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Don't Demand Fair Or Equal Treatment From the EPA!

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It isn’t just the IRS. Now the EPA has been caught treating Liberal and Conservative environmental groups differently, to the cost of as much as hundreds of thousands of dollars to those conservative groups.
“Research by the Competitive Enterprise Institute (CEI), a conservative Washington, D.C., think tank, claims that the political bias is routine when it comes to deciding which groups are charged fees. Christopher Horner, senior fellow at CEI, said liberal groups have their fees for documents waived about 90 percent of the time, in contrast with conservative groups that it claims are denied fee waivers about 90 percent of the time.”
Congress is now investigating.

“‘I don’t think it is fair at all. It is not fair to the American taxpayer – the American taxpayer should expect and demand that the EPA treats everyone equally in regard to these requests,’ said Pennsylvania Republican Rep. Tim Murphy, a member of the Energy and Commerce Committee. ‘This cannot be tolerated. As we see more federal agencies with this kind of bias, it is and should be a concern for all of us.’”

No! American taxpayers are stupid if they demand equal treatment from the EPA and if they think they will ever be able to demand reform.
The whole point of the EPA is to be a law unto itself. Rather than allowing the public to hold people liable in court, the EPA has become the ultimate arbiter in most cases. It is just as capable of protecting polluters as stopping them. After all, if a company can claim to comply with the EPA’s edicts, how can victims take them to court? The whole premise of the EPA is that we needed an “agency” with huge independent power to make people behave. Pretending that we can keep such an agency and, at the same time, force it to behave, is a refusal to deal with reality.
Taxpayers need to demand that the Environmental Protection Agency be dismantled and destroyed, not reformed. You can’t equip an agency with ultimate power and then act surprise that the people in charge aren’t morally perfect. As James Madison wrote in The Federalist Papers:

“If men were angels, no government would be necessary. If angels were to govern men, neither external nor internal controls on government would be necessary. In framing a government which is to be administered by men over men, the great difficulty lies in this: you must first enable the government to control the governed; and in the next place oblige it to control itself. A dependence on the people is, no doubt, the primary control on the government; but experience has taught mankind the necessity of auxiliary precautions.”

The purpose of the EPA was to escape all of these precautions. It was founded on the premise that the world is such a dangerous place that normal use of the courts and normal use of written laws was insufficient. We needed a dictatorial agency.
So we got on. Now, get rid of it. Don’t pretend you can control it.

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Climate Change Activists Disrupt Black Friday Shopping

Climate change crazies across the world surged into shopping malls to disrupt shoppers as they hit the shopping centers on Black Friday.

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Climate change crazies across the world surged into shopping malls to disrupt shoppers as they hit the shopping centers to find those Black Friday bargains.

In once case, whiny demonstrators hit Chicago’s Magnificent Mile and its famed Water Town Place to try and block shoppers from getting into stores. The attacks were planned by the nuts with the Illinois Youth Climate Strike.

“We will be disrupting business as usual to make sure shoppers cannot ignore the climate emergency,” said coordinator Lillie Schneyer, 23. “Watertower Place is an ideal setting for us to draw attention to the culpability of large corporations and fast fashion who have put profits for a greedy few ahead of the needs of many, contributing to catastrophic impacts on our climate and the rising inequality and poor working conditions that we see as twin crises in our country today.”

Then there were the malcontents of the Northwest Indiana Youth Council who planned to perpetrate a “Day of Defiance” outside a mall in Hobart, Indiana.

“Today is especially important because it’s a massive consumer holiday. Textile consumption is estimated to be the second biggest contributor to climate change. And the tech industry, through planned obsolescence, creates a lot of waste,” Indiana University freshman Ethyl Ruehman said.

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Foolhardy activists in Washington, D.C. also planned a closed-casket “Black Friday Funeral For Future” outside the U.S. Capitol building. Organizers planned to “eulogize and mourn all that has been lost and all that is threatened by the climate crisis,” followed by a funeral procession throughout the city.

