Development

Summary

We cannot create jobs, improve lives, build communities or live as human beings without affecting our environment. But as we do so, we can and must minimize impacts, safeguard wildlife habitats and environmental values, and conserve energy and other resources. In short, we must be good stewards of the earth, while meeting the needs of American families and helping less fortunate families and nations achieve their dreams.

All wealth and human progress come from holes in the ground or water: trees and food crops that sprout from the earth, fish pulled from lakes and oceans, and of course energy, metals and other raw materials extracted via mines and wells. Responsibly developing these essential resources brings progress, greater prosperity, better living standards, improved health and longevity, and greater environmental protection.

Humans are consumers and polluters. However, we are also creators, innovators, protectors and stewards. By unleashing responsible free enterprise and our ultimate resource (our creative minds), and by ensuring access to affordable energy, raw materials and modern technologies, we can create jobs, generate new government revenues, make our world better, and improve the lives and fortunes of our fellow human beings in America and poor countries – while also protecting wildlife, habitats and other natural treasures.

 

Recent Articles

Agriculture
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    Was stopping Nevada’s fracking rush behind the Bundy Showdown?

    There are a lot of theories as to the real reason the Bureau of Land Management has chosen this time to try to seize Cliven Bundy’s cattle and shut down his ranch. The most easily disproven theory is that the cattle are threatening the desert tortoise. Others suggest that Senator Harry Reid, whose lieutenant now runs the BLM, has a secret deal with the Chinese to build a huge solar array on the property. Marita Noon believes she has uncovered a third possibility — that the BLM wants to control the mineral rights to oil and natural gas in the area.

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    The methane hoax cranks up!

    What with the failure of the war on carbon dioxide to take hold, anti-energy zealots had to find another enemy — and this time, the enemy is methane from cow farts. The U.S. dairy industry is about to be besieged as viciously as the coal and oil and gas industries have been smeared and demonized even since the U.S. Senate rejected the Kyoto protocols. This war will get ugly before most Americans even realize it is happening, or that their prosperity is the chief target.

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    Perils of commercial beekeeping

    It is time for U.S. and Canadian regulators to “bee” smart — and ignore calls for copying the EU and banning neonicotinoids. While it is true that harvesting the nation’s almond crop puts stress on bee colonies and exposes them to parasites and diseases,

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    New Virginia law protects farmers from meddling local officials

    Thanks to a grassroots outcry against injustice, Virginia lawmakers passed a new law, signed by Gov. Terry McAuliffe, that protects family farmers from encroachment by local governments. Martha Boneta had been barred by her county government from selling produce, fined for hosting a birthday party, and threatened with the loss of her entire farm. Environmental groups and county governments provided the major opposition to the bill.

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    Job creators sue the federal government over “sue and settle”

    For years environmentalists have usurped individual private property rights and thwarted economic development. Now, thanks to Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt, it appears that the job creators may have finally learned something from the extreme tactics of groups, like the Wild Earth Guardians and the Center for Biological Diversity (CBD), which have been using the courts to their advantage by filing lawsuits against the federal government.

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    Flight of the honeybees’ commercial keepers

    Almond lovers must also be bee lovers, and it takes 1.5 million beehives to ensure the annual California almond crop — 80% of the world’s total. But risk, mites, and disease plague hives — and the convergence of so many bees creates a hotbed of viruses and pathogens. This — and not neonicotinoid pesticides — is the most likely threat to bee populations in the U.S. Part 2 will explain this in more detail.

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    Greens exploit widespread science ignorance

    Alan Caruba laments that so many on the Left who rail about environmental causes are so poorly educated — no wonder, he says, they are so gullible. Meanwhile, U.S. farmers are efficient producers of food, fiber, and fuel and good stewards of our natural resources.

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    Landowner fights Virginia county over right to host overnight hunting guest

    Isle of Wight County (Virginia) officials decided to play rough with a local farmer whose “crime” was kindness to a disabled friend who wanted to go hunting. County goons swarmed in and declared the presence of his friend’s RV made his farm an unauthorized “campground.’ Landowner Joseph Ferguson then called the Rutherford Institute for help. The case is pending.

Food
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    Stirring in electricity production with Greek yogurt

    The Greek yogurt boom has taken the nation by storm. And while many enjoy the dairy product for its unique, flavorful taste, others are finding it to be a delicious means to produce electricity.
    [audio http://www.cfact.org/radio/260/5187.mp3]

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    New Brooklyn hydroponic greenhouse? Don’t fuggedaboutit!

    When you think about food at a bowling alley, you might think of pizza and fries, not freshly grown lettuce and herbs. But according to Wired.com, a group called Gotham Greens has transformed the roof of an abandoned bowling alley in Brooklyn into a thriving, 15,000 square-foot greenhouse.
    [audio http://www.cfact.org/radio/259/5175.mp3]

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    USDA shirking its responsibility to inspect organic food!

