Environment

Summary

Every human impacts the environment, as individuals and communities trying to survive and prosper, and as companies seeking to provide jobs, energy, food, clothing, shelter and medicines that protect and improve lives. In doing so, we must also be stewards of the Earth and its wildlife and resources – with an obligation to focus on real problems, rather than exaggerated or illusory problems, and to do so while ensuring human health, welfare, living standards and pursuit of happiness, especially for families that still live in abject poverty, misery, deprivation and disease in the world’s most impoverished countries.

We must address not only the risks of using chemicals and other technologies, but also the risks of not using those technologies. We must consider not just the risks a technology might cause, but those that it would reduce or prevent. We must leave the Earth better than we found it; conserve, recycle, and improve our efficiency in using resources; and meet the needs of current generations, before worrying too much about future generations, which will have far greater wealth and better technology than we do.

Our responsibility as responsible, caring, innovative stewards of creation is to constantly improve our record on all fronts: from producing energy and raw materials to manufacture the goods we need, to growing sufficient nutritious food, to recycling more and further reducing the land use impacts and pollution associated with all human activities, to helping all people achieve their dreams. We must also recognize that policies which deny people access to reliable, affordable energy, well-paying jobs and modern living standards actually result in diminished environmental quality, as people struggling to survive often destroy habitats and wildlife to provide food and fuel.

 

Recent Articles

Agriculture
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    Politicized sustainability threatens planet and people

    Paul Driessen, author of “Eco-Imperialism: Green Power, Black Death,” explains the vast difference between Real Sustainability, which implies wisely using our resources and always looking to innovate, and Politicized Sustainability, a radical policy that focuses on focuses on ridding the world of fossil fuels, regardless of any social, economic, environmental, or human costs of doing so — and regardless of whether supposed alternatives really are eco-friendly and sustainable.

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    What natural disasters should teach us

    Ugandan author Steven Lyazi scoffs at the chiding and covert racism of wealthy environmental advocates who live in luxury but demand a lower quality lifestyle for Africans. He points the finger at the Club of Rome for banning DDT once they realized that Africans not dying from malaria and other diseases would live longer and have more children. His words echo the toothless declarations that sustainable development restrictions should not apply to the very poor.

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    Finally, some common-sense Western fire policies

    CFACT Senior Policy Advisor Paul Driessen reports on positive changes in forest management at two federal agencies — Interior under Ron Zinke and Agriculture under Sonny Perdue. New policies will go a long way at reducing deaths of humans, animals, and plants from forest fires, and dramatically lower the costs of forest management while increasing the amount of forest land available for recreation and harvesting. As Driessen says, cleaning out dead, diseased, burned, overgrown trees would bring countless benefits — and make our forests healthy again.

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    Executive order ends Monumental land grabs

    As the environmental movement unfolded, Presidents courting green votes have increasingly used the Antiquities Act of 1906 to sequester large swaths of land — and water — from future public and private use — all too often without the advice and consent of elected officials and citizen groups. These seizures have cost states and private citizens the use of these properties, and the revenue and enjoyment that come from such uses. President Trump’s executive order is step 1 in putting a stop to these unpopular land grabs and hopefully to reopening noncritical acreage to a variety of human uses.

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    Off to a bumbling start at Interior

    Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke’s designation of the the rusty patched bumblebee as endangered has already set in motion a rash of legal actions to block individual projects and stop all development in large swaths of land.

Air
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    EPA’s Tower of Pisa policies

    As dangerous as current EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy and her former colleague Al Amendariz were, recent revelations indicate that two other EPA officials — convicted felon John Beale and Robert Brenner — may have been much worse. The pair concocted the sue-and-settle scheme that provides virtual kickbacks to “friendly” plaintiffs. They also manipulated scientific studies and even authorized illegal experiments on human test subjects to “justify” extremely stringent EPA regulations that slow or reverse business development — and now the EPA claims it cannot find the scientific data upon which some major job-killing rules were supposedly based.

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    Clearing the air on pollution trends

    Is America’s air quality getting cleaner, or dirtier? Well while many believe it is getting dirtier because of more factories, people and cars, a new report by Steven Hayward of the American Enterprise Institute indicates otherwise.

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    EPA seeks to punish drivers (again) via its Tier 3 regulations

    Citizens need to tell EPA: “The huge improvements to date are enough for now. We have other crucial health, environmental, employment and economic problems to solve – which also affect human health and welfare. We don’t have the financial, human or technological resources to do it all – especially to waste billions on something where the quantifiable health benefits payback is minimal, or even zero.”

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    Chinese air episode exposes EPA fraud on PM 2.5 levels

    EPA claims that fine particulate matter at levels above 12 micrograms per cubic meter kills people within hours and causes a quarter of all U.S. deaths, but during a recent episode in China when fine PM levels were 89 times higher than the EPA standard, the only deaths attributed to the episode were from traffic accidents due to poor visibility. EPA is using this fraud to shut down coal power plants, creating higher energy costs that really do cause premature deaths among America’s poor.

