Posts Tagged ‘Environment’

Some People Just Don’t Get It

Wednesday, January 5th, 2011

Governor Martinez has thanked the Environmental Improvement Board for their service and shown them the door, and I say good riddance. In fact, I’d encourage her to just get rid of this appointed board in its entirety. Now, I did find this statement by outgoing member Gay Dillingham quite thought provoking:

“So as a citizen I would expect the same dedication be given to reviewing all the evidence before she commits to overturning or supporting it,” Dillingham said. “History has shown us there is a dynamic relationship between regulatory obligation and private sector innovation and we need enough time to give this process a chance to work for New Mexico.”

Yeah, it has. The regulatory obligation of the Prohibition gave us speakeasies and created great entrepreneurial opportunities for organized crime. The increasing regulatory obligation in the form of ever-increasing taxes has led to a vibrant and creative class of tax shelter planners. I’ll leave it to greater minds than mine to conjure up what sort of private sector “innovations” could be created by  Ms. Dillingham’s nonsensical cap and trade in a bubble regulation.

Observe the Blue Skies

Tuesday, December 7th, 2010

You may have noticed that the Land of Enchantment could also easily be called the Land of Endless Blue Skies. Having spent nine years of my life living in and around Los Angeles, the lack of smog is definitely one of the things  that separates us from that other sunshine soaked location. In fact, in the Albuquerque area there are really only two times when that beautiful blue ceiling is disturbed. The first is when those Spring winds kick up dirt from the West and slam it against the Sandia Mountains.

The other time is when a raging wildfire fills the sky with smoke. In fact, I remember at least one occasion when our skies have been filled from Arizona wildfire smoke. Nothing illustrates the absurdity of Monday’s vote by the outgoing Environmental Improvement Board (EIB) than the fact that natural or unnatural air pollution doesn’t stop at a state’s border:

One month after passing a controversial cap and trade agreement, the New Mexico Environmental Improvement Board (EIB) on Monday (Dec. 6) passed another sweeping measure aimed at lowering the state’s greenhouse gas emissions.

By a 4-1 vote, the EIB passed a statewide, New Mexico-only plan that places a cap upon the amount of emissions generated in the state. The plan was headed by the environmental group the New Energy Economy (you can see some of the details of the plan here.)

I’ve complained about the manner in which this appointed Board has conducted itself for years, and I’d like nothing more than to see it dismantled. They have served one purpose and one purpose only. Namely, they are a classic example of what happens when you form a pseudo governmental body that has nothing constructive to do.  They start creating regulations where none are needed in order to give themselves purpose. When that happens, the losers are inevitably the voting public who find themselves subject to “laws” created by unelected “representatives.” Just one more example of how freedoms taken for granted can so quickly be taken away.

Udall and Heinrich Out of Touch

Thursday, August 14th, 2008

When it comes to increased access to domestic oil and natural gas resources, a new poll clearly shows that Congressman Tom Udall and Congressional hopeful Martin Heinrich are apparently out of touch with the majority of New Mexicans:

A new survey finds that 59% of New Mexico voters support increased access to domestic oil and natural gas resources.

It seems that the rest of the country shares the same view. Polls from Pew, CNN, Zogby and others indicate that the majority of Americans from coast to coast are in support of more energy exploration in the United States.

This is a critical shift in public opinion, and one that our leaders in Washington need to recognize. According to federal government data, the United States has enough oil to fuel more than 65 million cars for 60 years and enough natural gas to heat 60 million homes for 160 years. But current policies restrict access to 85% of the outer continental shelf and 83% of onshore federal lands.

If Congressman Udall is elected to the Senate, you can be sure that he will stay true to his record of doing everything in his power to restrict access to offshore oil and gas as well as that which can be found on federal lands. Even worse, if Martin Heinrich is elected to Congress, Tom Udall will have an ally in ignoring the needs of the majority of everyday New Mexicans.

They’ll be living high on the hog off our tax dollars. What do they care about the pain we’re feeling at the pump? It’s easy to be an environmentalist supporting higher energy costs when you’re pulling down a six-figure income paid for by taxpayers.

