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  • GOCE reveals gravity dip from ice loss (w/ Video)

    09/26/2014 11:36:29 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 24 replies
    PHYS.ORG ^ | 09-26-2014 | Provided by European Space Agency
    Although not designed to map changes in Earth's gravity over time, ESA's extraordinary satellite has shown that the ice lost from West Antarctica over the last few years has left its signature. More than doubling its planned life in orbit, GOCE spent four years measuring Earth's gravity in unprecedented detail. Scientists are now armed with the most accurate gravity model ever produced. This is leading to a much better understanding of many facets of our planet – from the boundary between Earth's crust and upper mantle to the density of the upper atmosphere. The strength of gravity at Earth's surface...
  • ( DC ) Judge Reinstates Protections for Wyoming Wolves

    09/24/2014 7:01:34 PM PDT · by george76 · 8 replies
    ap ^ | Sep 24, 2014
    Wyoming Gov. Matt Mead issued a statement Tuesday saying that he expects the state to seek a stay of Jackson’s decision. He said the state will seek an emergency rule from the Fish and Wildlife Service to allow continued state wolf management. ... Wyoming took over wolf management in late 2012 after the federal government ruled that wolves no longer needed protection under the federal Endangered Species Act.
  • Humans Just Got Our First Close-Up Look At A Comet And It's Mind-Blowing

    09/18/2014 11:15:44 AM PDT · by blam · 47 replies
    BI ^ | 9-8-2014 | Jessica Orwig
      Jessica Orwig September. 18, 2014.Ten years ago the European Space Agency launched Rosetta, a first-of-its-kind spacecraft on a mission to meet a comet. That comet? 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. It finally accomplished that goal earlier this month — getting into the comet's orbit. But it's not done yet. This November, Rosetta will deploy a small probe that, if successful, will land on the comet — the first time we've ever made contact with a space rock (intentionally). Before Rosetta, we knew comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko as just a speck of light — as we do most comets. It's hard to really see what...
  • Leftist Lawmakers and Enviro-Extremists Created CA Water Crisis

    09/17/2014 8:13:50 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 19 replies
    Breitbart California ^ | August 30, 2014 | Assemblyman Tim Donnelly
    On Friday, the California State Assembly outdid itself. You can always count on the leftist leaders of what is supposed to be the “people’s house” never lets a crisis go to waste. With the passage of AB 1739 (Dickinson-D), SB 1168 (Pavley-D), and SB 1319 (Pavley-D), 100 years of history was reversed. The authors painted a grim picture of California’s groundwater future. Most of what they said is true. The only problem they didn’t bother to tell you two key truths: 1.It was these same so-called leaders who give up our seat—the property owner and the farmer’s place at the...
  • Report: Households See Electricity Prices Rising At Record Levels

    09/02/2014 5:16:20 PM PDT · by george76 · 42 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 09/02/2014
    Electricity prices are on the rise across the country, according to federal government data. The average price has risen more than 3 percent since the same time last year — the highest year-over-year growth for the first half of the year since 2009. According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, residential electricity prices — what households pay to keep the lights on — averaged 12.3 cents per kilowatt hour for the first half of this year. This is 3.2 percent above the average price this time last year. New England, however, saw prices rise significantly more than the national average....
  • Comment Period for USFWS Proposed Peninsula Bear Hunting Closure Ends [Alaska]

    08/30/2014 9:47:46 PM PDT · by george76 · 5 replies
    Alaska Native News ^ | Aug 28, 2014
    With the public hearing in Soldotna last night, the public comment period on the proposal to close the Fall 2014 and Spring 2015 Brown Bear hunting season on the Kenai Peninsula comes to an end. In a release yesterday, the Governor’s office said, “Federal land managers have again proposed limiting Alaskans’ access to a state resource, the proposed closure is not justified by either resource protection concerns or federal policy. I strongly urge the Service to reconsider this action and allow state-authorized hunting to continue on the refuge.” ... The decision to temporarily close the Brown Bear season on the...
  • Pelosi’s home city exempted from water restrictions imposed on rural farmers

    08/21/2014 11:34:08 AM PDT · by george76 · 34 replies
    Washington Times ^ | August 20, 2014 | Valerie Richardson
    The Endangered Species Act has wreaked havoc for decades on rural communities, but a newly filed lawsuit could force San Francisco urbanites like House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi to share their pain. A federal complaint filed this week contends that the Hetch Hetchy Project, which supplies water to San Francisco and the Bay Area, has unfairly enjoyed an exemption from the “severe cutbacks” required in rural California in order to save endangered fish species. Craig Manson, who heads the Center for Environmental Science, Accuracy and Reliability (CESAR) in Fresno, said the lawsuit is aimed at addressing the “double standard” that...
  • Average Price of Ground Beef Hits All-Time High

    08/19/2014 1:57:06 PM PDT · by george76 · 67 replies
    CNS News ^ | August 19, 2014 | Ali Meyer
    The average price for all types of ground beef per pound hit its all-time high -- $3.884 per pound -- in the United States in July, according to data released today by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). That was up from $3.880 per pound in June. A year ago, in July 2013, the average price for a pound of ground beef was $3.459 per pound. Since then, the average price for a pound of ground beef has gone up 42.1 cents--or about 12 percent. Five years ago, in July 2009, the average price for a pound of ground beef...
  • Western cuckoo up for endangered species listing ( UN Agenda 21 )

    08/18/2014 9:14:39 AM PDT · by george76 · 44 replies
    Record Courier ^ | August 14, 2014
    More than a half-million acres of land across nine Western states is being proposed for designation as critical habitat for the yellow-billed cuckoo. According to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, 546,335 acres of critical habitat is up for listing in 80 separate units in Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Nevada, New Mexico, Texas, Utah and Wyoming. The bird is a neotropical migrant that winters in South America and nests along rivers and streams in western North America. ... The Service is seeking information concerning the western yellow-billed cuckoo’s biology and habitat, threats to the species and current efforts to protect...
  • Sheep grazing study suspended: Detailed approach replacing it ( Colorado: Forest Service, BLM )

    08/03/2014 10:07:25 PM PDT · by george76 · 7 replies
    Durango Herald ^ | August 01, 2014 | Dale Rodebaugh
    Proposed regulations to guide sheep grazing in the Weminuche Wilderness are so weighty and controversial that the level of environmental examination of the issues is being ramped up a notch. The original Environmental Assessment (EA) of the plan – for which an unusual second public comment period was opened – has been suspended to allow preparation of a more comprehensive Environmental Impact Statement (EIS). Kara Chadwick, recently named supervisor of the San Juan National Forest to replace Mark Stiles, broke the news Thursday in a talk to Club 20. She confirmed it later to The Durango Herald. Chadwick cited heightened...
  • Rancher: Gov’t ‘Bullying People’ Who Have Been on Western Lands ‘for Generations’ (NM)

    07/28/2014 1:30:51 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 18 replies
    CNSNews ^ | July 28, 2014 | Penny Starr
    (CNSNews.com) – At a House Natural Resources Subcommittee on Public Lands and Environmental Regulation on Thursday, ranchers from Western states testified that they are routinely threatened and bullied by federal land management officials, including the Bureau of Land Management, the Forest Service and Fish and Wildlife. “I sit before you today to let you know what’s going on up there, and I hope that we can come to some kind of agreement on what needs to be done and move forward on it, because enough is enough when it comes to bullying people that have been on this land for...
  • Obama Administration Ignores Reporting Law as Prairie Chicken Population Increases

    07/23/2014 5:58:03 AM PDT · by george76 · 15 replies
    Colorado Observer ^ | July 22, 2014 | Audrey Hudson
    A new study shows the lesser prairie chicken population has exploded by 20 percent prompting concern by western lawmakers that the Obama administration acted hastily when it listed the bird as threatened under the Endangered Species Act. The aerial survey conducted last month by the Western Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies showed the grouse species numbers jumped from 18,747 to 22,415. That study plus the Agriculture Department’s tardiness in reporting conservation efforts to Congress as required by law prompted a letter from lawmakers including Colorado Republican Rep. Scott Tipton demanding the report. “We request that your department provide this...
  • You cannot rewrite laws to achieve your political agenda

