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  • Strategic Negligence:Sierra Club Distortions on Border/Immigration Policy Undermining its Legacy

    11/02/2009 11:04:17 AM PST · by AuntB · 10 replies · 1,046+ views
    Center for Immigration studies ^ | October 2009 | Jerry Kammer
    “To explore, enjoy, and protect the planet. To practice and promote the responsible use of the Earth’s ecosystems and resources; to educate and enlist humanity to protect and restore the quality of the natural and human environment; and to use all lawful means to carry out those objectives.” — Sierra Club mission statement. Strategic Ignorance: Why the Bush Administration Is Recklessly Destroying a Century of Environmental Progress — 2004 book by Sierra Club Executive Director Carl Pope. “The raging monster upon the land is population growth. In its presence, sustainability is but a fragile theoretical concept.” – Edward O. Wilson,...
  • Taxes fund environmental suits - Environmental law firms reap billions in fees to fund lawsuits

    10/18/2009 4:46:46 PM PDT · by girlangler · 42 replies · 2,202+ views
    The Capital Press ^ | 10/15, 2009 | Mitch Lies
    Taxes fund environmental suits - Environmental law firms reap billions in fees to fund lawsuits October 15, 2009 The federal government has paid out billions of dollars to environmental groups for attorney fees and costs, according to data assembled by a Cheyenne, Wyoming, lawyer. Karen Budd-Falen of Budd-Falen Law Offices [ or 307-632-5105] said the government between 2003 and 2007 paid more than $4.7 billion in taxpayer money to environmental law firms -- and that's just in the lawsuits she tracked. The actual figure, she said, is far greater. "I think we only found that the iceberg exists," she said....
  • The Environmental Stalinists Sound the Alarm

    09/08/2009 8:16:11 AM PDT · by HorowitzianConservative · 8 replies · 720+ views
    NewsReal Blog ^ | September 7, 2009 | David Horowitz
    The night Van Jones resigned, Newsreal editor David Swindle emailed me and said: watch how long it takes them to use the “L” word. That’s not for liberal, mind you; it’s for “lynch.” Destruction of the enemy is always the agenda of the left. While conservatives prepare arguments, assemble evidence, leftists are busy looking into their quivers for a poison arrow, which always turns out to be a tainted label, and always pretty much the same label: racist (or sexist, or Islamophobe). So it wasn’t surprising to see the following post from Carl Pope the radical head of the Sierra...
  • White Male Sierra Club Head Defends Van Jones: Couldn't Help Himself Because He's Black

    09/06/2009 6:46:38 PM PDT · by kristinn · 52 replies · 3,466+ views
    Sunday, September 6, 2009 | Kristinn
    Carl Pope, the white male executive director of the Sierra Club wrote an after the fact defense of former Obama administration official Van Jones published at the Huffington Post tonight that smears everyone, including Jones, with racial insults.Pope says he served with Jones on the board of the Apollo Alliance and calls himself a friend of Jones.But like so many privileged liberal white males, Pope doesn't see Jones as a Yale Law grad and successful author. No, he sees Jones as just another black man from the ghetto.Pope lets his inner racist out as he writes a defense of Jones...
  • Groups target GOP on cap-and-trade

    08/25/2009 9:46:03 AM PDT · by OldDeckHand · 18 replies · 1,083+ views
    Politico ^ | 08/25/09 | Ben Smith
    Four independent groups are launching more than $1 million in attack ads Tuesday targeting five House Republicans who voted against energy legislation in June, spokespeople for the groups said. The ads from the League of Conservation Voters, the Sierra Club, MoveOn and Americans United for Change, will target Reps. Thaddeus McCotter (R-Mich.), Denny Rehberg (R- Mont.), Roy Blunt (R- Mo.) and two Virginia Republicans, Frank Wolf and House Minority Whip Eric Cantor. The ad casts the members as siding with “big oil and energy interests” and against “the jobs we really need” because they voted against the legislation that would...
  • The Apollo Alliance ( what are they building ? ) (VIDEO)

    07/30/2009 7:04:41 AM PDT · by Halfmanhalfamazing · 5 replies · 1,572+ views
    Glenn Beck via RBO ^ | July 29th | Procrustes
    Below Fox News Channel’s Glenn Beck explains the Apollo Alliance on his July 28 show. Beck mentions the Obama administration’s “stimulus” blueprint, “The New Apollo Program: Clean Energy, Good Jobs,” which you can read here.
  • Environmentalists file in Va. to block power line

