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http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2015...medium=RSS
Quote:By Valerie Richardson - The Washington Times - Wednesday, September 9, 2015
The Environmental Protection Agency was accused Wednesday of doctoring footage from the Gold King Mine spill, removing the audio of a worker saying, “What do we do now?”
During a House committee hearing on the accident, Rep. Bill Johnson, Ohio Republican, showed what he said was an original on-site video taken the day of the Aug. 5 spill, which includes the audio, and then the same video posted on the EPA’s website that beeps out the audio.

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http://watchdog.org/236778/epa-rough-summer/
Overreach, court and catastrophe: The EPA’s rough summer

By Nicholas C. Fondacaro 
Quote:Nicholas C. Fondacaro | Watchdog Arena

This summer has been a very busy time at the Environmental Protection Agency, with overreaching regulationfederal court injunctions and self-made catastrophes.

Over the past few months, the EPA has unveiled numerous regulations designed to have the agency control CO2 emissions, methane emissions, and even the puddles in your driveway. The agency seems to be implementing stringent regulation with complete disregard for the effects is has on the local and national economies. The agency is acting very similarly to the EPA from the Simpsons Movie; doing everything short of throwing a dome up over places they see as problems.

As the EPA continues to push its Clean Power Plan, there is a growing concern about the effect it will have on the jobs of coal miners in the United States. In Colorado there are 17,000 coaling jobs and another 57,000 supporting jobs at risk if the coal industry goes under.

Even Oklahoma, a state that has embraced “clean” energy with 12 percent of its power generated by wind, is claiming the EPA is going too far. These concerns are also for the consumer: states that have implemented the similarly stringent energy plans have seem energy bills jump up 40 percent in a year. Increases like that wreak havoc for low-income residents.

Recently the EPA and the Army Corps of Engineers started moving forward with a plan to implement stricter enforcement of the “Waters of the US” rule. The rule originally dictating that the EPA has regulative authority over “navigable” waterways inside the US. An expanded interpretation of the rule has led to the EPA regulating shallow brooks, stock pond and irrigation ditches on farms, even the saggy wet patches that show up on your lawn when it rains.

The EPA has even fined a farmer in Wyoming $16 million for building a stock pond on his property.

With these kind of actions by the EPA, states are forced to react and push back against what they see as bureaucratic overreach. In response to the new water rule, 13 states were successfully awarded a temporary injunction to stop the EPA from enforcing the policy in their respective states. The EPA has said it will be moving forward with enforcement in the 37 other states, some of which did not win their injunction fights.

Seeing as the EPA is now taking extreme measures to enforce its authority over waters of the US, many wonder how the agency is going to be held accountable for the environmental disaster it triggered in Colorado last month. The spill dumped three million gallons of toxic mine waste into the Animus River.

As the toxins made their way down river, it put the health and livelihoods of residents in four states at risk. The cleanup could cost upwards of $30 billion and take years.

The EPA’s response to the disaster has called into question its own ability to do the job is was created to do. In response to the toxins making their way closer to water intake systems, many communities shut down their intakes to prevent contamination of drinking water and crop irrigation systems. The Navajo Nation had done that as well.

The Navajo Nation demanded that the Environmental Protect Agency provide water for drinking and crops, as a way to help them get through the crisis. The EPA once again botch its duty when it delivered contaminated water to the Navajo. The containers the EPA brought the water in were tanks used to store “filtered oil” and were not cleaned out before being filled and delivered.

As the summer draws to a close, many wonder if the EPA has any accountability at all. We will soon find out; in mid-September the House Oversight and Natural Resource Committees will be holding a joint hearing to hold the EPA accountable for their actions.

Many may wonder if the over regulation by the agency, the hassle of compliance, and the horror of an environmental disaster could have been avoided. The answer, unfortunately, is yes.

If we only had heeded the warning of Grandpa Simpson:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rFRd1WdbDNY
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http://www.liveleak.com/view?i=712_1442521269
Quote:Environmental Justice? EPA blocks Navajo's access to mine disaster site, forced to walk

Testifying before Congress, EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy is questioned by Representative Jason Chaffetz as to why Navajo leaders were denied access to the EPA's Gold King Mine disaster site, as the Navajo Nation is heavily reliant upon the water of the downstream tributary.

REPRESENTATIVE CHAFFETZ: "Let's go to the site visit because the President of the Navajo Nation wanted to visit the site and you denied him. You would not take him to that site. We quote, this is from the Navajo President, 'We requested a tour from the Environmental Protection Agency but faced immediate resistance. Staff indicated they would only take us to the confluence of the Cement Creek and the Animas River.' He goes on and on, but you did not allow them, the EPA would not allow them to go to the site. Why not?"

ADMINISTRATOR MCCARTHY: "As far as my understanding, and I wasn't at the site of the mine, is that it was a dangerous location, and we brought them as close as they could, and they actually seemed at that point in time to be very satisfied that they were being protected and getting an opportunity to be at the site --"

REPRESENTATIVE CHAFFETZ: "So you were doing it to protect them?"

ADMINISTRATOR MCCARTHY: "Many times that is a -- you yourself saw the site in the video. There was damage that occurred, keeping people safe, but there is no way in which we have kept people from going as close to the site as they could safely get, and the Navajo, in fact, went there."

REPRESENTATIVE CHAFFETZ: "They did not get there. That's the testimony. Quote, 'We finally convinced them to take us within a half mile of the point of release. We walked the rest of the way to the point of the release. There we saw completely unblocked mine at it with estimated 550 gallon per minute flow of bright opaque orange' and he goes on and on. You did not do that. You didn't call them. You didn't communicate with them. You told the media before you told them. They wanted to go to the site. You wouldn't do that. And, then you have the gall to hand out standard form 95 and walk along the river and try to get them to do waiver forms and you only did that after the President said, 'We are going to sue the EPA?'"

House Natural Resources Committee
September 17, 2015
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Their too busy figuring how much money they can get from VW.
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http://investmentwatchblog.com/us-the-ep...rees-weak/
US: The EPA stirred up a hornet’s nest of ridicule on social media after the agency claimed that sunlight was bad for trees because it can cause ozone to form, making trees weak.


