Environmental activism in America is based on unrealistic idealism which -
in the real world - does more harm than good. Often these are
people who have the best intentions, but some of them will go to any lengths,
whether illegal, unethical, dishonest or otherwise, to accomplish their goals.|
Many environmental activists rely on propaganda, half-truths and one-dimensional statistics to convince others that the environment is fragile and the earth needs to be "saved" from humans. This inevitably results in friction between the environmentalists — some of whom believe that man is just another animal — and the people who believe the earth was created for man's use and stewardship.
The environmentalist is more of an enemy to capitalism than a defender of nature. The poorest countries in the world (for example, Nigeria) are the worst polluters, yet the environmentalists concentrate their efforts in the United States, Canada and England.
The Bible clearly states that God has made the heavens, with all their host, and the earth, and all things that are in it, and the seas, and all that is in them, and He preserves them all. (Nehemiah 9:6) God himself preserves the earth (and the oceans and the atmosphere), not governments, not environmentalists, not anybody else.
Even so, we are to be good stewards of our natural resources. No sane person would intentionally poison the atmosphere and the lakes and rivers, but that's not what this page is about. Here we're talking about people who generate unnecessary strife and raise the cost of nearly everything by demanding infeasible solutions to problems that aren't really problems.
Leftist politics and bad ideas which often lead to bad laws
Anti-capitalism motivates environmentalists
The most radical environmentalists want to wipe out the human race
The Endangered Species Act
The high cost of protecting the Ivory-billed Woodpecker, which is probably extinct.
The Polar Bear is used for emotional leverage.
Environmentalists vs. Military Preparedness
President Obama and the rabid environmentalists
GE appears to be Obama's Halliburton
Lies, propaganda, distortion and exaggeration
Environmentalists Oppose Every Practical Source of Energy
Environmentalism is a religion
Lies about energy production
Environmental Propaganda Movie Reviews
Environmentalism in public schools
Environmental False Alarms about Alar, arsenic, mercury, freon, radon, etc.
Other environmental false alarms:
Rising sea levels
Hurricane numbers and intensity
DDT and Other Pesticide Scares
... including a subsection at the bottom about Rachel Carson.
Low-level environmental terrorism ... keeping people alarmed helps retain political clout.
Supposedly good ideas that may not be good at all, such as
... mass transit part 1, mass transit part 2, and more specifically Amtrak,
... wind and solar power,
... green jobs,
... electric cars,
... and fluorescent light bulbs.
ANWR — The Arctic National Wildlife Refuge
CAFE — Corporate Average Fuel Economy standards
The Environmental Protection Agency
Media bias related to environmental issues
... including the media campaign against bottled water.
Global warming overviews
Greenhouse Gases -- especially carbon dioxide, which, by the way,
is produced in great quantities by volcanos and cows and termites.
The Kyoto Protocol
Environmental Propaganda Movie Reviews
The United Nations IPCC Report on Global Warming
Silencing the Skeptics in the Global Warming Debate
Global Warming Subtopics and Sidetracks: hurricane intensity, polar bears, and rising sea levels.
Global cooling -- That's right, there hasn't been any warming lately.
Cap and Trade
Global Warming is Blamed for Everything
Property rights issues related to environmentalism
Animal Rights vs. Human Rights
The Hypocrisy of Eco-Celebrities
The UN Earth Summit of 2002
The UN Climate Change Conference, Bali, December 2007.
The Copenhagen climate conference, 2009.
The Cancun climate conference, 2010.
A list of troublesome organizations
Other Environmental Topics
The discussion of 1.6-gallon toilets has moved to the top of this page.
Let's start with the basics...
Leftist utopian politics – the roots of environmentalism:
The Green Behind California's Greens. [Scroll down] Since the deaths of HP's cofounders, their heirs have pushed the two foundations' philanthropy ever-leftward, and activist environmentalism is a prime beneficiary. Under the direction of Packard's three daughters, the conservative Republican's philanthropic wealth has gone to the National Abortion Rights Action League Foundation, the Feminist Majority Foundation, and the very green Earth Action Network. This liberal giving has prompted Packard's son, David, whose political views are closer to his father's, to withdraw his money from the foundation and form his own nonprofit, which gives to more traditional and nonpolitical causes. In a signature moment in green giving, the Packard and Hewlett Foundations decided in 2007 to boost their spending on climate-change issues, funneling the money into a new, San Francisco-based nonprofit, ClimateWorks, led initially by the former head of environmental programs at Hewlett. The Hewlett Foundation, according to the Columbia Journalism School report, agreed to put $500 million into ClimateWorks, with the Packard Foundation adding approximately $390 million since 2008.
It's Done: Stick a Fork in the "Green Energy" Movement. The green energy movement in America is dead. May it rest in peace. No, a majority of American energy over the next 20 years is not going to come from windmills and solar panels. One important lesson to be learned from the green energy fad's rapid and expensive demise is that central planning doesn't work. What crushed green energy was the boom in shale oil and gas along with the steep decline in the price of fossil fuel that few saw coming just a few years ago. A new International Energy Agency report concedes that green energy is in fast retreat and is getting crushed by "the recent drop in fossil fuel prices." It finds that the huge price advantage for oil and natural gas means "fossil plants still dominate recent (electric power) capacity additions." This wasn't supposed to happen.
The Black Heart Of The Green Movement. Initially, the anthropogenic global warming movement held people of all political stripes who expressed a concern as to whether Mankind was responsible for the warming. This is how you get the Warmist talking point about Margaret Thatcher being a believer. But, then we started seeing that the people who were pushing AGW the hardest were on the far left, especially Progressives (nice fascists). The movement was rife with them, and what they wanted was the government, especially the central government and the United Nations, to be empowered with more and more power and control.
Environmentalism and Envy. Environmentalists subscribe to continually changing prophecies of apocalyptic disaster. Our topsoil is being washed into the ocean (The Road to Survival — 1948). DDT is exterminating birds (The Silent Spring — 1962). Overpopulation will result in starvation (The Population Bomb — 1968). We will run out of resources and strangle on pollution (The Limits to Growth — 1972). Acid rain from burning coal will destroy our forests and crops (circa 1985). Hairspray will destroy the ozone layer and cause cancer (1980s). Burning fossil fuels adds CO2 to the atmosphere that will cause disastrous global warming (1988-2015). These prophecies and many others were claimed to be scientifically justified. The science is always secondary and almost always poor science. What's important is the thrill of impending doom and the call to activists to engineer a rescue.
It's Time To Reclaim The Planet From Environmentalists. The environment isn't getting worse — it's rapidly improving, even as our economy grows and our energy use increases. The EPA recently released new data on air quality showing that total emissions of the six major air pollutants have dropped by 68 percent since 1970. This is all the more impressive considering that during this same period, America's population has grown by 54 percent, we're using 44 percent more energy, we're driving 168 percent more miles in our cars, and our economy has grown by 238 percent. It goes from impressive to astounding when you consider that natural gas, coal, and oil have driven this growth. Technological innovations have made obtaining these energy sources smarter, safer, and more efficient than ever before.
By Hook and By Crook, You Are Going to Pay for Climate Change. It's the first day of spring and we are having snow again. Not much, a couple of inches, just enough to prove that March always goes out like a lion. Undeterred, global progressives, intent on sending us into the stone age of technology, are forcing their agenda of redistributive taxation of man-made global warming/climate change on everyone.
The climate beclowning continues. [Scroll down] My main original contribution to the climate policy debate was to point out, based on raw data from the Department of Energy, that the climate change advocates' emissions targets for the U.S. for the year 2050 — an 80 percent reduction in CO2 emissions from 1990 levels — would require rolling back hydrocarbon energy use to the level of 1910 (or 1905 by a separate analysis by the Carbon Dioxide Information Analysis Center, a federal government lab I should point out). On a per capita basis (since our population has grown so much), this would mean reducing U.S. hydrocarbon energy use to the per capita level of Somalia today. This is sheer fantasy.
The High Cost of Energy Illiteracy. "Energy romanticism" is perhaps the single greatest intellectual failing of environmentalists — the dreamy view that we can generate 95 quads of energy with puppy dog treadmills, unicorn flopsweat, and of course their beloved wind and solar. (Of course, most enviros say "What's a 'quad'?" when I ask for even a cursory inventory of energy sources that would supply America's annual energy use.) At the base of this is near total illiteracy about energy. The latest example is the giddy celebration that Burlington, Vermont, has become carbon neutral! And if a New England hippie town of 50,000 can do it, then surely Cleveland can do it too, no?
Keywords: paranoia, fruitcake, nutty professor.
Another Of Obama's "Green Energy" Projects Fizzles, Leaving Taxpayers $88 Million In The Hole. Green energy is simply not viable without taxpayer subsidies. The subsidy either comes on the front-end via tax credits, or on the back-end as we see here. Either way the taxpayer is left holding the bag just so the ecotwits can smugly preen in their coal-powered Priuses. There's a reason private enterprise won't build these boondoggles without government guarantees. They're too risky, and the potential returns too meager. Remember Solyndra? Or the myriad failures of wind power? Meanwhile environmental groups like the Sierra Club raise hundreds of millions of dollars from their deluded supporters, which they use to lobby government into wasting tax dollars on green energy.
Where's our refund for climate change costs? A new report released by the White House shows Americans are overpaying for climate change reduction efforts, and considering scientific research shows average global temperatures have not risen significantly since 1998, maybe we should all get a refund. A recent survey conducted by a Harvard political scientist found U.S. households are willing to pay approximately an extra 5 percent, or about five dollars, more on their electricity bill each month to combat climate change.
The Democrats' green energy dream is becoming their nightmare. Like so many other scandalous episodes, the media long ago dismissed the controversy surrounding the green energy firm Solyndra. A little corruption at taxpayer expense is the cost of doing green business, the left-leaning members of the press apparently tell themselves. [...] For years, Democratic politicians have been untouched by the scandalous antics of the green firms they supported. But the Democrats' green energy chickens are finally coming home to roost.
China is lead contributor to plastic trash in oceans, study says. Millions of tons of plastic trash flow into the world's oceans each year, and a new study finds that most of it comes from China and developing economies in Asia. The study, published in Friday's [2/13/2015] edition of the journal Science, estimates that China's heavily coastal population contributes 1.3 million to 3.5 million metric tons of plastic to the world's oceans each year, largely due to mismanaged waste.
Arrogant statism of global warming fanatics. I don't trust radical environmentalists. Simply stated, too many of these people are nuts. Environmentalists assert that you're racist if you oppose their agenda. Some environmentalists don't believe in bathing. How about the environmentalists who sterilize themselves to avoid carbon-producing children? [...] There are also environmentalist who claim that climate change causes AIDS. And environmentalists put together a ranking implying that Cuba is better than the United States. Then there's the super-nutty category. The environmentalists who choose death to lower their carbon footprints. But you know what's even worse than a nutty environmentalist? What terrifies me far more are the very serious, very connected, and very powerful non-nutty environmentalists who hold positions of real power.
Now Hiring Rent-A-Mobs: Mobilizing Global Warming Activists for 2015 Action. January blizzards have been blanketing the nation in snow from Maine to Texas — breaking many snowfall records in the process — but the "climate change" alarmists insist that anthropogenic (human-caused) global warming, AGW, is still the top "existential threat" to man and nature. Climate Ground Zero is one of the many national enviro-activist groups gearing up to apply pressure on Congress to accept the new binding climate treaty to be offered later this year at the United Nations climate summit in Paris. A key part of this effort is mobilizing street canvassers to sign up new members, get petitions signed and publicize marches, demonstrations, and protests.
Seattle government now going through citizens' trash for public shaming, revenue. Sure, the incentive to compost is the putative reason for this regulation, but exactly how is it enforced? In order for city officials and trash collectors to know you have committed the civic sin of disposing of leftover food in your trashcan, they have to examine the contents of your trashcan. Let's hope the citizens of Seattle and trash collectors can come to some kind of silent truce over this.
No, there shouldn't be a law. [Scroll down] How on Earth are they going to enforce this on any kind of consistent basis? Will garbage collectors be trained by some sort of trash removal Obi-Wan Kenobi, using the Force to sense if residents slipped some leftover tofu in the wrong trash container? It's not enough that city employees have to collect our disgusting trash, we are going to make them collect tax revenue too?
Yes, the Greens Are a Joke — But Not a Funny or Harmless One. [Scroll down] Truth is, though, to laugh at the Greens is to underestimate the viciousness of their ideology — which is an unholy mix of economic illiteracy, pathological altruism, and misanthropy, built on a foundation of ignorance, self-delusion and mendacity. These people aren't just misguided fools. The policies for which they have agitated over the years — punching far above their weight — have caused the world and its inhabitants real harm.
Climate Researchers 'Prostitute' Science, Says Climate Expert. The global warming dispute is more political argument than the settled science of impending disaster. While those sound like something we'd say, in this case that's the message of Terry Hughes, a recently retired Earth science professor and glacier expert. "You will never read or hear any of this from the scientific and political establishments," he told the College Fix. "I'm now retired, so I have no scientific career to protect by spreading lies."
Green Power Would Make Life Nasty, Brutish And Short. Three centuries ago, the world ran on green power. Wood was used for heating and cooking, charcoal for smelting and smithing, wind or water power for pumps, mills and ships, and whale oil for lamps. People and soldiers walked or rode horses, and millions of horses and oxen pulled ploughs, wagons, coaches and artillery. But smoke from open fires choked cities, forests were stripped of trees, most of the crops went to feed draft animals, and streets were littered with horse manure. For many people, life was "nasty, brutish and short." Then the steam engine was developed, and later the internal combustion engine, electricity and refrigeration came along. Green power was replaced by coal and oil. Carbon energy powered factories, mills, pumps, ships, trains, and smelters; and cars, trucks and tractors replaced the work-horses.
America Is Being Transformed Into Brazil. Our dishwasher broke just after Christmas. The timer stopped working, and a new one costs about $100. My wife suggested that since the dishwasher is nineteen years old, we should buy a new one. Up until now it was working very quietly and efficiently, washing and drying a full load in about an hour. We visited the appliance shop where we had recently purchased a new clothes washing machine a few months earlier. I mentioned to the salesman that our new washer was very slow, taking nearly two hours to finish a large load compared to our old one, which took about 35 minutes. With a bright smile, he explained that that was because of the new federal energy efficiency standards for clothes washers enacted by the Obama administration's Department of Energy in May 2012.
Climate change and the left. With the collapse of Marxism, there was created a vacuum on the left. Those seeking an ideological faith to cling on to for moral certainty, felt bereft. They also wanted a faith which again gave them a feeling of still pursuing the common good of society, especially the new global society, and even more a feeling of moral superiority, which is a characteristic of many middle and professional types on the left. Climate change and the moral common good of saving the planet, with its claimed scientific certainties, offered to fill the vacuum. It may or may not be a coincidence that the climate change faith gained momentum in the 1990s immediately after Marxism collapsed with the Berlin Wall.
Abuse of Science in Texas. This example of government scientists hiding information for years while simultaneously issuing press releases, giving interviews, testifying to county boards and state legislatures and briefing members of Congress is just one example of the "secret science" of government conducted by unelected bureaucrats that an industry comprised mostly of small family-owned businesses, such as the pavement maintenance industry, must grapple with.
Weather Channel Comes Out for Junk Science, Scaremongering and 'Global Warming'. "There is no significant man-made global warming at this time, there has been none in the past and there is no reason to fear any in the future," declared John Coleman, veteran meteorologist and founder of the Weather Channel, last week. Every word of this statement is accurate, defensible and supported by all the current available science. But that hasn't stopped Coleman's old home the Weather Channel issuing a bizarre "position statement" in response.
Energy trade group, green bosses rake in green. It pays to be a top dog in the energy and environment business — even in the nonprofit arena. Big bosses at some of the most influential environmental nonprofits and energy trade associations are making comfortable salaries — from hundreds of thousands of dollars to several million per year — and many have racked up sizable raises recently.
How camouflaged activists want to de-industrialize the West. A federal judge recently rejected a lawsuit filed by environmental groups to prevent the U.S. Bureau of Land Management from issuing oil and gas leases for parts of central Nevada. The case represents a small battle in protracted war to de-industrialize the West. The activists employ a familiar battle plan: Scope out an economic project, sue the government to block its approval, and sit back as legal costs mount. Recently, these groups have grown more litigious — "sue and settle" cases, where activists sue the government to negotiate settlements with often-friendly bureaucrats behind closed doors, more than doubled over the last few years.
Climate Change Has Jumped the Shark. Here's why: From the beginning 25 years ago the arguments over climate science have dominated the scene and distracted us away from the fundamental problem: the prescribed method for preventing climate change is essentially replacing nearly all hydrocarbon energy, in the space of less than two generations. Climate orthodoxy calls for an 80 percent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions, worldwide, by the year 2050, which would take the United States back to a level of hydrocarbon energy use last seen more than 100 years ago. For the developing world, it means remaining poor for several more decades. There has been very little recognition and less candor about the sheer fantasy of the emissions target.
It's the Poor Who Suffer Most from the Great Wind Power Fraud. The wind industry and its parasites tout spurious and unproven benefits in terms of CO2 emissions reductions — reductions which cannot and will never be delivered by a generation source delivered at crazy, random intervals that adds nothing to the entire Eastern Australian Grid hundreds of times each year — and which, therefore, requires 100% of its capacity to be backed up 100% of the time by fossil fuel generation sources. Despite (or, rather, because of) its mad wind-rush Germany has seen CO2 emissions increase as it has had to build and re-commission coal fired plants to provide reliable base-load power to keep the grid up and running. [...] Wherever there's been any significant investment in wind power retail power prices have gone through the roof — witness Denmark, Germany and South Australia — which all jostle for the top spot on the table for the highest power prices in the world.
Apple, Google and Greenwashing. Apple is a great company. But, Apple has a dark, pandering side. Like many companies, Apple swears allegiance to green dogma. The allegiance is mostly lip service, along with a few well-publicized green projects, such as their solar power installation in North Carolina that supplements coal power to run an Apple server farm. According to the Guardian, Tim Cook, the CEO of Apple, said that the climate change issue "resonates with Apple's workers and customers" and that is why the company has moved from environmental laggard to green leader. In other words, Apple is pandering to its employees and customers. Corporations do that, but they don't usually claim that the future of the Earth is at stake.
Jihadis and Warmunists: Brothers Under the Skin. Watching the parade of the naïve, the far left, and their energy-hogging celebrity manipulators marching in New York City this week, I was struck by how much these true believers had in common with jihadis, a notion reinforced by Purdue Professor Louis Rene Beres' description of jihadis in Gatestone Institute and my friend "Ignatz's'" comment at Just One Minute. Both movements seem to these authors to be a means of denying death and change and making the mortal, immortal and the insignificant individual life, a significant force when massed with others. If this is true — and I think it is — we cannot defeat these irrational movements in the ordinary ways. New strategies are called for.
March to nowhere: Futility of the climate protest. Anti-global-warming activism consists of symbolic protests against a highly complex planetary phenomenon we understand poorly and don't control. The unpredicted pause in the rise in global temperature since the late 1990s is so embarrassing to climate activists, who are filled with a fiery certitude about the "science," that it goes unmentioned. In their fevered urgency, they give off the sense that they are desperate to save the planet before it might become evident that it doesn't need saving.
Climate Extremists and the Dirty Filthy Hypocrites. The reported 400,000 who marched with the likes of Al Gore and Leonardo DiCaprio on behalf of the statists' climate change agenda left New York City a dirty mess. They want to clean up the planet but not so much that they have to clean up their own trash.
The Air Comes Out of the Climate Change Talks. There were quite a number of empty seats in the chamber as the president spoke. Secretary of State John Kerry played with his BlackBerry. Many looked bored. At the end of the president's remarks, the most enthusiastic applause came from [Leonardo] DiCaprio. Perhaps that's because he's good actor. The climate change talks might be attracting dwindling audiences. But there's one thing you can bet on: the climate change show will run and run.
Climate change alarmists silent on economic damage done by climate change alarmists. President Barack Obama and the climate-change crowd seem only interested in dire predictions when it comes to their environmental agenda. They're not all that into the disastrous consequences extreme environmental regulations on business could have on the U.S. and global economy. "It's one way to ramp up the messaging and frankly ramp up the sort of extreme positioning around this issue from that standpoint that they're not going to recognize the economic impacts," Betsy Monseu, chief executive officer of the American Coal Council said of the People's March.
Litterbug Climate Marchers Leave Behind Piles of Trash. This week in New York City somewhere around 400,000 litterbugs descended on the Big Apple, and not to celebrate the wonderful news that the planet hasn't warmed in 18 years. Instead they gathered to do, uhm, whatever this is, and to pretend Global Warming is real and dire, so that those pushing this phony crisis can tell the rest of us what to do and how to live our lives. You would think that the one thing environmental fanatics and those of us who are not fascists could agree on is that only arrogant scumbags are litterbugs.
Reason Magazine actually asked climate protesters what they want to do, and it's hilarious. Those in politics who spend much of their time railing about the dangers associated with anthropogenic climate change will often assert that the public largely shares their concerns about catastrophic climate shifts. You rarely hear from those oft-cited members of the public who are supposedly alarmed by climate change alarmism.
Hands off our hair dryers! We've had enough of the EU's meddling. First the EU came for our incandescent light bulbs but we said nothing because we thought saving energy was a good idea — and anyway, we didn't realise until it was too late how much brighter, warmer and nicer the old ones were compared with the flickery, mercury-filled eco ones. [...] Then they came for our televisions, our washing machines, our smart phones and our kettles... It's easy to make light of all the tedious, pettifogging regulations that the EU has imposed on us over the years and that, unfortunately, is the problem.
Now EU targets our kettles, toasters and even lawnmowers. Campaigners last night [9/3/2014] rallied round to vent their fury as Brussels bureaucrats unveiled their latest plan to erode the "lifestyles and choices of ordinary people". It follows the banning this week of vacuum cleaners which have motors above the new EU limit of 1,600 watts in a bid to cut energy usage. The permitted wattage will be almost halved again from September 2017 as the limit is reduced to 900 watts. Dozens of other everyday appliances could have the power sucked out of them too and some scrapped altogether if new rules around climate change are brought in.
Britain Faces 'Winter of Blackouts' As Firms Are Asked to Ration Electricity. "The chickens are coming home to roost". So said the Ukip energy spokesman, commenting on the news that businesses are being asked to join a 1970s style energy rationing program this winter to stop Britain being plunged into darkness. Offices and factories will be offered compensation to shut down for four hours a day so that energy can instead be diverted to households. The scheme, reported in the Daily Mail, is part of a series of measures set to be taken by National Grid which also includes asking owners of decommissioned gas, coal and oil power stations to turn them back on.
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Pressing the climate hoax. A 127-page draft by the U.N. climate panel insists that humans must drastically reduce their production of carbon dioxide because it's heating the globe. Urgent action is needed lest "abrupt and irreversible change" result. The European Union just banned the most effective vacuum cleaners and has announced it is about to ban powerful hair dryers, lawn mowers, smartphones and kettles, all suspects in the continuing plot against the planet. They're all in a hurry, but the planet isn't.
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Having solved all other problems, Obama will now fix your dishwasher. For some reason which I can't quite put my finger on, this sounds awfully familiar. Changing regulations for everyone's benefit without taking into account the real world fallout and secondary costs which would inevitably be passed on to the consumer? Give me a minute. I'm sure it will come to me.
Obama pushes green standards for everything but the kitchen sink. The Obama administration is working on new efficiency standards for seemingly every appliance but the kitchen sink. Spurred by President Obama's climate action plan, the Department of Energy is pumping out new standards for refrigerators, dishwashers, air conditioners, ceiling fans, furnaces, boilers, water heaters, lamps and many more appliances.
Rise in powerful vacuum cleaner sales ahead of EU ban. From 1 September, companies in the EU will be banned from making or importing vacuum cleaners above 1600 watts and it has led to a sharp rise in sales. In one recent study, five of the top seven cleaners had motors of more than 1600 watts. [Video clip]
EU to ban high-energy hair dryers, smartphones and kettles. The European Union is considering pulling the plug on high-wattage hair dryers, lawn mowers and electric kettles in a follow up to its controversial ban on powerful vacuum cleaners. The power of hairdryers could be reduced by as much as 30 percent in order to be more eco-friendly, a draft study commissioned by Brussels suggests, threatening many of the models favoured by hairdressers and consumers for speedy blow-dries. [...] Current EU legislation covers televisions, washing machines, refrigerators and vacuum cleaners but not most smaller electrical appliances.
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Sustainability: The Universal Solvent of Private Property Rights. [Scroll down] On this side of the Atlantic, Rachel Carson's 1962 book, Silent Spring laid the groundwork for a message that found a receptive audience in guilt prone readers. She put a human face on the claimed crimes against the environment. Misuse of insecticides was translated into a fear of all insecticides at any level. DDT was made the poster child for environmental destruction. Bird deaths and egg thinning were offered as evidence. Years later, many of the claims in her book were termed "lies," once they were subject to scientific review. In the interim, millions of innocent children have suffered malaria-related deaths in Africa from prohibition of DDT use, and the term "eco-imperialism" became a book title.
Environmentalism and the Fear of Disorder. [Scroll down] The researchers found that participants who read the article questioning scientific progress expressed greater intention to recycle, reduce washing temperatures, and buy organic foods than those who read the version affirming scientific progress. Why the difference? Because, the researchers report, "questioning scientific progress results in a relative increase in disorder perceptions, which in turn triggers the motivation to restore order via personal actions such as engaging in environmentally friendly behavior." A reasonable reading of these results is that a lot of environmentalists experience many aspects of the modern world as chaotic and thus seek to compensate for their perceptions of disorder by engaging in ritual behaviors that make them feel like they are exerting more personal control. It is not much of a leap to conclude that by imposing those rituals on others, some environmentalists seek to reduce their dread of disorder even more.
Senate Committee Report Details Environmentalists' Inner Workings. Over the past fifty years, America's environmental movement has grown from college kids adorning flowers to a billion dollar industry. With huge budgets to employ lobbyists, lawyers, and public relations professionals, many of America's leading environmental non-profits are unrecognizable from their modest beginnings. What may seem like an organic, disparate movement is actually a well oiled machine that receives its funding from a handful of super rich liberal donors operating behind the anonymity of foundations and charities, according to a new report out today by the Committee on Environment and Public Works (EPW).
How to cut emissions, and how not to. The world's efforts to cut greenhouse gas emissions began with the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change in 1992, were formalized in the Kyoto Protocol in 1997 and have since mutated into the hundreds of "XX percent of renewables by 20YY" targets adopted by groups of countries, individual countries and regional jurisdictions. They have spawned, among other things, innumerable bureaucracies, countless climate conferences, forests of wind turbines, patchwork quilts of solar panels and a billion-dollar-a-day climate change industry. And they haven't worked [at all].
Pursuing Energy Failure, Again and Again. From the energy-independence moonshine of the corn-ethanol scam to the latest 645-page slate of regulations the EPA wants to inflict on the domestic electricity-generation sector, the supposed threats have varied. Back in the 1970s, the claim was that we were too dependent on Arab oil (a claim that we continue to hear today). These days, in addition to the never-ending blather about "energy independence," we have the spurious claim from the Obama administration that yet another layer of EPA rules on U.S. industry will make a dramatic difference when it comes to global climate change.
Report: US, Foreign Elites Pay Greens To Push EPA Policies. Environmental organizations are often portrayed as homegrown groups fighting back against the tide of corporate boogeymen like Big Business or Big Oil. But this is not the case, according to a new congressional report. A report by Republicans on the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee says environmentalists are being backed by "an elite group of left-wing millionaires and billionaires." This "Billionaire's Club" funnels money to environmental groups who then lobby on behalf of the Environmental Protection Agency to help promote its agenda, in return, getting access to generous tax write-offs and federal funding.
Get Ready for the New England Power Shortage. In 1980, under the first administration of Governor Jerry Brown, California decided it wasn't going to build any more power plants but would follow Amory Lovins' "soft path," opting instead for conservation and renewable energy. By 2000, with the new digital economy sucking up electricity, a drought in the Pacific Northwest cut hydropower output and the state found itself facing the Great California Electrical Shortage. You know what happened next. For weeks the Golden State struggled to find enough electricity to power its traffic lights. Brownouts and blackouts cascaded across the state while businesses fired up smoke-belching diesel generators to keep the lights on.
The New Global Dictator. New energy research is being directed by policy and diktat that has been decided in advance of the research being conducted. In Europe, this has origins in the 20 20 20 policy that was decided in 2007 that itself has roots in the Kyoto Protocol and the desire to reduce global CO2 emissions. [...] These binding targets, created by unelected technocrats (who may not even know what the SI unit of energy is) have a profound effect on all of our lives.
Official Report: People Who Worry Most about Climate Change Use More Energy. People who are most concerned about climate change use more electricity than those who believe it to be not so serious a threat, a government study has found. The Household Electricity Survey, commissioned by the Department for Energy and Climate Change, said that this discrepancy may be due to the fact that older people, who are most likely to not see climate change as a threat, are generally more frugal with their energy consumption.
The Left Doesn't Really Believe in Climate Change. The sky is always falling. If the new ice age doesn't do us in, the ozone hole will. The instant DDT is banned, aerosols must follow. Global warming is replaced by climate change is replaced by "global weirding." And what is the solution to these often-contradictory scenarios? We anachronists who retain a bias toward the hard sciences would employ very different measures to prevent a freezing ocean and a boiling one. To an engineer, soldier or plumber, this is obvious. But how do leaders of the environmental left address these opposing doomsdays? By raising taxes, increasing government, impeding capitalism and reducing national sovereignty. Coincidentally, the same policies they would promote if their supposed environmental catastrophe was utter fiction. It is little wonder that voters are suspicious.
German Govt Falsifies Climate Report Translation To Hide Green Policy Failure. The German Ministry of Environment has falsified the conclusions of a UN climate change report in the German-language version released last week, in an attempt to hide the fact that the country's 'green policies' are useless. The ministry's four-page summary of the report contains outright contradictions and falsifications of Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) recommendations, apparently made to hide UN criticism of the way the German government has turned emissions-trading into a cash cow for futile renewable energy projects.
Keyword: Slush fund.
