…the indiscriminate and immediate disposal of national public lands…

In this Jan. 27, 2016, file photo, rancher Cliven Bundy stands along the road near his ranch in Bunkerville, Nev.


The Republican platform committee met this week to draft the document that defines the party’s official principles and policies. Along with provisions on pornography and LGBT “conversion therapy” is an amendment calling for the indiscriminate and immediate disposal of national public lands.

The inclusion of this provision in the Republican Party’s platform reflects the growing influence of and ideological alliance between several anti-park members of the GOP and anti-government extremists, led by Cliven Bundy, who dispute the federal government’s authority over national public lands.

“Congress shall immediately pass universal legislation providing a timely and orderly mechanism requiring the federal government to convey certain federally controlled public lands to the states,” reads the adopted language. “We call upon all national and state leaders and representatives to exert their utmost power and influence to urge the transfer of those lands identified.”

The provision calls for an immediate full-scale disposal of “certain” public lands, without defining which lands it would apply to, leaving national parks, wilderness areas, wildlife refuges, and national forests apparently up for grabs and vulnerable to development, privatization, or transfer to state ownership.

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Brain-Eating Amoeba Found in Louisiana Drinking Water


The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has confirmed the presence of a brain-eating amoeba in the water supply for the Louisiana communities of Reserve, Garyville and Mount Airy.

The Naegleria fowleri amoeba got into St. John the Baptist Parish’s Water District No. 1, which provides water for about 12,500 residents.

CDC officials say ingesting water containing the amoeba is harmless because it cannot infect a person through the digestive system, but the contaminated water can prove fatal if it comes into contact with nasal passages, which is how it travels to the brain.

A four-year-old Mississippi boy contracted the amoeba while visiting St. Bernard Parish last year and later died.

“St. John is now under an emergency order to perform a 60-day free chlorine burn on the water system, in which the water lines are infused with free chlorine. That is a stronger, faster-acting disinfectant than the normal infusion of chloramines, a combination of chlorine and ammonia,” Littice Bacon-Blood reported for the New Orleans Times-Picayune. As a precautionary measure, the St. John school system closed off all the water coolers in its schools.

-Noel Brinkerhoff

To Learn More:

Brain-Eating Amoeba Found In St. John Parish Water System, State Health Agency Reports (by Littice Bacon-Blood, New Orleans Times-Picayune)

St. Bernard Water System Tests Positive for Rare Brain-Eating Amoeba, CDC Confirms (by Benjamin Alexander-Bloch, New Orleans Times-Picayune)

Will Global Warming Unleash Deadly, Buried Viruses? (by Noel Brinkerhoff and Danny Biederman, AllGov)


Hundreds of Keystone protesters arrested at White House | Reuters

Hundreds of Keystone protesters arrested at White House | Reuters.

(Reuters) – Police arrested hundreds of young people protesting the Keystone XL project on Sunday, as demonstrators fastened themselves with plastic ties to the White House fences and called for U.S. President Barack Obama to reject the controversial oil pipeline.

Participants, who mostly appeared to be college-aged, held signs reading: “There is no planet B” and “Columbia says no to fossil fuels,” referring to the university in New York City.

An environmental activist sings and cheers as she and others are detained as they hold a rally in opposition to the Keystone XL Pipeline on the sidewalk in front of the White House at the White House in Washington March 2, 2014. REUTERS-Jonathan Ernst

Is Hanford, Washington the next Fukushima?




YAKIMA, Wash. (AP) — Federal and state officials say six underground tanks holding a brew of radioactive and toxic waste are leaking at the country’s most contaminated nuclear site in south-central Washington, raising concerns about delays for emptying the aging tanks.

The leaking materials at Hanford Nuclear Reservation pose no immediate risk to public safety or the environment because it would take perhaps years for the chemicals to reach groundwater, Washington Gov. Jay Inslee said Friday.

But the news has renewed discussion over delays for emptying the tanks, which were installed decades ago and are long past their intended 20-year life span.

“None of these tanks would be acceptable for use today. They are all beyond their design life. None of them should be in service,” said Tom Carpenter of Hanford Challenge, a Hanford watchdog group. “And yet, they’re holding two-thirds…

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Kentucky has more lakes suspected of having toxic algae

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. —Kentucky has seven lakes suspected of having excessive levels of toxic algae, but state officials aren’t revealing which bodies of water are being targeted for a second round of tests.

Kentucky environmental regulators are drawing water from the lakes for a second time for more rigorous laboratory analysis after initial samples showed concentrations of blue-green algae worthy of health advisories.

Kentucky Division of Water official Clark Dorman said the lakes involved in the most recent advisory aren’t run by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Five Corps-run lakes were the subject of a recent advisory.

Even though the state’s initial tests suggested health risks to the public, dogs and farm animals, state officials are declining to identify those water bodies.


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7.7 magnitude earthquake creates new island off the coast of Pakistan- death toll likely to rise

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Earthchange event: The 7.7 magnitude oblique-strike-slip earthquake was so powerful, it raised new land out of the Arabian sea.
September 24, 2013PAKISTANA massive, 7.7 magnitude earthquake struck south-central Pakistan on Tuesday afternoon local time. The USGS warns that there will high casualties and economic losses, requiring international response. Seismologists have also confirmed that the quake raised a new island, about 30-40 feet high, off the coast. The island is about half a mile off the coast of Gwadar, in the Arabian Sea. Already, reports the International Herald Tribune, crowds have gathered to see the mountainous, rocky island. Some are claiming it is 100 feet high. It’s not unusual for earthquakes of this magnitude to change the coastline, or even deform the shape of the planet. In 2010, an 8.8 magnitude quake in Chile created new coastlines in that country and changed the shape of the…

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Disaster on disaster: crippled Fukushima plant braces for typhoon Man-Yi hit

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September 16, 2013 JAPANWorkers at the Fukushima nuclear power plant have braced for a powerful incoming typhoon. Japan is struggling and failing to keep radiation leaks from the facility, crippled by the 2011 quake and tsunami, under control. Typhoon Man-Yi hit southern Japan on Monday morning, bringing heavy rains and strong winds and sparking fears that it might further deteriorate the situation at Fukushima. Workers at the site are using large weights to try and prevent cranes used to move debris from toppling over from the wind, reports Japanese broadcaster NHK. They also attached ropes to external piping and pumps, which are used to pump cooling water to and from the reactors. Staff members have increased patrols ahead of the storm to make sure that radiation-contaminated water doesn’t overflow from storage tanks. At least one overflow has already been discovered. The typhoon has been increasing in size…

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Obama Falls Short in Blunting Mountaintop Removal

By ERIC PIANIN, The Fiscal Times

July 11, 2013

During his 2008 campaign, President Obama pledged to rein in the coal industry’s efficient but destructive practice of mining huge seams of coal by “simply blowing the tops off mountains” and dumping the debris into valleys and streams below.