    07/14/2014 7:57:43 AM PDT · by rktman · 8 replies
    redstate.com ^ | 7/14/2014 | Marita Noon
    Within the cases the Supreme Court heard, one had to do with energy—and it, too, offered a rebuke. You likely haven’t heard about Utility Air Regulatory Group (UARG) v. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)—and may think you don’t care. But with the session over, UARG v. EPA makes clear the Court’s trend to trim overreach. The UARG v. EPA decision came down on June 23. None of the major news networks covered it. Reviews of the 2014 cases, since the end of the session, haven’t mentioned it either. The decision was mixed—with both sides claiming victory. Looking closely, there is cause...
  • EDITORIAL: Sage-grouse politics

    07/10/2014 8:32:40 PM PDT · by george76 · 8 replies
    The fate of a chicken-size bird carries huge economic and political stakes across the West. The sage grouse, long a threat to the thriving energy sector, is also a threat to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid. The ground-dwelling bird, which has habitat across Nevada and 10 other states, could be listed as a threatened or endangered species as soon as next year. Such a designation would place burdensome restrictions on the use of tens of millions of acres by ranchers, farmers, and oil and natural gas producers. Environmental organizations that want a halt to ranching and fossil fuel development are...
  • It Begins… US Citizen Goes to Jail for Collecting Rain Water

    07/09/2014 1:57:01 PM PDT · by george76 · 117 replies
    Gateway ^ | July 9, 2014 | Jim Hoft
    Gary Harrington, the Oregon man convicted of collecting rainwater and snow runoff on his rural property, went to jail today. ... Gary Harrington will be serving in jail until September 2014 for collecting rainwater. ... “I’m sacrificing my liberty so we can stand up as a country and stand for our liberty,” Harrington told a small crowd of people gathered outside of the Jackson County (Ore.) Jail.
  • NM ranching family tells feds: ‘Don’t fence us out’

    07/03/2014 9:51:37 PM PDT · by george76 · 51 replies
    New Mexico Watchdog ^ | July 3, 2014 | Rob Nikolewski
    Last month, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service listed the meadow jumping mouse as an endangered species. Now, the U.S. Forest Service, which oversees the Santa Fe National Forest, is considering erecting a series of 8-foot high fences to protect the mouse’s habitat. The Luceros, members of the San Diego Cattleman’s Association and holders of grazing permits with the federal government, say the fences will lock out their cattle — as well as those of other permit holders — from ever returning to the meadow where the livestock graze for 20 days in the spring and up to 40 days...
  • Court asked to speed up Canada lynx recovery work ((UN Agenda 21 )

    06/25/2014 7:24:38 AM PDT · by george76 · 14 replies
    ap ^ | June 24, 2014 | MATTHEW BROWN,
    Wildlife advocates want a federal judge to order faster action on a recovery plan for imperiled Canada lynx. ... Officials also say that lynx face a relatively low degree of threat compared to other protected species. The Fish and Wildlife Service was forced to come up with a timeline on the recovery document when Molloy last month expressed frustration with the government's progress. The judge said the "stutter-step" approach by federal officials necessitated court intervention. The lawsuit pending before Molloy was brought by Friends of the Wild Swan, Rocky Mountain Wild, Biodiversity Conservation Alliance and the San Juan Citizens Alliance....
  • Grouse hits 400,000 Acres Out of Energy Production

    06/21/2014 8:19:33 AM PDT · by george76 · 25 replies
    Colorado Observer. ^ | June 20, 2014 | Audrey Hudson
    The federal government’s decision to ban energy development across a wide swath of Colorado and eastern Utah to protect the Gunnison sage grouse habitat has raised concerns the action would inflict economic damage. Although the Obama administration was not expected to make its decision as to whether the bird warrants the endangered listing until November, the Bureau of Land Management’s decision this week effectively puts an oil, gas and coal moratorium on 400,000 acres – roughly 90 acres per bird. The final decision was “pushed back until after the election, because when people understand the impact on jobs, people get...
  • 4th New Mexico county joins prairie chicken fight

    06/17/2014 9:12:56 PM PDT · by george76 · 11 replies
    ap ^ | June 16, 2014
    Another New Mexico county has joined a lawsuit to fight the listing of the lesser prairie chicken as a threatened species. Lea County in southeastern New Mexico joined three other counties in the state last week in a federal lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Interior and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service ... U.S. Rep., Steve Pearce, R-N.M., .. The Fish and Wildlife Service’s decision to cater to environmental groups and disregard science will devastate New Mexico’s way of life,” he said. “New Mexicans will pay the price in lost jobs, industry, ranching and oil and gas production.”
  • Feds block oil and gas leasing in Sage Grouse habitat ( Utah & Colorado )

