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  • EPA staff says agency needs to be tough on smog

    08/30/2014 1:34:30 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 8 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Aug 29, 2014 7:32 PM EDT | Seth Borenstein
    The Environmental Protection Agency’s staff has concluded that the government needs to tighten smog rules by somewhere between 7 and 20 percent. In its final recommendation in a 597-page report, the agency staff agrees with EPA’s outside scientific advisers that the 6-year-old standard for how much smog is allowed needs to be stricter, saying it will save a significant number of lives and cut hospital visits. An earlier version of the report came to a similar conclusion. Industry representatives criticized the recommendation as way too costly, while environmental activists hailed it as a public health measure. …
  • Sue And Settle Another Way For Greens To Halt Progress

    07/22/2014 6:21:37 AM PDT · by rktman · 6 replies
    investors.com ^ | 7/22/2014 | Stephen Moore
    If you've never heard of the litigation technique "sue and settle," it's the hottest new strategy for extreme environmentalists to make millions of acres of prime land for ranching, farming, oil and gas drilling, and mining of natural resources off limits for development. Sue and settle involves a stealth partnership between anti-development Obama administration regulators at the Environmental Protection Agency or the Interior Department and litigious green groups — including Greenpeace, Defenders of Wildlife, WildEarth Guardians and the Sierra Club — who want to halt fossil fuel development and other projects on federal and even private lands.
  • Sandra Fluke seeks wider influence in California

    07/12/2014 9:59:15 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 25 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jul 12, 2014 12:01 PM EDT | Judy Lin
    The former Georgetown University law student who gained national attention for being denied a chance to testify in Congress for health plan contraception coverage—and then was subjected to degrading comments by radio host Rush Limbaugh—is hoping to make public policy of her own. Sandra Fluke is running as a first-time candidate for a seat in California’s state Senate to represent some of the most affluent communities of Los Angeles County, a district that stretches from the Hollywood Hills to the Palos Verdes peninsula. In a district where Democrats outnumber Republicans 2-1, Fluke is campaigning on an agenda that includes subsidized...
  • Obama to create largest national monument of his presidency [11th he's established]

    05/19/2014 1:12:55 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 32 replies
    The Hill ^ | May 19, 2014 | Justin Sink
    President Obama on Wednesday will designate nearly half a million acres in New Mexico as a national monument, the latest in a series of executive actions intended to improve environmental protections of federal lands. The president will sign a proclamation establishing the Organ Mountains Desert Peaks National Monument, the largest such designation of his presidency, during a ceremony at the Department of the Interior, the White House said Monday. It will be the 11th time the president has established a national monument during his term, and the largest designation in terms of land mass during his presidency.By contrast, former President...
  • Colorado River reaches gulf

    05/16/2014 3:13:52 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 38 replies
    Associated Press ^ | May 16, 2014 5:14 PM EDT | Astrid Galvan
    She wasn’t necessarily popping champagne Thursday, but conservationist Jennifer Pitt was certainly celebrating the arrival of water from the Colorado River into the Sea of Cortez. It was a monumental moment for conservationists, who said that water hasn’t flowed regularly from the Colorado River to the sea in more than 50 years. It temporarily reached the sea twice in the 1980s and last in 1993. […] The water reached the sea on Thursday afternoon. It traveled nearly 100 miles from a previously barren delta at the Morelos Dam just south of where California, Arizona and Mexico meet. It was a...
  • GE Crushes Obama's War on Coal

    05/03/2014 12:10:39 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 28 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 3, 2014 | Charles Payne
    em>"Probably for the next decade, the most dominate technology around the world will be coal..." -Jeff Immelt The fastest growing source of energy in the world last year was coal, and it is going to stay that way for a very long time. With that in mind, one has to wonder why President Obama has insisted on the gut-wrenching destruction of the coal industry that has costs thousands of jobs, and has sent electricity costs to all-time highs. This, combined with last month's report from the International Energy Agency, state that reaching the goal of carbon emission reduction would cost...
  • Years of Living Hypocritically: Five Alarmist Celebs and Their Double Standards