Over the past several decades,  coal companies have destroyed forests, brought down more than 500 mountains, polluted water, jeopardized public health and disrupted scores of communities through so-called mountain top removal.  Environmentalists who have studied the geological carnage left by all this blasting and earth removal refer to it as “surface mining on steroids.”

Today’s environmental cause célèbre is the growing  opposition to the energy industry’s highly destructive horizontal drilling and fracking for natural gas – the subject of  activist Josh Fox’s documentary “Gasland II” that made its debut on HBO Monday night.


But the damage done by mountaintop removal to the topography and ecology of Appalachia – which literally relegates once majestic mountain peaks to flat, sterile moonscapes – has led to many protests over the years and hundreds of lawsuits.

“The stated goal of the Clean Water Act is to protect the physical, chemical and biological integrity of the water of the United States,” Joe Lovett, executive director of the Appalachian Mountain Advocates, an environmental watchdog group, once testified. “It does not take a PhD in biology to see that blowing up the mountains and forests is bad for the environment.”

Industry officials say mountaintop removal mining gathers coal that wouldn’t be cost effective to mine through traditional underground methods. They say mountaintop removal provides jobs in some of America’s poorest areas, and that mining companies rebuild the hills or create areas where new highways, shopping centers, golf courses or airports can be built.

Environmentalists once had high hopes the Obama administration would sharply curb or stop mountaintop removal.  But administration victories have been few and far between.

And environmental groups that have battled the coal industry’s worst mining and reclamation practices for years are dubious Obama’s Environmental Protection Agency can do much more than slow the issuance of surface mining permits by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and state agencies.

The states and the Army Corps were granted authority to issue mining permits under two sections of the Clean Water Act.  Critics say they have been too cozy with the mining industry for decades and are lax in their review of permit applications.

“The Obama administration has done some good things and taken some important small steps forward, but they fall far short of what we think he promised – which was to do whatever was needed to protect communities and people from the adverse effects of mountaintop removal,” said Jennifer Chavez, a lawyer with the environmental group Earthjustice. “What is needed is to stop the practice entirely.”

One of the administration’s few big victories came in April when the U.S. Court of Appeals in Washington, D.C., upheld the EPA’s right to veto a permit granted by the Army Corps for the Spruce Mine, a notorious project that would have allowed Arch Coal to destroy 3,000 acres of mountaintops and let toxic waste flow into six miles of pristine mountain streams in West Virginia.  Lovett hailed the decision and declared: “The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has literally overseen the destruction of Central Appalachia, and EPA oversight is needed to stop it.” 

The mining industry and its allies have effectively blocked the crux of the administration’s anti-mountaintop removal initiatives – a series of memoranda announced in June 2009 that give guidance on how to reduce the adverse environmental impact of mountain top removal in Kentucky, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Virginia and West Virginia. The idea was to force the Army Corps and state officials to give added weight to scientific evidence – including the effects of the debris or “valley fill” on downstream aquatic life — before granting permits.

Nancy Sutley, chair of the White House environmental council, said at the time that strict safeguards in the agreement made good on Obama’s pledge to limit the damage from mountaintop-removal mining while providing coal for the nation’s utilities. The coal industry successfully challenged the new policies in federal court, and that ruling is on appeal before the federal appellate court in the District of Columbia. Even if the Obama administration prevails, many believe the long-term impact of those rules could be modest.

“There are still scores of mines going forward that were either recently issued permits or just continuing operations, and many miles of streams still being buried,” noted Chavez of Earthjustice.

So if the Obama administration can’t stop mountaintop removal, who or what can?

Possibly, a bad economy and dramatic changes underway in the energy industry. The domestic market for coal to produce electricity has been shrinking for years, a victim of new clean air rules and other market forces.

Many utility companies have shifted from carbon spewing boilers to clean-burning natural gas facilities to take advantage of the cheaper cost of gas at the time and to prepare for the day when coal-fired power plants are phased out.

Things could get a lot worse for the coal industry if Obama prevails in implementing his recently announced climate-change agenda, which calls for cutting greenhouse-gas emissions 17 percent from 2005 levels by 2020. That approach would be partly achieved by cutting carbon emissions from coal-fired power plants.

Energy analysts say the new rules, combined with environmental standards now being implemented, could push about a third of the U.S. coal fired fleet into retirement, according to the Wall Street Journal. Last year, U.S. utilities burned 825 million tons of coal, down sharply from the one billion tons of coal burned in 2007.

Some of the nation’s largest coal companies have reported sharply declining profits and a few have filed for bankruptcy. Just last month, West Virginia billionaire Jim Justice, who made his fortune in coal and agriculture, acknowledged that his coal operations in Appalachia are struggling. Business owners have filed at least nine lawsuits since late 2011 claiming they are not being paid for work at Justice’s mines.

“The coal business is terrible, it’s just terrible and we’re doing everything in our power to stay open and keep people working,” Justice told the Associated Press.  “We’re one of the few [companies] that are even still working, trying to employ people and pay taxes.”

Some industry officials blame overly zealous government regulators including the EPA for their problems. In congressional testimony in March, Hal Quinn, president and CEO of the National Mining Association, complained that the increasingly challenging and time-consuming permit process is hurting many companies and driving away potential investors.

