With China controlling 85% of the world's production of rare earth elements, the rest of the world -- and in particular, the U.S. economy -- is beholden to China for its own natioanl security and the future of its high-tech economy. This could change with a determined effort to overcome environmentalist objections and reinvigorate U.S. production of many of these valuable minerals. But will enough politicians decide that jobs and security are more valuable than keeping minerals-bearing domestic lands "pristine"?
In closing not just the national parks, but access roads leading to private property, President Obama is demonstrating that he is willing to punish and hurt millions of Americans to get his own way. This is not leadership -- it is the work of a petulant child ascended to the throne.
The perverse UN is at it again -- with fake predictions of massive world population growth that belie the declining birth rates in just about every nation on earth. They also expect us to provide energy for all of these imaginary extra people by cutting back drastically on highly efficient fossil and nuclear fuels. The likely end result of their policies? Chaos and panic and massive destruction of wildlife habitat.
Environment America's Margie Alt has found a new "cause" to enrich her group's coffers: scaring the bejeesus out of Americans by claiming that fracking has a "damaging footprint." Alt's group, oddly enough, is at odds with kjey Obama Administation officials. And yet, this lemming-like movement is gaining ground!
In the latest development surrounding the proposed Rosemont mine in southern Arizona, two environmental groups – the Center for Biological Diversity (CBD) and Save the Scenic Santa Ritas (SSSR) – filed suit August 16 to overturn a key state permit the project recently received.
“The President may not decline to follow a statutory mandate or prohibition simply because of policy objections,” said Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh, who wrote the majority (2 to 1) opinion. “It is no overstatement to say that our constitutional system of separation of powers would be significantly altered if we were to allow executive and independent agencies to disregard federal law in the manner asserted in this case by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.”
The growing estrangement between the rural counties of northern Colorado and the state government in Denver reached a peak during this year’s recently ended legislative session. Bills restricting access to firearms and doubling the mandate for renewable energy in rural areas were approved by the Democrat-controlled state legislature and signed into law by Governor John Hickenlooper (D). Both measures were seen as hostile to rural interests, prompting county officials in northeastern Colorado to launch the 51st State Initiative.
It’s important to remember that virtually all of the domestic plant foods the world depends upon for survival are products of deliberate genetic alteration. Included are hardier grains, larger fruits, and pest-resistant vegetables enjoyed everywhere. For example, about 90% of wheat now grown in the world called “hexaploid” is not a naturally occurring variety. Rather, it is the result of selective cross-breeding of many varieties developed over the millennia. In early times wheat cultivated in the Levant around 10000 B.C. was merged with a grass (“Aegilops tauschii,” or “goatgrass”) developed near the Caspian Sea around 2000 B.C., ultimately leading what we now refer to as “bread wheat.”
Obama doesn’t believe in the technology, creativity, and entrepreneurial spirit of Americans, Pendley told me. He believes in big government and its regulations. Pendley points out how he’s given the environmentalists a seat at the table where Reagan denied them the moral high ground. When the environmentalists—who for the previous two decades had been cloaked with an aura of inevitability, invincibility, and infallibility—said they “spoke for the planet and the needs of all living things not human,” Reagan responded: he “spoke for the dream of the American people and for the unborn generations to be free and prosperous.”
Dealing an unexpected blow to power-hungry local officials accustomed to running roughshod over landowners, the U.S. Supreme Court June 25 ruled in favor of property rights and against government abuse of the U.S. Constitution’s Takings Clause. The 5-to-4 ruling marks the culmination of a nearly two-decade-old case involving a Florida developer and a local water management agency.
In the past whenever gas prices began to climb, the whoever was president usually got the blame for it, but there never was anything he could do about it. The price at the pump was and is dependent on global factors. What can, however, be said about Barack Obama is that he has led the most anti-energy administration in the history of the nation.
The “century-old” Antiquities Act gives President Obama the authority to designate national monument status even if there’s no actual monument erected. A national monument designation makes the locale off limits to development. President Obama has used this “emergency” designation nine times—six times in the past year. The Sierra Club wants it used more.
Every year, catastrophic wildfires in the dry forests of our western states destroy hundreds of thousands of acres of wilderness and cause millions of dollars of property damage.
Having spent years collecting data on the condition of rivers and streams, and found these bodies of water needing additional “protection’ and “restoration,” the agency is making the case for action under the Clean Water Act (CWA). This four-decade-old statute already gives EPA vast powers to impose new regulations – none of them requiring the consent of Congress.
Gina McCarthy, President Obama’s choice to replace Lisa Jackson at the Environmental Protection Agency, has been chastised for having lied to Congress, in claiming that EPA did not use “dangerous manmade climate change” to justify new 54.5 mpg standards for cars and light trucks. She’s also been implicated in the agency’s practice of using fake emails to hide questionable dealings and activities.