    06/17/2014 7:17:42 AM PDT · by george76 · 17 replies
    AP ^ | Jun 17, 2014
    Federal authorities have issued a moratorium blocking oil, gas and coal leasing on 800,000 acres of public land in southwestern Colorado and eastern Utah that is habitat for the imperiled Gunnison sage grouse. ... restrictive measures that will impact jobs and economic development
  • GOP: Water rule is murky. EPA is urged to make revisions

    05/30/2014 6:48:02 AM PDT · by george76 · 27 replies
    Herald ^ | May 29, 2014 | Mary Bowerman
    Members of the Small Business Committee in the House of Representatives urged the Environmental Protection Agency to go back to the drawing board on a proposed rule aimed at clarifying bodies of water that fall under the Clean Water Act. In March, the EPA and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers proposed a rule to define what “waters of the United States” fall under federal jurisdiction. The rule would include smaller bodies of water including streams, riverbanks, wetlands and floodplains that may have access to larger bodies of water. Republican lawmakers have opposed the rule since its inception, saying the...
  • Impact of EPA’s ‘Waters of the U.S.’ Proposed Rule on Small Businesses Could Be Significant

    05/30/2014 6:56:46 AM PDT · by george76 · 10 replies
    National Journal ^ | May 30, 2014 | U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Small Business
    The Small Business Committee, under the chairmanship of Rep. Sam Graves (R-MO), today conducted a hearing about how small businesses would be affected by the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) and United States Army Corps of Engineers' proposed rule to expand the Clean Water Act. Last week, Graves and Members of the Committee wrote to EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy and Assistant Secretary of the Army Jo-Ellen Darcy, who oversees the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, to urge withdrawal of the pending rule. Among the witnesses' and Members' concerns, the EPA and Corps of Engineers did not adequately assess the impact of...
  • White House unveils regulatory agenda

    05/26/2014 3:59:38 PM PDT · by george76 · 12 replies
    The Hill ^ | 05/23/14 | Benjamin Goad
    The White House unveiled its semiannual regulatory agenda Friday, detailing its plans for thousands of rules in the pipeline at agencies across the federal government. The release is the fourth consecutive time that the Obama administration has issued its regulatory roadmap on the eve of a major federal holiday, as many Americans depart for long weekends and there is typically less media coverage. ... the June deadline for the Environmental Protection Agency’s proposal of regulations limiting greenhouse gas emissions remains in place... as well as a host of unfinished regulations stemming from the Dodd-Frank Wall Street reform act.
  • MARK UDALL’s PRICE TAG: Left-Wing Extremist Millions Causes Udall To Sell Out Coloradans

    05/23/2014 12:33:36 PM PDT · by george76 · 1 replies
    ColoradoPeakPolitics ^ | May 23, 2014
    We now know how much Sen. Mark Udall was willing to sell Colorado out for- $15 million (give or take). The eco-extremist Tom Steyer is hoping to have a $100 million dollars to spend in just seven races this election cycle. That means if Steyer distributes his hoped for funds evenly, it only took less than $15 million dollars for Udall to choose a San Francisco eco-extremist’s wishes over what is best for Colorado ... Opposition to the Keystone XL pipeline is nothing but an extremist issue pushed by those on the margins of the Democratic Party. The chance to...
  • Enemy at the gates: New Mexico plots criminal charges against feds in land fight

    05/22/2014 11:37:43 AM PDT · by george76 · 11 replies
    Washington Times ^ | May 21, 2014 | Valerie Richardson
    Gov’t, locals want to fend off a new Bundy-type clash. New Mexico ranchers are plenty mad over the U.S. Forest Service’s refusal to open a gate blocking their cattle from reaching water ... still standing are the metal fences and locked gates along the banks of the Agua Chiquita, put up by the Forest Service to keep local cattle out. ... Ranchers point out that the fence has been opened for years every spring to allow the cattle access to the creek, which is also used by elk, deer and feral wild hogs.
  • Feds rile ranchers by fencing off water for cattle — to protect a jumping mouse!