    04/23/2014 11:32:16 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 21 replies
    News Busters ^ | 4-22-14 | Sean Long
    They may be good at making movies, but Hollywood celebrities’ lifestyles are far from an environmentalist’s dream. Their globetrotting, multiple mansion owning ways are inconsistent with the environmental agenda they loudly promote. Showtime’s new climate change series, “Years of Living Dangerously,” premiered April 13, 2014, slightly more than a week before Earth Day 2014. It relies on several wealthy, Hollywood celebrities to spread fear about climate change. While these actors and directors talk a lot about reducing carbon footprints and saving the world, they haven’t given up their own enormous mansions and private jets. Director James Cameron, former Governor Arnold...
  • Fracking foes cringe as unions back drilling boom

    04/20/2014 10:24:03 AM PDT · by mdittmar · 15 replies
    yahoo ^ | 4/20/2014 | Kevin Begos, Associated Press
    Environmental groups cringe as some trade unions support oil and gas drilling, pipelines PITTSBURGH (AP) -- After early complaints that out-of-state firms got the most jobs, some local construction trade workers and union members in Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia say they're now benefiting in a big way from the Marcellus and Utica Shale oil and gas boom.That vocal support from blue-collar workers complicates efforts by environmentalists to limit the drilling process known as fracking."The shale became a lifesaver and a lifeline for a lot of working families," said Dennis Martire, the mid-Atlantic regional manager for the Laborers' International Union,...
  • Colo. eminent domain case settled with $115,000 sale

    04/16/2014 6:38:46 PM PDT · by saywhatagain · 26 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | April 16, 2014 | By Faith Mangan
    Andy Barrie recently held a property rights seminar for landowners. Asked what lessons they shared, Ceil Barrie said with teary eyes, "Yeah, don't annoy the government."
  • The Environmentalist Eugenics of the Left

    04/16/2014 4:18:09 PM PDT · by fwdude · 8 replies
    Frontpage Mag ^ | March 13, 2014 | Daniel Greenfield
    The idea that the way to protect insects, fish and animals is by preventing human beings from having children is part of an approach known as Population, Health and Environment (PHE) which integrates population control into environmentalist initiatives. PHE dates back to the 1980s and is practiced by mainstream organizations such as the World Wildlife Fund. The Smithsonian’s Woodrow Wilson Center, which is funded partly by the US government, aggressively champions PHE eugenics and USAID funds PHE programs and distributes PHE training manuals derived in part from Wilson Center materials.
  • The Environmentalists Are Not Giving Up

    03/28/2014 6:54:49 AM PDT · by rktman · 13 replies
    Canada free press ^ | 3/28/2014 | Dr. Ileana Johnson Paugh
    The small farmers in Virginia rejoiced when Senate Bill 51 and House Bill 268, dubbed the “Boneta Bill,” passed both houses and the Democrat Governor Terry McAuliffe signed it. The bill gave farmers legal protection from overreaching and overzealous county bureaucrats who impose unreasonable requirements and unnecessary fees on small farmers. The bills, sponsored by state Senator Richard Stuart (R-Montross) and state Delegate Bobby Orrock (R-Thornburg), protect “agricultural operations from local regulation” and limit the government’s ability to require “special-use permits” for farm activities. Among many things, “Martha’s bill prevents counties from imposing a $100 fee to grow tomatoes.” Martha...
  • To Frack or Not to Frack, That is the Question

    03/23/2014 11:15:57 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 44 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 23, 2014 | Bruce Bialosky
    Five years ago almost no one knew the term – Fracking. Today it is one of the hottest topics in America and has become one of our hottest political footballs. The question is whether the fracking process harms underground water. It depends on who you ask. Josh Fox received money from HBO to make a movie called Gasland. The documentary reached great heights as it was nominated for an Academy Award for best documentary based on a small theatrical release. Josh Fox, a little known theater director, became a darling of the anti-fracking movement. The highlight of his film was...
  • Obama expands protection for California coastline

    03/11/2014 12:40:36 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 15 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Mar 11, 2014 1:31 PM EDT
    President Barack Obama is fulfilling a State of the Union pledge to preserve more federal lands by adding more California coastline to a national monument. Obama on Tuesday signed a proclamation permanently protecting some 1,665 acres in Northern California's Mendocino County, just north of Point Arena. …
  • California’s Brown hears fracking gripes