Martin Heinrich Appeals to EcoTerrorists

Monday, August 11th, 2008

No matter which side you are on with regard to the War on Terror, most everyone can agree that terrorists have no place in a civil society. That’s why I find it very troubling that Martin Heinrich, candidate for New Mexico’s 1st Congressional District, has a long history of accepting campaign funds from self-described EcoTerrorists.

If you’ve got some time watch this video of Earth First co-founder, Dave Foreman, taken eleven years ago.

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If you don’t have time, then just skip straight to the end around 10:30 in the video. These guys are out scary. Just read, Dave Foreman’s bio at Activistcash:

A former environmental lobbyist and Sierra Club board member who became disillusioned with the democratic process, Dave Forman founded the notorious “direct action” environmental organization Earth First! Foreman declared that “Earth First! is a warrior society,” and under his leadership the group has engaged in arson, violent assault, and vandalism of all kinds. Foreman is the author of Eco-Defense: A Field Guide to Monkey Wrenching. As the name suggests, the book is an instruction manual for illegal sabotage and how to get away with it. Foreman’s “Confessions of an Eco-Warrior” justifies his life of zealotry by stating: “We humans have become a disease — the Humanpox.”

Foreman pled guilty to conspiracy after he was accused of providing the funds to blow up power lines leading to and from a nuclear power plant. Foreman wrote a check to buy grenades. Foreman left Earth First! in 1989 and founded the Wildlands Project, which seeks to restrict human civilization to limited patches of the Earth and wall off the rest for nature to rule. From 1995 to 1998 he served on the Sierra Club’s board of directors. He is presently the publisher of Wild Earth, the periodical of the Wildlands Project.

Founder, Earth First!; Founder; Wildlands Project; Author, Eco-Defense: A Field Guide to Monkey Wrenching and Confessions of an Eco-Warrior

Everyone knows that Martin Heinrich is an environmentalist, but Earth First! is not just about preserving open space and being ecologically sensitive. These folks, with whom Martin Heinrich has a longstanding relationship, believe that the “human race is a disease” and they advocate terrorists acts against hard-working Americans.

Both Dave Foreman and his wife, Nancy Morton have financially supported Martin Heinrich since his run for the Albuquerque City Council. Nancy Morton has gone on to write him two checks already for his Congressional race.

Lest, you think Ms. Morton is not as radical as her husband watch this video, or better yet, go straight to the three minute mark and watch what happens to mill workers when somebody spikes a tree. Immediately following the mill supervisor’s explanation, Nancy Morton shows little concern for the mill employees, because in her own words they’re “guilty parties in the destruction of the forest.”

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I think Martin Heinrich has some explaining to do. On his website Heinrich ranks “protecting the environment” as one of his top issues. Does he also believe that folks that work in mills are “guilty”? Does he believe hard-working people in the construction industry are guilty? Would he sanction endangering the lives of oil workers who are trying to feed their families?

Just how far is Martin Heinrich willing to go to protect the environment? Apparently far enough to get EcoTerrorists Dave Foreman and Nancy Morton to open their wallets.

Butterflies Snails Grasshoppers and Cactus

Wednesday, March 26th, 2008

When I read stuff like this, I can’t help but think this is not about protecting a species as much as it is an anti-development tactic:

Western environmentalists are suing the federal government, claiming promises by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to whittle down a backlog of plants and animals being considered for endangered species protection amount to “smoke and mirrors” and hundreds of species need protection now.

WildEarth Guardians alleges Interior Secretary Dirk Kempthorne, who oversees the Fish and Wildlife Service, has failed to act on petitions seeking protection for 681 species across a dozen western and midwestern states.

The lawsuit, filed in federal court in Washington, D.C., contends many of the species – ranging from butterflies and snails to grasshoppers and cactus – could face extinction if action isn’t taken.

“In a world that’s bombarded by climate change, pollution, habitat destruction and human over-population, clearly few of our rare species are going to be secure in the long term,” Nicole Rosmarino, director of WildEarth Guardians’ wildlife program, said Monday. “That’s the basis for the petition.”

I’m glad Ms. Rosamarino just lumped “climate change, pollution, habitat destruction and human over-population” all together. Those are all buzzwords which in the grand scheme of things mean absolutely nothing, but give certain people a reason for being.

[Side Note: Ok, on that last link I’m reaching a bit, but I thought the site was pretty funny (hat tip: NewMexiKen) and although the blogger hasn’t done a post on these buzzwords, I’m sure it is not too far off in the future.]

