Environment

EPA Stiffs the People It Injured

Featured image We have written several times about the Gold King Mine disaster, one of the worst and most avoidable environmental incidents of recent years. Through sheer incompetence, the EPA and its contractor spilled three million gallons of toxic liquid into the Animas River in Colorado. The federal government turned the river orange: If a private citizen had done the same thing, he would have been criminally prosecuted. But being a government »

Federal Judge Denounces EPA As Rogue Agency

Featured image In 2014, Murray Energy Corporation and several of its affiliates sued EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy, alleging that the EPA was in violation of 42 U.S.C. § 7621, § 321(a) of the Clean Air Act, which requires the agency to “conduct continuing evaluations of potential loss or shifts of employment which may result from the administration or enforcement of the provision of [the Clean Air Act] and applicable implementation plans, including »

It’s a Dog-Eat-Dog World Out There. Oh, Wait

Featured image I sometimes wonder whether Disney movies featuring talking animals are responsible for the sentimentalization of nature at the heart of popular environmentalism. Case in point is the recent video everyone is going nuts over featuring a polar bear “petting” a dog (35 seconds): The Washington Post reports that “The man who shot the video praised the bear for showing ‘that kind of heart toward another animal.'” Now, if you have any sense at »

Using his pen to block drilling, Obama purports to restrict Trump

Featured image President Obama today used his pen to withdraw hundreds of millions of acres of federally owned land in the Arctic and Atlantic Ocean from new offshore oil and gas drilling. Obama acted pursuant to something called the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act. It includes a sentence saying the president may “from time to time, withdraw” from consideration any currently unleased lands in federal offshore waters. The White House described its »

It Pays To Protest

Featured image Enbridge plans to replace an old section of oil pipeline that runs through northern Minnesota. It held an informational meeting in Bemidji, Minnesota, on Tuesday. The meeting was disrupted by a Native American environmental activist named Winona LaDuke. You can see video of her being ejected from the meeting here. LaDuke is identified as the founder of an organization called Honor the Earth. My colleague at Center of the American »

It’s Easy Being Green

Featured image Bald eagles are a protected species. Killing them is a crime, and criminal prosecutions are not rare. But it’s a different story if you are a wind energy company. The Obama administration has just released a final rule that will allow 4,200 bald eagles to be killed by wind turbines a year without penalty: Under the new rule, wind companies and other power providers will not face a penalty if »

Pearl Harbor day for the lawless EPA

Featured image Donald Trump’s administration will not be an entirely orthodox conservative affair. The Carrier deal so demonstrates. However, Trump’s nomination of Scott Pruitt to head the EPA demonstrates that, in important respects, the Trump administration will likely be more conservative than that of George H.W. and George W. Bush, and more conservative than a John McCain or Mitt Romney administration probably would have been. William Reilly was the EPA administrator under »

Three more Trump selections

Featured image President-elect Trump has made at least three more selections for top-level jobs. Gen. John Kelly is his pick to head the Department of Homeland Secretary. Trump has also chosen Oklahoma attorney general Scott Pruitt to head the EPA and Iowa governor Terry Branstad to be the U.S. ambassador to China. Pruitt’s selection will cause liberals the most heartburn. As the attorney general of his state, he has led the fight »

Stick This in Your Pipeline

Featured image The next radical environmental tactic is now evident for eyes to see: block all infrastructure projects—especially oil and gas pipelines—with criminal trespass and obstruction. Having killed the Keystone pipeline (only temporarily, now that Trump is going to approve it once he takes office), the red-greenies are trying to stop the Dakota Access pipeline that has received all of its regulatory permits. Naturally environmentalists have to lie about the whole matter, »

Freaks at the EPA Freak Out

Featured image It’s not just the college campuses that need grief counseling at the moment. Apparently greenies at the EPA are also in need of Play Doh, plush toys, and such. From E&E News: There’s been angst and even some tears for federal workers at EPA and other agencies after Donald Trump won the White House. U.S. EPA employees were in tears. Worried Energy Department staffers were offered counseling. Some federal employees »

Cosmopolitan Environmentalism?

Featured image It’s not often we look to Cosmopolitan magazine for anything other than yoga routines and gourmet recipes (sarc alert). So who would have thought that you’d find something sensible—extremely sensible—about the environment in Cosmo. But Power Line tries to cover all the relevant media, and the current issue of Cosmo indeed features “8 Signs You’re Not the Environmentalist You Think You Are.” Some highlights from their eight points: It’s a »

Today’s Happy Climate News!

Featured image I can’t decide whether this story is proof that climate change isn’t all gloom-and-doom all the time, or whether climate change is just one more aspect of the Oppressive Patriarchy. From Science Daily: Climate change will see some males get sexier A common marine crustacean has shown researchers that it’s all set to beat climate change – the males will get more attractive to the females, with a resulting population »

Epic Greenfail of the Day

Featured image I hate to pile on the our earnest scientists trying to save the earth, and I’ve already given out a Green Weenie today, but this story is just too irresistible: Satellite tagging caused northwest orca’s fatal infection National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced a male orca died due to an infection at the site where it had been satellite-tagged. An expert panel says a dart tag deployed on endangered Puget »

Reviving Religious Tests for Public Office

Featured image Article VI of the Constitution contains the clause that reads, “no religious Test shall ever be required as a Qualification to any Office or public Trust under the United States.” This is was the first time that any nation had explicitly rejected religious discrimination (Britain under the Toleration Act still maintained numerous religious tests to be a member of the government.) Apparently Leo DiCaprio wishes to junk this provision of »

The Next Environmental Scare?

Featured image It’s been a parlor game for a while to decide what apocalyptic scare environmental doom mongers would come up with once climate change settles down into a normal problem. I’ve been nominating the weakening of the polar magnetic fields, which would be a Really Bad Thing for life on the planet. Sooner or later some environmentalist will blame mankind’s electrical grid for this potential calamity. (Think of the cell phone »

A Narrow Shade of Green

Featured image If a major industrial area succeeded in eliminating all coal-fired electric power in a relatively short period of time, you’d think environmentalists would be celebrating, wouldn’t you? That’s the question Rauli Partanen & Janne Korhonen, authors of Climate Gamble, are asking: A historic moment in the fight against climate change took place in April 2014. A coal plant in Ontario, the biggest province in Canada, burned what was promised to be »

Headline I Never Thought I’d See

Featured image This is not from The Onion. From the CBS News affiliate in San Francisco: Cow Fart Regulations Approved By California’s Legislature SACRAMENTO (AP) — California’s Legislature has approved regulations on cow flatulence and manure – both blamed for releasing greenhouse gases. The measure was approved shortly before the end of the legislative session Wednesday after its author, Democratic Senator Ricardo Lara of Bell Gardens, agreed to give dairy farms more time »