Despite the limited environmental benefits of ethanol, expensive ethanol subsidies continue to be financially supported by the American taxpayer. With ethanol subsidies set to expire at the end of the year, however, the Competitive Enterprise Institute is encouraging politicians to allow them to expire, even as lobbyists and environmentalists continue to push for renewed expensive and unproductive ethanol subsidies and mandates.
Since June, the Bayou State has constructed a series of low-lying sand berms by dredging sand from the Gulf of Mexico. The attempt to block and capture oil from this summer’s oil spill, caused by a blowout at BP’s Deepwater Horizon well, is under scrutiny for its effectiveness.
Until his resignation on October 6, Harold Lewis, a man who has been described as “one of America’s most distinguished physicists,” was a member of the American Physical Society (APS) for 67 years. What could lead Lewis, an emeritus professor of Physics of the University of California, Santa Barbara, to tender his resignation after nearly seven decades of membership in the APS?
As if the gruesome mini-film put out by the “10:10” Project was not disturbing enough, the group ACT-Responsible produced an equally horrifying advertisement featuring a young girl in a noose. The ad reads, “Climate change, human impact, creative challenge.”
After the significant defeat that confronted environmental extremists at last year’s United Nations Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen, organizers for the 2010 conference in Cancun are trying to avoid a repeat of that failure. A significant reason for the failure of last year’s conference — apart from the greed of Third World nations looking to grab billions of dollars from the First World — was the unwillingness of the Chinese to join the economic suicide pact demanded by environmentalists.
Liberal environmentalists apparently care so much about the Earth that they will resort to the lowest levels of humanity in order to achieve their tree-hugging goals. As part of the effort to promote the “10:10” campaign, a movement that encourages people to reduce their consumption of carbon by 10 percent in 2010, the “10:10” London-based group created a mini-film that is horrifying in nature, as it portrays violence, child murder, and terrorism, all to promote environmentalism.
Researchers may have discovered a less controversial alternative to stem cells that could potentially treat conditions like Parkinson's disease and diabetes. This alternative is allegedly so effective that it has the potential to be used by the military to mitigate battlefield injuries.
Forced to contend with the reality that global warming is not a man-made phenomenon that will ultimately result in catastrophe, President Obama’s Science Czar John Holdren has turned away from terms like “global warming” and “climate change” and has instead targeted the newest threat to the globe: “global climate disruption.”
Canadian scientists are learning the truth of the old maxim, “He who pays the piper calls the tune.” While the general public and most scientists believe that science should be a search for truth, government ministers in Ottawa have a different notion. Since March, the role of Canadian Minister of Natural Resources Christian Paradis has become that of scientific gatekeeper.
Legislative efforts to implement a supposedly “environmentally friendly” conversion of the U.S. economy by means of carbon credits may be on hold for the moment, but that does not mean that a shift toward solar and wind power is not underway. The motivation for the trend is supposedly profit, not ideology.