One of the foundations of leftist politics is “accuse others of what you are guilty.” It is a wonderfully effective political tactic used by the most unethical, deceitful and deplorable of people. It unjustly accuses the innocent of guilt, marginalizes the crime, and most importantly puts the accused on defense when they should be on offense. Environmental groups are legendary for their willingness, ability, and voracity at abusing our legal system and undermining the democratic process. The most recent example is the opposition to President Trump’s “Border Wall.”
The Center for Biological Diversity (CBD) want the courts to halt construction of Trump’s border wall, arguing it will harm sensitive ecosystems and impede the movement of endangered species, specifically jaguars.
“Endangered species like jaguars and ocelots don’t observe international boundaries and should not be sacrificed for unnecessary border militarization,” Kierán Suckling, CBD’s executive director, said in a statement.
While those claims may be true, and accommodations should be made if justified, it is the “selective moral outrage” that makes these efforts so blatantly disingenuous. Deserts are some of the most fragile ecosystems out there, and there was barely a peep from environmentalists when it came to destroying thousands of pristine acres of desert habitat for a commercially unviable solar plant in the California desert. (Here is a video of what are called “streamers,” unfortunate birds vaporized by the plant)
The $2.2 billion plant is designed to have 377 megawatts of capacity. But it has been plagued by charges of numerous bird deaths (the birds are supposedly zapped by the fierce beams between the mirrors and the collecting tower; these charges have been largely discounted by environmental impact studies) and accusations of production shortfalls.
Birds aren’t the only victims of the Ivanpah solar plant. Tortoises are at risk as well. Scott Pruitt should have an investigation to discover how this project sailed through the EPA approval process with such ease. What he learns should then be passed on to the Nuclear, Coal, Fracking, and Petroleum Power industries so we can actually start solving our energy problems, instead of compounding them. The same standards need to be applied to all industries equally. The EPA should not be used as a tool to discriminate against certain energy sources. The EPS should support energy diversity.
That includes the high price of the electricity Ivanpah sells to the grid and the several score desert tortoises that have been its victims, despite over $50 million spent to relocate the animals…
Since 1950, the species’ population has collapsed by some 90 percent.
“Translocation is a terrible idea,” one of the biologists hired to try to save tortoises at the construction site told me, requesting anonymity because unauthorized contact with journalists violates BrightSource’s rules for the scientists it employs.
“Everybody knows that translocation doesn’t work. When you’re walking in front of a bulldozer, crying, and moving animals and cacti out of the way, it’s hard to think that the project is a good idea.”
It’s not just tortoises dying. During tests of the power plant before last week’s official opening, dead and injured birds with scorched feathers were found at the site.
Windfarms are basically giant bird Cuisinarts, killing many endangered species of raptors and bats.
Windfarms kill 10-20 times more than previously thought
Wind turbines are actually slaughtering millions of birds and bats annually
The Obama administration is issuing 30-year permits for “taking” (killing) bald and golden eagles. The great birds will be legally slaughtered “unintentionally” by lethal wind turbines installed in their breeding territories, and in “dispersion areas” where their young congregate (e.g. Altamont Pass).
By chance (if you believe in coincidences), a timely government study claims wind farms will kill “only” 1.4 million birds yearly by 2030. This new report is just one of many, financed with taxpayers’ money, aimed at convincing the public that additional mortality caused by wind plants is sustainable. – It is not.
Almost every “green initiative” has been both an economic and environmental disaster.
From killer diesel fumes to ruinous floods, every green initiative imposed on us by politicians has ended in disaster… and this is the great folly of our age
Ethanol is a complete joke. Ignoring the absurdity of burning food for fuel while people are starving in this world, it incentivizes farmers to plow, plant, fertilize, and pesticide extra acres of land, land that was once preserved as natural habitat. Brazil is cutting down the rain forest to produce the “green energy” ethanol, and ethanol is widely believed to be a net energy loser. Other research shows that this 100% Renewable Energy Utopia is nothing but pure fantasy.
While fully accepting the perspective that fossil fuel energy production and consumption must be dramatically reduced to save the planet from dangerous CO2-induced global warming, four Australian researchers have compiled a comprehensive rebuke of the premise that renewable energies (wind, solar, biomass, etc.) can feasibly supplant fossil fuels to become the dominant power source for the world.
Biodiesel’s palm oil farms also destroy sensitive habitat and forests.
New palm oil figures: Biodiesel use in EU fueling deforestation
Palm oil has become a major biofuel for EU vehicles, new figures show. But far from an eco-friendly alternative, biodiesel is 80 percent worse for the climate than fossil diesel, critics say.
To make matters worse, green fuels aren’t even green, and in some cases “dirtier than fossil fuels.”
Life-cycle non-GHG air pollutant emissions, particularly NOX [nitrous oxides] and PM [particulates], are higher for corn ethanol and other biofuel blends than conventional petroleum fuels
If the EPA is to protect the environment, which most people consider ensuring clean air and water for human consumption, promoting such environmental disasters as wind, solar, and biofuels appear to be in violation of their charter. If Environmental NGOs support opposition to environmentally friendly nuclear power, the EPA lines up with crippling lawsuits. If Environmental NGOs support opposition to environmentally friendly natural gas, clean coal, fracking, and petroleum production, the EPA lines up with crippling lawsuits. This one-sided application of the law through a governmental agency is solid evidence of “regulatory capture,” and must be addressed by the Trump administration.