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http://watchdog.org/241742/epa-wastewate...superfund/

Quote:By Marjorie Haun | Watchdog Arena
“Once again the EPA [Environmental Protection Agency] has failed to notify the appropriate local officials and agencies of the spill in a timely manner.” These are the words of U.S. Congressman Scott Tipton (R-CO) of Colorado’s 3rd Congressional District in response to another toxic spill resulting from EPA activities at an abandoned mine in western Colorado.
According to the Denver Post, an EPA mine crew working Thursday at the Standard Mine in the mountains near Crested Butte, triggered another spill of some 2,000 gallons of wastewater into a nearby mountain creek. Supporting Tipton’s remarks to Watchdog Arena, the Denver Post report states that the EPA had failed to release a report about the incident at the time of its writing.

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Quote:FORGET THE GENDER GAP, THE REAL ISSUE IS THE FEDERAL PAY GAP
Submitted by IWB, on October 9th, 2015


Federal Employees’ Wages Growing Faster Than Everybody Else’s.
Quote:“Federal civilian workers had an average wage of $84,153 in 2014, compared to an average in the private sector of $56,350. The federal advantage in overall compensation (wages plus benefits) is even greater. Federal compensation averaged $119,934 in 2014, which was 78 percent higher than the private-sector average of $67,246.”
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(Hat tip to Scott Lincicome)
 http://investmentwatchblog.com/forget-th...l-pay-gap/
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http://newsbusters.org/blogs/nb/michael-...ate-change
Quote:The Atlantic: Bureaucrats Will Save Us from Climate Change

By Michael McKinney | October 15, 2015 | 5:31 PM EDT

On Thursday, Venkatesh Rao wrote for the Atlantic “Why Solving Climate Change Will Be Like Mobilizing for War.” Rao sought to look at how US government and UN bureaucrats want to push climate-friendly economies. This piece is a companion piece to the Atlantic’s interview with Bill Gates, where he argues that the economy cannot move fast enough for climate change.
Quote:It’s clear that the market is unlikely to solve the problem of climate change on its own. If scientists are right, and there is no reason to think they aren’t, averting climate change will require such large-scale, rapid action, that no single energy technology, new or emerging, could be the solution. Neither could any single non-energy technology, such as video-conferencing as a substitute for travel, solve the problem on its own.

Rao invokes the mobilization of the Second World War, declaring that the Climate War “requires a level of trust in academic and energy-sector public institutions (including international ones) comparable to the trust placed in military institutions during times of war.”
While Rao admits that Climate Change lacks an evil dictator to rally against because there are no visible casualties, he argues “that we must allocate high costs today, while we can still afford them, in order to save unborn generations from avertable disasters.”
Quote:In other words, we are contemplating the sorts of austerities associated with wartime economies. For ordinary Americans, austerities might include an end to expansive suburban lifestyles and budget air travel, and an accelerated return to high-density urban living and train travel. For businesses, this might mean rethinking entire supply chains, as high-emissions sectors become unviable under new emissions regimes.

Following up on this thought of removing rights to property and homes, Rao hit one last punch at skeptics. Rao compared Climate Change skeptics to anti-vaccine advocates, saying that is “dangerous to trust uninformed” average Americans, and that skepticism may be good against politicians, it should never be used against science. Finishing the rant against the average man, Rao finishes that science’s nature of evidence changing thoughts “is not a reason to second guess scientists or trust conspiracy theorists instead.

That doesn’t mean we don’t risk corporatist corruption, cronyism, and outright wartime profiteering. But we do not yet know how to act beyond a certain scale and speed without those risks.”

"So a technocrat-led, government-coordinated international response is probably necessary." The future is now.

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http://investmentwatchblog.com/after-rel...al-crimes/
Quote:However, the agency failed to apply its enforcement techniques to its own employees and the contractors responsible for a massive toxic spill caused during the botched Gold King Mine cleanup in Colorado – which poisoned rivers and waterways in three states and also within the Navajo Nation.
From The Daily Caller:
“Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) enforcers helped convict 185 Americans of environmental crimes this year, with each of these eco-convicts getting sentenced to eight months in prison on average for crimes ranging from biofuel fraud to illegally removing asbestos.
“EPA enforcement data for 2015 shows the agency opened 213 environmental cases which resulted in 185 people convicted and sentenced to 129 years in prison. EPA has been opening fewer cases in recent years to focus more on ‘high impact’ cases.”
The agency was responsible for levying more than $88 million in fines, $112 million in restitution and $4 billion in court ordered environmental projects.
Record settlements against private companies
The biggest of these cases was against Duke Energy, which was charged with violating the Clean Water Act for spilling coal ash into Virginia and North Carolina rivers. The guilty verdict resulted in the largest settlement ever paid under the Clean Water Act: $68 million in fines and $34 million for environmental projects in both affected states.
So, how can the EPA justify its zealous prosecution of companies like Duke Energy, when its own environmental screw-ups go unpunished?
“Republican lawmakers were quick to criticize EPA for not taking any disciplinary action against contractors or employees involved in the Colorado mine spill. Lawmakers noted that while EPA drags its feet, a private company, like Duke, would have been fined quickly if it had spilled mine waste.
“The Department of the Interior’s outside review of the spill incident found EPA could have avoided a blowout if it had taken precautions agency workers had used while opening other sealed Colorado mines.”
EPA whitewashes its own mistakes
Not only could the blowout have been avoided, there is evidence that the agency was warned beforehand that such an incident might occur – and even worse, it now appears that the agency may be attempting to “taint” the investigation, according to Representatives Rob Bishop of Utah and Louie Gohmert of Texas, both Republicans.
Bishop and Gohmert wrote to the inspector general of the EPA:
“[T]he Committee on Natural Resources is troubled by the EPA’s disclosure last week that it had recently interviewed two material witnesses to the EPA’s activities at Gold King Mine.
“Specifically, the Committee is concerned that the EPA’s interview did not follow best investigative practices and may have interfered with the OIG’s ongoing investigation.”
Meanwhile, the EPA continues in its efforts to whitewash the incident, according to Paul Driesen of the Heartland Institute. “Congress and state legislatures should further investigate the Gold King disaster, and compel witnesses to testify under oath,” he wrote. “They should also improve relevant laws, ensure that agency personnel are truly qualified to do their tasks, and hold agency incompetents and miscreants accountable.”
And as the Gold King Mine cleanup efforts drag on, suicides are on the increase in the Navajo Nation – a fact which many blame on the spill.
It seems abundantly clear that the EPA is unwilling to take full responsibility for their role in the Gold King Mine spill, even though the incident continues to have a devastating impact on the environment and the people living in the region.
And as it doggedly pursues “high profile” cases, while levying record fines against private companies, the agency apparently believes that its own environmental mistakes are somehow forgivable and that it should not be held accountable for them.
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http://bigstory.ap.org/article/7d8b28992...-prevented
Quote:BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Government investigators squarely blamed the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Thursday for a 3 million-gallon wastewater spill from a Colorado gold mine, saying an EPA cleanup crew rushed its work and failed to consider the complex engineering involved, triggering the very blowout it hoped to avoid.
The spill that fouled rivers in three states would have been avoided had the EPA team checked on water levels inside the Gold King Mine before digging into a collapsed and leaking mine entrance, Interior Department investigators concluded.
The technical report on the causes of the Aug. 5 spill has implications across the United States, where similar disasters could lurk among an estimated hundreds of thousands of abandoned mines that have yet to be cleaned up. The total cost of containing this mining industry mess could top $50 billion, according to government estimates.
The root causes of the Colorado accident began decades ago, when mining companies altered the flow of water through a series of interconnected tunnels in the extensively mined Upper Animas River watershed, the report says.
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http://investmentwatchblog.com/kevin-bla...-industry/
Kevin Blanch: GREEN PEACE WORKS FOR THE FUCKING NUCLEAR INDUSTRY


