Britain Starts Dismantling Wind Farms After Successful Lake District Campaign

A dozen 140-ft wind turbines on the edge of the Lake District are due to be dismantled next summer after a decision which could result in many more being removed to restore views.

The council’s decision follows a campaign by the Friends of the Lake District (FLD) and the Open Spaces Society (OSS), which argued that the turbines blighted views from within the Lake District National Park. 

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Trump’s EPA Chief Says Obama Breached Agency Rules Just To Regulate CO2

Former EPA head Lisa Jackson in 2009

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt told House lawmakers on Thursday the Obama administration “short-shrifted” agency processes to regulate greenhouse gas emissions.

Pruitt’s comments come after conservative groups petitioned him to reconsider the 2009 endangerment finding that gave EPA the power to issue global warming rules. Pruitt said there was a “breach of process” in issuing the finding.

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Giant Fans will cool Great Barrier Reef to stop bleaching

“Air-conditioning” of The Great Barrier Reef begins soon

To calm a few panicking people, the Australian Government will pay for large fans to circulate water on a minuscule portion of the 2,300-kilometer-long (1,429 miles) Great Barrier Reef.

The reef creatures, which have been coping with higher temperatures and bleaching for 200 million years, will hopefully avoid the moving parts.

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Germany’s political meltdown is good news for rationality

The political situation continues to deteriorate in Germany and this is good news for rationality.

The “green queen” Angela Merkel is struggling to retain her leadership position, both in Germany and in the ever-green European Union.

Even if she succeeds she will be greatly weakened at home and Germany will probably lose its hold on Europe. The EU might even come apart at the seams.

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Trump Doubles Down On ‘Energy Dominance,’ Puts Up Millions Of Acres In Alaska For Drilling

National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska

The Bureau of Land Management is auctioning off 10 million acres worth of leases Wednesday for oil and gas exploration in the National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska (NPR-A), 150 miles west of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR).

Republicans in Congress are fighting to open ANWR to oil and gas exploration through the GOP tax bill. The Trump administration is moving ahead with oil drilling in Alaska through the NPR-A, 23 million acres free from the federal restrictions that cover ANWR.

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Utah ‘Monument’ Was a Reward to a Clinton Donor

Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument

The shrinking in size of two national monuments in Utah by President Trump through executive order was a long overdue rebuke to federal land grabs that have enabled federal control of vast swaths of American land, particularly in the West. As the New York Times noted in 2016:

The United States government owns 47 percent of all land in the West. In some states, including Oregon, Utah, and Nevada, the majority of land is owned by the federal government. Of course, it used to own nearly all of it….

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Two New Papers: 92% Of Polar Bear Subpopulations Stable, Increasing…Inuit Observe ‘Too Many Polar Bears Now’

Inuit: Bears ‘Catch Seals Even If The Ice Is Really Thin’

Scientists: ‘Unlikely Polar Bears Are At Risk From AGW’

Image source: York et al., 2016, Journal of Ecology and Evolution.

Most of the world’s polar bears live in Canada.  Hunters and elders from northern Canada’s native communities have been immersed in studying polar bear ecology for centuries.

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California AG Takes Hypocritical Jab At Trump’s EPA Over Public Record Requests

California AG Xavier Becerra accused the EPA Wednesday of lacking transparency, despite having stonewalled several public requests related to probes against conservative climate skeptics.

Becerra cited a lawsuit he filed public records request as evidence that the EPA works to block public information. The Democratic AG’s criticism, which came during a National Press Club event, comes despite his refusals to fork over documents related to a now-defunct probe against conservatives.

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Activists Use California Wildfires To Push The Global Warming Narrative

As a massive wildfire torches vast swaths of land across southern California, climate activists are pushing claims the devastating fires are linked to global warming.

Climate Signal sent an email Wednesday claiming the Thomas wildfire “is fueled by conditions consistent with the trends driven by climate change,” followed by links to information connecting wildfires to global warming on their website.

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Tidalgate: Climate Alarmists Caught Faking Sea Level Rise

Landmarks of Karachi

Alarmist scientists have been caught red-handed tampering with raw data in order to exaggerate sea level rise.

The raw (unadjusted) data from three Indian Ocean gauges – Aden, Karachi, and Mumbai – showed that local sea level trends in the last 140 years had been very gently rising, neutral or negative (ie sea levels had fallen).

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Stanford professor’s defamation lawsuit puts chill in atmosphere of climate scientists

A Stanford University professor’s defamation lawsuit in defense of his green energy research has raised the temperature on the climate change debate, fueling fears that such a precedent could put a chill on scientific inquiry.

Mark Z. Jacobson, a professor of civil and environmental engineering, sued for $10 million after a group of researchers published a paper in June challenging his high-profile study contending that U.S. power demands could be met with 100 percent non-nuclear renewable energy by 2050.

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FINALLY! President Trump Kicks Off The Rollback Of National Monument Abuse

By significantly reducing the size of two gargantuan national monuments on federal land in Utah, President Donald Trump has begun to undo the decades-old mistreatment of rural Westerners by smug elites in faraway Washington.

In doing so, he has shown a respect for the rule of law that was conspicuously absent when President Bill Clinton created the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument in 1996, and when President Barack Obama designated the Bears Ears National Monument in 2016.

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