House Republicans passed two amendments on a spending bill Tuesday that would bar the federal government from imposing light bulb standards that critics say are too meddlesome. Passed through a voice vote, the provision would amend the Energy and Water spending bill for 2013 by preventing the Energy Department from spending money to enforce bulb efficiency regulations that were established in a law passed during the Bush administration.
Under the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007, the phase-out was slated to commence in January 2012, which banned the sale of all 100-watt bulbs, as well as the sale of all 75-watt bulbs by July 2013. But a spending bill passed last December stalled the mandate until this October.
In light of a new study of public opinion that correlates scientific knowledge and concerns regarding global warming, it appears that environmental fear-mongering is tapping into fear of the unknown. In other words, the more scientifically knowledgeable a person is, the less likely he is to be troubled by the alarmist rhetoric of the purveyors of ecological gloom and doom.
With the heat of summer looming in the immediate future, radical environmentalists have conjured a new global warming threat with which to alarm the public. According to a new report from the National Resources Defense Council (NRDC), tens of thousands of Americans will begin to die from the effects of global warming. The report, "Killer Summer Heat," begins with the measured, calm tones of scientific discourse: “Climate change is literally killing us.” However, despite the panic tones, mankind has proven to be an amazingly adaptive species, and even climate scientists have had to admit there is little evidence of warming — let alone a human cause to any such warming.
Reports of mutant shrimp spawned recent news stories linking Gulf of Mexico shrimping closures to the British Petroleum oil leak of 2010. It turns out the closures are regularly scheduled seasonal occurrences that allow small shrimp to grow to a marketable size.
The Department of Energy (DOE) announced earlier this week a $5-million initiative "to help expand the use of alternative fuel vehicles,” including electric cars.
The 1992 United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED) in Rio de Janeiro was history's largest gathering of world leaders and environmentalists. Maurice Strong, executive secretary of the conference, said, "This is a launching pad, not a quick fix." The leadership of the huge environmental lobbying network in Washington, DC fully realizes this and plan to gear up for sustained warfare on the many issues addressed at the summit.
Lawmakers in Kansas are considering a strongly worded resolution condemning a controversial United Nations “sustainability” scheme known as Agenda 21, saying the global plan is a “dangerous” attack on private property rights, individual liberty, and national sovereignty. The measure comes amid a growing battle against the global “sustainable development” agenda by state legislatures, local governments and activists all across America.
The Kansas resolution “opposing and exposing the radical nature of United Nations Agenda 21,” known as HR 6032, was introduced earlier this month by the House Federal and State Affairs Committee. Its language echoes similar resolutions adopted recently by the state of Tennessee, the Republican National Committee (RNC), the Kansas Republican Party Central Committee, and an assortment of local governments.