Why Everything Is Dirtier. [Scroll down] My needs are for clean clothes, same as the laundry needs of the whole of humanity since the beginning of time. The whole purpose of laundries is to meet that need. Here's the problem, however. The goal of the regulators who regulate the laundry is not to improve your life. It is to wreck your life a bit at a time by pressing increasing numbers of restrictions and mandates upon private producers. One of these mandates has removed TSP from detergent — and with catastrophic results. No one wants to talk about this. There is a major hush-hush culture here because business, understandably, doesn't want to face a consumer backlash, and government doesn't want to acquire the reputation for being the civilization wrecker that it truly is.
America's power grid at the limit: The road to electrical blackouts. Americans take electricity for granted. It powers our lights, our computers, our offices, and our industries. But misguided environmental policies are eroding the reliability of our power system. Last winter, bitterly cold weather placed massive stress on the US electrical system — and the system almost broke. [...] Eight of the top ten of PJM's all-time winter peaks occurred in January 2014. Heroic efforts by grid operators saved large parts of the nation's heartland from blackouts during record-cold temperature days.
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Roy Spencer invented satellite temperature analysis, gets called "a blogger". Careful Cheryl Jones, your groupthink is showing. She's a science writer who writes today in The Australian about "climate bets", but without seemingly using The Internet. Here's how she describes Roy Spencer: [...]
Interview: James Delingpole on The Little Green Book of Eco-Fascism. "I'm not a scientist and actually given what I've seen of scientists in my experiences following the global warming scam, I'm glad I'm not a scientist because a lot of these guys are basically shysters and crooks. They're not some kind of white-coated elite with a special hotline to the truth. In fact, they're just ordinary guys and girls trying to earn a living like the rest of us but slightly more dodgily than the rest of us in the one or two egregious cases," James Delingpole [says.]
Science and Panic. We are bombarded with dire warnings about our environment, but nearly all of the research purported to support those claims was funded by the political powers advocating them. Political powers will pick-and-choose scientists who provide useful factoids, despite what caveats those scientists attach to preserve their credibility. The topic of climate change brings this mixture to an extreme, such that some scientists have traded activism for credibility. Politicians may further distort or lie about scientific findings, especially when results are scarce, inconclusive or contradictory. For the layman or dangerously educated, point-by-point arguments are pointless, as it becomes difficult to discern between fact, deception, science or politics.
Chevron Takes Battle To Radical Environmentalist Lobby. Chevron had been accused of polluting the rainforest floor in Ecuador through its 2001 acquisition of Texaco, supposedly harming thousands of villagers as it callously took its profits. It was all-so-perfect a story to go with the leftist narrative about greedy oil companies exploiting innocent Third World victims. Only it wasn't true. Fact is, Texaco cleaned up its share of the Ecuadorean oil-extraction operation near Lago Agrio, where the accusations were hatched, and then got two clean bills of health from the Ecuadorean government in 1995 and 1998, having fulfilled its responsibilities free and clear.
Nothing but hot air: another alarmist report from global warming brigade. I have long come to realise how environmental science works: it starts from the premise that everything in the natural world is under threat, that mankind is to blame and that only drastic changes can save it. It is bad news if temperatures rise, bad news if they fall, bad news if the climate gets wetter, bad news if it gets drier. If a type of animal or plant is decreasing it is a man-made tragedy. If it is increasing it is a threat to the "delicate ecological balance" caused by mankind's mismanagement. The IPCC's latest summary for policymakers on the "impacts, adaptation and vulnerability" is a fine example of the genre. It portrays a grim future of mass food shortages and asserts that the effects are already there to be seen."
Environmentalists to the Peasants: Drop Dead. California is going through a terrible drought and 2013 was the driest on record in the state. So who is suffering, financially and otherwise, from its effects? Hint: it is not the coastal elite. The water still flows to the upscale neighborhoods of La Jolla, Malibu, and Marin County. Their lawns are watered, their BMW's washed and polished, their swimming pools full. No, it's the farmers in the Central Valley and the agricultural workers who are idled as 500,000 acres of the best farmland on the planet lies fallow. Where is their water going? To save the environment.
Uppity Deniers, Unite! If we Americans could control the climate, all of our country would be like San Diego at all times and Russia would be like, well, Russia. We can control our pollution output and we have. When the Environmental Protection Agency started, it made enormous strides in cleaning up pollution in the U.S. The easy pickings, however have all been picked. Auto emissions and other sources of pollution were adjusted to great initial effect. Big strides were made and the cost was appropriate to the outcome. Now, however, any incremental benefit is at a huge and highly inappropriate cost for highly questionable efficacy. This has not diminished the zeal of those that would use the planetary wellness issue to bludgeon Americans into submission. It's not about the money to the EPA; it's about control of Americans, not control of pollution.
Hedge Funds, K Street, and the Ugly Underbelly of the Democratic Party. In case you missed it, Senate Democrats staged an all-night talkfest on Monday to promote higher taxes and increased government regulation to address the scientific theory known as "climate change." Hopefully you did miss it, because most well adjusted people have better things to do than stay up all night watching a bunch of senior citizens talk about solar panels and wind turbines. At least one person was paying close attention: liberal billionaire and reluctant democracy advocate Tom Steyer, who has pledged to spend $100 million backing Democrats who support aggressive government action to reduce carbon emissions. Democratic senators want Steyer's money, they just don't want anyone to think their stance on "climate change" is based on anything other than a genuine concern for Gaia.
Skeptical Climatologist Calls Out 'Global Warming Nazis'. Here are some of the things you are not allowed to mention if you are a climate skeptic. [#1] Hitler's Germany was the most eco-friendly regime in modern political history. As well as banning smoking on public transport and creating some of Europe's first nature reserves, the Nazis were heavily into wholefood and clean living. Himmler wanted to feed the SS on organic food only. Goering threatened to send people who were cruel to animals to concentration camps. [#2] There is no such thing as a climate change "denier". No one denies that climate changes. All that skeptics dispute is the degree to which man contributes to this largely natural — and unscary — process. [#3] The environmental lobby uses the same tactics used by totalitarian movements through the ages — fascists, Nazis, communists, there's really no difference.
GE Will No Longer Design Projects to Please Climate Change Advocates. In a watershed moment and a huge victory over environmentalists, General Electric has agreed to stop projects that are designed solely for the purpose of carbon dioxide reductions to please those who lobby for climate change concessions. The National Center for Public Policy Research, a non-partisan, free-market, independent conservative think-tank which has been fighting GE for years because of GE's liberal bias under CEO Jeffrey Immelt, scored a huge victory after receiving the commitment from General Electric.
EPA proposes restrictions for new wood stoves. The federal Environmental Protection Agency has proposed new standards for wood stoves that would reduce the maximum amount of fine particulate emissions allowed for new stoves sold in 2015 and 2019.
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The flooding of the Somerset Levels was deliberately engineered. Devastating evidence has now come to light not just that the floods covering 65 square miles of the Somerset Levels could have been prevented, but that they were deliberately engineered by Labour ministers in 2009, regardless of the property and human rights of the thousands of people whose homes and livelihoods would be affected. Furthermore, that wildly misleading Met Office forecast in November led the Environment Agency to take a step that has made the flooding infinitely more disastrous than it need have been.
10 Lefty Lies About The Floods Which Have Devastated Britain. [#2] The Environment Agency has been doing a great job with inadequate resources. No it hasn't. With a staff of 11,200 and an annual budget of £1.2 billion, this bloated quango is grotesquely overmanned and overfunded, bigger almost than the size of the Canadian, Danish, French, Swedish and Austrian Environment Agencies combined. It is also — like most government agencies — extremely wasteful, inefficient and poorly managed.
Why do environmentalists prefer Iran to Canada? Is anyone more hypocritical than a professional environmentalist? In case anyone needs a hint, see this month's exhibit: As North American environmental activists throw all of their energy and resources into blocking Canada from selling its oil to the United States, they have haven't made a peep over Iran increasing its own oil exports. And one would think they'd care, as the environmentalists' entire rationale for opposing Keystone is that if a pipeline from Canada to the Gulf of Mexico is built, more carbon will be put into the atmosphere. But their problem here — and often — is that the facts don't support their claims.
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The Party Of Science Has Absolutely No Clue What It's Talking About. For years, a concerted effort has been made to intertwine scientific truth with progressive politics in the public imagination. In recent weeks alone, Nancy Pelosi and Charlie Crist both earned headlines by trashing the "anti-science" GOP. The left-leaning media works hard to make campaign issues out of contrived litmus tests that bear little relationship to real national issues. Their project seems to be working.
If You Think Communism Is Bad For People, Check Out What It Did To The Environment. When the Berlin Wall came down and the Iron Curtain was finally lifted to expose the inner workings of communism to Western eyes, one of the more shocking discoveries was the nightmarish scale of environmental destruction. The statistics for East Germany alone tell a horrific tale: at the time of its reunification with West Germany an estimated 42 percent of moving water and 24 percent of still waters were so polluted that they could not be used to process drinking water, almost half of the country's lakes were considered dead or dying and unable to sustain fish or other forms of life, and only one-third of industrial sewage along with half of domestic sewage received treatment.
Global warming devastates America. Everything's global warming, America. Didn't you get the message yet from your President and John Kerry and Al Gore and James Hansen and the gang? Everything! That's why, if ever any of you want to see a day of sunshine again in your miserable, too-selfish-to-change-your-lifestyle carbon-addicted lives, here are a few things you absolutely are going to have to do: permanently reject the Keystone XL pipeline; beg your president for more green taxes and regulations; plead for more of your money to be diverted to successful clean energy businesses like Solyndra and Fisker electric cars; insist that more bald eagle nesting trees be chopped down in order to clear a space for wind farms; demand that the Heartland Institute and the Competitive Enterprise Institute be defunded and that Marc Morano, Anthony Watts and Pat Michaels be executed.
Ohio EPA Proposes Phosphorus, Nitrogen Restrictions. The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency is proposing restrictions on phosphorus and nitrogen amounts in state waterways. Ohio would be only the third state to enact such restrictions, joining Florida and Wisconsin. Excessive phosphorus and nitrogen can lead to algae outbreaks. Environmental activists have recently pushed the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and state environmental protection agencies to abandon qualitative assessments of bodies of water and instead impose strict numeric limits regardless of whether algae outbreaks are reported.
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National Renewable Electricity Standard: Why raise electricity prices? Earlier this month, Representatives Jared Polis (D Colorado), Ben Ray Luján (D New Mexico), and Ann Kuster (D New Hampshire) introduced the National Renewable Electricity Act of 2013 (RES Act) into the US House of Representatives. The act mandates that all US retail electrical suppliers buy an increasing amount of electricity from renewable energy sources, or pay fines for the shortfall. If the law is passed, it will raise electricity prices for Americans for questionable environmental gains.
The Environmental Movement: How Corrupt Is It? We have written many times about the corruption of the global warming movement. Billions and billions of dollars are being poured into the pockets of global warming alarmists, because they perform such a valuable service: they help to persuade voters that governments should be given greater control over the world's economies. What's a few billion dollars when trillions are at stake?
Environmentalism's Endless Lies. [Scroll down] There is no such thing as "environmental justice." It is an invention of environmental groups that are intent on convincing people that whatever they do or fail to do somehow has an impact on the weather. Indeed, the entire global warming hoax, now called climate change, was based on the lie that humans were responsible for producing huge amounts of carbon dioxide via industry, driving, or making some toast for breakfast. The environmental enemy was and is the use of energy, but it is energy that has so vastly improved and protected everyone's life.
The Greens Are Coming!. [James] Delingpole's home country of Britain in some respects has gone further than any. It's not just the rampant fuel poverty. England, reports Delingpole, is "the only nation anywhere on Earth legally bound to commit economic suicide in the name of environmentalism. Thanks to the 2008 Climate Act, Britain is required to spend in excess of £18 billion per annum 'decarbonizing' the UK economy." Unlike other countries, where drastic reductions in carbon dioxide emissions are a goal, or target, England must, by law, reduce its CO2 emissions 80 percent by 2050. Incredibly, the 2008 Climate Act breezed through Parliament by an almost unanimous vote. There were only five nays out of 650 members in the House of Commons.
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Survey Shows Germans No Longer Willing To Pay Higher Prices For Green Electricity. Some years ago, Germans as a whole were convinced that something had to be done to "rescue the climate" and were much more open to paying higher prices for electricity. However the rapid increase in electricity prices over the last years, and hence correspondingly greater pain, has led the public to rethink. Also 5 consecutive unexpectedly harsh winters and the fact that the globe isn't warming anymore also has had an impact.
Does Environmentalism Cause Amnesia?. [Scroll down] What does hurt people is bad public policy. Exhibit A is the U.S. ethanol mandate — justified in part as a response to global warming — which diverted the corn crop to fuel production and sent global food prices soaring in 2008. Exhibit B is the cult of organic farming and knee-jerk opposition to [genetically modified crops], which risk depriving farmers in poor countries of high-yield, nutrient-rich crops. Exhibit C was the effort to ban DDT without adequate substitutes to stop the spread of malaria, which kills nearly 900,000 people, mostly children, in sub-Saharan Africa alone with each passing year. The list goes on and on.
Now Europe wants to make it harder to clean your carpets. Home owners will find their armoury in the battle against dust and dirt weakened by a ban on powerful vacuum cleaners. Under European Commission 'eco' rules that will come into force next September, the power of new vacuum cleaners must not exceed 1,600 watts. That figure will be lowered further to 900 watts by 2017. Current cleaners boast an average of 1,800 watts.
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The Climate-Industrial Complex. The National Academies of Science released in 2012 a 300-page report: A National Strategy for Advancing Climate Modeling. The committee that authored the report was entirely composed of establishment climate scientists, mostly engaged in computer modeling of climate. The report paints a glowing picture of climate models and suggests that near term climate forecasts are possible or will be possible in the future. A more objective analysis is that climate models are severely troubled and not much progress is being made in spite of spending billions of dollars.
How Europe's Economy Is Being Devastated By Global Warming Orthodoxy. Many Europeans complain about their high energy costs, largely due to their increasing dependence on renewables — the most costly energy sources. But European political parties as well as a majority of people still want government to promote costly options, especially wind and solar power. This is killing European economies. Electricity costs in Europe are more than double the cost of electricity in the U.S.
Washers That Don't Wash and Dryers That Don't Dry. From washing machines to microwaves to refrigerators, government regulations are making consumer goods far more expensive while reducing their effectiveness and longevity. The Department of Energy claims that their new appliance standards save consumers money through reduced environmental costs and energy use. But a recent study by the Mercatus Center confirms shows that you and I don't see that extra money in our wallets.
The Obama EPA's War on America. Greenhouse gas emissions are primarily carbon dioxide (CO2), a gas vital to all life on Earth, the "food" that vegetation depends upon. It plays no role whatever in a "global warming" that is not occurring. It is emitted by the Earth's many active volcanoes and hot springs. It is exhaled by humans and land animals. It is the product of the combustion of hydrocarbons. As it increased in the atmosphere, the Earth has entered a cooling — not a warming — spell since the late 1990s. Its atmospheric concentration is a very tiny 0.039 percent by volume. It is, however, the justification on which much of the EPA's enforcement activities are based.
A science-based rebuttal to global warming alarmism. The IPCC was established in 1988 by the World Meteorological Organization and the United Nations Environmental Program. Over the last 25 years, the IPCC became the "gold standard" of climate science, quoted by all the governments of the world. IPCC conclusions are the basis for climate policies imposed by national, provincial, state, and local authorities. Cap-and-trade markets, carbon taxes, ethanol and biodiesel fuel mandates, renewable energy mandates, electric car subsidies, the banning of incandescent light bulbs, and many other questionable policies are the result.
California's Middle Class Faces Slow Death by Green Laws. An environmental law in California, designed with the best of intentions of course, has helped wreck middle class prospects — and state lawmakers are finally taking note. The California Environmental Quality Act, signed into law by Ronald Reagan in 1970 and beloved by environmental groups, mandates strenuous reviews of the environmental effects of all proposed construction projects. While greens have claimed that the law has protected California's natural beauty from rapacious developers, lawmakers are coming around to the viewpoint that it has been abused to the detriment of citizens, as the New York Times reports: [...]
An Environmentalist Deception. The federal government's ever-growing control over and continuous acquisition of land across America is the antithesis of the institution of private property and undermines conscientious private stewardship of land, waters, and other natural resources. Every day, we see the results of a century of mismanagement of government-owned forests. Failure to harvest timber allows the forests to become overgrown and filled with overstressed, diseased, beetle-ridden, dying, and dead trees — leading to millions of acres scorched by catastrophic wildfires every summer, year after year.
Global Warming Is Not The World's Top Problem, Energy Is. Global warming gets all the attention in crisis thinking today but at its heart that is an energy issue too — when anti-science activists in America forced viable alternative energy out of America, it put us firmly on the path of rampant coal usage and higher greenhouse gas emissions. Then they recognized the perils of coal emissions that were used in place of nuclear power and that solar was still not ready and promoted biofuels.
The Environmental Lobby's Great Forest Con. Environmental activists constantly pressure government agencies to intervene in the lives of others, whether it is telling them how to run their businesses, where they can build their homes, or what types of food they can and cannot eat, among countless other examples. Another area activists are increasingly focusing on is forest management, telling tree farmers how they should manage their land.
EPA Endangerment Finding: At the time of the endangerment
finding there were several dozen global climate models, now there are at least 73. The US has 19. One climate model is sufficient — if it has been validated.
The Age of Hyperbole: How Normal Weather Became 'Extreme'. As American linguist Samuel Ichiye Hayakawa said: "In the age of television, image becomes more important than substance." It is effectively visual lying, dictated by Marshall McLuhan's observation: "The medium is the message." For example, TV news programs often illustrate air pollution with a smoke stack emitting water vapor, implying it is pollution when it is anything but.
Our rising bills for going green. Yesterday [7/16/2013] energy giant npower said the Government's environmental policies would help to cause a 19 per cent rise in fuel costs by 2020. They added that energy firms' subsidies of wind and solar power and the price of better energy efficiency will see annual bills rise £240 to £1,487 from £1,247.
NYC Mayor Bloomberg Pushes Mandatory Composting. Mayor Michael Bloomberg — the man who brought about the failed supersize soda ban and restrictions on trans fats in city restaurants — is pushing for a law forcing New York City residents to compost their food refuse. Bloomberg's proposal would encourage voluntary composting initially, and then make food composting mandatory by 2015-2016. Opponents decried yet another expansion of the nanny state and also worried about food composting expanding the city's rat population.
Green taxes 'to increase energy bills by a third by 2020'. The Taxpayers' Alliance predicts that green charges and tax will comprise £620 of a typical UK household's electrcity and gas bill by the end of the decade. Green charges, which are used to fund wind and hydropower projects, and VAT currently make up 11 [percent] of gas bills, or £91 of an average £830 statement. They account for 16 [percent] of electricity charges, equivalent to £100 of the £630 average bill. However, Liberum Capital analysts expect green policies to push power costs up 29 [percent] by the end of the decade.
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NHS hospitals asked to generate their own power amid blackouts fears. According to one energy company, four hospitals have already signed up to a deal under which they will reduce demand at peak times by using diesel-fired generators. KiWi Power, which is a commercial partner of National Grid, says it has started to approach every NHS trust in the country about undertaking similar plans after winning a government contract to encourage power saving.
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German Energy Drain. Germany's Christian Democrats unveil their campaign platform later this month ahead of September's federal election, and energy policy is expected to feature prominently. The CDU-led coalition government has accelerated the country's push toward green energy during a period in which German industry has flourished relative to its European peers. Unfortunately for Germany, this energy transformation has also spurred a flight of German industry outside the country — not least to the United States.
Risk of UK blackouts has increased, Government admits. Ofgem warned there could be energy shortages in the middle of this decade as the UK has failed to build enough new wind farms and nuclear powers stations to replace old fossil fuel plants. It also believes demand for energy may not fall as much as originally expected, as fewer households are insulating their lofts and switching to green appliances than predicted.
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The Moment the Environmental Movement Changed. In the summer between third and fourth grade, I attended a day camp at a "nature center" in our Chicago suburb — a large park with a lagoon, a hiking trail, and several fire pits. The theme of the camp was learning about the wilderness — which meant, in essence, learning how to tame it.
Europe's anti-carbon agenda is adverse to human health and welfare. The hostile regulatory environment toward carbon, especially coal, is leading to business closures, higher prices, stagnation, unemployment, fuel poverty and an increase in the death rate. In their fascination with computer models based on untested hypotheses, European Union policymakers have put their countries so far behind the economic curve that it will take decades to catch up to more competitive nations.
Europe is becoming a green-energy basket case. For years, European leaders have flaunted their unwavering commitment to fighting climate change — and chastised the United States for lagging behind. But last week brought yet more confirmation that the continent has become a green-energy basket case. Instead of a model for the world to emulate, Europe has become a model of what not to do.
European power plants are burning firewood from U.S. forests because of "global warming" restrictions.
Europe importing U.S. trees to keep the lights on. Environmentalists in the United Kingdom are outraged by what has become a growing trend in Europe — countries are importing more wood from the United States in order to meet the EU's strict renewable energy mandates. The BBC reports that millions of tons of wood pellets will be shipped into Europe to help keep the lights on in a more environmentally friendly fashion. Environmentalists argue that burning wood pellets wrecks U.S. forests and does nothing to address global warming in the short term.
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Bees, pesticides, more green lies. Have we been here before? You bet we have, from at least Silent Spring (1962) onwards. We've seen it involve everything from DDT to the snail darter, the spotted owl to the polar bear and fracking. The odd detail changes but the basic story is always the same: man is bad, capitalism is evil, let's ban another vital element in the Western industrial economy.
Who's turned off by 'save the environment' light bulbs? Almost everybody. I have this experience regularly with products labelled as "environmentally friendly": they don't work as well as the products they're replacing. My environmentally-friendly shower head was really just a shower head that made my shower less showery. I'm told cars with large-capacity engines are much less fuel efficient, but I've noticed how much better they respond. Even when the product touted as "green" works as well as its counterpart, the tradeoff is often a higher price.
Activist 'Sustainability' Fails Environmental Goals. How can politicians, regulators, and environmental activists decree that oil and gas are not sustainable — even as seismic, fracking, drilling, and other technologies unlock a century of new deposits? And then insist that corn ethanol is sustainable even though this year's U.S. ethanol quota requires 40 percent of our corn crop, on an area the size of Iowa, billions of gallons of water, huge quantities of hydrocarbon-based pesticides, fertilizers, and tractor fuel, vast amounts of natural gas to run the distilleries, and perpetual subsidies ... to produce a fuel that drives up food prices and gets one-third less mileage per gallon than gasoline?
Relentless Liars: The Great Green Edifice is Crumbling. The Greens regard anything that would provide energy for any reason to anyone as the enemy. That is why "a panel of experts will discuss fossil fuel projects in our state, their impacts, and ways to reduce that pollution." Fuel is not pollution. Fuel is what we use to heat or cool our homes, drive our vehicles, provide electricity, and conduct the business of the nation. The air and water in New Jersey is so clean we actually invite people to live here, start businesses here, and to visit as tourists to enjoy it.
The Pressure is Building! [Scroll down] The 'green' agenda of Agenda 21 provides a cover for a whole host of abuses by those seeking to dominate the ignorant under the guise of Agenda 21. Global cooling, global warning [sic], climate control, or whatever, is used to advance the agenda, and is leading us to a glacier-like death by 'greenocide'. With this 'greenocide', we are losing personal property rights, and we are staring at mushrooming utility energy costs, as coal, natural gas and oil are under constant attack by ne'er do well elites. Also, the cost of building just about everything is being driven up [...]
The Left's War on Science. The environmentalists, like the Communists, believe that human beings have total control over the environment and that the environment determines all. Warmunism, like Communism, originates not from science, but from ideology. The Communists divided industry into two types by ideological classification; the good cooperative Socialist industry and the bad competitive Capitalist industry. The Warmunists similarly ideologically classify two types of industry; environmentally conscious green technology and dirty non-socially conscious brown technology.
Too much green energy is bad for Britain. With the worst snow conditions in the country since 1981, it's worrying, to say the least, that gas supplies are running low. A month ago, The Sunday Telegraph warned in this column of the problems of an energy policy that puts expensive, inefficient green power before coal-fired and nuclear power. [...] Now we are reaping the consequences.
Don't Buy an Electric Car. I live in California, home to all sorts of environmental nonsense. We couldn't build our house where we wanted to because of a tiny plant you can hardly see and a grasshopper that might — just might — live there. It cost a fortune to replace our perfectly good septic system with a more environmentally friendly one to meet new codes.
Green Tyranny. The Environmental Protection Agency just announced it will boost gas prices ("only" a penny, although industry says 6 to 9 cents) to make another minuscule improvement to air quality. In New York City, my mayor wants to ban Styrofoam cups, saying, "I think it's something we can do without." Congress already dictates the design of our cars, toilets and light bulbs.
The Darkness of Earth Hour. Spreading awareness is the sole purpose of most environmental activism. Awareness spreading doesn't make anything better, but makes people feel guilty, outraged, hopeful or some combination of the appropriate political sentiments in the face of an imminent armageddon that can only be fought by convincing everyone to be deeply concerned by it and disdainful of everyone who stands outside their Chicken Little consensus.
Have politicians had a mental blackout? There's a real risk of energy shortages in Britain, yet still the political class is obsessed with cutting fossil fuel use.
Supreme Court sides with timber industry in runoff dispute, dealing blow to environmentalists. In a defeat for environmentalists, the Supreme Court on Wednesday [3/20/2013] sided with the U.S. timber industry in a dispute over whether loggers should have to get special EPA permits because of gravel and dirt falling into nearby waterways. In a 7-1 vote, the court reversed a lower-court ruling which said the run-off from logging sites is the same as any other industrial pollution, requiring a Clean Water Act permit from the Environmental Protection Agency.
The cleaner the enviroment, the more desperate enviros become to tackle the Next Big Scare.
The Great Green Con no. 1. The Mail on Sunday today [3/16/2013] presents irrefutable evidence that official predictions of global climate warming have been catastrophically flawed. The graph [in this article] blows apart the 'scientific basis' for Britain reshaping its entire economy and spending billions in taxes and subsidies in order to cut emissions of greenhouse gases. These moves have already added £100 a year to household energy bills.
The Greening Of Portland. About a year and a half ago, then Portland mayor Sammy Adams and his cohorts on the Portland City Council decreed a radical, "green" approach to waste disposal: they sent little plastic slop buckets (made in China, naturally) out to virtually every house in the city, and cut garbage pickups to twice a month — with no reduction in rates, of course.
Prominent American Scientists Call For Eco-Dictatorship Under UN Rule. [Scroll down] By admitting they are willing to "move beyond existent levels of public permission" to push ahead with draconian environmental policies, these prominent scientists (among whom we find two Nobel laureates and one Paul Ehrlich) have proven their willingness to deceive the American population for their "environmental" control model. As Aaron Dykes put it while interviewing Lord Christopher Monckton, the environmental "cause" is nothing more than "an absolute valued pretext for their absolute control model".
EPA's Secret and Costly 'Sue and Settle' Collusion With Environmental Organizations. "Sue and Settle" practices, sometimes referred to as "friendly lawsuits", are cozy deals through which far-left radical environmental groups file lawsuits against federal agencies wherein courtordered "consent decrees" are issued based upon a prearranged settlement agreement they collaboratively craft together in advance behind closed doors.
Woodsy On The Rampage: The Ecology Of Radical Environmentalism. [T]he radical environmental movement is more than a marketing ploy designed to win demands from government officials. It is also a school of thought drawing inspiration from various philosophical sources. One of the main philosophical schools that radical environmentalists draw upon is known as "Deep Ecology". According to this set of ideas, the conservation policies pursued by more mainstream environmental groups are incorrect because man is still used as the primary measure of all things, at least when it comes to environmental protection. To the Deep Ecologist, every natural thing is on equal footing. Human beings are no better than moss or a pine cone.
Greenfellas: The Italian Mafia Muscles In On Green Energy Racket. For an industry all puffed up about its supposed environmental virtue, green energy sure is attracting a dirty crowd. Witness its latest entrant, Italy's Mafia. The mob knows a good fraud when it sees one.
The Promise Of A Green Future Is More Than A White Lie. Children and their mothers are victims of green propaganda, particularly through the schools. Sadly, few people, including mothers, have any idea what is taught in the schools. It is where the emotional blackmail of environmentalism is inculcated into society. The message preached is that industry and development are the cause of most environmental and social problems.
Trampling on People, Environment, Science & Ethics. The activist groups and government agencies certainly talk a good game. They've certainly got the "mainstream" media and a lot of legislators and regulators on their side, while many who question their claims and agendas lack the greens' money, influence, connections and firepower — or the courage. All that notwithstanding, these supposed "white hats" are often all hat and no cattle — or worse. In truth, the very foundation for many of their policies is built on sand, worthless computer models or outright deception.
Government Scientist Gets Fired for Telling the Truth. Over the past three decades, government has unleashed an unprecedented wave of environmental rules and regulations that affect nearly every aspect of American life, and for the most part the public has tolerated it. Public embrace of environmental propaganda and fear mongering about the apocalyptic consequences of mankind's abuse of the planet have elevated environmentalism to a status above national security. The public is now more likely to give up rights and freedoms for the cause of saving the planet than for security reasons.
Study: Environmental regulations turning outdoorsmen into eco-felons. Five Gulf Coast states have over 1,000 laws that allow prosecutors to target people with criminal sanctions over rather minor infractions related to the environment and outdoor living, a new study shows, even in cases where the accused did not cause any harm or knowingly break the law.
Redressing global climate hysteria. Throughout "Climate of Corruption," [Larry] Bell aptly demonstrates there are "big differences between environmental stewardship ideals, which most of us subscribe to, and the ideologically moralistic, antidevelopment, obstructionist activism that exemplifies much of today's environmental zealotry." But, to a great extent, it is this zealotry that substantially misguides efforts to identify and successfully address real threats to the environment, energy sufficiency and ultimately, humanity itself.
Climate Science vs Politics: The Road Ahead. There is good news and bad news about climate. The good news is that science evidence has made it quite clear that the human contribution to a possible global warming is minor; in fact it cannot even be identified in the data record. The bad news is that the media and politicians pay no attention whatsoever to the science and are marching ahead full-speed with efforts to control CO2 emissions — thereby hurting the economy, destroying jobs, and stunting economic growth.
How Fossil Fuels Saved Humanity from Nature and Nature from Humanity. Nothing can be made, transported, or used without energy, and fossil fuels provide 80 percent of mankind's energy and 60 percent of its food and clothing. Thus, absent fossil fuels, global cropland would have to increase by 150 percent to meet current food demand, but conversion of habitat to cropland is already the greatest threat to biodiversity. By lowering humanity's reliance on living nature, fossil fuels not only saved humanity from nature's whims, but nature from humanity's demands.