    03/08/2014 4:14:01 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 14 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Mar 8, 2014 6:44 PM EST | Michael R.Blood
    In a year when California Democrats are worried about motivating their voters, Gov. Jerry Brown heard another unwelcome message Saturday: Some Democratic activists are bristling over his administration’s policies on hydraulic fracturing, or fracking. […] State Democratic conventions can be boisterous gatherings, but the protesters provided an unscripted distraction in what was otherwise expected to be a unified show of support for the 75-year-old governor, who appears headed for an unprecedented fourth term in the heavily Democratic state. Fracking “gets to the oil that is the dirtiest oil on the planet,” said delegate Ken Jones of Greenbrae in Marin County,...
  • How Many Jobs Are Threatened by the EPA in YOUR District?

    03/06/2014 7:05:50 AM PST · by rktman · 8 replies
    heritage.org ^ | 3/6/2014 | Amy Payne
    The Obama Administration is trying to regulate Americans’ livelihoods away. Will Congress do anything to stop it? The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is pushing regulation of “greenhouse gases”—something even its own officials have admitted would have no noticeable impact on the climate. New Heritage research shows the devastating impact it would have, however, on American manufacturing jobs.
  • Obama’s War on America: Killing Coal to Kill U.S. Electrical Power

    02/20/2014 6:41:22 AM PST · by rktman · 38 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 2/20/2014 | Alan Caruba
    If the White House and the EPA is permitted to implement the MATS regulation the economy will dramatically decline. Life in America will resemble that of third world nations. It is entirely based on lies
  • Feds approve more fracking off California coast

    02/12/2014 4:13:43 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Feb 12, 2014 5:07 PM EST | Alicia Chang
    The federal government has approved three new fracking jobs off the shores of California as state coastal regulators voiced concerns about potential environmental impacts. The work in the Santa Barbara Channel, site of a 1969 oil platform blowout, has not yet begun and it was not immediately clear when it would. The disclosure Wednesday came as the California Coastal Commission attempts to exercise greater oversight of the contested practice known as hydraulic fracturing, which involves pumping huge amounts of water, sand and chemicals deep into rock formations to free oil. The environmental impacts of fracking and other well stimulation techniques...
  • EU-Canada free trade deal ‘opens door to environmental lawsuits’

    02/11/2014 3:16:40 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 3 replies
    EurActiv ^ | 11 February 2014 | Arthur Neslen
    Multinationals will have wide-ranging powers to sue EU states that enact health or environmental laws breaching their “legitimate expectations” of profit, according to a leaked “investment chapter” from the Canada-EU free trade agreement (CETA), which was signed last November. A separate “nature and scope” document for EU-US free trade talks, which EurActiv has seen, makes clear that similar parameters are foreseen for a Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) agreement. The CETA investment chapter proposes a definition of “fair and equitable treatment” (FET) for investors which has sparked multi-million dollar lawsuits, such as one by Lone Pine challenging a shale...
  • Agency for flooding that puts greater water parsnips and voles before local people (UK)

    02/08/2014 11:04:26 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | 19:58 EST, 8 February 2014 | David Rose
    The Environment Agency put water voles, greater water parsnips, silver diving beetles and large marsh grasshoppers ahead of people in the flood-ravaged Somerset Levels, The Mail on Sunday can reveal. A 250-page agency document issued in 2008 shows that years of neglecting vital dredging which used to let water drain away much faster is part of a deliberate policy to increase flooding in the areas now worst affected.The policy was revealed as agency director of operations David Jordan angered residents yesterday by calling the flood defenses a “success story”. He said: “We need to recognize that 1.3 million other properties...
  • A ban on autos? Major cities consider going carless

    01/28/2014 9:59:34 PM PST · by Jack Hydrazine · 40 replies
    CNBC.com ^ | January 26, 2014 | Paul A. Eisenstein
    Germany, home of the high-speed autobahn, is perhaps one of the few countries that has had as intense a love affair with the automobile as the U.S. But in an effort to go green, the country's second-largest city is studying ways to eliminate cars by 2034. The northern city of Hamburg has laid out an initial concept, named the Green Network Plan, that would expand public transportation and add more routes for pedestrians and bicyclists. The most controversial aspect of the plan calls for a steady phase-out of automobiles in the center of the city over the next two decades....
  • Obama Donor Will Run Anti-Keystone Ad During SOTU

