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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    Beekeeepers blaming pesticides for bee losses could face bigger losses in court

    Prodded by attorneys, beekeepers in Canada’s Ontario Province have filed a lawsuit against pesticide manufacturers, claiming that neonicotinoids are killing their hives. But beekeepers in western Canadian provinces are seeking to opt out of the lawsuit, but the Siskinds law firm is not cooperating with their requests. Should the beekeepers lose in court, they will be obligated to pay court costs and perhaps damages. Perhaps they will have to file their own lawsuit against the plaintiffs.

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    2007: a great year for growing bad legislation like the ethanol mandate

    Back in 2007, states passed renewable portfolio standards at the same time the George W. Bush Administration was patting itself on the back for enacting the renewable fuels standard — aka the ethanol mandate. Seven years later, most people see the flaws in this energy strategy, but the EPA continues unabated in its quest to push more ethanol into America’s automobiles.

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    Green energy more hype than benefit

    CFAC advisor Larry Bell says that we ought to beware of marketing terms such as “clean,” “renewable,” and “sustainable.” While those words may seem very nice, they have routinely been co-opted and redefined through misleading “Green” messaging campaigns. For example, corn ethanol yields less energy than is required to grow and produce it. Wind turbines are bird and bat executioners. Solar plants take up so much land that reptiles and other animals suffer. Plus, solar and wind are inherently intermittent,

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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.

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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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    Congressional Budget Office: Doing its job on biofuels

    Dave Juday points out that the Congressional Budget Office, created during the Nixon Administration to be a nonpartisan evaluator, is doing its job by reporting that with no changes to the renewable fuel standard, the price of diesel fuel will jump by 30 to 51 cents per gallon, with E10 gasoline prices rising 13 to 26 cents per gallon. The EPA has already admitted it needs to lower the biofuels requirement for 2014, but it is nearly August and no final action has been taken. This, Juday notes, frustrates policymakers, analysts, and most of all gasoline and diesel marketers.
    comending that the government make changes to the EPA’s renewable fuel standard to reflect real-world

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    Killing marine life with ethanol

    Paul Driessen explains the damage done to the Gulf of Mexico from nitrogen fertilizer runoff that flows down the Mississippi and creates massive dead zones (no oxygen) that kill marine life. This is on top of other problems caused by adding ethanol to gasoline — poor engine performance, higher food prices, and more

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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    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.

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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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    Obama Administration hides its use of bad science

    Marita Noon excoriates the Obama Administration for its stonewalling on Freedom of Information Act requests — and for its chutzpah in ignoring the law in using the Endangered Species Act (ESA) and Clean Air Act to restrict access to public and private lands for farming, ranching, and energy development, and reduce the availability of affordable electricity—making essential food and power costs ever-increasing. To stop this unlawful onslaught, Noon urges citizens to utilize the Information Quality Act

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    Environmental shakedown through bastardized application of science, policy, and education

    Marita Noon explains how the Center for Biological Diversity, a group founded by fired federal employees, has misused the Endangered Species Act to stop development and pocket millions of dollars – and the compliant federal government is not even keeping track of tyhe money it has doled out in legal fees who file friendly lawsuits that are quickly settled to the detriment of citizens.

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    Time to reform the Endangered Species Act

    The Endangered Species Act does not save endangered species very often. Instead, the law tends to have the opposite effect: anyone who spots an endangered or threatened species on his/her property has the perverse incentive to eliminate the predator who is destroying the value and use of his/her property. Reforms are in the works, but it will take a miracle to get the bill through Congress and signed by the President.

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    Feds “save” spotted owls by killing barred owls

    Radical environmentalists, including many who see humans as a plague upon the Earth, have succeeded in nearly totally destroying the logging industry in the Pacific Northwest, and they used the spotted owl as their primary weapon. Now the government is killing barred owls — the spotted owl’s larger cousin, the barred owl, which had been migrating westward into spotted owl territory. This is something akin to the NLRB outlawing football players over 250 pounds so that smaller, weaker would-be players have a better chance at making a team.

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    “Eco-friendly” wind turbines kill 600,000 bats

    While many see wind power as a renewable source of earth- friendly energy, increasing numbers of conservationists are taking a dimmer view of them because of their impact on wildlife – particularly bats.

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.

Land Use
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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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    Overreaching federal government makes strong men weak

    Long before Obama, the federal government had been conducting a war against farmers and ranchers in the West. Every new action under the Endangered Species Act, every land grab (aka National Monument designation), every effort to introduce predators into lands used for decades, even centuries, to support human activity, is an assault by rich and powerful bullies who despise the simple lifestyle these hard-working people lead. But who will stop this war against the American West?

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    Obama: Stealing America one national monument at a time

    Against the wishes of local ranchers and off-road vehicle users, President Obama once again violated policy by designating 500,000 acres in New Mexico as the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument. As Rep. Steve Pearce, who represents the affected area, explained, monuments created under the Antiquities Act are supposed to cover only the “smallest area compatible” with the designation. He addedd, “This single action has erased 6 years of work” by local residents to develop a collaborative plan for the Organ Mountains “that would have preserved the natural resource and still provided futgure economic opportunities.” So what else is new? President Obama killing more American jobs.

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    A world turning against biofuels

    Dennis Avery crows that even the environmental movement is seeking his support for ending ethanol mandates. And why not? Scientists have shown that the incentives for corn ethanol have resulted in conversion of 24 million acres of grassland, wetland, and shrubland to corn from 2008 to 2011 alone. Moreover, these policies have raised costs for dairy, livestock, and poultry farmers and thus for consumers nationwide.

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    Washington’s Northern Virginia suburbs grapple with “smart growth”

    Voters in northern Virginia are thinking twice about spending unlimited sums for “smart growth” features like streetcars, “super stops” for buses, and even bicycle lanes — especially bike lanes that “sharrow” lanes with automobiles. Talk about a revolution, when the people who make a living out of quite often wastefully spending other people’s money balk at wastefully spending their own money.

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    Obama Administration hides its use of bad science

    Marita Noon excoriates the Obama Administration for its stonewalling on Freedom of Information Act requests — and for its chutzpah in ignoring the law in using the Endangered Species Act (ESA) and Clean Air Act to restrict access to public and private lands for farming, ranching, and energy development, and reduce the availability of affordable electricity—making essential food and power costs ever-increasing. To stop this unlawful onslaught, Noon urges citizens to utilize the Information Quality Act

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    The Plantocracy has big plans for the Twin Cities

    The “plantocracy” [plan-tocracy] is a new term CFACT coined to describe the woes about to be unleashed upon American citizens through the grand designs of unelected bureaucrats hell bent on massive social engineering schemes, regardless of the cost to or convenience of — or even the willingness of — local citizens of all persuasions. Worse, this Frankensteinian, corporatized nonsense is being paid for by the very citizens who are going to be harmed by it.

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    Environmental shakedown through bastardized application of science, policy, and education

    Marita Noon explains how the Center for Biological Diversity, a group founded by fired federal employees, has misused the Endangered Species Act to stop development and pocket millions of dollars – and the compliant federal government is not even keeping track of tyhe money it has doled out in legal fees who file friendly lawsuits that are quickly settled to the detriment of citizens.

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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    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.

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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 . . .

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    Doubts about drought help dry up climate alarmism

    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. . .