    07/28/2009 3:34:14 AM PDT · by shove_it · 37 replies · 1,111+ views
    RICHMOND, Va. (AP) -- The Sierra Club has joined other environmental groups in intervening in Virginia proceedings to try to block a high-voltage multistate transmission line. The Sierra Club, represented by Earthjustice, said it filed papers Monday with Virginia's State Corporation Commission. SCC spokesman Ken Schrad says Monday was the deadline for intervening in the $1.9 billion line proposed by Pennsylvania's Allegheny Energy Co. and Ohio's American Electric Power Co. The Piedmont Environmental Council and the National Wildlife Federation also have filed notices of participation. The 765-kilovolt Potomac-Appalachian Transmission Highline, or PATH, would run across parts of northern Virginia and...

    08/10/2003 6:08:19 AM PDT · by fight_truth_decay · 17 replies · 1,078+ views
    Portland Phoenix ^ | August 10, 2003 | LANCE TAPLEY
    Dr. Howard Dean’s fans come out for the big Democratic summer shindig As Tom Andrews, the director of the leading national antiwar coalition, began his speech at the Maine Democrats’ big outdoor summer shindig in Falmouth, John Baldacci signaled his bodyguard/driver to move the large, dark SUV up the driveway. The vehicle soon hid in the trees, its engine quietly humming. At first, the governor seemed to be paying attention as Andrews, the former First District congressman, launched into rousing tales of how the country, under President George W. Bush, had gone "from peace and prosperity to war and recession."...
  • Tittel: Corzine is bizarre-o Obama when it comes to the environment

    07/16/2009 4:57:12 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 239+ views ^ | July 16, 2009 | MATT FRIEDMAN
    Sierra Club New Jersey Director Jeff Tittel continued his unrelenting assault on Gov. Corzine’s environmental record today. Just two hours before Obama took the stage at the PNC Bank Arts Center in Holmdel to rally the Democratic base for Gov. Corzine, Tittel put out a release calling the governor “Unbama.” “The Sierra Club, which endorsed President Obama for election and has worked with his administration on many environmental issues, finds the differences between the Obama and Corzine Administration’s striking. In many instances when it comes to the environment they are on opposite sides,” said Tittel, whose organization yesterday issued a...
  • E.P.A. to Consider Rollback of Bush Coal Policy

    02/17/2009 2:18:08 PM PST · by reaganaut1 · 8 replies · 488+ views
    New York Times ^ | February 17, 2009 | Kate Galbraith
    The Environmental Protection Agency said Tuesday that it will consider whether to regulate greenhouse gas emissions from coal plants, in a potential reversal of Bush administration policy. According to the Sierra Club, Lisa Jackson, the new E.P.A. administrator, has granted its petition that the agency reconsider a controversial decision in December by Stephen Johnson, the Bush administration’s E.P.A. administrator, stating that officials weighing federal applications by utilities to build new coal-fired power plants cannot consider their greenhouse gas output. “Today’s announcement should cast significant further doubt on the approximately 100 coal-fired power plants that the industry is trying to rush...
  • CA: GOP pushing to weaken emissions standards (ecoNuts fuming over potential concessions)

    01/27/2009 5:06:53 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 9 replies · 409+ views
    San Diego Union - Tribune ^ | 1/27/09 | Michael Gardner
    SACRAMENTO — While praising President Barack Obama's moves to allow California to impose tighter controls on tailpipe emissions, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger now finds himself under pressure from fellow Republicans demanding that he weaken the state's broader greenhouse-gas laws as part of any deal to solve the budget crisis. The possibility of compromising the state's landmark standards to curb global warming has environmentalists fuming. They also worry that Democrats will be forced to trade environmental safeguards for GOP concessions on raising revenue. “This is fiscal blackmail,” said Bill Magavern, state director of the Sierra Club. “They know they could never achieve...
  • Critics cite offshore drilling damage (VA Dems oppose drilling)

    01/14/2009 5:57:27 PM PST · by markomalley · 9 replies · 397+ views
    Newport News Daily Press ^ | 1/14/2009 | Kimball Payne
    Environmental activists and prominent Virginia Democrats banded together Tuesday to tell the federal government to abandon plans to open the state's coastline to oil and natural gas drilling by the end of 2011. Congress allowed a ban on offshore drilling to expire at the end of September, and the U.S. Department of the Interior has been collecting feedback from citizens, elected officials and environmental groups on plans to open up tracts off the state's coastline in the next three years. As the comment period ended Tuesday, a handful of conservation groups sent letters to the federal Minerals Management Service saying...
  • CA: Ruling may sharply reduce California refinery pollution