“While the United States has one of the world’s greatest mineral repositories, our ability to get these minerals into the supply chain to help meet more of America’s needs is threatened,” he said. “The U.S. has one of the longest permitting processes in the world for mining projects.” 

The coal industry is now increasing its exports to China, India and Europe.

Sen. Joseph Manchin, D-W.Va., a former governor who has strongly supported the coal industry and its practices, warned this week that Obama’s global warming initiative “stops coal production as we know it, whether it’s on top or underneath the mountain.”

“I don’t think it’s a sound policy for our nation,” Manchin told The Fiscal Times.  “We all agree we have to use coal in our portfolio up to 2040. That’s making it much more costly and economically almost impossible for anyone to build a new coal fired plant or upgrade an existing coal fired power plant.”


U.S. Supreme Court sides with Oklahoma in water case



In a unanimous decision, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that a Texas state agency has no right to reach into Oklahoma for a share of water.

By Chris Casteel Modified: June 13, 2013 at 10:19 pm • Published: June 13, 2013

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WASHINGTON — Oklahoma won a major victory Thursday in defense of the state’s water supply, as the U.S. Supreme Court ruled unanimously that Texas can’t reach across the border to claim a share of the Kiamichi River.

Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt said the decision protected Oklahoma’s right to manage its water for generations to come, though the state is still in negotiations with the Chickasaw and Choctaw tribes about water rights in southeastern Oklahoma.

The high court’s decision ended a six-year legal battle with the Tarrant Regional Water District, a Texas state agency that claimed a water compact among Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas and Louisiana gave Texas the right to reach into Oklahoma to get its share of allotted water.

The Red River Compact — approved by Congress in 1980 — gives each of the four states an equal share of excess water from the Kiamichi River. But the compact doesn’t explicitly say whether one state can cross a border without permission to get its share.

The decision

The Supreme Court on Thursday agreed with Oklahoma’s position — which was supported in the case by Arkansas and Louisiana — that the compact would have spelled out the terms if cross-border access was permitted.

“Many compacts feature unambiguous language permitting signatory States to cross each other’s borders to fulfill obligations under the compacts, and many provide for the terms and mechanics of how such relationships will operate,” the opinion written by Justice Sonia Sotomayor says.

“The absence of comparable provisions in the Red River Compact strongly suggests that cross-border rights were never intended to be part of the agreement.”

Moreover, the court held that states rarely relinquish their sovereign powers. If Oklahoma had intended to give up its rights to the water within its borders, there would have been a clear indication in the compact, “not inscrutable silence,” the court held.

The court also noted that the Texas agency waited a long time after the compact’s approval to claim the right to get water in Oklahoma.

“Once the Compact was approved in 1980, no signatory State pressed for a cross-border diversion until Tarrant filed suit in 2007,” the court opinion states.

“And Tarrant’s earlier offer to purchase water from Oklahoma was a strange decision if Tarrant believed the Compact entitled it to demand water without payment.”

The Supreme Court also held Thursday that Oklahoma’s laws allocating water — and essentially barring out-of-state sales — do not violate the Commerce Clause of the U.S. Constitution.

The Texas agency pursued the case to the U.S. Supreme Court after losing in federal district court and the U.S. 10th Circuit Court of Appeals.

Pruitt, whose office represented the state, said the decision “affirmed Oklahoma sovereignty over our water.

“It’s important that we in the state of Oklahoma have the ability to manage our water and not be forced to give water to Texas and that’s what Tarrant County sought. It will impact generations to come, and the flexibility and latitude that Oklahoma needs to manage its water resources has been confirmed by the U.S. Supreme Court.”

Jim Oliver, general manager of the Tarrant Regional Water District, said Thursday, “Obviously, we are disappointed with the Supreme Court’s decision.

“Securing additional water resources is essential to North Texas’ continued growth and prosperity and will remain one of our top priorities. … The decision does not address the problem of Oklahoma’s lack of water infrastructure, and we believe solutions that benefit both Texas and Oklahoma still exist.”

Oklahoma City’s city manager Jim Couch hailed the decision. In a brief filed in the case, Oklahoma City argued that southeastern Oklahoma water is a critical component of the city’s municipal water supply.

Oklahoma City has long-standing permits for water from the Kiamichi and Muddy Boggy rivers. The water is pumped from southeast Oklahoma through the 50-year-old Atoka pipeline. An application for more water from the Kiamichi would provide nearly enough to meet city needs for 2060, as projected in a 2009 study. That application is tied up in the lawsuit by the tribes.

Red River rivalries

The Supreme Court last year refused to wade into a separate water dispute in Oklahoma, effectively upholding an appeals court ruling that the Oklahoma town of Hugo couldn’t sell water to Irving, Texas, without the state’s permission.

The U.S. Justice Department urged the high court to take the Texas challenge and sided with the Tarrant district on the key point of whether Texas could cross the border to fulfill its share under the compact.

The high court’s opinion Thursday gave a brief history of Red River rivalries between Oklahoma and Texas, mentioning “the famed college football rivalry between the Longhorns of Texas and the Sooners of Oklahoma” and the mobilization of state militias during the Red River Bridge War in 1931.


Atmospheric Oxygen Levels Are Dropping Faster Than Atmospheric Carbon Levels Are Rising

Posted by Good German on January 27, 2013



Forget rising temperatures and bigger storms, this is the big problem that neither side of the mainstream debate over environmental destruction is talking about.  Peter Tatchell reported for the Guardian back in 2008:

The rise in carbon dioxide emissions is big news. It is prompting action to reverse global warming. But little or no attention is being paid to the long-term fall in oxygen concentrations and its knock-on effects.

Compared to prehistoric times, the level of oxygen in the earth’s atmosphere has declined by over a third and in polluted cities the decline may be more than 50%. This change in the makeup of the air we breathe has potentially serious implications for our health. Indeed, it could ultimately threaten the survival of human life on earth, according to Roddy Newman, who is drafting a new book, The Oxygen Crisis.

I am not a scientist, but this seems a reasonable concern. It is a possibility that we should examine and assess. So, what’s the evidence?