    05/12/2014 8:49:30 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 61 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | May 11, 2014 | Valerie Richardson
    Forest Service says it's mouse habitatThe Obama administration’s crackdown on Western land use has sparked a furor over the Forest Service’s decision to fence off a creek used by thirsty cattle in drought-stricken Otero County, New Mexico. The Otero County Commission is scheduled to meet Monday to discuss whether to order the sheriff to open the gates against the wishes of Forest Service officials, who have argued that the fence is needed to protect the Agua Chiquita riparian area and habitat for the New Mexico meadow jumping mouse. Otero County Sheriff Benny House said he worries that the increasingly tense...
  • Largest coal producing state slams administration over EPA rules

    05/01/2014 8:46:19 AM PDT · by george76 · 11 replies
    Fox News ^ | May 01, 2014 | Kelly David Burke
    The American coal industry is accusing the Obama administration of using the Environmental Protection Agency to end the use of coal despite the president's claim of having an "all of the above" energy policy. ... the EPA's MATS rules, which go into effect in January 2016, will devastate coal production in America and .. about 60 gigawatts of coal-fired generation coming off-line .. One of Monseu’s issues is the way she said the administration is targeting coal, which currently fuels around 40 percent of the electricity produced in the U.S. "Increasingly we face a situation where policy is dictated not...
  • How the Feds Suckered Klamath Basin ( Oregon )

    04/26/2014 5:06:34 PM PDT · by george76 · 16 replies
    Farm Wars ^ | April 21, 2014 | Barbara H. Peterson
    It all started with the sucker fish. The con, that is. I can see it all now. A group of robber barons and their flunkies sitting down at a table and deciding just what ruse they will use to grab all of the water and land in the country, and for Oregon, it’s the sucker. Yes, the infamous Klamath Basin Sucker Fish. The fish that evidently, needs both high and low water levels, murky and clear water, and an overdose of federal government interference to survive, even though attempts to eradicate it have failed time and time again. It has...
  • Ariz. bill allowing ranchers to kill wolves also vetoed

    04/25/2014 7:54:58 PM PDT · by george76 · 38 replies
    Arizona Daily Sun, ^ | April 23, 2014
    Gov. Jan Brewer will not give ranchers and their employees permission to kill endangered Mexican gray wolves on federal lands. The measure vetoed Tuesday was crafted by Sen. Gail Griffin, R-Hereford. She has been a vocal foe of the program by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to reintroduce the wolves into sections of Arizona and New Mexico, saying they are endangering not only cattle but also pets and children. SB1211 would have spelled out that ranchers could “take” a wolf — legalese for killing — that was killing, wounding or biting livestock. It also would have legalized a guard...
  • Bundy's Black Bodyguard: 'I Would Take A Bullet For That Man' (VIDEO)

    04/25/2014 12:01:13 PM PDT · by george76 · 88 replies
    CNN - TPM ^ | April 25, 2014 | Catherine Thompson –
    One of the supporters serving as a bodyguard for Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy during his standoff with federal authorities -- and who also happens to be black -- said he would still "take a bullet for" Bundy after the rancher made racially inflammatory comments. CNN's Dan Simon noticed Jason Bullock, a six-year Army veteran who serves as one of Bundy's bodyguards, hanging around at the Nevada ranch. Simon asked Bullock whether he found Bundy's remarks about blacks and slavery offensive. "Mr. Bundy is not a racist," he told CNN. "Ever since I've been here, he's treated me with nothing but...
  • Arizona House Passes Bill Allowing Self-Defense Killing Of Endangered Wolves

    04/16/2014 9:44:41 PM PDT · by george76 · 18 replies
    KRWG News ^ | April 16, 2014
    The Arizona House of Representatives has approved a Senate bill allowing ranchers to kill endangered wolves in self-defense. Senate Bill 1211 would allow livestock owners to kill a Mexican gray wolf if one was caught attacking livestock or a person. Wildlife activists say the bill violates the federal Endangered Species Act. But a staff attorney says the bill has been watered down and now meets constitutional requirements.
  • Alaska to sue Interior Department for road to reach medical aid