    01/28/2014 7:01:54 AM PST · by rktman · 25 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | 1/27/2014 | Joel B. Pollak
    Billionaire Obama donor Tom Steyer, who is funding and leading the environmentalist campaign against the Keystone XL pipeline, will air an anti-Keystone ad on MSNBC before and after President Barack Obama's State of the Union address on Tuesday evening. The minute-long ad, entitled "Sucker Punch," claims that Canada may not send its tar sand oil through the pipeline to the U.S., and implies it will send the oil to China instead.
  • Green Revolution? German Brown Coal Power Output Hits New High

    01/09/2014 8:12:39 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    Der Spiegel ^ | January 07, 2014 – 01:52 PM | (cro—with wire reports)
    In 1990, Germany’s bown coal-fired power stations produced almost 171 billion kilowatt hours of power. At the time, many old eastern German plants were still in operation. It was a situation that the German government wanted to change, with the aim being that of radically reducing the output of the CO2-polluting lignite plants, but that’s not happening. In 2013, it rose to 162 billion kilowatt hours, the highest level since reunification in 1990, according to preliminary figures from AGEB, a collection of industry associations and research institutes. […] Power output from anthracite coal also rose, by eight billion kilowatt hours...
  • 'GREEN BULLETS' OVERTAKING LEAD THANKS TO EPA, STATE REGS, MILITARY

    12/22/2013 9:22:03 PM PST · by lowbridge · 46 replies
    breitbart ^ | december 19, 2013 | awr hawkins
    As Breitbart News reported on December 1, EPA regulations led to the closing of the Herculaneam lead smelter in Herculaneum, Missouri, which is expected to push up prices for traditional lead ammo. On top of this are regulations like the recent statewide lead ammo ban in California. Signed by Governor Jerry Brown (D) on October 11, this ban forces hunters to seek out nontraditional alternatives for their ammunition. In this way, the ban mandates "green bullets" by default. Moreover, as Fox News reports, the military has set 2018 as its target date to have troops operating lead-ammo-free. "Green bullets" have been under testing...
  • Lefty Law of the Day: Albany Lands Blow Against Big … Styrofoam (NY county)

    12/14/2013 10:15:23 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 12 replies
    PJ Media ^ | December 13, 2013 10:10 am | David Steinberg
    In early November, the Albany County legislature voted 24-12 to forbid the use of styrofoam containers by county businesses with more than 15 locations nationally and at least one locally. Yesterday, it was signed into law. This bill thus allows the continued usage of styrofoam by the majority of Albany businesses, but responds to an apparent wave of Albany County citizen displeasure with the menace of local corporations with at least 14 locations nationally and at least one locally that maybe sell soup. […] Of course, New York State will suffer an immediate economic hit. In addition to the extra...
  • Which Came First: Chickens, Eggs, or Trendy Environmentalists?

    12/11/2013 7:18:33 AM PST · by rktman · 7 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 12/11/2013 | J. Robert Smith
    Okay, I'll 'fess up. I'm not cool enough to know that chickens and eggs are planet-wide scourges, they having made Bill Gates' enemies list and the enemies lists of other filthy rich mostly left-coast lefties. But if Gates is against bourgeois exploitation of cluckers and their in-shell progeny, perhaps we should take a moment to dumpster-dive the scramble that makes up his valiant cause.
  • Clashes outside Monsanto plant in Argentina

    11/28/2013 1:16:08 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 9 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Nov 28, 2013 4:08 PM EST
    Argentine union members on Thursday clashed with environmentalists protesting the construction of a plant by U.S.-based seed giant Monsanto. … Construction of the corn-processing plant was halted in October when environmentalists began disrupting entry of supplies. Activists oppose the use of genetically modified crops, which Monsanto produces and (environmentalist Vanina) Barboza says they’ll continue to block roads and access to the plant. …
  • Germany plans to scrap air passenger tax

