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.
Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke's designation of the the rusty patched bumblebee as endangered has already set in motion a rash of legal actions to block individual projects and stop all development in large swaths of land.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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 [...]
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.
Hidden in the thicket of the Obama administration’s elaborate scheme to transform the U.S. energy sector away from fossil fuels is a section that puts American farmers squarely in Washington’s bull’s e
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.
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.
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.
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.