    12/20/2008 9:03:05 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 28 replies · 866+ views
    LA Times ^ | 12/20/08 | Margot Roosevelt
    Toxic air pollution spikes from California's 21 refineries may be sharply curtailed in the wake of a U.S. Court of Appeals decision Friday in Washington. In a suit brought by the Sierra Club and other groups, the court struck down a 14-year-old federal regulation thatallowed refineries, chemical plants and other industrial plants to exceed pollution limits during start-ups, shutdowns and equipment outages. Public health advocates in Southern California's oil refinery hub hailed the decision, saying that facilities routinely operate in malfunction mode to evade pollution caps. ... The Environmental Protection Agency regulation amounted to a "gaping loophole," according to the...
  • Green activists find new ally in US unions

    12/14/2008 8:31:40 PM PST · by hattend · 7 replies · 487+ views
    AP ^ | Sun Dec 14, 12:09 pm ET | VANESSA GERA
    POZNAN, Poland – Some U.S. labor groups that have long feared environmental campaigns as a threat to American jobs are starting to see advantages in going green. This evolution was clear at this week's U.N. climate talks in Poland, where several American labor groups and environmental activists made joint appeals for policies that would promote high-tech renewable energy as the answer to both climate change and job losses.... snip ....Foster said unions and green groups have waged joint lobbying efforts nationwide for laws increasing energy efficiency and promoting renewable energies, and they have teamed up for numerous court battles against...
  • The most Absurd Political Statement Seen in this Election!

    11/04/2008 8:47:19 AM PST · by off-roader · 23 replies · 1,230+ views
    Sierra Club Mailer | 11/4/08 | Self
    This is directly off of a flyer that the jackholes from the Sierra Club sent to every household in Vegas. On Global Warming they claim that Barack Obama... "Has a plan to cut global warming pollution 80% by 2050. Will help bring energy costs down by requiring polluters to pay for their pollution and refund that money to the consumers"WHAT THE FLYING F !?!?!?!?!?!I have a headache trying to make legitimate sense of this absolute garbage. Obviously "the polluters" are American utilities and industry. These liars are saying that when the cost of providing services and products goes up due...
  • Prop 8 briefs: Sierra Club silent on Prop 8 (Endorses No on Prop 4)

    10/24/2008 9:40:44 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 2 replies · 299+ views
    Bay Area Reporter ^ | 10/23/2008 | Cynthia Laird
    The Sierra Club, one of the country's foremost environmental clubs, declined to take a position on Proposition 8, the same-sex marriage ban, but urged Californians to vote no on Proposition 4, the parental notification measure. Some gays were surprised at the club's omission of the most controversial initiative on the November ballot. The club took positions on several other state ballot measures that concerned environmental issues. Bill Magavern, the California director of the club, told the Bay Area Reporter Monday that Prop 8 "never came up" during meetings of the group's two volunteer committees that determine endorsements. "The last time...
  • Please FReep! this animal rescue site, each click provides food donations

    10/04/2008 11:05:28 AM PDT · by edzo4 · 35 replies · 892+ views
    The Animal Rescue Site ^ | 10-4-2008 | Edzo
    Just go this page once you click it shows you a page of ads, and says: Thank You — your click has been counted! You've given the value of .6 bowls of food to rescued animals. The ads below make The Animal Rescue Site possible. Thats it! No strings attached
  • EPA puzzled by Coeur Alaska pullout

    09/25/2008 10:58:02 AM PDT · by george76 · 13 replies · 287+ views
    JUNEAU EMPIRE ^ | 9/25/2008 | Kate Golden
    A U.S. Environmental Protection Agency permitter was surprised to hear Coeur d'Alene Mines Corp. blame her agency when it pulled out of the Kensington gold mine permit process. While the company announced EPA comments on the environmental review of the mine would trigger months of delay, EPA scientist Patty McGrath was expecting they would be addressed in a couple of weeks. "They made this decision on their own, without discussing it with us first, which is why we don't understand why they're pointing to our comments as the reason for the delay," McGrath said. Coeur announced it was canceling the...
  • Affidavit: Southlake man keyed more than one Hummer