The proto terrorists of Extinction Rebellion also jumped in with protests in New York City.

Few shoppers had any interest in these meaningless stunts, though, and this year’s Black Friday shopping was bigger than ever.

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Climate Activist Greta Thunberg Sails Yacht Made of Petroleum Products to Climate Conference in Spain

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Climate change hypocrite and teenage high priestess of global warming hysteria Greta Thunberg has been caught sailing a yacht made of non-sustainable petroleum products so she can make a climate change conference in Spain.

The 14-year-old scolder of the world who seems to think she was sent by God to save the earth was headed toward South America when she discovered that the conference she was headed toward was moved from Santiago, Chile, to Spain.

That left the arrogant girl stranded in the ocean too far away from the event in Spain to reach it in time via the sea.

But now, Thunberg has announced that another yachter has come to her rescue and offered her a ride to Spain.

Thunberg, who has refused to fly because — like all good communists — she opposes modernity, jumped to social media to make the happy announcement that she caught a ride.

“So happy to say I’ll hopefully make it to COP25 in Madrid,”she tweeted. “I’ve been offered a ride from Virginia on the 48ft catamaran La Vagabonde. Australians @Sailing_LaVaga ,Elayna Carausu & @_NikkiHenderson from England will take me across the Atlantic. We sail for Europe tomorrow morning!” Thunberg wrote last Tuesday.

So, what about this “48ft catamaran La Vagabonde”?

Well, it looks like the craft is just the type that ol’ Greta is supposed to be opposing.

As the Washington Times noted, “Twelve weeks after sailing into New York City, Greta hitched a ride back to Europe Wednesday with celebrity sailors Elayna Carausu and Riley Whitelum on La Vagabonde, a luxury catamaran made of petroleum products like fiberglass.”

The boat is an Outremer 45 that weighs 17,400 pounds and is made of fiberglass, or fiber-reinforced plastic. The yacht was pumped out of the ground by oil companies. It draws auxiliary power from twin Volvo Diesel engines.

Not very environmentally friendly, huh?

Ooops.

There were a few other points about this ride that seems to make Greta a hypocrite, too.

Greta’s father Svante Thunberg and British yachtswoman Nikki Henderson joined the La Vagabonde crew, raising questions about whether they flew across the pond only to sail back.

In addition to solar and hydro power, the craft is equipped with two diesel 30hp engines, according to Multihull Central, a boat-reviewing site, as noted by climate skeptic Tom Nelson.

This little chippie is nothing but a hypocrite.

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Pot Prohibition Creates Environmental Nightmare as Cartel Cultivators Exploit US Nat’l Parks

With Canada and Mexico already taking steps to legalize marijuana, the abhorrent drug cartels are left with only one place to operate their violent and destructive black market.

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America, the land of the free, has a long history of ill-advised prohibitions that create more harm than good, and that hasn’t changed in 2019.

Despite the fact that an ever-growing number of locales are legalizing the use of marijuana, the plant is still federally prohibited in the same way that heroin, methamphetamine, and cocaine are.  This has given pot prohibition proponents the upper hand, politically, allowing an ever-more devastating black market to thrive here in the United States.

To make matters worse, both Canada and Mexico have now taken steps to legalize the plant, making the United States the sole nation in North America where Mexican drug cartels can operate their booming and clandestine business.

Not only do these violent and abhorrent pot peddlers pose a threat to American citizens and law enforcement agents, but they also create an incredible amount of damage to a wide swath of our nation’s most precious natural wonders.

Drug cartels are not only setting up huge marijuana farms on national forest lands in California, but they are also polluting the land and water with trash and toxic chemicals.

“The true crime here is the fact that they’re killing off basically America’s public lands, killing off the wildlife, killing off our water,” Kevin Mayer, a U.S. Forest Service law enforcement assistant special agent in charge, said. “This is stuff that, you know, it’s not gonna repair itself.”