https://www.intellihub.com/san-andreas-f...-into-air/
Quote:CALIFORNIA (INTELLIHUB) — On Thursday, Feb. 25, between 4 and 6 p.m., there was a major rupture in the San Andreas Fault which released an enormous amount of toxic carbon monoxide (CO) and other gases, like sulfur dioxide, into the air that spread all along the West Coast, from California to Canada, according to Climate Science Educator Paul Beckwith, University of Ottawa.
Beckwith feels the release could contribute to a rather substantial earthquake in the near future after “CO emitted in India” nine-years ago was “preceded a 7.4 earthquake by one week.”
Beckwith also pointed out how the USGS and media have been silent.
Additionally Beckwith believes people could be getting poisoned from the gaseous release.
Beckwith said, “The levels are high as 40,000 parts per [billion].”
View the release live in realtime here.

http://www.naturalblaze.com/2016/03/new-...rming.html
New Preschool Teaches Gardening And Urban Farming

PostedBy John Vibes

A new preschool is teaching children gardening and urban farming, and many of their classes are hands-on, working on an actual farm.

Edoardo Capuzzo Dolcetta and a team of other designers have been working to bring children closer to nature during their studies and teach them skills that they will actually need in the real world.

Dolcetta’s team, which includes Gabriele Capobianco, Davide Troiana, and Jonathan Lazar, recently gained attention for their ideas when they won the AWR International Ideas Competition.

They won the competition with a proposal called “Nursery Fields Forever,” which is a classroom and lesson plan that merges farming education with academic learning. on March 1, 2016
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http://www.mlive.com/news/flint/index.ss...river_home

Quote:FLINT, MI – A federal class-action lawsuit seeking $150 million in restitution and replacement of waterlines in every Flint home has been dismissed.

Ann Arbor U.S. District Judge John Corbett O'Meara issued an opinion Tuesday, April 19, dismissing the lawsuit, stating the allegations fall under the federal Safe Drinking Water Act and must be addressed by the Environmental Protection Agency
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http://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2016...farms.html

Quote:New administration rule would allow thousands of eagle deaths from wind farms
By Rick Moran
Environmentalists have been successful in halting development by claiming damage to small fish, toads, and small mammals. 
But eagles – they're apparently fair game, as long as the beautiful birds are killed as a result of getting caught in a wind turbine.

Fox News:
Quote:The Obama administration is revising a federal rule that allows wind-energy companies to operate high-speed turbines for up to 30 years, even if means killing or injuring thousands of federally protected bald and golden eagles.
Under the plan announced Wednesday, companies could kill or injure up to 4,200 bald eagles a year without penalty -- nearly four times the current limit. Golden eagles could only be killed if companies take steps to minimize the losses, for instance, by retrofitting power poles to reduce the risk of electrocution.
Fish and Wildlife Service Director Dan Ashe said the proposal will "provide a path forward" for maintaining eagle populations while also spurring development of a pollution-free energy source that's intended to ease global warming, a cornerstone of President Barack Obama's energy plan.
Ashe said the 162-page proposal would protect eagles and at the same time "help the country reduce its reliance on fossil fuels" such as coal and oil that contribute to global warming.
"There's a lot of good news in here," Ashe said in an interview, calling the plan "a great tool to work with to further conservation of two iconic species."
The proposal sets objectives for eagle management, addresses how bird populations will be monitored and provides a framework for how the permitting system fits within the agency's overall eagle management, Ashe said.
Wind farms are clusters of turbines as tall as 30-story buildings, with spinning rotors as wide as a passenger jet's wingspan. Blades can reach speeds of up to 170 mph at the tips, creating tornado-like vortexes.
The Fish and Wildlife Service estimates there are about 143,000 bald eagles in the United States, and 40,000 golden eagles.
Imagine a private company developing land where thousands of bald and golden eagles would be killed every year.  The owner would be sent to jail for a very long time.
But in service to a political agenda, the lives of these birds just don't count for much.
By backing this policy, the greens are oblivious to the towering hypocrisy of their ideology.  The next time they shut down a project that benefits humans because of a threat to an animal species, we can point out their contemptible dishonesty.
Environmentalists have been successful in halting development by claiming damage to small fish, toads, and small mammals. 
But eagles – they're apparently fair game, as long as the beautiful birds are killed as a result of getting caught in a wind turbine.
Fox News:
Quote:The Obama administration is revising a federal rule that allows wind-energy companies to operate high-speed turbines for up to 30 years, even if means killing or injuring thousands of federally protected bald and golden eagles.
Under the plan announced Wednesday, companies could kill or injure up to 4,200 bald eagles a year without penalty -- nearly four times the current limit. Golden eagles could only be killed if companies take steps to minimize the losses, for instance, by retrofitting power poles to reduce the risk of electrocution.
Fish and Wildlife Service Director Dan Ashe said the proposal will "provide a path forward" for maintaining eagle populations while also spurring development of a pollution-free energy source that's intended to ease global warming, a cornerstone of President Barack Obama's energy plan.
Ashe said the 162-page proposal would protect eagles and at the same time "help the country reduce its reliance on fossil fuels" such as coal and oil that contribute to global warming.
"There's a lot of good news in here," Ashe said in an interview, calling the plan "a great tool to work with to further conservation of two iconic species."
The proposal sets objectives for eagle management, addresses how bird populations will be monitored and provides a framework for how the permitting system fits within the agency's overall eagle management, Ashe said.
Wind farms are clusters of turbines as tall as 30-story buildings, with spinning rotors as wide as a passenger jet's wingspan. Blades can reach speeds of up to 170 mph at the tips, creating tornado-like vortexes.
The Fish and Wildlife Service estimates there are about 143,000 bald eagles in the United States, and 40,000 golden eagles.
Imagine a private company developing land where thousands of bald and golden eagles would be killed every year.  The owner would be sent to jail for a very long time.
But in service to a political agenda, the lives of these birds just don't count for much.
By backing this policy, the greens are oblivious to the towering hypocrisy of their ideology.  The next time they shut down a project that benefits humans because of a threat to an animal species, we can point out their contemptible dishonesty.
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http://www.americanlandscouncil.org/oreg...s_promises

Oregon: Federal government has broken its public lands promises

Quote:Guest Opinion by Colleen Roberts and Kelley Minty Morris
as published by Mail Tribune 

Quote:We Oregonians love our public lands. We also love clean air and safe communities and we expect the federal government to keep its promises.
Quote:The recent proposal by the Bureau of Land Management for managing local lands into the foreseeable future doesn’t promote the Oregon we love. It does not ensure clean air, it takes away our access to vital county services like jails and sheriff’s deputies, and it breaks the promise the federal government made with the people under the O&C Act.
Quote:The O&C lands are legally unique: Congress directed all timber lands shall be managed under the principles of sustained yield. “All” means exactly that. Yet the BLM has allocated a mere 19 percent of the planning area to long-term sustained yield management under the proposed plan. This is less than 17 percent of the productive capacity of these lands. This increases the risk of catastrophic wildfires, breaks the promise of the O&C Act and puts rural Oregonians at risk. We should demand better.
Quote:The Association of O&C Counties is not seeking exclusive use of the O&C forest for timber production to produce revenues, nor do we support returning to the days of unsustainable practices like clearcutting. Sustained yield management does not mean maximum production — it should reflect a range of management intensities. Sustained yield management of the O&C forest can simultaneously provide for clean water, increasing levels of carbon storage, a wide array of habitats including those needed for endangered species, recreation opportunities, and timber production providing desperately needed revenues for rural Oregonians. These are not either/or choices; we can have it all.
Quote:A range of sustained yield management practices, as envisioned by the O&C Act, can provide all of the values Oregonians expect from these forests. The new BLM plan does not provide for the economic objectives to support rural Oregon communities, which was the fundamental objective of Congress when it established its unique legal mandate for management of the O&C forests.
Quote:The BLM has not managed the O&C lands according to the law for 20-plus years. The agency has no recent track record indicating it can achieve the forecast harvest level, given likely additional regulatory constraints on timber sales and inevitable opposition by other organizations. More is possible!
Quote:The BLM plan places most of the forest in reserves, as an up-front decision, which precludes examination of various levels of sustained yield management within those reserves. Despite millions of dollars and years of planning, the BLM did not seriously consider a wide range of options and did not choose one satisfying its first legal requirement: abiding by the O&C Act.
Quote:The BLM characterizes its new management plan for western Oregon as a “boost in harvest levels.” According to the BLM, the plan “will provide 278 million board feet per year in total timber harvest once fully implemented. This is 75 million board feet (37 percent) more than what the BLM is currently offering.”
Quote:The BLM’s use of “current offerings” as the baseline for stating the harvest will increase by 37 percent is based on comparing BLM’s 1995 estimate for harvest under the Northwest Forest Plan. That figure did not include the volume of timber from managing the reserves.
Quote:The BLMs most recent assessment of total harvest, including reserves, is 400 million board feet. The BLM’s claim of 278 million board feet of total timber harvest includes both the sustainable harvest and non-sustainable harvest from reserves. Using the BLM’s best estimate of a 400-million-board-foot “total harvest” under the Northwest Forest Plan, compared with the 278 million under the proposed plan, the result is actually a 30 percent reduction. The agency’s claim the new plan is a boost is disingenuous.
Quote:Oregonians are tired of being misled by federal government. We deserve a plan promoting all the things Oregonians love and expect.
Quote:[i]Colleen Roberts is a Jackson County commissioner and an Association of O&C Counties board member. Kelley Minty Morris is a Klamath County commissioner and an AAOC board member[/i]
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Study: Methane in water is natural
Fracking not polluting wells, CU researchers say
By Charles Ashby
Monday, July 11, 2016
Virtually all of the methane found in groundwater supplies in northeastern Colorado is naturally occurring, according to a University of Colorado study released Monday.
The study, which examined methane levels in groundwater supplies going back 25 years, found that microbially generated methane, rather than high-volume hydraulic fracturing, is the primary source of dissolved methane in that region’s groundwater supply.

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http://www.gjsentinel.com/news/articles/...is-natural
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GOP Platform Proposes to Get Rid of National Parks
The Republican Party platform likely isn't calling for the abolition of all national parks and national forests.
Jeff Zarronandia
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On 11 July 2016, the TPM (Talking Points Memo) web site published an [url=http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/gop-platform-committee-wants-feds-to-turn-fed-lands-over-to-the-states]article
reporting that a Republican committee had voted to recommend the inclusion of a plank in the party's platform calling for federal lands to be returned to the states:
Quote:In a nail-biting vote, the committee tasked with writing the Republican Party's 2016 platform voted to include language calling on Congress to return federal lands to the states immediately.
The amendment was so close that instead of being recorded by voice vote, Sen. John Barrasso (R-WY) asked members of the platform committee to stand to show their support.