    09/23/2008 4:22:26 PM PDT · by DallasBiff · 17 replies · 230+ views
    Fort Worth Star-Telegram ^ | 9/23/08 | Bill Miller
    A self-confessed hostility toward people who drive Hummers, along with worries about family and finances, prompted a 72-year-old Southlake man to scratch paint on five of the sports utility vehicles, police said.... The vehicles, he complained, "have a big carbon footprint and they use four times as much gas as the rest of us," according to the affidavit. Detective K. Fulgium, who wrote the affidavit, also said Jeppe complained that Hummer drivers take two parking spaces and "park wherever they want." Jeppe told Fulgium that he is a member of two well-known environmental groups....Police subsequently learned that the man was...
  • The EcoTerrorist Anthrax Connection

    10/23/2001 4:49:01 AM PDT · by Stand Watch Listen · 56 replies · 1,641+ views ^ | October 23, 2001 | Tom DeWeese
    While the remains of the twin towers of the World Trade Center in New York and Washington, DC's Pentagon are "ground zero" for the horrible destruction wrought by foreign terrorists, the nation's forests, research labs, resorts and housing developments have long been "ground zero" for domestic environmentally-driven "ecoterrorists." There may be diabolical links between the two forces. There is a strong possibility that Animal Liberation Front (ALF) terrorists have come into possession of Anthrax as the result of having invaded laboratories that have been researching the disease. This certainly merits investigation as a source for the Anthrax attacks. The fact ...
  • MoveOn Targets McCain on Offshore Drilling and ‘Obscene’ Oil Profits

    08/04/2008 1:23:40 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 49 replies · 253+ views ^ | August 4, 2008 | Pete Winn, the liberal grassroots group, has unveiled a television ad campaign on energy that is an attack on presumptive Republican presidential nominee Sen. John McCain and his support for offshore drilling. But free-market critics say the ad reflects more about MoveOn’s ignorance of economics than it does politics. The ad features an older “ordinary Joe,” sitting in a chair, facing the camera, talking about how he used to trust McCain. “Our energy crisis is causing Americans real pain,” the ad’s tag line says. “But instead of solutions, John McCain is offering gimmicks. Americans deserve better.” Ira Pariser, executive director of...
  • The return of Killer Chlorine

    07/25/2008 7:08:59 AM PDT · by hreardon · 2 replies · 182+ views
    The Register ^ | July 24, 2008 | John Brignell
    After many mind-sapping years of trawling through the morass of health scare stories, I formulated a number of laws, one of which was the Law of Beneficial Developments: The intensity of the scaremongering attack on any new development is proportional to the level of benefit that it endows. Unbelievably, the Chlorine Scare has returned. According to the science editor of the Daily Telegraph, Babies exposed to chlorinated water are at risk of heart problems.
  • Surveys show increasing support for ANWR drilling ( Democrats are worried )

    07/06/2008 11:28:42 AM PDT · by george76 · 67 replies · 173+ views
    Daily News-Miner ^ | July 6, 2008 | R. A. Dillon
    Record-high gasoline prices are causing Americans to rethink their opposition to drilling for oil and natural gas in the coastal plain of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge and other federal areas... A nationwide survey by the Pew Research Center shows half of Americans now support drilling in ANWR, up from 42 percent five months ago. And a CNN poll released Thursday found 73 percent of Americans favor exploration for oil and gas off the Pacific and Atlantic coasts. The public’s changing energy priorities are most evident in the growing percentage that views increased energy exploration — including mining and drilling,...
  • Georgia Judge Cites Carbon Dioxide in Denying Coal Plant Permit

    07/02/2008 11:31:34 PM PDT · by neverdem · 68 replies · 249+ views
    NY Times ^ | July 1, 2008 | MATTHEW L. WALD
    A judge in Georgia has thrown out an air pollution permit for a new coal-fired power plant because the permit did not set limits on carbon dioxide emissions. Both opponents of coal use and the company that wants to build the plant said it was the first time a court decision had linked carbon dioxide to an air pollution permit. The decision’s broader legal impact was not clear, either for the plant, proposed to be built near Blakely, in Early County, Ga., or for others outside Georgia, but it signaled that builders of coal plants would face continued difficulties in...
  • Sierra Club Endorses Obama

    06/25/2008 3:31:53 PM PDT · by John Semmens · 10 replies · 169+ views
    AZCONSERVATIVE ^ | 21 June 2008 | John Semmens
    The Sierra Club, one of the nation's most radical environmental organizations, announced its endorsement of Senator Obama (D-Ill.) for president. The Club's executive director, Carl Pope, said, “It’s a ‘no brainer.’ Senator McCain’s recent push for nuclear power and off-shore drilling sealed the deal.” “Today’s energy shortages and high gasoline prices are the best thing that’s happened for the environment since the Carter Administration,” Pope went on. “People are driving less and learning to do without. Senator Obama understands the importance of this for provoking real change. He will keep prices up and push this country toward a more natural...
  • Sierra Club to Endorse Obama (With gas over $4 a gallon Obama may not want this endorsement)

