34 results for tag: Environment


Rhode Island Senator blames Oklahoma tornado on global warming boogeyman

While Tea Party Patriots typically ignores the global warming/climate change debates because of the black holes they are, one Senator recently tied federal emergency financial aid for natural disasters – focusing on the recent tornado in Oklahoma – to claim Republicans who oppose climate change legislation are harming the nation’s financial and physical security. From The Daily Caller: While many Americans were tuned into news coverage of the massive damage from tornadoes ravaging the state of Oklahoma, Rhode Island Democratic Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse took to the Senate floor to rail against his Republican colleagues for denying the theory of ...

From “low-level worker” to systemic targeting: EPA joins IRS in discrimination

One could be a fluke. Two is a pattern.  This time, it’s the fan favorite, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA): The Environmental Protection Agency often refuses to waive fees for Freedom of Information Act requests from conservative groups, while almost always waiving them for environmental groups. That’s according to an analysis of a year’s worth of FOIA requests by the Competitive Enterprise Institute, a nonprofit Washington, D.C.-based public policy group that advocates limited government, free enterprise and individual liberty. The waivers are significant since FOIA fees can run into the thousands of dollars – enough money to ...

President Obama’s regulatory burden crowding out growth

On Wednesday, The Heritage Foundation published a report on the President’s 2012 regulatory burdens, as well as an analysis of how much of a regulatory burden this Administration has put on the private sector. The results are not pretty. A few highlights: •    The total annual burden on the economy just from major regulations issued by President Obama in his first term is $70 billion – meaning, starting in 2013, the base burden this President has added to the already-oversized regulatory burden on the private sector of America is $70 billion. •    This will grow significantly as regulations for Obamacare and Dodd-Frank continue to be ...

America’s energy potential continues to grow

From the Washington Post’s “Wonkbook” comes three pieces of great news about America’s energy situation, from both political and economic perspectives. First, North Dakota may have three times as much recoverable gas, and twice as much shale oil, as previously estimated: Technological advancements have made the unconventional fossil fuels in North Dakota’s Three Forks formation “technically recoverable,” the Interior Department's United States Geological Survey (USGS) announced Tuesday. And by rolling Three Forks into the Bakken shale formation, the region that spans North Dakota, South Dakota and Montana could now produce 7.4 ...

Facts vs. Political Opportunity on energy reform

I’ve been out of the office for a couple of days, so I’ve barely heard about the oil spill in Arkansas. Fortunately, PBS Newshour is on the job: And not just any oil, a type of heavy crude called diluted bitumen, from the tar sands of Western Canada and similar to what the proposed Keystone XL Pipeline would carry. Running from Patoka, Ill., to Nederland, Texas, the Pegasus pipeline is capable of transporting 96,000 barrels of oil a day. It passes through this Little Rock suburb, and also through 13 miles of the close-by Lake Maumelle watershed, leaving many concerned with the risks posed to Arkansas' water supply. Yesterday at a bird shelter ...

Update: Corporate giant gets immunity

Last Tuesday, President Obama signed H.R. 933, the Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act, 2013 AKA the Continuing Resolution (CR). Around the same time, the term “Monsanto Protection Act” began making its way from environmental activist sites to more mainstream outlets such as Huffington Post Live, NY Daily News, Salon.com and Politico. What is the Monsanto Protection Act? It’s the nickname environmental activists and opponents of Genetically Modified Organism (GMO) biotechnology companies gave a seemingly innocuous provision of the Continuing Resolution. The provision, Section 735, was inserted anonymously into the Senate ...

Will newly-unveiled EPA standards help or hurt gas prices?

From the agency trying to push gas to $7 a gallon: Bill Becker, of the National Association of Clean Air Agencies, said, "It is the single most important air pollution control strategy that President Obama will likely offer in his second term as president." The Environmental Protection Agency is expected to announce the proposed rules on Friday. The goal is to cut down on pollution by reducing the amount of sulfur in gasoline by two-thirds. Lives are apparently at stake as well: The White House says the price of gas will go up less than a penny, but the oil industry says it could rise as much as 9 cents a gallon. The new regulations won't take ...

Want to know where your tax dollars go? Use the taxpayer receipt

When it comes to federal spending, it is an unfortunate fact that most Americans do not know what dollars go where. Tea Party Patriots recently highlighted the Top 9 places our tax dollars are spent, and the Treasury Department has a more comprehensive list on Page 40 of this report, but getting this information out to the majority of Americans is difficult. Two years ago, the think tank Third Way may have come up with a worthwhile solution: a “taxpayer receipt.” From an op-ed published in March 2011 about the potential importance of such a receipt: According to a recent University of Maryland poll, Americans on average believe that one-fourth ...

Good energy policy never goes out of style

Remember the Keystone Pipeline? Nebraska’s governor has now officially approved the revised pipeline’s presence in his state. This now puts a great deal of pressure on President Obama to finally approve the full pipeline. In case we’ve forgotten the details, The Heritage Foundation’s Nicolas Loris reminded us last week that Keystone’s thousands of jobs and millions of barrels of oil annually (plus advantageous international relations) sit untouched: After being sworn-in this weekend, President Obama will soon receive a second shot at approving the Keystone XL pipeline that will bring oil down from Canada to Gulf Coast refineries. Last ...

Eight Saving Graces Put to Death

Republicans and Democrats cannot stop the overspending. And we need to let our Members of Congress know that we are watching and will hold them accountable. Recently, an opportunity to cut spending presented itself, but the House voted down the opportunity. There were eight opportunities in all, each one a proposed amendment to the Energy and Water Appropriations, which currently contains more spending than last year’s bill. Here is a list of the 8 amendments to cut spending, and some information, regarding those amendments: Rep. McClintock (R-CA) proposed an amendment that cut the Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy program by $1.45 ...