The Dumbing Down Of Americans. Even though Al Gore's 'Inconvenient Truth' has been largely debunked, the global warming advocates continue to wield political power so that hapless Americans are being forced to save a planet that can pretty well take care of itself. We recycle or get fined for not doing it; we buy expensive electric cars that require charging stations that don't exist or which tend to blow up; we can no longer buy incandescent bulbs and have to spend much more on mercury filled CFLs made in China; we pay for expensive useless wind turbines that kill birds but we must not develop on the sacred nesting place of obscure animals we never heard of before. Basically our government mandates these nonsensical environmental regulations as if we're the only polluters in the world while China and India spew their contaminants unfettered by such rules.Six Green Lies Threatening to Starve You. If it could be objectively proven that carbon dioxide emissions were causing catastrophic change to the climate and therefore encroaching upon the rights of others, civil law provides an adequate mechanism for addressing such harm. That has not happened for two reasons. First, it cannot be objectively proven that any given defendant's carbon dioxide emissions are harming any given plaintiff. Second and more fundamentally, protecting rights is not the objective of the green movement. On the contrary, environmentalists seek to clamp down on rights.
Winter Power Cuts Feared As Britain Runs Out Of Energy. Energy regulator Ofgem also said consumers face massive rises in electricity bills as generators are forced to rely on expensive gas to fuel power stations. The battle to keep the lights on is also being compromised by EU anti-pollution laws which are forcing the early shutdown of coal-fired power stations. At the same time Britain's nuclear plants are also closing.
One million new plankton species found. A team of marine scientists have discovered up to a million new species of plankton during a 70,000-mile voyage around the world's oceans.
Biodiversity: A Major Deception By Environmentalists. The headline says, "One million New Plankton Species Found." [...] How can this be? Don't we know the number of species on the planet? We must know because alarmists claim they're in dramatic decline. E.O. Wilson says species are going extinct at 3 per hour. [Neither] He, nor anyone else can name one of these species. If you don't know the total you only make inaccurate alarmists claims.
Too many environmentalists devote their entire careers to trivial issues that don't affect anybody. The importance of their work cannot be underestimated.
Show me the list of the million new species, and tell me who has taken pictures of them, and typed out the names for them already. Prove to me that Species #44637 is measurably different from all 999,999 other species of plankton. To compare each of a million items in a set to each of the other items in that set would require 499,999,500,000 operations.
Under a Green International Plan, the Price of US Wood and Paper Products Will Necessarily Skyrocket. If an international "green" plan goes forward, another US industry will lose out to international competition and the price that American consumers pay for items like paper, pencils and building materials could start rising. At issue: Whether the US Green Building Council will adopt a single standard for all forestry lands that is being pushed from overseas.
Another Spectacular Green Failure. Greens have an odd knack for developing useless and expensive government policies. Ethanol, ballyhooed as a way to reduce greenhouse gasses, raises food prices for the poor and, in the U.S., actually increases greenhouse gas emissions at great cost. Costly programs to create "green jobs" seem to produce more scandals than jobs. And now we have a subsidy program for electric cars that costs money but otherwise gets nothing done.
Environmentalism and the Leisure Class: This week President Obama handed down what may prove to be one of the most fateful decisions of his entire administration when he rejected the plan to build the Keystone XL Pipeline carrying oil from the tar sands of Canada to the refineries of Houston. ... In turning down Keystone, however, the President has uncovered an ugly little secret that has always lurked beneath the surface of environmentalism. Its basic appeal is to the affluent. Despite all the professions of being "liberal" and "against big business," environmentalism's main appeal is that it promises to slow the progress of industrial progress.
Just Freeze! EPA Says Burning Wood Is Bad, but so Is Natural Gas, Coal, Oil. So, you're living in Fairbanks, Alaska, and it's 45 degrees below zero, Fahrenheit. The high today will be -39 degrees below zero. The weather services all project lots more double-digit minus numbers in the coming days and weeks, with dips into the minus 50s and 60s. Heating oil prices are killing your family budget, so you crank up the wood stove and start burning some of the firewood you collected last summer. Uh-oh! Now you're in trouble!George Osborne's CO2 tax will double UK electricity bills. Fast approaching, if largely unnoticed, is yet another massive shock the Government has in store for us with its weirdly distorted energy policy. It is surprising to see what an abnormally high proportion of the electricity needed to keep our lights on has lately been coming from coal-fired power stations. Last Wednesday evening [9/26/2012], for instance, this was over 50 percent, with only 1.3 percent coming from wind power. Yet by next March, we learn, five of our largest coal-fired plants, capable of supplying a fifth of our average power needs, are to be shut down, much earlier than expected, under an EU anti-pollution directive.
A "Mean Green", Obama Wages War Against Cheap Energy. President Obama is a mean green. Indeed, he sounds like one of their leaders when he tells us there is something wrong with Americans living so comfortably when there are poor nations in the world. In his words: "We can't drive our SUVs and, you know, eat as much as we want and keep our homes, you know, 72 degrees at all times ... and then just expect that every other country is going to say OK ... [when we] keep using 25 percent of the world's energy." Given that Obama disapproves of Americans' affluence, it isn't surprising that he appointed one of the meanest greens of all to be his science advisor — John Holdren, who comes from the extreme branch of environmentalism that openly advocates the "de-development" of the United States.
The president decides to stick with climatism. The president's remarks support the ideology of climatism — the belief that manmade greenhouse gases are destroying Earth's climate. Today, the world is in the grip of the madness of climatism. Our president and 191 other world leaders of the United Nations continue to pursue futile policies to stop global warming. Universities preach "sustainable development." Companies tout their "green" programs. Schools teach our children that if we change light bulbs, we can save polar bears. But an increasing body of science shows that the theory of catastrophic manmade warming is nonsense. Climate change is natural, and car emissions are insignificant.
Green, Rotten, and Red Sustainability Indoctrination. The Green Festival in D.C. is a "non-profit event, dedicated to celebrating social justice and sharing a vision of a healthier and more just future for us all." I already live in a socially just society with equal opportunity for all citizens. What individual citizens choose to do with their time and the choices they make determine their future. It is not society's responsibility to see that sloth and laziness are rewarded equally to those who work hard to achieve. Who knew that social justice and a just future involved bicycle maintenance, container gardening, home brewing, recycled crafts, yoga classes, NAACP, Washington Peace Center, 350.org, local non-profits, and national initiatives to speed up the transformation of America into the UN Agenda 21's idea of one-world communist governance?
Eco-Luddites New Target: Air Conditioning. The leftist critique of capitalism and all the improvements in the quality of life that it has brought remains what it has always been: the desire of intellectuals to dictate to the rest of humanity how they may live. Or even more to the point, how many of them may live at all. Thus, the latest New York Times feature about the evils of air conditioning and how the increasing demand for it in the Third World is unsustainable tells us a lot more about the left and its mindset than it does about the future of society.
What is the EPA hiding? The Environmental Protection Agency has been a lightning rod for controversy during the Obama Administration as they have pushed the applications of the Clean Air Act and the Clean Water Act to their limits in seeking to control all land use across the nation. One area that hasn't received as much scrutiny, but reeks of old-style influence peddler politics is the Agency's escalation of sue and settle cases to change the law through federal court decree operating hand in hand with radical environmentalist groups that are willing participants in the scam.
Activists are not scientists.
NOAA Official: 'Activate Your Science'. A senior public servant thinks scientists should be passionate, engaged activists.
Caught in a green crossfire. President Obama has waged war on fossil fuels for three and a half years — and American consumers and families are caught in the green energy crossfire. They are getting hit with higher energy prices, dismal employment prospects and a floundering economy, as billions go to unfriendly overseas countries for oil we could produce in the USA, and billions of tax dollars are wasted on subsidy schemes designed to make "green" energy more competitive — by raising the cost of electricity and fossil fuels that really power our economy.
Green Policies Increase Risk of Colorado Forest Fires, experts say. Environmentalist policies against logging may have helped this summer's Rocky Mountain fires to expand, experts told the Washington Free Beacon. [...] Robert Zubrin, a senior fellow at the Center for Security Policy and President of the aerospace engineering research and development firm Pioneer Astronautics, blamed environmentalists for the spread of these fires. "They facilitated the spread of fire by keeping people from logging, adding firebreaks, and using pesticides," he said.
First they came for the timber industry. Now the radical enviros are after the gold miners of California and Oregon whose small suction dredges have worked gold bearing streams in the mountains for at least the last 50 years. [...] Today's miners bring gold out of stream beds with a portable dredging device, operated by one or two miners.[...] This process removes not only the gold but the heavy non-native toxic metal detritus (horseshoes, nails, cans, etc) as well as mercury which was used by 19th century miners to extract the gold. All parties acknowledge that over 2.5 tons of mercury has been removed from California's Sierra streams by the gold miners during the last 50 years.
The Dishonesty of Environmentalism. Environmentalism and 'saving the world' are almost exclusively preoccupations of the left. Outwardly they are noble pursuits, and yet they have always smelt a bit rotten. In order to find the source of the odor it is necessary to look beneath the surface and understand what is going on at the psychological level when someone takes up these causes. Clues are few and far between, so when you find something in the press that hints at a deeper malaise, it's worth looking at it very closely.
City of San Francisco Bans Apple Computers. San Francisco has earned a reputation for being, in certain regards, the nation's most permissive city, but even the City by the Bay has certain limits. Take, for instance, one's choice of computers: If you work for the city, you will not be allowed to procure an Apple using city funds. Why? Because the computer industry giant with its headquarters less than an hour away from San Francisco is not "green" enough.
Rio: killing the earth since 1992. Quite possibly the only good thing about this week's Rio + 20 summit is that it coincides with the publication of a brilliant new book called Os Melancias. If you're American or Canadian you'll know it as Watermelons: The Green Movement's True Colors. In Britain, it's called Watermelons: How The Environmentalists Are Killing The Planet, Destroying The Economy And Stealing Your Children's Future. And in Australia and Kiwiland it is called Killing The Earth To Save It: How Environmentalists Are Ruining The Planet, Destroying The Economy And Stealing Your Jobs. [...] Thanks to the junk science, bogus computer projections, and scaremongering of the environmental movement the planet and its inhabitants have suffered grievously these last 20 years.
Showerhead flow rates, 1.6 gallon toilets.
Spare Us From All That Manipulative Green Guilt Nonsense! Alright already! Maybe I'll reuse that hotel towel, just like I often do at home. But only if they spare me the planet protection and imperiled polar bear pitch and just be honest.
The Global Doomsayers' Ever-Changing Story. Part of the preamble to Agenda 21, the action plan that came out of the Rio Earth Summit of 1992, reads: "We are confronted with a perpetuation of disparities between and within nations, a worsening of poverty, hunger, ill health and illiteracy, and the continuing deterioration of the ecosystems on which we depend for our well-being." In the 20 years since, something embarrassing has happened: a sharp decrease in poverty, hunger, ill health and illiteracy and a marked reduction in these global disparities. The conference that begins next week in Rio de Janeiro, on the 20th anniversary of the first Earth Summit, will nonetheless remain resolutely pessimistic about the planet's ecosystems and their capacity to support human beings indefinitely if economic growth continues.
Germany's Green Energy Policy Hit Households Hard. Many people in Germany are no longer able to pay their electricity bills. Skyrocketing electricity prices are making electricity unaffordable for a large number of Germans. The past year over 600,000 households had their power switched off in Germany because they can't afford the skyrocketing electric bills.
Green Welfare, Green Taxes, Green Poverty. Fancy political propaganda has us thinking that renewable, alternative fuels are the modern energy sources of the future. But just the opposite is true.
Environmental propaganda is everywhere.
Political Pancakes. This Father's Day morning, my children received a little lecture on how to be a better — to use a nauseating Obama phrase — "citizen of the world" by being environmentally conscience and, of course, fit and trim. In the upper left hand corner of the [IHOP] placemat there was a picture of the earth over which the words "Clean Fun" were stamped. To the right, the first lesson: "Time to get busy learning what you can do today and every day to give back to the planet!" Just below the globe, a maze called "Recycle Road" instructs kids to "get recycling" by guiding the newspapers (located at the entrance) to the recycle bin (at the end of the maze).
Where Will You Be When the Lights Go Out? America's energy policy is being dominated by environmentalists' priorities — regardless of the impact to the American economy, individual communities, or economically-challenged citizens. The plans to shut down or limit America's abundant, available, and affordable energy are organized, coordinated, and effective. The results will be "lights out in America" — a dim future.
Europe's Green Energy Suicide. As austerity bites into European living standards, sparking revolt at the polls, "growth" has become the politician's mantra. But to be competitive, European countries require a secure, plentiful and competitively priced energy supply. Unless Europe radically rethinks its obsession with carbon-dioxide emissions and the anti-fossil fuel energy policies that flow from it, growth is likely to remain elusive.
Environmental groups collecting millions from federal agencies they sue, studies show. Deep-pocketed environmental groups are collecting millions of dollars from the federal agencies they regularly sue under a little-known federal law, and the government is not even keeping track of the payouts, according to two new studies. Under the Equal Access to Justice Act, or EAJA — which was signed into law by President Carter in 1980 to help the little guy stand up to federal agencies — litigants with modest means who successfully show government agencies wronged them can get their legal fees back from the taxpayer.
Environmental Groups Cash In. Environmental groups are exploiting for profit a little known federal law meant to help average Joes take the government to court. Millions of dollars in taxpayer money has gone to already wealthy environmental groups as a result of the law, according to Fox News, which reported that the government does not even track the payouts.
The green energy bubble is bursting fast everywhere. So the tech bubble burst a decade ago, and the housing bubble five years ago. The higher education bubble is swelling to the bursting point, but it is the green energy bubble that is bursting loudest at the moment, and as usual environmentalists are slow to see that they're about to get run over by a revival of the hydrocarbon economy. Those old dinosaurs may have been big lumbering animals, but the nimble fossil fuels they threw off are crushing the so-called green "fuels of the future" beloved of fruit-juice drinkers and vegans everywhere.
Germany Stalled on the Expressway to a Green Future. Germany's energy revolution has hardly begun, but it's already running out of steam.
Y2Kyoto: Rise Of The Green Reich. Not a minute too soon, the Department of Homeland Security has announced that it is creating "environmental justice" units that will be empowered to oversee regulations in conjunction with local governments throughout the country. The framework for the Environmental Justice Working Group includes eleven federal government agencies, including the TSA, the Secret Service and FEMA.
Alberta should resist eco-urge. [Scroll down] There's also the Obama administration's moratorium on offshore drilling in the Gulf of Mexico and on the Outer Continental Shelf, and the tens of billions it has pumped into alternative energy, such as wind and solar power. Together, all of these point to one thing: magic-wand thinking.
Germany's Failing Environmental Projects. The energy-saving light bulb ends up as hazardous waste, too much insulation promotes mold and household drains are emitting a putrid odor because everyone is saving water. Many of Germany's efforts to protect the environment are a chronic failure, but that's unlikely to change.
Modern Environmentalism, 1970 - 2012, RIP. Maybe it's because environmentalism has become such a crashing bore? I've been talking about "apocalypse fatigue" for a long time, but environmentalists can't help being their own worst enemy.
Environmentalism, The Autopsy. More to the point of yesterday's post about the slow and agonizing death spiral of the environmental movement: could anyone have predicted this? In fact, someone did, at the very beginning of modern environmentalism around the time of the first Earth Day.
Liberal Illiberalism. When "conservation" sometime in the 1970s was redefined as "environmentalism," the morality of the entire issue likewise changed. Most Americans had wanted clean air and water; and they were willing to pay to curb pollutants and drive more expensive, but cleaner, cars. They had no desire to see condors die off or kit foxes disappear. But at some point, the green creed began to dictate that all species were equal to humans.
The Decline of Greenism. An April 9 Gallup Poll shows that since 2006, radical environmentalism has been losing influence in America. Gallup results are even more dramatic when viewed over the last couple of decades: worry about water pollution dropped from consuming 72% of Americans in 1989 to perturbing 46% in March 2011; worry about air pollution since 1989 dropped from 63% to 36% in 2011. When Gallup asks Americans to prioritize environmental concerns or economic concerns, the same pattern emerges. In the latest poll on the subject, 54% favor economic growth and 36% favor the environment.
Global Warming and National Suicide. The apocalyptic vision to which we subscribe has a superficial scientific gloss — "climate change" — but at bottom, both visions prescribe economic suicide, and both promise that self-sacrifice will bring about a golden age.
Global warming greed. It's only now becoming clear how many people have become rich thanks to the global-warming scare. ... The Government Accountability Office (GAO) counted a whopping 641 programs in place at 130 federal agencies in 2010 to prop up windmill technology and underwrite solar panel manufacturers. The report released Tuesday [3/13/2012] didn't include a reliable estimate of the total cost to taxpayers. The auditors found the array of loans, tax credits, agency purchases of purportedly green vehicles and the cost of regulations would take a great deal of effort to tally.
Dying to be Green. Some 8,000 people die in the UK every year due to what is being called "fuel poverty" or, more simply, when it costs too much to heat your home. Naturally the left is already on the case, staging "die-ins" outside energy companies and demanding that carbon credits be used to make homes "super-energy efficient." Left out of the equation is that rising fuel prices can in no small part be attributed to the environmental mania which is at the heart of the movement. It isn't oil and gas companies that are killing the elderly with high fuel prices. It's carbon mania and environmentalism.
How green zealots are destroying the planet. Just imagine a world where you never had to worry about global warming, where the ice caps, the 'drowning' Maldives and the polar bears were all doing just fine. Imagine a world where CO2 was our friend, fossil fuels were a miracle we should cherish, and economic growth made the planet cleaner, healthier, happier and with more open spaces. Actually, there's no need to imagine: it already exists. So why do so many people still believe otherwise?
What Do Light Bulbs Have to do with the Commerce Clause? It's time for us to insist that there is no basis in the US Constitution for home appliance regulations designed to control the consumption of electricity or water. ... The central issue is how the Commerce Clause, previously distorted and stretched to underwrite any and every conceivable interference in our daily lives, may have finally found its high water mark under the conservative Rehnquist Court.
California Issues Clown Car Mandate. [I]f we've learned anything in recent years, it's that industrial policy and telling consumers what they need and must have vs. what they want and find useful doesn't work. Only the marketplace can accurately pick winners and losers. The government, having no competition, usually picks losers. We have also learned that climate change is an overhyped fantasy based on ideology rather than science. Yet the fraudulent science behind it is used to distort the economy and misallocate resources toward green energy and green products that cannot compete on their own merits.
Texas cities find it can take a lot of green to be 'green'. College Station, the maroon-hued home of Texas A&M University, is finding it is not easy being green. Four years after launching an ambitious local effort to fight global warming, city leaders say their high hopes have fallen to hard economic realities, forcing them to abandon their green-at-all-costs approach.
The collapse of the green-energy bubble. The parallel-energy universe known as renewables, a place where dollars and economic theory know no bounds and make no sense, looks increasingly like a bubble set to collapse.
Heads Up, America: Time to Take Back Our Kids. Fifty million babies have been aborted in America since Roe in 1973. Wacko environmentalists believe that all life, from a puppy to a toad, is equal to human life. Could abortion on demand and extreme environmentalism be contributing factors in our youth's lack of respect for human life?
Welcome to Sustainable City. As I walked through Washington, D.C. Ronald Reagan National Airport Terminal C on my way to the gate, a large electronic billboard caught my attention. ... Capturing the site on my iphone, the typical fare of environmentalism popped up, presenting Siemens as the leader in "sustainable development," "green buildings," "intelligent buildings," "smart grid," "sustainable urban development," "sustainable communities," "environmental care," and health care. ... Familiar with the UN Agenda 21 propaganda and its buzzwords preceded either by "sustainable" or "green" everything, in the name of saving the planet from human behavior, a clever and devious attempt to control every facet of human activity and life, I stopped immediately.
The dark side of green energy: In the annals of Canadian green energy policy, nothing stands out like Ontario's headlong rush into becoming a world leader in the business. In the belief that politics can defy economics, politicians all over the world are making the big bet that they can overturn the hard rules of supply and demand, the role of prices and the limits of innovation by pushing the right policy buttons. There isn't a jurisdiction in Canada, from provinces funding carbon sequestration to Ottawa's biofuels program, that hasn't spent millions and even billions to reshape the world in the image of green activists and green-industrial lobbyists looking for handouts.
Making Eco-village in Green Mansions. Loudon County, Virginia, is one of the richest counties in the nation. They are now at the forefront of implementing the environmentalist green agenda of living in an eco-village. The residents are "a typical middle class mix of mostly white-collar workers." If we consider this group typical middle-class, we should consider the price of homes in this utopian "paradise." The last home bought in this Shangri-La in September 2011, a foreclosed home, cost $359,000. Some sell between $895,000 and $1.7 million.
Obama's War on U.S. Energy. Global warming claims, the basis for EPA rule-making regarding emissions, have all been refuted and debunked. Antarctic sea ice is at a near-record extent and is expanding; so too for Arctic ice. The polar bear population is thriving. Sea levels are actually dropping. Global temperatures have been holding steady for a decade and the Earth has been in a cooling cycle since 1998. The frequency of U.S. hurricanes has declined along with the frequency of tornadoes. There is no evidence the Earth is experiencing unusual weather. This list of climate lies is a very long one.
The Hype Surrounding Renewable Energy. As much as we all might wish otherwise, there really is no free energy lunch. Not so long as much or more needs to be put in to get it than it yields, that removes more valuable land and other resources from more beneficial uses than it is worth, that isn't reliably available in sufficient quantities when and where needed, that promises highly debatable environmental advantages, that costs consumers lots more than "nonrenewable" alternatives, and whose sustainability depends upon endless government mandates and subsidies.
National Park Service has new land-grabbing tool. Big Green has an unlikely new sales pitch to convince Congress to fund ever-expanding land grabs by the National Park Service — save wildlife migration. A map overlay showing all the U.S. wildlife migration paths would blot out nearly half the nation — a very clever diagram for empire-building bureaucrats. The obscure but well-heeled Wildlife Conservation Society (2010 assets $764 million) unveiled the idea last week in "Spectacular Migrations in the Western U.S.," a 45-page report on the purportedly urgent need for a widespread network of wildlife migration corridors to avert countless extinctions.
Climate Corruption 101. Never mind where you might stand on the question of global warming, global cooling, climate change or plain old weather. If there's one constant to this entire climate debate, it is that in the name of "climate," the United Nations wishes to regulate and tax the economy of the planet — stripping resources from the most productive economies to hand them out as assorted UN bureaucrats deem fit.
DHS drafts 'environmental justice strategy'. President Obama's Department of Homeland Security (DHS) outlined an "environmental justice strategy" that would review how a variety of DHS activities, from interaction with local governments to granting regulatory permits, affect poor and minority populations. DHS defines environmental justice as "the commitment of the Federal Government ... to avoid placing disproportionately high and adverse effects on the human health and environment of minority populations and low-income populations."
Climate Change Debate is about Global Wealth Redistribution. Conferees at the climate talks in Durban, South Africa feared that they would close the conference with no deal, but on Sunday [12/11/2011] in the waning moments after a heated debate, they were able to stitch together a package that the chair said "saved tomorrow, today." That's lofty rhetoric for an arrangement that is less about preventing global warming than it is about redistributing global wealth.
A Stupid Energy Policy. The Department of Energy (DOE) reports that 24 states and the district of Columbia have renewable energy mandates ranging from Maine's high of 40 percent to Pennsylvania's low of 8 percent. Also known as a "Renewable Portfolio Standard" (RPS), these policies require that energy providers ignore practicality and price in order to obtain a minimum amount of electricity by a specific date from sources that environmental zealots consider "renewable," such as solar and wind.
Drinking Global Warming Propaganda. [Scroll down] People do care about nature, a clean environment, recycling natural resources, including water, and preserving as many of the earth's species as possible. However, Paul Watson, the co-founder of Greenpeace has said, "The data does not matter, it does not matter what is true, it only matters what people believe is true." Indeed, people believe what they are told, if repeated enough, no matter what the accurate scientific data bears. "We are on the verge of a global transformation. All we need is the right major crisis," said David Rockefeller, the Club of Rome executive member. Judi Bari, principal organizer of Earth First provides that major crisis, the supposed human destruction of the environment. "If we do not overthrow capitalism, we do not have a chance of saving the world ecologically. I think it is possible to have an ecologically sound society under socialism. I don't think it is possible under capitalism."
Rotten Wind in the State of Denmark. The equation was supposed to be simple: green energy policies = cheap energy + green technology exports + green jobs + environmental benefits. What we have seen is not what was promised. The new green energy technologies produce more expensive, less reliable, less abundant energy at higher prices than conventional forms of energy such as fossil fuels, nuclear power, and hydropower. Households, particularly poor households, shoulder the brunt of higher energy prices, along with higher prices for goods and services, including food.
Green Energy Skepticism. Ivar Giaever, a Nobel Prize-winning physicist, resigned from the American Physical Society because of its position on global warming. So did University of California professor Hal Lewis. When Lewis resigned, he said that the global warming movement was a "scam" and a "pseudoscientific fraud." Even so, our government is imposing strict controls to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in hopes of staving off global warming even though earth's atmosphere is cooling. Meanwhile, the cost to you and me is higher energy prices, higher inflation, a lower standard of living, and fewer new jobs, since every product we buy has an energy cost component.
Thanks in part to environmental rules, electricity bills are headed for double-digit increases.
Shocking Costs Of Environmentalism. Yes, the environmentalists' bill is now coming due. Some cost hikes are unavoidable. The electrical grid, like other infrastructure, needs to be updated and improved. But the costs due to "tougher environmental regulations" are avoidable. They are the product of choices, not all of them sound. Trying to scrub and eliminate carbon dioxide emissions, for instance, is counterproductive. CO2 is not a pollutant. It's a naturally occurring gas necessary for life on Earth. But the environmentalists are extreme in their loathing of man-made carbon emissions, and their agenda is supported by many policymakers.
Forest 'roadless rule': environmental victory or US job-killer? The 10th Circuit Court of Appeals moved closer to resolving a battle over a Clinton-era executive rule protecting national forests from new roads. But critics see the 'roadless rule' as a job-killing block on the country's natural resources.
A Disastrous Presidency. The entire green agenda, which the president has been pushing since day one, is flawed policy. Alternative energy sources such as wind and solar are too expensive to be price-competitive with coal, natural gas, and oil. Yet Obama's plan is not to find a way to get the cost of alternative energy down; it is to make the price of fossil fuel energy "skyrocket" until alternative energy is cheap by comparison.
Green Twilight. Rational opposition to the greens has consistently misinterpreted the movement's core beliefs. Critics have concentrated on arguments that wind, solar, and squirrel-on-a-treadmill power cannot replace brute force methods such as nuclear, coal, and oil. That electric go-carts are no substitute for technologically mature internal-combustion cars, that bullet trains cannot possibly compete with jetliners. All this is true — and all this is irrelevant. It's all irrelevant because green initiatives are not meant to replace anything. They are intended to form the basis of a new, deindustrialized society with minimal power generation, limited air travel (or travel of any sort, for that matter), and local, nonindustrial economies. In a green society, there will be no massive power plants, no private automobiles, no jetliners.
The Bizarre World of Radical Climate Science. People who are ignorant concerning engineering or science may accept the notion that wind and solar are realistic sources of electricity. It is more difficult to explain why the government is dumping billions of dollars into these technologies, both in the form of cash and in the form of mandates that shift the cost to electricity users.
At Gov't-Funded 'Green' Apartments, Teens Police Their Parents' Recycling Habits. A non-profit affordable housing developer that spent $33 million for "green upgrades" to an Alexandria, Va., apartment complex, also administers a "Teens Going Green" program at the site where, among other things, teens take the green agenda "back home," and are "policing their parents" to be more environmentally conscious.
EPA Eco-Radicals Are Hurting Families at the Tap. If your water bill increased recently, you might want to call the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The EPA has driven up the cost of water by cracking down on localities, forcing cities to borrow money to fulfill costly mandates, and in some cases forcing localities to clean water that is already safe to drink. Just look at what the EPA is doing to New York City's otherwise excellent water system.
Top 10 Green Job Fiascos. President Obama pledged he would start a clean-energy revolution that would create 5 million green jobs over 10 years. Of course, when the government tries to intrude in the marketplace, bad things happen. Such as these...
Solyndra scandal exposes the lie of government 'investment'. Beware of a company that claims it can make widgets for $10 each, sell them for $8 apiece, and then "make up the losses on volume." No banker or venture capitalist would invest in such a foolhardy scheme. But substitute "solar panels" for widgets and that is exactly what Washington's professional politicians and career bureaucrats did with $535 million in loan guarantees for Solyndra LLC, the now-bankrupt California company that was the centerpiece of President Obama's "clean energy future."
Did someone mention the Solyndra scandal?
Silent Spring II. It's not news environmentalists prefer trees, animals, and insects over people. In 1962 Rachel Carson chose nature, created a stink about DDT and millions of children have since paid the ultimate price. ... Now, President Obama has chosen a similar path.
America is Under Attack. As early as 1946, the left began a strategy to use people's concern for the environment to impose government control over land use. They tricked people into accepting laws that on the surface appeared designed to protect some aspect of the environment, but always, with vague or ambiguous language, or clauses hidden deep within the legalese and gobbledygook, gave government the power to regulate and control our property, our businesses, and our lives. Today, we see this manifest in the Clean Air Act, the Clean Water Act, the Endangered Species Act, and the totally misnamed Environmental Protection Agency.
The UN Wildlands Project. The UN issued several policies at the 1992 Earth Summit, one of which was the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD). Compliance with this UN policy is being driven and managed by the Wildlands Network which shares the same goals as the CBD; to set aside half the land in America for animals.
Seeing red over green activism. Pity the poor American consumer. ... Wages are stagnant, and at the same time, policymakers in Washington are taking a breather from the long-term budget fight that is doing little to help American consumers. As if that situation weren't bad enough, a cadre of wealthy professional environmental activists continues to pursue campaigns that raise the prices of consumer goods. These goods include staple products such as paper towels, toilet paper, grocery bags, schoolbooks and other school supplies.
The Greens Just Love Us to Death. [Scroll down] In case I didn't mention it, "global warming" was a complete hoax, a fraud concocted by the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change in order to gin up a market for the sale and trade of "carbon credits." Anyone — and I mean anyone — who tells you that humans are causing climate change is a charlatan or a dupe. Avoid them. My general recommendation is to avoid anything that has the word "green" attached to it. You are being conned into spending more for something than necessary.
