chance to find and produce an estimated 2 billion barrels of oil and 3.5 trillion cubic feet of natural gas in the tundra north and east of Teshekpuk Lake....
  • Grizzly Man: Death of an Idiot

    03/03/2006 7:25:47 PM PST · by WaterDragon · 196 replies · 9,776+ views
    Oregon Magazine ^ | Oregon Magazine | Larry Leonard
    If the bell tolls for the demise of the evil or the stupid, it is the voice of God's Law, evolution. Forms which are fit, survive. The others are -- we'll call it -- recycled. March, 2006 -- It was on the evening of February 25th. One of the Dish network channels aired it. The L.A. Film Criitics and Robert Redford’s Sundance festival raved, as did Ebert and whoever replaced Gene Siskel. Two thumbs way up, they said about this piece of videographic crap. Remember that word. Crap. We’ll get beyond the metaphor later. Timothy Treadwell, not his real name,...
  • Ranchers pleased, enviros unhappy (Can the News Get Better?!!)

    02/12/2006 10:42:48 AM PST · by SandRat · 22 replies · 792+ views
    Arizona Daily Star ^ | Feb 12, 2006 | Tony Davis
    NOGALES, Ariz. ¡ª Rancher Sonny Clarke's job these days isn't just barreling around in his pickup truck to shore up aging dirt watering tanks. It's also fixing up fences knocked down by illegal immigrants and keeping an eye out for drug smugglers. That's one reason he agrees with a new federal decision to lower public land ranchers' grazing fees by 23 cents per animal-unit month. An animal-unit month is the amount of forage a cow and her calf eat in a month. The fee drop starts March 1, and stems from sharply higher gasoline prices. Critics say the fee decrease...
  • The End of the World Is Near Bill Clinton Says So

    02/04/2006 2:47:45 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 47 replies · 1,987+ views
    Center for Individual Freedom ^ | February 3, 2006 | CFIF
    In our urgency to deal with really urgent stuff over the past few weeks, we have been piling up news articles regarding what some regard as a universal urgency. That would be global warming or Global Warming or GLOBAL WARMING, depending on one's perspective, provided that one has a perspective. Bill Clinton, speaking last week at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, that mother of all junkets for rich folks who take themselves very seriously, said that GLOBAL WARMING bothered him a bunch. "It's the only thing that I believe has the power to fundamentally end the march of...