    06/19/2008 7:55:38 PM PDT · by tobyhill · 35 replies · 148+ views
    Washington Post ^ | 6/19/2008 | Juliet Eilperin
    The Sierra Club, one of the nation's largest and most politically-active environmental organizations, announced this evening it would endorse Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) for president. The announcement was not a surprise: the group's executive director, Carl Pope, had hammered the presumptive GOP nominee, Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), for months over his missed votes in the Senate and his support for nuclear power subsidies as a way to address global warming. This week Pope criticized McCain for announcing he supports lifting the federal moratorium on offshore oil drilling. Tomorrow, Pope will speak at an event in Cleveland, Ohio with Leo Gerard,...
  • Greens Thwart Gasoline Production

    06/13/2008 6:58:46 AM PDT · by K-oneTexas · 33 replies · 1,757+ views
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | June 13, 2008 | Steven Milloy
    Greens Thwart Gasoline Production By Steven Milloy Four-plus-dollar gasoline is forcing Americans to realize that we need increased domestic oil production to meet our ever-growing demand for affordable fuel. But even if the greens lose the political battle over drilling offshore and in places like the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, they nevertheless are way ahead of the game as they implement a back-up plan to make sure that not a drop of that oil ever eases our gasoline crunch. The Sierra Club and the Natural Resources Defense Council, or NRDC, successfully pressured the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to block ConocoPhillips’...
  • Sierra Club Endorsements 2008 (87 D's, 1 R)

    05/15/2008 1:24:29 PM PDT · by Rebelbase · 6 replies · 92+ views
    Sierra Club ^ | 2008 elections | Sierra Club Political Committee
  • Sierra Club threatens suits over coal power plants

    05/07/2008 5:28:01 AM PDT · by Brilliant · 41 replies · 65+ views
    Reuters ^ | May 6, 2008 | Bernard Woodall
    The Sierra Club sent letters on Tuesday threatening to file suit to stop construction of eight coal-fired power plants in six states because, the environmental group claims, they violate the Clean Air Act. "This is the first major ramification on the ground from the (Washington) D.C. circuit kicking out the Bush administration's rules in February," said Bruce Nilles, director of the Sierra Club's effort to stop coal power plants. In February, a federal appeals court in Washington ruled that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency violated the Clean Air Act in not setting mandatory cuts for mercury emissions of power plants....
  • Sea Shepherd Conservation Society

    01/11/2006 7:50:02 PM PST · by george76 · 11 replies · 460+ views
    Activist Cash - Center for Consumer Freedom ^ | 2006 | Center for Consumer Freedom
    “We’re not a protest organization, we’re a policing organization,” Paul Watson...of his Sea Shepherd... A pirate organization is more like it. Sporting the skull and crossbones, his black or battleship-gray ships sail menacingly through the waves. They are painted with the names of the boats Watson has rammed and sunk. The ships are fitted with...a concrete-filled bow made for ramming, and an attachment dubbed the “can opener” that can tear open a boat’s hull. In his book Earth Warrior, David Morris writes that Watson wears a long bowie knife at his side and carries AK-47s on board. He blasts Richard...
  • Anti-sealing activists to appear in court ( Sea Shepherd )

    04/13/2008 9:40:19 AM PDT · by george76 · 45 replies · 332+ views
    CBC News ^ | April 13, 2008
    The captain and first officer of the anti-sealing ship the Farley Mowat were due to appear in court in Sydney, N.S., on Sunday, a day after their arrest off the west coast of Newfoundland. They have been charged with interfering with the seal hunt after a confrontation with a Canadian Coast Guard icebreaker two weeks ago. Their vessel was boarded and seized Saturday in the Gulf of St. Lawrence by RCMP officers, working with officials from the federal Fisheries Department and the coast guard... Paul Watson of the international group Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, which owns the vessel, said its...
  • Sierra Club Launches Clean Energy Campaign in Battleground States