Four days later, ThinkProgress ran that information under the alarmist headline of "GOP Platform Proposes to Get Rid of National Parks and National Forests."
Are Republicans planning to make the abolition of national parks and national forests a policy goal? Probably not.
The platform language quoted by ThinkProgress mentioned only "certain federally controlled public lands"; it didn't specify national parks and forests or reference "all federally controlled public lands":
Quote:"Congress shall immediately pass universal legislation providing a timely and orderly mechanism requiring the federal government to convey certain federally controlled public lands to the states,” reads the adopted language. “We call upon all national and state leaders and representatives to exert their utmost power and influence to urge the transfer of those lands identified.”

The term "public lands" encompasses much more than just national parks and national forests. The National Park Service only accounts for 12% of the land held by the federal government — agencies such as the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and the Fish and Wildlife Service, for example, also oversee large areas of federally owned land. As used here, "federally controlled public lands" likely references some of the large federal forests and rangelands (primarily in the Western United States) currently controlled by the Bureau of Land Management — the latter of which became the subject of national controversy in 2014 when Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy engaged in a confrontation with federal authorities after the BLM moved to impound his cattle due to his non-payment of grazing fees.
ThinkProgress' claim that the GOP is proposing to eliminate all national parks and forests and return them to the authority of individual states (an exceedingly unlikely possibility) is based on nothing more than that the language of the putative Republican plank mentions "certain" federally owned lands without detailing exactly which lands or class of lands it refers to:
Quote:The provision calls for an immediate full-scale disposal of “certain” public lands, without defining which lands it would apply to, leaving national parks, wilderness areas, wildlife refuges, and national forests apparently up for grabs and vulnerable to development, privatization, or transfer to state ownership.
Yes, Republicans might again be eyeing the lesser prospect of returning some Western rangelands and wilderness areas to state control (which could in turn open them up to development or private sale), as the Seattle Post-Intelligencer reported in their coverage of the issue (which actually quoted the party's 2012 platform and not the proposed 2016 platform):
Quote:The 2016 platform would turn public lands back to private interest. In its own words:
"Congress should reconsider whether parts of the federal government's enormous landholdings and control of water in the West could be better used for ranching, mining or forestry through private ownership.
"Timber is a renewable natural resource, which provides jobs to thousands of Americans. All efforts should be made to make federal lands managed by the U.S. Forest Service available for harvesting. The enduring truth is that people best protect what they own."

So maybe Republicans (when their full platform is finally voted on and approved, which hasn't happened yet) will advocate that some public lands in the West be opened to commercial endeavors, but that's a far cry from calling for the U.S. government to cede control over all national parks and national forests and return ownership of them to the states. And, of course, stating a policy in a party platform is a long, long way from actually enacting that policy, especially when it would require Congressional approval.
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Betty Davis Stephens
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"The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment estimates the agreement will cut carbon dioxide emissions by up to 4 million tons per year, and eliminate thousands of tons of other pollutants. Those reductions are needed to achieve compliance with state and federal clean air plans and to improve air quality in once pristine parts of the state now suffering big reductions in visibility.
“These emission reductions will help lower ozone levels that contribute to respir...atory illnesses such as asthma. The reductions also will reduce haze and improve visibility in our national parks and wilderness areas,” CDPHE chief Dr. Larry Wolk said in a statement.
Wolk, however, acknowledged the plant closures will have a disproportionate impact on a part of Colorado where good-paying jobs are increasingly hard to find."
The above is a quote from the article. I challenge Mr. Wolk to document haze in the West End from the power plant and I'm guessing the same is true of Craig. Its a trade off and our community gets to continue to breathe clean air while trying to live on....well that is the million dollar question. Its a business decision on the part of Tri State and one can hardly fault them for good business practices, however I'm sure there is some politics involved as well and the West End loses again. Somewhere between angry and frustrated.
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As haze lifts, Colorado will have two fewer coal power plants
Two Western Slope coal-fired power plants will shut down as part of a larger plan to reduce haze and improve air quality in Colorado, parties in the deal announced Thursday.
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We can be like Detroit and have Obama / Hillary send 1,000 Syrian refugees to Naturita / Nucla to improve the Local economy . I can't begin to tell you What I think of this Administration .
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Nancy Enstrom
We have had one of the cleanest burning coal fired powerplants for decades. We have no haze or other pollutants. I believe the Nucla plant is being sacrificed to the EPA altar.


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It absolutely is. Colorado gets to say it reduced its carbon emissions but not a single eastern slope industry will shut its doors and the air quality in Denver will not change. The air quality in Nucla isn't the issue just reducing the state's carbon emissions to satisfy federal regulations. It is a very political move that will not improve lives in either area. People on the eastern slope will still be exposed to toxic air and people in the West End will be left with a tenuous economic future.
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Took a picture of the power plant at lunch time, I can see why they want to shut it down with all the pollution it's spewing out at full production. The power plant is in the middle of the picture just in case you can't notice because of all the haze and smog.
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New genus of bacteria found living inside hydraulic fracturing wells
September 5, 2016 by Pam Frost Gorder

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Ohio State University researchers and their colleagues have identified a new genus of bacteria living inside hydraulic fracturing wells. These jars contain samples of "produced water fluids" -- the fluid that is collected at the surface of a hydraulic fracturing well after fracturing -- from wells in Marcellus and Utica shale formations. The fluids are orange because they contain large amounts of iron that oxidizes when the fluids are brought to the surface. By analyzing the genomes of microbes in the water, the researchers are piecing together the existence of microbial communities inside the wells. Credit: Rebecca Daly, courtesy of The Ohio State University.
Researchers analyzing the genomes of microorganisms living in shale oil and gas wells have found evidence of sustainable ecosystems taking hold there—populated in part by a never-before-seen genus of bacteria they have dubbed "Frackibacter."