Around 10,000 years ago, the planet’s forest cover was at least twice what it is today, which means that forests are now emitting only half the amount of oxygen.

Desertification and deforestation are rapidly accelerating this long-term loss of oxygen sources.

The story at sea is much the same. Nasa reports that in the north Pacific ocean oxygen-producing phytoplankton concentrations are 30% lower today, compared to the 1980s. This is a huge drop in just three decades.

Moreover, the UN environment programme confirmed in 2004 that there were nearly 150 “dead zones” in the world’s oceans where discharged sewage and industrial waste, farm fertiliser run-off and other pollutants have reduced oxygen levels to such an extent that most or all sea creatures can no longer live there. This oxygen starvation is reducing regional fish stocks and diminishing the food supplies of populations that are dependent on fishing. It also causes genetic mutations and hormonal changes that can affect the reproductive capacity of sea life, which could further diminish global fish supplies.

Professor Robert Berner of Yale University has researched oxygen levels in prehistoric times by chemically analysing air bubbles trapped in fossilised tree amber. He suggests that humans breathed a much more oxygen-rich air 10,000 years ago.

Further back, the oxygen levels were even greater. Robert Sloan has listed the percentage of oxygen in samples of dinosaur-era amber as: 28% (130m years ago), 29% (115m years ago), 35% (95m years ago), 33% (88m years ago), 35% (75m years ago), 35% (70m years ago), 35% (68m years ago), 31% (65.2m years ago), and 29% (65m years ago).

Professor Ian Plimer of Adelaide University and Professor Jon Harrison of the University of Arizona concur. Like most other scientists they accept that oxygen levels in the atmosphere in prehistoric times averaged around 30% to 35%, compared to only 21% today – and that the levels are even less in densely populated, polluted city centres and industrial complexes, perhaps only 15 % or lower.

Much of this recent, accelerated change is down to human activity, notably the industrial revolution and the burning of fossil fuels. The Professor of Geological Sciences at Notre Dame University in Indiana, J Keith Rigby, was quoted in 1993-1994 as saying:

In the 20th century, humanity has pumped increasing amounts of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere by burning the carbon stored in coal, petroleum and natural gas. In the process, we’ve also been consuming oxygen and destroying plant life – cutting down forests at an alarming rate and thereby short-circuiting the cycle’s natural rebound. We’re artificially slowing down one process and speeding up another, forcing a change in the atmosphere.

Very interesting. But does this decline in oxygen matter? Are there any practical consequences that we ought to be concerned about? What is the effect of lower oxygen levels on the human body? Does it disrupt and impair our immune systems and therefore make us more prone to cancer and degenerative diseases?

The effects of long term oxygen deprivation on the brain, called cerebral hypoxia, are known and some sound reminiscent of the general rise of stupidity in the industrialized world.

Professor Ervin Laszlo (quoted in Tatchell’s article) writes:

Evidence from prehistoric times indicates that the oxygen content of pristine nature was above the 21% of total volume that it is today. It has decreased in recent times due mainly to the burning of coal in the middle of the last century. Currently the oxygen content of the Earth’s atmosphere dips to 19% over impacted areas, and it is down to 12 to 17% over the major cities. At these levels it is difficult for people to get sufficient oxygen to maintain bodily health: it takes a proper intake of oxygen to keep body cells and organs, and the entire immune system, functioning at full efficiency. At the levels we have reached today cancers and other degenerative diseases are likely to develop. And at 6 to 7% life can no longer be sustained.

More specific details regarding the drop in atmospheric oxygen can be found here.

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Black hole collision event may have irradiated Earth centuries ago

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January 22, 2013COSMOSIn 2012, cosmic-ray physicist Professor Fusa Miyake from Nagoya University in Japan announced the detection of high levels of the isotope carbon-14 and beryllium-10 in tree rings formed in 775 CE, suggesting that a burst of radiation struck the Earth in the year 774 or 775. Carbon-14 and beryllium-10 form when radiation from space collides with nitrogen atoms, which then decay to these heavier forms of carbon and beryllium. The earlier research ruled out the nearby explosion of a massive star as nothing was recorded in observations at the time and no remnant has been found. Professor Miyake also considered whether a solar flare could have been responsible, but these are not powerful enough to cause the observed excess of carbon-14. Large flares are likely to be accompanied by ejections of material from the Sun’s corona, leading to vivid displays of the northern and…

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LG&E drops Cane Run ash dump application, plans for giant wall instead

LG&E Cane Run Generating Station. (By Michael Hayman, The Courier-Journal) March 26, 2010

LG&E Cane Run Generating Station. (By Michael Hayman, The Courier-Journal) March 26, 2010


Louisville Gas and Electric Co. has withdrawn its application for a new coal-burning-waste dump at its Cane Run generating station in western Louisville, ending a nearly three-year battle with environmentalists and power plant neighbors.

But another battle may be touched off by a proposal to erect a massive retaining wall, possibly as tall as a 13-story building, so LG&E can put more waste in its current Cane Run dump on the same property .

Chris Whelan, a company spokeswoman, said the wall would be built only as needed, but could be at most about 130 feet tall, or about 20 feet below the current top of the landfill.

“It’s made of rock in wire baskets, similar to the retaining walls you see along expressways and will be located on the east side of the landfill in a semi-circle behind the sludge processing plant,” she said. That plant is along Cane Run Road south of the plant.

She and state Division of Waste Management officials said the retaining wall won’t require any modifications of the company’s landfill permit because it’s not changing the footprint of the 30-year-old dump.

But Kathy Little, who lives on Cane Run Road near the plant and landfill, said she questions whether it will be safe and what it will look like.

And attorney Tom FitzGerald, director of the Kentucky Resources Council environmental group, said the change is big enough to require a public review process through a permit modification, and he will requesting that of state regulators.

Generally, however, environmental, neighborhood and company representatives said on Wednesday they were pleased that the proposed new landfill would be scrapped.

The 60-acre, $54 million dump at the Cane Run Road power plant would have eventually extended as high as a 14-story building in an area now largely occupied by transmission lines near the Ohio River, towering over an adjacent residential neighborhood.