    04/01/2008 8:00:06 PM PDT · by CedarDave · 17 replies · 93+ views
    The Albuquerque Journal ^ | April 1, 2008 | Susan Montoya Bryan
    The nation's oldest and largest environmental group has set out to educate voters in New Mexico and eight other battleground states about clean energy, saying the future of the country's energy policy hinges on this year's elections. Rather than focusing on individual candidates, the Sierra Club is highlighting the successes of renewable energy production in the nine states and asking voters to consider the economic and environmental impacts of policies that depend on fossil and foreign fuels. "We're in the middle of this very exciting election cycle and we have the technology now to move beyond oil and coal, beyond...
  • Sierra Club throws a sucker punch (McCain's liberal allies turn on him)

    03/03/2008 4:48:43 AM PST · by saganite · 47 replies · 324+ views
    Seattle Post Intelligencer ^ | 3 March 08 | JOEL CONNELLY
    If you are the Sierra Club, what would you call a senator who: a) voted against oil drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge; b) introduced legislation to cut greenhouse gas emissions; and c) co-wrote a 3.5 million-acre statewide wilderness bill? Answer: the enemy. In the past two weeks, the Sierra Club has sent out two news releases and four e-mails to its members attacking GOP presidential candidate Sen. John McCain. It has urged members to "spread the word" by writing to local newspapers. "Let's place thousands of letters in papers around the country," the club said. Two such letters...
  • Corridor: All in favor? None

    02/26/2008 1:49:40 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 12 replies · 430+ views
    Fort Bend Herald and Texas Coaster ^ | February 26, 2008 | Stephen Palkot
    A handful of Kendleton residents were among several dozen to speak out against the Trans-Texas Corridor at a public hearing Monday night in Rosenberg. “I personally think it's a slap in the face for Texas to take the land for pennies on the dollar, to put a road on it and to make you pay a toll for it,” said Jeremy West, one of the speakers from Kendleton. The Trans-Texas Corridor is a proposal for a network of highways, rail lines and utilities throughout Texas that would be financed by private interests who would seek to profit through tolls and...
  • Timber is a resource — let’s use it

    02/15/2008 7:24:16 PM PST · by george76 · 27 replies · 110+ views
    The Register-Guard ^ | February 14, 2008 | Suzanne Penegor and Gienie Assink
    In the 1930s, when the United States was mired in a Great Depression, Congress wisely and with great vision approved the O&C Lands Act to guide the management of federal lands that once belonged to the Oregon & California Railroad... The act established a method for funding Oregon counties, allowing them to provide such vital services as public safety and road maintenance. Now, because of the efforts of the environmental movement and its litigious attorneys, the O&C funding formula that was successful for decades has been severed. Environmental groups and their allies argue that tourism can take the place of...
  • Court hears lawsuit on program allowing Mexican trucks into U.S.

    02/12/2008 3:06:35 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 25 replies · 411+ views
    AP on Bakersfield Californian ^ | 2/12/08 | Paul Elias - ap
    A federal appeals court considered Tuesday whether the Bush administration can go ahead with a pilot program that allows a small number of Mexican trucks to travel freely on U.S. highways, despite a new law by Congress against it. Members of the Teamsters Union and their supporters packed a courtroom at 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, where an apparently divided three-judge panel heard arguments in the case, which may boil down to the meaning of "establish." Several tractor trailers also were parked outside the courthouse and union members and their supporters carried signs opposing the program, which allows participating...
  • EPA Denies Title V Permit to Wisconsin Public Service Corporation, Weston Generating Station.

    02/02/2008 6:38:34 PM PST · by I got the rope · 7 replies · 136+ views
    Environmental Protection Agency ^ | 2 FEB 08 | I got the rope
    This is huge. I'm not sure how often this happens, but an EPA admistrator basically denied a permit for a power plant to continue to operate. A Title V permit allows a facility to emit pollution under certain conditions. Stephen L. Johnson of the EPA basically accepted the arguements put forth by the Sierra Club. For the reasons set forth above, and pucsuaut to section 505(b)(2) of the Clean Air Act, I grant in part and deny in part the petition of the Sierra Club requesting the Admistratox to object to issuance of the Title V p e d t...
  • Sierra Club proposes ‘couch potato’ tax

    01/27/2008 12:43:05 PM PST · by Lorianne · 43 replies · 63+ views New Mexico ^ | January 27, 2008
    The Sierra Club is proposing a tax on video games and televisions with the proceeds going to programs that encourage families to get kids off of the couch and into the mountains. Call it “No Child Left Inside.” Mike Casaus of the Sierra Club says families hiking a mountain trail together are becoming scarce as childhood diabetes and obesity is soaring, which is why the organization is proposing the one-percent tax. “What we would do with this excise tax on tvs and video games and this type of equipment is to tax part of the problem to fund the solution,”...
  • US state wants to tax TVs, video games to fight fat, fund education (New Mexico)