    11/22/2013 9:54:46 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 5 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 22 Nov 2013 12:11 GMT+01:00 | Fred Searle
    Germany’s next government is set to scrap the country’s air passenger duty, which could make flights up to €40 cheaper. The move follows pressure from the airline lobby, but has upset environmental groups. … The tax was introduced in Germany two years ago, but the parties believe that it is costing the country more money than it brings in, as passengers are put off flying from German airports by the high cost of travel. If the duty is abolished, ticket prices would be reduced by €7.50 on short-haul journeys, €23.43 on medium-haul and slashed on long-haul flights by €42.18, the...
  • EU commission seeks to reduce use of plastic bags

    11/04/2013 1:13:16 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 13 replies
    EU Observer ^ | 11.04.13 @17:13 | Honor Mahony
    The European Commission Monday (4 November) tabled measures to reduce the use of thin plastic bags by 80 percent, with about 710,000 tonnes of them being thrown away each year. Each EU citizen use almost 200 such bags—below 50 microns in thickness—yearly and, for the most part (89 percent of the time), throws them away after just one go. The practice is causing “enormous environmental damage,” said environment commissioner Janez Potocnik. He said the bags are a symbol of our “throwaway” culture, as the bags take hundreds of years to degrade “yet we only use them for a few minutes.”...
  • Scientists oppose logging bills in Congress

    11/02/2013 4:50:48 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 20 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Nov 2, 2013 6:22 PM EDT | Scott Sonner
    More than 200 biologists, ecologists and other scientists are urging Congress to defeat legislation they say would destroy critical wildlife habitat by setting aside U.S. environmental laws to speed logging of burned trees at Yosemite National Park and other national forests and wilderness areas across the West. The experts say two measures pushed by pro-logging interests ignore a growing scientific consensus that the burned landscape plays a critical role in forest regeneration and is home to many birds, bats and other species found nowhere else. …
  • France caves in to Brittany ‘ecotax’ protesters

    10/30/2013 10:43:10 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 2 replies
    France 24 ^ | 29/10/2013
    The French government has decided to suspend an unpopular environmental tax on heavy goods vehicles following a weekend of protests in Brittany. The move is expected to cost the France hundreds of millions of euros in lost revenue. … The unpopular “ecotax”, aimed at encouraging environmentally-friendly commercial transport, was designed to impose new levies on French and foreign vehicles transporting commercial goods weighing over 3.5 tonnes (3.86 tons). Critics in Brittany said the tax would seriously damage the region’s precarious farming and food sectors by increasing transportation costs, driving companies out of business and leading to major job losses. …
  • 8 states join forces to promote clean cars

    10/24/2013 1:22:00 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 35 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Oct 24, 2013 3:50 PM EDT | Jason Dearen
    Eight states, including California and New York, pledged Thursday to work together to dramatically multiply the number of zero-emission cars on the nation’s roads by speeding the construction of charging stations and other infrastructure. The goal is to put 3.3 million battery-powered cars, plug-in hybrids and other clean-burning vehicles on the roads in those states by 2025. That’s more than 15 times as many zero-emission vehicles projected to be in use in the entire U.S. by 2015. Auto dealers say networks of charging stations and other conveniences are crucial to winning over drivers who are accustomed to pulling up to...
  • Rain, God’s Water Regulated by Progressives

    10/18/2013 7:07:25 AM PDT · by rktman · 12 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 10/18/2013 | Dr. Ileana Johnson Paugh
    “The water you drink today has likely been around in one form or another since dinosaurs roamed and Earth, hundreds of millions of years ago.” – National Geographic Water is life and it is recyclable, covering 70 percent of our planet; 2.5 percent is fresh water and “only 1 percent is easily accessible, the rest is trapped in glaciers and snowfields.” National Geographic tries to make the case that freshwater is in a crisis since its levels have remained the same over millennia but the human population has exploded to seven billion. No mention is made of animals that also...
  • Obama, the Environmental Charlatan

