“Climate Hustle” demolishes climate alarmism

“Climate Hustle” demolishes climate alarmism Be sure to see this movie Monday, May 2 – during its one-night nationwide engagement.

Without presenting it to the U.S. Senate, as required by the Constitution, President Obama has signed the Paris climate treaty. He is already using it to further obligate the United States to slash its fossil fuel use, carbon dioxide emissions, and economic growth … control our lives, livelihoods, living standards, and liberties … and redistribute our wealth. Poor, minority, and working class families will suffer most.

China, India, and other “developing” economies are under no such obligation, unless and until it is in their interest to do so. For them, compliance is voluntary – and they cannot afford to eliminate the fossil fuels that supply 85% of all global energy, generate some 90% of developing nations’ electricity, and will lift billions of people out of abject poverty. That’s why these countries have built over 1,000 coal-fired power plants and are planning to build 2,300 more – while unaccountable EPA bureaucrats are shutting down U.S. coal-fired generators, and getting ready to block natural gas production and use.

What if the entire foundation for this energy and economic insanity were erroneous, groundless, fabricated … a climate con job – a Climate Hustle?

That is exactly what CFACT’s new movie demonstrates is actually going on.

Climate Hustle is the perfect antidote to the destructive, demoralizing climate alarmism that dominates political decisions and obsesses the Obama White House and EPA. You owe it to yourself to see it.

It’s coming to a theater near you on Monday, May 2, for a special one-night engagement.

I saw Climate Hustle April 14, at its U.S. premiere on Capitol Hill in Washington. The film is informative liberty and entertaining, pointed and humorous. As meteorologist Anthony Watts says, it is wickedly effective in its using slapstick humor and the words and deeds of climate alarmists to make you laugh at them.

It examines the science on both sides of the issue … presents often hilarious planetary Armageddon prophecies of Al Gore, Leonard Nimoy, and other doomsayers … and lets 30 scientists and other experts expose the climate scares and scams, explain Real World climate science, and delve deeply into the politics and media hype that have surrounded this issue since it was first concocted several decades ago

Sizzling temperatures. Melting ice caps. Destructive hurricanes, tornadoes, floods, and droughts. Disappearing polar bears. The end of civilization as we know it! The end of Planet Earth!

Emissions from our power plants, cars, factories, and farms are causing catastrophic climate change!

Or are they? Is there really a “97% scientific consensus” on this? Or is “dangerous manmade climate change” merely the greatest overheated environmentalist con-job and shell game ever devised to advance the Big Green anti-energy agenda?

This amazing film on May 2, and find out for yourself. To learn where it’s showing near you, and to buy tickets, visit www.ClimateHustle.com

You’ll be glad you did.

Climate Hustle is hosted by award-winning investigative journalist Marc Morano. A former communications director for the U.S. Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works, Morano is publisher of CFACT’s ClimateDepot.com. The film is a production of the Committee For A Constructive Tomorrow (CFACT) and CDR Communications. See the movie. Bring your friends. Make it a party. www.ClimateHustle.com

Paul Driessen is senior policy advisor for CFACT and author of Cracking Big Green and Eco-Imperialism: Green Power – Black Death.

Smelling blood in the political water by Paul Driessen

Smelling blood in the political water Having destroyed US coal industry, Democrats and eco allies are now attacking all fossil fuels –

The great white environmentalist sharks smell blood in the water. It’s gushing from mortally wounded U.S. coal companies that the Obama EPA has gutted as sacrifices on the altar of “dangerous manmade climate change” prevention and other spurious health, ecological, and planetary scares.

Peabody Energy, Arch Coal, and other once vibrant coal producers have filed for Chapter 11 protection, shedding some $30 billion in shareholder value and tens of thousands of jobs in their companies and dependent industries. The bloodletting has left communities and states reeling, union pension funds and 401-k plans empty, and the health, welfare, hopes, and dreams of countless families dashed on the rocks.

President Obama promised to bankrupt coal companies with punitive regulations, and he kept his word.

Hydraulic fracturing did play a role. It made natural gas abundant and inexpensive, and gas-fueled power plants increasingly attractive miners for utilities that were forced to shutter modern coal-fired units that provided reliable, affordable power, emitted little harmful pollution, and had years of useful life remaining.

However, as economist Stephen Moore noted, coal’s demise wasn’t “a result of free market creative destruction. This was a policy strategy by the White House and Green groups. They wanted this to happen.”

“This was what the EPA’s Clean Power Plan rules were all about,” Moore adds. “The EPA set standards that by design were impossible to meet, and even flouted the law that says the regs should be ‘commercially achievable.’ This was a key component of the climate change fanaticism that pervades this White House.”

To this president, the EPA, and the Left in general, he concludes, “The families whose lives are ruined are collateral damage to achieve their utopian dream of saving the planet.” It’s a Climate Hustle.

It is today’s equivalent of New York Times Moscow Bureau Chief and Stalin apologist Walter Duranty’s favorite line: “You can’t make an omelet without breaking a few eggs.” But after tens of millions of broken human “eggs,” where are the communist and Green utopia omelets?

hypot Some 40,000 elderly Europeans died this past winter, because they could no longer afford adequate wintertime heat, after EU climate policies sent electricity rates “necessarily skyrocketing” more than 40% since 1997. Millions die every year in Africa from lung, intestinal, and other readily preventable diseases, while President Obama tells Africans they should forego fossil fuels and rely on wind, solar, and biofuel power, because “If every one of you has got a car and … a big house, well, the planet will boil over.”

