EPA Abuse http://epaabuse.com The Truth About the EPA Thu, 17 Apr 2014 20:21:51 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.8.3 Video: Gov’t To Insert Global Warming Agenda Into New Food Guidelines http://epaabuse.com/16211/videos/govt-to-insert-global-warming-agenda-into-new-food-guidelines/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=govt-to-insert-global-warming-agenda-into-new-food-guidelines http://epaabuse.com/16211/videos/govt-to-insert-global-warming-agenda-into-new-food-guidelines/#comments Thu, 17 Apr 2014 20:15:50 +0000 http://epaabuse.com/?p=16211 Are the food police in cahoots with Al Gore?
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Was Stopping Nevada’s Fracking Rush Behind The Bundy Showdown? http://epaabuse.com/16209/editorials/stopping-nevadas-fracking-rush-behind-bundy-showdown/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=stopping-nevadas-fracking-rush-behind-bundy-showdown http://epaabuse.com/16209/editorials/stopping-nevadas-fracking-rush-behind-bundy-showdown/#comments Thu, 17 Apr 2014 20:03:08 +0000 http://epaabuse.com/?p=16209
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The story of rancher Cliven Bundy has attracted supporters from across the West who relate to the struggle against the federal management of lands.

An Associated Press report describes Bundy’s cattle battle this way: “The current showdown pits rancher Cliven Bundy’s claims of ancestral rights to graze his cows on open range against federal claims that the cattle are trespassing on arid and fragile habitat of the endangered desert tortoise.”

I posit: it is all about oil and gas.

On April 10, the Natural News Network posted this: “BLM fracking racket exposed! Armed siege and cattle theft from Bundy ranch really about fracking leases.” It states: “a Natural News investigation has found that BLM is actually in the business of raking in millions of dollars by leasing Nevada lands to energy companies that engage in fracking operations.”

This didn’t add up. Oil-and-gas development and ranching can happily coexist.

The Natural News “investigation” includes a map from the Nevada Bureau of Mines and Geology that shows “significant exploratory drilling being conducted in precisely the same area where the Bundy family has been running cattle since the 1870s.” It continues: “What’s also clear is that oil has been found in nearby areas.”

Alan Coyner, administrator for the Nevada Division of Minerals, describes his state: “We are not a major oil-producing state.” The Las Vegas Review Journal reports: “When it comes to oil, Nevada is largely undiscovered country.”

But, Nevada could soon join the ranks of the states that are experiencing an economic boom and job creation due to oil-and-gas development—which has got to have the environmental groups in panic mode.

A year ago, the BLM held an oil-and-gas lease sale where 29 federal land leases, totaling about 56 square miles, were auctioned off, bringing in $1.27 million. The parcels made available in April 2013 will be developed using hydraulic fracturing, about which Coyner quipped: “If the Silver State’s first big shale play pays off, it could touch off a fracking rush in Nevada.”

Once Bundy’s cattle are kicked off the land to protect the tortoise, the precedent will be set to use the tortoise to block any oil-and-gas development in the area. Admittedly, the April 13 leases are not in the same area as Bundy’s cattle; however, Gold Butte does have some oil-and-gas exploration that could be nipped in the bud.

The Natural News Network also sees that the tortoise is being used as a scapegoat: “Anyone who thinks this siege is about reptiles is kidding themselves. …‘Endangered tortoises’ is merely the government cover story for confiscating land to turn it over to fracking companies for millions of dollars in energy leases.” The Network sees that it isn’t really about the critters; after all, hundreds of desert tortoises are being euthanized in Nevada.

Though the Natural News Network points to the “current showdown” as being about allowing oil-and-gas development, I believe that removing the cattle is really a Trojan horse. The tortoise protection will be used to block any more leasing.

On April 5, 2014, the Center for Biological Diversity sent out a triumphant press release announcing that the “long-awaited” roundup of cattle had begun.