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    Sniffing out dirty local air

    We’ve all heard warnings about bad air-quality days. But since those readings are usually taken from just a few monitors scattered around the city, does that tell us anything about the specific air we actually breathe?

  • 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.

Biodiversity
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    Carbon dioxide won’t cause famines

    Dennis Avery cites the historical record of miniature ice ages that have created hard times for people, and the warming cycles that have benefited human, animal, and plant life. Indeed, Avery concludes that “misguided opposition to biotechnology, fossil fuels,and increased atmospheric carbon dioxide could very well condemn millions of people to malnutrition and starvation, and numerous wildlife species to extinction.”

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    Wind power or wildlife: It’s your choice!

    America needs an “all of the sensible” energy policy. If an energy option makes sense – technically, economically and environmentally – it should be implemented. If it flunks, it should be scrapped.

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    Eagle killers get off scot free?

    Free-market advocates have a hard time explaining that being anti-environmentalist is not the same as being anti-environment. Big Green has done such a thorough job of casting itself as nature’s selfless, altruistic guardian that supporters don’t even notice that their rants against “money-grubbing polluters” always end with “Send Money.”

  • Act now to save the bald eagle!

    Submit your comment to the federal register to save our national bird Bald eagles are our national bird. Golden eagles […]

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    Sustainable fizzle: Rio+20 utopia

    Rio+20 was clearly not about enabling countries, communities and companies to do a better job of protecting environmental values, while helping families to climb out of poverty. It was about using sustainable development pieties to target development projects, limit individual liberty and market-based initiatives, and provide sufficient wind and solar power to generate and demonstrate modest improvements in developing countries’ living conditions – while ensuring that poor families never become middle class, and communities never actually conquer poverty, misery and disease.

Endangered Species
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    The mouse that won’t stop roaring

    Why did the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service waste over 100 million taxpayer dollars to save the Preble’s meadow jumping mouse from extinction when the little critters are alive and well from Colorado to Alaska?

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    GOP energy report card: 2015

    CFACT policy advisor Marita Noon says the GOP Congress got one A, two Bs, a C, and two Ds on its energy policy report card during 2015 — but the B for the Keystone Pipeline ought to be an F if results, not good intentions, are the basis for grading.

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    Western States scramble to avoid ESA listing for greater sage-grouse

    First, it was the spotted owl — a horrific decision that destroyed jobs forever despite faulty science. Then, the land grabbers at the USGS and the FWS determined that the “Gunnison sage-grouse” is a different species (not just a variety, as is the scientific reality) from the “greater sage-grouse,” and so took more land out of production. Now these servants of the state (not the people) want to list the “greater sage-grouse” — yet another taking that is facing real opposition. The Endangered Species Act as written and executed is bad law that uses bad science — and does not adequately protect the species it claims to favor.

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    Six energy policy changes to watch for in a Republican-controlled Congress

    CFACT advisor Marita Noon suggests six major areas of confrontation and change now the the Republican Party controls both the House and Senate: the long-awaited (and perhaps too late) approval for the Keystone XL pipeline; a major expansion of oil and gas and minerals development on federal lands; lifting the current ban on U.S. oil and gas exports; reining in the EPA’s power, especially as it applies to the proposed Clean Power Plan and the expanded Waters of the United States regulations; major reforms to the Endangered Species Act that would turn landowners from enemies to protectors of threatened and endangered species; and an end to climate alarmism as official U.S. Congress policy. Nearly all of these changes are expected to be vigorously fought by President Obama and the White House.

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    Workers suffer when militarized police and Big Green get together

    Billionaire environmentalists have long been at war against the American people — and hide behind federal agencies which have joyfully done their bidding. Today, however, people are awakening to this threat, and fighting back against the billionaires. As Kareem Abdul-Jabbar has written, the poor will revolt against this micro-management of the economy and the environment by rich elites.

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    U.S. Government releases predators against its own people

    With pressure from environmentalists (including anti-meat activists), the federal government reintroduced the Mexican grey wolf into southern New Mexico and other areas — to the dismay of ranchers and their families, livestock, and pets. The anti-people zealots are now demanding even greater protections for these wolves, who routinely kill other endangered or threatened species and pose genuine threats to people despite claims that wolves do not attack humans. The time is now to fight against this dangerous trend — by submitting comments to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

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 . . .

Land Use
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    What natural disasters should teach us

    Ugandan author Steven Lyazi scoffs at the chiding and covert racism of wealthy environmental advocates who live in luxury but demand a lower quality lifestyle for Africans. He points the finger at the Club of Rome for banning DDT once they realized that Africans not dying from malaria and other diseases would live longer and have more children. His words echo the toothless declarations that sustainable development restrictions should not apply to the very poor.

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    The Hurricane Harvey hustle

    CFACT Senior Policy Analyst Paul Driessen quotes multiple climate scientists who explain that high-rainfall tropical storms have battered the Texas coast (and Florida) for generations of recorded history (and likely long before). Thus, the efforts to tie Hurricane Harvey to “climate change” are “disgraceful” — and ignore the reality that Houston was built on impermeable clays and reclaimed swamp lands with a history of subsidence.