Enviros Go Straight to Jail. If Tea Partiers were really so vile, then why are arrests at a tea party gathering about as rare as hens teeth, yet when leftists come together, getting arrested is almost standard operating procedure? Yes. They plan it in advance. "Among the protesters who avoided jail Monday morning were Jane Kleeb, former head of the Young Democrats and now leader of Bold Nebraska, a grass-roots citizen organizing group," writes Politico. "She plans to be arrested Sept. 3."
A Nutshell History of Climate-Change Hysteria. At a time when the push is on to subject humanity to more crazy, shortsighted progressive environmental programs (read carbon regulations) to "save the earth" from its human population, a brief look at progressive airy predictions of the past is in order. Enlightenment from the campus teach-ins of the 1960s and early 1970s slowly invaded conventional college classrooms so that the hippie-generation mentality of the time eventually became the hip academic norm.
Supreme Court Rejects Environmentalists' Suit Demanding Power Plant Emissions Cuts. In the most significant global warming case to reach its front doors, the Supreme Court on Monday [6/20/2011] blocked a major lawsuit brought by states and environmental groups against five large power companies they accused of creating a public nuisance because of carbon dioxide emissions.
Obama's Environmentalists Destroy Marine Environment. The most prolific marine ecosystem on earth is being systematically destroyed on orders of the U.S. Department of the Interior. ... The most prolific and "diverse marine ecosystem" ever recorded by marine scientists was created by the "facilities" the U.S. Dept. of the Interior is hell-bent on dismantling (offshore oil platforms). Acting as artificial reefs over the past half century, the natural beauty, teeming fish life, coral colonies, and "bio-diversity," created by these structures is amply documented in several studies commissioned by none other than the U.S. Dept. of the Interior.
How Environmentalists Cause War and Repression: No other group has done as much to keep America dependent on foreign oil as the environmentalists have. After leading successful campaigns against nuclear power and domestic drilling, the green movement may lecture on "oil wars," but it is responsible for most of them.
Climate Witchcraft and Post-Normal Science. French philosophers invented deconstructionism and postmodernism, or the theory that nothing means what it says. Followers of these ideas are adept at finding hidden messages of capitalist oppression in the most unexpected places. A related ideological disturbance is post-normal science. Post-normal scientists favor relaxing scientific rigor in order to better pursue political goals. Those goals often involve a reorganization of society that will elevate the importance of scientists.
The Non-Energy Generating Department of Energy and the Smart Grid. The Department of Energy does not generate directly or indirectly one watt of electricity. ... The DOE seems preoccupied with "establishing the safety, reliability, and efficiency of energy supplies in a global marketplace." There seems to be almost an obsession with coordination with the global environment and Agenda 21 stewardship as if we already live under a one-world government of the United Nations.
Is There No Safe Plane Fuel But Leaded Gas? Thirty-nine flight service companies asked a federal judge to stop the California attorney general from enforcing a state law banning the sale of lead-based fuel for piston-powered airplanes. They claim the environmental law will disrupt air taxi services and could cause plane crashes and deaths.
Huge increase in electric bills seen in the next few years. [Scroll down] There is also a chance that actual shortages — you know, the kind that occur regularly in Third World countires — might hit the grid with rolling blackouts, brownouts, and perhaps even regulations that would outlaw HDTV's, certain refridgerators [sic], and other appliances that consume a lot ot electricity. Yes, but at least we'll stop global warming in its tracks... or not. For every atom [sic] of CO2 we stop emitting in the US, China and India will put two into the atmosphere. Their economies will boom. Ours will shrivel. Has there ever been a great nation that committed economic suicide for no real reason?
U.S. Energy Crisis a Liberal Power Grab. It is no coincidence that U.S. oil production peaked in 1970, the year after President Richard Nixon signed the National Environmental Policy Act and the Environmental Protection Agency was established, just the beginning of a decade of laws that have made the United States the hardest place in the world to produce energy. When the federal government started taking over roles traditionally held by the states and expanding its reach into every corner of every economic activity in the country, those who love more government had the perfect proxy for justifying more power over the economy and over the way Americans live their lives.
Why 'vote blue, go green' doesn't sound quite so clever any more. We may produce less carbon in the United Kingdom, but we still consume more, merely exporting the production to competitors, to no global benefit and our economic loss. And when, by 2015/16, some of our existing coal-fired power stations close down, there will be a panic about energy supply. Only conventional, non-green solutions will be available to make up the gap. The business to be in will be emergency energy (mainly gas). The other day, I heard that a top executive of one of our biggest power companies has had an emergency generator installed in his large house. One must assume that he knows something we don't.
The Purposeful Flooding of America's Heartland. Some sixty years ago, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) began the process of taming the Missouri by constructing a series of six dams. The idea was simple: massive dams at the top moderating flow to the smaller dams below, generating electricity while providing desperately needed control of the river's devastating floods. ... But after about thirty years of operation, as the environmentalist movement gained strength throughout the seventies and eighties, the Corps received a great deal of pressure to include some specific environmental concerns into their MWCM (Master Water Control Manual).
US liberals really are the dumbest creatures on the planet. [Scroll down] They think the main reasons for the public's growing scepticism on Climate Change are 1. The media has been far too balanced on the subject and is not pushing the eco-message hard enough. 2. Big business is funding Climate Denialism. 3. Evil Conservatives — led by Evil Talk Show Hosts Rush Limbaugh and Glenn Beck — are deliberately telling lies about Climate Change. 4. The Republican party is "anti-science".
Stop Environmentalists' War on Women. Environmentalists and their government-regulating minions are quietly and methodically reversing women's progress with an onslaught of absurd regulations of highly dubious value. Low-flow toilets developed to meet government water-saving standards are a chronic irritant. ... Front-loading clothes washers are likely to be the next headache for women. Bowing to Department of Energy efficiency standards, manufacturers switched to front-loaders, reports the Wall Street Journal, "because they don't fully immerse their laundry loads [so] they use less hot water and therefore less energy." Yet they're more "expensive, often have mold problems" and Consumer Reports testing found that "they didn't clean as well as the 1996 [top-loading] models." ... Expect clean dishes from a dishwasher? Don't. Thanks to environmental laws enacted in 17 states, national manufacturers have reduced the critical ingredients in dishwasher detergents — phosphates, which dislodge food particles from surfaces — from almost 9% to 0.5%. The result: Dishes and flatware come out speckled with heat-encrusted food particles.
Conservation Catch 22. We hear the same incessant bleating from the hard left environmental autocrats in the media, in our legislatures and in our schools. They force-feed us their unrelenting message that Americans must conserve, recycle, and protect the environment. They cry out that our natural resources are running out, we are poisoning the earth, swatting aside endangering species, melting the glaciers and forcing shivering polar bears to starve amongst the vanishing ice floes of the Arctic.
A Big, Muddy Project Alright. Bill Mitsch is not afraid of big ideas. Mitsch, head of the Ohio State University Olentangy River Wetland Research Park, is using the catastrophic flooding this spring to recommend the establishment of a 1.5 million acre wetland park along the Mississippi River. That many acres would be a "park" about the size of Delaware, replacing some of the most productive farmland in the world with a swamp.
Fast Train To Hell. Public sector planners appear to be smitten with rail as the answer to environmentally friendly transport that will reduce automobile use -- the b$#234;te noir of righteous greenies. And even better, rail transit adds considerably to their desire to re-settle populations to prevent "sprawl," a condition they find repugnant. Most Americans call sprawl "neighborhoods," however, little realizing that ramping up urban rail transit creates the cutting edge of the ax designed to control where they live. Localized rail transit is a planner's dream and a city's nightmare.
More about mass transit.
The Dangers of CFLs Even Greater Than Previously Known. The politicians who passed the law phasing out incandescents wanted a trophy they could hold up to the voting public and say, "See, we gave you something better than what a free market could give you. We advanced society." Instead of a trophy of success, they have a monument to the failure of their ideology and their ignorance of economics. Politics is no substitute for economics. It can only produce an uneconomic result: if the result were economic, it wouldn't require government coercion.
Global-warming zealots to ban ice makers. Ice makers are the latest target in the left's ongoing war against the conveniences of modern life. Earlier this month, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) issued a report that may condemn this essential household item to the contraband list that already includes functional light bulbs, toilets, washing machines and showerheads.
Back on EPA's enemies list: your fridge. Remember when the Environmental Protection Agency's ban on chlorofluorocarbons, or CFCs, because they punched holes in the ozone layer, forced refrigerator manufacturers to switch to more environmentally friendly refrigerants? ... It turns out that HFCs require more electricity to produce the same amount of cooling. Who knew? Which means that ozone-saving fridges make bigger carbon footprints than their ozone-destroying counterparts. Something Must Be Done before the fridge destroys the polar bear! But never fear. The EPA is already on the case.
Feds Will Regulate Ice Makers To Save Climate. In its latest effort to save the planet from global warming, the U.S. government is on the verge of regulating ice makers commonly found in many refrigerators because they increase energy consumption by a good 12 to 20%. ... In a nutshell, the culprit is the tiny motor inside the freezing system that's used to release ice from the mold and into a tray. Because the motor is specially built to function in a cold setting, it requires an internal heater to keep it from freezing up.
Tales of the red tape. For years, there have been rules that restrict the flow of water to a shower head. That was bad enough but now those rules have been tweaked. The flow restriction no longer applies to each individual shower head, but to the whole shower. The Energy Policy Conservation Act of 1992 set the restriction for each shower head at only 2.5 gallons per minute (half what Americans could have before then). Now, if you install a shower fixture with two nozzles, it's down to 1.25 gallons per minute per shower head — and so on, for those who want to have more than two.
A Good Hot Shower. In an age of near universal regulation, censorship, and media conformity, an old-fashioned hot shower is one of the few pleasures of life that remain. Or so it would seem. In fact, the long arm of environmental extremism now extends even into your shower. Along with legislation to phase out incandescent bulbs and force nearly everyone to drive a snub-nosed hybrid, liberals in the Obama administration have been attempting to outlaw luxury shower heads.
Renewable Electricity Mandates Raise Prices and Kill Jobs. Renewable electricity mandates are causing electricity prices to rise and killing jobs in the states that have enacted them. "Electricity prices are already nearly 40 percent higher in states with an REM (renewable electricity mandate). While the renewable mandates may not be the only reason electricity prices are higher in those states, these mandates likely contribute to higher prices and certainly are not helping to decrease the price," reports a recent study from the Institute for Energy Research.
Climate Activists Target States With Lawsuits. A group of attorneys using children and young adults as plaintiffs plans to file legal actions in every state and the District of Columbia on Wednesday [5/4/2011] in an effort to force government intervention on climate change.
Top Green Admits: "We Are Lost!" George Monbiot of the left-leaning British newspaper The Guardian has a must-read column in which he admits that because of a whole series of intellectual mistakes, the global green movement's policy prescriptions are hopelessly flawed. Read the whole piece for a thoughtful and brutally clear expose of the intellectual bankruptcy of the green movement from one of the smartest people in it.
What Do Light Bulbs Have to do with the Commerce Clause? Rand Paul, freshman US Senator from Kentucky, at a Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee hearing last month, summed up in a few choice sentences the Democratic Party progressive agenda: ["]You're really anti-choice on every consumer item that you've listed here, including light bulbs, refrigerators, toilets — you name it, you can't go around your house without being told what to buy... You raise the cost of all the items with your rules, all your notions that you know what's best for me.["]
Why would OPEC give money to the American environmental left? As gas prices approach $5 a gallon, and some even predict $6 a gallon by summer, the White House has launched an investigation into what is causing the rapid price surge. But on Thursday's "Mark Levin Show," George Mason University economist Walter E. Williams said no investigation was necessary since the cause of the spike in energy prices was obviously the fault of Washington politicians listening to "environmental wackos."
Australian Mining Titan Says "Green" Groups Paid by CIA. Billionaire Australian mining magnate Clive Palmer accused the CIA of funding environmental extremists seeking to cripple the island nation's industry, saying during a press conference that the money was being routed through conduits such as the infamous Rockefeller Foundation. And the Australians involved in the alleged plot are essentially committing "treason," Palmer declared.
They're coming for your hand soap. Antimicrobial hand soaps and body washes are very popular, especially in cold and flu season. They've been found to be effective in limiting the spread of bacteria, which is why they're so popular. But, like anything people like, there are people who don't like it, and the people who don't like something are rarely content until their will is imposed upon everyone else. In this case, the people who don't like it are the left-wing environmentalists who don't seem to like much of anything humans concoct to improve people's quality of life. Their usual modus operandi is being followed in this case. Rather than trying to make a case for or against something, these groups have taken to the courts.
Infra-red camera scheme put on hold over privacy concerns. A project in Boston designed to educate home owners about energy efficiency has been put on hold due to privacy concerns. The city was due to have a number of infrared cameras installed that would take aerial and street-level photos across approximately four miles in order to show heat loss in homes during the winter months.
The Green Energy Economy Reconsidered. "Green" energy such as wind, solar and biomass presently constitute only 3.6% of fuel used to generate electricity in the U.S. But if another "I Have a Dream" speech were given at the base of the Lincoln Memorial, it would undoubtedly urge us on to a promised land where renewable energy completely replaced fossil fuels and nuclear power. How much will this particular dream cost? Energy expert Vaclav Smil calculates that achieving that goal in a decade — former Vice President Al Gore's proposal — would incur building costs and write-downs on the order of $4 trillion. ... Have we ever seen such a "green economy"? Yes we have; in the 13th century.
Energy: A Tale of Two Narratives. When it comes to energy, two prominent narratives exist. The environmentalist narrative states that the world has only a limited amount of supplies of fossil fuel, so we need to enact steep taxes or other statist punishments to make people conserve what little they have. The classical liberal narrative, on the other hand, avows that there is no practical limit to most commodities people need, including fuels. Rather, as access to one type of fuel becomes less easy, the price of it will rise, which will encourage consumers to use less of it or more of a substitute. Several recent stories illustrate anew how much more accurate the classical liberal model is than the environmentalist one.
Sitting in the Dark. Forget the World's Fair, we now have a new way to celebrate human accomplishment. Instead of going to see a vision of the future, we turn off the lights and sit in the dark for an hour. Earth Hour shows how far we have come from celebrating human accomplishment to celebrating the lack of accomplishment. For all its pretentious activism, environmentalism is a movement that promotes inaction. Don't build, don't create and don't do — are its commandments.
Al Gore's seawater swindle. [Scroll down] According to the Montreal Gazette, power usage in Edmonton, Canada, actually increased by 1.01 percent during Earth Hour. Power usage did drop in Calgary, but as a power company spokesman explained, the drop "was so minuscule that it couldn't even be attributed to that particular event." As more of the cataclysmic predictions of the global-warming charlatans fail to pan out, these feel-good stunts will become more and more irrelevant. That's good news because Earth Hour is about hating automobiles and electricity, two of mankind's most important technological developments.
Green Capitalism: Looking around the world, you can find a direct correlation between poverty and ecological disaster. Where people are poorest, the pollution and economic destruction are far worse than in more wealthy areas. Places where many poor people live in close quarters such as Calcutta, Beijing, and Mexico City are even worse. The main reason that poorer areas are such ecological disasters is because of the poverty. Economic stress causes people to stop being so fussy about how they find their next meal, or shelter, or clothing. When resources are limited, people begin choosing more critical needs over less, and picking up the trash stops being a priority, as does cleaning up waste, planting trees, and so on.
Environmental groups have spent major green on political causes. While groups such as the Chamber of Commerce and Koch Industries often get chided for the political spending, green groups are making their fair share of financial contributions to political causes, too. According to data obtained by The Daily Caller, environmental groups have spent more than $125 million on political causes, advertising campaigns and lobbying since 2009. Nearly $40 million of that was spent in California in 2010 alone, mostly to campaign against the Prop 23 ballot measure that would have postponed the implementation of greenhouse gas regulations.
A new religion complete with evangelists, tithes, indulgences and superstitions. Last night [1/31/2011] BBC Four aired a documentary which took a look at climate change sceptics ... The presenter of the programme, Rupert Murray, concluded by saying that despite the arguments of the sceptics he did not want to take the risk that they were wrong. He was, he said, willing to give up some of his freedom if it helped to stop climate change. This was a rather startling thing to say, especially as his own programme did not conclude that the warmists are right and the sceptics wrong. In fact he appeared to be saying he would give up his freedom just in case the warmists are right. There was worse still in the programme, with one scientist effectively saying that democracy might need to be suspended in order for governments to successfully prevent a climate catastrophe.
'Sustainable' Poverty: The Real Face of the Leftist Environmental Agenda. Since the seventies, the American left has warned of coming famine, overpopulation, total deforestation, urban sprawl, and overcrowding. The only problem is that none of this has ever happened. The left lied, and freedom died.
The Green Dream Is an Economic Nightmare. The green vision — really, the green dream or delusion — is that the world is running out of fossil fuels, and we need to switch to so-called renewable/sustainable sources such as solar power, wind power, and biofuels. If we just embrace these "new" energy sources, the greens aver, why, jobs will just multiply like squirrels on speed. But if we continue to use fossil fuels, we are doomed to economic stagnation.
Rand Paul's Toilet Tirade. [Scroll down] His unwitting victim was Kathleen Hogan, the deputy assistant secretary for energy efficiency at the Department of Energy. "You're really anti-choice on every other consumer item that you've listed here, including light bulbs, refrigerators, toilets — you name it, you can't go around your house without being told what to buy.
Rand Paul is right. The writer of the article above makes it sound as if Rand Paul's objections were irrational and unfounded.
UK economy tanking from renewable energy stress. The United Kingdom didn't even have Arnold Schwarzenegger and Barack Obama and still managed to devastate its economy by demanding "renewable energy" replace what works and is affordable. Imagine what we can do. We have a report from James Delingpole, who may detest the global warming nonsense even more than we do.
Just sit in the dark. For "progressives," few things are as virtuous as sacrifice. Especially if it's someone else doing the sacrificing. Thus, in the wake of Japan's nuclear crisis, you just know they'll be calling for less nuke power and greater energy-conservation efforts (preferably, by you).
Obama is AWOL in Oil Crisis. We have a major oil crisis unfolding now and where's Obama? ... We now, this week, have oil prices busting through $100 a barrel. This will create major havoc to our already anemic economy. How did we get here? Our president has a moratorium on nearly all domestic oil production: we can't drill off our coasts, nor Alaska and certainly not the gulf. We can't build nuclear power plants, dam rivers, explore for natural gas or mine coal. We're stuck with windmills and failing solar power companies — companies that can't even stay in business after billions in taxpayer subsidies. This is an energy policy written by hippies.
Deliberately making Americans poorer. So-called green energy often is not very green and cannot possibly serve as a substitute for most fossil fuels. Windmills and solar panels are far more expensive than coal and gas; their production is intermittent, unreliable and largely unstorable. Because of the physics of the electrical grid, wind and solar can never produce more than about 18 percent of electrical production — at least not until low-cost storage devices are developed. Many biofuels, and in particular corn-based ethanol, are not only more expensive than the natural fuels but have a bigger total carbon footprint.
Environmentalists: Hands Off My Dishes!. [Scroll down] Our dishwashers are fine. The reason our dishes are dirty is that the environmentalists have succeeded in banning phosphates from dishwashing soap. Until recently, dishwashing soap contained about 8 percent elemental phosphorus. That's the magic element that "strips food and grease off dirty dishes and breaks down calcium-based stains." It also prevents food from reattaching to the dishes. Or used to. As of July 2010, the nation's detergent manufacturers, bowing to laws regulating phosphorus in 17 states, reconfigured the formula for all dishwashing soap to contain less than 0.5 percent phosphorus.
Another Triumph for the Greens. In the last six months, a lot of people have suddenly discovered their dishwashers don't work as well as they used to. The problem, though, isn't the dishwashers. It's the soap. Last July, acceding to pressure from environmentalists, America's dishwasher detergent manufacturers decided to change their formulas. And the new detergents stink. One of the key ingredients in dish detergent is (or was) phosphorus. ... Traditionally, phosphorus was loaded into dish detergent in the form of phosphates, which are compounds of phosphorus bonded to oxygen. Prior to last July, most detergents were around 8 percent elemental phosphorus. Now they're less than 0.5 percent phosphorus. The result is detergents that don't work very well.
The real cost of 'global warming'. The renewable energy industry is helping to destroy the UK economy and drive up unemployment says a new report. For every one of David Cameron's "green jobs" created in the renewable energy sector (mainly solar and wind), another 3.7 jobs are being lost in the real economy, says the independent study by Verso Economics. In total, measurable policies to promote renewable energy cost £1.4 billion in the UK and £168 million in Scotland in 2009/10. But this doesn't take into account the additional economic damage inflicted by the erection of enormous, bird-chopping monstrosities all over some of Britain's most attractive tourist spots — including, for example, the hitherto unspoilt island of Tiree.
Defining "Clean" is the Energy Challenge. Clearly no sane person would be in favor of "dirty" energy standards, but there are many problems with the impossible goal the administration has set out to reach. First among them: the administration itself cannot agree on what it means by "clean energy." The remarks the president made in his State of the Union address to the nation last week are a case in point. President Obama posed the challenge that "by 2035, 80 percent of America's electricity will come from clean energy sources." There is an easy part of this pledge. Oil, the "dirtiest" of all among his environmentalist friends, already accounts for virtually nothing in electric power generation. The market saw to that over the past 20 years.
How to Fight Back Against Sustainable Development. [Scroll down] Does the community plan call for reduction of energy use? If so, look for calls for energy audits and taxes on energy use. The audits mean that the government has set a goal to reduce energy use. It will follow that government agents are going to come into your home to inspect your energy use. Then they are going to tell you what must be done in your home to cut usage. That will cost you money. Don't fall for the line that it is all voluntary — to help you save money. They haven't gone to this much trouble to be ignored. Regulations are not voluntary. These are just a couple of examples of what to look for as you do your research. There are many more, including meters on wells to control water use, smart meters on your thermostat to take away your control of your thermostat; non-elected boards and councils to control local development and implement smart growth, leading to population growth; Public/Private Partnerships with local and large corporations to "go Green;" creation of open space; pushing back livestock from streams, enforcing sustainable farming methods that restrict energy and water use in farming practices; and much more. It all leads to higher costs and shortages, in the name of environmental protection and conservation.
The Great 'Climate Change' Taxpayer Rip-Off of 2011. Over at the National Science Foundation (NSF), its budget of $7.4 billion (that's a lot of science!) includes a request for $480 million for Atmospheric and Earth Sciences, $765.5 million for NSF's Science, Engineering and Education for Sustainability program and $19 million for a joint program with DOE "to promote education in clean energy research. An additional $10 million would fund "Climate Change Education" in the nation's schools. It's not education, it's indoctrination.
Obama uses 'green' emissions standards to push truckers into Teamsters union. President Barack Obama's administration is using new "environmental standards" to force independent owner-operator truckers into becoming part of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, a union that gave more than $2 million to Democrats in the last two election cycles.
This is another way Obama is paying back the unions for their support.
The £25,000 eco-classroom that can't be used. Eco-campaigners who built a classroom powered by the sun believed they were paving the way for the future. Instead they have been taught a valuable lesson — there is not enough sun in North London to sufficiently heat their building. The much feted zero-carbon Living Ark classroom was opened three months ago to great fanfare.
They're coming for your hand soap. Antimicrobial hand soaps and body washes are very popular, especially in cold and flu season. They've been found to be effective in limiting the spread of bacteria, which is why they're so popular. But, like anything people like, there are people who don't like it, and the people who don't like something are rarely content until their will is imposed upon everyone else. In this case, the people who don't like it are the left-wing environmentalists who don't seem to like much of anything humans concoct to improve people's quality of life.
Boy Bagged For Taking Eco-Unfriendly Ziploc to School. Isabel Theoret was preparing a sandwich for her 6-year-old son's Kindergarten class one day last week, when he screamed out, "No Mommy! Not a Ziploc!" The child, who lives with his family in the town of Laval in Quebec, explained that his teacher would exclude him from a contest to win a stuffed teddy bear if he brought an environmentally unfriendly plastic baggie to school.
CALGreen: Regulatory Nirvana. Average Californians want a thriving economy, accountable schools, reliable police and fire services, a functioning penal system, and fiscal responsibility from the state. Sacramento is giving them instead a new set of regulations — for a dormant industry — which will employ hundreds of public servants to keep the CALGreen promise of reducing global GHG emissions .0096 percent by 2020. Meanwhile, the public is invited to rejoice that more of the cost of green regulation will be borne by the taxpayer. I'm not sure the art of regulation for regulation's sake can be perfected much more than this.
NASA extremist advocates U.S. decline. Consider James E. Hansen, director of the taxpayer-funded NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies. Last week, blogger Marc Morano discovered a Nov. 24 blog post by Mr. Hansen calling on China to lead an international effort to impose fees on carbon-dioxide emissions, then lead the World Trade Organization to allow import fees on goods from any county — with the U.S. being the target — without such fees. The goal would be to punish America, causing "continual descent into second-rate and third-rate economic well-being," until the "fossil-money- 'democracy'" no longer "rules the roost in Washington." Mr. Hansen also praised communist Chinese leadership for "tak[ing] the long view ... in contrast to the West with its [lamentably] short election cycles."
Fresno, Zimbabwe. Fresno, California, stands as the de facto capital of California's mighty Central Valley, the breadbasket of America. ... Yet far from being a paradise, Fresno is starting to resemble Zimbabwe or 1930s Ukraine, a victim of a famine machine that is entirely man-made, not by red communists this time, but by greens. State and federal officials, driven by the agenda of environmental extremists, have made it extremely difficult for the valley's farms, introducing costly environmental regulations and cutting off critical water supplies to save the Delta smelt, a bait fish. It's all driving the economy to collapse.
Did someone mention Zimbabwe?
Manmade famine in America. It seems inconceivable, but people in America are going hungry en masse due to a famine caused by political authorities. Fresno, California is not yet a sister city of Kiev, Ukraine, but the two cities, capitals of rich agricultural regions, share a history of mass hunger caused by central governments indifferent to the suffering of their people, in the pursuit of ideological goals.
The Cost Of Green. The green lobby assured everyone it knew what it was doing when it got a judge to cut water to Central Valley farmers to save the delta smelt. But while the Valley economy is now ruined, it hasn't helped the smelt.
Going Broke by Going Green. The administration's green policies are being thrust into a precarious American economy. Every "green scenario" shows raised energy costs across the board. Not only will the average person pay more for energy; many will lose their jobs as the forced transition to alternative power sources rocks the stability of current energy-producing and energy-using companies.
Bootleg Lightbulbs Coming to California. Old reliable, the 100-watt light bulb — safe, cheap, and bright enough to read, write, cook, shave, and put on your makeup by, will be gone January 1. The California Energy Commission in September 2010 published its 226-page Appliance Efficiency Regulations, whereby the 100-watt incandescent light bulb will be outlawed at midnight on December 31, 2010. Californians with self-imposed rationing, running out of both energy and common sense, have declared that consuming electrical power is a social vice. Electric power must be curbed, along with banning Dr. Pepper and Happy Meals. And it's not just light bulbs. These appliance standards will regulate and ban hundreds of products including...
Supreme Court to Hear Global Warming Case Against Power Companies. The Supreme Court announced Monday [12/6/2010] it will give further consideration to a closely-watched lawsuit filed by environmentalists, eight states and New York City blaming the problems associated with global warming on the carbon dioxide output of five major power companies. An ultimate judgment against the energy providers could lead to dramatic changes in the energy marketplace and ripple into other industries.
Lame Duck Land Grab. "Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee Chairman Jeff Bingaman (D-N.M.) is hoping to pass a package of public lands and wilderness bills during the lame-duck session of Congress. Bingaman's panel has sent more than 60 bills to the floor this session that would create new national parks, monuments, wilderness areas and wildlife sanctuaries. Now he's hoping to bundle them into an omnibus measure for Senate passage before the 111th Congress adjourns, spokesman Bill Wicker confirmed today."
Big Green leader warns House GOP to forget popular will. Republicans just won the biggest mid-term election victory since before World War II in a massive repudiation of President Obama's unprecedented expansion of federal spending, regulation and debt. But GOP leaders better not even think of doing what the voters clearly elected them to do, but instead they must do what they are told by the enlightened ones in the Big Green radical environmental movement. That's according to Francis Beinecke, president of the Natural Resources Defense Council.
Chris Huhne has a blueprint for a green, cold, dark Britain. As much of the northern hemisphere last week froze under the snows of the fourth unusually cold winter in a row, our ministers, led by David Cameron and Chris Huhne, the Climate Change Secretary, laid out a blueprint that promises to inflict on Britain a social and economic catastrophe unique in the world.
The Green Movement: From Common Sense and Compromise to Coercion and Control. Today few argue that our environment should not be protected against man-made contaminants or that natural wilderness, where economically and socially practicable, should not be conserved. ... But the contemporary Green Movement, represented by a variety of national and international institutions, has far exceeded its original mandate to protect the earth. In modern times, this aggressive and extremely well funded campaign uses the environment as a shield behind which it seeks to advance a doctrinaire social and political agenda.
Greenwashing America. Every time you see a product being sold as "green," and therefore supposedly safer for the environment, you can be sure that it is more expensive than a comparable product that does the same thing without making this claim. ... In a similar fashion, every time you hear a corporation claiming that it is concerned about the environment, you can be sure that it is trying to protect itself against lawsuits that will cut into its profits and dividends.
The Slow Death of the Environmental Movement. Having observed the movement for decades, I think we are seeing a growing awareness that environmentalism is fear-driven, based on many false claims, a threat to the U.S. economy, fundamental freedoms, and humanity in general.
Watch out for "Ecocide". Ecocide, a term coined by the former British barrister Polly Higgins, comes with a proposal that asks the United Nations to recognize it as a fifth "crime against peace" — one that could be prosecuted by the International Criminal Court alongside "genocide," "war crimes," "ethnic cleansing," and "crimes against humanity." Higgins defines ecocide as: "The extensive destruction, damage to or loss of ecosystem(s) or a given territory, whether by human agency or by other causes, to such an extent that peaceful enjoyment by the inhabitants of that territory has been severely diminished." For this purpose, the definition of "inhabitants" includes plants and animals, as well as human populations.