For now, southern Nevada’s last rancher has won. Reports state that “the BLM said it did so because it feared for the safety of employees and members of the public,” not because it has changed its position.

While this chapter may be closing, it may have opened the next chapter in the sage brush rebellion. The Bundy standoff has pointed out the overreach of federal agencies and the use of threatened or endangered species to block economic activity.

 

 

The author of Energy Freedom, Marita Noon serves as the executive director for Energy Makes America Great Inc. and the companion educational organization, the Citizens’ Alliance for Responsible Energy (CARE). Together they work to educate the public and influence policy makers regarding energy, its role in freedom, and the American way of life. Combining energy, news, politics, and, the environment through public events, speaking engagements, and media, the organizations’ combined efforts serve as America’s voice for energy.

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Video: 3 Things You Need To Know About Obama’s EPA http://epaabuse.com/16203/videos/3-things-need-know-obamas-epa/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=3-things-need-know-obamas-epa http://epaabuse.com/16203/videos/3-things-need-know-obamas-epa/#comments Wed, 16 Apr 2014 21:44:58 +0000 http://epaabuse.com/?p=16203 From our friends at the Environmental Policy Alliance:
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Solar Flares Up http://epaabuse.com/16206/editorials/solar-flares/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=solar-flares http://epaabuse.com/16206/editorials/solar-flares/#comments Wed, 16 Apr 2014 21:43:27 +0000 http://epaabuse.com/?p=16206
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It is amazing that something that seems as upbeat as “free” electricity from the sun can have such a dark side.

I started covering some of the shenanigans from the solar industry last summer when I wrote about the “Green Tea Party” in Georgia. I had no idea what a can of worms I’d opened. In September, I wrote about the net-metering battle taking place in Arizona—and pointed out the national implications of what was playing out there. The following month, I addressed, what I believe, is an organized effort by the industry to co-opt the language of the free-market/conservative/limited-government thinking population in an effort to convince them that government-mandated and subsidized solar energy was a good thing. Last month, I warned consumers of solar scams in a column I wrote titled “Clouds on the solar horizon.”

I have spent months on an investigation into the cronyism, abuse, mismanagement, and violations involved in Abengoa Solar, the Spanish company that received $2.8 billion in taxpayer funding—most of it through the 2009 Stimulus Bill. My exposé was published earlier this week in the Daily Caller.

Within the past few weeks, I’ve been getting harassing phone calls from a solar supporter—so much so that I’ve had to block his numbers.

I’ve even earned a mention in a Cleantechnica.com post on “How To Write A Hit Piece On The Solar Industry In 6 Steps.”

Apparently, there is a perception that I am anti-solar, when in reality I wish I could afford solar panels on my roof because I could use some “free” electricity—but what I am is strongly free-market. I despise government picking winners and losers. And, my green energy investigations have proven that solar is at the center of the corruption.

Now, I find out that a solar advocate and employee of SunRun—one of the solar leasing companies that Christine Lakatos and I have covered as a part of our “Green-energy crony-corruption scandal”—has been trying to influence Wall Street analysts in an attempt to “damage investor confidence” in Arizona Public Service (APS). APS is the company at the forefront of changing current net-metering policies to avoid having to increase rates on the majority of consumers.

In an email to Rajeev Lalwani, an energy sector analyst with Morgan Stanley, SunRun Inc. public policy manager Kim Sanders attempts to influence Lalwani by saying “I wanted to share a bit more info that indicates this is just the tip of the iceberg.”

Do these people have no shame? Or, are they behaving like desperate cornered rats because they fear the taxpayer-funded gravy train is about to hit the stop block?

In an April 10 letter to SunRun Chief Executive Edward Fenster, Arizona Corporation Commission (ACC) Chairman Bob Stump points out that Sanders’ efforts have “the potential to affect adversely millions of ratepayers in APS territory.” Stump points out that these ratepayers are the very people that the ACC is “charged to protect.”