The new genus is one of the 31 microbial members found living inside two separate fracturing wells, Ohio State University researchers and their colleagues report in the Sept. 5 online edition of the journal Nature Microbiology.
Even though the wells were hundreds of miles apart and drilled in different kinds of shale formations, the microbial communities inside them were nearly identical, the researchers discovered.
Almost all the microbes they found had been seen elsewhere before, and many likely came from the surface ponds that energy companies draw on to fill the wells. But that's not the case with the newly identified Candidatus Frackibacter, which may be unique to hydraulic fracturing sites, said Kelly Wrighton, assistant professor of microbiology and biophysics at Ohio State.
In biological nomenclature, "Candidatus" indicates that a new organism is being studied for the first time using a genomic approach, not an isolated organism in a lab culture. The researchers chose to name the genus "Frackibacter" as a play on the word "fracking," shorthand for "hydraulic fracturing."
Candidatus Frackibacter prospered alongside the microbes that came from the surface, forming communities in both wells which so far have lasted for nearly a year.
"We think that the microbes in each well may form a self-sustaining ecosystem where they provide their own food sources," Wrighton explained. "Drilling the well and pumping in fracturing fluid creates the ecosystem, but the microbes adapt to their new environment in a way to sustain the system over long periods."
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Ohio State University researchers and their colleagues have identified a new genus of bacteria living inside hydraulic fracturing wells. Here, "produced water fluid" -- the fluid that is collected at the surface of a hydraulic fracturing well after fracturing -- is being filtered. The fluid is orange because it contains large amounts of iron that oxidizes when the fluids are brought to the surface. By analyzing the genomes of microbes in the filtered water, the researchers are piecing together the existence of microbial communities inside the wells. Credit: Rebecca Daily, Courtesy of The Ohio State University.
By sampling fluids taken from the two wells over 328 days, the researchers reconstructed the genomes of bacteria and archaea living in the shale. To the researchers' surprise, both wells—one drilled in Utica shale and the other drilled in Marcellus shale—developed nearly identical microbial communities.
In addition, the two wells are each owned by different energy companies that utilized different fracturing techniques. The two types of shale exist more than a mile and a half below ground, were formed millions of years apart, and contained different forms of fossil fuel. Yet one bacterium, Halanaerobium, emerged to dominate communities in both wells.

"We thought we might get some of the same types of bacteria, but the level of similarity was so high it was striking. That suggests that whatever's happening in these ecosystems is more influenced by the fracturing than the inherent differences in the shale," Wrighton said.
Wrighton and her team are still not 100 percent sure of the microbes' origins. Some almost undoubtedly came from the ponds that provide water to the wells, she said. But other bacteria and archaea could have been living in the rock before drilling began, Candidatus Frackibacter among them.
Shale energy companies typically formulate their own proprietary recipes for the fluid they pump into wells to break up the rock and release oil or gas, explained Rebecca Daly, research associate in microbiology at Ohio State and lead author of the Nature Microbiology paper. They all start with water and add other chemicals. Once the fluid is inside a well, salt within the shale leaches into it, making it briny.
The microorganisms living in the shale must tolerate high temperature, pressure and salinity, but this study suggests that salinity is likely the most important stressor on the microbes' survival. Salinity forces the microbes to synthesize organic compounds called osmoprotectants to keep themselves from bursting. When the cells die, the osmoprotectants are released into the water, where other microbes can use them for protection themselves or eat them as food. In that way, salinity forced the microbes to generate a sustainable food source.
In addition to the physical constraints in the environment, the microbes also must protect themselves from viruses. The researchers reconstructed the genomes of viruses living inside the wells, and found genetic evidence that some bacteria were indeed falling prey to viruses, dying, and releasing osmoprotectants into the water.
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Epifluorescence microscope image of Halanaerobium bacteria cells -- one of the bacteria species which Ohio State researchers and their partners have discovered thriving in hydraulic fracturing wells. Credit: Michael Wilkins, courtesy of The Ohio State University.
By examining the genomes of the different microbes, the researchers found that the osmoprotectants were being eaten by Halanaerobium and Candidatus Frackibacter. In turn, these bacteria provided food for other microbes called methanogens, which ultimately produced methane.
To validate their findings from the field, the researchers grew the same microbes in the lab under similar conditions. The lab-grown microbes also produced osmoprotectants that were converted into methane—a confirmation that the researchers are on the right track to understanding what's happening inside the wells.
One implication of the study is that methane produced by microbes living in shale wells could possibly supplement the wells' energy output.
Wrighton and Daly described the amount of methane produced by the microbes as likely minuscule compared to the amount of oil and gas harvested from the shale even a year after initial fracturing. But, they point out, there is a precedent in a related industry, that of coal-bed methane, to use microbes to greater advantage.
"In coal-bed systems they've shown that they can facilitate microbial life and increase methane yields," Wrighton said. "As the system shifts over time to being less productive, the contribution of biogenic methane could become significantly higher in shale wells. We haven't gotten to that point yet, but it's a possibility."
In the meantime, research led by co-author Michael Wilkins, assistant professor of earth sciences and microbiology, has used genomics information to grow Candidatus Frackibacter in the lab and is further testing its ability to handle high pressure and salinity.
[Image: 1x1.gif] Explore further: Could deep-Earth microbes help us frack for oil?
More information: Microbial metabolisms in a 2.5-km-deep ecosystem created by hydraulic fracturing in shales, Nature Microbiologynature.com/articles/doi:10.1038/nmicrobiol.2016.146 
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Wikileaks document has Hillary Clinton telling big Oil and Gas tycoons that Russia is to blame for environmentalism

Alex Christoforou
October 11, 2016

In a paid speech released by WikiLeaks, Hillary Clinton says that Russians were to blame for fake anti-fracking and environmentalist groups.
Hillary Clinton often makes fun of Donald Trump for stating once upon a time that “climate change is a hoax” perpetrated by the Chinese in order to sabotage the US economy.