    The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) prohibits synthetic nitrogen fertilizer in organic production and encourages natural compost. But it does not test for un-composted feces. At least 140 people across eight states have now fallen ill after consuming hepatitis-A-infected certified-organic frozen berries and pomegranate seeds; 61 were still in hospitals in mid-July.

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    Biotechnology is the future of food, today

    Genetically modified foods are feared by some, but are these fears this justified? Dr. Patrick Michaels, director of the Center for the Study of Science at the Cato Institute, says no, and here explains why. . . .
    [audio http://www.cfact.org/radio/259/5171.mp3]

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    Can wood feed the world?

    Wood is used for everything from kitchen tables to baseball bats, but might it also be a source of food for a growing world population?
    [audio http://www.cfact.org/radio/259/5167.mp3]

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    Why should “organic” mean “untested”?

    Organic farmers in many developing countries – such as Turkey, the apparent origin of this outbreak – still use raw human sewage to fertilize crops! In many people’s opinion, that practice qualifies as “organic” – whereas using safe modern fertilizers and insecticides does not! Even worse, feces contamination cannot be washed off. It’s embedded in the plant.

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    Think local, shop global

    Are foods like lettuce, eggs and beef better for you if they’re grown locally in your area, than if they’re shipped in from far away? Not necessarily . . .
    [audio http://www.cfact.org/radio/258/5160.mp3]

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    How safe is your organic food?

    How safe are organic foods, especially when compared to conventionally grown varieties? Not as safe as many assume. A recall has just been announced for certified organic berries sold at Costco. According to the Centers for Disease Control, at least 106 people in eight states have contracted hepatitis A, a debilitating disease that can last for weeks or months, and even be deadly, after eating Townsend Farms frozen berries bought at the box store retailer.

Energy Poverty
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    UN exploits gender issues to hustle climate treaty

    If the climate crowd truly cared about women’s issues, they would focus on the link between poverty and affordable energy instead of wasting time, money, and resources on policies based on junk science.

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    No way to run a country

    The Economist helped push Britain into the “greenest” carbon policies in the known world. Now, even though the global temperatures haven’t risen for more than 15 years they have created their very own energy crisis.

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    Cold kills more than heat & the Hockey Stick that wasn’t

    Morano appeared on Canda’s Sun TV to discuss why winter cold is killing many times more Britons than heat. He also addresses the stunning admission that a widely publicized study claiming unprecedented warming in the past 100 years was not “statistically robust”–another way of admitting that their conclusions are scientifically baseless.

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    Our real manmade climate crisis

    Even the IPCC and British Meteorological Office now recognize that average global temperatures haven’t budged in almost 17 years. However, we do face imminent manmade climate disasters. Global warming is the greatest moral issue of our time. We must do all we can to prevent looming climate catastrophes.

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    Environmentalist says humans are plague on Earth

    David Attenborough, British broadcaster and environmentalist, is at it again, claiming that humans are a plague. According to today’s UK Telegraph, Attenborough said, “We are a plague on the Earth.”

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    Morano on Canadian TV: Fighting climate billionaires

    CFACT’s Marc Morano, editor of the Climate Depot news and information service, appeared on the Canadian TV program, “The Source with Ezra Levant,” on February 1 to discuss how rich foreigners spend huge sums of money to oppose cheap energy. The Rockefellers, Levant notes, spend $7 million a year just in Canada to fund legal challenges to development.

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    Charles Manson energy

    Wind turbine companies, officers and employees, however, are immune from prosecution, fines or imprisonment, regardless of how many rare, threatened, endangered or migratory birds and bats they kill. In fact, FWS data show that wind turbines slaughter some 400,000 birds every year. If “helter-skelter” applies to any energy source, it is wind turbines, reflecting their Charles Manson effect on birds.

Population
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    “Ten Billion” is poppycock and balderdash!

    Two new books, Ten Billion, by Stephen Emmot, and Population: Ten Billion, by Dan Dorley, claim too many people will bring on disaster. They claim humanity will be doomed by the combination of overpopulation, climate change and species loss…. Oddly, this claim has new proponents just as the world’s birth rate has reached an all time low. Births per woman in the poor countries have fallen from 6.2 at the end of World War II to about 2.6 today. The First World is already well below replacement, with birth rates still falling. The UN projections indicate only 6.2 billion people on the planet in 2100!

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    Environmentalist says humans are plague on Earth

    David Attenborough, British broadcaster and environmentalist, is at it again, claiming that humans are a plague. According to today’s UK Telegraph, Attenborough said, “We are a plague on the Earth.”