    10/18/2013 6:52:10 AM PDT · by rktman · 3 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 10/18/2013 | Jeffery Folks
    The president is committed to the idea of anthropogenic global warming. Man-made carbon emissions, he believes (or pretends to believe), cause global temperatures to rise, and this temperature increase is destructive. By reducing man-made carbon emissions, temperatures can be made to fall. Every part of this logic is flawed, if not utterly false. Do carbon emissions cause global warming? The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change is largely composed of climate researchers with what would seem a strong vested interest in promoting the global warming agenda. Yet even the IPCC has a 5% doubt that human activities affect the climate.
  • Yes, Putin's a brute, but it's Greenpeace who are the bigger menace to our future

    10/14/2013 10:29:47 PM PDT · by cunning_fish · 8 replies
    Mail Online ^ | 13 October 2013 | Dominic Lawson
    Greenpeace, the world’s biggest and most battle-hardened environmental campaigning organisation, is in a state of shock. Last week, Russian investigators said that they had found ‘narcotic substances’ on board Arctic Sunrise, the Greenpeace vessel they seized after its crew had used it in an attempt to storm an oil rig of the state-controlled firm Gazprom. They added that the drugs included poppy straw, an ingredient for opiates. You would think that Greenpeace might be proud to have been identified as scrupulously organic in its drug use; but its spokesman denounced the Russians’ claim as a ‘smear, pure and simple’. Of...
  • Oscar-winning actor Jeremy Irons in fight to ban lorries (trucks) from his Oxfordshire town

    10/12/2013 11:05:09 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 39 replies
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | 05:35 EST, 12 October 2013 | Stuart Woledge
    He is a passionate campaigner on green issues, and now Jeremy Irons has backed a campaign to ban lorries from the quaint Oxfordshire town where he lives. The Oscar–winning actor has thrown his weight behind an action group to prevent HGVs using the narrow streets of Watlington as a rat-run between the M40 and M4. The market town—reputedly the smallest in the country—is regularly snarled up with lorries whose drivers, looking for a shortcut between Oxford and Reading, are directed there by their satnavs. …
  • Coal Miners and Mountaintop Strip Mining

    09/28/2013 11:16:28 AM PDT · by rktman · 10 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 9/28/2013 | Dr. Ileana Johnson Paugh
    The Earth Justice website paints a bleak picture of strip mining which has “devastated Appalachia,” claiming that “in the past few decades, over 2,000 miles of streams and headwaters that provide drinking water to millions of Americans have been permanently buried and destroyed. An area the size of Delaware has been flattened. Local coal communities routinely face devastating floods and adverse health effects.” If so many miles of streams that provide drinking water to millions had been buried, how do these millions get their drinking water? I also wonder if the cancer rate and lung-related illnesses are higher in these...
  • Germany spends millions on animal-only bridges

    09/18/2013 10:03:47 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 26 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 18 Sep 2013 16:32 CET | Kate Ferguson
    Germany is living up to its environmentally-friendly image by spending millions of euros on building bridges just for animals. Humans caught crossing them face a €35 fine. More than a hundred wildlife bridges are to be built in the next decade. Gerhard Klesen, a forester employed by the Ruhr Regional Association, spent a decade campaigning for an animal-only bridge to be built over a motorway in the town of Schermbeck in North Rhine-Westphalia. Man-made barriers such as roads and canals restrict animals’ natural movement, he said. That limits genetic diversity, which in turn leads to an increase in disease and...
  • House GOP to slash environmental, arts funding (o noes)

    07/22/2013 1:26:17 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 32 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jul 22, 2013 4:22 PM EDT | Andrew Taylor
    House Republicans Monday proposed slashing cuts to environmental programs and funding for the Smithsonian Institution and the arts as they unveiled the latest legislation to implement the second year of budget cuts required under so-called sequestration. The $24 billion spending measure would gut the budget of the Environmental Protection Agency with a one-third cut and cuts the National Endowments for the Arts by almost half. Overall, the measure funding the Interior Department, EPA, national parks and federal firefighting efforts is cut by 19 percent below funding approved in March. It takes a more modest approach to the national parks with...
  • Green Appeasement: Oil, Gas Industry Wasting Billions on ‘Alternatives’