Instead, the company will build its new natural gas plant where the landfill would have gone.

Company officials last year said they were likely to abandon their plans for the landfill when they announced they were planning to close their nearly 60-year-old Cane Run plant and replace it a cleaner-burning natural gas plant, which produces no ash or scrubber wastes.


Food prices expected to rise as U.S. suffers through worst drought in half a century

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July 19, 2012IOWAThe worst drought in a half century will continue to plague most of the U.S. Midwest crop region for at least the next 10 days, with only occasional showers providing some relief mainly in the east, an agricultural meteorologist said on Thursday. America’s top two corn and soybean producing states, Iowa and Illinois, are now in the center of the drought as the dryness spreads to the northwest to leech what little moisture remains in already parched soils. “It looks a little wetter today for Michigan, Indiana and Ohio, but the west is still dry with above-normal temperatures,” said Jason Nicholls, meteorologist for AccuWeather. Rain for the next 10 days will run the gamut from just 40 to 75 percent of normal, with the greatest stress in the western Midwest crop states such as top producer Iowa. “It got up to 102 to 103…

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How many people can live on planet Earth?



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The Tellus Institute , a non-profit sustainability research organization, created “sophisticated human population models” with their PoleStar project (PSP). Using data provided to them by the United Nations (UN) and the World Bank (WB), they analyzed parameters such as energy consumption, land use and pollution.

The PSP predicts simulated outcomes that are being used to shape international policy. Richard Rosen, executive vice president of Tellus claims that if we are to make this world a pleasant place to live, we should “get going immediately. There’s no leisurely way.”

Geophysicists at the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research states that only 282 billion people could be “packed onto the planet” with all other land reserved for food cultivation only.

The PSP infers 4 possible scenarios that will come to pass because of the growing human population.

Market Forces

If we continue “business as usual”, by the year 2100, we will see the poorer regions suffer from the growth of industry. Environmental problems abound and become more acute.

We can expect family planning policies that restrict the right to have children. The expectation of population growth would be pushing the boundaries of sustainability; being 9.3 billion.

With more humans on the planet will come income disparity. The average take home pay could be as low as 5cents per dollar earned.
Water securitization would be implemented to ensure water stress is reduced to an acceptable minimum. However by 2100, water shortages could reach as high as 50%.

Under strict food securitization policies, less than 6% of the world’s population could be affected by starvation.

Policy Reform

In this scenario, by 2100, governments have adhered to the UN’s climate change targets and sustainability goals; however economic growth is hindered and stronger policies must be put in place to curb the affects.

With family planning services enforced onto the population, only 8.4 billion people would be straining natural resources.

The average income would only be worth 11 cents on the dollar.

Expected water shortages would force 23% of the world’s water resources to be controlled by governmental policies.

International mandates controlling food would result in only 3% of the world’s population to suffer from hunger.

Fortress World

By 2100 this global society would be controlled by an authoritarian government in order to control distribution of resources. Economic, social and environmental downgrades would cause the wealthy to retreat to protected areas; leaving the masses to fend for themselves in the wastelands.

Implementing family planning services would be near impossible, leaving the global population to rise to 10.2 billion.

The average income would be reduced to 2 cents on the dollar.

Water securitization would control 46% of the world’s water supplies.

Global hunger could soar to nearly 15% of the entire population.

The Great Transition

By 2100, if the world’s societies were to radically alter their environmental preservation policies and prioritize social memes to reflect those of the UN, the planet could live in a world of social equality and cooperation.

Family planning would have successfully controlled population growth to a stable 7.3 billion worldwide.

Take home income could be raised to 36 cents on the dollar.

With less people, water securitization could be kept to a minimum of 21%.

The incidents of global hunger would be negligible.

Regardless of global population decline, the UN’s Populations Fund (UNFPA) is calling for more family planning services in order to further decrease fertility rates worldwide.

The UNFPA released a report in 2011 that erroneously claimed that the world’s population will rise to 9.15 billion by 2050. In response, the UNFPA has focused efforts on STD immunizations, abortion and contraception more readily available under the non-discriminant term, family planning”.

Their concept for the future appears to be miserable without the submission of all humans on planet Earth to their globalist Elite schemes. They are quite good at using fear to justify their policies to elected officials, governments and average citizens. Their continued success will surely lead to the worst of possible futures.


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On May 25, 2012 ‘Time 4 Hemp – LIVE!’ launches an every Friday segment for 6-weeks focused on the disaster at Fukushima with Maj. Gen. Albert N. Stubblebine III (US Army, Ret.) as the first expert guest airing globally on http://www.AmericanFreedomRadio.com 10-11a.m. (PST) and on AM/FM stations across the USA.
The World Health Organization recently stated that the radiation affecting residents in Japan’s Fukushima prefecture since the nuclear plant disaster started is below the reference level for public exposure in all but two areas and the world is safe from any danger once thought to be looming from the area – yet, many experts in the field strongly disagree.
Japanese Ambassador Murata is among those that have joined the growing chorus which include US Senators who are warning the problems at Fukushima nuclear reactor 4 is now the single greatest short-term threat to humanity and has the potential to destroy our world and civilization as we know it. Dr. Michio Kaku, nuclear physicist and professor of physics at the City University of New York states; “the whole world is being exposed to the radiation from Fukushima. The still-ongoing catastrophe at the six-reactor Fukushima Daiichi power plant in Japan has caused radioactivity to be circulating around the entire Earth.”
After visiting Fukushima, Senator Ron Wyden warned that the situation was worse than reported and has encouraged Japan to accept international help. Currently, an international coalition of nuclear scientists and non-profit groups are calling on the U.N. to coordinate a multinational effort to stabilize the fuel pools.
Evacuations are underway in Japan according to the BBC. Other reliable news sources report that the fall out from ‘black dust’ could result in health complications and perhaps death for millions of people in Japan and around the world.
This topic might seem to be ‘outside the box’ for a M-F radio show that is focused on ending marijuana/hemp prohibition; yet current research – along with Human History – indicate that industrial hemp could very well be one of the most important aspects in solving the many different problems that continue grow from a nightmare that began with a tsunami.
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Does LG&E have an invisible force field around Cane Run landfill?