This concentration of power is simply antithetical to any free democratic society, especially when trillions of dollars are allocated based upon the data these organizations produce. The concentration creates the possibility of what economists call “regulatory capture,” and it is such a threat that President Eisenhower warned the nation about it in his farewell speech. The recent protesting of President Trump’s nominee to run EPA by EPA employees is a clear sign the organization is no longer representing the will of the people. In another branch of the government, that kind of behavior would get you court-martialed. Much like the Trusts of the early 20th Century, it is time to break up government “Robber Barons,” starting with the EPA.
To demonstrate how insane the actions of the Obama administration’s EPA were, they convinced the SCOTUS to deem CO2 a pollutant? CO2 is the exhaust of life, CO2 is evidence of life, CO2 is critical to life, CO2 is the element upon which all organic life is based. Organic chemistry is the chemistry of carbon. CO2 is plant food, CO2 is essential for photosynthesis. We study the life cycle which is also called the carbon cycle. No one in the history of mankind has ever been harmed by CO2 levels reached over the entire geological record of the earth. No human has ever had an allergic reaction to CO2, no human has ever died from breathing CO2 at levels consistent with the atmosphere or even a submarine where the CO2 levels are 20x what are found in the atmosphere. The entire purpose of the human lung is to regulate CO2 and O2 within the human body. CO2 is essential to healthy human life.
The entire purpose of the lung is to manage the delicate balance between CO2 and O2 in the human body. CO2 is necessary for the lung and blood to function. Too little or too much CO2 in the lung and the pH of the blood can change, hyper- ventilating can cause a person to lose consciousness, too much CO2 and a person can suffocate. The standard level of CO2 in the lung is between 2.7 to 7.5%. To put that in perspective atmospheric CO2 is 400 ppm, or 0.04%. 2.7 to 7.5% or 27,000 ppm to 75,000 ppm is between 67 and 187x the level of the atmosphere. Submarines can have CO2 levels near 10,000 ppm.
Accountability should also be demanded by the Trump administration. If the EPA claims something and then places regulations in place, that regulation had better solve the problem. Growing up the “Spotted Owl” was the environmental cause Du Jour, and it wreaked havoc on the timber industry and private property rights, which seemed to be of little concern to the lawyers employed by the NGOs.
The consequences for the rural economy in many areas of the Pacific Northwest
were devastating. As many as 135 mills were closed, pushing unemployment up to 25 percent in some small communities (Adams). The mill closings affected cutters, loggers, and truck drivers, including other businesses that provided services to them were also out of work. Once booming logging towns soon became ghost towns within the next year. Economic setbacks, due to saving complex ecosystems and endangered species is a small price to pay. If we continue to focus on quantity over quality, we will exhaust the earth’s precious gifts. We have already caused extensive damage to the environment, plants and animals due to greed and capitalism. It is certainly time for us to pay for our mistakes.
What were the benefits of all the job-killing regulations put in place by the EPA? The spotted owl population continues to decline to this day. All those lives and communities ruined for nothing. The only people that gained were the lawyers employed by the misguided environmental NGOs and the NGOs themselves that were able to con countless gullible donors and subscribers to join their Quixotic Marxist Crusade.
The Spotted Owl is experiencing a population decline over much of its range. In British Columbia, the population is thought to have declined by 67% between 1992 and 2002 (10.4% per year), and may have declined by over 90% since European settlement (Chutter et al. 2004). Estimates of population change at demography study areas in the United States indicate declines at all 3 study areas in Washington, at 2 of 5 study areas in Oregon, and at all 3 study areas in California (Dugger et al. 2016).
The sad truth is that logging wasn’t the problem for the Spotted Owls, encroaching species like the Barred Owl that feed on the Spotted Owl was one big problem. The other problem ironically is that the forests had become too dense due to fire prevention programs. Spotted Owls have a wide wingspan eat mice. Mice are live on the floor of the forest. In order for the Spotted Owl to catch a mouse, they have to fly down from the tree tops to catch the mouse on the floor. The more branches and tree trunks in the path to catching the mouse, the less likely a Spotted Owl is to catch the mouse. (Must watch Documentary)
Shooting Owls to Save Other Owls
Protecting habitat hasn’t stopped the spotted owl’s decline. Will shooting its rivals help?
It hasn’t turned out that way. The spotted owl population is dropping by about 3.9 percent a year, and the decline is even steeper in the northern part of the owl’s range in Washington, at 7 or 8 percent a year. The evidence is mounting that the barred owl is a big part of the problem.
With friends like the EPA and Environmentalists, the Earth and the American voters don’t need enemies. The Trump administration should demand accountability and cost-benefit analysis from the EPA. The EPA isn’t a tool for the misguided Watermelon environmentalists to push their Marxist anti-capitalist agenda. The EPA is to ensure a safe and clean environment for the American people, not to push a far-left political agenda. America needs more loggers, drillers, and miners, not more lawyers and environmental journalists.
To send a clear message to the watermelon environmentalists, President Trump should force the closure of all Wind and Solar facilities until they can ensure that no endangered birds will be harmed. Use the existing EPA laws and simply apply them to wind and solar. If we can shut down logging in the North West over the spotted owl, if we can shut down drilling to save the polar bears, we can shut down wind and solar over protecting the American Eagle. That way, the Watermelon NGOs will have to spend their resources fighting lawsuits instead of filing them.
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