Congressman Fred Upton (left) has the climate change movement enflamed with speculation about his upcoming tenure as chairman of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce. Last week the Michigan Republican teamed with Americans for Prosperity President Tim Phillips to publish an op-ed in The Wall Street Journal entitled "How Congress Can Stop the EPA's Power Grab." They described new carbon dioxide emission regulations imposed January 2 by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as "an unconstitutional power grab that will kill millions of jobs."
Big Brother may potentially be armed with yet another tool against the American populace, according to the New York Times: computers that can see and report on the behaviors of individuals. The computers may be used in prisons to analyze inmates' behavior and can alert corrections officers to potential incidents based on what the computer observes.
In yet another effort to “go green," a number of businesses in Orlando, Florida, have assigned priority parking — similar to handicapped parking – to drivers of hybrid vehicles.
About four in 10 Americans believe that God created humans in their present form about 10,000 years ago, according to a survey by Gallup, one of the nation’s leading pollsters. That number represents a decrease from 10 years ago, when 47 percent of Americans said they believed in the strict creation account.
Media pundits predict war between the incoming 112th Congress and Obama's Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) over heightened regulations the agency announced in late December. Many believe these regulations will effectively circumvent congressional authority over environmental policies.
It took only a little more than two years for Texas oil man and financier T. Boone Pickens to figure out the bad business of wind energy after touting it as the answer to U.S. dependence on fuel imports. In 2008, he launched an $80 million advertising campaign for The Pickens Plan, which proposed ending "America's addiction to foreign oil" by teaming natural gas with wind energy.
Though the incoming 112th Congress will have a greater Republican presence, the Obama administration has announced that it will continue to try to push through unpopular and controversial environmental policies. Republicans, however, have vowed to put up a fight.
Archaeologists in Israel have discovered what they say are human teeth up to 400,000 years old. A spokesman for Tel Aviv University’s Institute of Archaeology said the find could represent the oldest evidence of the human species yet uncovered and could challenge the established scientific assumption that humans originated in Africa.
Two summers ago, Americans were reeling over the exorbitant gas prices that averaged $4.50 per gallon. As gas prices are once again beginning to inch their way back to those numbers, former president of Shell oil John Hofmeister predicts that America will witness a continued rise to well over $5 per gallon in two years.
Thousands of climate dignitaries representing almost every national government on Earth flew to Cancun, Mexico, for the great event. Security precautions were extensive: Battleships could be seen from the beach while thousands of soldiers and police lined the jam-packed roads. It was time for the 16th “Conference of the Parties,” or COP16 for short. The annual summit, which was held this year from November 29 through December 10, is an extravaganza of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, or UNFCCC. The previous year’s COP15 in Copenhagen was massive — over 50,000 attendees in all, not counting protesters. It was well publicized, too. But after the spectacular failure of COP15 to deliver a binding climate treaty, and with little hope of securing one this time, expectations for COP16 were purposefully set low.