Does LG&E have an invisible force field around Cane Run landfill?

LG&E Cane Run Plant

Following the release of the video yesterday by Cane Run residents showing coal ash billowing out of their sludge processing plant at the Cane Run coal ash landfill, LG&E provided this amazing statement to the Courier-Journal’s James Bruggers:

“Such a dust build-up is not an unusual occurrence and does not pose a hazard. At no time do we believe any dust went off our property. We believe we were in compliance with applicable standards at all time.”

The Cane Run residents across the street will attest that “such a dust build-up is not an unusual occurrence” is a factual statement. But it didn’t leave their property? In the video below, it should be noted that the fence you see directly in front of the billowing dust is where LG&E’s property line ends:

Unless LG&E has been secretly investing in invisible force field technology… that seems like a bit of a stretch. Especially since testing done on the homes across the street shows that they are covered in fly ash.

APCD spokesman Thomas Nord hasn’t gotten back to us yet on our inquiry as to whether this is physically possible, assuming modern physics and technology is as we assume. But he did give us this statement, saying that they are not done monitoring LG&E’s plant, regardless of the settlement agreed to yesterday:

The penalty payment and compliance plan only involve the two notices of violation that we issued in 2011. We’re not necessarily done with the Cane Run situation. APCD will be back out there to investigate as long as the residents feel there are still dust problems.

So there you go. The billion dollar corporation might very well face another $20,000 fine in 2012, which I’m sure has LG&E shaking in their boots, as we speak.

Posted by jsonka on April 19, 2012 at 2:12 pm.

Ohio: Hydraulic fracking led to earthquakes

By Julie Carr Smyth, Associated Press



COLUMBUS, Ohio – A dozen earthquakes in northeastern Ohio were almost certainly induced by injection of gas-drilling wastewater into the earth, Ohio oil and gas regulators said Friday as they announced a series of tough new regulations for drillers.

Against Youngstown, Ohio’s skyline, a brine injection well owned by Northstar Disposal Services that uses fracking is seen on Jan. 4, 2011. Well operations were halted after a series of earthquakes.

Against Youngstown, Ohio’s skyline, a brine injection well owned by Northstar Disposal Services that uses fracking is seen on Jan. 4, 2011. Well operations were halted after a series of earthquakes.

Among the new regulations: Well operators must submit more comprehensive geological data when requesting a drill site, and the chemical makeup of all drilling wastewater must be tracked electronically.

Northeastern Ohio and large parts of adjacent states sit atop the Marcellus Shale geological formation, which contains vast reserves of natural gas that energy companies are rushing to drill using a process known as hydraulic fracturing.

The state Department of Natural Resources announced the tough new brine injection regulations because of the report’s findings on the well in Youngstown, which it said were based on “a number of coincidental circumstances.”

For one, investigators said, the well began operations just three months ahead of the first quake.

They also noted that the seismic activity was clustered around the well bore, and reported that a fault has since been identified in the Precambrian basement rock where water was being injected.

“Geologists believe it is very difficult for all conditions to be met to induce seismic events,” the report states. “In fact, all the evidence indicates that properly located … injection wells will not cause earthquakes.”

Hydraulic fracking involves freeing the gas by injecting water into the earth, but that water needs to be disposed of when companies are done with it. Municipal water treatment plants aren’t designed to remove some of the contaminants found in the wastewater, including radioactive elements. A common practice is to re-inject it into the ground, a practice banned in some states.

The improper placement of the Youngstown well stemmed in part from inadequate geological data being available to regulators, the report states. New rules would require a complete roll of geophysical logs to be submitted to the state.

“These logs were not available to inform regulators of the possible issues in geologic formations prior to well operation,” the document says.

Requiring well operators to submit more comprehensive geologic data is just one of the added regulations the department will either impose immediately or pursue through legislative or rule changes.

Among other changes:

— Future injection into Precambrian rock will be banned, and existing wells penetrating the formation will be plugged.

— State-of-the-art pressure and volume monitoring will be required, including automatic shut-off systems.

— Electronic tracking systems will be required that identify the makeup of all drilling wastewater fluids entering the state.

“Ohio has developed a new set of regulatory standards that positions the state as a national leader in safe and environmentally responsible brine disposal,” Natural Resources Director James Zehringer said in a prepared statement.

“Ohioans demand smart environmental safeguards that protect our environment and promote public health. These new standards accomplish that goal,” he said.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency gave Ohio regulatory authority over its deep well injection program in 1983, deeming that its state regulations met or exceeded federal standards. The new regulations would be added to those existing rules.


Hemp “Eats” Chernobyl Waste,


Winter 1998-99
by Elaine Charkowski
Central Oregon Green Pages



An explosion at a nuclear reactor on April 26th, 1986 in Chernobyl, Ukraine created the world’s worst nuclear disaster – so far.

The blast heavily contaminated agricultural lands in a 30 km radius around the reactor. The few people still living there must monitor their food and water for radiation. However the combination of a new technology (phytoremediation) and an old crop (industrial hemp) may offer the Ukraine a way to decontaminate it’s radioactive soil.

In 1998, Consolidated Growers and Processors (CGP), PHYTOTECH, and the Ukraine’s Institute of Bast Crops began what may be one of the most important projects in history – the planting of industrial hemp for the removal of contaminants in the soil near Chernobyl.

CGP is an ecologically-minded multinational corporation which finances the growing and processing of sustainable industrial crops such as flax, kenaf, and industrial hemp. CGP operates in North America, Europe and the Ukraine.

PHYTOTECH (see webpage: http://www.phytotech.com/index.html ) specializes in phytoremediation, the general term for using phyto (plants) to remediate (clean up) polluted sites. Phytoremediation can be used to remove radioactive elements from soil and water at former weapons producing facilaties. It can also be used to clean up metals, pesticides, solvents, explosives, crude oil, polyaromatic hydrocarbons, and toxins leaching from landfills.

Plants break down or degrade organic pollutants and stabilize metal contaminants by acting as filters or traps. PHYTOTECH is conducting feild trials to improve the phytoextraction of lead, uranium, cesium-137, and strontium-90 from soils and also from water.

Founded in 1931, the Institute of Bast Crops is now the leading research institution in the Ukraine working on seed-breeding, seed-growing, cultivating, harvesting and processing hemp and flax.

The Bast Institute has a genetic bank including 400 varieties of hemp from various regions of the world.

"Hemp is proving to be one of the best phyto-remediative plants we have been able to find," said Slavik Dushenkov, a research scienst with PHYTOTECH. Test results have been promising and CGP, PHYOTECH and the Bast Institute plan full scale trials in the Chernobyl region in the spring of 1999.

Industrial hemp is not a drug. Unlike its cousin marijuana, industrial hemp has only trace amounts of THC – the chemical that produces the high. In 1973, the Department of the Interior and Department of Health and Agriculture of the former USSR issued an ultimatim to the Institute of Bast Crops – either create non-psycoactive varities of hemp or stop cultivating hemp. So, scientists at the institute created an industrial hemp plant containing only minute traces of THC. Modern testing in Canada confirmed the low THC content of the Bast Institute’s hemp.

New technologies in hemp harvesting and processing are also being developed at the Institute whose library contains more than 55,000 volumes mainly on hemp-growing and flax-growing.

Chernobyl may seem distant, but the EPA estimates that there are more than 30,000 sites requiring hazardous waste treatment throughout the U.S. including Hanford and Three Mile Island.

Phytoremediation with industrial hemp could be used at many of these sites. Unfortunantly, the U.S. government refuses to legalize the cultivation of industrial hemp and clings to the obsolete myth that it is a drug.

No Free Press for BP Oil Disaster

By Dahr Jamail  July 8, 2010 | Posted in IndyBlog


New Orleans — Last week, the U.S. Coast Guard, working in concert with oil giant BP, instituted new restrictions across the U.S. Gulf Coast that prevent the media from coming within 20 meters of booms or response vessels on beaches or water. But the insidiousness of the restrictions runs even deeper.

An oiled brown pelican receives treatment at Fort Jackson Bird Rehabilitation Center in Buras, La. PHOTO: International Bird Rescue Research Center (IBRRC)

An oiled brown pelican receives treatment at Fort Jackson Bird Rehabilitation Center in Buras, La. PHOTO: International Bird Rescue Research Center (IBRRC)

“You can’t come in here,” Don, the security guard hired by BP, told IPS at the Oiled Wildlife Rehabilitation Center at Fort Jackson, Louisiana.

Inside, the International Bird Rescue Research Center, one of the companies hired by BP to clean wildlife, works to wash oiled birds before returning them to the wild.

The center has limited access to the media, and had been open Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays for two hours at a time. IPS arrived at the center on a Wednesday, only to learn that it had just reduced its media days from three to two, and was no longer open to the media on Wednesdays.

When asked who he worked for, the private security guard informed IPS, “I work for HUB, a security company hired by BP.”

Hub Enterprises out of Broussard, Louisiana has a contract with BP to provide “security officers” and “supervisors.” Don is being paid somewhere between $13 and $14 an hour to do his part in helping BP keep a media lid on what is happening with the largest oil-related environmental disaster in U.S. history.

Up to 60,000 barrels of oil are still leaking into the Gulf every day, more than two months after the Apr. 20 explosion on the BP-operated Deepwater Horizon oil rig.

Last week’s new media restrictions imposed by the Coast Guard subject journalists and photographers to as much as a $40,000 fine, and from one to five years in jail as a class-D felon if they violate the 20-meter rule, that Unified Command calls a “safety zone.”

There have been many indications of a growing and deepening media clampdown in the region in other ways as well.

Last week, IPS had an interview scheduled with the Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center in New Orleans. The interview was with an individual affiliated with LSU’s research strategies into how the BP oil disaster will affect the region.

The morning the interview was to take place, the interview subject, who shall remain anonymous, sent IPS an email stating, “I have been told to cancel the interview. I regret any inconvenience this may have caused you.”

When IPS asked him if there was a reason the interview was canceled, he replied, “No.”

An anonymous source later informed IPS that the decision to cancel the interview was made by Chancellor Larry Hollier, who heads the LSU Health Sciences Center.

BP is providing the bulk of the funding to be used to study the effects of the oil disaster, and has promised 500 million dollars for research and restoration projects.

Robert Gagosian is president of the Consortium for Ocean Leadership, which represents ocean research institutions and aquariums and manages a programme on ocean drilling research. A marine geochemist, Gagosian is concerned about how that money will be spent, and hopes it will be handled through peer-reviewed grants.

His concern, shared by other scientists and researchers, stems from BP’s interest in preserving its business, and whether the proper criteria will be used in assessing what research should be done.

Jeff Short, a former scientist with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration who is now with the conservation group Oceana, said that by having BP pay for the research, the government cedes control over what studies are to be conducted.

“I find myself wondering, why would BP want to guide money into projects that would clearly show much larger environmental damage than would have come to light otherwise?” he said.

The first $25 million of the BP funds were quickly distributed to Louisiana State University, the Florida Institute of Oceanography at the University of South Florida and a consortium led by Mississippi State University.

Many independent scientists and journalists fear this is part of an effort to influence what studies are conducted and how willing these public institutions will be to talk to the media about the BP disaster.

In another incident, on July 2, Lance Rosenfield, a photographer for the non-profit investigative journalism outlet ProPublica, was briefly detained by police while shooting pictures near BP’s refinery in Texas City, Texas. According to Rosenfield, he was confronted by a BP security officer, local police, and a man identifying himself as an agent of the Department of Homeland Security.

Rosenfield was released after police reviewed his photos and recorded his date of birth, Social Security number and other personal information. The police officer then turned this information over to the BP security guard, under what Rosenfield said was, according to the police officer, “standard operating procedure.”

There have also been restrictions placed on the airspace above areas where clean-up and containment operations are occurring. The Federal Aviation Administration has placed restrictions prohibiting media flights below 900 meters over oil-affected areas.
This article was originally published by the Inter Press Service.