Goodbye Global Warming, Hello Biodiversity. After three decades of trying to push the global warming scam to a point where billions could be made selling and trading bogus "carbon credits", the global schemers have abandoned it in the wake of 2009 revelations that a handful of rogue climate scientists were literally inventing the data to support it. If there is one lesson to be learned from and about environmentalists, it is that they are utterly relentless.
The Danger of Environmentalism. Earth Day approaches, and with it a grave danger faces mankind. The danger is not from acid rain, global warming, smog, or the logging of rain forests, as environmentalists would have us believe. The danger to mankind is from environmentalism. The fundamental goal of environmentalism is not clean air and clean water; rather, it is the demolition of technological/industrial civilization. Environmentalism's goal is not the advancement of human health, human happiness, and human life; rather, it is a subhuman world where "nature" is worshipped like the totem of some primitive religion.
Motive Force Behind All Climate Change. There never was a compelling case for human caused global warming. The CO2 climate change hypothesis is not science, it is sorcery driven to hysteria by political opportunists. It is time to restore science to its rightful place.
Dronism. The well-off like nice cars, tasteful homes, good food, and appropriate vacations — but not the oil, gas, coal, nuclear energy, transmission lines, timber, cement, farmland, water pumps, etc., that bring that to them.
You're a Liberal/Progressive if You Believe... America's "addiction to oil" has nothing to do with technological reality, and that we can snap our fingers and a "green energy" future will magically appear. A nice corollary is the idea "electric cars" are a panacea. Sounds really swell until one remembers that 50% of our electricity is coal-generated.
The Green Agenda. In keeping with President Obama's promise to slow the rise of the oceans and heal the planet, the Energy Department has set new efficiency standards for 26 appliances and household products. The list ranges from microwaves, to washing machines and dryers, to residential water heaters and dishwashers. The department reportedly claims the new standards will save consumers from $250 billion to $300 billion on their energy costs through 2030. But that's what Democrats always say about their green schemes: "We're doing this to clean up the Earth, and we're going to save you money while we do it." Don't believe it.
How Washington Ruined Your Washing Machine. It might not have been the most stylish, but for decades the top-loading laundry machine was the most affordable and dependable. Now it's ruined — and Americans have politics to thank. In 1996, top-loaders were pretty much the only type of washer around, and they were uniformly high quality. When Consumer Reports tested 18 models, 13 were "excellent" and five were "very good." By 2007, though, not one was excellent and seven out of 21 were "fair" or "poor." This month came the death knell: Consumer Reports simply dismissed all conventional top-loaders as "often mediocre or worse." How's that for progress? The culprit is the federal government's obsession with energy efficiency.
Second thoughts on Green dogma — from a surprising source. Germany has long been the titular and emotional leader of the "Green Movement" in Europe. No country has adopted more so-called environmental friendly policies. The German population has obediently gone along with environmental measures; in fact they have been the model people when it comes to green living. So it is doubly startling when Der Spiegel, the leading left-wing publication in Germany publishes an article entitled: "Is Environmentalism Really Working?" openly questioning the viability and cost of a myriad of green initiatives.
9th Circuit: Mud from logging roads is pollution. A federal appeals court has decided that mud washing off logging roads is pollution and ordered the Environmental Protection Agency to write regulations to reduce the amount that reaches salmon streams.
The Smart Grid Trojan Horse. [Scroll down] Stopping the march to green serfdom will not be easy because a confluence of separate conflicts of interest are securing our fate. On one end, you have the green mafia, who are on the threshold of having their dreams fulfilled. On the other end are vendors who stand to make millions selling "greenware." Between are utilities that will finally secure the means to bear the financial pressures of environmentalism. On the periphery are engineering firms and installation contractors, many that would otherwise starve in this economy but for the Smart Grid initiative.
How Obama Is Locking Up Our Land. Have you heard of the "Great Outdoors Initiative"? Chances are, you haven't. But across the country, White House officials have been meeting quietly with environmental groups to map out government plans for acquiring untold millions of acres of both public and private land. It's another stealthy power grab through executive order that promises to radically transform the American way of life.
Our Hero Barbara Boxer. [Scroll down] Cap-and-trade is a Democratic Party platform plank, but ten senators from Boxer's own party sent her a letter explaining that they could not vote for her bill. June 29, 2009 left the high water mark for climate change policy. On that day, the House of Representatives enacted a cap-and-trade scheme, the Orwellian-titled American Climate and Energy Security Act. It was the first time the Congress had put a price on carbon, a.k.a. taxed energy.
Environmentalists give Barack Obama a pass on oil spill. Some say there's little doubt that if a spill like the one in the Gulf took place on former President George W. Bush's watch, environmental groups would have unleashed an unsparing fury on the Republican in the White House. For their liberal ally, Obama, they seem willing to hold their tongues.
Environmental Hazards. The partisan bad faith of the organized environmental establishment is glaring. Consider the case of the first President Bush, who pushed hard for a new Clean Air Act in 1990 (most environmental groups boycotted the signing ceremony on the White House lawn, though), and then went to the Rio Earth Summit in 1992, signing the U.N. treaty on climate change that set the Kyoto Protocol process in motion, and also signing a major biodiversity treaty. So how many environmental groups endorsed Bush for reelection in 1992? In round numbers: zero.
'Green New Deal' is a raw deal for the U.S.. In Europe, green ideas have been in fashion for two generations and have driven policy to a much greater extent than in the United States. Despite this, we have not witnessed a sizable green wave of new jobs, as evidenced by our unemployment rates, which are routinely several percentage points higher than in America. The green movement has succeeded in generating increased government spending and subsidies at taxpayer expense. Much of this spending has been directed toward inefficient renewable-energy projects, such as solar and wind power.
Get your hand out of my shower. Before the advent of the modern environmental movement, Bill Buckley used to assert with a glint in his eye that a liberal is someone who wants to reach into your shower and adjust the temperature of the water. Man, oh, man, was he right. The liberals' environmental agenda has brought Buckley's satirical thrust uncomfortably close to reality.
Obama Adviser's Green Manifesto. [Scroll down] "In the longer term, it may be that the solution to the employment problem will require a reduction in the amount of work done by each worker in order to create more jobs," wrote [John P.] Holdren and his co-authors. "Gradually shortening the work week (ultimately to 20 hours or less) or decreasing the number of work weeks per year (companies could have different spring-summer and fall-winter shifts) would accomplish this," they wrote.
Soap Smuggling's "Thelma and Louise". What do you do when you can't get your dishes clean enough? Run across the state border of course, and smuggle in banned substances. Carole Spotts and her friend Susan Barrentine call themselves the real-life "Thelma and Louise." ... Carole and Susan are driving 70 miles round trip, to Idaho and back, to get a substance banned in their home state of Washington.
Environmentalists Also To Blame For Exxon Valdez And Gulf Spills. Environmentalism did not cause the Deepwater Horizon oil disaster, but it did help make it possible, just as 1989's Exxon Valdez disaster, which the Gulf Oil spill has now eclipsed, was also ironically made possible by a desire to protect the environment. The original plan when oil was discovered at Prudhoe Bay on Alaska's North Slope was to build a pipeline directly to the northern border of the 48 contiguous states. Groups like the Sierra Club waged a major battle against both the Prudhoe Bay development and the pipeline.
Hot Time in the Old Town Tonight. A record-setting heat wave has settled on the Beltway this week, resulting in my thermometer topping the 85°F mark by the time I came into work today. Did I mention my thermometer is inside my apartment? "Oh yuck," you're probably thinking. "You should get a place with air conditioning." But you see, my unit has air conditioning. The problem is that, under Virginia law, it can't be turned on until May 1.
In the Company of Wolves. Hunting, once enormously popular and widespread, is today in the process of becoming an esoteric pastime. The more romantic strains of environmentalism often lead to animals of all types being protected, and in some places, cosseted. So we're getting generations of animals that have never been shot at and have no awareness that humans are the most dangerous animals of all.
On Earth Day, Did You Thank a Hunter? Ten cents of every dollar I spent on my hunting and fishing toys funds Federal and State "conservation" programs. From my guns and ammo to my duck calls and decoys, from my rods and reels to my lures and gaffs, from my trolling motor to the very fuel for my outboard — ten cents of every dollar in this ghastly expenditure funds habitat for Spotted Owls, Red Cockaded Woodpeckers, Bald Eagles, Ospreys, Manatees, Snail darters, Black-Footed Ferrets, California Condors, Florida Panthers and Sea Otters.
Climate Götterdämmerung: Exaggeration and alarmism have been a chronic weakness of environmentalism since it became an organized movement in the 1960s. Every ecological problem was instantly transformed into a potential world-ending crisis, from the population bomb to the imminent resource depletion of the "limits to growth" fad of the 1970s to acid rain to ozone depletion, always with an overlay of moral condemnation of anyone who dissented from environmental correctness. With global warming, the environmental movement thought it had hit the jackpot...
Dave Matthews: 'Too Bad If We Have To Pay a Little Extra Money for Gasoline'. Grammy award-winning musician Dave Matthews told CNSNews.com it is "too bad if we have to pay a little extra money for gasoline" and coal because that is what "we have to do" to protect the environment.
Green halo slips in study. According to a study, when people feel they have been virtuous by saving the planet through their purchases of, say, organic baby food, it leads to the "licensing [of] selfish and morally questionable behaviour", otherwise known as "moral balancing" or "compensatory ethics". ... Its authors ... argue that people who wear what they call the "halo of green consumerism" are less likely to be kind to others and more likely to cheat and steal.
Green Meanies. [Scroll down slowly] The researchers asked about 150 subjects to play computer games in which they could increase their money by cheating and lying about it. Mazar and Zhong found that the greener shoppers were more likely to cheat, lie, and steal than conventional consumers. Later, subjects were told to take their spoils from an envelope based on the honor system. Again, Greens were six times as likely to take more than they earned. Finally, subjects played a game where they were asked to share money with another player. You guessed it: Green shoppers shared fewer dollars than conventional shoppers.
Social engineering at its worst. Canadian researchers have discovered environmentally conscious people are jerks. The researchers didn't put it that way, because they're Canadian. But the two University of Toronto psychologists say that people who buy ecologically friendly products — socially conscious types wallowing in their own moral superiority — use their enviro-cred to excuse bad behaviour. The study showed that, when playing games administered by the psychologists, green people are less likely to share wealth with those around them, and more likely to lie within the context of the those games in order to enrich themselves.
'This Is the End of Favoring Motorized Transportation at the Expense of Non-Motorized'. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood has announced that federal transportation policies will no longer favor "motorized" transportation, such as cars and trucks, over "non-motorized" transportation, such as walking and bicycling. LaHood signed the new policy directive on March 11, the same day he attended a congressional reception for the National Bike Summit, a convention sponsored by a bicycling advocacy group, the League of American Bicyclists.
New eco fees catching consumers by surprise. Checking her receipt as she left a downtown Canadian Tire, Chris Colorado noticed a new charge. Her $1.99 bottle of dish soap was accompanied by a 13-cent "eco fee." The levy for thousands of new products, from pharmaceuticals to fire extinguishers, quietly came into effect July 1, the same day as the harmonized sales tax.
Bill Gates, Environmental Kook. At the TED 2010 conference in Long Beach, California Bill Gates won a standing ovation by calling for the end of carbon-based fuels in forty years; literally, our CO2 emissions must drop to zero or we risk a warming world, lower crop yields, and starvation of the poor. It is absolutely stunning, as we read Gates' excerpts, to accept that a formerly unrelenting strategic genius has transformed himself into a conveyer of hackneyed global warming alarmism.
Environmentalism Refuted: [Scroll down] The same intellectual quarter that a generation or more ago urged the totalitarian control of all aspects of human life for the purpose of bringing order to what would otherwise allegedly be chaos, now urges a policy of laissez-faire — out of respect for natural harmonies. Of course, it is not a policy of laissez-faire toward human beings, who are to be as tightly controlled as ever. Nor, of course, is it a policy that recognizes any form of economic harmonies among human beings. No, it is a policy of laissez-faire toward nature in the raw; the alleged harmonies that are to be respected are those of so-called eco-systems.
Obama's Progressive Goose and Our Conservative Gander: The president has been trying to convert the country's energy sector to the "green" creed, which is sure to take the wrecking ball to the American way of life and dramatically reduce our standard of living. Obama's energy policy goes to the heart of the entire progressive agenda. After the downfall of communism, the left almost immediately embraced the next millenarian project — environmentalism — and concentrated its prodigious energies on a giant undertaking: to stampede the world and put the progressives in power, wielding the global warming scare as its latest cataclysm.
Are the Communists Coming? [Scroll down] When a candidate uses terms such as "smart growth," and "sustainability," don't take these words to be meaningless. Know that they come from Agenda 21, a product of the U.N. Conference on Environment and Development. This is the same conference that produced the Convention on Biological Diversity, and the Climate Change Treaty. Agenda 21, and its policies seek to take elected officials out of the policy-making arena and place that authority in the hands of appointed "stakeholder councils," and the like. "Stakeholder councils" serve much the same function as "soviets" in the old communist regimes.
The Original Enviro-Nazis. Eco-fascism is rooted in history like a German oak tree. This is nowhere more shockingly evident than at the Buchenwald Concentration Camp. Buchenwald means "Beech Forest." The SS enjoyed a zoo just outside the camp, and in the midst of the camp are the remains of Goethe's oak. The famous scholar Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749-1832) blazed the trail for the German Romantic Movement. Goethe spent much time around the environs of that particular oak tree, the destination of his favorite forest retreat. Today, Romanticism is known as Environmentalism. When the Nazis cleared the ground for the construction of the camp, they carefully preserved Goethe's oak tree. Late in the war, the tree died during an Allied bombing raid. However, the stump still remains thanks to the special care that the Nazis gave to it at its funeral.
Why do I call them Eco Nazis? Because they ARE Eco Nazis. A fascinating article by Mark Musser in American Thinker on one of the pioneers of apocalyptic global warming theory. Turns out — whoulda thunk? — that he was a eugenicist and a Nazi.
The Green Nazis. With its strong emphasis upon celebrating the authenticity of the German folk people (das volk) indigenously rooted in the natural landscape of their homeland in great contrast to the liberalism of the Enlightenment and the Industrial Revolution, German Romanticism is one of the great foundational pillars of modern environmentalism. While in hindsight, some environmental historians may debate over how green the Nazis were in actual practice, the National Socialist aspirations for a greener Germany cannot be denied.
The Green Nazi Deep Ecology of Martin Heidegger. One of the most influential philosophers of the 20th century, foundational to the academic left and deep ecology of the greens, was committed to Nazism. The green Nazi/deep ecology connection in the life and works of Martin Heidegger have been routinely given a pass over the years by many western scholars who love his existential philosophy.
Green is the New Brown. Perhaps the most evil idea to take root under National Socialism was the concept of "Blood and Soil", an idea stemming from Darwinian Natural Selection. "Blood and Soil" was the romantic notion that a People were evolved by the climate, landscape, and general environment to be what they are, and in the case of Germany many believed the deep, dark forests, the oaks and pines, the mountains and streams, had shaped the German People in character and indeed even in racial aspects. Blood and Soil meant that the People and the land were one.
The Nazi Roots of Sustainable Development. Much of the European Union's green sustainable development plans are largely based on government controlled land use planning theories rooted in the lebensraum tradition. Literally, lebensraum means "living space." Lebensraum was originally developed by German geographer Friedrich Ratzel (1844-1904) and then greatly expanded under the banner of National Socialism (1933-1945).
Radical Muslims, Environmentalists, and the Green Jihad. [Scroll down] Something like environmentalism can be easily used as a jihadist tool in the hands of a green Muslim to help sabotage America from within. After all, [Abdul] Matin says that "Muslims have a personal connection to the color green," and that "the favorite color of the Prophet Muhammad was green." More troubling is that Keith Ellison's pilgrimage to Mecca in 2008 was paid for by the Muslim American Society of Minnesota, which is just another name for the Muslim Brotherhood.
A Green Tea Party: A revolt against economic hardship imposed by unelected bureaucrats based on junk science is brewing. This Tea Party movement wants the faulty finding on carbon dioxide to be reviewed and dumped.
The Great Green Land Grab. All across America, various environmental organizations are engaged in schemes to deter development such as housing, new energy plants, or the horror of a manufacturing facility that might actually employ people. In some states, the attack has been on farms and ranches, finding ways to punish their owners for improving their land in any fashion such as digging a drainage ditch.
Enviros play dirty on coal, natural gas. They don't discuss the subject too openly outside their own circles, but environmentalists make crystal clear on their Web sites that they want to stop all coal-based power production in this country. They claim coal can never be made clean, so it must be eliminated before it's too late to do anything about global warming. Ted Nace puts it succinctly in a Grist Web site post: "The stakes, for all life on the planet, surpass those of any previous crisis." That may sound extreme, but Nace is merely expressing mainstream environmentalist thinking.
Green trade shows are starting to feel recycled. The green scene has been flooded with conferences, conventions, trade shows and other events trying to capitalize on the popularity of sustainability and concerns about climate change. Most of the meetings deal directly with environmental issues such as carbon emissions, conservation or alternative energy.
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How ironic! People are using capitalism to profit from environmentalism, even though environmentalism abhors capitalism.
Skating on thin ice for climate change. Energy Secretary Steven Chu didn't reach the pinnacle of his profession by treading the well-worn path of modern group-think. It's regrettable that the Nobel Prize-winning physicist is stuck in that rut now. ... You have to feel for a man of science trying to make the jump to politics. In science, facts speak for themselves. In politics, facts are often run to ground by baloney. As energy secretary, Mr. Chu has traded fact for fiction and now spends his days selling President Obama's discredited climate-change policy.
Activist 'Green' Lawyers Billing U.S. Millions in Fraudulent Attorney Fees. Without any oversight, accounting, or transparency, environmental activist groups have surreptitiously received at least $37 million from the federal government for questionable "attorney fees." The lawsuits they received compensation for had nothing to do with environmental protection or improvement. The activist groups have generated huge revenue streams via the obscure Equal Access to Justice Act.
Season's Greenies. This is a tough time of year for eco-friendly global planners. In Copenhagen they tried to put together a deal to save the world's forests while we rode around with millions of Christmas trees tied to our car roofs. Among the ruses that came out of Copenhagen, they called on rich countries to pay poor countries to not cut down their trees.
NOAA's Ministry Of Propaganda. Despite failures at Copenhagen, the fraud of the IPCC and the farce of Climate-gate, the administration wants an agency to monitor climate change. Why must we fund one-stop shopping for climate charlatans?
This is an original compilation, Copyright © 2013 by Andrew K. Dart
DC Resident Fined Thousands For Not Recycling Cat Litter. Dupont Circle resident Patricia White says she has been fined eight times for throwing homemade cat litter in her trash. The fines total $2,000. White says she shreds old newspaper and junk mail to use as cat litter. She believes she is helping the environment by reusing the paper and avoiding cat litter you will find in stores. After being fined several times, White says she called the Department of Public Works inspector who issued the tickets. According to White, the inspector admitted to digging through trash looking for violations.
UK group fears trash bin spies. It's the new front in the nanny state: Microchips placed in garbage bins to monitor how much people throw away.
£1,000 fine for using wrong bin. Householders could be fined up to £1,000 if they fail to comply with complex new rules on refuse sorting. Food scraps, tea bags and vegetable peelings thrown into the wrong dustbin could land them with hefty penalties under government plans to be unveiled today [3/18/2010].
Recycling bin 'contaminated' by scrap of bread. A London man has been left stunned after garbagemen refused to empty a recycling bin containing a "miniscule" piece of bread. South London resident Michael Carter returned from shopping last Monday to find the wheelie bin still full and marked with a red tag.
Hundreds of households hit with bin fines bigger than those given to shoplifters. Figures obtained by The Sunday Telegraph have revealed that local authorities issued more than 1,240 fixed penalty notices last year for breaking rules on recycling and putting out rubbish. Councils are issuing fines of up to £110 for such infringements as putting their bins out for collection at the wrong time, over filling bins, or putting recycling into the wrong boxes.
Oh, but that would never happen in this country, right?
High-tech carts will tell on Cleveland residents who don't recycle. It would be a stretch to say that Big Brother will hang out in Clevelanders' trash cans, but the city plans to sort through curbside trash to make sure residents are recycling — and fine them $100 if they don't. The move is part of a high-tech collection system the city will roll out next year with new trash and recycling carts embedded with radio frequency identification chips and bar codes.
Green Police Becomes a Reality in Cleveland. Remember Audi's absurd "Green Police" Super Bowl commercial where green cops arrest citizens for using plastic bags, plastic water bottles and sort through the community's trash cans to ensure they're recycling? Well, the absurdity is about to hit the streets of Cleveland.
Granny's $100 ticket — for throwing out newspaper. An elderly Manhattan woman living on Social Security was slapped with a $100 ticket — for throwing away a newspaper in a city trash can. Delia Gluckin, 80, tossed the paper, which was in a white plastic shopping bag, in a bin right outside her Inwood apartment building Saturday morning [12/4/2010] and was immediately ambushed by a Department of Sanitation agent wielding a handheld computerized ticket book.
Privacy No More! You may think this is crazy, but the Green Police are coming to a town near you! I am serious! Many think the [advertisement] put out by Audi during the 2010 Superbowl is funny and cannot happen here in the United States — think again; it is happening now! Seriously, your garbage and recyclables are being monitored (in some cities in the USA) via RFID (Radio Frequency Identification) either put on your garbage containers/recycling bins or on your garbage bags. Plus, there are people who are called "Green Police" or the "Eco Police" that can then give you a fine of $25-$100 for not recycling or not recycling correctly. In other countries in Europe you can go to court if you do not recycle correctly or not enough — these RFID can even weigh how much garbage is being picked up at each address and then it is used to see if each address is doing enough to recycle.
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The RFID chip is like a bar code. It can identify the person who has been issued a specific recycle bin, but the RFID chip is not a scale. The bin can be weighed by the garbage truck easily enough, and that's how they'll determine if you're not recycling enough. There are numerous ways around this problem, but I'll leave them to the reader as an exercise. Let's just say I'll never be accused of recycling too little.
More about RFID chips as a threat to privacy and freedom.
EverGreens: After Failure, Warmists Will Change Hats And Move On. The charge is that scientists only considered stations which showed warming, and tossed those which did not fit their preconceptions. What makes this delicious is that the stations Hadley chose had large chunks of missing data, and the stations ignored had uninterrupted records. This makes sense: it's easier to homogenize data that isn't there. The explanations to come will no doubt provide for some light comedy.
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In Pursuit of Death. Over the last two decades, activists in the news media and popular culture have managed to mainstream radical environmentalism, leading to a "green veto" over the use of natural resources, as well as land and development policy for the nation. Major projects are routinely halted over dubious claims of damage to habitats or endangered species. The costs of EPA-mandated impact studies alone are daunting enough to nix needed projects before they begin. Environmentalism is no longer just a collection of disaffected youth, misguided conservationists, and touchy-feely, back-to-nature types; this once-harmless eccentricity has unveiled a dark side.
Hitler's Green Killing Machine. Historians have either overlooked or forgotten that sweeping Nazi environmental laws, all signed by Hitler and considered to be his pet projects, preceded the racially charged Nuremberg Laws, reflecting the fact that Nazi racism was rooted in ecology. By the summer of 1935, right before the Nuremberg laws were set up, Nazi Germany was by far the greenest regime on the planet. The Animal Protection laws were followed up by a strong hunting law for Hermann Goering in 1934. In 1935, Hitler also signed the Reich Nature Protection Act, the high water mark for Nazi environmentalism. Here is seen the birth of environmental permits, environmental impact statements and environmental totalitarianism.
Just Say No to Democracy. Actually, "democracy" is not only messy but also immoral and unworkable. The Founding Fathers saw that coming, as well. So we don't live under a system of simple majority rule for a reason, as most readers already know. The minority political party, luckily, has the ability to obstruct, nag, and filibuster the majority's agenda. Otherwise, those in absolute power would run wild — or, in other words, you all would be living that Super Bowl Audi commercial by now.
Green Police Aren't Just in Super Bowl Ads. If you've been watching the daily scandals destroy the credibility of the U.N. IPCC, then you might not realize that Cambridge, Massachusetts is in a state of climate emergency. This is not hyperbole, but an official policy order, passed by the City Council in May 2009, "recogniz[ing] that there is a climate emergency" and requesting the City Manager "to direct the appropriate city departments to increase the City's responses to a scale proportionate to the emergency."
The Green Police Take Over the Country. The most interesting element of the Super Bowl wasn't the Super Bowl. It was an advertisement for the Audi A3 TDI. The commercial depicted uniformed officials arresting Americans for, among other offenses, asking for plastic bags at the grocery, throwing away batteries, failing to compost an orange peel and installing incandescent light bulbs.
Audi's Gorewellian Super Bowl Ad. [Scroll down] Some conservatives didn't like it because it makes light of what they believe is actually happening. After all, in America and Europe the list of environmental crimes is growing at an almost exponential rate. The ad is absurd, of course, but not nearly as absurd as Audi thinks.
Audi Super Bowl Ad: Working Both Sides of Street? The main selling point, surprisingly, is not that this car, which won a "Green Car of the Year" award, is good for the planet, but that if you drive it, you won't be hassled, bullied, and jailed by the "green police." The ad tries to work both sides of the street. It attempts to appeal to those who believe SUVs are destroying the planet — and those who resent eco-elitists and busybodies telling them how to live.
Capitalism and Climate Change. The goals of the climate-change crowd are not reduction in global warming but the enactment of a worldwide system of regulation that puts business under government control and transfers wealth from rich nations to poor ones under the guise of fighting climate change. Should the emissions come down on their own, as they are doing, the excuse for draconian legislation goes, well, up in smoke.
Don't confuse environmentalism with science. Climatology is a science, not to be confused with environmentalism. The heart of environmentalism is not to be found in the natural sciences. It is ideology and nothing more. That is why it ends in "-ism." Environmentalism is itself not a monolith, but its dominant strand is distinctly statist in character. As such, its main nemesis is the science of economics, not climatology or any of the other natural sciences. A sound understanding of economics is all that is needed to discredit the emerging interventionist social agenda of the environmental movement. The methods that they recommend cannot deliver the results that they promise.
Green Is the New Red. The inconvenience of the truth falls on Gore, not his opponents. Water levels have in fact declined slightly at Tuvalu, and the country's modest population shrinkage is due to economic migration. Malaria was much more prevalent in Nairobi a century ago, and has risen slightly in recent years only because of the ecologists' attack on the use of insecticides. The polar ice caps aren't melting at all; the ice sheets over the oceans are, but the ice over land is actually thickening, so water levels are not being affected.
The Left's End Times. [Scroll down] Their chicken-littleism, preaching, and rants about global warming (or climate change, or whatever else they think helps sell the goods) is never portrayed as such — not, of course, by themselves or by a pliant establishment media. Theirs is "settled science," according to movement gurus, with Al Gore being the most conspicuous.
Obama's "Progressives": With the collapse of the former Soviet Union, many former communists became "environmentalists," often playing major roles in the many organizations serving that cause. Among President Obama's ever-expanding circle of "czars" is Carol Browner, the former Clinton-era director of the Environmental Protection Agency (1993-2000), whose latest appointment also revealed that she served on the Commission for a Sustainable World Society, which is part of Socialist International. Her association with the group has since been scrubbed from their website. Most obvious and notorious is Van Jones, who has never made a secret of his political preference for communism and is Obama's new "Green Jobs" czar. The links between the environmental movement and communist goals are numerous; it should not surprise anyone that the "global warming" hoax was birthed in the bowels of the United Nations.
British campaigner urges UN to accept 'ecocide' as international crime. A campaign to declare the mass destruction of ecosystems an international crime against peace — alongside genocide and crimes against humanity — is being launched in the UK. ... The radical idea would have a profound effect on industries blamed for widespread damage to the environment like fossil fuels, mining, agriculture, chemicals and forestry.
Save the Planet by Banning Ice Cream. Notice that the environmentalists immediately claim superiority over us. They are the ones who have pointed out the error of our ways, and they are saving the planet that we very nearly destroyed with our selfish lust for material goods and endless modern comforts. They claim that if it weren't for them, we would soon wreck the planet and self-inflict the greatest wound ever suffered by mankind. The only way to redeem ourselves in their eyes is to turn back the clock on our lifestyle. How far should we turn the clock back? They won't say. For now, they just ask us to use less energy.
Orwellian Nightmare: Science Is Whatever 'the Party' Says It Is. The Party — the political class of the world — does not want God to exist. Therefore, if the laws of physics and the laws of mathematics say He does, then the laws of physics and the laws of mathematics must be changed to whatever the Party wants. Therefore, God does not exist. He must not be mentioned, must not be prayed to in class. The Party wants the Earth to be warming, so that its members can establish their power over every aspect of our lives. The Earth has not warmed in a decade, in fact it has gotten colder. But the Party says warmer, and further, says that the warming is due to human addition of CO2 to the atmosphere.
Steal this! A Canadian study shows that people who buy green products tend to lie and steal more than those who don't.
A green, sustainable future that doesn't work. In the high desert of central Arizona, more than five thousand miles from the global-warming summit in Copenhagen, sits an aging and unfinished vision of the enviro-friendly, sustainable life that some climate change activists foresee for us all. It's called Arcosanti, created in 1970 by the Italian architect Paolo Soleri, and it is the prototype of a green community of the future. The only problem is, it doesn't work. And it never did.
Can America Survive its Sharp Left Turn? Most Americans want a clean environment. They want to be able to enjoy green spaces that are clean and free from pollution. Most Americans also realize that our planet is much cleaner and healthier today than it was 40 years ago. The left sees people as bad for the planet. Given that they can't actually eliminate people, they insist people sacrifice their comfort and prosperity in the name of environmentalism. They are willing to shut down businesses and whole communities to save a tree or a fish. They are willing for you to pay much more for your energy in the hopes that you will stop using it. That is a threat to our livelihood.
Energy to spare. Under the inspiration of the Green Zeitgeist, I cannot go into a magazine shop without finding some science-lite cover story on new prospects for harnessing solar, thermal, wind, tidal, or whatever "renewable" forces. There is an immense credulous audience out there, willing to be entertained by such nonsense. No one with a grasp of high school physics should take any of these schemes seriously. In each case, we are looking at a crank idea from the hippie era, which has not since been significantly improved, because it can't be.
Saving the Environment Through Human Misery. The New Scientist describes 5 "eco crimes we commit every day"; acts of thoughtless decadence that are killing the planet. Are you a climate criminal? Listen to these indictments and decide if you engage in any of these heinous activities.