    04/16/2014 6:31:16 PM PDT · by george76 · 30 replies
    Washington Times ^ | April 7, 2014 | Valerie Richardson
    Alaska Gov. Sean Parnell announced Monday that the state will sue the Obama administration to allow construction of a 10-mile road to give residents of a remote fishing village access to emergency medical flights at an all-weather airport. Residents of King Cove, Alaska, were outraged in December when Interior Secretary Sally Jewell nixed a plan for a land swap that would have allowed the building of an unpaved road between the small town and the airport at Cold Bay. ... Since Ms. Jewell rejected the land swap, which would have given the refuge 43,093 acres of state land and 13,300...
  • Why Cliven Bundy Stands for the Constitution

    04/15/2014 2:34:42 PM PDT · by Buchal · 39 replies
    Buchal for Congress campaign website ^ | April 15, 2014 | James L. Buchal
    The saga of Cliven Bundy and his disputes with the U.S. Bureau of Land Management has been in the news recently, and many Oregonians cannot understand why rural folk all over the West identify with Mr. Bundy. A spokesman for his nemesis, the Center for Biological Diversity, summed up the urban case against Bundy, complaining that the BLM "is allowing a freeloading rancher and armed thugs to seize hundreds of thousands of acres of the people's land as their own fiefdom." But the Center for Biological Diversity has a proven history of lying about ranchers and grazing, and no rancher...
  • Arizona Yellow-Billed Cuckoo Could Be Listed As Threatened Bird Species

    04/14/2014 9:33:58 AM PDT · by george76 · 56 replies
    KJZZ ^ | April 10, 2014 | Steve Shadley
    A bird native to Arizona and other western states could be listed as a threatened species by the federal government. The Yellow-billed Cuckoo lives along the Verde, Colorado and San Pedro Rivers in Arizona. It also can be found at the Gila River and Rio Grande in New Mexico and the Sacramento and Kern Rivers in California. Federal officials said the bird’s habitat is shrinking because of dams and other construction projects on the rivers, plus cattle grazing.
  • Nevada Militia To Feds: ‘Control Our Borders, Not Our Ranchers’

    04/13/2014 6:20:22 AM PDT · by george76 · 41 replies
    CBS LAS VEGAS ^ | April 11, 2014
    The rural Nevada showdown between federal government officials and militia members protecting rancher Cliven Bundy has evolved into a battle of government “tyranny,” with many newly arriving militiamen rolling in to draw a line in the dirt about 70 miles northeast of Las Vegas. ... “This is a better education than being in school! I’m glad I brought you. I’m a good mom,” Ilona Ence, a 49-year-old mother from St. George and Bundy relative who brought her four teenage children to the ranch, told the Las Vegas Sun. “They’re learning about the Constitution.” Ence’s teenage sons posted up a sign...
  • BLM Rangers Brought in From Out of State for Nevada Ranch ‘Emergency’

    04/11/2014 11:23:22 AM PDT · by george76 · 53 replies
    http://freebeacon.com ^ | April 10, 2014 | Elizabeth Harrington
    They’re almost like a hired gun’. Armed Rangers were brought in from out of state by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) to assist in security surrounding the Bundy Ranch, according to the family. A heated confrontation on Wednesday resulted in Cliven Bundy’s son Ammon being tasered by BLM officials and a 57-year-old protester being shoved to the ground. Stetsy Bundy Cox, Cliven’s daughter, told the Washington Free Beacon that some of the rangers had Oregon and California license plates. “You know, some of these guys don’t even know why they’re here,” she said. “A few people have talked to...
  • Transparency Lacking in ESA Grouse Listing

    04/10/2014 8:22:24 AM PDT · by george76 · 7 replies
    The Colorado Observer. ^ | April 9, 2014 | Audrey Hudson
    WASHINGTON — Colorado officials warned a House committee Tuesday that a lack of transparency in the Obama administration’s efforts to protect the sage grouse as an endangered species threatens the scientific validity of the process. Rob Roy Ramey of Nederland, an independent biologist whose career has focused on species protection, told the House Natural Resources Committee that the process has been closed to the scientific community and that federal officials refuse to share certain data being used to make a final determination. “It can be like pulling teeth to try and obtain that data,” Ramey said. “The (information) is shared...
  • Cows and Illegal Aliens

