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  • Are Electric Cars Really Green? (Video)

    02/08/2016 12:30:59 PM PST · by servo1969 · 24 replies
    Prager University ^ | 2-8-2016 | Bjorn Lomborg
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=17xh_VRrnMU Do electric cars really help the environment? President Obama thinks so. So does Leonardo DiCaprio. And many others. The argument goes like this: Regular cars run on gasoline, a fossil fuel that pumps CO2 straight out of the tailpipe and into the atmosphere. Electric cars run on electricity. They don't burn any gasoline at all. No gas; no CO2. In fact, electric cars are often advertised as creating "zero emissions." But do they really? Let's take a closer look. First, there's the energy needed to produce the car. More than a third of the lifetime carbon-dioxide emissions from an...
  • Why fuel prices will stay low for the next decade

    02/08/2016 12:22:58 PM PST · by nascarnation · 29 replies
    Autoblog ^ | 2/8/16 | Chris Bruce
    The top exec at an oil trading company thinks the era of crude trading at over $100 a barrel might never return, and the stuff could remain between $40 and $60 for as long as the next 10 years. "You have to believe that there is a possibility that you will not necessarily go back above $100, you know, ever," Ian Taylor, Chief Executive Officer of Vitol Group BV, told Bloomberg. His company is the world's largest independent oil trader. Instead of any significant increase or decrease, the exec believes crude could hit $45 to $50 a barrel in the...
  • ‘Climate change’ lawyers quietly lay groundwork for EPA takeover of U.S. energy

    02/08/2016 5:22:01 AM PST · by Texas Fossil · 50 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | February 4, 2016 | Michael Bastasch
    Environmentalist lawyers have been pushing a legal theory that would give the Environmental Protection Agency cover to regulate every facet of state energy policy - effectively eliminating states' authority to craft their own regulations. "Buried in the Clean Air Act is an extremely powerful mechanism that Daily Caller New Foundationeffectively gives EPA carte blanche to tell states to make drastic cuts to their emissions," Brian Potts, a partner at the law firm Foley & Lardner wrote in Politico Monday. "This provision, which can now be used thanks to the completion of the Paris climate deal, raises important questions about national...
  • Climate Change Theorists Consistently Deceive with Glaring Omission

    02/05/2016 8:39:17 AM PST · by Olympiad Fisherman · 3 replies
    CNS News ^ | 2-4-16 | Charles Clough
    While CO2, which is not a pollutant, has been steadily climbing to almost 400 parts per million over the last 75 years, temperatures in the 20th century have fluctuated greatly. The Dust Bowl years of the 1930's were very warm, but from 1940-75, the temperatures plummeted, but then rebounded between 1976-1997, but have since leveled off, with perhaps a slight warming thanks to El Nino the last few years. Meanwhile, CO2 was steadily climbing. If there is no one to one relationship/correlation between temperature and CO2 even in the 20th Century, what of the past? The problem only becomes even...
  • How can The Left Call Conservatives Anti-Science When they Are So Violently Anti-Math?

    02/03/2016 9:01:32 AM PST · by Starman417 · 38 replies
    Flopping Aces ^ | 01-31-16 | Brother Bob
    "Proof is for mathematical theorems and alcoholic beverages. It's not for science." - Mann Washington Posts's Steven Mufson and Joby Warrick gave a glowing account of President Obama's warnings on Climate Change:"The growing threat of climate change could define the contours of this century more dramatically than any other," Obama said in a speech at the Le Bourget conference center in Paris's industrial outskirts. "What should give us hope that this is a turning point, that this is the moment we finally determined we would save our planet." Obama, who has staked his legacy on the fight against climate change,...
  • Icy ebb and flow influenced by hydrothermal activity

    02/03/2016 8:26:28 AM PST · by JimSEA · 14 replies
    Science Daily ^ | 1/29/2016 | Univ of Connecticut
    Hydrothermal activity along the mid-ocean ridge system suggests that the release of molten rock, or magma, in response to changes in sea level plays a significant role in the earth's climate. The last million years of Earth's history was dominated by the cyclic advance and retreat of ice sheets over large swaths of North America. During cold glacial intervals, ice sheets reached as far south as Long Island and Indiana, while during warm interglacial periods the ice rapidly retreated to Greenland. It has long been known that ice ages occur every 40,000 years or so, but the cause of rapid...
  • Are Global Warmers Intellectually Challenged?

    01/23/2016 5:01:28 PM PST · by kathsua · 33 replies
    London Telegraph ^ | January 23rd, 2016 | reasonmclucus
    If a person with normal intelligence enters a warm room with a fire in the fire place, he will say the fire is heating the room. A global warmer will say that the room is warm because carbon dioxide is trapping heat.
  • Going Green and Frankenfood

    01/14/2016 7:54:28 AM PST · by Sean_Anthony · 4 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 01/14/16 | Dr. Klaus Kaiser
    New abundance of food and fodder in the world is not only a result of genetic modifications. Greening of the world is also the consequence of the atmospheric carbon dioxide level that’s beneficial to plants worldwide The world is going green – literally, in all kinds of places that were desert-like before. Have you ever been in an airplane crossing the semi-arid foot hills of the Rocky Mountains and looking down at the ground? You’ll have seen large green, circular patches between the miles of dry brown land. Those patches are irrigated fields sprouting vegetables and fruits of various kinds....
  • Why West Virginia’s School Children Need Coal: The Jacki Daily Show!

    01/11/2016 3:14:56 PM PST · by RaceBannon · 4 replies
    The Jacki Daily Show ^ | 1/6/2016 | The Jacki Daily Show
    Why West Virginia’s School Children Need Coal WV’s former Secretary of Tax and Revenue, Rob Capehart, explains the importance of coal to the state’s budget. Coal companies, and the utilities they support, pay almost 2/3 of business taxes in the state. What will the War on Coal do to WV?
  • A Frightening History of the Militant Greens: Jacki Daily Show!

    01/11/2016 3:08:55 PM PST · by RaceBannon · 1 replies
    The Jacki Daily Show ^ | 1/8/2016 | The Jacki Daily Show
    A Frightening History of the Militant Greens Robert Zubrin’s book, Merchants of Despair, shows how some of the most tragic events of the 19th and 20th centuries were inspired by radical environmentalists who used the “green” agenda to mask scary ambitions.
  • From indoor farms to neural nets, this tech will change the world in 2016

    01/03/2016 3:43:48 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies
    Digital Trends ^ | January 1, 2016 | Drew Prindle
    At any given moment there are approximately a zillion different crowdfunding campaigns happening on the Web. Take a stroll through Kickstarter or Indiegogo and you'll find no shortage of weird, useless, and downright stupid projects out there - alongside some real gems. We've cut through the Pebble clones and janky iPhone cases to round up the most unusual, ambitious, and exciting projects out there this week. Keep in mind that any crowdfunded project -- even the best intentioned -- can fail, so do your homework before cutting a check for the gadget of your dreams. Flashlights are a handy thing...
  • I'm Completely Fed Up with Nutrition Science. You Should Be, Too.

    12/29/2015 5:36:10 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 26 replies
    RCS ^ | 12/29/2015 | Posted by Ross Pomeroy
    Nutrition science is bad for your health! Not really, of course, but if you worried about every single study that linked a certain food to a negative health outcome, you'd probably go insane.Red meat? Cancer. Grapefruit? Cancer. Cheese? Cancer. Artificial sweeteners? Obesity. Sugar? Obesity. Milk? Bone fracture. The list could go on and on, but let's get to the meat of the article. I'm fed up with nutrition science, and you should be, too.It was not a single study that evoked my distaste, but a nauseating status quo that's become too much to bear.The problems with nutrition science begin with...
  • The Politics of Nutrition Science

    12/23/2015 5:15:58 AM PST · by Kaslin · 7 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 23, 2013 | Jonah Goldberg
    Have you heard? The GOP is declaring war on science again. In February, a government-appointed nutrition advisory panel said Americans should eat less sugar and red meat. It also suggested that environmental considerations should factor into a healthy diet, which livestock producers understood as an attack on their industry. Republicans in Congress think the guideline process is out of control and are now trying to rein in the panel. By their lights, nutrition scientists should concern themselves with nutrition -- not sustainability. Critics say they're pandering to special interests. The funny thing is: Both sides may be right. For decades,...
  • The Radical Green Movement and Vegans are Hurting the Earth : The Jacki Daily Show

    12/22/2015 4:00:55 PM PST · by RaceBannon · 2 replies
    The Jacki Daily Show ^ | 12/21/15 | The Jacki Daily Show
    Do Meat Eaters or Vegans create more carbon emissions? Jacki answers that question on this week's Jacki Daily show. Jacki is joined by Chet Thompson the President of The American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers to discuss the renewable fuel standard. Jacki also talks with Leigh Thompson of the Texas Public Foundation to discuss the Paris Climate Conference and the upcoming Policy Orientation on January 6th, 2016.
  • Science vs. scientism: a necessary distinction

    12/21/2015 9:28:05 AM PST · by Heartlander · 8 replies
    sbts.edu ^ | 12/1/2015 | J. Daniel McDonald
    Science vs. scientism: a necessary distinction J. Daniel McDonald — December 1, 2015 We all have those TV shows that define our childhood - shows that captured our little minds and imaginations. For me, it was Sesame Street (don't laugh; some of you watched Barney), Mr. Roger's Neighborhood, and Dukes of Hazzard. While I have no interest in these shows now, I look upon them with a sense of nostalgia because they represent, in part, may days as a young tike whose greatest concerns were snack time and Hot Wheels.A show that many of our Boyce students (and Southern students?)...
  • Ecosystem Shift 6,000 Years Ago Caused By Humans [New Gambit By Warmistas]

    12/17/2015 2:55:08 PM PST · by kiryandil · 44 replies
    December 17, 2015 | rabid paid minions of the Warmistas
    Uh, oh - a new front in the Warmistas' War on the Truth has been opened. I guess it's nice to get a paycheck to sit around all day and dream these things up... Teh Smithsonian writes: "It's hard to imagine a global force strong enough to change natural patterns that have persisted on Earth for more than 300 million years, but a new study shows that human beings have been doing exactly that for about 6,000 years..." The Warmistas have published a "study" in Nature magazine:http://www.nature.com/nature/journal/vaop/ncurrent/full/nature16447.html It's probably pure propaganda, as evidenced by a co-author, a professor of botany...
  • Our Superstitious President

    12/14/2015 8:24:44 AM PST · by rktman · 8 replies
    pjmedia.com ^ | 12/13/2015 | Victor Davis Hanson
    President Obama talks a lot about the scientific method. On climate change, he has often invoked the idea of a great divide between those on the progressive left, such as himself, who believe in "settled science" and thus a looming man-caused climatological disaster, and those, presumably on the Neanderthal Right, who are slaves to superstition, ideology, prejudice, and self-interest-and thus deny that the planet is rapidly warming due to inordinate human-induced releases of excessive carbon. Obama's view of science is reductionist. It relies on count-em-up numbers: if more university professors (not known to be an especially independent or courageous cohort)...
  • How religious schools led to the decline of Arabic science

    01/21/2016 6:54:33 AM PST · by C19fan · 53 replies
    Patheos ^ | January 14, 2016 | Epiphenom
    The world’s first scientific renaissance took place not in Italy, but in the Arab world. The period between the 9th and 11th centuries AD, when Islam took hold of a band of territory strategy from Spain in the West through to what is now Pakistan, saw an extraordinary intellectual flowering. Scientists in the Arab world during this period made important advances in fields as varied as astronomy, mathematics, medicine and optics – advances that fed into and stimulated the later European Renaissance. Which makes it all the stranger that modern Islamic nations have such a lamentable record in science. Where...
  • Pentagon orders commanders to prioritize climate change in all military actions

    02/07/2016 5:35:01 PM PST · by Nachum · 198 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 2/7/16 | Rowan Scarboroug
    The Pentagon is ordering the top brass to incorporate climate change into virtually everything they do, from testing weapons to training troops to war planning to joint exercises with allies. A new directive’s theme: The U.S. Armed Forces must show “resilience” and beat back the threat based on “actionable science.” It says the military will not be able to maintain effectiveness unless the directive is followed. It orders the establishment of a new layer of bureaucracy — a wide array of “climate change boards, councils and working groups” to infuse climate change into “programs, plans and policies.” The Pentagon defines
  • Carbon and Carbonate (Ocean acidification )

    01/30/2016 8:51:19 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 17 replies
    wattsupwiththat.com ^ | January 30, 2016 | Willis Eschenbach
    Guest Post by Willis EschenbachI’ve spent a good chunk of my life around, on, and under the ocean. I worked seasonally for many years as a commercial fisherman off of the western coast of the US. I’ve frozen off my begonias setting nets in driving sleet up in the Bering Sea. I’m also a blue-water sailor with a Pacific crossing under my belt, and a surfer, and both a sport and a commercial diver.Plus I’m eternally curious, so I have read about and studied the ocean all my life.Based on both my experience and my knowledge, I have written...
  • The Brothers Vonnegut: Science and Fiction in the House of Magic

    01/29/2016 9:46:15 AM PST · by Lorianne · 5 replies
    Amazon ^ | 2015 | author Ginger Strand
    My review: This book is fascinating on so many levels but one of the most interesting, and unexpected, is the government-science collusion in the study and manipulation of WEATHER and climate. Bernard Vonnegut, Kurt's brother was a scientist at GE. Kurt worked there in the public relations department (as did later Ronald Reagan). The author herself never claims this however, it is not hard to see the connection to this early government manipulation and hold over climate science and the origins of "climate change" came from government funded studies of weather by GE (General Electric) in the post war years....
  • Audubon Goes over the Edge (Jan/Feb 2016 issue promotes anti-science alarmism)

    02/04/2016 8:37:00 AM PST · by Twotone · 6 replies
    Master Resource ^ | Feb. 3, 2016 | Bob Endlich
    The cover of the January-February 2016 issue of Audubon Magazine proclaims: Arctic on the Edge: As global warming opens our most critical bird habitat, the world is closing in. In reality, it is the magazine's writers and editors who have gone over the edge with their misleading reports on the Arctic.
  • Science on the campaign trail: Where the presidential candidates stand

    02/02/2016 5:59:07 PM PST · by EveningStar · 10 replies
    The 2016 presidential election season gets underway in earnest today as voters cast their first ballots at the Iowa caucuses. As usual, science-related issues aren't getting much attention from the candidates, as the debate has been dominated by national security, immigration policy, and the economy. But science does sometimes creep into the conversation, and ScienceInsider has been keeping its ears perked. Here's an overview of where the candidates stand on some select science-related issues (keeping in mind that the candidates have yet to sound off on many topics of interest to researchers).
  • Save Us from the Tyranny of 'Settled' Science

    01/16/2016 1:21:47 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 25 replies
    The American Thinker ^ | January 16, 2016 | John Horvat II
    In classrooms across the country, high school students are taught the scientific method. It consists of constructing a doubtful hypothesis and designing a series of experiments to test the hypothesis with the observable facts. After a number of tests prove positive. The student can then take the facts and reach a conclusion. When a conclusion is constantly verified,it is enshrined in what might be called "established" science.There is a second kind of science that uses methods very different from those of "established" science. In fact,this science,if indeed it might be called such, uses the exact opposite method. It consists of...
  • Utah files lawsuit claiming feds' sage grouse conservation strategy is unlawful

    02/04/2016 7:02:30 PM PST · by george76 · 23 replies
    Deseret News ^ | Feb. 4 2016 | Ben Lockhart
    The Utah Attorney General's Office filed a lawsuit Thursday against the Department of the Interior and Department of Agriculture, claiming the agencies' strategy to disallow new mining on or near greater sage grouse habitats is a breach of "numerous federal laws and regulations." The lawsuit in U.S. District Court seeks an order voiding the federal government's land-use plan amendments submitted last year that would directly prohibit new hard rock mining on 233,300 acres in Utah. "The state of Utah claims that the 2015 federal plan amendments disregarded the hallmark of federal land management -- multiple use and sustained yield --...
  • When Obama carried out his Solyndra scam, he broke the same law that Martha Stewart went to prison

    02/03/2016 8:22:06 AM PST · by grundle · 18 replies
    wordpress ^ | September 8, 2012 | Dan from Squirrel Hill
    When Obama carried out his Solyndra con game, he broke the same law that Martha Stewart went to prison forbreaking In 2009 the Obama administration gave $535 million to Solyndra, claiming that it would create 4,000 new jobs. However, instead of creating those 4,000 new jobs, the company went bankrupt. It was later revealed that the company’s shareholders and executives had made substantial donations to Obama’s campaign, that the company had spent a large sum of money on lobbying, and that Solyndra executives had had many meetings with White House officials. It was also revealed that the Obama administration had...
  • How Cruz Crushed Ethanol - "Hot d*mn!" a gentleman shouted from the back of the room.

    02/03/2016 11:23:25 PM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 95 replies
    February 3, 2016 | Eliana Johnson & Brendan Bordelon
    "There's an Iowa way of doing this, and the rest of the candidates did it the Iowa way," Majda Sarkic, a spokeswoman for the pro-ethanol group America's Renewable Future, told National Review days before the Iowa caucuses. All of the candidates except Ted Cruz, that is. In a highly unusual move for a man who sought, and ultimately won, the support of Iowa caucus-goers, Cruz didn't court, kowtow to, or bow down before King Corn. From the time they arrived in the Senate eyeing a presidential run three years ago, he and his advisers have known that his opposition to...
  • Clinton rolls out energy efficiency plan - 1/3 reduction in energy waste in 10 years

    02/02/2016 10:29:57 PM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 40 replies
    The Hill ^ | February 2, 2016 | Devin Henry
    Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign Tuesday rolled out a plan to increase building energy efficiency standards as a way to cut emissions and save on energy costs. The plan, her campaign said Tuesday, looks to improve building codes, provide more information about buildings' energy usage and expand appliance energy labeling as ways to reduce energy consumption. The proposal would save households and businesses $70 billion, or $600 per household, annually if implemented, Clinton's campaign said, and reduce taxpayer spending on energy in federal buildings by $8 billion. Its goal is a one-third reduction in energy waste within ten years. The far-reaching...
  • Obama in Malaysia: "You'll See Oceans Rise--More Drought, More Flooding, Bigger Hurricanes,

    11/20/2015 3:12:04 PM PST · by jazusamo · 46 replies
    CNSNews ^ | November 20, 2015 | Staff
    Full title: Obama in Malaysia: "You'll See Oceans Rise--More Drought, More Flooding, Bigger Hurricanes, Typhoons" Video: 1 hour 40 minutes of Bambam blowing hot air at link if anyone interested. lol (CNSNews.com) - Speaking today at a townhall meeting in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, President Barack Obama warned that if the world does not "stop the amount of carbon that we send up" there will be everything from rising oceans to more droughts and more floods and bigger hurricanes and typhoons. Obama was speaking to a group of people associated with the Young Southeast Asia Leaders Initiative (YSEALI), a program sponsored...
  • The Flint water crisis: MI Sen. Stabenow says race factor in Flint response

    02/01/2016 1:02:33 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 20 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | January 22, 2016 | Bianna Golodryga, Summer Delaney
    Sen. Debbie Stabenow of Michigan tells Yahoo News that she believes race was a factor in the state's slow response to the Flint water crisis. "The sad, outrageous reality is that people were not paying attention to what the residents were saying because they weren't a priority," Stabenow told Yahoo News and Finance Anchor Bianna Golodryga. "[The state] would react differently when their friends that lived in those areas called ... that's just a fact that [Flint was] treated differently than others would be treated." ...
  • Canada's Trudeau to DiCaprio: Your climate remarks don't help

    01/22/2016 3:09:22 PM PST · by Sub-Driver · 34 replies
    Canada's Trudeau to DiCaprio: Your climate remarks don't help By Reuters Published: 17:04 EST, 22 January 2016 | Updated: 17:04 EST, 22 January 2016 DAVOS, Switzerland, Jan 22 (Reuters) - Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau urged Leonardo DiCaprio to tone down his "inflammatory rhetoric" on climate change saying it was not helping those who have lost their oil-industry jobs. The movie star had told the World Economic Forum in the Swiss mountain town of Davos on Wednesday that corporate greed was causing climate change and "enough is enough." At a dinner later in the day, Trudeau, elected in October as...
  • Bipartisan Coalition Asks Supreme Court to Halt EPA Power Plan

    01/31/2016 6:44:59 PM PST · by Elderberry · 10 replies
    Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton and West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey helped lead a bipartisan coalition of 29 states and state agencies in asking the U.S. Supreme Court to immediately halt the Obama Administration's power plan as litigation continues in the D.C. Circuit Court. The states argue that the EPA's rule fundamentally changes the nation's energy policy in violation of federal law. "The Obama Administration has exceeded its authority in imposing a plan that will kill jobs and significantly raise electric bills for all Americans," Attorney General Paxton said. "This power grab will force a massive reordering of nearly...
  • Clinton: GOP disbelieves climate change because Koch brothers tell them to

    01/31/2016 4:29:14 AM PST · by Libloather · 54 replies
    The Hill ^ | 1/30/16 | Mark Hensch
    Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton said late Saturday that most Republicans are skeptical of climate change because billionaire donors David and Charles Koch tell them to be. "Most of them are not that ill-informed," she said during a campaign rally in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. "They just have to do what the Koch brothers tell them. They say, 'don't believe your lying eyes - listen to us.' " Clinton warned America's economy would slip behind other nations if lawmakers keep debating climate change instead of acting. "Some country is going to be the 21st Century clean energy superpower," she said. "I...
  • Van Jones: The environmental movement is too white

    09/25/2013 2:52:31 PM PDT · by markomalley · 44 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 9-25-2013
    Is the green movement too white? According to former Obama administration green jobs czar Van Jones, it is. Jones told the news site Grist that the environmental movement has a diversity problem. The mainstream donors and environmental organizations could be strengthened just by recognizing the other environmentalisms that are already existing and flourishing outside their purview, Jones said. Historically, many environmental organizations have been mostly white, and organizations tying environmentalism to social justice received a much smaller amount of funding than mainstream groups. But Jones said that a movement that welcomed more diversity would flourish. If you go to Detroit,...
  • Italian academics call for boycott of Israeli universities

    01/30/2016 7:17:36 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 16 replies
    Yedioth Ahronoth ^ | 01.29.16, 23:33 | Itamar Eichner
    The academic boycott against Israel continues to broaden, with a new petition signed by 168 academics and researchers in Italy calling to suspend all agreements with Israeli universities as well as the Technion, Israel's Institute of Technology in Haifa. The petition comes three months after 343 British academics signed another petition calling for an academic boycott of Israeli universities on the grounds that they participate in violations of international law and support the occupation. [...] Among the boycott measures proposed by the petition are the cessation of all collaboration with the Technion and other Israeli universities, including academic and cultural...
  • Only Court Access Can Curb Regulatory Overreach

    01/29/2016 9:29:32 AM PST · by Kaslin · 4 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 29, 2016 | Todd Gaziano
    *Editors Note: Written with Co-Author Reed HopperThis spring, the Supreme Court will hear argument in a case that will be of immense practical importance to tens of millions of American landowners. It will decide whether they have access to court to challenge federal officials who erroneously or maliciously declare that their property contains wetlands subject to strict federal regulation under the Clean Water Act (CWA). Thirty states and many private parties (including our Foundation) are also suing to overturn the newest CWA regulation by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and Environmental Protection Agency expanding their jurisdiction over navigable "waters of the United...
  • Leonardo DiCaprio meets Pope Francis to talk about climate change

    01/28/2016 6:55:52 PM PST · by ebb tide · 35 replies
    Entertainment Weekly ^ | January 28, 2015 | Jodi Gugliemi
    Leonardo DiCaprio has officially met the Pope. The actor had a private meeting with Pope Francis at the Vatican on Thursday morning. "Leo explained that he wanted to discuss a subject they both have very much at heart: protecting the environment and climate change," a source tells PEOPLE. DiCaprio, 41, arrived at the Vatican at 11:15 a.m. local time and was accompanied by his father, George DiCaprio, and Milutin Gatsby, global fundraising chair for the actor's namesake charity, the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation. During the 15-minute meeting, the actor presented the pontiff with a check from his environmental philanthropy for him...
  • Covering Nude Statues in Rome for Iran Head Draws Catholic Leader's Scorn

    01/28/2016 9:05:19 PM PST · by marshmallow · 21 replies
    Religion News Service ^ | 1/28/16 | Rosie Scammell
    ROME (RNS) Controversy over Italy's decision to cover nude statues during the visit of Iran's president continued to spark debate as the leader of the Syrian Catholic Church criticized the episode, saying it pains persecuted Christians in Syria who feel forgotten. "This is our culture. If you don't want to see it, close your eyes!" an exasperated Patriarch Youssef III Younan told journalists in Rome on Thursday (Jan. 28). The head of the Syriac Catholic Church was speaking two days after ancient nude statues were covered by staff at Rome's Capitoline Museums in a bid to avoid offending the Iranian...
  • The Problem With Obama's Trickle Down Regulations

    01/28/2016 9:18:06 AM PST · by Kaslin · 3 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 28, 2016 | Ken Blackwell
    resident Obama's legacy is sadly clear. Eight years of this administration's disastrous environmental policies and unwarranted regulations are not only creating havoc in Washington, DC, they are trickling down into individual states, increasing costs for businesses and potentially stalling much needed economic development in areas starving for prosperity and growth. Even worse is emerging evidence of state regulators tearing pages out of the EPA's playbook and piling on with additional environmental rules and penalties that only add to the confusion and costs for businesses around the country. The EPA in Washington, DC is the best example of a national agency...
  • Sanders camp suspicious of Microsoft’s influence in Iowa Caucus

    01/28/2016 5:50:54 AM PST · by BlackFemaleArmyCaptain · 14 replies
    MSNBC ^ | 1/27/2016 | Alex Seitz-Wald
    The campaign of Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders is raising questions about the involvement of Microsoft in the Iowa Caucuses, now just five days away, and has built a independent system to check the official results. For the first time this year, Microsoft partnered with the Iowa Democratic and Republican Parties to provide a technology platform with which the parties will run their caucuses. The software giant created separate mobile apps for each party, which officials at hundreds of caucuses across the state will use to report out results from individual precincts to party headquarters for tabulation. The arrangement has...
  • Mixed Signals from Italy's Bishops as Vote Approaches on Civil Partnership Bill?

    01/28/2016 6:08:24 AM PST · by marshmallow · 3 replies
    Catholic World Report ^ | 1/26/16 | Alessandra Nucci
    Cardinal Angelo Bagnasco insists the bishops are united, but questions exist about how supportive Pope Francis is of open opposition to controversial legislation supporting same-sex partnerships The pressure to subvert traditional ethics on issues pertaining to life, the family and education, which has been sweeping through the European Union from West to East, is currently being halted by the former "Iron Curtain" countries, and in Italy, where the struggle has been pitting grassroots movements against the European Establishment for at least a dozen years now. As befits the country that has hosted the papacy for almost all of the twenty...
  • State Attorney General Climate Change Investigations are Unconstitutional

    01/28/2016 6:11:36 AM PST · by reaganaut1 · 14 replies
    American Spectator ^ | January 27, 2016 | Hans Bader
    Should government officials be able to cut off donations to groups because they employ people disparaged as "climate change deniers," even if the group in question is a think tank that studies a wide range of topics, only a few of which relate to climate change at all, and the "denial" in question includes telling politically inconvenient truths about the cost of proposed climate change legislation? Only a single-issue zealot with ideological blinders and a contempt for the First Amendment would think so. But that hasn't stopped New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman and California Attorney General Kamala Harris investigating...
  • Yet another prediction of doom over Greenland ice melt and the AMOC that we can ignore

    01/26/2016 10:41:53 AM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 9 replies
    wattsupwiththat.com/ ^ | / 4 days ago January 22, 2016 | Anthony Watts
    From the “fresh melt water will disrupt the planet” department, except that this ongoing alarm has already been debunked by NASA, see:NASA refutes Mann and Rahmstorf – Finds Atlantic ‘Conveyor Belt’ Not SlowingIllustration depicting the overturning circulation of the global ocean. Throughout the Atlantic Ocean, the circulation carries warm waters (red arrows) northward near the surface and cold deep waters (blue arrows) southward. Image credit: NASA/JPL Melting Greenland ice sheet may affect global ocean circulation, future climateUniversity of South Florida and international scientists find influx of freshwater could disrupt the Atlantic Meridional Overturning Circulation, an important component of global...
  • End of the World: "Muhammad Mahdi" is Coming (Apocalyptic Muslims gear up for global Islamic state)

    01/26/2016 9:10:02 AM PST · by Perseverando · 38 replies
    FrontPage Mag ^ | January 26, 2016 | Dr. Majid Rafizadeh
    Two of the most dangerous apocalyptic Muslim groups-that strongly believe in establishment of a global Islamic state and believe in annihilation of non-Muslim nations-are the Islamic State and the leaders of the Islamic Republic of Iran. They both share the same fatal ideology and mission with some minor differences. They believe that this is the end of the times for non-Muslims, and that they should prepare the world for the coming of the Imam Mahdi (also known as Muhammad al Mahdi) who would establish Islamic rule around the world and clean up the planet from those who do not...
  • Romans cover their nudes for Iranian leader's visit

    01/26/2016 9:15:29 AM PST · by C19fan · 22 replies
    CBS News ^ | January 26, 2016 | Tucker Reals
    The Romans have censored themselves to make visiting Iranian President Hassan Rouhani feel more comfortable during his historic stop in Italy. Rouhani -- the first Iranian leader to visit Europe in almost 20 years -- met Tuesday with Pope Francis at the Vatican, but another stop on his agenda was the famed Capitoline Museum, where classic Italian nude sculptures were covered with plain white boards to avoid offending the Muslim president.
  • Italy hides ancient museum nudes from Iranian president (dhimmitude)

    01/26/2016 11:59:07 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 25 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan 26, 2016 2:50 PM EST | Frances D’Emilio
    A decision by Italian officials to cover up ancient nude statues to not offend Iran's visiting president is drawing ridicule in Rome. Ahead of a news conference Monday with Premier Matteo Renzi and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, wooden panels were erected around some Roman statues in Rome's Capitoline Museums. When images of the cover-up made the Italian media Tuesday, politicians from across the spectrum decried and derided the decision. The museum said Tuesday that the premier's office wanted the statues along Rouhani's path to the news conference covered up. Renzi's office declined to comment. ...
  • Saudis 'will not destroy the US shale industry'

    01/24/2016 11:17:44 PM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 34 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | January 24, 2016 | Ambrose Evans-Pritchard, International Business Editor, Davos
    "...Daniel Yergin, founder of IHS Cambridge Energy Research Associates, said it is impossible for OPEC to knock out the US shale industry though a war of attrition even if large numbers of frackers fall by the wayside over coming months. Mr Yergin said groups with deep pockets such as Blackstone and Carlyle will take over the infrastructure when the distressed assets are cheap enough, and bide their time until the oil cycle turns. "The management may change and the companies may change but the resources will still be there," he told the Daily Telegraph. "It takes $10bn and five to...
  • Sparks fly in debate over North Fork coal mining ( Jobs & Energy: Colorado )

    01/25/2016 8:57:07 AM PST · by george76 · 18 replies
    Grand Junction Media ^ | January 24, 2016 | Gary Harmon
    Environmental organizations that offered more than 150,000 comments calling on the U.S. Forest Service to reject an agreement to allow additional mining in the North Fork area said the response demonstrated strong public opposition. More like "stuffing the ballot box," said an industry spokesman who noted that the environmental opposition would undermine a bargain fashioned over five years of talks. The Forest Service proposes reinstating the North Fork coal-mining exception to the Colorado Roadless Rule. The exception would allow Arch Coal to extend the West Elk Mine near Somerset below the roadless area. The roadless exemption would allow construction of...
  • Ted Cruz demolishes Sierra Club president on global warming hoax

    01/24/2016 11:50:25 AM PST · by GodGunsGuts · 50 replies
    YouTube ^ | Ted Cruz
    Ted Cruz demolishes Sierra Club president on global warming hoax
  • American oil companies are starting to scream "mayday."

    01/24/2016 9:05:27 AM PST · by Lorianne · 46 replies
    CNN ^ | 22 January 2016 | Heather Long
    Last year, 42 North American drillers filed for bankruptcy, according to law firm Haynes and Boone. It's only likely to get worse this year. Experts say there are a lot of parallels between today's crisis and the last oil crash in 1986. Back then, 27% of exploration and production companies went bust. Defaults are skyrocketing again. In December, exploration and production company defaults topped 11%, up from just 0.5% the previous year, according to Fitch Ratings. That's a 2,000%-plus jump. It's just the beginning, says John La Forge, head of real assets strategy at Wells Fargo. If history repeats, people...