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How Green Was My Valley? Not So Much. by The Elephant's Child
September 24, 2009, 12:58 am
Filed under: Economy, Environment, Law | Tags: , ,

The Green movement extols a future of hybrid-electric cars, sure that it will also mean a future of green jobs, especially in the struggling industrial states in the Midwest.  Michigan has the highest unemployment rate in the country.

In northern Michigan, mining companies are hoping for a new era in mining in the state’s Upper Peninsula because of a rise in commodities prices for nickel—in demand for use in batteries for the Toyota Prius, Chevy Silverado and other hybrids.

But the new rush for nickel mining jobs has run into opposition from — of course — the Green movement.   Mining can possibly harm streams and groundwater and the effects could be lasting.  The risk of long term damage is surely not worth any short-term economic gains.

“Across America, entrepreneurs are constructing …batteries for hybrid cars—projects that are creating new jobs and new industries.” President Obama said at the UN on Tuesday.

The National Wildlife Federation has gone to court.
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The San Joaquin Valley in California is one of the great market agricultural regions of the country, and it is suffering from a  third year of drought, because of the latest mishandling of the Endangered Species Act.  Last December the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service issued a “biological opinion” that imposed water restrictions  to safeguard the federally protected tiny delta smelt.  Billions of gallons of water from mountains east and north of Sacramento have been channeled away from farmers and into the ocean.

In some farming areas the unemployment numbers reach near 40%. A provision of the Endangered Species Act (added after the snail-darter folly) allows a panel of seven cabinet officers , the “God Squad,” to intervene in economic emergencies. Governor Schwarzenegger has been unwilling to use that remedy.

The power of the Endangered Species Act to damage economies is clear.
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So now that we have an economy in recession, environmental activists are active.  WildEarth Guardians filed two petitions in the space of one month to list 681 species under the Endangered Species Act. The Act requires  each petition to be researched and reviewed.  In June  a petition to review 475 species was filed in New Mexico, and in July a separate petition to review 206 was filed in Denver. Usually it’s just one at a time.

It is difficult to determine if a species is endangered.  There may not be any here, but are there plenty on the other side of the hill? Some species are claimed to be “endangered” but recover quickly when people stop shooting them. The record is not very good.

The “green programs” that are initiated, whether wind farms, solar arrays, algae farms, mining or farming invariably draw activist environmental protests.  And since famously “green” organizations are only trying to “save the earth,” how can one object to these noble people?
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If you really wonder, you can look them up at Discover the Networks or Activist Cash.  It is an interesting little bit of research.
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Addendum: Bright Source Energy Inc. had planned a 5,130-acre solar power farm in a very remote part of the Mojave Desert.  The Wildlands Conservancy, a California environmental group, had tried to block the solar development, as had Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) who suggested it become a national monument. Canceled.  Look for another spot, and more subsidies.

The spot was about 50 miles northwest of Needles, CA and about 5 miles from the California-Nevada border.  The complex would be a 6 square mile facility (4065 acres) within the 25,000 square mile Mojave Desert and would generate enough electricity to power 140,000 homes,( except at night or when it is cloudy).

Needles may sound familiar, for it is often mentioned as the hottest spot in the nation. Not exactly a spot that is going to draw lots of tourists.

May I say  politely, heh heh,  I told you so!



Navigating the Silly Season by American Elephant

Liberals not only live in their own little world, they have their own little language. It sounds the same as ours, the words and syntax familiar, but is in fact entirely different. Normal people think they are saying one thing, but they mean something else altogether.

At no time is it more important to be fluent in liberalese than election-time, when such important issues teeter in the balance.

To that end, the wise and estimable Renaissance Guy has composed a field guide to the silly season — an invaluable resource for anyone who intends to vote. I highly recommend everyone familiarize themselves with his Liberal to English Dictionary.



Progressive Thinkers or Mindless Sheeple? by American Elephant

You decide:

(h/t Mind of Mookie)




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