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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    “Roundup” the corrupt fear monger regulators

    Environmental activists and government bureaucracies are today shameless as they falsify documents, hide research, mislead and obfuscate as they collude to fabricate a case against glyphosate (the key ingredient in Roundup) and thus subject farmers to further restrictions on their ability to provide food to the tables of the American people. Worldwide, these fear mongers have caused tens of millions of deaths from preventable and treatable diseases and from malnutrition.

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    The battle for our grasslands and livestock

    Australian rancher Viv Forbes and some colleagues have published a report urging a climate exit (Clexit) to stop the insane assault on farming and ranching that is being orchestrated by billionaires in the name of saving the environment. The real goal is total control over all human activity.

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    Powering countries, empowering people

    CFACT Senior Policy Analyst Paul Driessen cuts to the point — that billions of people in Africa, india, and elsewhere are systematically being denied reliable access (or any access) to electricity by cold-hearted bureaucrats and elitist governments who have decided for these people that no electricity is better than fossil fuel electricity (or even hydro). Yet when people do gain access to affordable energy, their productivity can skyrocket.

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    Ethanol is the wrong solution

    Ethanol may be a good deal for corn farmers, but it is bad for Gulf fishing and marine life in general, bad for automobile and other engines, bad for the economy, bad for gasoline mileage, and bad for the environment. So why are we still mandating its use in vehicles?

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    Courts tackling Clean Water Act abuses

    The U.S. Supreme Court ruled unanimously that the North Dakota-based Hawkes Co., which had planned to mine peat from property in Minnesota, could challenge in court a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Army Corps) ruling declaring the property counted as “regulated wetlands” without first having to go through the costly process necessary to obtain a permit to disturb wetlands.

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    Why waste food to replace something we already have too much of?

    As total repeal of the ethanol renewable fuel standard is unlikely, a compromise has been crafted that CFACT advisor Marita Noon says would go a long way toward minimizing the problem from over-zealous government intervention in the vehicular fuel marketplace. It is time to get back to allowing the free market—not Congress, not unelected bureaucrats, not mandates, not artificially spurred growth in a chosen industry—to determine our fuel choices.

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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    RICO for government climate deniers?

    Throwing the First Amendment down the toilet, 17 state attorneys general (Democrats) have conspired to conduct an Inquisition against climate realists in order to protect the $1.5 trillion climate crisis industry from being exposed as a total fraud on the world’s population — one that is responsible for energy poverty in Africa that takes countless lives, a growing energy poverty in Europe that is killing tens of thousands, and so many more dire consequences. Having lost the battle to attack the credibility of dissenting scientists, the plan now is just to lock them up or fine them and disallow any public exposition of their research. This plan is not going to work, promises CFACT’s Paul Driessen and coauthor Ron Arnold.

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    The developing world wants natural gas and electricity, Hillary Clinton responds with an “epic fail”

    While serving as Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton created a nonprofit to fund so-called clean cookstoves that are being marketed as the preferred UN solution for Africans and others without access to electricity (rather than, for example, providing electricity to them)(. Turns out the Clinton Foundation has an interest in this project, and perhaps the deeper goal is acquiring carbon credits for sale to the highest bidder once Hillary becomes President and imposes a carbon tax.

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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.”

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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    Antiquities Act, eminent domain threaten American families

    Some 500 families were relocated 80 years ago when the federal government used the Antiquities Act of 1906 to create Shenandoah National Park. Today, a private company is seeking to use eminent domain (despite having an alternate route) to destroy farmland and displace or negatively impact about 2,700 families. There is a better way.

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    Fracturing common sense

    Wealthy anti-fracking zealots created a petition campaign to try to shut down the entire oil and gas industry in Colorado — but say little about the costs of their extreme proposals.

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    Hudson Valley landowners’ 22-year battle against New York land trusts

    The fat cats who run land trusts actually believe they are entitled to anyone else’s property just because they want it … and in the case of the former Smitty’s Dude Ranch in upstate New York, they have fought low down and dirty over the past 30 years to seize property that 28 years ago was sold, under a deed upheld many times in court, to a couple of modest means. Decency is not in the vocabulary of these modern day robber barons, who finally won a judicial victory after 22 years of fraudulent efforts, ridiculous claims, and other methods designed to destroy the ability of the owners to fight back.

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    Will landowners get their day in court?

    Landowners throughout the nation will soon learn whether they have the right to challenge in court decisions by federal agencies asserting jurisdiction over what the feds say are “wetlands” on their property.

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    The persistent popularity of property rights

    While you rarely hear about it in the news, property rights continues to be a popular issue for most Americans—so popular that enterprising policy makers and others in the public policy arena could use this often overlooked issue to significant effect.

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    Fed court places WOTUS on hold nationwide

    Friday was not a good day for the Obama EPA. The Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals expanded the stay on the Administration’s land-grabbing water rule beyond the states that appealed, to the entire nation. The pushback against regulatory overreach is on!

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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    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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    Exaggerating chromium risks

    The danger depends on the dose. Being able to detect drops in an Olympic swimming pool does not pose a health or cancer risk.

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    CO2 ‘pollution’ is greening the planet

    CFACT advisor Larry Bell reports, “If there’s anything that climate crisis theology clerics hate more than fossil fuels, it’s got to be any glad tidings about CO2.” New research shows that the switch to fossil fuels preserved more forests to exchange CO2 for oxygen and also returning plant fertilizer to grow more food in the bargain. Thus, any attempt to REDUCE CO2 is counterproductive, given that CO2 boosts water use efficiency.

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    Fed court places WOTUS on hold nationwide

    Friday was not a good day for the Obama EPA. The Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals expanded the stay on the Administration’s land-grabbing water rule beyond the states that appealed, to the entire nation. The pushback against regulatory overreach is on!

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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.”