A California public radio outlet reported that a coalition of environmentalists, law enforcement agents, politicians, and wildlife ecologists are trying to stop the drug operations and repair the damage:

Some in that coalition recently visited a site discovered deep in California’s Shasta-Trinity National Forest. They and a group of armed Forest Service agents made their way down a steep hillside above a creek on a warm fall day, through a tangle of Douglas fir and madrone trees and big leaf maples turned golden yellow. Finally, the forest gives way to a sprawling grow and camp site. It’s typical in shape: terraced plots carved erratically into a hillside scared [sic] by wildfire. The burned trees and new growth offer some cover from air surveillance. Two Mexican nationals were arrested at the site in September; they are suspected of being affiliates of a cartel.There’s some 3,000 pounds of trash here from discarded clothes and propane tanks to 3 miles of plastic irrigation pipes — an indication this site has likely been used for years. Most of it eventually will have to be hauled out by helicopter.

And it gets worse…

“This one is Bromethalin, which is a neurotoxin rodenticide,” wildlife ecologist Greta Wengert said, holding up an empty container used for rodent bait blocks.

“They also found a container of concentrated carbofuran, an insecticide banned by the Environmental Protection Agency. Carbofuran is produced in the U.S. by Pennsylvania-based FMC Corp, which exports the product to Mexico, India and other nations,” KVCR reported. “The European Union, Canada and Brazil have full bans on carbofuran.

“It is incredibly toxic,” Wengert said. “A quarter teaspoon could kill a 600-pound black bear. So obviously just a tiny amount can kill a human. It remains in an ecosystem for a long period of time.”

“We have detected [carbofuran] in the soil, in cannabis plants, in native vegetation, the water, the infrastructure,” Wengert said.

Those toxins then travel throughout the ecosystem, spread by the otherwise natural processes that occur in these protected areas.

Again, this is all thanks to the national government’s prohibition of the plant, and the direct contribution that this has to the black market here in the United States.  The only true way to combat these illegal grow operations is to make them unviable and unprofitable, and the easiest way to do that is through the national legalization of cannabis – as has been done in Canada and Mexico already.

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President Donald Trump Officially Pulling Out of Paris Accord Climate Change Agreement

President Donald Trump revealed this week that he is officially pulling the United States out of the Paris Accord climate change agreement.

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Marking another campaign promise kept, President Donald Trump revealed this week that he is officially pulling the United States out of the Paris Accord climate change agreement.

On Monday, the president noted that after years of waiting, the United Nations has now been told that the U.S. will officially pull out of the accords. Trump said the process to exit the agreement will start immediately.

The announcement was revealed in a statement Monday from Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.

“President Trump made the decision to withdraw from the Paris Agreement because of the unfair economic burden imposed on American workers, businesses, and taxpayers by U.S. pledges made under the Agreement,” Pompeo said. “The United States has reduced all types of emissions, even as we grow our economy and ensure our citizens’ access to affordable energy.”

Trump has always criticized the accord and made a promise to get the U.S. out of the deal if he became president.

He continued bashing the agreement after winning the White House.

For instance, in a speech in the White House Rose Garden in June of 2017, Trump slammed the accord as a “bad deal” for the U.S.A. because it allowed major polluters like China, India, and other countries to continue increasing emissions while hampering the U.S. with economy-killing rules.

“The fact that the Paris deal hamstrings the United States while empowering some of the world’s top-polluting countries should dispel any doubt as to why foreign lobbyists wish to keep our magnificent country tied up and bound by this agreement,” Trump said.

The decision comes ahead of the kick-off of the 2020 election campaign season and will undoubtedly serve as a selling point of being a promise the president has kept while in office.

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California SLAMMED by EPA Over Pollution Relating to Homelessness

This is just the latest spat between the President and The Golden State.

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For weeks, the Trump administration has been at odds with the State of California regarding its own environmental regulations.

For starters, the Golden State had planned to implement new regulations regarding emissions for commuter cars  – something that the White House worked to strike down.

President Donald Trump’s plan to eliminate California’s right to set its own auto emissions standards could spur automakers to make larger vehicles that emit more tailpipe pollution, which contributes to climate change.