    01/26/2008 10:36:47 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies · 289+ views
    Breitbart ^ | January 25, 2008
    A Democratic lawmaker in New Mexico wants to tax televisions and video games to raise funds to fight childhood obesity and improve education in the state, officials said Friday. "I have asked our legislative council service to prepare the "Leave No Child Inside" bill and am hopeful that it will be ready for me to introduce on Monday," educator-turned-lawmaker Gail Chasey told AFP. "Leave No Child Inside" -- a play on the federal education initiative "No Child Left Behind" -- is backed by grassroots environmental group, the Sierra Club. "The bill proposes levying a one-percent excise tax on the purchase...
  • New Mexico Considering Video Game Tax

    01/23/2008 2:03:44 PM PST · by BradJ · 14 replies · 565+ views
    Switched ^ | 1/23/2008 | Terrence O'Brien
    A tax called 'No Child Left Inside' has been backed by New Mexico's Sierra Club, an environmental and outdoor preservation group. The proposed one-percent sales tax on video games and televisions is aimed at funding outdoor classroom initiatives and encouraging New Mexico's increasingly obese and diabetic youth to get off the couch and explore the great outdoors.
  • Wilderness plan closes trails to bikes

    01/23/2008 9:52:22 AM PST · by george76 · 84 replies · 107+ views
    The Durango Herald ^ | January 23, 2008 | Katie Burford
    Mountain bikers worry proposal could kill ‘epic ride’. Many of the area's skilled mountain bikers are concerned about a proposal that would ban them from some of their most-prized local trails, including a segment of the Colorado Trail. The proposal is part of a draft plan by the Bureau of Land Management and U.S. Forest Service to guide management of 2.4 million acres of public lands in Southwest Colorado. The plan recommends classifying 55,000 acres as new wilderness, including 51,000 acres west of Hermosa Creek. Congress is ultimately responsible for establishing wilderness areas, which cannot be used by motorized vehicles...
  • The cowboys score! Henry Lamb mows over enviro-wackos who enforce 'wilderness' restrictions

    01/19/2008 1:13:31 AM PST · by JohnHuang2 · 6 replies · 119+ views ^ | Saturday, January 19, 2008 | Henry Lamb
    Bumper stickers that read "No Moo in '92," and "Cattle Free by '93" signaled the open warfare between Western ranchers and environmental groups in the last decade. The war is still raging. Groups such as the New Mexico Wilderness Alliance, the Wilderness Society, the Sierra Club and others set out years ago to free the West of cattle, sheep and the ranchers responsible for them. A favorite tool used by these well-funded organizations is the Wilderness Act of 1964. This law was enacted originally to preserve 9 million acres of wilderness so "future generations could see what their forefathers had...
  • Billionaires for Big Government By Matthew Vadum and James Dellinger

    01/16/2008 12:11:14 PM PST · by K-oneTexas · 8 replies · 205+ views
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | 16 January 2008 | Matthew Vadum and James Dellinger
    Billionaires for Big Government   By Matthew Vadum and James Dellinger Human Events | Wednesday, January 16, 2008 The Democracy Alliance (DA) is maturing. After several years of internal strife, management squabbles, a few political purges and frustrating electoral setbacks, the group whose mission is to tilt American politics leftward has found its footing. The DA is becoming what leftist blogger Markos Moulitsas of DailyKos fame called for in 2005: “A vast, Vast Left Wing Conspiracy to rival” the conservative movement. It relies less on traditional Democratic Party “machine” politics, which typically draws upon fat cats, institutions (the party...
  • Police interviewing co-workers of Capitol Hill stabbing victim (The Sierra Club stabbing)

    01/02/2008 2:59:42 PM PST · by BurbankKarl · 16 replies · 48+ views
    Seattle Times ^ | 1/2/08 | Jennifer Sullivan
    Seattle police are interviewing co-workers of a Seattle woman found stabbed to death outside her Capitol Hill condominium building Monday night to determine whether her attacker may be associated with the Sierra Club, where she worked. The victim was identified by co-workers as Shannon Harps, 31, who worked as an organizer for the Northwest region of the Sierra Club. Seattle police spokesman Mark Jamieson said detectives are talking with Harps' friends, family and co-workers in an effort to identify her killer. Police have a description of the man and on this afternoon released a sketch. Dan Ritzman, the Sierra Club's...
  • Colorado gets jump-start on bills for '08 Congress

