May 24, 2018

NEPA: An Environmental Law Subverted

Press Release from the House Committee on Energy and Natural Resources:

*Editor’s Note* – These are the kinds of press releases designed to deliberately mislead. The wording is chosen such that some will think that good changes will happen to environmental fascism. However, few look beyond such worthless press releases for the actual wording of proposed and passed laws. What will this farce bring?

WASHINGTON, D.C., November 29, 2017 –

Today, the Full Committee held an oversight hearing to discuss improving and modernizing the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). The panel discussed deficiencies in NEPA’s implementation and potential legislative improvements to enable the law to best serve its intended purpose.

“In 1969, NEPA was originally designed as a tool to assess the impacts of government actions on the environment. Unfortunately, today it has become a sweeping regulatory framework that does the exact opposite,” Chairman Rob Bishop (R-UT) stated.

“We can both better protect the environment and allow for thorough review and processing of critical economic, energy and infrastructure activities in a timely manner. These concepts are not mutually exclusive.  But it simply won’t happen unless Congress acts to clarify NEPA’s intent, scope and limitations,” Bishop added. 

Witness Philip Howard, Chairman of Common Good, noted that prolonged environmental reviews on a range of NEPA projects negatively impact the environment, a contradiction of NEPA’s original intent. He cited NEPA-related permitting delays in rebuilding the nation’s highway infrastructure resulting in an extra 51 million tons of carbon dioxide emissions.

“These delays are costly and, often, environmentally destructive,” Howard said.

Howard lauded NEPA’s original environmental objectives. The goals, however, “have been subverted by a process that takes years and ends up interfering with important projects instead of promoting better projects.”

Witness James Willox, Wyoming County Commissioners Association Member, reiterated the disconnect between NEPA’s intent and the statute’s implementation.

“What was once a helpful look at proposed actions has metastasized into a grotesque perversion of Congressional intent whereby agency officials are forced into years of analysis and reams of paper designed to fend off litigation instead of making sound, informed policy decisions,” Willox said.

“NEPA itself was never intended to be an obstructionist part of our infrastructure nor building of any other thing. But it has been used as that,” Rep. Don Young (R-AK) stated. “NEPA should not be used to slow down and impede development because it does not protect the environment. And that’s really what we should be talking about.”

Witness Mike Bridges, Washington State Building and Construction Trades Council Executive Board Member, echoed the same concerns, emphasizing the law’s negative economic impacts.

The seemingly endless and arbitrary regulatory process in Washington State will discourage future projects that would employ members of the Building Trades and my community,” Bridges said.

Members and the panel discussed changes to the law including increasing the role of counties and local governments, fast-tracking the permitting of projects, and avoiding duplicative environmental analyses.

Counties in Wyoming and across the West are ready and willing to assist in the goal of modernizing NEPA to ensure that it continues to work for the benefit of decision-makers,” Willox said.

Click here to view full witness testimony.

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Excessive Litigation Diverts Interior from Core Mission, Congressional Mandates

WASHINGTON, D.C., June 28, 2017

Today, the Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations held a hearing examining how excessive litigation is draining taxpayer resources and preventing the Department of the Interior (DOI) from fulfilling its core statutory functions and responsibilities.

“Special interests repeatedly exploit our legal system to further their own agendas and sidestep the legislative and regulatory processes,” Vice Chairman Mike Johnson (R-LA) said.

Mark Barron, an attorney focused on natural resources litigation and environmental law, testified to the frequency with which special interest groups abuse both administrative and legal appeal processes to prevent DOI from fulfilling those requirements.

“These lawsuits divert already limited resources away from the core functions of the agency, [but] they also have significant implications for energy producers and the communities in which the producers operate,” Barron stated. “Oil and gas producers are unable to rely on statutorily prescribed timelines when planning projects and committing investment capital. Projects instead are held in limbo for indeterminate amounts of time until BLM can commit the necessary personnel and resources required to perform essential functions.”

The Equal Access to Justice Act (EAJA) is a decades-old law designed to allow individuals with limited resources to sue the government on a level playing field. However, in practice, EAJA has been consistently exploited by national special interest groups to delay and encumber all types of government actions and reap taxpayer-financed attorney fees, regardless of the outcome.

“EAJA is a taxpayer funded meal ticket for environmental groups to collect attorney’s fees at enhanced rates,” Executive Director of the Western Resources Legal Center Caroline Lobdell claimed. [It] is an incentive to sue the Department of Interior and other agencies and is a funding source for expansion of the staff and offices of groups that want to halt environmentally and economically beneficial natural resource projects.”

“Originally intended to ease the burden on individuals and small businesses that contest government actions, activist groups now leverage [litigation] as a weapon to paralyze agency actions, finance endless lawsuits, and drain taxpayer dollars away from important programs,” Rep Johnson added.

Many of the groups taking advantage of EAJA already boast multi-million dollar budgets and use their activism to raise even more money at taxpayers’expense.

“[T]hey offer a fundraising request every time that there is a lawsuit filed,” Barron said. It has been prevalent in the media that [these groups] intend to challenge every approval, every permit processing, every implementation of environmental policy under the new administration.”

“If one lawsuit does not succeed, there’s another outfit right around the corner to bring a similar one,” Lobdell added.

Click here to view full witness testimony.

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Cantwell, Western Democratic Senators Urge Feds to Lift Sudden Suspension of Public Land Advisory Groups

Press Release from the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources:

WASHINGTON, D.C — Today, Ranking Member of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.) and a coalition of western Democratic senators today urged the Interior Department to lift its sudden suspension of long-standing local committees and advisory boards that provide essential community input on public land management.

Their letter to Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke follows reports that the Department of the Interior (DOI) postponed all meetings for public resource advisory councils and committees (RACs) until September. The letter was led by Sen. Cantwell and Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), and signed by Sens. Tom Udall (D-N.M.), Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), Patty Murray (D-Wash.), Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.), Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), and Michael Bennet (D-Colo.).

“We are very concerned about this news and would like an answer as to why the RAC meetings were postponed during the BLM’s review of all advisory boards and committees,” the senators wrote. “It is critical that local voices, including RACs, have the opportunity to provide input and take part in the process at all times, not just when those local voices align with the Administration or a large special interest.”

The advisory groups are designed to get diverse community input on often-contentious public land management issues. These advisory groups were included both in Wyden’s original legislation creating Secure Rural Schools support for counties in Oregon and nationwide; and the Interior Department’s own rules dating back to 1995.

Those advisory groups have long helped to balance questions of environmental and economic impacts by informing decisions on issues such as recreation, land use planning, grazing, oil and gas exploration, and wildfire management.

“Balancing these interests is challenging, which is why RACs were created,” the lawmakers wrote. “By working through difficult land management issues and getting local input from the beginning, projects are more likely to succeed. Without this tool, many good land management projects would never be completed.”

A copy of the entire letter is here.

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Can’t We All Just Get Along…And Let the Wolves Kill Us?

As a society we fail miserably when it comes to making much sense out of anything anymore.

I was sent this video with the senders commentary on what he thought this 50-second video could be saying. I thought I would take a stab at it.

In the minds of some people – that would be those who, if they viewed this video, would be extremely repulsed by it because…. well, because they will – what is shown in this video is an act against a living thing that is believed to be sacred, or at least at or above the level of that of man. For others, it is an unnecessary act. They aren’t there. They don’t know. They need to shut up.

The wolf, characterized by most humans for centuries, represented deceit, stealth, cunning, killing, death, disease, famine, violence, sadness, misery and just about nothing good. In the American society of today, the wolf, and other dangerous predators (they don’t perceive rats as dangerous evidently) are, like Pagan worship, cast in a false diadem, demanding their protection, striving to fraudulently position the wolf as some kind of Pagan god that walks on water, changes the flow of water and miraculously is the only power that exists that can “balance” our mythical “ecosystems” while wiping out disease and hunger that these same perverse thinkers believe exist as they do in human existence. It is viewed as a crime equal to that of taking the life of a man. It is irrational thought.

