Mining policy designed to benefit our own: Mighty rare

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"?

By |2013-11-05T15:41:00+00:00November 5th, 2013|Media, Op-Ed Articles|1 Comment

The fantasy world of the warmist!

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.

By |2013-10-12T09:19:55+00:00October 11th, 2013|CFACT Insights|2 Comments

Fracking is “climate friendly, environmentally safe, and economically stimulating”

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!

By |2013-10-11T13:30:28+00:00October 7th, 2013|Media, Op-Ed Articles|4 Comments

Reid, Obama Yucca-ing up U.S. nuclear waste disposal

“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.”

By |2013-09-03T12:05:36+00:00September 3rd, 2013|CFACT Insights|8 Comments

Secessionist Movement in Colorado Highlights Rural/Urban Divide

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.

By |2013-09-12T15:10:27+00:00August 26th, 2013|CFACT Insights|Comments Off on Secessionist Movement in Colorado Highlights Rural/Urban Divide

Genetic modification: an ancient practice moves into the 21st Century

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.”

By |2013-08-19T11:12:22+00:00August 19th, 2013|CFACT Insights|4 Comments

Reagan vs. Obama: Not even close on energy policy

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.”

By |2013-08-13T13:35:41+00:00August 13th, 2013|Media, Op-Ed Articles|1 Comment

Score one for property rights!

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.

By |2013-07-10T20:23:58+00:00July 10th, 2013|CFACT Insights|2 Comments

Gas prices should be a lot lower

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.

By |2013-06-21T17:37:14+00:00June 21st, 2013|CFACT Insights|Comments Off on Gas prices should be a lot lower

Sierra Club: They’re coming to take our land!

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.

By |2013-06-11T10:09:00+00:00June 11th, 2013|Op-Ed Articles|6 Comments

EPA dreams of rivers and streams

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.

By |2013-04-24T16:32:47+00:00April 24th, 2013|CFACT Insights|1 Comment

Eco-imperialism joins vulture environmentalism

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.

By |2013-10-17T09:32:15+00:00March 25th, 2013|CFACT Insights|1 Comment
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