    12/23/2007 3:08:16 PM PST · by george76 · 1 replies · 206+ views
    The Denver Post ^ | 12/22/2007 | Anne C. Mulkern
    Before Congress left for this year, lawmakers in Colorado's delegation put down their markers for next year. "You can never start soon enough," said Alan Salazar, chief of staff to Rep. Mark Udall, D-Eldorado Springs. With the presidential election next year, he said, passing bills could become difficult. "So the sooner you get things done, the easier it is," Salazar said. Udall is one of those who introduced a bill in the last two weeks before the congressional session ended. Sen. Salazar's bill asks to study ways to protect the open space in and around Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests....
  • The Global Warming Suicide Cult (Don Feder: Its Really The Human Extinction Movement Alert)

    12/19/2007 10:43:56 AM PST · by goldstategop · 72 replies · 1,287+ views ^ | 12/19/2007 | Don Feder
    The Global Warming movement has been compared to a religion -- albeit one without God, but with a vision of sin and repentance, damnation and salvation. Not quite. Real religion is about improving the human condition by encouraging moral conduct in obedience to the will of God. The proponents of Global Warming are creating a suicide cult, which -- if followed to its logical conclusion -- will lead to human extinction. Forget the Kyoto Treaty. Forget the Luddite Lieberman-Warner bill to cut so-called greenhouse gas emissions by 70% by 2050, which would cost the U.S. an estimated $1 trillion and...
  • California Fire Battalion Chief - Whoever Did This Knew What They Were Doing

    10/23/2007 2:44:10 PM PDT · by NorthernRight · 453 replies · 2,110+ views
    Homeland Security National Terror Alert Responce Center ^ | October 22, 2007 | News Admin - Unattributed
    <p>Fire officials found three separate “points of origin,” all near the intersection of Silverado Canyon Road and Santiago Canyon Road. Two were on one side of the road, and the third was on the other. “Whoever did this knew what they were doing,” said Kris Concepcion, a fire authority battalion chief. Also, the fire traveled 3 miles in its first 20 minutes when it was ignited about 6 p.m. Sunday, he said.</p>
  • Georgia Officials Threaten to Sue Corp of Engineers Over Draining Reservoirs

    10/17/2007 5:50:14 PM PDT · by decimon · 35 replies · 81+ views
    Associated Press ^ | October 17, 2007 | Unknown
    ATLANTA — The Army Corps of Engineers sidestepped the governor's demand to stop draining reservoirs Wednesday, setting up a legal showdown between the federal government and state officials who blame the policy for intensifying a record drought.< >Florida has complained the state is not sending enough water downstream to protect mussels, and the state's environmental chief sent a letter to the Corps on Wednesday that warned reducing the water flow "would severely impact Florida's natural resources." Alabama Gov. Bob Riley has urged the Corps to release more water from Georgia's lakes to help his state cope with the dry conditions.<...
  • CA: Schwarzenegger pleases green activists (SIGNS 72% OF BILLS ON SIERRA CLUB LIST)

    10/16/2007 10:01:07 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 18 replies · 95+ views
    Mercury News ^ | 10/16/07 | Paul Rogers
    Most of them didn't endorse Arnold Schwarzenegger for governor, and they clash with him occasionally on issues ranging from smog to logging. But environmental groups said Monday they are surprisingly pleased with the number of environmental bills Schwarzenegger signed ... Of the Sierra Club's list of 25 priority bills, Schwarzenegger signed 18 - or 72 percent - the highest ... since he took office. "It is important that he is signing more environmental bills and across a variety of subjects," said Bill Allayaud, the Sierra Club's state legislative director. "The environment did well this year." Working until nearly midnight Sunday,...
  • Mexico trucks to roll on U.S. highways

    09/01/2007 11:04:13 AM PDT · by Reagan Man · 135 replies · 2,037+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | September. 1, 2007 | John Crawley
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Bush administration can proceed with a plan to open the U.S. border to long haul Mexican trucks as early as next week after an appeals court rejected a bid by labor, consumer and environmental interests to block the initiative. ADVERTISEMENT The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco late on Friday denied an emergency petition sought by the Teamsters union, the Sierra Club and consumer group Public Citizen to halt the start of a one-year pilot program that was approved by Congress after years of legal and political wrangling. The Transportation Department welcomed the decision...