  • Dog lovers and baby killers

    By Cyril Boynes A couple months ago, when its dog-sledding business lost customers, a Canadian company had a hundred of […]

Property Rights
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    New Virginia law protects farmers from meddling local officials

    Thanks to a grassroots outcry against injustice, Virginia lawmakers passed a new law, signed by Gov. Terry McAuliffe, that protects family farmers from encroachment by local governments. Martha Boneta had been barred by her county government from selling produce, fined for hosting a birthday party, and threatened with the loss of her entire farm. Environmental groups and county governments provided the major opposition to the bill.

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    Landowner fights Virginia county over right to host overnight hunting guest

    Isle of Wight County (Virginia) officials decided to play rough with a local farmer whose “crime” was kindness to a disabled friend who wanted to go hunting. County goons swarmed in and declared the presence of his friend’s RV made his farm an unauthorized “campground.’ Landowner Joseph Ferguson then called the Rutherford Institute for help. The case is pending.

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    The fracking fight escalates

    So a few cities in Colorado and far-left Oberlin, Ohio, have passed fracking bans — but do they dare pass bans on the sale and use of gasoline made from fracked oil, or of natural gas recovered via this controversial process? Thank goodness existing law protects citizens of single towns from being hoodwinked by activists into at least some very bad policy decisions. Yeah, we once got people to sign a petition banning dihydrogen monoxide as a dangerous substance!

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    Strengthening property rights protects endangered fish

    [audio http://www.cfact.org/radio/248/4956.mp3] Can strengthening private property rights help protect our streams, rivers and endangered species? Well if the Upper Colorado River Basin is any example, the answer is “yes.”

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    Right to farm under assault in Virginia

    A new small business near Virginia’s picturesque Shenandoah Valley is threatened with extinction at the hands of county officials who are determined to twist the law in order to snuff out a local agricultural enterprise.

Human Rights
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    Ethical Oil vs. Conflict Oil

    CFACT’s Marc Morano was at our Light Brigade counter protest to Sierra Club & 350.org’s climate rally on February 17, where the Green protestors were opposing the Keystone XL pipeline. As Morano points out in this video, however, America must get its oil from somewhere–the only question is do we want to get oil from friendly, democratic neighbors like Canada, or from dictatorships and conflict-torn countries?

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    Environmentalist says humans are plague on Earth

    David Attenborough, British broadcaster and environmentalist, is at it again, claiming that humans are a plague. According to today’s UK Telegraph, Attenborough said, “We are a plague on the Earth.”

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    The misdirected tears of the Philippines

    This week Naderev M. Sano of the Phillipines delegation made a tear-filled speech to COP 18 in Doha, Qatar. In contrast to the delegates wrangling for national advantage, the shameless rent-seeking of the carbon profiteers and the left-wing agendas of the radical NGOs, Mr. Sano projected a refreshing sincerity. Sadly, he is sincerely wrong.

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    Morano on Canadian TV: Fighting climate billionaires

    CFACT’s Marc Morano, editor of the Climate Depot news and information service, appeared on the Canadian TV program, “The Source with Ezra Levant,” on February 1 to discuss how rich foreigners spend huge sums of money to oppose cheap energy. The Rockefellers, Levant notes, spend $7 million a year just in Canada to fund legal challenges to development.

  • Friendly Smokers Hit back

    by Einar Du Rietz Don’t you agree? On the anti smoking issue, that is. On the one hand, people in […]

Water
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    Study: Hydraulic fracturing cleaner than conventional methods

    Does hydraulic fracturing produce more wastewater than conventional natural gas production? Surprisingly, Dr. Brian Lutz, professor of biogeochemistry, says ‘no,’ and is here to explain why. . . .
    [audio http://www.cfact.org/radio/257/5122.mp3]

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    USGS study clears fracking in Arkansas

    Opponents of hydraulic fracturing for natural gas, also known as “fracking,” have long claimed that it contaminants drinking water. Unfortunately for them, they have been unable to find such contamination . . .
    [audio http://www.cfact.org/radio/256/5107.mp3]

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    Doubts about drought help dry up climate alarmism

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    Those fearing catastrophic global warming often point to increased drought as one of the scariest scenarios of climate change. But new research at Princeton University indicates there has actually been little change in drought over the past 60 years. . .

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    Pine bark beetle epidemic could harm drinking supplies

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    Pine bark beetles continue to kill millions of acres of trees in Western states. But now, a new study shows the epidemic in Colorado could lead to the contamination of drinking water supplies, as well.

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    Common sense in CA as voters keep San Francisco reservoir

    California’s best water, along with cheap, clean, renewable hydro power will continue to flow to San Francisco from the Hetch Hechy reservoir. San Francisco voters defeated the measure 77 to 23. Greens see things differently when it’s THEIR lifestyle scheduled to be diminished.

  • Reaffirming the cornerstone of freedom

    Freedom 21, of which CFACT was a co-founding organization, is a coalition of groups that came together, quite literally, in the waning days of the last century, to build a domestic and international movement that could promote freedom as the guiding principle for the 21st Century and beyond.