Thanks to Wikileaks, we know have, on record, Hillary Clinton making similar, outrageous comments about the climate and environment. Hillary however, does not place the blame on the Chinese. No, Clinton prefers to fall back on her “go to” country of demonisation, Russia.
Believe us, when we tell you that Hillary Clinton’s latest “blame it on Russia” rant is so ridiculous and “mental”, that we, at The Duran, could not even believe what we were reading. HRC takes Russophobia to a whole new universe.
Wikileaks has uncovered a speech made by the former US Secretary of State, to an audience of “North American oil and natural gas tycoons”, where HRC makes this claim…
Quote:“We were up against Russia pushing oligarchs and others to buy media. We were even up against phony environmental groups, and I’m a big environmentalist, but these were funded by the Russians to stand against any effort, oh that pipeline, that fracking, that whatever will be a problem for you, and a lot of the money supporting that message was coming from Russia.”
Sputnik News reports
Quote:Of course, the stand against fracking and oil pipelines like the Keystone XL came not from Russia, but from the progressive wing of the Democratic Party that largely backed her primary opponent Bernie Sanders out of concern about her sincerity when speaking about these critical issues in light of her past statements and practices as Secretary of State in favor of hydraulic fracturing.
Studies have linked the practice to a startling uptick in “man-made” earthquakes as the release of fracking fluid into the earth’s core causes new fault lines to develop – a reality that has ravaged several US states most prominent of which is Oklahoma where people report rattling earthquakes regularly.
The practice has also been a concern for environmentalists concerned about water contamination which has been reported frequently in areas that conduct fracturing with a number of viral YouTube videos of people even being able to take a match to their tap water to emit a large flame. The process theoretically, with proper sealing, can be conducted without this consequence but in practice such failures occur often.
Hillary Clinton maintained during the primary election that she opposed the process of fracking as well as major expansion to oil and natural gas pipelines, but these statements appear to fly in contrast to those espoused views with the Secretary of State even incorporating a Russian conspiracy into any efforts to stop the environmentally ruinous practices.
Clearly Hillary cannot be trusted with anything she says about Russia at this point.
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I wrote this song a few years ago. It's set to "The Ballad of the Green Berets" (with apologies to all past and present members of the U..S Army Special Forces):

Bureaucrats from the government
Who use your land and pay no rent -
It makes no difference what you say -
They’re agents of the EPA.

They warn of crises that don’t exist,
And put “Bigfoot” on the endangered list;
With your taxes they are paid,
Those ne’er-do-wells at the EPA.

They warned us of a coming “Ice Age”,
Until “global warming” became the rage.
Now “climate change” is all they’ll say;
Make up your minds, huh, EPA?

They tell you to ditch your SUVs,
As they fly in jets to and from D.C.
Consistency is not the way
Of those charlatans at the EPA.

They’ll kick you right out of your house
If it contains an endangered mouse.
We know that’s not the American way,
But they don’t care; they’re the EPA.

Around your farm they’ll build a fence,
And shut you out – all at your expense.
Your property rights won’t stand in their way.
Their word is law; they’re the EPA.

Don’t misinterpret what I mean;
I’m all for keeping our planet clean.
But we will sign all our rights away
If we don’t rein in the EPA.
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(CNSNews.com) – As the Obama Administration comes to a close, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is pushing ahead with its plan to restrict more federal land from future mining operations by putting 10 million acres in six states off limits.

“As part of its continuing efforts to conserve habitat vital to healthy populations of the Greater Sage-Grouse in the West, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) today announced the draft proposal to withdraw a subset of lands that are sage-grouse strongholds from future mining claims,” read a press release posted on the BLM website on Thursday.

The announcement about the restrictions on land in Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Utah and Wyoming, which was published in the Federal Register on Friday, said a 90-day public comment period will take place until March 30, 2017 and that the agency will host eight public meetings in the West next month.

“We appreciate the input we’ve received from states, tribes, and other important stakeholders to help develop this draft analysis of the proposed mineral withdrawal,” Kristin Bail, BLM assistant director for resources and planning, said in the press release announcement.
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are high flying Crows
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Caution: Salmon From This Region Contains Cocaine And Prescription Drugs
Posted On January 3, 2017 By Tanya Mead

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If you have salmon on the menu for this evening, take a moment and check where it came from. If it hails from Puget Sound in Seattle, you may wish to reconsider your dinner plans.

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Build Infrastructure
Filter the Flipping Water
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while helping to bringing illegals
to help crush the middle class.
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Republicans and Democrats have criticized the agency’s decision to ignore victims associated with the Gold King Mine spill, which released 3 million gallons of dangerous metals like lead, cadmium and arsenic into the Animas River.
Trump wants to make EPA pay claims on mine spill
Chris White
Daily Caller News Foundation
Citizens of the Rocky Mountain state are relying on the incoming Trump administration to require that the EPA pay damages in the wake of a massive agency-caused toxic water spill in Colorado.
Republicans and Democrats have criticized the agency’s decision to ignore victims associated with the Gold King Mine spill, which released 3 million gallons of dangerous metals like lead, cadmium and arsenic into the Animas River.
Republican Sen. Cory Gardner of Colorado and his Democratic colleague Michael Bennett blasted the Obama administration Thursday for its refusal to help the spill victims.
“I applaud Attorney General Pruitt’s commitment to review the EPA’s decision to not process FTCA claims related to the Gold King Mine spill,” Gardner said Thursday in a statement, referring to the Federal Tort Claims Act (FTCA), a nearly 70-year-old law the EPA suggested gives them sovereign immunity from paying $1.2 billion in damages.
Bennett, meanwhile, chided the EPA for skirting its responsibilities.
“The record is clear that the Environmental Protection Agency was responsible for the spill. It is extremely disappointing that the EPA has categorically rejected every single claim filed under the Federal Tort Claims Act,” he said in a statement. “The agency has broken its promise to make our communities whole in the days after the spill.”
Navajo Nation President Russell Begaye, a tribe whose water supply was affected by spill, said he’s hoping Congress and the Trump administration will force the EPA to take responsibility.
“There is no reason our families on the front line of this spill should have to tighten their belts while the federal agencies responsible proceed along unaffected by their own actions,” Begaye said Thursday.
He added: “We plan to work with this Congress and the next administration to bring justice and accountability for our Navajo people.”
The agency’s decision came after the Department of Justice October decision not to charge the EPA employee involved in causing the spill. EPA’s Inspector General (IG) launched an investigation into whether the employee violated laws regulating the country’s waterways and made false statements about the spill. The IG did not disclose the employee’s name.
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by Jerome Hudson
22 Jun, 2017
John Oliver is facing a defamation lawsuit filed by multiple coal companies after the HBO host lambasted the coal industry and mining company Murray Energy Corporation and its chief executive Robert E. Murray.

During a June 18 episode of HBO’s Last Week Tonight, Oliver compared Murray to a “geriatric Dr. Evil” and railed against President Donald Trump and the coal tycoon’s past business endeavors.

