Posts Tagged ‘ environment ’

In odd twist, industry agrees to ban “microbeads”

June 20, 2014
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CBS News    

"Environmentalists in Illinois expected a battle royal over their call for a statewide ban on 'microbeads' -- tiny bits of plastic used in personal care products such as facial scrubs and toothpaste that are flowing by the billions into the Great Lakes and other waterways. Discovered only recently, they're showing up inside fish that are caught for human consumption, scientists say. But instead of resisting, leading companies quickly collaborated on a ban that was enacted by the state legislature this spring. And with similar measures now pending in at least three other large states and in Congress, the extinction of microbeads is taking shape as one of the unlikeliest events in the politics of nature: A low-stress compromise by interest groups that are often at each other's throats." (06/19/14)

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Australia: Senate OKs carbon tax on big polluters

November 7, 2011
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Hickory Daily Record    

"The Australian Senate on Tuesday passed bills that will make the nation's 500 largest polluters pay a tax on the carbon they release into the atmosphere. Prime Minister Julia Gillard had promised not to push for a carbon tax during elections last year, but has since said it is Australia's best option. Australia is one of the world's worst greenhouse gas emitters per capita becuase of its heavy reliance on abundant reserves of coal to generate electricity." (11/07/11)

 

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Objections to the simple libertarian argument for environmental regulation

October 3, 2011
posted by

Bleeding Heart Libertarians
by Jason Brennan  

"The Cost-Benefit Objection: While government is sometimes effective at enforcing rights, cost-benefit analysis shows that the EPA and other such agencies, even when acting without abuse and in good faith, spend/cost far too much for every year of life saved. Against, it’s better just to leave things to courts or even just let people pollute." (10/01/11)

http://bit.ly/rhl3Kd  

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Giving environmental puritans free rein

July 19, 2011
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Adam Smith Institute Adam Smith Institute
by Sam Bowman  

"For such a basic part of the economy and people’s lives, energy is a remarkably minor topic, politically speaking. The hacking scandal is interesting, but won't affect people's lives in a decade. Energy policy might. Sadly, environmentalists have been given nearly a free rein in the field of energy policy, without much input from people concerned about the impact of anti-carbon regulations on the economy or poor people’s ability to pay." (07/19/11)

http://tinyurl.com/3l2ej3r  

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Green jobs: Still here, still green

June 28, 2011
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Slate
by David Weigel  

"You remember green jobs, don't you? The stimulus bill included $5 billion of funds intended to grow green industries and employ hard-luck construction and tech workers. The prime mover in the 'green jobs' movement is Green for All, whose president Van Jones was tapped as the "Green Jobs Czar" for the administration. Jones was hounded out of his job, done in by a 9/11 'truth' petition that had his name on it (he denies he signed it), but the bigger problem for green jobs was that they didn't seem to exist. Meanwhile, Green for All has kept chugging." (06/28/11)

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Dim bulbs and Congress

June 28, 2011
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Downsize DC Downsize DC
by John Markley  

"The federal Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 would have effectively banned the sale of 100-watt incandescent bulbs on Jan 1, 2012, and phased out incandescents between 40 and 100 watts by 2014. We understand concerns about energy consumption and the environment which motivated this ban. But as the letter below shows, this ban will do more harm than good. That's why we're glad that House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton has agreed to support a bill that would repeal this ban." (06/28/11)

http://www.downsizedc.org/blog/dim-bulbs-and-congress  

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Electrical fairy tales

June 21, 2011
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Liberty Unbound Liberty Unbound
by Steve Murphy  

"The optimism of [electric vehicle] devotees is manifested by the expectation that simpleton consumers will see the absence of tailpipe fumes as the absence of emissions and pollution; that EVs are worth their exorbitant cost, particularly if they eliminate our reliance on OPEC; and that, in EV-world, we will all live happily ever after.The support of simpleton politicians guarantees fairy tales." (06/20/11)

http://libertyunbound.com/node/588  

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SCOTUS rejects global warming suit

June 20, 2011
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Reuters    

"The Supreme Court on Monday rejected a global warming lawsuit against five big power companies, its most important environmental ruling since 2007 and a victory for the utilities and the Obama administration. The justices unanimously overturned a ruling by a U.S. appeals court that the lawsuit now involving six states can proceed in an effort to force the coal-burning plants to cut emissions of gases that contribute to climate change." (06/20/11)

http://tinyurl.com/3kbj5oc  

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A better way to frack?