    07/08/2013 6:47:56 AM PDT · by rktman · 7 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 7/7/2013 | Anna Franco
    Some large oil and gas companies include the development of “alternative” energy (solar, wind, and biofuels) as part of their corporate goals. Shell’s division — Shell WindEnergy — is involved with operating eleven wind farms, including eight joint ventures in the United States. Chevron’s Chevron Energy Solutions has an environmental focus on solar energy and other “renewable” forms of energy. Chevron’s “We Agree” campaign comprises about ten slogans stating what oil and gas companies should do differently, as if they are not doing enough already. It urges them to promote “renewable” energy, care for the planet, etc. The Chevron campaign...
  • “Fascism” Is The Best Way To Implement Seven50: SE Florida Prosperity Plan

    06/18/2013 10:52:06 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 19 replies
    RSN ^ | Monday, 17 June 2013 12:17 | Dr. Richard Swier
    On June 19-21, 2013, there will be dueling Seven50 Summits at the Palm Beach Conference Center, West Palm Beach, Florida. The Seven50 plan is an effort by the Southeast Florida Regional Partnership, funded by a grant from the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), with the mission to “[C]reate and implement the Seven50: SE Florida Prosperity Plan, a blueprint for a vibrant and resilient economy; socially inclusive, sustainable, and affordable communities; and environmental sustainability.” … The City of Vero Beach, FL has pulled out of the plan. Mayor Craig Fletcher attended a briefing given by proponents of Seven50...
  • Blue Dogs to Obama: ‘Time to Approve Keystone Has Come’

    06/15/2013 1:06:46 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 17 replies
    PJ Tatler ^ | June 14, 2013 - 7:50 am | Bridget Johnson
    Blue Dog Democrats are asking President Obama to quit stalling and approve the Keystone XL pipeline. Members of the fiscally conservative coalition sent a letter to Obama on Wednesday saying “the time to approve the Keystone XL project has come.” “Construction of the Keystone XL pipeline will provide a positive impact to a broad spectrum of the American economy,” wrote coalition co-chair Reps. John Barrow (D-Ga.) and Kurt Schraeder (D-Ore.). “An estimated 13,000 direct jobs will be created, with an additional 7,000 direct jobs needed to keep it operational. If the recent jobs report shows us anything, it’s that Americans...
  • Polar Bear Population Growing Despite Declining Sea Ice

    06/11/2013 8:34:21 AM PDT · by rktman · 22 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 6/11/2013 | Dr. Benny Peiser
    Exciting news about polar bears in eastern Canada: a new the peer-reviewed paper concludes that despite sea ice having declined since the 1970s, polar bear numbers in Davis Strait have not only increased to a greater density than other seasonal-ice subpopulations, but it may now have reached its ‘carrying capacity.’ This is great news. But where is the shouting from the roof-tops? This peer-reviewed paper was published February 19, 2013. No press release was issued that I could find and consequently, there was no news coverage. Funny, that.—Susan Crockford, Polar Bear Science, 10 June 2013
  • Calif. plastic ocean debris bill dies in committee

    05/24/2013 11:44:34 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 11 replies
    Associated Press ^ | May 24, 2013 6:43 PM EDT | Jason Dearen
    A California bill that would have required manufacturers to figure out how to keep the most common plastic junk out of state waterways died in the state Assembly without a vote Friday. Assembly Bill 521 was before the chamber’s Appropriations Committee, and the panel failed to act on it, effectively killing the legislation for the session. It had previously passed the Assembly Natural Resource Committee. State Assemblyman Mark Stone, D-Monterey Bay, one of the proposal’s sponsors, was disappointed by the outcome. … AB521 would have required manufacturers to figure out how to reduce 95 percent of plastic pollution along the...
  • Ex-NASA scientist says re-industrializing with fossil fuels makes no sense

    05/16/2013 1:35:27 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 54 replies
    EurActiv ^ | Published 15 May 2013 | Updated 16 May 2013 | Arthur Neslen
    A noted climatologist and recently-retired NASA research chief has entered the EU’s energy policy debate, with a warning that any re-industrialization strategy that increases fossil fuels use can only be short-term, irrational and economically wasteful. In a wide-ranging interview with EurActiv, James Hansen branded the EU’s Emissions Trading System (ETS) “ineffectual” and flawed, and accused energy firms of preferring government bribes over investments in clean technology. Hansen, whose Congressional testimony on climate change in 1988 first popularized the issue in the United States, also said that approving the proposed Keystone XL pipeline to bring tar sands fuel from Canada to...
  • The Human-Hating Roots of the Green Movement