    04/10/2014 8:07:07 AM PDT · by rktman · 18 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 4/10/2014 | Michael Geer
    On the one hand we have Cliven Bundy and his family of ranchers on the same property ranching cattle from the early 1800s since before the Federal government claimed all the land they have been using for grazing. On the other hand we have 200 plus armed federal agents, including trained snipers, using brute force intimidation tactics against the Bundy family and their way of life. Why? Because of a tortoise. A situation the federal establishment is very good at blowing up into murder, seizure of real property and federal standoffs, standoffs that are famous for resulting in the deaths...
  • Chicken conservation plan likened to mafia extortion ( Kansas )

    03/31/2014 6:16:24 AM PDT · by george76 · 7 replies
    Kansas Watchdog ^ | January 24, 2014 | Travis Perry
    A decision pending with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service could have huge ramifications for rural Kansans living in the western third of the state. In limbo is the question of whether the lesser prairie-chicken should be listed as a “threatened” species under provisions of the 1973 Endangered Species Act. The species inhabits land spanning Kansas, Colorado, Oklahoma, Texas and New Mexico. ... Kansas, in cooperation with the four other states affected by the issue — a coalition known as the Western Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies — has attempted to stave-off such a decision with the development of...
  • Sage Grouse Rebellion

    03/30/2014 10:38:30 AM PDT · by george76 · 42 replies
    wsj ^ | March 11, 2014
    Will Obama use two small birds to limit oil drilling in the West? Almost half the land west of the Mississippi belongs to the federal government, including 48% of California, 62% of Idaho and 81% of Nevada. No surprise that the Obama Administration wants to control more. But the result could be to suppress the country's booming oil and gas development. In partnership with green activists, the Department of Interior may attempt one of the largest federal land grabs in modern times, using a familiar vehicle—the Endangered Species Act (ESA). A record 757 new species could be added to the...
  • Agenda 21 Takeover in Klamath Basin ( Oregon )

    03/27/2014 6:34:32 PM PDT · by george76 · 19 replies
    Farm Wars ^ | March 26, 2014 | Barbara H. Peterson
    Agenda 21 is alive and well in Klamath County, Oregon. Klamath Basin farmers are feeling the wrath of the Klamath Tribes in collusion with the Federal and Oregon state governments. Water is now basically off limits to ranchers unless they get approval from the tribes, and approvals are few and far between. ... The success of this plan spells disaster for not only the Klamath Basin family farmers, but for all family farmers, as it will be a precedent. Without locally grown produce and animal feed, we will be even more dependent on imported food at a much higher price....
  • Wyo spent $7.9 million on sage grouse conservation, Barrasso on LNG exports and more

    03/26/2014 8:24:54 AM PDT · by george76 · 10 replies
    Star-Tribune ^ | March 26, 2014 | BENJAMIN STORROW
    Wyoming has spent $7.9 million on sage grouse conservation since 2005. That was the finding of a new report by the Western Governors Association, which inventoried the efforts of 11 western states to protect the bird and its habitat. The report comes in advance of an expected 2015 ruling by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service over whether to add the species to the endangered species list. The sage grouse's listing could curtail energy development throughout the West. ... Utah, by comparison, spent $8.8 million on improvements to sage grouse habitat in 2013 alone.
  • GOP forum: Candidates agree on forest control ( Oregon )

    03/18/2014 6:08:14 PM PDT · by george76 · 17 replies
    Herald and News ^ | March 18, 2014 | Tipler
    Candidates squaring off in the Republican primary, seeking to unseat Democrat Jeff Merkley in November, all support turning Oregon federal forests over to local ownership. Jo Rae Perkins, former Linn County GOP Chair, noted 53 percent of Oregon land is owned by the federal government. “This land should not be owned by the federal government. It needs to go back to the state and back into private ownership. Let the people take care of the land,” Perkins said. “We’ve got environmentalists who don’t even live in Oregon who want to bring a lawsuit against every timber sale there is. And...
  • Farmers Fear Proposed Water Rules Will Require Costly Permits