Hurricane Expert Rips Climate Fears. There has been an unrelenting quarter century of one-sided indoctrination of the western world by the media and by various scientists and governments concerning a coming carbon dioxide (CO2) induced global warming disaster. These warming scenarios have been orchestrated by a combination of environmentalists, vested interest scientists wanting larger federal grants and publicity, the media which profits from doomsday scenario reporting, governmental bureaucrats who want more power over our lives, and socialists who want to level-out global living standards.
Burning the home fires is a crime on bad air nights in Bay Area. Light a fire at home, pay a $400 fine. Burning wood fires in home fireplaces and stoves on bad air nights in the Bay Area becomes illegal again as of Sunday [11/01/2009], when the region enters its second cold-weather season with lighting up banned during Spare the Air alerts.
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This is the same state that had numerous wildfires this year, which burned hundreds of acres of trees, with no lasting effect on air quality. Fireplaces and campfires are not an air pollution problem. Banning these fires is just another step toward total control of every activity.
San Francisco bans wood burning on Christmas Eve. No chestnuts on an open fire this Christmas Eve. Bay Area officials have banned residents from burning wood, indoors and outdoors, on Tuesday — and might extend the ban into Christmas Day — as part of an air quality initiative. The order came from a governmental body called the Bay Area Air Quality Management District.National Sovereignty, Climate Mysticism, and You. The ostensible subject was the United Nations Copenhagen Climate Treaty, scheduled to take place in December. Anyone who doubts that environmentalism has become one of the most potent weapons in the quiver of the international Left should take a look at some of the treaty's proposed provisions. Basically, it is a wealth transfer scheme in which rich countries send money to poor countries because they, the rich ones, have (so the story goes) done more to insult the environment. (Isn't the real story that they have enriched the entire world beyond imagining? Yes — but that contravenes the left-wing narrative.)
'Climate Change' Treaty: The Supreme Law Of The Land? We hear it said that whenever the President signs, and the Senate ratifies, a Treaty, it becomes part of "the supreme law of the land". But is that True? Not necessarily!
Carbon Pawprints. As polls show belief in global warming is dropping, a new study suggests that dogs and cats, like people, are a plague upon the earth. They say people should have edible pets. ... They do not actually say your wiener dog should be on the menu. But they've calculated the carbon emissions created by popular pets, taking into account the ingredients of pet food and the land needed to create them. They advise having pets like rabbits or chickens. Maybe we could start a Cash for Cluckers program.
Obama's new world order. Global-warming alarmists are using the myth of climate change to impose an embryonic socialist world government. Following the collapse of communism, the West's progressive elites desperately searched for a viable ideological alternative. They found it in environmentalism. Although the Green movement wraps itself in the flag of empirical science, it represents the very opposite: a dogma that provides meaning and purpose to its rabid followers.
Ask Not if the Science of Global Warming is True? "The idea of climate change," [Mike] Hulme writes, "should be seen as an intellectual resource around which our collective and personal identities and projects can form and take shape. We need to ask not what we can do for climate change, but to ask what climate change can do for us." In other words, socialists like Hulme can frame the global warming issue to achieve unrelated goals such as sustainable development, income redistribution, population control, social justice and many other items on the liberal/socialist wish list.
Every Drop of Water in America. Some in the federal government want to exert control over ... every drop of water in America. It is an attack on private property and it is emblematic of the real agenda of environmentalists. It is Communism. The American Land Rights Association recently issued a notice. "Having been slapped down by the U.S. Supreme Court's two recent decisions that the words 'navigable waters' in the Clean Water Act limited federal agencies to regulation of navigable waters only, Democrats and liberal Republicans in Congress are striking back."
America Needs a Climate Change Revolt. We've got until December — when world leaders meet in Copenhagen to hammer out a global warming agreement — to pound it into the thick heads of our elected officials that we want no part of it. It's fine to be for clean air and clean water. But we are heading toward a new world order on climate change — and that's NOT fine.
Environmental laws put gaps in Mexico border security. In the battle on the U.S.-Mexico border, the fight against illegal immigration often loses out to environmental laws that have blocked construction of parts of the "virtual fence" and that threaten to create places where agents can't easily track illegal immigrants.
Starting today, it is illegal not to recycle plastic bottles. Starting today [10/1/2009], that old soda bottle and empty milk jug are no longer just garbage. They must be recycled. A new state law is taking effect that prohibits all plastic bottles from being disposed of in landfills. Supporters of the law say it will boost North Carolina's burgeoning recycling industry, which has an unmet demand for old bottles that can be converted into new goods.
The Myth that Liberalism is the Ideology of Science: The Left supported global cooling before latching onto the equally fictitious global warming. Its ban on DDT has led to the death of millions in Africa. Liberals clapped along when Paul Ehrlich predicted that we'd all be starving to death in the eighties and nineties. For all their insufferably smug talk about science, for the liberals, the pursuit of knowledge is always secondary to their political agenda.
The Real Climate Agenda. Environmentalism generally and catastrophic man-made global warming specifically is a falsified diversionary scare distracting us from the fall of our Republic into the dark, stinking swamp of statism. ... We no longer have representative government, but are ruled by an alien ideology. Understand that the federal government is not us, it is them.
Climate Of Control. Though the EPA says a cap-and-trade bill will do nothing if the developing world doesn't cut CO2 emissions, Democrats are intent on passing a global warming law anyway. What is their real goal?
Is environmentalism the opiate of the liberals? Human nature abhors a religious vacuum. ... Just as environmentalism has replaced Marxism as the central economic theory of the far left, so too has environmentalism begun to replace liberal Christianity as the left's motivating religious force. Were it not for the presence of powerful black Protestant churches in the liberal alliance, environmentalism might have supplanted liberal Christianity already.
The 'Green' Trojan Horse. Among the many controversies swirling around the White House's "green czar," none is more disturbing than his plan to use the green movement to socialize the economy.
The Fall of the Red Czar. No thanks to the establishment media and Congressional Democrats, the Obama administration's "green jobs czar" Van Jones is out of a job. ... Now that Jones has stepped down, the media has rallied to his defense, depicting Jones as the victim of a "vicious smear campaign" by foes of his environmental politics — a charge echoed by the administration's Democratic allies. The less palatable truth is that Jones is a racial provocateur and opportunist who tried to capitalize on the administration's sympathy for the "green" agenda to bring his own brand of socialist and black radical politics to national prominence.
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What a 'Green Jobs Czar' Does. Citing this effort as "a major opportunity" and an "unprecedented opportunity" — both in the same paragraph, so please understand: this is an opportunity, people! — to address the problem of so many people taking up so much space (sorry, critical habitat) and using so much stuff, EPA and the Vice President have decided that "A systematic review of how a wide range of Federal policies affect the development of urban, suburban, and rural America is long overdue." They also can't resist citing carbon (sic) emissions as a reason to revamp policies with an eye toward telling people how to live.
Green Jobs and a Green Economy Will Fail Like Van Jones. Van Jones perpetuated the view that environment and climate change are ideal vehicles for advancing total government control. In 1993 former Senator Timothy Wirth, now Director of the UN Foundation, said, "We've got to ride the global warming issue. Even if the theory of global warming is wrong, we will be doing the right thing, in terms of economic policy and environmental policy."
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Reducing Vehicle Travel Won't Make Much Dent in Greenhouse Gas Emissions. A highly publicized July report by the Urban Land Institute, titled Moving Cooler, also called for policies reducing the vehicle miles traveled (VMT) by people in their cars. The reductions would be forced by highly intrusive land use policies allowing for only minor expansion of roadway capacity and forcing almost all new development to be within existing urban footprints. It would employ such radical strategies as forcing people to pay $400 per year to park their cars in front of their own homes.
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Allow me to simplify this issue: Leftist politicians want to raise taxes and restrict your freedoms in order to solve a problem that doesn't exist.
The Green Nazi Hell and America's Future? When the Nazis seized power, environmentalism was surprisingly given a premier role in 1933-35. In fact, the Nazis passed the most progressive environmental laws found anywhere in the world at the time. The first was a law for the protection of animals called Tierschutzrecht, which forbid cruel experiments on animals, not to mention Jewish ritual slaughter.
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Save the planet: time to eat dog? The eco-pawprint of a pet dog is twice that of a 4.6-litre Land Cruiser driven 10,000 kilometres a year, researchers have found. Victoria University professors Brenda and Robert Vale, architects who specialise in sustainable living, say pet owners should swap cats and dogs for creatures they can eat, such as chickens or rabbits, in their provocative new book Time to Eat the Dog: The real guide to sustainable living.
GE's 'net-zero energy home' scam. Beware: green or clean energy — whatever you want to call it — is the new snake oil. It's sad that the only sort of energy innovation occurring today is based more on financial shenanigans (cost-shifting, subsidies and worse) than technologies to produce more energy at less cost.
Greening the Capitol. [Scroll down] In fact, getting any sort of cost-benefit analysis out of Green the Capitol is difficult at best. ... But if you do some digging on the site you can download the report submitted to Congress giving the details of the initiative. Buried 30 pages into the 60-page report is this pertinent information: In 2006, the House's energy costs amounted to $15 million. In 2008, after the implementation of Green the Capitol, the House was spending over $20 million.
What Green Jobs? President Obama devoted nearly $60 billion of his stimulus package to building a new green-based economy rich in renewable energy and strategies to cut carbon. But despite the price tag, not one green job yet exists. It comes down to a problem of etymology. No one can yet agree on what a green job actually is.
The Myth of the Expert. For some reason government scientists like Dr. [Phil] Jones that get millions in government research grants are considered to be disinterested experts. Yet anyone who has ever taken a dime from an oil company is bought and paid for. Of course that is nonsense. To politicians, scientists are just another interest group competing for favors. It's pay to play. To get their grant money scientists need to deliver science that helps argue for bigger government. And they do, especially in the climate sciences.
The Alice in Wonderland World of the Greens. An irrational fear of 'climate apocalypse' has driven nature-worshipping green ideologues in every age generation. Being inherently anti-capitalist they care little whether their demands threaten to bankrupt modern economies, or deny poorer nations the same cheap, hydro-carbon powered industrialization path out of poverty taken by developed nations. For Green World, preposterous self-righteous claims are morally self-evident, Real World facts and reason mere irrelevancies.
In Search of an Intelligent Energy Policy. No responsible energy policy can go forward that is rooted in the belief that man-made carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions significantly contribute to global warming or "climate change" as it is now called. This article will address data from the historical temperature record as well as climate models that refute the theory that CO2 causes or to a large extend amplifies climate change. Based on the following data it appears that the only thing consistent about the climate is that it is always changing.
Green nonsense. Waxman-Markey contains unpleasant surprises for Americans, including a provision which could prevent homeowners from selling their homes if they aren't retrofitted to meet federal "green" guidelines. But the House passed the 1,400-page bill before its members had an opportunity to read it, much less ponder its implications. Let's pray the Senate is more responsible.
Phosphate phaseout has dishwasher soap makers scrambling for an alternative. Automatic dishwasher detergents with phosphates have handled a lot of dirty plates over the years, but new laws aimed at making the soaps easier on the environment are putting that to an end, and the industry hasn't been this agitated in years.
Environmentalist Economic Strangulation. [Scroll down slowly] This green agenda is more than absurd, it is sinister. The real goal of greens is not "clean energy" but less energy. Energy is essential to economic progress, and many greens want to halt and reverse economic progress. Some radical greens have praised Fidel Castro for de-developing Cuba. Al Gore wrote in his book Earth in the Balance that U.S. policy should aim for slower economic growth. President Obama's chief science advisor John Holdren's top two environmental goals are to shrink the human population and to slow economic growth.
Just another myth used to steal your taxes. The reality is that folks are catching on to the fact that man-made global warming is a hoax, an inconvenient truth attested to by more and more scientists. Like any good con man, Obama wants to hurry the shakedown before his mark figures out his game. Democrats actually said that "if we do not act now, the climate will soon be out of our control." This, of course, raises the question: Just when was the climate ever under our control?
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Environment Agency Sets Up Green Police. The boys in green are coming as the Environment Agency sets up a squad to police companies generating excessive CO2 emissions. The agency is creating a unit of about 50 auditors and inspectors, complete with warrant cards and the power to search company premises to enforce the Carbon Reduction Commitment (CRC), which comes into effect next year.
Cap and Trade: Political Alchemy, Economy Buster and Disaster for Poor. During recent years, with the support of radical environmentalists, a form of political alchemy is being foisted upon the public. ... During the last two decades, liberals have developed a way to demonize fossil-burning fuels. This strategy included the turning of carbon emissions into a commodity which can be assigned monetary value.
The regulation of essential elements of life. The EPA is now considering designating CO2 a dangerous pollutant. The regulation of essential elements of life by our government scares me. It should scare us all. I am devastated by the notion that our own government founded on freedom would regulate and control the most fundamental aspects of life on earth. ... We generally have too much water where we don't need it and too little where we do. Are you planning to regulate water also? ... Carbon dioxide is just as essential to life as water and oxygen. Carbon dioxide is no more a pollutant than oxygen or water.
Communist U.N. Boss Praises "Mother Earth". Our media haven't found much time to cover the U.N. Conference on the World Financial and Economic Crisis underway at the world organization's headquarters in New York. But the Obama White House is working hand-in-glove with a Communist Catholic Priest who gave a bizarre speech on Wednesday devoted to saving "Mother Earth" from evil capitalists.
Lovely Organic Oil. Environmentalists sit in their cozy air conditioned offices attempting to figure out something to do to raise money and keep their marketing businesses alive, so we are bombarded daily about catastrophes suppositions and wild what if scenarios. We are told about all the things that we should do to be "mainstream" and friendly to our planet. If you didn't know better you would think that plastic bags were sent from some evil alien planet to destroy us all, but this (just in case you were not sure) is not the case.
Chicken Little Lays Egg. Ever since global warming made the leap from scientific theory to purported scientific law, there has been a shortage of discussion on the effects of the policies aimed to combat it. It is presupposed that if we want to solve this "climate crisis," we must ratify treaties such as Kyoto, shut down coal plants and not invest in any more oil refineries. The ramifications of doing so could be disastrous for America.
The Ecopalypse, 96 Months Away? Capitalism is liberating: You're born a peasant but you don't have to die one. You can work hard and get a nice place in the suburbs. If you were a 19th century Russian peasant and you got to Ellis Island, you'd be living in a tenement on the Lower East Side, but your kids would get an education and move uptown, and your grandkids would be doctors and accountants in Westchester County. And your great-grandchild would be a Harvard-educated environmental activist demanding an end to all this electricity and indoor toilets. Environmentalism opposes that kind of mobility. It seeks to return us to the age of kings when the masses are restrained by a privileged elite.
Why Anti-Growth Activism Does Not Help the Environment. Sierra Pacific Industries (SPI) is closing down an El Dorado county sawmill that has been around since 1889. SPI will also close another sawmill and electric power plant in Tuolome county. Two more SPI mills in Plumas and Humbolt counties will also close, leaving hundreds of workers without jobs. One reason for the closings is the drop in new-home construction. Anti-growth activists will be happy about the shutdowns, part of their stance known as BANANA — Build Absolutely Nothing Anywhere Near Anyone.
EPA Endangerment Finding for CO2. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has issued its proposed "Endangerment Finding" for emissions of carbon dioxide and five other greenhouse gases from new motor vehicles. If the finding is finalized, these emissions will be subject to technological limitations under the Clean Air Act and would trigger a cascade of regulations on virtually all sources of regulated greenhouse gases, from backyard weed whackers to massive electrical power plants.
Eight Fallacies about Global Warming: The reality is that there is no clear evidence that human emissions of carbon dioxide have any measurable effect on temperatures. Such a claim rests on climate models of unproven accuracy and on lines of physical argument that expressly exclude consideration of other known important drivers of climate change. ... At its most basic, if scientists cannot be sure that temperatures are today rising, nor establish that the gentle late 20th century warming was caused by CO2 emissions, then it is nonsense to propose that expensive controls are needed on human carbon dioxide emissions.
'Job-Creating' Ordinance Makes Negligence of 'Green' Audit Criminal. The government is continuing to encroach on freedoms more and more in the name of climate change. Case in point: An ordinance that went into effect June 1 stating if you sell your home in Austin, Texas and you fail to get a clean energy "green" audit, you will likely face criminal charges. According to an ordinance passed by the Austin City Council in November 2008, any home 10 years or older will require an "Energy Conservation Audit.
Government's switched on energy move. All Australian homes will soon have to undergo a mandatory energy-efficiency assessment costing up to $1500 per property. The assessment has to be done before any property can be sold or rented under new laws to tackle carbon emissions.
U.S. Energy and Climate Plans Would Drag Us Back to 1905 — or 1862. President Obama wants to prevent "runaway global warming," by slashing U.S. carbon dioxide emissions to 80% below 1990 levels by 2050. According to Oak Ridge National Laboratory data, this reduction would return the United States to emission levels last seen in those halcyon days of 1905. But America's 1905 population was 84 million, versus 308 million today. We didn't drive or fly, or generate electricity for offices, factories, schools or hospitals. To account for those differences, we'd have to send CO2 emissions back to 1862 levels.
Environmental red tape hurts families in California
Fish Don't Vote. The Republican Party has long been fishing for an issue that will reach out to Hispanic and other minority voters. Now, a three-inch fish may be the key to establishing common ground between that voting bloc and the GOP.
Land Grab, Air Grab, Water Grab — S 787. The CWA (Clean Water Act) regulates point source pollution discharges into "waters of the United States." The United States Supreme Court has interpreted the phrase "waters of the United States" to exclude isolated waters, such as ponds, intermittent streams, and wetlands which do not have a "significant nexus" to a navigable waterway. These bodies of water are not regulated by the CWA. S 787 would change the CWA to significantly broaden the scope of the bill.
S.F. OKs toughest recycling law in U.S. Throwing orange peels, coffee grounds and grease-stained pizza boxes in the trash will be against the law in San Francisco, and could even lead to a fine. The Board of Supervisors voted 9-2 Tuesday [6/9/2009] to approve Mayor Gavin Newsom's proposal for the most comprehensive mandatory composting and recycling law in the country. It's an aggressive push to cut greenhouse gas emissions and have the city sending nothing to landfills or incinerators by 2020.
Rain or Shine, Environmentalists Want to Control Us. This is the winter of environmentalists' discontent. They desperately want the earth to be warming to prove Al Gore's truth inviolate and they are going to make you pay thousands of dollars for it no matter whether it's true or not. But the weather has been inconveniently cold.
The Climate-Industrial Complex. Some business leaders are cozying up with politicians and scientists to demand swift, drastic action on global warming. This is a new twist on a very old practice: companies using public policy to line their own pockets.
The Geography of Carbon Emissions. No American city is among the top 50 cities in the world for air pollution according to the World Bank. Another list, 'The Top Ten of the Dirty Thirty,' compiled by the Blacksmith Institute of New York compared the toxicity of contamination, the likelihood of it getting into humans and the number of people affected. Places were bumped up in rank if children were impacted. No US or European sites made the list.
Activists Motivated by Power, EU's Klaus Tells ICCC. Environmental activists are less concerned about any crisis posed by global warming than they are eager to command human behavior and restrict economic activity, the president of the Czech Republic told the opening session of the second International Conference on Climate Change. Vaclav Klaus, who also is serving a rotating term as president of the European Union, triggered the approving applause of about 700 attendees when he said, "Their true plans and ambitions: to stop economic development and return mankind centuries back."
What Europeanization Will Really Mean: Since Mr. Obama and his friends would like us to be more like Europeans, my wife and I recently went on a great explore to find out what life is really like in Europe and what changes we should expect. Get out your bike because you will soon be riding it everywhere. That means you too, Grandma — no exceptions. The best way to cut down on that nasty CO2 is to chuck your cars and get on a two-wheeler. Of course, after a couple years with the government running two of our three major car companies, a bicycle may become an attractive alternative.
An All-Out Deification of Nature. Since the introduction of bumper stickers calling for us to respect "Mother Earth," we have been careening towards an all-out deification of nature. And as the last decade has witnessed an unprecedented push for green cars, green energy, and green government policies, it seems environmentalism has finally become less about saving the planet and more about worshiping it. ... There is an undeniable infatuation with nature in our post-modern culture, and like all infatuations, this one causes people to rush to support solutions that are flatly outlandish in their claims.
Green hysteria shackles our economic growth. I am surprised so many people in Europe, the US and elsewhere have come to support policies underpinned by hysteria over global warming, particularly cap-and-trade legislation to cut greenhouse gas emissions and subsidies for "green" energy sources. I am convinced this is a misguided strategy — not only because of the uncertainty about the dangers that global warming might pose, but also because of the certainty of the damage that policies aimed at mitigation will cause.
California adopts first regulation to limit greenhouse gas emissions from fuel. California took aim today at the oil industry and its effect on global warming, adopting the world's first regulation to limit greenhouse gas emissions from the fuel that runs cars and trucks. The state Air Resources Board voted 9-1 in favor of the complex new rule, which is expected to slash the state's gasoline consumption by a quarter in the next decade.
Out West, Catching Raindrops Can Make You an Outlaw. Every raincloud that passes over her eastern Colorado ranch tempts state Rep. Marsha Looper to break the law. A long, hard drought has settled across the land, and on those rare occasions when the sky opens, Ms. Looper longs to set out some rain barrels to collect the bounty for future use. She'd like to use the rain to grow hothouse tomatoes. But she refrains. "I don't want to get thrown in jail," she explains.
California May Ban Black Cars. The California legislature is considering regulating the color of cars and reflectivity of paint to reduce the energy requirements to cool them. ... The problem isn't the color per se, but the reflectivity of the paint overall. And dark colors just don't reflect well, so they are likely out. "Jet black remains an issue," says the report.
California Car Paint Proposal Parked For Now. California has backed down from a proposal on new cars' paint coatings. The state said it's looking for ways to cut down on greenhouse gas emissions by improving cars' efficiency. One way to do that is by making cars more reflective so that their air-condition systems don't have to work as hard.
Public Land Mismanagement and Environmental Irresponsibility. Decades of fire suppression by the Forest Service have disrupted natural fire cycles and turned many western forests into tinderboxes waiting to burn. Dense stands of spindly deadfall and underbrush now occupy land once characterized by open savannahs and large, widely spaced trees. One result is larger, more intense fires that burn the publicly owned forests to the ground. Indeed, by the Forest Service's own estimates, 90 to 200 million acres of federal forests are at high risk of burning in catastrophic fire events.
California appears poised to be first to ban power-guzzling big-screen TVs. The influential lobby group Consumer Electronics Assn. is fighting what appears to be a losing battle to dissuade California regulators from passing the nation's first ban on energy-hungry big-screen televisions.
California considering banning giant TVs. Arnold Schwarzenegger, the state's governor, has supported controversial proposals by the California's energy commission to impose strict energy consumption limits on TVs with screens that are more than 40 inches wide. The commission claims that California's estimated 35 million televisions and related gadgets account for about 10 percent of household energy consumption in the state.
California To Ban TV: But Not For a Good Reason. Why is the California Energy Commission (CEC), a Gov. Jerry Brown creation, wanting to ban television sets? Well, it seems that a honking 48-inch plasma screen, that bright symbol of the bygone days of conspicuous consumption and purveyor of drooling vacuity, uses too much electricity, and electricity production makes too much greenhouse gas emissions (at least in America, where half of our electricity comes from coal — in France, a plasma screen would emit nary a CO2 molecule as the TVs there are nuclear powered).
Green economics: It just doesn't add up. Green jobs will grow the unemployment rolls, concludes a study at Juan Carlos University in Madrid. Every green job created ploughs under 2.2 jobs elsewhere in the economy, and that doesn't account for the indirect job losses to come of the higher energy prices that accompany green energy technologies: Companies can be counted on to flee this green, or should we say gangrene, economy.
The Myth of 5 Million Green Jobs. [Scroll down] The central finding of the study is that — treating the data optimistically — for every renewable-energy job that the government finances, "Spain's experience reveals with high confidence, by two different methods, that the U.S. should expect a loss of at least 2.2 jobs on average, or about 9 jobs lost for every 4 created." Despite expensive and extensive green-job policies, a surprisingly low number of jobs were created. And about two-thirds of those "green" jobs were just to set up the energy source, in construction, fabrication, installation, marketing and administration. Only 10 percent of the green jobs created were permanent jobs actually operating and maintaining the renewable sources of energy.
Ruling hands greens a setback. The Supreme Court ruled Wednesday [4/1/2009] that federal environmental regulators can use cost-benefit analysis techniques when deciding how to upgrade equipment at power plants, a defeat for green groups who want the impact on the environment to be the chief or only consideration. The 6-3 ruling strikes down a victory for the Riverkeepers environmental group, which had persuaded the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals that cost should not matter in its bid to require companies to spend hundreds of millions of dollars in system upgrades to meet what it claimed were Environmental Protection Agency regulations.
California Gas Stations Shut Under Expensive Mandate. Nearly 100 California gas stations are being forced out of business by a statewide mandate requiring them to implement expensive new equipment to reduce vapor emissions at the pump. The mandate, issued by the California Air Resources Board (CARB), is known as Phase II of the state's Enhanced Vapor Recovery program. It requires gas station owners to purchase and install devices to prevent vapors from escaping when customers fill their cars.
Hayward begins ticketing for smoking in public. Lighted cigarettes meant lightened purses and wallets for smokers who were caught puffing in public this week, as the city began enforcement of a smoking ban that technically went into effect last summer. The law, passed by the City Council last May, mandates a $50 fine for smoking on sidewalks, streets and other public places, including a 20-foot no smoking zone around outdoor patio areas of restaurants and bars, as well as parks, sports fields, playgrounds and municipal parking lots. That zone also applies to windows, doors and ventilation ducts.
Pelosi's Toy Story: Under a new law set to go into effect February 10, unsold toys, along with bikes, books and even children's clothing are destined for the scrap heap due to an overzealous law to increase toy safety. The damage comes from new rules governing lead in children's products. After last year's scare over contaminated toys made in China, Congress leapt in to require all products aimed at children under 12 years old to be certified as safe and virtually lead-free by independent testing.
California's 'Green Jobs' Experiment Isn't Going Well. Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger was all smiles in 2006 when he signed into law the toughest anti-global-warming regulations of any state. Mr. Schwarzenegger and his green supporters boasted that the regulations would steer California into a prosperous era of green jobs, renewable energy, and technological leadership. Instead, since 2007 — in anticipation of the new mandates — California has led the nation in job losses.
Green power's hidden agenda: Wind, solar, and geothermal, by contrast, are the most expensive alternatives to coal. A kilowatt of power from such renewables typically costs about ten times as much as a kilowatt from coal — and more than six times as much as a kilowatt from nuclear or hydropower. Alternative energy promoters, including former vice president Al Gore, promise that these prices will decline if only the government subsidizes the necessary technological innovation. Those promises have not come true over the past three decades, and it's extremely unlikely that they ever will.
The 100-Meter Gasp. The Beijing Olympics [exposed] the environmentalist fraud that the U.S. is the world's biggest polluter. Compared with China, we get the gold medal for energy efficiency.
The Great Global Warming Swindle. I have followed green politics for a while now. ... It is transparently obvious that the greens sit squarely in the tradition of Romanticism. Like the romantics, they hate industry, love nature, idealise peasant life, they think capitalism is wicked, they think people in modern society lead depraved shallow lives and have forgotten the true value of things, they don't like cars or supermarkets or lots of proles taking cheap long-haul holidays, etc, etc.
Environmental Myths Masterfully Debunked: Greener Than Thou, the new book by Terry L. Anderson and Laura E. Huggins of the Hoover Institution, ... debunks four environmental myths:
1. No price for environmental purity is too high.
2. Materialism and concern for nature cannot coexist.
3. Constraining markets and the use of private property protects the environment.
4. Malthusian population growth will outstrip resources.
Suddenly being green is not cool any more. Julie Burchill can't stand them. According to her new book, Not in my Name: A Compendium of Modern Hypocrisy, she thinks all environmentalists are po-faced, unsexy, public school alumni who drivel on about the end of the world because they don't want the working classes to have any fun, go on foreign holidays or buy cheap clothes.
Judge scales back ruling on roadless national forests. A federal magistrate judge ruled Tuesday [12/2/2008] that a Clinton-era ban against new road construction and development on millions of acres of national forest would apply only to 10 western states. Two years ago, Judge Elizabeth Laporte invalidated a 2005 Bush administration rule that overturned the 2001 "Roadless Rule," which protected 58.5 million acres of federal land in about 40 states. But in August, a federal judge in Wyoming invalidated President Bill Clinton's Roadless Rule, leading the Bush administration to request that the two judges modify their conflicting rulings.
The Long Awaited Re-Emergence of the Silent Majority. Radical environmental legislation, in the form of endangered species acts, clean water acts, salmon recovery acts, inhibiting or outright prohibiting energy source extraction, power generation by any energy means, or the construction of oil refineries, and the fraud that is man-caused global warming in the form of CO2 emission limits and the insane cap and trade policies, has cutoff American creativity, ingenuity, industriousness and its envied economy, bringing the economy to its knees and rendering the United States a third-world country.
Environmentalism: Freedom's Foe for the '90s. At the time of the first Earth Day in 1970, some young people, intimidated by the pace and complexity of modern life, were looking either to rebel or to retreat -- to tear down "the System," or to withdraw to nature for a "Colorado Rocky Mountain high." ... [T]hey preached the inherent goodness of untouched nature and undisciplined emotion; the corrupting influence of reason, culture, and civilization; economic egalitarianism and small-scale participatory democracy; the mystical infallibility of the collective will and the sacrifice of the individual to the group. And they were united in their hatred of a common enemy: modern American, capitalistic society.
High cost of hitting climate panic button. Prime Minister Kevin Rudd's handpicked global warming guru Ross Garnaut has issued his third apocalyptic theory unencumbered with any hard scientific evidence. Again, he calls for Australia to take a lead in controlling emissions though he admitted on ABC radio yesterday [9/30/2008] that any mitigating action taken by Australia to control so-called hothouse gases would have absolutely no effect on global climate change. Garnaut's prescription would however throw more Australians out of work even as Australia's economy wilts in the global economic meltdown.
How the Greens Captured Energy Policy: Through its influence in the media and government (both bureaucracy and congress), the Greens effectively abolished nuclear power, curtailed domestic oil production, and left the American energy industry in the comatose state in which it abides to this day. Nor this was an error or overreaction — it was a deliberate effort to fulfill the Green agenda.