    04/24/2013 6:57:17 AM PDT · by rktman · 10 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 4/24/2013 | Arnold Ahlert
    Monday was the 43rd celebration of Earth Day, an event hailed as an effort to promote responsible stewardship of the environment. Fittingly, it is also the birthdate of Communist Party creator Vladimir Lenin, a reality that the radical environmentalists responsible for the creation of Earth Day dismiss as a mere coincidence. Yet there is little question that under the guise of “saving the planet,” the earth-firster crowd would be more than willing to impose the same kind of totalitarian control over the masses envisioned by Lenin.
  • Race Car Driver on Earth Day: Ride a Bike, Take Public Transportation

    04/22/2013 6:35:59 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 24 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | April 22, 2013 | Penny Starr
    Leilani Munter, a race car driver, environmental activist and self-described “eco-athlete” was featured on the Environmental Protection Agency’s Earth Day website in a video promoting bike riding, using public transportation and veganism. “I’m aware of the carbon footprint of my race car and my lifestyle,” Munter said in the video. “For every race I’m in, I adopt an acre of rainforest to offset my effect on the environment.” …
  • Former Senator Who Founded Earth Day Dies (Gaylord Nelson)

    07/03/2005 7:21:22 AM PDT · by Borges · 29 replies · 3,501+ views
    Yahoo - AP ^ | 7/3/05 | RYAN NAKASHIMA
    MILWAUKEE - Gaylord Nelson, the former governor and U.S. senator from Wisconsin who founded Earth Day and helped spawn the modern environmental movement, died Sunday. He was 89. Nelson died of cardiovascular failure at his home in Kensington, Md., a Washington suburb, said Bill Christofferson, Nelson's biographer and a family spokesman. "He died peacefully. His wife was with him," Christofferson said. Thirty-five years after the first Earth Day, April 22 is still a day on which many people plant trees, clean up trash and lobby for a clean environment. A conservationist years before it became fashionable, Nelson was recognized as...
  • Earth Day’s Big Lie

    04/21/2013 9:02:45 AM PDT · by rktman · 22 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 4/21/2013 | Alan Caruba
    Monday, April 22, is Earth Day. Begun in 1970, it led to the creation of the Environmental Protection Agency, along with the Clean Air, Clean Water, and Endangered Species Acts. It is the global platform for the Big Lie that carbon dioxide (CO2) is causing the Earth to warm and the basis of the environmental movement’s ceaseless efforts to reduce the use of energy for any reason.
  • Brown University Advisory Panel Recommends Divestment From Coal Companies

    04/08/2013 9:38:03 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 15 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | April 8, 2013 | Susan Jones
    A corporate responsibility advisory committee at Brown University reportedly is recommending that the Ivy League school withdraw its investments in 15 of America’s largest coal companies. The divestment campaign began last October, when a student group, called the Brown Divest Coal Campaign, asked the university to stop investing in coal. “We believe that our university should not be profiting from an industry as dangerous and outdated as coal, which devastates human health and the environment at each step in its life cycle,” the group says on its website. …
  • New EPA Rules to Add ‘9 Cents a Gallon’ to Gas

    03/29/2013 1:48:32 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 20 replies
    Newsmax ^ | Friday, 29 Mar 2013 10:59 AM | David Yonkman
    New regulations to be announced by the Environmental Protection Agency Friday are set to push the already-high price of gas up by a further 9¢ a gallon, petroleum industry experts are warning. “There is a tsunami of federal regulations coming out of the EPA that could put upward pressure on gasoline prices. EPA’s proposed fuel regulations are the latest example,” Bob Greco, director of the American Petroleum Institute Downstream Group, told Newsmax. … The EPA rule will force 49 states to follow regulations already in place in California that set stricter standards on gasoline’s sulfur content. Currently, states can have...