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    Revisiting wind turbine impacts

    CFACT Senior Policy Analyst Paul Driessen corrects some assumptions in an earlier article about the energy, land, and materials requirements for creating a totally wind-powered United States. The numbers are staggering — even though based on best-scenario assumptions. The real world situation would likely be much worse. Simply put, the goal of a 100% wind powered nation is a pipe dream.

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    Life in fossil-fuel-free utopia

    CFACT Senior Policy Analyst Paul Driessen explains how life without fossil fuels will not be the utopian adventure that advocates for banning them claim. For starters, there would be no more wind turbines or solar arrays because fossil fuels are needed to construct, transport, and install them. Worse, the rest of the world will laugh as we turn backwards to the dark ages.

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    “The Uncertainty Has Settled”

    CFACT highly recommends showing this film to friends and neighbors. Marijm Poels is an honest man. The kind of person who can bring reconciliation through exposing the truth for all to see. We salute this work.

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    Land, energy, and mineral lockdowns

    CFACT Senior Policy Advisor Paul Driessen lauds President Trump’s call for a review of recent land withdrawals under the Antiquities Act — as do residents of western states whose economic and personal freedom has been severely impinged by these heartless actions by grandstanding Presidents. While federal agencies own just 0.3% of Connecticut and Iowa, and 0.6% of New York, they own, manage and control 63% of all land in Utah; 61% in Alaska and Idaho; 80% in Nevada; 29% to 53% in the other western states. Restrictive federal land use policies severely affect job creation and economic opportunities for states, communities, families and our nation as a whole, for little environmental benefit.

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    Refocusing a Chicago water summit

    CFACT Senior Policy Analyst Paul Driessen chides the conferees at the upcoming water summit in Chicago to admit that the ongoing hysteria over “climate change” has distracted regulatory agencies and state and local governments fromaddressing much more significant issues related to clean water (and others as well). The economic malaise that resulted from Obama’s war on coal — and thus on coal miners — has led to an unprecedented increase in opioid addiction that is just one sign of the assault on families conducted in the name of climate change. Meanwhile, Milwaukee dumps unrtreated wastewater and sewage into Lake Michigan, and many U.S. cities have failing water and wastewater systems taht might have been updated had it not been for the monies redirected toward enriching global warming advocates.

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    Executive order ends Monumental land grabs

    As the environmental movement unfolded, Presidents courting green votes have increasingly used the Antiquities Act of 1906 to sequester large swaths of land — and water — from future public and private use — all too often without the advice and consent of elected officials and citizen groups. These seizures have cost states and private citizens the use of these properties, and the revenue and enjoyment that come from such uses. President Trump’s executive order is step 1 in putting a stop to these unpopular land grabs and hopefully to reopening noncritical acreage to a variety of human uses.

Pollution
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    Solving the PCB problem with cooperation instead of litigation

    Ron Arnold details the story of how industry, environmentalists, and regulators are working together to overcome a paradoxical EPA rule that allows PCBs in products but bans the disposal of wastewater containing PCB residues. This story, sadly, is atypical of today’s EPA, especially as it applies to energy and water issues.

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    Norway’s biggest grill open for business

    You’ve heard about microwaving a frozen dinner or popcorn, but how about an airplane? Well just such a contraption was recently developed in Norway and promises both safety and environmental benefits.

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    Designer islands

    You’ve heard of designer jeans, but how about designer islands? Well according to the publication More Greener Pastures, such designer islands are now a reality.

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    Clearing the air on pollution trends

    Is America’s air quality getting cleaner, or dirtier? Well while many believe it is getting dirtier because of more factories, people and cars, a new report by Steven Hayward of the American Enterprise Institute indicates otherwise.

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    Nanowires help bacteria clean up toxic waste

    Bacteria are known to be able to clean up toxic metals and even nuclear waste. But now, researchers at Michigan State University have unraveled the mystery of how these small micro-organisms pull off this helpful feat.

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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 . . .

Recycling
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    Solving the PCB problem with cooperation instead of litigation

    Ron Arnold details the story of how industry, environmentalists, and regulators are working together to overcome a paradoxical EPA rule that allows PCBs in products but bans the disposal of wastewater containing PCB residues. This story, sadly, is atypical of today’s EPA, especially as it applies to energy and water issues.

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    Designer islands

    You’ve heard of designer jeans, but how about designer islands? Well according to the publication More Greener Pastures, such designer islands are now a reality.

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    New York City mandates … composting?

    New York City is creating a composting program that will eventually become mandatory. Jeff Stier of the National Center for Public Policy Research, takes issue with New York Mayor Bloomberg’s new initiative, and has this to say.

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    Recycling is for the birds?

    Everyone knows that trash can be recycled into useful household items. But did you know that birds are also catching on to this?

  • Automated waste-sorter to trash old recycling?

    Having to sort tin cans, plastic bottles, and stinky leftovers is no fun for anyone. But a new technology in Australia called the UR-3R may just end up disposing of this old-fashioned recycling by hand.

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?