Govt. Energy Star Program A Farce. The federal agency recently swayed by the industry it regulates to conceal a hazardous chemical has been duped into labeling bogus products as greenhouse emissions-decreasing energy savers that qualify for government rebates. This certainly indicates that Uncle Sam's highly-touted Energy Star program, which offers hundreds of millions of dollar in rebates to those who use "energy efficient" products, is a big joke or at the very least a waste of public funds.
Obama's EPA Gave Energy Star Certification to Phony Products, GAO Says. The Environmental Protection Agency certified that a "gas-powered clock radio" was an energy-efficient product under the government's Energy Star program, despite the fact that neither the clock nor its manufacturer ever existed. The clock and 14 other phony products were part of an investigation into the Energy Star program conducted by the Government Accountability Office, which submitted 20 fraudulent Energy Star applications from four fake companies. The EPA evaluated 16 of those products while the Department of Energy (DOE) evaluated four.
California may adopt energy standards for new TVs. Many large TVs are energy hogs, however, and California regulators want to get the biggest offenders off store shelves. The California Energy Commission is expected to adopt rules this summer requiring retailers by 2011 to sell only TVs that meet guidelines of the federal Energy Star program, which is generally voluntary. The proposal includes labeling that tells California buyers how much of their utility bill goes to powering their flat-screen.
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Energy Star guidelines were voluntary. But that was just the first step. Naturally, California leads the way in the incremental march toward a mandatory environmental utopia.
State considers ban on big screen TVs. In their continuing quest to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, state regulators have uncovered a new villain in the war on global warming: your big screen TV. Couch potatoes, beware. The California Energy Commission is considering a proposal that would ban California retailers from selling all but the most energy-efficient televisions. Critics say the news standards could take 25 percent of televisions off the market — most of them 40 inches or larger.
Who Should Decide the Size of Your TV? As part of its effort to combat global warming, California is considering a proposal to regulate big-screen TVs off the market.
Freedom, not climate, is at risk. As someone who lived under communism for most of his life, I feel obliged to say that I see the biggest threat to freedom, democracy, the market economy and prosperity now in ambitious environmentalism, not in communism.
The Environmentalists' Real Agenda: Once in a while the truth accidentally tumbles out on global warming activists' real agenda. That's exactly what happened at the U.N., when Bolivia's leader called for ending capitalism to save the planet.
This sums up the global warming issue pretty well...
Baby, Baby It's a Cold World. Global warming has nothing to do with climate or science. What it is all about is the great, historic class struggle between working people and the ruling classes. Global warming is a great excuse for a massive expansion of government power. That, not science, is why the overlords, from the New York Times to the United Nations to Al Gore, so heartily embrace it. The U.N. thinks global warming is a perfect reason for the U.N. to be transformed into a world government.
Climate Reality Bites. Thankfully, the American system makes it hard for colossal tax and regulatory burdens to foxtrot into law without scrutiny. So we hope our politicians will take responsibility for the global-warming policies they say they favor. Or even begin to understand what they say they favor. For a bill as grandly ambitious as Warner-Lieberman, very few staff, much less Senators, even know what's in it. The press corps mainly cheerleads this political fad, without examining how it would work or what it would cost.
Taking Us Back To Mud Huts And Loincloths. Time's Joe Klein probably thought he was being clever when he wrote his late June essay on the evils of cooling headlined "Kill Your Air Conditioner." Instead, he wrote yet another chapter in the left's book of environmental silliness. Predictably, Klein believes Americans should sacrifice. Sounds noble, but he leaves out the part in which sacrifice slowly mutates into government rationing.
Neither a Borrower Nor Lender Be. Liberalism, as an experiment against common sense, undermines every institution it touches, including financial ones. ... Indeed, given the choice between economic decline and political correctness, liberals always choose the former. To preserve the kangaroo rat, they will cut jobs. To advance faddish global warming theory, they will undercut whole industries.
Testimony before a Texas Senate Hearing on Wind Turbines: Despite what activist groups and the renewable power industry may tell you, alternative power mandates will not create jobs or boost the state's economy. Indeed, simple common sense tells us that if a product makes economic sense, you don't have to subsidize it to make people produce it, and you don't have to put a gun to somebody's head to make him or her purchase it.
Australian homeowners may be forced to turn houses green before sale. The Master Builders Association wants laws to make it compulsory for owners of all existing homes to meet minimal environmental standards before they are allowed to sell them.
Spy planes with thermal imaging camera to snoop on homes wasting energy. Our movements are already tracked by CCTV, speed cameras and even spies in dustbins. Now snooping on the pubis has reached new heights with local authorities putting spy planes in the air to snoop on homeowners who are wasting too much energy. Thermal imaging cameras are being used to create colour-coded maps which will enable council officers to identify offenders and pay them a visit to educate them about the harm to the environment and measures they can take. A scheme is already underway in Broadland District Council in Norfolk, which has spent £30,000 hiring a plane with a thermal imaging camera.
Eco town dwellers may be monitored for green habits. Residents of the planned eco towns in England could face strict monitoring of their travel habits, home insulation and even wasted food, to ensure they are truly living a "green" lifestyle. Experts advising the government on its plans to build up to 10 eco towns by 2020, yesterday called for ministers to toughen environmental standards for the developments with monitoring to ensure their carbon footprint is three times smaller than the British average.
British government sending heat detector vans to snoop on 'wasters'. Town halls are photographing houses in the middle of the night to see whether they are wasting energy. The thermal images, which show heat escaping though windows, doors and roofs, will be sent to homeowners to encourage them to insulate. Tens of thousands of properties have been photographed over the past few months and there are plans to extend the scheme to every house in the country.
Aircraft may spot energy wasters in Australia. The Christchurch City Council says it may "shame" people into more energy-efficient ways by using an aircraft with infra-red imaging to identify poorly-insulated houses. The proposed aerial thermal imaging map is part of an ambitious plan to slash Christchurch's $1.6 billion annual energy bill and cut energy use by every city resident by 9 percent. The scheme will be rolled out this winter.
The nine-bin nightmare: Families forced to follow green zealots' new recycling diktats. Families are facing a nightmare future of recycling confusion. In a regime set to spread across the country, residents are being forced to juggle an astonishing nine separate bins. There has already been a storm of protest with warnings that the scheme is too complex and homes simply don't have the space to deal with the myriad bins, bags and boxes.
Going green means having green to spend. The dirty secret of the environmental movement is how indifferent it can be to the poor. Consider the widespread ban on DDT. As environmental groups celebrated the recovery of bald eagles, parents in poor countries buried 20 million children who died from the ensuing malaria outbreak. Now we see another crisis looming from the fight against global warming. Food riots are breaking out in poor countries as motorists in wealthy countries burn grains and oils in gas tanks. We are green for one simple reason: We can afford it.
California threat to sue US govt over ship, aircraft emissions. California said Thursday [8/31/2008] it planned to sue the US government for failing to regulate greenhouse gas emissions from ships, aircraft, construction and agricultural equipment. In the latest legal threat from the state against the Environmental Protection Agency, California's Attorney General Jerry Brown said the body was "wantonly ignoring" its duty to set pollution standards.
Inhofe Report Exposes Environmental Groups as 'Massive Democratic Political Machines'. U.S. Senator James Inhofe (R-Okla.), Ranking Member of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, today released an updated comprehensive investigation into the financial and political activities employed by charitable and environmental organizations claiming to be non-partisan.
Here is the full report:
Political Activity of Environmental Groups and their Supporting Foundations. Following the League of Conversation Voters' endorsement of Senator John Kerry for President, The Hill, a Capitol Hill publication, published an article featuring the financial connection between the League of Conservation Voters and Heinz family foundations. The article further featured the connections between the League of Conservation Voters and other well-known environmental groups such as the Natural Resources Defense Council and Environmental Defense and their financial links to Heinz family foundations as well.
North America's first carbon tax rolls out under fire. Civic leader Scott Nelson says he is as worried as anyone about global warming, but that does not make him happy to be one of the first North Americans to pay a carbon tax to curb climate change.
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Well, then Mr. Nelson should quit bellyaching about one or the other. Here's a clue: One is a big problem and the other is not.
First In Nation 'Pollution Fee' Coming To SF. The Bay Area Air Quality Management District's board of directors on Wednesday [5/21/2008] approved new rules to charge businesses a fee for the pollution they emit. The group's board of directors voted 15-1 on unprecedented new rules that will impose fees on factories, power plants, oil refineries and other businesses that emit carbon dioxide and other heat-trapping gases.
Certain dishwashing detergents to be banned in Whatcom County. Starting July 1, all dishwasher detergents for sale in Whatcom County can't contain more than 0.5 percent phosphorus. The new law affects only detergents for automatic dishwashers, such as Electrasol and Cascade.
No driveway carwashes, Washington state says. Along with wild salmon and steelhead trout, the Pacific Northwest soon may have another endangered species — the driveway carwash. Washing your car or boat in the driveway or street is a residential ritual as American as backyard barbecues. But the state of Washington is telling its local governments they must prohibit home car washing unless residents divert the wash water away from storm drains, where they say it causes water pollution.
San Francisco's $100 fine for visible recycling bins: San Francisco residents, already facing some of the highest housing prices and parking fines in the nation, now have a new nightmare to watch out for — $100 tickets if their garbage or recycling cans can be seen from the street. Under a law passed two years ago by the Board of Supervisors, it's no longer good enough just to get your cans off the sidewalk once they've been emptied — you have to get them out of sight as well. Completely out of sight.
Seattle Imposes Stricter Mandate for Recycling. The City of Seattle has announced a new program requiring residents to increase recycling of food scraps, plastics, and other materials not currently covered in the city's recycling mandate. The new plan will create a significant increase in garbage pickup prices. Seattle currently requires residents to recycle certain materials, including paper and some types of plastic. If either the trash collector or a City of Seattle inspector believes more than 10 percent of the content of a trash bin is recyclable, they can flag the can and refuse to pick up the trash.
Los Angeles to experiment with table-scrap collection. First it was bottles and cans. Then it was cardboard and lawn clippings. And next month, Los Angeles officials will ask a select group of residents to reuse coffee grounds, eggshells and other leftovers — by placing them in yet another recycling bin.
Take Out the Trash Precisely, Now. It's the Law. When Gareth Corkhill, a bus driver, was fined $215 — and given a further $225 fine and a criminal record when he failed to pay — for leaving his garbage can lid slightly ajar this spring, Whitehaven's residents banded together in dismay. They raised the money to pay the fine, and they began to complain.
Overfill your bin and you'll be treated worse than a shoplifter. Families who overfill rubbish bins are to face bigger fines than those imposed on drunks or shoplifters, the government has told local authorities. New guidance instructs councils to impose fixed penalties of "not less than £75" and up to £110 in what the opposition has attacked as a "new stealth tax".
S.F. mayor proposes fines for unsorted trash. Garbage collectors would inspect San Francisco residents' trash to make sure pizza crusts aren't mixed in with chip bags or wine bottles under a proposal by Mayor Gavin Newsom. And if residents or businesses don't separate the coffee grounds from the newspapers, they would face fines of up to $1,000 and eventually could have their garbage service stopped.
Gang Green: Earlier this month, while visiting a friend in San Francisco, I almost spilled my latte in my lap when I read this on the front page of the Chronicle: "S.F. Mayor Proposes Fines for Unsorted Trash." The story began: "Garbage collectors would inspect San Francisco residents' trash to make sure pizza crusts aren't mixed in with chip bags or wine bottles under a proposal by Mayor Gavin Newsom." Isn't that what homeless people do -- rooting around in other people's garbage?
Earth Day Is a Holiday For Liars. I have followed the apocalyptic claims and the legislated mandates of the environmental movement since the 1970s and their single unifying factor has been the lies told to achieve various elements the Green agenda. By blocking access to energy such as the ban on oil extraction in ANWR or off the coasts of the United States, by lobbying against the building of coal-fired and nuclear electricity generation plants, by arguing for inefficient, highly subsidized solar and wind alternatives, Greens are creating a national energy crisis.
Climate alarmists pose real threat to freedom. The climate alarmists believe in their own omnipotency, in knowing better than millions of rationally behaving men and women what is right or wrong. We have to restart the discussion about the very nature of government and about the relationship between the individual and society. We need to learn the uncompromising lesson from the inevitable collapse of communism 18 years ago. It is not about climatology. It is about freedom.
Climate rhetoric does not justify bad policy. Like the spices that have been used since ancient times to hide the flavor of spoiled meat, a liberal reference to 'stopping climate change' has become the perfect ingredient to hide bad public policy. Speech writers sprinkle the oratory of politicians with repeated allusion to 'stabilizing climate' and other virtuous sounding, but impractical green rhetoric whenever they want to avoid serious debate.
The Little Car that Environmentalists Love to Hate. Car A gets a fuel efficiency of 46 miles per gallon. Car B gets about 50 miles per gallon. Car A is called the Toyota Prius and is hailed by environmentalists as a step towards solving global warming. Car B, a new car called the Tata Nano unveiled by an Indian company, is reviled by environmentalists as disastrous for global warming. The New York Times devotes an entire editorial condemning the Tata Nano. Columnist and author Tom Friedman calls for the Tata Nano to be "taxed like crazy." The reason for this extreme criticism? The Tata Nano is cheap — very cheap. It is a revolutionary new car design that will cost only about $2,500 and will bring car ownership within reach of millions of new people in the developing world.
Why I Left Greenpeace: At first, many of the causes we championed, such as opposition to nuclear testing and protection of whales, stemmed from our scientific knowledge of nuclear physics and marine biology. But after six years as one of five directors of Greenpeace International, I observed that none of my fellow directors had any formal science education. They were either political activists or environmental entrepreneurs. Ultimately, a trend toward abandoning scientific objectivity in favor of political agendas forced me to leave Greenpeace in 1986.
The Greenpeace Scam: In the early 1990s, an encyclopedic book, Trashing the Economy, by Ron Arnold and Alan Gottlieb, closely examined the many environmental organizations, including Greenpeace. It was and is quite revealing, noting that Greenpeace was founded in 1971 by a group of draft dodgers living in Vancouver, Canada. "Confrontation, civil disobedience, inflammatory lies and physical harassment are Greenpeace's methods ..." Greenpeace gained fame protesting the whaling industry and went on to attack the timber industry.
Time to grow up. Greenpeace, in addition to wanting economies to be fair and for us to quit using limited resources also wants "an energy revolution" to stop climate change, disarmament (I know, that one's always good for a giggle) and to change farming practices that actually feed people to "socially and ecologically responsible" farming. Say hello to the $10 loaf of bread.
Lights out? The recent campaign urging people to turn off their lights was a futile gesture by environmentalists. Measuring the avoided climate impact for the indefinite future, the entire combined efforts of the queen, many companies, and the city halls of Copenhagen and other cities yielded $20 worth of good.
When 'green' is shorthand for environmental idiocy: Consider the recent "lights out" campaign the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) quickly called it an amazing success. Newspapers around the world dutifully wrote feel-good stories about how engaged environmentalists celebrated as the lights went out around the world. Nobody, it seemed, wanted to spoil the party by pointing that the event was immensely futile, that it highlighted a horrible metaphor, or that it caused much higher overall pollution.
Earth Hour all sour. During Earth Hour — from 8 to 9 p.m. last Saturday — we were all supposed to turn out our lights and quit using energy because because using energy is bad. If ever there was a stunt that revealed the true nature of the radical environmentalists, this was it. Earth Hour was a preview of what they want for us on a 24/7 basis. They want us to: Sit in the dark. Not watch TV. Let our dirty clothing fester in filthy piles. Allow bacteria to grow on our used dinner dishes. Live like some savage in a reed hut located somewhere unpleasant.
The Real Meaning of Earth Hour: Earth Hour is intended to showcase public concern about global warming and to inspire people to take practical actions to reduce their "carbon footprints." But it is far from indisputable that we face any sort of planetary crisis. Predictions of catastrophic global warming have long been disputed, and continue to be disputed, by numerous serious scientists skeptical of the global warming "consensus." Furthermore, what is never mentioned is the fact that reducing greenhouse gases to the degree sought by global warming activists would, itself, cause great harm.
Sit in the Dark — or Power to the People? Which is the better answer to the world's growing energy requirements: feel good gestures or creating new energy sources that can feed our needs? Being an incurable right wing redneck whacko, I tend to favor finding solutions that actually do something. Feel good gestures such as turning out your lights and sitting in the dark for an hour (as in the recent "Earth Hour") may save us some energy — though media reports said electrical consumption in my city actually went up during Earth Hour — but it doesn't address the real problems of a growing society that requires ever-increasing amounts of electricity in order to power the machines that make our civilization possible.
Seven Environmental Catastrophes Liberals Don't Want You to Know About: The liberal environmental movement takes for granted that strict government regulation and public ownership is necessary for the preservation of the environment. Yet who, in the end, is responsible for the great environmental catastrophes of the recent past? According to Iain Murray of the Competitive Enterprise Institute, the real answer is: environmentalists themselves.
They Mean To Bug Ya: Greenies promote entomophagy. A May 29th Time magazine article extolling the virtues of "entomophagy," or bug-eating, has drawn a few snickers from conservative commentators. When viewed in the context of a broader public relations campaign, however, it becomes apparent that it won't be laughed off so easily. In the Far East, the Middle East, Africa and Latin America, they tell us, bugs are often seen as a delicacy.
Dump Cars, Nix Air Travel, Climate Alarmists Say. "The car is doomed," says Damon Honnery, an associate professor at Australia's Monash University. In an interview with the Melbourne newspaper The Age, Prof. Honnery [says] car travel should be cut by 80 percent, road construction halted, air travel drastically cut, and public transport boosted if Australia is to meet carbon emission targets set by the Kyoto Protocol.
Why daylight saving time is bad for the environment: The annual time change has long been sold as a way to save energy, but the opposite might be true. Always sold as a conservation measure, the practice of daylight savings actually jacked electricity use in homes across one central U.S. state by up to four percent, according to a new American study.
The great daylight saving scam. Four years ago, Congress in its infinite wisdom extended daylight saving time (DST) by a month, with the goal of saving energy. Lots of energy. The bill's champion, Rep. Edward J. Markey, Massachusetts Democrat, said it would save consumers a generous $4.4 billion over 15 years. Of course, Mr. Markey was just repeating what has long been an established truism among policymakers: Setting the clocks forward in the spring saves energy because people don't have to turn their lights on as much as at night. Just one problem. While daylight saving time might "save" daylight, it doesn't appear to save energy. In fact, it very well might do the opposite.
California's Potemkin Environmentalism: [Governor] Schwarzenegger's reputation as an environmental trailblazer is in keeping with California's recent history and self-perception. In truth, however, the Golden State's energy leadership is a mirage. California's environmental policies have made it heavily dependent on other states for power; generated some of the highest, business-crippling energy costs in the country; and left it vulnerable to periodic electricity shortages. Its economic growth has occurred not because of, but despite, those policies, which would be disastrous if extended to the rest of the country.
Laurel, Maryland Considers Ban on Dry Cleaning Chemical. The city of Laurel, Maryland is considering a ban on the most efficient and inexpensive dry cleaning chemical, even as a similar ban in California is chasing dry cleaners there out of business. Perchloroethylene, known simply as "perc" in the dry cleaning industry, is the primary chemical used in more than 80 percent of the nation's dry cleaning businesses.
Environmental group files lawsuit over fire retardant. Fire retardant has an impact on the environment, according to the nonprofit Forest Service Employees for Environmental Ethics, and so the organization is challenging the U.S. Forest Service's decision to continue using the firefighting tool.
Enemies of the Poor: The WWF, Greenpeace, Oxfam, Sierra Club, Rainforest Action Network and other multinational activist corporations battle mines in Romania, Peru, Chile, Ghana and Indonesia; electricity projects in Uganda, India and Nepal; biotechnology that could improve farm incomes and reduce malnutrition in Kenya, India, Brazil and the Philippines; and DDT that could slash malaria rates all over Africa, where it kills 3,000 children every day.
Greenpeace Farming Plan Would Reap Environmental Havoc around the World. A new report from Greenpeace International, Cool Farming, includes organic farming recommendations that would impose severe hunger on half the world's humans or force the clearing of the world's remaining forests to plant more low-yield crops.
Environmentalism's Dangerous Campaign for "Safety". Green Communism routinely uses any method of deception or propaganda it can to justify eliminating, or hampering US Industry and growth. Their goal is classic Marxism, the capture and management, even elimination of all means of production.
The red menace is kind of green. The décor inside the national headquarters of the Communist Party USA, or CPUSA, is more Macy's than Marx. Glass walls rise from the floor to form state-of-the-art work spaces, nontoxic linseed oil burnishes the work surfaces, and biodegradable blue carpet is underfoot. The Reds went "green" for their $1 million overhaul, including various environmentally conscious features in the design.
The Seeds of the Global Warming Police State: Czech President Vaclav Klaus, drawing on his memories of Soviet oppression, recently declared that the global warming hysteria had replaced Communism as "the biggest threat to freedom, democracy, the market economy, and prosperity." The environmentalists continue to do their best to prove him right.
The Gore Global Warming Agenda and our Energy Future: With the help of the Hollywood Elite and liberal friends in Congress such as Senator Barbara Boxer, and Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, this radical environmentalist agenda is gaining momentum towards legislation that would bring drastic change to our everyday lives. If Mr. Gore gets his way, Congress will likely push forward new taxes and restrictions on our energy consumption including a total ban on the incandescent light bulb and a moratorium on any new coal plants in the United States.
Who Will Control Your Thermostat? In California, we have 236 pages of state-mandated standards for building energy efficiency, known as Title 24. What should be controversial in the proposed revisions to Title 24 is the requirement for what is called a "programmable communicating thermostat" or PCT. Every new home and every change to existing homes' central heating and air conditioning systems will required to be fitted with a PCT beginning next year following the issuance of the revision. Each PCT will be fitted with a "non-removable " FM receiver that will allow the power authorities to increase your air conditioning temperature setpoint or decrease your heater temperature setpoint to any value they chose. During "price events" those changes are limited to ±4°F. and you would be able to manually override the changes. During "emergency events" the new setpoints can be whatever the power authority desires and you would not be able to alter them. In other words, the temperature of your home will no longer be yours to control.
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I can think of a couple of ways to defeat that FM receiver without touching it. And I'm sure it will only be a matter of time before some hacker figures out how to shut off (or turn on) every air conditioner in town.
California Seeks Thermostat Control. Next year in California, state regulators are likely to have the emergency power to control individual thermostats, sending temperatures up or down through a radio-controlled device that will be required in new or substantially modified houses and buildings to manage electricity shortages.
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Scroll down to the end of the article to see a quote from Nicole Tam, a spokeswoman for PG&E, who claims that the thermostat control signals are hacker-proof because they "are encrypted and encoded". What a relief! We all know that no encryption scheme has ever been cracked by hackers.
California Proposes Taking Control of Thermostats. The California Energy Commission has proposed requiring thermostats that allow the government to control the temperature of homes and businesses in case of high energy prices or shortages, a measure that some critics are calling "draconian."
States, environmental groups ask EPA to regulate plane emissions. A coalition of states and environmental groups is urging the federal government to curb global warming pollution from planes and other aircraft. California, Connecticut, New Jersey, New Mexico, Pennsylvania and the District of Columbia plan to file a petition Wednesday asking the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to regulate greenhouse gas emissions from domestic and foreign aircraft departing or landing at American airports.
[They apparently assume that airplanes use fuel only during takeoff and landing.]
Cool it! You can give birth. Good news! Kevin Rudd will next month stop global warming, so you won't have to cull your children, too. He'll sign that Kyoto Protocol, and pfft — problem gone. Such a relief, if a little late for Toni Vernelli, who works for PETA, the animal liberation group. Like all smart people, Vernelli believes in apocalyptic man-made global warming. But she's not an Al Gore hypocrite, flying around the world to tell mugs to cut the gases she's just blown out the back of her jet.
Environmentalism's Outer Limits: Enviro-fanatics are sterilizing themselves to reduce their "carbon footprint." We dread where their nihilistic ideology — that mankind is an evil planetary force — will lead next.
Handy ideas to make us green and mouldy. By now you'll be in a panic, wondering how to save yourself from the apocalypse to come. After all, when the Profit of Doom, Al Gore, says global warming risks "ending all human civilisation" you'll have figured it will take more than a few low-energy light bulbs to save us. Too right, so I've collected the best and most original tips of many experts on how to slash the gases they say are killing the planet.
A New Environmentalist Manifesto: When I see enviro-luddites burning down homes and torching SUVs, when I see so many people transfixed on punitively taxing carbon and subsidizing allegedly better alternatives, when I see anti-intellectual hysteria over a degree Fahrenheit of global warming over a century's time, and when I see all sorts of anti-business taxes and regulations masquerading as necessary for the environment, I see a lot of negative unintended consequences. I see people standing in the way of progress. I tend to view today's collection of largest environmental interest groups, replete with anti-human population control worldview and socialist overtones, as — at best — neutral for the environment in the short term and terrible for the environment over the very long term.
The Soylent wing of the Green movement examined. The enviroloonies seem to have found their way out of the asylum again: this time to tell us that 70 percent of Britons should die for the sake of Gaia. That's not quite the way they put it, of course.
Sorry, no more babies. Eco-doctor's orders. Doctors have called time on big families. A recent editorial in the British Medical Journal talked of discouraging patients, on environmental grounds, from having too many children. The more people, the bigger the drain on global resources.
'Medieval Environmentalists' attack CO2 in their efforts to derail civilization. Why are carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions, particularly the relatively small amount emitted by human activity, the sole focus of most climate change debates? In scientific circles, CO2 is referred to as a 'trace gas' that, for hundreds of thousands of years, has remained at or below five ten-thousandths of the atmosphere by volume. Even among the so-called 'greenhouse gases' (GHG), CO2 accounts for less that 4%, with water vapour being by far the most significant GHG. CO2 is clearly a miniscule component of the massive mechanisms that create climate and cause climate change.
Film Exposes the 'Dark Side of Environmentalism': The one big advantage environmental activists have is the presumed purity of their motives. They claim they want only to protect the Earth from a few particularly greedy people, and they say their efforts benefit everybody. That's their story, anyway, and they're sticking to it. The reality is a far different matter .
Green Goodies: It's payback time for another left-leaning lobby. First came Big Labor. Then the tort lawyers. What special interest lobby remains for the Democratic majority to reward for services rendered this past election? The answer rests in the ecstatic press releases tumbling out of the nation's largest environmental groups, as they oversee the House's pending energy legislation.
Green Self-Fulfilling Prophecies: There is little more annoying for a policy analyst than when two types of wrong-headedness conspire to undermine his case. Such is the case for policies driven by the pursuit of a pesticide free — or at least pesticide diminished — future, which will cause an increase in insect-borne disease. When this happens, as it surely will, climate alarmists will claim it's due to your greenhouse gas emissions, not their policies, and will press for more stringent controls.
'Green fatigue' leads to fear of backlash over climate change. In Britain, people have made no noticeable changes to their behaviour and are taking increased numbers of car journeys, going on more flights, pumping out more carbon dioxide and using more electricity to heat their homes. At the same time there is deep antagonism towards green taxes and the introduction of wind farms to the countryside to generate carbon-free electricity.
Forest Reforms in the Crossfire. A small yet fanatical group of eco-activist groups who argue that forest thinning projects kill habitat and species are challenging efforts to prevent forest fires.
Wildfires and environmental obstructionism: Environmentalists blame global warming for the problem, but guess who's standing in the way of a solution? Litigious environmentalists!
Global Warming Is Not the Cause of the California Wildfires. Attempts by activists to make the ongoing California wildfires a global warming issue are patently ridiculous. The modest warming of the twentieth century has resulted in moister soil conditions and reduced drought frequency and severity. Arguing that global warming is causing more drought and wildfires is like arguing that increasing crop yields is causing more starvation.
Our Burning Forests – the Legacy of Radical Environmentalism: Fire is nature's way of keeping conifer forests healthy, as even the Sierra Club is now belatedly beginning to comprehend. Without the small regular fires that we have been putting out in our forests for the last 100 years what we now have are forests overrun by brush that not only strangles the conifers but also changes the ecology of the conifer forests.
Kennedy makes connection between democracy, environment. Appearing before a crowd of Westminster College students along with area residents Tuesday night [9/25/2007] as part of the second annual Symposium on Democracy, Robert F. Kennedy Jr. said he was "really happy the connection has been made here between democracy and the environment. "The primary measurement of how effective a democracy is, is how they distribute the goods of the land," Kennedy said.
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Mr. Kennedy is either a socialist masquerading as a Democrat, or he is astonishingly ignorant. First of all, we do not live in a democracy, and secondly, the distribution of wealth — evenly or unevenly — is not the proper role of our government.
Environmentalism is a religion
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Climate Change As Religion: The Gospel According To Gore. Global warming (aka "climate change") has become a religious mantra, a call for action in a crusade against larger evils we have perpetrated against nature, a punishment for our sins. ... Global warming has been effectively marketed by doom-speakers because it provides really exciting visual impressions: icebergs calving, polar bears exhausted from swimming, and such. Endless "authorities' will back up these images with scary prophesies regarding just how bad things are likely to get based upon speculative theories and unproven computer models offered as articles of faith.
Earth Day instead of Easter? Some Catholics are concerned with what they see as an attempt by environmentalists to hijack Easter for their own Earth Day purposes. In a letter dated April 1 to churches across the country, the environmentalist group Earth Day Network encourages priests to remember Earth Day Sunday, even though Easter is that same Sunday. "This year we again invite you to celebrate Earth Day Sunday and share with your parishioners a story of creation care that will impart to them the importance of protecting a nurturing the planet that was provided to us," the letter reads.
Do as our eco saviours say, not as they do. Take Al Gore. He is the world's loudest climate-change warrior. He believes the Earth is a "ticking time bomb". Or does he? Dogged reporters in the US make the point that Gore can't really be concerned about the planet because he has three homes, including one in Nashville with 20 rooms, eight bathrooms, a guesthouse and a pool. … Either the planet is coughing, spluttering, dying and in need of urgent action, or it isn't.
Heather Mills Questions Why We Don't Drink Rats' Milk. Yesterday, Mills arrived at Speakers' Corner in London's Hyde Park to give a lecture on how eating meat and dairy is contributing to global warming and harming the earth. From the onset, Mills did her case absolutely no favors by arriving in a mileage-challenged Mercedes 4x4 SUV. Nice move. Once inside, she started her speech saying, "'Why don't we drink rats' milk, cats' milk or dogs' milk? The startling truth is that animals farmed for meat and dairy are now one of the greatest threats to the planet."
