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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    Ethanol and biodiesel: Guilty as charged

    Biodiesel and ethanol are killers — and thieves of fuel efficiency, engine life, and pocketbooks. They exist in our society primarily thanks to corruptible politicians who took advantage of an “oil crisis” to entrench themselves into the American automobile. They typically reduce gas mileage, increase engine wear, and create a multitude of other problems for consumers — including higher expenses for transportation.

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    Ducks Unlimited, Virginia winery face off in court over land-use restrictions

    Cronyism once again rears its ugly head, as Big Conservation seeks to infringe upon the rights of American property owners to use their land lawfully for profit and for the benefit of customers who make their businesses grow. This time. it is a small Virginia winery, but next time it may be you wanting to add a barbecue pit or even a hot tub. Hopefully, the courts will side with the property owners this time — but we must be eternally vigilant against these interlopers who seek godlike status in our society.

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    Greens, Feds team up to link land-use restrictions to climate change

    The behemoth that is the federal bureaucracy is wholly unaccountable to the people whom they are now pushing around via massive new regulations — Obama style — that take away private property rights without due process or even a hearing. Washington is out of control and must be reined in,

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    Colorado canyon latest Obama “monument” land grab

    Once again, a President has designated land for national monuments without the advice and consent of Congress — an action unchecked during the Bush years after President Clinton’s highly controversial designation of the Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument in Utah. These land grabs may sound noble, but whenever federal officials replace state and local land managers, they tend to create problems for continuing use of the land and even surrounding areas. This is particularly true of Brown’s Canyon in Colorado, says the Colorado Cattlemen’s Association.

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    California raisin farmers get another day in court

    Raisin growers Marvin and Laura Horne have challenged a 66-year-old USDA regulation that allows the government to seize up to half a grower’s raisin crop for forced resale overseas at discounted prices. The stated purpose is to keep the domestic price for raisins artificially high, but the Hornes claim that the seizure of their crop amounts to an unconstitutional taking without adequate compensation – and now the case is headed to the U.S. Supreme Court.

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    I come to bury renewable fuel standards

    The federal ethanol mandate mut be rescinded, say CFACT Senior Policy Advisor Paul Driessen. Nearly 40% of the U.S. corn crop is devoted to ethanol, and this requires enormous amounts of irrigation water, fertilizers, pesticides, and gasoline or diesel fuel to grow, harvest, and ship the corn — and then to ship the ethanol. While corn growers are protected by the mandate, they are making money — but at the expense of chicken, turkey, egg, and hog farmers who are paying an extra $100 billion a year in feed costs. Moreover, energy from oil and gas drilling is much less harmful to the environment — especially given the high usage of water, the unbearable flow of life-killing nutrients into the Gulf of Mexico, and of course the negative impacts on gasoline and diesel engines from the added ethanol (and the lower miles per gallon it delivers). It is time, says Driessen, to bury the Renewable Fuel Standard and the ethanol subsidies.

Food
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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.

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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. . . .

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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?

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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 . . .

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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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    John Holdren in his own (radical) words

    “De-develop the United States” and “halt the growth of the Ameri­can population.” Though Obama science advisor John Holdren would like to cover them up, here are his own words in their full context. Remember when Obama’s EPA rolls out its new power plant regulations Monday.

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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.”

Property Rights
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    Property owners stand up to National Park Service bullying

    Tom and Kathy Stocklen fought the National Park Service for over 40 years and retired with their property intact, despite repeated efforts, even threats, by NPS bureaucrats to take their land in Michigan’s Sleeping Bear Dunes Natioanl Lakeshore. Curiously, the NPS has recently ended four decades of dredging the Platte River, where the Stocklens placed their canoes, for safe navigation. Clearly, Washington thinks that landowners are public nuisances.

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    “Farming in Fear” Watch the trailer

    “Farming in Fear” pieces together Martha’s story from interviews and documentation, tracking the nearly 10-year ordeal she’s gone through just to earn a living in spite of corrupt local ordinances, abusive management of her conservation easement, and personal attacks through the introduction of an amendment to Virginia’s Right to Farm Act called the ‘Boneta Bill’, designed to protect small farmers so that what happened to Martha never happens again.

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    House property rights caucus to target abuse of landowners

    The new Private Property Rights Caucus in the U.S. House of Representatives will target legislation and regulations that interfere with the free and lawful use of private property. Created by Rep. Tom Reed (R, NY), the caucus hopes to build a broad-based coalition that will restore Constitutional rights and enable property owners to provide for themselves and their families.

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    Proposed water rule puts Americans at EPA’s mercy

    It seems incredible, but a single missing word could turn a water law into a government land grab so horrendous even a U.S. Supreme Court justice warned it would “put the property rights of every American entirely at the mercy of Environmental Protection Agency employees.”

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.

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Water
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    WOTUS: Court blocks EPA water rule

    At the eleventh hour a federal court ordered an injunction blocking EPA’s water rule.

    EPA was defiant. EPA bureaucrats declared that they will only halt the rule in the 13 states that requested the injunction.

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    EPA flooded with lawsuits over controversial water rule

    Twenty-nine states have filed lawsuits against the EPA for redefining the “Waters of the United States,” or WOTUS. Should local streams, irrigation ponds, roadside ditches, and even “connective” dry lands be placed under the authority of the Clean Water Act?

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    Curbing EPA Abuses

    What can be done to curb these abuses and usurpations, and rein in this renegade agency?

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    Proposed water rule puts Americans at EPA’s mercy

    It seems incredible, but a single missing word could turn a water law into a government land grab so horrendous even a U.S. Supreme Court justice warned it would “put the property rights of every American entirely at the mercy of Environmental Protection Agency employees.”

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    WOTUS: The facts about EPA’s wet fiction

    Landowners, homeowners, business owners, home builders, construction companies, the forestry and mining industries, and just about everyone else engaged in productive activities in the United States are in the crosshairs of the most far-reaching power grab the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has ever undertaken.

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    EPA in hot WOTUS as people say, “ditch this rule!”

    Should the feds seize control over every wet ditch and puddle in the U.S.? Big Green foundations have been lusting after WOTUS power since the late 1990s. People are speaking up and sharing their stories. EPA is sweating. EPA should sweat.

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    Wyoming ranchers sue Western Watersheds Project for trespassing

    Wyoming ranchers are suing the Western Watersheds Project for trespassing for gathering water samples on private and state land without permission. WWP’s stated mission is to rid public lands of all grazing leases. Writer Ron Arnold says their activities constitute “rural cleansing.”

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    If it’s wet, EPA wants to regulate it

    WOTUS gives untrustworthy federal bureaucrats custody of every watershed, creates crushing new power to coerce all who keep America going and offers no benefit to the victimized and demoralized tax-paying public.