May 17, 2011
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Reason Reason
by Ronald Bailey  

"A new technique for natural gas extraction eliminates fears about contaminated water and stops opponents in their tracks." (05/17/11)

http://reason.com/archives/2011/05/17/a-better-way-to-frack  

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How government increases environmental risks

May 11, 2011
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The Partial Observer
by James Leroy Wilson  

"One of the most frustrating features of government environmental policy is that it micromanages the level of water in our toilet bowls and prohibits trisodium phosphate in laundry detergent, but then exposes vast amounts of people to catastrophic health and economic risks." (05/10/11)

http://partialobserver.com/article.cfm?id=3613  

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China talks a green line while the US walks one

May 10, 2011
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Cato Institute Cato Institute
by Patrick J. Michaels  

"In 2009, despite no cap-and-trade law, no carbon tax and no major reductions mandated by our EPA, U.S. carbon dioxide emissions dropped by 7.1%, more than in any year since they began tracking emissions in 1949. Meanwhile, China's increased at near-record levels. What gives?" (05/06/11)

http://www.cato.org/pub_display.php?pub_id=13084  

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The sustainable development hoax

April 24, 2011
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Independent Institute Independent Institute
by S. Fred Singer  

"'Sustainable Development' (SD) is basically a slogan without a specific meaning. Linked to Earth Day (April 22), it masquerades as a call for clean air, green energy, and suggests a pristine bucolic existence for us and our progeny -- forever. But in reality, it has become immensely useful to many groups who use the slogan to advance their own special agenda, whatever they may be." (04/22/11)

http://www.independent.org/newsroom/article.asp?id=3036  

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Voodoo economics? How about voodoo climate science?

April 24, 2011
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Cato Institute Cato Institute
by Patrick J. Michaels  

"When will our greener friends at the UN learn that it's just not a good idea to make definite predictions about certain disasters?" (04/21/11)

http://www.cato.org/pub_display.php?pub_id=13048  

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Humility, prudence, and Earth Day

April 20, 2011
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Acton Institute
by John Couretas  

"At a World Council of Churches conference last year on the French-Swiss border, much was made of the 'likelihood of mass population displacement' driven by climate change and the mass migration of people fleeing zones inundated by rising seas. While the WCC acknowledged that 'there are no solid estimates' about the likely numbers of what it called climate refugees, that didn’t stop assembled experts from throwing out some guesses: 20 million, hundreds of millions, or 1 billion people." (04/20/11)

http://tinyurl.com/3bhrpda  

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Justices skeptical of states’ global warming lawsuit

April 19, 2011
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USA Today    

"The Supreme Court appeared ready to rule that federal judges cannot set limits on greenhouse gas emissions, after a majority of justices suggested Tuesday that such disputes over global warming are better left to Congress and federal regulators. Five power companies, including American Electric Power, are appealing a lower court decision that would permit a group of six states and the city of New York to sue under federal 'public nuisance' law and claim the plants’ emissions intensify global warming." (04/19/11)

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Nuclear dead end: It’s the economics, stupid

April 18, 2011
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The Nation
by Christian Parenti  

"For about a decade now, nuclear boosters have been telling us that a 'nuclear renaissance' is underway thanks to the advent of cheaper, safer and faster-built 'third' and 'fourth generation' reactors. ... for all its moral urgency, this debate usually ignores the economics of nuclear power. It is economic factors like costs, supply chains, financing and profitability that will determine our future energy mix. And so far, the dollars and cents calculations for nuclear power just do not add up." [editor's note: And as usual this writer ignores the federal subsidy of the real risks, via Price-Anderson, in her "cost analysis" - SAT] (04/18/11)

http://tinyurl.com/3nggjfm  

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Supreme Court should reject climate change nuisance suit

April 18, 2011
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The Christian Science Monitor
by Megan L. Brown  

"On April 19, the Supreme Court will hear argument in American Electric Power Co., Inc. v. Connecticut, an unprecedented 'public nuisance' lawsuit brought against several of the nation’s largest coal-fired utilities that allegedly contribute to global warming. The dispute is part of a fundamental debate over whether to combat climate change with government policies or lawsuits. The case has the attention of business and environmental interests -- and should concern the broader public -- because the plaintiffs ask judges, rather than elected officials or executive branch appointees, to set economic, energy, and environmental policy." (04/18/11)

http://tinyurl.com/4xl5hel  

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“Sustainability” isn’t sustainable

April 13, 2011
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Foundation for Economic Education Foundation for Economic Education
by William L. Anderson  

