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

Courts tackling Clean Water Act abuses

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled unanimously that the North Dakota-based Hawkes Co., which had planned to mine peat from property in Minnesota, could challenge in court a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Army Corps) ruling declaring the property counted as “regulated wetlands” without first having to go through the costly process necessary to obtain a permit to disturb wetlands.

By |2016-07-22T08:33:09-04:00July 19th, 2016|Property|Comments Off on Courts tackling Clean Water Act abuses

Why waste food to replace something we already have too much of?

As total repeal of the ethanol renewable fuel standard is unlikely, a compromise has been crafted that CFACT advisor Marita Noon says would go a long way toward minimizing the problem from over-zealous government intervention in the vehicular fuel marketplace. It is time to get back to allowing the free market—not Congress, not unelected bureaucrats, not mandates, not artificially spurred growth in a chosen industry—to determine our fuel choices.

By |2016-05-27T02:06:43-04:00May 23rd, 2016|CFACT Insights|Comments Off on Why waste food to replace something we already have too much of?

CO2 ‘pollution’ is greening the planet

CFACT advisor Larry Bell reports, "If there’s anything that climate crisis theology clerics hate more than fossil fuels, it’s got to be any glad tidings about CO2." New research shows that the switch to fossil fuels preserved more forests to exchange CO2 for oxygen and also returning plant fertilizer to grow more food in the bargain. Thus, any attempt to REDUCE CO2 is counterproductive, given that CO2 boosts water use efficiency.

By |2016-05-09T14:10:11-04:00May 9th, 2016|CFACT Insights|8 Comments

It’s not just the Zika bug

It is mosquito season already, and there are various evils lurking about, notably the Zika virus which is spread by the same mosquito that gave us Yellow Fever. Mosquitos also spread Dengue and Chikungunya fever viruses. Take precautions, as the future pest control systems have yet to win FDA and USDA approval.

By |2016-04-04T19:13:10-04:00April 4th, 2016|CFACT Insights|Comments Off on It’s not just the Zika bug

The developing world wants natural gas and electricity, Hillary Clinton responds with an “epic fail”

While serving as Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton created a nonprofit to fund so-called clean cookstoves that are being marketed as the preferred UN solution for Africans and others without access to electricity (rather than, for example, providing electricity to them)(. Turns out the Clinton Foundation has an interest in this project, and perhaps the deeper goal is acquiring carbon credits for sale to the highest bidder once Hillary becomes President and imposes a carbon tax.

By |2016-03-29T09:00:36-04:00March 28th, 2016|CFACT Insights|2 Comments

What happened on Oahu didn’t stay on Oahu

The battle against bee killing organisms like Varroa destructor mites, parasitic phorid flies, Nosema fungal parasites, the tobacco ringspot virus is tough enough without anti-science activists scaring people by claiming that ALL bee colony collapses are caused by the use of neonicotinoidal pesticides. Colony collapses date as far back as the 10th century (long before pesticides were envisioned), and yet bee populations in the U.S. and Canada are the highest in over a decade.

By |2016-03-31T15:12:04-04:00March 26th, 2016|CFACT Insights|8 Comments

Biden “stimulus” anniversary tour avoids Obama’s hand-picked, bankrupt green energy project

In a week of big news stories, few noticed the 7-year anniversary of Obama’s $800 billion American Recovery and Reinvestment Act—signed into law on February 17, 2009. Commonly known as the “Stimulus Bill,” Politico calls it “one of the Administration’s most consequential and least popular initiatives.” In fact, according to Politico, “The package of tax cuts and government spending…became so unpopular that the word ‘stimulus’ disappeared from the Administration’s rhetoric.”  Despite the bill’s reputation, on Wednesday, Vice President Joe Biden embarked on a three-city victory tour to celebrate the anniversary of the act for which he oversaw the implementation.  His first stop was New Orleans. [...]

By |2016-02-22T21:38:21-04:00February 22nd, 2016|CFACT Insights|13 Comments

Virginia Supreme Court upholds property rights, deals severe blow to land trusts

In a landmark decision that is as uplifting for property rights advocates as it is devastating for land trusts throughout the United States, the Virginia Supreme Court on February 12 overwhelmingly ruled in favor of a small Loudoun County winery in its multi-year battle with one of the nation’s most powerful environmental groups. By a 5-2 margin, the Virginia Supremes upheld a lower court decision that Chrysalis Vineyards’ plans to upgrade its facilities did not violate the terms of a conservation easement on the property held by Wetlands America Trust (WAT), on behalf of Ducks Unlimited (DU).  The case, Wetlands America [...]

By |2016-02-17T11:08:59-04:00February 16th, 2016|News|12 Comments

Wyoming farmer in EPA’s crosshairs

Wyoming farmer Andy Johnson is the unlikely target of an EPA vendetta -- facing tens of millions of dollars in fines for daring to build a stock pond -- which the Clean Water Act specifically bars the agency from regulating -- on his property after obtaining all the required state permits. Meanwhile, the agency is facing no penalties at all for its massive spill of metals-laden water into the Animas River in New Mexico.

By |2015-09-11T12:47:51-04:00September 9th, 2015|Uncategorized|4 Comments

The agency that contaminated the Animas River is about to start regulating water that may be in your backyard

Unless a federal judge issues a preliminary injunction, the definition of the “Waters of the U.S.” will change on August 28—giving the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) the authority to regulate the water in your backyard (even the water that might be in your backyard due to a heavy rain). Even, according to West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey: “any area where agencies believe water may flow once every 100 years.” Thirty-one states, in four districts, have filed motions with the federal courts to block the EPA and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (ACOE) from beginning to enforce the new “Waters [...]

By |2015-08-17T14:58:13-04:00August 17th, 2015|CFACT Insights|9 Comments