Still More Politicized Pseudo-Science?

Widening efforts to blame neonicotinoid pesticides for honeybee “colony collapse disorder” and… [read more]

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Revealed: Obama’s Biggest Taxpayer Funded Classrooms Used For Teaching Global Warming Doctrine

Even as we're heading into the colder months of the winter season, your thoughts may be turning to the… [read more]

Revealed: Obama’s Biggest Taxpayer Funded Classrooms Used For Teaching Global Warming Doctrine Revealed: Obama's Biggest Taxpayer Funded Classrooms Used For Teaching Global Warming Doctrine

This New Report On Hurricanes Is Sure To Get A Stormy Reception By Climate Change Alarmists

On the website of The Nature Conservancy is the kind of matter-of-fact conclusion based on "scientific… [read more]

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EPA Proposes New Rules On Ozone

The EPA proposed new rules on ozone today. The rules for ozone would lower the current ozone emission… [read more]

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Private Job Creation With A Stroke Of The Pen

While most conservatives took a dim view of the recent passage of the "Cromnibus," the $1.1 trillion… [read more]

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Revealed: Obama’s Biggest Taxpayer Funded Classrooms Used For Teaching Global Warming Doctrine

Even as we're heading into the colder months of the winter season, your thoughts may be turning to the kind of vacation you'd like to take when the weather turns warmer. Some of the more popular destinations in America are, of course, our treasured National Parks. According to a recent article in The Washington Post, there are some 400 National Parks throughout the … [Read More...]

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This New Report On Hurricanes Is Sure To Get A Stormy Reception By Climate Change Alarmists

On the website of The Nature Conservancy is the kind of matter-of-fact conclusion based on "scientific research" that you can find repeated, echoed, and amplified by numerous groups promoting a government-driven climate change agenda. Scientific research indicates that climate change will cause hurricanes and tropical storms to become more intense — lasting longer, … [Read More...]

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EPA Proposes New Rules On Ozone

The EPA proposed new rules on ozone today. The rules for ozone would lower the current ozone emission standards from 75 parts per billion to 70 to 65 parts per billion. The agency said it would even take comments on ozone levels as low as 60 ppb. Smog-causing ozone is linked to asthma and other health problems. The Clean Air Act requires the agency to review … [Read More...]

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The Other Really Big Loser In The Senate’s Rejection Of Keystone May Change Politics Forever

In a dramatic decision that many saw as critical to the re-election prospects for embattled Senator Mary Landrieu of Louisiana, the U.S. Senate fell one vote short Tuesday night of authorizing construction of the controversial Keystone XL pipeline. Senate Democrats filibustered the Keystone bill, leaving the upper chamber's tally one vote shy of the 60 needed to … [Read More...]

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Senate Falls One Vote Shy Of Passing Keystone XL Pipeline

In a narrow defeat Tuesday, a bill to approve the construction of an oil pipeline extending from Canada to Texas failed the latest vote. Democrat Sen. Mary Landrieu faced significant backlash from critics in her own party upon reintroducing the legislation and working diligently to attract the 60 votes needed to pass the bill. In the end, the measure failed by just … [Read More...]

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Radical Environmentalists Gather Outside Mary Landrieu’s DC Home

U.S. Senator Mary Landrieu (D-Louisiana) was greeted by a swarm of protesters on Capitol Hill Monday because of her advocacy for the Keystone XL oil pipeline, a project that would be executed by TransCanada, allowing oil to be imported from Canada into the United States. Landrieu is one of the sponsors of the legislation authorizing Keystone XL. ABC News reported … [Read More...]

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Controversial Keystone XL Pipeline Suddenly On Congress’ Vote Schedule…But Do You Know Why?

For the first time in the often bitter, six-year fight over the controversial Keystone XL pipeline, both houses of Congress will hold a vote on the proposed project -- the House may take it up as early as Friday; the Senate is likely to vote next week. The sudden, headlong rush to put the oil pipeline in the congressional pipeline has taken on a decidedly political … [Read More...]

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Still More Politicized Pseudo-Science?

Widening efforts to blame neonicotinoid pesticides for honeybee “colony collapse disorder” and other “beepocalypse” problems have taken a fascinating turn. Insisting that scientific evidence shows a clear link between neonics and honeybee population declines, EU anti-insecticide campaigners persuaded the European Union to impose a two-year ban on … [Read More...]

While most conservatives took a dim view of the recent passage of the "Cromnibus," the $1.1 trillion government spending bill that funds operations through next September, we should recognize the bill contained a number of riders that limited government intervention in the marketplace and will ultimately allow the free market to create thousands of jobs.  One of the most critical provisions opens up barren lands in Arizona for copper mining.  The project, often referred to as Rio Tinto or the Resolution Copper mine, will create 4,000 jobs and jump-start an estimated $60 billion in economic activity in the Western United States.

Federal ownership of massive swaths of lands in America's west has turned once productive towns, cities, and counties into ghost towns as gainful economic activity is thwarted by federal intervention in the name of environmental protection. Elected officials and political appointees often pay lip services to the idea of a "balanced approach" to these lands, but few will go to bat for the economic side of the equation.  In the case of Rio Tinto and a handful of other projects, they did.

A bipartisan group of Western leaders supported a series of lands bills utilizing federal land for job-creating mining and real energy ventures.  The package included provisions that will advance mining projects in Nevada, Arizona, and Montana; open land to oil and gas projects; and free up significant timber land in Alaska for a Native Alaskan corporation to log for timber, creating much needed employment in a remote region.

Among the chief supporters of the land packages were U.S. Sens. Jeff Flake (R-AZ) and John McCain (R-AZ), who applauded passage of the Rio Tinto copper land exchange.  In a statement, they said, “There is clearly a strategic national interest in increasing America's domestic production of copper. To maintain the strength of the most technologically advanced military in the world, America’s armed forces need stable supplies of copper for their equipment, ammunition, and electronics. In fact, copper is the second-most utilized mineral by the Department of Defense, and the Pentagon has labeled it an ‘essential mineral.’"

“The public lands title," they added, "will help address our strategic national interest in copper by advancing the Resolution Copper Mine project, which has potential to meet 25% of U.S. demand by developing the largest copper deposit ever discovered in North America."

Recognizing the importance the project will have to the local economy, they added, “Most importantly, Resolution Copper represents a game-changer for an area of Arizona facing grave economic challenges. It is estimated to create some 3,700 mining-related jobs in and around the Town of Superior and generate more than $61 billion in economic value to our state over the life of the mine."

For too long, the federal government has stood in the way of economic prosperity and progress. The provisions of law in the Cromnibus won't solve all of the federal impediments to economic growth; but for a small part of the country, the bill removes some straitjackets on economic growth that have been in place for too long.  Let the job creation begin.

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Private Job Creation With A Stroke Of The Pen

While most conservatives took a dim view of the recent passage of the "Cromnibus," the $1.1 trillion government spending bill that funds operations through next September, we should recognize the bill contained a number of riders that limited government intervention in the marketplace and will ultimately allow the free market to create thousands of … [Read More...]

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