The video is representative of the realities of life…outside the cement walls and asphalt roadways. Man was given a brain capable of reasoning beyond that of animals. A man, who given access to the resources Yehwah promised, does what was intended. Man’s effort to better themselves, devised machinery, tools and equipment in order to sustain that one precious gift given to all of us…life. Life persists with food, water, shelter and clothing (notice I didn’t add cellphones and Facebook to the list). That is what you see. That is what is real. That is the way it was intended.

Will anybody ask why the one man with a gun stops shooting?

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Ecosystem services or services to ecosystems? Valuing cultivation and reciprocal relationships between humans and ecosystems

Abstract

The concept of Ecosystem Services (ES), widely understood as the “benefits that humans receive from the natural functioning of healthy ecosystems” (Jeffers et al., 2015), depicts a one-way flow of services from ecosystems to people. We argue that this conceptualisation is overly simplistic and largely inaccurate, neglecting the reality that humans often contribute to the maintenance and enhancement of ecosystems, as often evidenced (but not exclusively) in many traditional and Indigenous societies. Management interventions arising from Ecosystem Services research are thus potentially damaging to both ecosystems and indigenous rights. We present the concept of ‘Services to Ecosystems’ (S2E) to address this, closing the loop of the reciprocal relationship between humans and ecosystems. Case studies from the biocultural ecosystems of Amazonia and the Pacific Northwest of North America (Cascadia) are used to illustrate the concept and provide examples of Services to Ecosystems in past and current societies. Finally, an alternative framework is presented, advancing the existing framework for Ecosystem Services by incorporating this reconceptualization and the loop of reciprocity. The framework aims to facilitate the inclusion of Services to Ecosystems in management strategies based upon Ecosystem Services, and highlights the need for ethnographic research in Ecosystem Service-based interventions.<<<Read More>>>

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America: Private Playground by Covert Mass Genocide

SpanishInfluenzaTwo days ago I provided readers with a link to a story written by an anonymous, health-related scientist. The scientist claims to be a retired government scientists who chooses to remain anonymous because he fears for his life for what he knows.

The article was mostly about chemical aerosol spraying by military and commercial jets into our atmosphere as a means of preparing citizens, in a negative way, for a planned “outbreak” of Influenza A. This is a means, among several, to take a big bite out of the human population. Why?

It is no secret, if you look, that the goal of the ruling establishment, i.e. powerful covert and not so covert groups that have the ability to promulgate just about anything they set their minds to. One of the plans is the reduction of the global human population by billions as we head into the mid-twenty-first century. Whether you want to believe that, it is your choice. However, remember, they believe it and have implemented plans to achieve those goals.

Another of the goals, and closely related, is to drive what remains of the people, before, during and after the event, off the land and into urban settings, more closely resembling prisons than cities. This is being accomplished in several ways, most of which are right in front of our noses but we are incapable of seeing it…all part of the plan.

In the link I gave you, I included the last paragraph the anonymous writer composed. I’ll provide it again:

And think about this for a moment. Why do you suppose agencies like Fish and Wildlife are so eager to reintroduce wolves and other species into areas of the country which haven’t seen these animals for generations. It’s all part of the plan to restore this land to what the elite envision as its early paradise-like state, with wild animals freely roaming the uninhabited plains and forests. Granted, it will take some time to clean up the place and to maybe destroy a lot of small towns that might otherwise be considered a blight on the landscape. But for the global elite it will be a small price for us to pay for their enjoyment.

It is important that readers get to work and learn who this “global elite” the “ruling establishment” really are. Instead of offhandedly verbalizing the terms suggested, as though they were something never seen that would never bother you, discover for yourself who they are and why it should matter to you. I am trying to help you do that.