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For some reason my neighborhood grocery store doesn't carry rats' milk. Maybe Heather should invest in a rat dairy, if she feels so strongly about it.
The Green Counter-Establishment: How it Holds Power. The Nature Conservancy, the Sierra Club, the Audubon Society, and the National Wildlife Federation are examples of traditional conservation organizations that underwent a radical transformation during the rise of modern environmentalism. ... Whether through land deals, foundation grants, government funding, individual contributions or membership dues, the big environmental groups have found a way to stay big and rich.
The Man Who Saw Tomorrow: [Warren] Brookes warned of Americans "being led in part by a dangerously shallow media to engage in the reckless regulatory pursuit of zero risk, and a flat-earth assault on science and technology" and a nation "more willing than ever to give up big benefits to control either imaginary or infinitesimal risks." "Just as the toddler on a tether is safer than the child running free," Brookes continued, "a risk-free society is one on a very tight leash."
Governor's budget plan grows green staff. Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's latest budget proposal calls for no fewer than 211 greenhouse-gas busters to be sprinkled throughout state government, at an annual cost of $55.4 million. That's 77 more greenies than are on the payroll this year. The new jobs range from $36,000-a-year accounting technicians to $102,000-a-year attorneys to draft and enforce green regulations.
Too costly to go green. [Scroll down] Certification standards for these green buildings may also end up putting a strain on the budgets of governments and businesses. The installation of low-flow faucets, shower heads and toilets could be particularly burdensome for small businesses, restaurants, laundromats and small retailers. The call for 75 percent to 90 percent of school classrooms to have a significant amount of windows to produce natural light. The reduction of outdoor lighting, and the level of wattage used in outdoor lights, may be difficult for college campuses focusing on safety and security as a major priority.
Seattle Mayor wants to curb landfill dependency — is recycling table scraps next? First, Seattleites were told to recycle glass, paper and aluminum, or risk having their garbage left on the curb. Now the city wants residents to recycle food scraps starting in 2009. Mayor Greg Nickels and City Councilmember Richard Conlin on Thursday proposed stricter rules for sorting trash as part of a comprehensive plan to raise the city's recycling goals and limit the amount of trash sent to landfills.
City to require table-scrap recycling at homes in 2009. All single-family homes in Seattle must sign up for table-scrap recycling in 2009, the City Council decided Monday. While residents will have to pay for the service, the city will not check whether they are actually dumping food in the new separate bin.
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Oh no, they won't check. Not at first. But history shows us this kind of incremental change only goes in one direction. Within a few years, they'll start enforcing it more vigorously.
S.F. mayor proposes fines for unsorted trash. Garbage collectors would inspect San Francisco residents' trash to make sure pizza crusts aren't mixed in with chip bags or wine bottles under a proposal by Mayor Gavin Newsom. And if residents or businesses don't separate the coffee grounds from the newspapers, they would face fines of up to $1,000 and eventually could have their garbage service stopped.
An Inconvenient Truth or Convenient Fiction? No serious person is genuinely anti-environmental, and the obvious similarity between "conservative" and "conservation" suggests that in some ways care for the environment — or nature — is wholly compatible with conservative principles. And there are genuine environmental problems in the world; just because they are exaggerated by environmentalists or over-regulated by bureaucrats doesn't mean they don't exist or should be ignored. So it is important to take this issue back from the extremists and the mindless bureaucrats and apply sensible remedies to our genuine problems.
2008 Candidates Rely on Private Jets. A flock of small jets took flight from Washington Thursday [4/26/2007], each carrying a Democratic presidential candidate to South Carolina for the first debate of the political season. … No one jet pooled, no one took commercial flights to save money, fuel or emissions.
Flighty Hill Changes Planes — Constantly. Jet-setting Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Rodham Clinton is a fussy frequent flier who used three different planes in a single day during a recent campaign swing through South Carolina. The former first lady even grounded one aircraft — a chartered Gulfstream II — in Columbia, S.C., last Friday [4/27/2007], demanding a swankier Gulfstream III replacement for a flight out west.
Unmasking Global Warming: The Case of Mikhail Gorbachev. It is as paradoxical as it is revealing that the man who now parades as an angel of ecological salvation is by virtue of his actions at Chernobyl and elsewhere responsible for more environmental destruction than any other person alive.
Environmentalism vs Creativity: [Environmentalists] support like-minded politicians who've invented nothing but obstacles to innovation. They march in protests that have created nothing but vandalism. And they rage against capitalism the only system by which worthy creations can effectively be financed, marketed and widely distributed. One woman is admired by her fellow environmentalists, not for pouring her time and energy into, say, inventing a new kind of generator or more fuel-efficient engine, but for spending two years perched atop a redwood tree!
If Environmentalism Succeeds, It Will Make Human Life Impossible. Earth Day approaches, and with it a grave danger faces mankind. The danger is not from acid rain, global warming, smog, or the logging of rain forests, as environmentalists would have us believe. The danger to mankind is from environmentalism.
The horse: Is this the secret weapon to beat global warming? They may previously have appreciated it more for its culinary value, but the French are discovering a new green form of transport: the humble horse. More than 70 French towns have already gone back to the future by introducing horse-drawn carriages to replace petrol- and diesel-powered vehicles for local tasks such as collecting rubbish, street-cleaning and taking children to school. And at least 30 more are set to join the revolution next year.
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Is this where the environmentalists want to take us? Do you want to commute from the suburbs in a horse-drawn wagon?
Going Against the Green: Green is the universal sign of conspicuous virtue, of concern for planet, of a new paganism that worships the goddess Gaia and treats the Earth as itself a single living organism. Anyone who questions this newly fashionable faith is regarded as a dangerous heretic to be cast into the outer darkness.
San Francisco votes to ban plastic bags in stores. San Francisco's Board of Supervisors voted 10-1 this afternoon [3/27/2007] to make the city the first in the nation to prohibit petroleum-based plastic checkout bags in large markets and pharmacies.
Beware the Eco-Industrial Complex. President Dwight D. Eisenhower famously warned Americans in 1961 against the growing and unwarranted influence on our government of a "military-industrial complex." The 2007 version of this concern should focus on the looming eco-industrial complex.
Global Warming as European Imperialism: The great Global Warming scare is only the latest eructation of European imperialism. Euro-imperialism used to be known as socialism. Before that, it was just called British or French imperialism, because those countries were very proud of it. There was no need to lie. The only reason today's huge European effort to control the world isn't called "imperialism" any more, is that its supporters hate that word. The reality of imperial control is fine with them.
Pull plug on motorway lights to save the environment, say experts. Motorway lights should be turned off at night to protect the environment, experts have said. Light pollution stops us enjoying the beauty of the night sky and could be disrupting the delicate life cycles of birds, bats and other wildlife, according to the Royal Commission of Environmental Pollution.
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If "light pollution" is such a problem, why not ban headlights on automobiles? The answer is obvious: The safety of people is more important than the comfort of animals.
[Fines for "light pollution" and picking wild flowers? They're serious! Please note that "light pollution" only occurs in countries where there is such prosperity that electric power is abundantly available at night. This naturally excludes Communist countries like Cuba and North Korea.]
Motorway lights are switched off at midnight to cut pollution. Motorway lights are being switched off at midnight across the country in a move critics warn could compromise safety. Seven stretches are now plunged into darkness until 5am every night in a bid to cut carbon emissions and reduce light pollution.
How Elite Environmentalists Impoverish Blue-Collar Americans: The great Central Valley of California has never been an easy place. Dry and almost uninhabitable by nature, the state's engineering marvels brought water down from the north and the high Sierra, turning semi-desert into some of the richest farmland in the world. ... The depression conditions in the great valley reflect more than a mere water shortage. They are the direct result of conscious actions by environmental activists to usher in a new era of scarcity.
Anti-capitalism motivates environmentalists
Scottish Warmist: Nationalize All Energy. Of course, this is just one guy writing a letter to the Herald Scotland. But, if one Warmist is writing it, how many others are bobbing their head in agreement?
U.N. Official Reveals Real Reason Behind Warming Scare. The alarmists keep telling us their concern about global warming is all about man's stewardship of the environment. But we know that's not true. A United Nations official has now confirmed this. At a news conference last week in Brussels, Christiana Figueres, executive secretary of U.N.'s Framework Convention on Climate Change, admitted that the goal of environmental activists is not to save the world from ecological calamity but to destroy capitalism.
Pope Francis, Put a Lid On It. Please. Pope Francis has already caused consternation among knowledgeable Catholics with his criticisms of economic freedom. Some have tried to defend him or reinterpret his words, but it is hard to sugarcoat the fact that he is instinctively hostile to free enterprise. Perhaps this is because, as a native of Argentina, he has never seen free enterprise at work and doesn't understand what it can do for the average citizen. Now Francis has taken on the global warming cause. Again, it is hard to interpret his words as representing anything but ignorance of the relevant science.
Climate Rhetoric vs. Reality. Sure, some 300,000 people showed up in Manhattan to express their desire for action on carbon dioxide emissions. But if the marchers and the organizers behind the march are serious about addressing climate change, then they should be holding a march against coal use. Instead, according to a key observation on the march made by Ed Crooks, a reporter for the Financial Times, the marchers were overwhelmingly demonstrating against [...] natural gas.
The Empire of Progressive Poverty. Global Warming rhetoric is still couched in the usual social justice rhetoric, aimed at the poorer kleptocracies who are eager to join the line for a handout, but its logic is poverty driven. It is not out to create wealth, but to eliminate it, on the grounds that cheaply available food or electricity is an immoral activity that damages the planet. The Empire of Poverty is chiefly concerned with the impoverishing of the West, to maintain the manufactured scarcities of its water empire it has gone beyond taxation to entirely shutting down or crippling entire branches of human activity. This could not be justified by appeals to class or race alone. Social justice could not shut down power plants or decrease food production. Its impact was not sufficient to maintain a state of permanent poverty. For the water empire to succeed, it is necessary to destroy any form of social mobility not dependent on the centralized system.
White House using global warming as a tool against capitalism? [Scroll down] However, the real core of 350.org's mobilization is more bluntly stated in a cover article [Naomi] Klein wrote for the November 2011 issue of The Nation (the self-described "flagship of the left)." [...] [S]he admitted that the left really is using global warming as a tool in its campaign against capitalism, and urged leftists to stop denying and trying to hide the fact. [...] Her shredding machine is adapted from standard Leftist Utopia dogma: government will pay for everything with seized corporate profits, it will dismantle the fossil fuel infrastructure, mandate public transit instead of cars, allow only no-carbon energy sources, pretend to feed 318 million Americans from community organic farms, create make-work jobs for the disemployed, regulate personal incomes with caps and subsidies, and so on.
Idiocracy on Parade. After reviewing all the photos and articles written about last week's Climate March in Manhattan, I have come to the conclusion that there were only two main elements on parade — communism and Idiocracy. [...] It was not hard to figure out who the communists were as they waving the anti-capitalism signs and wearing Karl Marx t-shirts while passing out the communist newsletters. The very fact that it was called the 'People's" Climate March should have been a giveaway; according to these marchers, capitalism is the main cause of climate change or as it was formerly known in an earlier life-Global Warming.
Global Citizen Festival Fights Poverty By Leaving A Mess. If you caught any of the Global Citizen Festival on MSNBC Saturday night, you saw millionaires and billionaires decry "extreme poverty" around the world. The concert was held in New York City's Central Park and involved an elaborate stage and light show by the likes of No Doubt, Jay-Z and Beyoncé. They could easily end a lot of poverty if they wanted, but... Since the hypocrisy of people who made their fortunes through capitalism complaining about it is obvious, I'll just say this on that: Capitalism is so awesome that you can even get rich by telling people it's awful.
The It Girl Of Climate Change Doesn't Get It. Ms. Klein and her new book are being written up everywhere. Its publication brilliantly coincides with today's big UN climate-change gabfest in New York, which has been billed by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon as a last chance (yet another one!) to save the planet. Just one problem. The leaders of three of four of the world's top carbon polluters — China, India and Russia — didn't bother to show up. Even German Chancellor Angela Merkel stayed home. Stephen Harper has been widely excoriated for his failure to attend, but it turns out he's got lots of company. The thesis of This Changes Everything is that global warming is a war of capitalism against the planet, and that we need a people's uprising to reclaim true democracy from the venal and corrupt politicians who have been co-opted by Big Oil. If this sounds like the Occupy movement all over again, you're right.
Climate Movement Drops Mask, Admits Communist Agenda. Communists along with a few environmental groups staged a "People's Climate Rally" in Oakland, California on Sunday, September 21, in conjunction with the larger "People's Climate March" in New York City on the same day. Wait — did I say communists? Isn't that a bit of an exaggeration? Well... no.
'Save the Environment'... from Obama, Strong & Gore. We all now know about [Al Gore's] predictions about the sea rising to swallow the sea coast didn't come true and about how the gas and electric bills for his 20-room home and pool house in Tennessee devoured 20 times the power of an average home. But for Sunday's People's Climate March, Gore arrived in a GM SUV gas guzzler in time to pose for a picture linking arms with New York Mayor Bill de Blasio, environmentalist Jane Goodall and UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon, who led the garbage strewing protest along with tens of thousands of marchers, including recycled rent-a-mob Occupy Wall Streeters (OWS), this time posing as "concerned environmentalists who came together to SAVE THE PLANET.
Activists plan to shut down NY stock exchange. Hundreds of environmentalists marched in New York's financial district on Monday to protest the relationship between global warming and Big Business. The protesters blocked traffic as they staged a sit-in and shouted slogans on climate change. But they couldn't march on the actual Wall Street after running into barricades and had to abandon plans to "shut down" the New York Stock Exchange.
'Flood Wall Street' protesters will try to shut down Stock Exchange. The group will be dressed in blue and meet at 9 a.m. [9/22/2014] in Battery Park to listen to speakers such as writer Naomi Klein before gathering for a mass sit-in on the steps of the [New York Stock] exchange. The protesters will carry a 300-foot banner that says "Capitalism = Climate Chaos. Flood Wall Street."
Thousands March in New York to End Industrialized Civilization. Tens of thousands of marchers from all over the world came to New York City to protest inaction on climate change. A "wake up call" they are calling it. In fact, at 12:58 Eastern time, there was to be a moment of silence followed by "a blare of noise — a symbolic sounding of the alarm on climate change — from horns, whistles and cellphone alarms. More than 20 marching bands and tolling church bells were expected contribute to the cacophony." A perfect way to sum up the march: a lot of noise signifying nothing.
Full-Frontal Environmentalism: We Knew It All Along. [E]nvironmentalists resist being called socialists. But next week Naomi Klein is coming out with a book called This Changes Everything. [...] Klein is the author of The Shock Doctrine, a book ragingly popular with the far left that is so far gone into absurd conspiracizing and looney renderings of "neoliberalism" that it makes Lyndon LaRouche look positively staid by comparison. What is the "this" that "changes everything" in her title? Why climate change, don't you know? And what does it "change"? Why capitalism, of course. The argument of the book in one sentence is that only overthrowing capitalism can solve climate change.
Luvvies unite against shale gas, jobs, cheap energy and economic growth. A bunch of self-important luvvies has signed a letter calling for a moratorium on Britain's barely nascent fracking industry. The list of contributors is like a Who's Who from Hell.
Environmentalists Cheer California's Latest Plan to Sink Its Economy. Environmentalists are gleeful at the news reported last week by the U.S. Energy Information Administration that the amount of recoverable oil from California's Monterey Shale formation — predicted to be the nation's largest reserve of oil — is a whopping 96-percent below original production estimates. In response, more than 100 environmental groups signed a letter to the California Legislature calling for a moratorium on hydraulic fracturing and other "stimulation" techniques that ultimately would be needed to develop this oil field. They say the new estimates are "undercutting the misguided rationale" for allowing fracking before more studies are done.
Prince Charles: Save the World From Global Warming by Ending Capitalism. It must be hard to be Prince Charles, and know that you're the royal that nobody likes. The fact that he constantly spews drivel like this, saying that the world should abolish capitalism to prevent global warming, probably doesn't help much. [...] Apparently, Charles hasn't gotten the memo that global warming is a complete myth yet.
The New Totalitarianism and the Logic of Civil War. [Christopher] Hayes' article is notably noxious, attempting as it does to draw a parallel between the fossil fuel industry and slavery and arguing that efforts to destroy the fossil fuel industry amount to a "New Abolitionism" in that as the Abolitionists of old argued for the destruction of the wealth represented by the slaves held in the Antebellum South, today's "New Abolitionists" now must argue for destruction of the accumulated wealth represented by fossil fuels. This radical course of action in setting out to deliberately destroy $10 Trillion in wealth is justified, he argues, by the requirement to stop climate change and thereby "save the planet."
Stuart Varney Rips The Fig Leaf Away From Socialists Masquerading As Environmentalists. It's an open secret that all of the policy prescriptions from the warming alarmists just happens to coincidentally and by accident transfer wealth. They punish the producers of goods, and reward the parasitic organizations of the left. They take prosperity from prosperous nations and redistribute it to third world economies. Stuart Varney isn't fooled. Neither should we be.
Greens Are Reds. I would like to modestly propose that it is time for conservatives to combat the most economically dangerous and statist movement in the world today, and it is not socialism. It is the modern-day green movement, which is not run by people who primarily want to keep the air we breathe and the water we drink clean, or safeguard endangered species like tigers and bald eagles, or prevent urban blight — every sane person is for those things. Its guiding principle is instead to impede economic growth, material progress, and capitalism.
MSNBC host pens radical 'climate justice' manifesto. "What the climate justice movement is demanding is the ultimate abolition of fossil fuels," writes MSNBC's Chris Hayes in a lengthy new call for action against global warming. To drive home the point, Hayes' piece, published in The Nation, is titled "The New Abolitionism," and its message is that a way must be found to "convince or coerce" the world's energy companies and energy-producing nations to give up the multi-trillion dollar business of powering the planet.
Chevron Gets Justice From Environmentalist Frauds. A federal judge has ruled that a $9.5 billion judgment against Chevron in Ecuador was won through fraud. It's a victory for Chevron, but at a cost of millions. So why isn't someone in this environmental predator racket in jail?
Smoking Gun: Disgraced Obama EPA Official Testifies to Anti-Capitalist Plan. The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee has released a transcript of former senior EPA official John Beale's testimony. The Committee deposed Beale in connection with his recent fraud conviction. He was sentenced to prison for posing as a CIA agent, and defrauding the government of about $900,000. Beale told the Committee that under President Barack Obama, the Environmental Protection Agency is being used for a purpose far beyond protecting the environment.
Emails Show Extensive Collaboration Between EPA, Environmentalist Orgs. Internal Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) emails show extensive collaboration between top agency officials and leading environmentalist groups, including overt efforts to coordinate messaging and pressure the fossil fuel industry. The emails, obtained by the Energy and Environment Legal Institute (EELI) through a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit, could fuel an ongoing controversy over EPA policies that critics say are biased against traditional sources of energy. Emails show EPA used official events to help environmentalist groups gather signatures for petitions on agency rulemaking, incorporated advance copies of letters drafted by those groups into official statements, and worked with environmentalists to publicly pressure executives of at least one energy company.
Global Warming [is] A Back Door To Socialism — And Now Even The UN Admits It. As evidence discredits global warming, resistance to such facts by green elites reveals their real aim is bringing socialism in through the back door. But don't take our word for it. Listen to the climate change boss at the U.N. Christiana Figueres, with the lumpy title of executive secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), came right out and said it: Democracy is a poor political system for fighting global warming. The really good model is communist China.
UN climate chief: Communism is best to fight global warming. United Nations climate chief Christiana Figueres said that democracy is a poor political system for fighting global warming. Communist China, she says, is the best model. China may be the world's top emitter of carbon dioxide and struggling with major pollution problems of their own, but the country is "doing it right" when it comes to fighting global warming says Figueres. "They actually want to breathe air that they don't have to look at," she said. "They're not doing this because they want to save the planet. They're doing it because it's in their national interest."
Our Fragile Planet: Man is the Fragile Animal That Must Be Must Be Protected. Occasionally, environmentalists spill the beans and reveal their true agenda. Barry Commoner said, "Capitalism is the earth's number one enemy." Amherst College professor Leo Marx said, "On ecological grounds, the case for world government is beyond argument." With the decline of the USSR, communism has lost considerable respectability and is now repackaged as environmentalism and progressivism.
Obama Is Laying the Groundwork to Move Without, Around, and Outside Congress. "Climate change" suggests that Obama intends to ramp up his war on coal in the remaining years of his presidency, via the EPA and perhaps executive actions similar to those he has used with regard to Obamacare and immigration. Obama came into office threatening to bankrupt the coal industry, wanting to impose a cap and trade regime, but could not get one passed by Congress even when Democrats controlled both houses. Obama is aware that his actions will force energy prices skyward. His actions come at a time when evidence for global warming has disappeared. That has not changed his intention to impose cap and trade.
Australian ministers: We've had just about enough of this "socialism masquerading as environmentalism". The oh-so-august bureaucrats gathering in Warsaw, Poland for yet another United Nations climate conference this week usually turn up their noses at such tacky, backwards notions as fiscal sustainability, but Australia is already putting the word out that they have no intention of participating in whatever globalist, redistributive, and ostensibly "green" cockamamie scheme the UN comes up with next.
Chevron Vindicated As Evidence Points To 'Green Fraud' By Environmentalists. So what happened to the $19 billion judgment against Chevron over rainforest pollution in Ecuador? Seems the leftist lawyer behind it all now finds himself in the dock on a RICO rap for a massive fraud.
Lindbergh, Nazism, and Environmental Fascism. Although Charles Lindbergh (1902-1974) is known as the first pilot to cross the Atlantic solo in 1927 piloting the Spirit of St. Louis, his Nazi sympathies are often downplayed, and few know that he was an extreme environmentalist. Strangely enough, the very man who helped kick-start the space age became less interested in aviation late in life. In fact, he came to believe that technology and machines were the enemies and destroyers of the natural world.
New Rules On Power Plants Will Kill Coal Industry. The administration finally has released its rules for curbing CO2 emissions from U.S. power plants. Far from being a plan to clean up the environment, it is in fact a road map to de-industrialization and poverty.
Environmentalism: The Road To A Primitive Existence. The environmental movement is remarkably backward. It prefers to push back man's achievements in return for some vague environmental gain. Today's environmentalists are arguably anti-energy. As others have said, they see energy as a problem, not a solution. Sure, they like taxpayer-funded energy. But it is too expensive for the market, too undeveloped, too unreliable for practical use, and is harder to produce than the energy we easily get from fossil fuels. We can't run a modern and growing economy on costly experimental energy.
My constituents are complaining about eco-protesters, not drilling. This isn't a protest about pollution; it's a protest about capitalism. If your sole concern were for the environment, you'd be delighted about shale. Here is an energy source that doesn't emit soot (as coal does), nor jam estuaries (as tidal turbines do), nor starve Africans (as biofuels do), nor slaughter rare birds (as wind farms do). It doesn't soak up public subsidies (as both nuclear and renewables do); on the contrary, it will generate a healthy stream of tax revenue for the Exchequer. Oh, and it will reduce our carbon emissions, by displacing coal in electricity generators. Why, then, are the greenies so glum?
Climate Change 'Experts': You should be dead by now. Why is it that global warming "experts" claim to be concerned about humanity, but seem to find glee in contemplating its destruction? Actually, my belief is that they hate capitalism with such passion that its elimination is their singular focus. Their weapons of war are pseudo-scientific scare tactics and outright lies. Humanity is just collateral damage.
Greens don't like fracking because they don't like prosperity. You'd think Greens would be delighted by the shale gas bounty under our feet. Here is a plentiful energy supply which does not emit soot (as coal does), nor jam estuaries (as tidal turbines do), nor starve Africans (as biofuels do), nor slaughter rare birds (as wind farms do). It does not require public subsidies (as both nuclear and renewables do). On the contrary, it will generate a healthy stream of tax revenue for the Exchequer. It will diminish our reliance on nasty regimes, from Tehran to Moscow — precisely the sorts of regimes that Greens march against. Oh, and it will reduce our carbon emissions, by displacing coal in electricity generators. What, then, is the problem? Some campaigners talk of water pollution; others, a touch histrionically, of earthquakes. If either was a remotely serious prospect, we'd know by now.
President Obama's recently proposed policies will do little to combat climate change —
but they will do much for his political and economic objectives.
Misguided Energy Policy: Alone, Enough to Cause American Failure. Nowhere is the threat to America's future more clear, and more easily avoided, than in the energy sector. Therein, fairytale fears about climate change have grown to the point that the U.S. is now on the verge of committing suicide by turning off many of its most important energy sources to appease loud, misinformed climate activists.
Web of environmental rules threatens Gulf Coast businesses with jail, steep fines. According to a new report by the Texas Public Policy Foundation, thousands of people are being prosecuted for environmental crimes every day they didn't know were even on the books. They've been threatened, fined and thrown in jail. The trend is especially prominent along the Gulf Coast, but is becoming a national issue.
Ramping Up Government Control of the Energy Sector. To understand the president's thinking, or what passes for thought, all that's necessary is to grasp one simple fact: that for the left, profits are evil, and therefore businesses that make a profit and succeed are evil. Only businesses that fail are virtuous. A corollary of this is, of course, that all businesses must be made to fail. The function of government, as the left sees it, is to transfer control of the economy from the private sector to government.The WWF's Supermarket Offensive. The more I learn about the World Wildlife Fund (WWF), the more perplexed I become. [...] The Romanian arm of the WWF has just released a 38-page report. Is it concerned about a rare species of bird on the verge of extinction? Does it advocate the establishment of more nature preserves? Nope. Instead, this is a scorecard that claims to assess the environmental performance of supermarket chains. [...] WWF Romania director Magor Csibi makes it clear, at the beginning of this report, that the fact that large supermarket chains are expanding the size of their market is a big concern. How is that any of the WWF's business?
Alaska Attorney General Stands Up Against EPA. Alaska Attorney General Michael Geraghty has written a letter to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency promising the state will employ "all available legal options" if the federal agency blocks development of Pebble Mine, a gold and copper mine opposed by environmental activist groups.
China-style dictatorship of climatologists. November's election made it quite clear that the people of the United States do not want to radically change our society in the name of global warming. Pretty much every close House race went to the Republicans, while the Democrats won all the Senate squeakers. The difference? The House on June 26, 2009, passed a bill limiting carbon-dioxide emissions and getting into just about every aspect of our lives. The Senate did nothing of the sort. The nation's most prominent publicly funded climatologist is officially angry about this, blaming democracy and citing the Chinese government as the "best hope" to save the world from global warming. He also wants an economic boycott of the U.S. sufficient to bend us to China's will.
Capitalism Under Fire From Highly Self-Interested Dictators And Diplomats. [Scroll down] The so-called "climate change" agenda has essentially nothing to do with trying to change the climate or "saving the planet," and everything to do with self-interested politicians trying to control the world's economic resources.
A convenient lie. Radical environmentalists are forging a new socialist post-democracy that is slowly undermining representative government. ... The 1989 fall of the Berlin Wall should have exposed the failure of socialism. It didn't. Instead, the left simply moved from championing the class struggle to global-warming alarmism. Its goal, however, remains the same: to smash free markets and impose economic collectivism. The revolution continues, only today it is being fought under the green banner.
Where's the Beef? This slogan did not sit well with many on the Left, either; there had been a movement for decades to do away with beef. Vegetarianism had been a part of some Asian religions for centuries (and liberals love to push alternatives to our Judea-Christian ethos), and meat avoidance had its place among left-leaning Protestant sects during the 19th Century. Environmentalists hated beef because it used land which the tree-huggers wanted to return to pasture or forest; anti-capitalists hated beef because it was a symbol of the triumph of wealth over poverty.
The Environmentalists' Real Agenda: Once in a while the truth accidentally tumbles out on global warming activists' real agenda. That's exactly what happened at the U.N., when Bolivia's leader called for ending capitalism to save the planet.
Enviro-Harassment: The environmental movement, which has largely become a loose league of global warming hysteria peddlers, is almost rabidly anti-business and tends to be offended by corporate profits. Think of how they respond when oil companies announce record profits. Take note of the venom they routinely spew toward business and commerce, portraying honest businesses as eco-villains out to despoil the Earth.
When green was easy: Now that the Soviet Union has collapsed and socialism in general has miserably failed, the left has been reenergized by New Age environmentalism, like Marxism a quasireligion that provides an even more comprehensive justification for restricting individual freedom and its economic expression in the form of market capitalism. The leftist project of replacing socialism with environmentalism as an ideological organizing principle has culminated with global warming theory, an apocalyptic scenario that has proved much more salable than anything Karl Marx could come up with.
Going Green = $4 per Gallon. Going green (its real name is sustainable development) has led to Orwellian regulations resulting in the destruction of American businesses and the jobs that go with them, including manufacturing and industry; the locking away of American natural resources like oil, timber and minerals, forcing expensive imports; the near abolishment of private property, the bedrock of any economy's source of wealth; and massive invasion of the farming industry to assure it is "sustainable," including the mandated use of corn for the making of ethanol, leading to food shortages and higher prices.
The Eco-Radicals' Real Motives: The driving force behind the eco-radicals' fierce efforts to strangle the free market with environmental regulations is their virulent hatred for a free, prosperous economy. Yet behind this hatred is an even deeper one. To understand why they try to wreck our economy, you have to grasp the shocking fact that many eco-radicals hate the human race and Western civilization.
Obama Supporters for $10 Gas. "The people at this rally made the mistake of telling the truth about the left's energy policy," [Ed] Frank told Townhall in an email. "From the ban on American oil drilling to proposed global warming legislation, the entire point is to drive up the cost of oil and gas so Americans are forced against their will to use alternative energy sources that by and large aren't viable.
For Greens, the Energy Crisis Is Not a Problem, It's the Solution. Two of the problems our presidential candidates are being called upon to solve are the spiraling cost of energy and the "crisis" of man-made global warming. "The notion that these two issues can be addressed simultaneously is nonsense," said Dr. Keith Lockitch, resident fellow of the Ayn Rand Institute. "No policy aimed at 'fighting global warming' can help solve the energy crisis. An energy crisis is the proposed 'solution' to global warming.
This is where environmentalism is headed:
Environmentalists want to wipe out the human race.
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"Human beings, as a species, have no more value than slugs."
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