Colorado canyon latest Obama “monument” land grab

Once again, a President has designated land for national monuments without the advice and consent of Congress -- an action unchecked during the Bush years after President Clinton's highly controversial designation of the Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument in Utah. These land grabs may sound noble, but whenever federal officials replace state and local land managers, they tend to create problems for continuing use of the land and even surrounding areas. This is particularly true of Brown's Canyon in Colorado, says the Colorado Cattlemen's Association.

By |2015-03-02T11:42:26-05:00February 24th, 2015|CFACT Insights|78 Comments

OPEC prediction of $200-a-barrel oil ignores market realities—or maybe not

OPEC's Secretary General Abdulla al-Badri last month predicted oil prices will rebound to as much as $200 per barrel, a figure CFACT advisor Marita Noon suggests could only come about if terrorism and internal strife force shutdowns of major oil-producing states such as al-Badri's native Libya and other Middle Eastern nations vulnerable to radical assaults. Otherwise, Noon notes, as soon as the price jumps about $70 per barrel, the nimble U.S. wildcatters will step up their production again and hold the oil price well below al-Badri's predicted $200 per barrel.

By |2015-02-09T12:11:26-05:00February 9th, 2015|CFACT Insights|1 Comment

Overreaching federal government makes strong men weak

Long before Obama, the federal government had been conducting a war against farmers and ranchers in the West. Every new action under the Endangered Species Act, every land grab (aka National Monument designation), every effort to introduce predators into lands used for decades, even centuries, to support human activity, is an assault by rich and powerful bullies who despise the simple lifestyle these hard-working people lead. But who will stop this war against the American West?

By |2014-07-01T17:27:27-04:00July 1st, 2014|CFACT Insights, Guest Insights|3 Comments

Environmental shakedown through bastardized application of science, policy, and education

Marita Noon explains how the Center for Biological Diversity, a group founded by fired federal employees, has misused the Endangered Species Act to stop development and pocket millions of dollars - and the compliant federal government is not even keeping track of tyhe money it has doled out in legal fees who file friendly lawsuits that are quickly settled to the detriment of citizens.

By |2014-05-14T14:59:43-04:00May 14th, 2014|Media, Op-Ed Articles|1 Comment

Pygmy rabbit rescue hops into public spotlight

The pygmy rabbit, whose size is not much bigger than a man’s hand, was thought to be nearing extinction in Washington’s Columbia basin in 2003. Since that time, wildlife officials have undertaken to save the furry critter and today some 20 of them are, so to speak, back in their native holes.

By |2013-10-17T15:17:32-04:00October 14th, 2013|Just the Facts Radio|Comments Off on Pygmy rabbit rescue hops into public spotlight

Environmentalists, farmers scratch out prairie chicken plan

As Western states continue to develop their oil and gas resources, environmentalists are increasingly concerned about how such activity will impact prairie chickens. Fortunately, local farmers, industry officials, and environmentalists have been working together and are now pitching a free-market solution . . .

By |2013-10-08T15:54:00-04:00October 3rd, 2013|Just the Facts Radio|Comments Off on Environmentalists, farmers scratch out prairie chicken plan

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 |2013-08-19T11:12:22-04:00August 19th, 2013|CFACT Insights|4 Comments

Great White Shark circling back from extinction

The Great White Shark is a renowned ocean predator thanks to the movie “Jaws.” But in recent decades, a West-Coast cousin of this fearsome animal has declined in number to the point that conservation officials have been considering placing it on the Endangered Species List. Now comes a new study by NOAA allaying these fears.

By |2013-09-03T17:30:35-04:00August 5th, 2013|Just the Facts Radio|Comments Off on Great White Shark circling back from extinction

Royal Society takes swat at bug reintroduction

You’ve probably heard about reintroducing wolves and bears into the wild, but how about insects? Well believe it or not, Scotland’s Royal Society for the Protection of Birds is advocating a reintroduction of insects, and it’s creating, dare we say, quite a buzz.

By |2013-08-30T14:56:57-04:00July 26th, 2013|Just the Facts Radio|Comments Off on Royal Society takes swat at bug reintroduction