If the “global elite” are trying to murder us all and if they want the United States to be their own private park and playground, void of humans, except for the few thousand necessary as slaves of the elite, teeming with hand-selected, hand-protected and hand-grown wildlife, I would say that would be reason enough to look a bit further. They believe it and have written plans. Aren’t those reasons enough?

So, let’s look.

Cuban-born historian and author, Servando Gonzalez, writes the following in his book, “Psychological Warfare and the New World Order.” This book gives readers a look at two things: What the New World Order looks like (it’s already here by the way) and who some of the conspirators (global elite, consisting of the inner, most secret circles of the Council on Foreign Relations) are and how they operate.

Psychological Warfare and the New World Order – The Secret War Against the American People – Servando Gonzalez, pp. 227-228:

“In late-1947, President Truman approved NSC-4/A. This document put the newly created CIA in control, through its Office of Policy Coordination, of planning and executing psychological warfare operations. The overt purpose of these psychological warfare operations was to wage the Cold War against America’s main enemy: communism and the Soviet Union.

“Nevertheless, as I have shown above in this book, the main enemy of the conspirators who created the CIA has always been the American people. Consequently, it is obvious that the true target of these psychological warfare operations is the American people.

“On April 20, 1950, Truman gave a speech in which he announced a new “Campaign of Truth” as an antidote to Soviet propaganda. Most of this Campaign for Truth, however, consisted in a campaign of lies to instill fear in the Americans’ minds, painting the Soviet Union as an 800-pound gorilla with an itchy finger on the nuclear button.

“Ultimately, the conspirators’ two main goals are the elimination of 85 percent of the world’s population [emboldening added] and the reduction of the survivors to pre-industrial levels of consumption. Once we realize what the two main goals of the conspirators really are, it becomes evident that all the big themes overtly and covertly promoted by the conspirators since the 1960s are conducive to reaching two goals: population elimination and consumption reduction.

“The massive practice of abortion and extended use of anticonceptives, the promotion of homosexuality, the artificial creation of wars, terrorism and violent conflicts, the instigation of fratricidal and religious wars, the control and restriction of alimentary sources in Africa and Latin America, the prohibition of the use of DDT in Africa and other underdeveloped countries – which resulted in less productive crops, the reappearance of malaria and the death of millions of people -, the creation and dissemination of bacteriological warfare agents (most likely the AIDS virus was one of them), are directly linked to this goal of population reduction.

“On the other hand, the bankrolling of the religious left to promote environmentalism, sustainability [emboldening added] and New Age religious beliefs, as well as the promotion of scientific fallacies like anthropogenic global warming, the opposition to the exploitation of new oil reserves, and the creation of new oil refineries and nuclear plants, directed at the destruction of [the]energy base in which the industrial revolution is based. Without that energy base, a drastic reduction in consumption to pre-industrial, medieval levels will occur automatically.

“Curtailing these energy resources is the first step in the implementation of the neo-feudal society the conspirators envision for the rest of us. It is highly revealing that both American “progressive” leftists and the most reactionary members of the Council on Foreign Relations see Castro’s Cuba, a country in which the conspirators have successfully tested the coming neo-feudal society, as the model to follow.

“Two key elements in this conspiracy of enormous proportions, whose ultimate goal is the elimination of most of the world’s population, are Darwinism and gun control [emboldening added]. Darwinism is the key element of a PSYOP whose goal is discrediting and eventually destroying the Christian religions. Christianity sees life as a gift from God, therefore it creates moral dilemmas and ethical barriers in the minds of the would-be mass executioners.

“Darwinism will play the role of eradication from the minds of the executioners all moral and ethical barriers that Christianity has erected against the killing of human beings. Obviously, it is morally easier to kill evolved pieces of inanimate matter than human beings whose life, according to Christians, is sacred because it is a gift bestowed to them by their God.