But the automakers may not dramatically shift their strategies.

Trump’s plan, which he disclosed Wednesday in a series of tweets, is likely to be delayed in a federal court battle with California. Under a federal waiver, California has historically set stricter emissions standards, but Trump is attempting to cancel the waiver.

He pledged that the move would create “much less expensive” vehicles and “new, extremely environmentally friendly cars.”

This sparked a nasty war of words between California lawmakers and President Trump, which has now come full circle as the President decries the state’s embarrassing homelessness epidemic and the pollution that comes along with it.

In yet another strike against California, the Trump administration accused the state of “failing to protect Californians from degraded water,” specifically citing concerns about waste from homeless populations getting into sewer systems.

Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Andrew Wheeler wrote to California Gov. Gavin Newsom on Thursday alleging the state has not addressed water pollution tied to thehomelessness crisis in major cities like San Francisco, specifically when the sewer system can overflow during heavy rain and release untreated water into other areas like the San Francisco Bay.

The issue of homelessness, particularly in San Francisco, has spawned a number of creative, neighborhood-specific solutions to the problem.

Just this week, large boulders were placed on city sidewalks in order to prevent vagrants and the disenfranchised from camping out in front of homes and businesses.

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Child Climate Activist Greta Thunberg Slams Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’ Green New Deal

Child climate activist Greta Thunberg has been making leftists squeal with delight with her wild-eyed global warming proclamations.

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Child climate activist Greta Thunberg has been making leftists squeal with delight with her wild-eyed global warming proclamations, but the media has been a little less interested in the little girl’s obvious slam of the Democrats’ so-called Green New Deal.

Thunberg, the fraud who wasted thousands in fuel, and racked up all sorts of carbon emissions by flying her boat crew to the U.S.A. so they could sail her boat back to Sweden, was all over the news with her denunciation of the world for destroying “her” future.

But, as Hot Air noted, without naming them directly she also attacked the Democrats for their pointless Green New Deal plan because it doesn’t go far enough.

“This is all wrong. I shouldn’t be up here. I should be back in school on the other side of the ocean,” Thunberg scolded. “Yet, you all come to us young people for hope. How dare you. You have stolen my dreams and my childhood with your empty words…We are in the beginning of a mass extinction and all you can talk about is money and fairytales of eternal economic growth.”

This pint-sized fanatic then claimed that adults are all “evil” because they are destroying her future.

But then she slammed the “solutions” of the Green New Deal.

“The popular idea of cutting our emissions in half in ten years only gives us a 50 percent chance of staying below 1.5 degrees and the risk of setting off irreversible chain reactions beyond human control.” She then said, “A fifty percent risk is simply not acceptable to us, we who have to live with the consequences.”

The little parrot has also insisted that there is only 8-1/2 years to “fix” the earth.

“To have a 67 percent chance of staying below a 1.5 Celcius global temperature rise, the best odds given by the IPCC, the world had 420 gigatons of CO2 left to emit back on January 1, 2018,” she said. “Today that figure is already down to less than 350 gigatons…With today’s emissions levels, that remaining CO2 budget will be entirely gone in less than 8 1/2 years.”

That is even less than the absurd number of 11 or 12 years that other climate religionists quote.

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Ex-Climate Change Believer Gives Theory on Global Warming in Amazing Twitter Thread

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Activist and hip hop artist An0maly recently confessed that he used to be a believer in climate change, but after actually looking onto the left’s claims and finding lie after lie, he realized that the whole thing was a hoax.

On Friday, the musician jumped to his Twitter account with a great thread of posts laying out his case against the theory of global warming.

“I was a huge believer in Climate Change as a youth,” the musician wrote on September 20. “I wanted to save the environment. Then I caught one lie. Then two. Then three. Then I read the current data. Then I realized they’ve been exaggerating & fear-mongering headlines for decades.”

Worse, “They are brainwashing the kids,” he wrote.

From there, An0maly went on with example after example of how the liberals have lied about global warming.

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