Public Concerns and Meets with Community Members on the BP Oil Spill

From: U.S. EPA <usaepa@govdelivery.com>
Date: Fri, 25 Jun 2010 12:25:33 -0500 (CDT)
Subject: BP Oil Spill Response Update

EPA Addresses Public Concerns and Meets with Community Members on the BP Oil Spill

One of the most important elements of the federal government response to the BP oil spill is the involvement of the community. In a speech to the National Environmental Justice Advisory Council, Administrator Lisa P. Jackson told the audience, "It is critical that every community is engaged in the discussions on how we recover from this crisis. The people who are most vulnerable to the impacts of the spill must be empowered in the response and long-term rebuilding."

This week EPA staff members are in the Gulf holding meetings to hear the concerns and ideas of those who live in the region and know it best. Lisa Garcia, Senior Advisor to the Administrator on Environmental Justice, and Shira Sternberg, Special Assistant in the Office of Public Engagement, met with local leaders in Biloxi, MS, Prichard, AL and New Orleans, LA, and attended two open houses in MS and LA. Mathy Stanislaus, EPA’s Assistant Administrator for the Office of Solid Waste and Emergency Response, and Paul Anastas, Assistant Administrator for EPA’s Office of Research and Development, were in New Orleans Tuesday and Wednesday this week attending a meeting on health effects of the oil spill. The meeting was organized by the Institute of Medicine at the request of the Department of Health and Human Services. You can see photos of EPA’s community meetings on Administrator Jackson’s Facebook page.

One concern many Gulf residents, community leaders and environmentalists have shared with us is over the safety of dispersant. Dispersant is a type of chemical sprayed on or near the spill itself that break up the oil into smaller pieces, speeding its natural degradation and slowing the spread of the spill. The decision to authorize dispersant is based on science indicating that it is less toxic than oil. Nonetheless, the use of dispersant is being carefully monitored and strictly limited to only what is necessary.

EPA efforts have resulted in a significant reduction in the use of dispersant in the past month. This week we calculated that, since EPA and the Coast Guard directed BP to significantly ramp down dispersant use on May 23, use of dispersant is down 68% from its peak. We have been closely tracking undersea oxygen and toxicity levels, as well as other indicators to gauge potential impacts of undersea application, and have detected no dispersant compounds in water tested near the shore. Mobile air monitors taking samples throughout the region have detected only very small amounts of dispersant-related compounds. These amounts are well below anything likely to cause harm to health or the environment. Because of their low concentrations, and the fact that these compounds are common in cleaning products and coatings, it’s difficult to know with certainty whether the small amounts detected are related to the spill. If they are, their presence is very small.

In addition, we are making progress on our independent testing of eight dispersant products on the NCP Product Schedule. We are also conducting toxicity tests of the dispersant being used. To assure the quality of the data, these tests take time. As soon as we have analyzed the data, we will share the results with the public.

We also want to hear your solutions. EPA is now participating in the Interagency Alternative Technology Assessment Program – a cross-government effort to address and evaluate possible technology solutions for the oil spill response efforts. If you’ve already submitted a possible technology solution to EPA, it is being processed by the appropriate decision-makers. If you have not submitted, or have another idea you think will work, please share it with us.

To learn more on what EPA is doing in the Gulf, and for the latest announcements, monitoring data and updates, visit www.epa.gov/bpspill.

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From: U.S. EPA <usaepa@govdelivery.com>
Date: Fri, 25 Jun 2010 16:00:57 -0500 (CDT)

EPA Recognizes Broward County, Fl., for Transforming Former Landfill into a Park

Contact Information: Dawn Harris-Young, (404) 562-8421, harris-young.dawn@epa.gov

(ATLANTA – June 25, 2010) At a ceremony this morning, EPA honored Broward County, Fl., with the EPA Region 4 Excellence in Site Reuse award for redeveloping the former Davie Landfill Superfund site, once referred to by some as "Mount Trashmore," into the Vista View Park. This is only the second award of its type to be awarded by EPA for site reuse in Florida.

Broward County saw the potential for the site of the former landfill that operated between 1964 and 1987 to be used as a park early on, even before EPA encouraged the reuse of Superfund sites. While the county closed the landfill and cleaned up the site under EPA oversight, it installed much of the infrastructure (roads, stormwater drainage, landscaping, etc.) for the site to eventually be used as a park. Five or more years passed after the landfill was closed before the county obtained enough funding to complete the park.

The Vista View Park opened in July 2003.  The park’s popularity led the county to purchase more land around it and expanded it in November 2009. Activities in the park include horseback riding along many trails, biking, a trail with fitness stations, rollerblading, paragliding, primitive camping, radio-controlled plane flying and boating, catch and release fishing, and many other types of passive use. There are two playgrounds at the park. One of them was awarded certification from Boundless Playgrounds for exceeding the minimum requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act.

EPA supports the redevelopment of contaminated properties and views the revitalization of communities affected by contaminated properties as a key component of its mission to protect human health and the environment. Region 4 created the Excellence in Site Reuse award to recognize those who have gone above and beyond in redeveloping a Superfund site.

The 210-acre Davie Landfill site originally housed a garbage incinerator for the county. The incinerator closed in 1975, and a sanitary landfill was constructed on the site for disposal of municipal solid waste, construction debris, tires and other waste materials. A sludge lagoon on the site was used to dispose of grease trap pump-out material, septic tank sludge and treated municipal sludge from 1971 until 1981. The lagoon was closed in 1981 after the sludge contaminated ground water, and the sanitary landfill was closed in 1987. In 1989, Broward County excavated, dewatered, and stabilized the contaminated sludge from the lagoon, placed it within a cell in the sanitary landfill, and constructed a cap over the cell with a protective cover. Due to the low levels of groundwater contamination detected, EPA and the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) determined that the contaminants could be addressed by natural processes with regular monitoring of the groundwater. Groundwater cleanup standards were achieved by September 2003. The site was removed from the National Priorities List in 2006 and, since then, the EPA and DEP have continued to monitor the site to ensure its safety.

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