“Granted, the ideas that life is a gift bestowed to us by our Creator is still a religious belief without any scientific base whatsoever. But nobody can deny that it has more socially redeeming value than the religious belief that life is just an accident of nature – unless your secret goal is destroying several billion human lives.

In the same fashion, the registration and eventual confiscation of guns, and the total prohibition of its possession by citizens, makes it very difficult for the targets of democide to defend themselves [emboldening added]. History has shown that it is a lot easier to kill unarmed people than armed ones. Gun confiscation was the first step the mass killers took in Nazi Germany, Communist Russia, China and Castro’s Cuba before committing democide.

“If the horrors of Nazi Germany were not a historic fact, most readers may think that this possibility is too terrible to be even considered. Nevertheless, we should not forget that history has a tendency to repeat itself, and the new generations usually forget past experiences and keep repeating the same mistakes. Proof of it that many people, including some of the descendants of Nazi victims, honestly believe that gun control is a good measure for governments to take.

“Needless to say, the many psychological warfare operations devised, planned and carried out by the conspirators to reach their goals are kept wrapped under the most total secrecy. As I have mentioned above in this book, secrecy is the main tool used by the conspirators to successfully advance their plans. Yet, a few times they have been careless, have made mistakes, and the study in which a particular PSYOP is based has been revealed.”

A person would have to be willfully blind to not see all of this taking place right in front of them. Wake up.

 

 

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The world is coming to an end so hurry up and buy my snake oil (and my nearly worthless carbon credits)

Shown in the example of the fishes and the loaves, Jesus’ attitude of abundance engenders love and generosity even in times of true scarcity. Lucifer’s attitude of scarcity breeds brutality that denies federally-protected God-given private property civil rights for the common good, a concept that results in subhuman misery and enslavement.

http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/SB10001424052702304279904579517862612287156

Livy, sharing thoughts and opinion from a bunkhouse on the southern high plains of Texas.

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John Podesta: Is He Somewhere Behind Bundygate?

“Clearly, the goal for Podesta and now the Obama Administration is the sabotage of our energy resources at the expense of the American people. According to the Washington Post, Podesta has recently met with Democrats behind closed doors to discuss where they can put federal lands off limit to development. And let’s not forget that Podesta was Chief of Staff for President Clinton, who put more land into national monuments than any other president before him. “The nostalgic memories of the Clinton administration are not so sweet for those of us in the West who are still trying to recover,” said Rep. Rob Bishop (R-Utah). Oil dependency internationally is continually a controversial issue, as conflict boils in many regions of the world and resource dependency places the U.S. in a problematic situation.”<<<Read More>>>

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Keep Maine Game Wardens or Add More Welfare?

The natural resource commissioners — from the Departments of Agriculture, Marine Resources, Environmental Protection and Inland Fisheries & Wildlife — don’t often get involved with policy debates outside their agencies. Their involvement in the Medicaid expansion debate represented the strongest push yet by LePage to gain traction with his core message in recent weeks: that Medicaid spending is “cannibalizing” other state programs.<<<Read More>>>

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Less Lesser Chickens Means Less Gas and Oil

The Lesser Prairie Chicken, not to be confused with the Greater Prairie Chicken, is on the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s (USFWS) lesser list of possible species to be protected under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). It just so happens that the Lesser Chicken’s habitat is right where oil and gas resources exist (I’m positive this is only a coincidence.)

Jazz Shaw at Hot Air tried to make light of the abomination of the ESA by saying that for the environMENTALists to wage a public relations campaign to end oil and gas drilling…..er, I mean to get the Lesser Chicken listed on the ESA list, he recommended a different name.

He suggested the Purple Crested Petrol Pecker:

Let’s be more thorough than that. First of all the genus name for the Lesser Prairie Chicken is Tympanuchus pallidicinctus. This name should be changed to Obamafuchus Palsilldichus

But the common name for campaign purposes could be:

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