Sometimes, you just got to shake your head and wonder if these people have ever looked back over the history of the world. It seems to me that huge numbers of species have come and gone (think dinosaurs) without the earth coming to an end. I’m sure the world as we know it will not come to an end if we have one less species of butterflies, snails, grasshoppers or cactus on the planet.

But, hey that’s just one man’s opinion.

Global Warming Myth Follow Up

Thursday, March 20th, 2008

Yesterday, I pointed out that single working moms can’t buy milk for their four year olds because of questionable science and government intervention, which has foisted ethanol as an alternative to fossil fuels. Even if you were to choose to ignore that New Mexico’s economy would collapse tomorrow if it weren’t for fossil fuels. You’ve got to recognize that ranching communities, including those in New Mexico, are suffering because of the high cost of feed as a result of such misguided efforts as federal subsidies for ethanol production. So, we’ve got rising milk prices. We’ve got rising beef prices. Oh, and did I mention that we have less jobs:

“Rural communities need both livestock and ethanol production,” says Lawrence, who was also a key BQS presenter. But livestock production is worth more jobs.

According to studies at Iowa State University, using a 50-million-gal. ethanol plant as an example, 18.5 million bu. of corn are required. The plant accounts for 35 workers directly, as well as 98 created and induced jobs, or 133 jobs all together. Funnel that same amount of corn through a feedlot, and you’re talking 140 jobs before considering the employment created further downstream in packing and processing.

“Ethanol production is a low-labor business; livestock production is a high-labor business,” Lawrence says.

All of these changes are occurring because the government has embraced the idea that the world is warming. Now, for the global warming irony:

Some 3,000 scientific robots that are plying the ocean have sent home a puzzling message. These diving instruments suggest that the oceans have not warmed up at all over the past four or five years. That could mean global warming has taken a breather. Or it could mean scientists aren’t quite understanding what their robots are telling them.

This is puzzling in part because here on the surface of the Earth, the years since 2003 have been some of the hottest on record. But Josh Willis at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory says the oceans are what really matter when it comes to global warming.

In fact, 80 percent to 90 percent of global warming involves heating up ocean waters. They hold much more heat than the atmosphere can. So Willis has been studying the ocean with a fleet of robotic instruments called the Argo system. The buoys can dive 3,000 feet down and measure ocean temperature. Since the system was fully deployed in 2003, it has recorded no warming of the global oceans.

Read that last sentence again, “Since the system was fully deployed in 2003, it has recorded no warming of the global oceans.” This coming from a report on National Public Radio – not exactly a beacon of conservatism.

Burying the Culprit in the Last Line

Wednesday, March 19th, 2008

The Law of Unintended Consequences is at play again. This time, it is making it hard for a working mother to buy milk for children (subscription):

Maybe instead of “thank you,” the folks who have just checked out your groceries should say “sorry.”

Not that it’s their fault your food bill is wiping out your movie money and vacation fund. Checkers are also spending 37 percent more on eggs and 29 percent more on milk than they did a year ago. Industry watchers are saying 80 percent of grocery prices are likely to rise and stay high for years.

Moms are reporting they’re cutting their children’s milk consumption.

Elaine Martinez had just finished her shopping at Lowe’s Super Save at Lomas and 12th. She considers herself lucky that her 4-year-old, Christopher, likes healthful foods, but he can’t have as much as he used to.

“It’s awful to tell him he can’t have milk; he has to have water,” she said. “It’s not something as a mother I want to say to my child.”

Now if you didn’t read this whole article until the end, you might think this would be an article about economic recession. You know, something that Democrats might try to blame on the Republicans, but it’s not.

But corn is also a factor. It used to be food for humans and cattle. Now a lot of it is used for corn-derived ethanol to replace gasoline. Fields previously devoted to wheat, soy beans and corn for human consumption are producing corn for ethanol.

That’s right, producing food for human consumption has taken a backseat to dealing with the mythical global warming crisis. This is a result of the environmental hysteria created by people like Al Gore, which has in turn led to the nonsensical production of ethanol.

The next time you hear a candidate running on their environmental record and telling you how important it is that we use alternative sources of fuel for our vehicles, I hope you picture a 4-year old boy like Christopher who has to drink water instead of milk.