Stump explains that this is because negatively influencing the “judgment of Wall Street analysts” could “damage investor confidence in APS, undermine its capacity to borrow at reasonable rates, and damage the company’s shareholders, many of whom are Arizonans on fixed incomes and retirees.”

He likens the behavior of the “solar advocacy community” to “bulls in china shops” and concludes the letter stating that “such behavior” inflicts harm to “solar in Arizona.” Stump states: “Attempts to ‘disrupt the utility monopoly model,’ as one solar activist put it, should not entail damaging Arizona ratepayers.”

This shameful behavior addressed in Stumps’ letter and engaged in, as revealed in my previous reporting, on the part of the “solar advocacy community” wouldn’t be needed if the industry could stand on its own in a true free market.

Both consumers and regulators need to be cautious when inviting in the wolf in sheep’s clothing that is the commercial solar industry.

 

The author of Energy Freedom, Marita Noon serves as the executive director for Energy Makes America Great Inc. and the companion educational organization, the Citizens’ Alliance for Responsible Energy (CARE). Together they work to educate the public and influence policy makers regarding energy, its role in freedom, and the American way of life. Combining energy, news, politics, and, the environment through public events, speaking engagements, and media, the organizations’ combined efforts serve as America’s voice for energy.

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Horrifying Report: U.S. Government Gasses 81 Citizens http://epaabuse.com/16180/news/survey-tells-need-know-global-warming/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=survey-tells-need-know-global-warming http://epaabuse.com/16180/news/survey-tells-need-know-global-warming/#comments Tue, 15 Apr 2014 22:28:50 +0000 http://epaabuse.com/?p=16180
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The Environmental Protection Agency has a long history of going overboard, whether through absurd levels of regulation or outlandish claims of man-caused climate destruction. What researchers within the agency did to dozens of Americans in recent years, however, strikes many as unconscionable even by its own low standard.

According to reports, five EPA scientists solicited at least 81 test subjects into whom they pumped a mixture of gasses and pollutants their own agency deems not only dangerous but deadly.

Over half of the subjects had a pipe shoved directly into their mouths as a level of diesel fumes 135 times greater than an average truck’s emission was pumped directly into their bodies. Across the board, individuals were subjected to an array of pollutants in concentrations not necessarily found in the environment.

The studies took place between 2010 and 2011 and, according to reports, those studied were required to sign a consent form. Unfortunately for them, however, the paperwork apparently omitted some critical information. For instance, exposure to the chemicals being forced into the individuals has been shown to kill individuals of a certain age who suffer from heart problems.

One human guinea pig, a 58-year-old woman with hypertension and a number of other issues – including a family history of heart disease – would have likely appreciated such a warning. Instead, she experienced atrial fibrillation during the experiment and required a stint in the hospital.

Lisa Jackson, who ran the EPA during the time of these experiments, left no room for speculation when spreading the supposed consequences of exposure to such chemicals.

“Particulate matter causes premature death,” she said during House Energy and Commerce Committee testimony. “It doesn’t make you sick. It’s directly causal to dying sooner than you should.”

Nevertheless, she oversaw an agency that literally pumped the same pollutants into test subjects, allegedly without informing them of the ostensible risks.

In the end, however, it seems this was once again a case of rabid fear-mongering on the part of EPA officials. Thankfully, none of the test subjects, despite being exposed to huge amounts of various emissions, died as a result of the experiment.

The woman with preexisting conditions was released from the hospital, presumably with no long-lasting side effects.

If taken at her word, however, Jackson believed these 81 Americans were headed into death chambers as participants in this study – and she sent them in anyway.

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Video: Panicked NBC: ‘World Must Act Now’ To ‘Avert Disaster’ Of Climate Change http://epaabuse.com/16195/videos/panicked-nbc-world-must-act-now-avert-disaster-climate-change/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=panicked-nbc-world-must-act-now-avert-disaster-climate-change http://epaabuse.com/16195/videos/panicked-nbc-world-must-act-now-avert-disaster-climate-change/#comments Tue, 15 Apr 2014 22:26:04 +0000 http://epaabuse.com/?p=16195 Hyping the latest alarmist global warming study on Sunday’s NBC Nightly News, fill-in anchor Carl Quintanilla proclaimed: “A new U.N. report out today warns the world must act now to address climate change to avert disaster.”
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Hyping the latest alarmist global warming study on Sunday’s NBC Nightly News, fill-in anchor Carl Quintanilla proclaimed: “A new U.N. report out today warns the world must act now to address climate change to avert disaster.”


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Climate Change Alarmist Reverses Course In Bombshell Interview http://epaabuse.com/16169/news/climate-change-alarmist-reverses-course-in-bombshell-interview/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=climate-change-alarmist-reverses-course-in-bombshell-interview http://epaabuse.com/16169/news/climate-change-alarmist-reverses-course-in-bombshell-interview/#comments Mon, 14 Apr 2014 21:34:22 +0000 http://epaabuse.com/?p=16169
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Geophysicist James Lovelock, who has dedicated much of his career over the past four decades to increasing adherence to the principles of man-caused global warming, is now apparently what his colleagues would derisively call a “denier.”

In an interview with the BBC earlier this month, he contended that the United Nations ripped many of its recent climate change allegations straight from a book he wrote nearly a decade ago.

“The last [Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change] report is very similar to the statements I made in my book,” he said, referencing 2006’s ‘The Revenge of Gaia. “It’s almost as if they’ve copied it.”

Making matters worse, Lovelock has since debunked his own research and no longer subscribes to the alarmist rhetoric contained therein.

“I’m not funded by some government department or commercial body or anything like that,” he said of his recent change of heart. “If I make a mistake, then I can go public with it – and you have to, becaue it is only by making mistakes that you can move ahead.”

Those receiving generous grants to push an agenda, however, presumably have no such latitude.

“They all talk,” Lovelock said, “they pass laws, they do things, as if they knew what was happening. I don’t think anybody really knows what’s happening. They just guess.”

As far back as 2012, Lovelock began openly criticizing the U.N.’s reportage of climate predicitions, calling that year’s IPCC report “too politicized and too internalized.”

The blind allegiance to global warming has resulted, he alleged, in the scientific community’s exaggeration of empirical evidence.

“Fudging the data in any way whatsoever is quite literally a sin against the holy ghost of science,” he said. The nonagenarian has been quite active recently in distancing himself from his previous deeply held views on the subject.

“Science is going down the drain terribly fast,” he said of his own discipline. “It keeps dividing itself up into expertizes and these expertizes probably don’t know much about the others.”

He has long maintained that the earth is largely capable of repairing any damage done to the ozone layer and suggested that about 80 percent of measurements reported regarding the atmospheric damage “were either faked, or incompletely done.”

Thankfully, a number of other prominent scientists – including U.N. Lead Author Dr. Richard Tol – are also reconsidering their position on the issue. Tol has since had his name removed from the IPCC report, concluding the “idea that climate change poses an existential threat to humankind is laughable.”

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Video: CBS Touts Showtime’s ‘Groundbreaking,’ ‘Well-Done’ New Series Hyping Climate Change http://epaabuse.com/16166/videos/cbs-touts-showtimes-groundbreaking-well-done-new-series/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=cbs-touts-showtimes-groundbreaking-well-done-new-series http://epaabuse.com/16166/videos/cbs-touts-showtimes-groundbreaking-well-done-new-series/#comments Mon, 14 Apr 2014 20:34:45 +0000 http://epaabuse.com/?p=16166 Friday’s CBS This Morning set aside almost six and a half minutes of air time to promote Showtime’s upcoming series about climate change, which features liberal New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman and CBS’s Lesley Stahl.
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Friday’s CBS This Morning set aside almost six and a half minutes of air time to promote Showtime’s upcoming series about climate change, which features liberal New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman and CBS’s Lesley Stahl.


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