    03/12/2014 11:24:13 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 7 replies
    New York Times ^ | MARCH 12, 2014 | Ron Nixon
    ... The Environmental Protection Agency is set to issue regulations that farmers like Mr. Lemeke say may require them to get permits for work for which they have long been exempt. The E.P.A. says the new rules are needed to clarify which bodies of water it must oversee under the federal Clean Water Act, an issue of jurisdiction that the agency says has been muddled by recent court rulings. Opponents say the rules are a power grab that could stifle economic growth and intrude on property owners’ rights. There is no timetable for when the rules will be released. But...
  • Feds Set Aside Habitat In Southwest For Jaguar [ Arizona and New Mexico ]

    03/05/2014 7:52:46 PM PST · by george76 · 90 replies
    AP ^ | March 05, 2014 | Alexandra Olgin
    Federal wildlife officials are setting aside nearly 1,200 square miles in the American Southwest as critical habitat for the jaguar... Pima, Santa Cruz and Cochise counties in Arizona and Hidalgo County in New Mexico ... The critical designation means anyone developing federal land in the area needs to consult the service to ensure it will not hurt the jaguar’s habitat
  • Threat of sage grouse endangered species listing is real, could cost Utah billions

    03/05/2014 9:22:47 AM PST · by george76 · 22 replies
    Deseret News ^ | Feb. 18 2014 | Amy Joi O'Donoghue
    The sage grouse's potential addition to the endangered species list is a problem of epic economic consequences to states in the West, with Herbert explaining that the impact in lost economic development in Utah tops $41 billion for the oil and gas industry alone. "The negative impacts are not acceptable to me and should not be acceptable to anyone here," Herbert told the crowd. The event at the Utah Department of Natural Resources' auditorium is actually a precursor to a national summit that will be held in Salt Lake City this fall. ... a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service decision...
  • Sage-grouse could become mining’s ‘Spotted Owl on Steroids’ - AMEA

    02/27/2014 9:31:25 AM PST · by george76 · 19 replies
    MINEWEB ^ | 04 Feb 2014 | Dorothy Kosich
    Federal designation of the Greater Sage-grouse as threatened or endangered could result in the withdrawal of over 17 million acres from mining ... Bureau of Land Management and the U.S. Forest Service of making an unprecedented attempted to limit multiple use on public lands through use of “the Spotted Owl on Steroids”—the Greater Sage-Grouse. ... BLM and Forest Service’s real purpose “is NOT sage-grouse conservation.” “Rather, the so-called conservation measures are designed to: Find another way to implement the draconian land use restrictions in the aborted Wild Lands Policy and Secretarial Order 3310; Dramatically reduce and even prevent mining, energy...
  • Wildlife service suspends plan to allow killing of gray wolves

    02/09/2014 1:56:19 PM PST · by george76 · 27 replies
    UPI ^ | Feb. 8, 2014
    The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has backed off plans to remove gray wolves from the endangered species list. ... The government plan would have allowed gray wolves in the lower 48 United States to be hunted or killed. They have been under federal protection since 1967. The Mexican gray wolf, found only in the Southwest, retains protection.
  • CryoSat shows Arctic sea ice volume up 50% from last year

    02/05/2014 1:32:59 PM PST · by Brad from Tennessee · 39 replies
    Watts Up with That ^ | February 5, 2014 | By Anthony Watts
    Measurements from ESA’s CryoSat satellite show that the volume of Arctic sea ice has significantly increased this past autumn. The volume of ice measured this autumn is about 50% higher compared to last year. In October 2013, CryoSat measured about 9000 cubic km of sea ice – a notable increase compared to 6000 cubic km in October 2012. Over the last few decades, satellites have shown a downward trend in the area of Arctic Ocean covered by ice. However, the actual volume of sea ice has proven difficult to determine because it moves around and so its thickness can change....
  • The dirty little secret on Sage Grouse ( Montana and )

    01/30/2014 9:56:26 PM PST · by george76 · 24 replies
    Clark Fork Valley Press ^ | January 29, 2014 | Schwaderer
    It’s no coincidence that sage grouse habitat also happens to intersect both the largest untapped coal deposits in the country as well as large parts of the Bakken oil field. It’s clear the primary motivation to focus on sage grouse for ESA listing is to provide yet another tool for special interest groups to block energy development. And in this obstructionist toolbox, there’s no heavier sledgehammer than the Endangered Species Act. What an interesting irony, then, that so much effort is going into “protecting” one bird from energy development, when the Obama administration is turning a blind eye to hundreds...