Forestry regulations ignite more California wildfires

CFACT policy advisor Larry Bell reports on the disastrous mismanagement of America's Western forests by federal officials and the tremendous cost in human and plant and animal life and quality of life these policies have fostered. As Rep. Tom McClintock says, "These laws have not only failed to improve our forest environment, but they are literally killing our forests."

By |2017-10-30T20:17:51-04:00October 30th, 2017|CFACT Insights|1 Comment

Politicized sustainability threatens planet and people

Paul Driessen, author of "Eco-Imperialism: Green Power, Black Death," explains the vast difference between Real Sustainability, which implies wisely using our resources and always looking to innovate, and Politicized Sustainability, a radical policy that focuses on focuses on ridding the world of fossil fuels, regardless of any social, economic, environmental, or human costs of doing so -- and regardless of whether supposed alternatives really are eco-friendly and sustainable.

By |2017-10-11T14:07:09-04:00October 8th, 2017|CFACT Insights|2 Comments

What natural disasters should teach us

Ugandan author Steven Lyazi scoffs at the chiding and covert racism of wealthy environmental advocates who live in luxury but demand a lower quality lifestyle for Africans. He points the finger at the Club of Rome for banning DDT once they realized that Africans not dying from malaria and other diseases would live longer and have more children. His words echo the toothless declarations that sustainable development restrictions should not apply to the very poor.

By |2017-09-29T12:47:45-04:00September 29th, 2017|Guest Insights|Comments Off on What natural disasters should teach us

Finally, some common-sense Western fire policies

CFACT Senior Policy Advisor Paul Driessen reports on positive changes in forest management at two federal agencies -- Interior under Ron Zinke and Agriculture under Sonny Perdue. New policies will go a long way at reducing deaths of humans, animals, and plants from forest fires, and dramatically lower the costs of forest management while increasing the amount of forest land available for recreation and harvesting. As Driessen says, cleaning out dead, diseased, burned, overgrown trees would bring countless benefits -- and make our forests healthy again.

By |2017-09-18T08:31:45-04:00September 17th, 2017|CFACT Insights|3 Comments

Executive order ends Monumental land grabs

As the environmental movement unfolded, Presidents courting green votes have increasingly used the Antiquities Act of 1906 to sequester large swaths of land -- and water -- from future public and private use -- all too often without the advice and consent of elected officials and citizen groups. These seizures have cost states and private citizens the use of these properties, and the revenue and enjoyment that come from such uses. President Trump's executive order is step 1 in putting a stop to these unpopular land grabs and hopefully to reopening noncritical acreage to a variety of human uses.

By |2017-05-01T18:17:06-04:00May 1st, 2017|CFACT Insights|Comments Off on Executive order ends Monumental land grabs

Conservation – not more control

CFACT Senior Policy Advisor Paul Driessen reports on the final assault by the Obama Administration against Western States -- and a new war being declared against much of the rest of the country -- all to "save" three species of bumblebee but really intended to place much of the rest of private and state land in the U.S. under very restrictive federal government control. The best way to stop this assault on human freedom is to repeal, or drastically modify, the Endangered Species Act.

By |2017-01-23T13:16:19-04:00January 23rd, 2017|CFACT Insights|1 Comment

Sea level rise – or land subsidence?

New research by Dr. Roger Bezdek shows that excessive groundwater pumping, not manmade "global warming," is the primary cause of subsidence in coastal areas studied -- subsidence that gives the false appearance of sea level rise. The best way to protect these coastal lands is to stop or sharply curtail groundwater pumping that collapses water tables and leads all too often to saltwater intrusion.

By |2016-12-10T18:12:39-04:00December 10th, 2016|CFACT Insights|143 Comments

“Roundup” the corrupt fear monger regulators

Environmental activists and government bureaucracies are today shameless as they falsify documents, hide research, mislead and obfuscate as they collude to fabricate a case against glyphosate (the key ingredient in Roundup) and thus subject farmers to further restrictions on their ability to provide food to the tables of the American people. Worldwide, these fear mongers have caused tens of millions of deaths from preventable and treatable diseases and from malnutrition.

By |2016-11-06T16:29:57-04:00November 6th, 2016|CFACT Insights|1 Comment

The battle for our grasslands and livestock

Australian rancher Viv Forbes and some colleagues have published a report urging a climate exit (Clexit) to stop the insane assault on farming and ranching that is being orchestrated by billionaires in the name of saving the environment. The real goal is total control over all human activity.

By |2016-10-30T13:01:34-04:00October 30th, 2016|Guest Insights|3 Comments

Powering countries, empowering people

CFACT Senior Policy Analyst Paul Driessen cuts to the point -- that billions of people in Africa, india, and elsewhere are systematically being denied reliable access (or any access) to electricity by cold-hearted bureaucrats and elitist governments who have decided for these people that no electricity is better than fossil fuel electricity (or even hydro). Yet when people do gain access to affordable energy, their productivity can skyrocket.

By |2016-09-22T14:30:59-04:00September 22nd, 2016|CFACT Insights|Comments Off on Powering countries, empowering people

Ethanol is the wrong solution

Ethanol may be a good deal for corn farmers, but it is bad for Gulf fishing and marine life in general, bad for automobile and other engines, bad for the economy, bad for gasoline mileage, and bad for the environment. So why are we still mandating its use in vehicles?

By |2016-09-06T11:40:47-04:00September 6th, 2016|CFACT Insights|9 Comments

Don’t bee-lieve the latest bee-pocalypse scare

As stubborn facts ruin their narrative that neonicotinoid pesticides are causing a honeybee-pocalypse, environmental pressure groups are shifting to new scares to justify their demands for “neonic” bans. Honeybee populations and colony numbers in the United States, Canada, Europe, Australia, and elsewhere are growing. It is also becoming increasingly clear that the actual cause of bee die-offs and “colony collapse disorders” is not neonics, but a toxic mix of predatory mites, stomach fungi, other microscopic pests, and assorted chemicals employed by beekeepers trying to control the beehive infestations. Naturally, anti-pesticide activists have seized on a recent study purporting to show that [...]

By |2016-08-27T22:15:46-04:00August 27th, 2016|CFACT Insights|8 Comments