Clearly pandering to the green lobby, President Barack Obama proposed on May 19 “the highest auto fuel efficiency standards ever attempted in the United States,” according to an Environment News Service story posted online that same day. “A senior administration official told reporters Monday night that Obama's national program for higher Corporate Average Fuel Economy, CAFE, standards is scheduled to start in model year 2012. If the proposal is enacted, by 2016 the fleet average requirement would be 35.5 miles per gallon, said the official, who declined to be named. Currently the CAFE standard is 27.5 mpg for cars and 24 mpg for light trucks.”
As part of President Barack Obama’s stimulus package, “the Energy Department has begun releasing more than $6 billion in stimulus money to clean up 18 nuclear sites from New York to California, more than doubling the typical yearly funding for the program,” a May 18 Washington Post story recounts. The sites were involved in Cold War-era nuclear weapons production, and the cleanup will deal with radioactive and chemically hazardous waste. But it is another type of waste that is causing a concerned reaction and prompting “sharply worded warnings from some government officials and lawmakers who say the stimulus funding is ripe for abuse.”
Millions of Americans and others observed the 39th annual Earth Day on April 22 and President Barack Obama was no exception. The president traveled to Iowa to visit a the Trinity Structural Towers factory in the town of Newton, a suburb of Des Moines. The plant manufacturers towers that support wind turbines, a means of energy generation highly favored among environmentalists.
An outspoken advocate of adult stem-cell research and development is moving ahead with plans to raise $25 million for a not-for-profit adult stem-cell bank. Unlike embryonic stem cells, the use of adult stem cells to fight diseases does not entail the destruction of human life.
The EPA on April 17 proposed new regulations to control carbon dioxide (CO2) and five other “greenhouse gases” as “pollutants” under section 202(a) of the Clean Air Act. While not mentioning what aspects of carbon-dioxide emissions will be regulated, the carbon dioxide emitted from automobiles and power plants is definitely on the regulation block. The first step toward costly and far-reaching regulations is that the EPA establish carbon dioxide as a regulatory “pollutant,” even though all plants need carbon dioxide for photosynthesis and all animals exhale carbon dioxide.
Introduced just last week in the Senate, rather quietly, was the new Cybersecurity Act of 2009. Proposed by Sen. John D. Rockefeller IV (D-W.Va.) and Sen. Olympia Snowe (R-Maine), the legislation, in part, calls for the establishment of a national cybersecurity adviser, a cyber czar as it were. But, it’s getting a big boost now.
Time zone by time zone, lights went out around the globe from 8:30-9:30 p.m. local time on March 28, in observance of “Earth Hour.” From Sydney, Australia, to Singapore, to Rome, to London, to the United Nations headquarters in New York (naturally), lights went out for the appointed hour. McDonald’s Corporation even dimmed its golden arches at 500 locations in the Midwest. However, the Philippines demonstrated the greatest Earth Hour participation, with 647 cities and towns and over 15 million Filipinos taking part.
Over the past several years, it appeared that our society was doomed to succumb to what Weather Channel founder John Coleman has described as "the greatest scam in history": anthropogenic (human-caused) global warming (AGW). For two decades there has been an incessant drumbeat of propaganda attributing every weather-related event to an increase in carbon dioxide caused by the burning of fossil fuels. With the election of a president who is solidly in the global-warming-alarmist camp — and with many high-level appointees who are bona fide climate-change alarmists — coupled with a Democratic legislature anxious to please their environmentalist and media benefactors, the passage of legislation causing some form of economy-crippling energy taxation seemed to be a foregone conclusion.
Those unfamiliar with the term "cap and trade" and the tremendous economic burden this program would place on society if implemented may first want to consider a couple definitions. The Center for American Progress, in its report, "Cap and Trade 101," states: