CFACT advisor Larry Bell talks about ObamaCare and the EPA -- and how the Supreme Court, to the surprise of many, is going to listen to pleas that the EPA must consider the economic impact of its rules as part of an overall package.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers flexed muscles it may not yet have the right to use in declaring a Louisiana property to be a wetland. Worse, the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals denied the Corps' latest victim their day in court. But the Pacific Legal Foundation has petitioned the Supreme Court. claiming abuse of the Clean Water Act. Even if the PLF beats the Corps in court, the victory will be pyrrhic if the EPA is allowed to promulgate its Waters of the United States (WOTUS) rule, which is due to take effect at the end of 2015 if not withdrawn or dramatically restructured.
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While wind turbines are typically considered environmentally friendly, they seem to also be killing off some of natures very own inhabitants.
What do you know? Turns out the reason that the West Antarctic ice sheet is melting a bit is that there is a volcano under it that is active. So global warming is not to blame -- which makes sense, given that the rest of the ice sheet in Antarctica is growing at a rapid pace. Of course, the warmists want us to ignore the rest of the story salivate on the icebergs breaking off from the Pine Island glacier (thanks to volcanic activity that they want to ignore).
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.
The continuing drama of a President willing to push climate alarmism continues with the release of a report, the National Climate Assessment. It is a repeat of all the inaccuracies that have been generated by the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.
The U.S. Supreme Court has been compliant with the EPA's and Obama Administration's goal of shuttering all coal-fired power plants in the U.S., most recently with the decision okaying the agency's Cross-State Air Pollution Rule. Such decisions, along with other Obama Administration ploys, will surely leave the U.S. with power shortages in the near future -- by design. Yet Alan Caruba holds out hope - because of the strength of the private sector to overcome government mismanagement and even oppression.
When the lesser prairie chicken was listed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service as a threatened species, it was the last straw for Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt. The State of Oklahoma, and likely several other states, has filed a lawsuit against the Interior Department for collusion in violating federal law. Meanwhile, four separate bills have been filed in Congress to limit attorney fees for endangered species litigants and address three other ESA concerns.
The EPA is at it again -- using fraudulent science to justify lowering automotive sulfur content from 30 ppm to 10 ppm -- after already reducing the sulfur allowable from 300 to 30 ppm just since 2004. EPA makes the bold, fraudulent claim that the rules will cost consumers less than a penny a gallon. Meanwhile, EPA has doled out $181 million to 15 of its Clean Air Scientific Advisory Committee members in grants since 2000, which hardly makes them independent. CFACT's Paul Driessen makes a strong case for ending million-dollar payoffs to advisory groups and much more effective legislative and judiciary oversight of unaccountable government agenices like the EPA.
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.
The EPA may as well have declared war on rural America, given the inflexibility of its new rules that heavily restrict the use and purchae of wood stoves. Fellow Greens are also imposing bans and restrictions on fireplaces that burn wood -- even in rural areas. Much of this dirty work is the result of "Sue and Settle" lawsuits, in which friendly Green groups sue the EPA over some technical point in the law knowing full well that a deal has already been struck for the EPA to settle the lawsuity and be thus "forced" to impose heavy burdens on the American people -- who have not had their day in court to defend their longstanding practices. Star Chamber or Kangaroo Court -- take your pick.
While most people consider nature to be priceless, economists have recently attempted to place dollar values on the services ecosystems provide.
In 2007, Congress passed a law requiring oil companies to blend billions of gallons of ethanol into gasoline. This so-called “ethanol mandate” wiped out millions of acres of conservation land and destroyed wildlife habitat.
There’s a growing idea out there that humanity is currently using up the resources of one and a half Earths each year, and that our ecological footprint is simply unsustainable.