The Piedmont Environmental Council sees itself as the guardians -- and also the lords -- of Virginia's rural landscape. Their thirst for power has been whetted by a proposal by a Donald Trump enterprise to expand a nine-hole golf course to 18 holes, hardly an environmentally devastating development. PEC built its reputation by stopping a Disney theme park, so this attempt to "trump" this development is no surprise.
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 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.
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 circumventing Congress and unleashing the vast powers of the administrative regulatory state in the name of combating “climate change,” President Obama has – yet again – revealed his determination to subject the American people to the unchecked whims of the federal bureaucracy.
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.
To the horror of growers from Florida to Oregon, the FDA is proposing strict new food-safety standards that many growers are convinced will put them out of business.
Hoping to thwart commercial development within the Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument in Utah, a well-heeled Arizona land trust recently flipped several parcels of private land to the Bureau of Land Management.
What’s the most inhospitable country in the world to the mining of precious metals or minerals? The United States of America – hands down.
Two years ago, China decided to limit its exports of rare earths. Other countries, led by the United States and Australia, decided to enter the fray. Now the U.S. may take the lead.
Growing disillusionment over lavishing taxpayer dollars on dubious renewable-energy subsidies has prompted dozens of House members to ask Speaker John Boehner to allow the Production Tax Credit (PTC) for the wind industry to expire at the end of the year.
Well-funded green activist groups are swarming all over Pennsylvania and the Southern Tier of Upstate New York, spreading every imaginable story about the “threats” to local communities posed by fracking. The taxpayer-funded Bay Journal appears eager to lend the activists a helping hand.
A plan to revitalize a poverty-stricken corner of rural southwestern Virginia by upgrading a local airport has stalled, because officials say the runway-extension project is a coal mine.
A new small business near Virginia’s picturesque Shenandoah Valley is threatened with extinction at the hands of county officials who are determined to twist the law in order to snuff out a local agricultural enterprise.
For over half a century, picturesque Lake Tschida in southwestern North Dakota has been the destination of choice for residents of nearby communities to spend warm summer weekends with friends and family. In this semiarid part of the Northern Plains, where recreational lakes are few and far between, the reservoir has attracted cabins and mobile homes, whose owners lease lakefront parcels of land from the Bureau of Reclamation. But if the bureau has its way, an arrangement that has worked well for decades will be cast aside, with the owners of all 114 mobile homes being told to pack up and [...]