"A number of college and universities have introduced 'Sustainability Studies.' Of course, 'sustainability' is just another term for environmentalism, but it exposes the mentality of the environmental movement very well. The idea is that unless we are forced use fewer resources, we will not be able to sustain our life on earth and humanity will disappear or at best face massive disaster." (04/13/11)

http://tinyurl.com/6jtantu  

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The green jobs myth

April 13, 2011
posted by

Cato Institute Cato Institute
by Jerry Taylor and Peter Van Doren  

"On its face, the argument that green energy is more labor intensive than 'brown' (fossil fuel and nuclear) energy is dubious. After all, once the wind turbines or photovoltaic panels are put in place, there's no need to mine the earth for fuel and, unless the windmills or panels break down a lot, there's little call for large numbers of workers to keep the generators running. This is the first clue that something is amiss in the ubiquitous 'green jobs' studies that are constantly forwarded to support green energy mandates and subsidies." (04/11/11)

http://www.cato.org/pub_display.php?pub_id=12998  

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Bolivia: Rights granted to Mother Nature

April 12, 2011
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The Raw Story    

"Bolivia is preparing to pass a new law that could lead to citizens challenging environmental destruction in court. A Ley de Derechos de la Madre Tierra (The Law of Mother Earth) would grant nature the same rights as humans, according to The Guardian. The country will establish 11 new rights for nature, including: the right to exist, the right to continue natural cycles, the right to clean water and air, the right to be free of pollution, and the right not to have cellular structures altered or genetically modified." [editor' s note: I can hardly wait to see the fallout from this anthropomorphic approach - SAT] (04/12/11)

http://tinyurl.com/42cqhvm  

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It’s official: Environmentalism IS the new religion

April 12, 2011
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Independent Institute Independent Institute
by Mary Theroux  

"Robert Nelson, in the Independent Institute’s recent book, The New Holy Wars, points out that environmental religion owes its moral activism, ascetic discipline, reverence for nature, and fallen view of man to the Protestant theology of John Calvin. Manhattan’s new Church of Earthalujah is perhaps the most striking — though hardly rare — expression of this new religion. Its leader, the Rev. Billy, outlined the church’s purpose and practices in this recent interview." (04/11/11)

http://www.independent.org/blog/index.php?p=10127  

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House, Senate split on blocking EPA greenhouse gas regulation

April 7, 2011
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USA Today    

"The Senate rejected several proposals Wednesday to keep the Environmental Protection Agency from regulating greenhouse gas emissions, with Florida Sens. Bill Nelson and Marco Rubio splitting on a key vote. But the House is expected to approve legislation to block the EPA rule. A final vote there was postponed until Thursday." (04/06/11)

http://tinyurl.com/3utl5oz  

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Arctic freshwater pool could change climate

April 6, 2011
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Associated Press    

"Scientists are monitoring a massive pool of fresh water in the Arctic Ocean that could spill into the Atlantic and potentially alter the key ocean currents that give Western Europe its moderate climate. The oceanographers said yesterday that the unusual accumulation has been caused by Siberian and Canadian rivers dumping more water into the Arctic and from melting sea ice. Both are consequences of global warming." (04/06/11)

http://tinyurl.com/3z3qwks  

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Report: Arctic ozone levels take plunge

April 5, 2011
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BBC News [UK]    

"The ozone layer has seen unprecedented damage in the Arctic this winter due to cold weather in the upper atmosphere. By the end of March, 40% of the ozone in the stratosphere had been destroyed, against a previous record of 30%. The ozone layer protects against skin cancer, but the gas is destroyed by reactions with industrial chemicals. These chemicals are restricted by the UN's Montreal Protocol, but they last so long in the atmosphere that damage is expected to continue for decades." (04/05/11)

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-12969167  

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Free Markets, Property Rights and Climate Change: How to Privatize Climate Policy

April 5, 2011
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Libertarian Papers
by Graham Dawson  

"The goal has been to devise a strategy that protects as much as possible the rights and liberties of all agents, both users of fossil fuels and people whose livelihoods and territories are at risk if the anthropogenic global warming (AGW) hypothesis is true. To achieve this goal the standard climate policy instruments, taxes and emissions trading, should be discontinued. There are weaknesses in the theoretical perspectives used to justify these policy instruments and climate science cannot provide the knowledge that would be needed to justify their implementation. In their place I propose a privatised policy, based on Austrian and libertarian frameworks of thought, which share an interpretation of climate change as a putative interpersonal conflict rather than market failure." [abstract -- full paper available as PDF or MS Word download] (04/01/11)

http://tinyurl.com/3s9bok3  

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