According to LawNewZ, the lawsuit filed by Murray and other coal companies claims Oliver’s 24-minute segment was “false, injurious, and defamatory,” and was an “attempt to advance their biases against the coal industry and their disdain for the coal-related policies of the Trump Administration.”

The suit names producer Charles Wilson, HBO, and parent company Time Warner, Inc., and claims that Time Warner “is widely reported as a top ten donor of Hillary Clinton” and that Clinton has “an agenda of putting coal miners and companies out of business.”

About two thirds through his monologue, Oliver told the audience that Murray’s lawyers sent a cease and desist letter prior to the airing of Sunday’s show. Oliver acknowledged during his monologue that he might be sued.

“I know that you are probably going to sue me, but you know what? I stand by everything I said,” he said.

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This part of the Country has been ruin by trust fund hippies
who never worked a hard job in their life .
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by Jerome Hudson
22 Jun, 2017

“I know that you are probably going to sue me, but you know what? I stand by everything I said,” he said.

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This part of the Country has been ruin by trust fund hippies
who never worked a hard job in their life .

I hope his show is canceled and his visa ripped and deported BACK to the Queen of England (he's a Queen anyway), next we target Bill Mayer for using "I ain't no house ni**er" and he barely escaped with the skin of white ass privileged not coverd completely by the shit storm every guest gave him.  Even by the Black singer he thought would let him slide..nope he pounced and shamed him and his audience.

I sent Bernie Sanders with a an unsubscribe letter response that I told him 1st he still owes $150, and that I already unsubscribed to ANYTHING to do with you, and again you owe me $150..you were supposed to FIGHT not a cowardly cave.

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Lawmakers Cite Evidence Russia ‘Colludes’ With US Green Groups to Block Fracking


Forget about allegations of Russian interference in U.S. presidential elections for a moment, or even “collusion” between Russian officials and Trump campaign operatives.
Quote:[/url]“If successful, an anti-fracking campaign deprives Americans of affordable, dependable energy.”–@NiconomistLoris
The real action is in the European and U.S. energy markets, according to a letter from two Texas congressmen to Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin that details what they call “a covert anti-fracking campaign” with “little or no paper trail.”
The Daily Signal obtained a copy of the [url=https://science.house.gov/sites/republicans.science.house.gov/files/documents/06_29_2017%20CLS%20%26%20Weber%20-%20Mnuchin.pdf]June 29 letter
to Mnuchin from Reps. Lamar Smith and Randy Weber, both Republicans who chair energy-related House panels. (See the full letter below.)
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Smith and Weber quote sources saying the Russian government has been colluding with environmental groups to circulate “disinformation” and “propaganda” aimed at undermining hydraulic fracturing. Commonly called fracking, the process makes it possible to access natural gas deposits.
The sources include a former secretary-general of NATO, who is quoted by the GOP congressmen as saying:
Quote:Russia, as part of their sophisticated information and disinformation operations, engaged actively with so-called nongovernmental organizations—environmental organizations working against shale gas—to maintain dependence on imported Russian gas.
This anti-fracking campaign seizes upon environmental issues and health concerns that could be used to constrain U.S. drilling and fracking exercises, the letter explains.
Gazprom, a large Russian oil company, stands to benefit if Russian-funded environmental activism results in reduced levels of fracking and natural gas production in the United States, Smith and Weber tell Mnuchin. They write:
Quote:It is easy to see the benefit to Russia and Gazprom that would result from a reduction in the U.S. level of drilling and fracking—a position advocated for by numerous environmental groups in the U.S.
Smith, chairman of the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology, joined Weber, chairman of that panel’s energy subcommittee, in calling on the treasury secretary to investigate whether Russia works with American environmental activists to prevent the U.S. from developing its natural gas resources.
Top U.S. government officials who have acknowledged the connection between Russian and environmental groups include former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, the Democratic nominee for president in 2016.
In 2014, Clinton delivered a “private speech” in which she discussed Russia’s financial support for environmental groups, the letter says. The speech was included in documents released by WikiLeaks, it says.
An Oct. 10, 2016, report in The Washington Times quoted Clinton as saying:
Quote:We [the State Department and the U.S. government] were up against Russia pushing oligarchs and others to buy media. We were even up against phony environmental groups, and I’m a big environmentalist, but these were funded by the Russians to stand up against any effort, ‘Oh that pipeline, that fracking, that whatever will be a problem for you,’ and a lot of that money supporting that effort was coming from Russia.
Contrary to what Russia’s propaganda machine and its environmental allies have told news consumers in Europe and America, fracking is safe, effective, and enormously beneficial, Nick Loris, an economist and energy policy analyst with The Heritage Foundation, said in an email to The Daily Signal.
“If successful, an anti-fracking campaign is depriving Americans of good-paying jobs and affordable, dependable energy,” Loris said. “Despite smears and outright lies from environmental activists, smart drilling and energy extraction technologies have been proven to be safe.”
“It feels like every week a new study is published, confirming what we already know,” he said. “Hydraulic fracturing does not contaminate drinking water. The facts and history of hydraulic fracturing, a history that dates back more than half a century and over 1 million fracked wells, indicate that many of the fears associated with the process are grossly exaggerated or flat-out unsubstantiated.”
Loris added:
Quote:The good news, however, is that the anti-fracking campaign really hasn’t been all that successful in ‘keeping it in the ground.’ The U.S. is the world’s largest petroleum and natural gas producer, and we can thank fracking and American energy companies for it.
The result is that money is going back into bank accounts of hardworking families through lower energy bills, and American businesses are more competitive because of lower input costs. And we’re in a position to supply our allies with power, significantly reducing the ability of any one nation’s ability to manipulate energy markets for political gain.
In their letter to the treasury secretary, Smith and Weber also say the Russians have been able to advance their strategy without “a paper trail.”
They pass along reports that Russia apparently funnels the money through a Bermuda-based “shell company” known as Klein Ltd.
Tens of millions of dollars are moved from Russia through Klein “in the form of anonymous donations” to a U.S.-based nonprofit called the Sea Change Foundation.
The money, the congressmen write, then is moved in the form of grants to U.S. environmental organizations.
Here is their complete letter to Mnuchin:
Smith, Weber Letter to Mnuchin re Russia and Green Groups by The Heritage Foundation on Scribd
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