As reported by CFACT advisor Larry Bell, federal agencies and environmentalist organizations have for decades been colluding to impose requirements on businesses, communities, and individuals who will have had zero knowledge or input into these onerous rules backed with the force of law that they are sorely affected by. This is wrong -- and yet the public will have to speak up loudly or this racketeering-style rulemaking behavior wil continue unabated.
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 energy policy advisor Marita Noon explains how people can stand up to Big Wind and fight against ugly wind farms that kill birds and bats, destroy landscapes, and require subsidies to operate.
Draconian energy regulatory policies are being premised upon tax-funded climate alarmism promulgated by government agencies we are supposed to trust. The latest and arguably most dangerous example is the Obama Administration’s proposed “Clean Power Plan” (CPP). CPP enactment is currently subject to a pending District of Columbia Court of Appeals decision following a Supreme Court stay on constitutional challenges. If allowed to proceed, sweeping new EPA rules will effectively nationalize control over all power generation and consumption, thereby usurping authority previously exercised by individual states. Compliance will require state legislatures to pass new laws or regulations to shift energy mixes from [...]
CFACT Senior Policy Analyst Paul Driessen explains how the EPA's war on coal, petroleum, nuclear, and hydroelectric power is an eco-imperialist war on reliable, affordable electricity – and on poor and minority families. Policies that drive energy prices up drive people out of jobs, drive companies out of business, drive families into green energy poverty.
CFACT energy policy advisor Marita Noon reveals how Hillary Clinton has positioned herself on both sides of the fracking issue -- but her campaign for President emphasizes an end to all uses of fossil fuels and a total reliance on so-called "renewable" energy.
CFACT Senior Policy Analyst Paul Driessen explains how the EPA and other federal agencies are increasingly holding businesses, local governments, and private citizens accountable to unachievable standards while at the same time excusing their own illegal behavior.
CFACT Advisor Marita Noon notes that Ford is moving its small car manufacturing to Mexico because it cannot produce these vehicles economically in the United States -- but adds that the Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) standards could be revised next year to alter the economics of small-car manufacturing and allow more Americans to drive vehicles they actually want -- more than likely made in America.
By Calvin Beisner The planet is doomed unless humans achieve zero net “carbon” emissions within 40 years—and maybe even if we do. That’s the word from 11 co-authors, led by Johan Rockstöm of the Stockholm Resilience Centre, of a pseudo-scientific screed published August 24 in Earth’s Future, an open-access online journal of the American Geophysical Union. Here’s the abstract: The scale of the decarbonisation challenge to meet the Paris Agreement is underplayed in the public arena. It will require precipitous emission reductions and a new carbon sink on the scale of the ocean sink within 40 years. Even then, the world is [...]
By Lawrence Kogan A massive 792-page Senate Energy Committee bill threatens to authorize federal bureaucrats to cede extensive control over Western states' water and property rights, energy development, and forest management to Native American tribes, local UN sustainability councils, and radical environmentalist groups. Certain provisions could undermine the foundations of our nation from within our nation. S.2012, the North American Energy Security and Infrastructure Act of 2016, incorporates some 393 amendments. Incredibly, it is being driven forward by U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) and other Members of Congress behind closed doors. Probably very few have read the bill in its entirety. Virtually [...]
Erin Brockovich became rich and famous by promoting the notion that people in Hinkley, CA, got cancer because of hexavalent chromium (Chromium-6) in drinking water. Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) settled a 1993 lawsuit for $333 million, rather than risk trial by a jury frightened by a steady drumbeat of horror stories from lawyers, activists, celebrities, “journalists,” and hired “experts.” The lawyers got $134 million in fees, and Ms. Brockovich pocketed a cool $2-million bonus – plus movie royalties and other cash. Now Ms. B is trying to reprise her California success, by bringing the Cr-6 saga to North Carolina. She [...]
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?
If you’re wondering whether to trust the Environmental Protection Agency on mercury, ozone, climate change, or other regulatory actions, you need look no further than how it has handled particulates. EPA whitewashed the toxic flashflood it caused in Colorado. But it says particulate matter smaller than 10 microns (PM10) is risky and worries incessantly about 2.5-micron particles. (A human hair is 50-70 microns; dust, pollen, and mold are around 10; combustion exhaust particles are 2.5 microns or smaller.) The tinier specks, EPA asserts, “can get deep into your lungs, and some may even get into your bloodstream.” Eliminating all such particles [...]
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 [...]
CFACT Advisor Marita Noon highlights the failure of anti-fracking activists to generate wide-scale support despite flying in super-activist Bill McKibben and spending a boatload of billionaire Tom Steyer's money. Their petition drive has apparently failed to get two vaunted initiatives onto the November ballot there.