Meanwhile, Mr. Obama joined Chinese, Indian, and other world leaders in signing the Paris climate treaty on Earth Day, ignoring the requirement for Senate ratification. The hypocrisy and insanity are boundless.

The treaty will obligate the United States and other developed nations to slash their fossil fuel use, carbon dioxide emissions, and economic growth. China, India, and other developing economies are under no such requirement, unless and until it is in their interest to do so. For them, compliance is voluntary – and it should be. They simply cannot afford to eliminate fuels that supply 85% of all global energy and are their ticket out of poverty and into the world of modern health and prosperity that we enjoy, thus far.

In fact, while unaccountable EPA bureaucrats are shutting down U.S. coal-fired generators, these countries have built over 1,000 coal-Indiacoalfired power plants and plan to build 2,300 more – 1,400 gigawatts of new electricity. China and India account for 1,077 GW of this total. They are also lining up for free energy technology and billions of dollars a year from developed nations for climate change “reparations.”

That is why poor countries signed the Paris treaty. It has nothing to do with preventing climate change.

But none of this has stopped the environmentalist sharks from starting a fossil fuels feeding frenzy. The bloodied American coal companies have them churning the water, chomping for more. They’ve launched a “keep it in the ground” movement, to make hydrocarbons off limits forever.

In fact, environmentalism is morphing into an anti-hydrocarbons climate movement that claims every weather event and climate blip is unprecedented, a harbinger of Armageddon – and caused by our using oil, gas, and coal to power modern civilization and improve human health and living standards.

Drexel University sociologist Robert Brulle tallies 350.org and 20 other climate coalitions, comprised of 467 separate organizations, just in the U.S. Funded and directed by Rockefeller and other wealthy liberal foundations, they increasingly rail against “dangerous manmade climate change” as an “existential threat” to humanity and planet.

President Obama is totally on board. His policy and regulatory agenda confirms that. So are Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders, and most of an increasingly far-Left Democrat Party.

frackbernSanders flatly opposes all “fracking” and has introduced legislation to keep America’s abundant fossil fuels locked up in perpetuity. Clinton opposes all fossil fuel energy extraction from federal lands, wants to block fracking by imposing countless regulatory obstacles, and intends to make the United States 50% dependent on renewable energy by 2030. As President, either would achieve this by executive decree.

The consequences would be disastrous: enormous acreage, water, fertilizer, pesticides, and fuel devoted to producing biofuel, millions of birds and bats butchered by wind turbines to generate electricity, millions of jobs lost, millions of families sent into fuel poverty as energy costs rocket upward. For what benefits?

The rest of the world will continue using hydrocarbons. That means, even assuming CO2 now drives Earth’s climate, implementing the EPA’s draconian Clean Power Plan would keep average planetary temperatures from rising an undetectable 0.03º F, and seas from rising an imperceptible 0.01 inch, by the end of the century. (Oceans have already risen 400 feet since the last nature-driven ice age ended and all those mile-high glaciers melted.) See CFACT’s Climate Hustle movie on Monday!

The “keep it in the ground” crowd doesn’t care about this or the mounting death tolls resulting from their anti-fossil fuel policies. The typical voter or street protester probably hasn’t thought it through. But the leaders have. They’re just callously indifferent. It’s one more depressing example of “the well-intentioned but ill-informed being led around by the ill-intentioned but well-informed.”

Politicians, environmentalists, alarmist scientists, and renewable energy industrialists have built a $1.5-trillion-per-year Climate Crisis industry that gives them research grants, campaign cash, mandates, huge subsidies – and vast regulatory power to eliminate conventional energy; make electricity rates skyrocket; fundamentally transform economic systems; control lives, livelihoods, living standards, and liberties; and redistribute the world’s wealth. Poor, minority, and working class families will suffer most.

The ruling elites don’t care. They will do well, travel often, keep their pensions, and get still wealthier. Climate rules, deprivation, and greenparty“sustainability” are for the Little People.

This entire system is based on the unproven bald assertion that fossil fuels are causing dangerous and unprecedented weather and climate disruption … carbon dioxide has replaced the complex natural forces that drove drive climate change in previous centuries … there is no longer any room for debate over these “facts” … and the only issue still open to discussion is what to do to avert “imminent catastrophe.”

We “skeptics” challenge these claims. We point out that Earth’s temperature, climate, and weather have always changed in response to powerful natural forces, and differ little today from what they have been for the past 50-150 years. We say the problem is not climate change, but policies imposed in the name of preventing climate change. We threaten the Climate Crisis Establishment, and its money and power.

That’s why they want to shut us up and shut us down – by prosecuting us for “racketeering,” and denying us our constitutional rights to speak out about policies that affect our lives. It is a disgraceful, un-American return to Inquisition tactics and fascist book burnings.

We must all take a stand, fight back and assert our rights. Otherwise, our children face a grim future.

Paul Driessen is senior policy advisor for CFACT and author of Cracking Big Green and Eco-Imperialism: Green Power – Black Death.

Deep-sixing another useful climate myth by David R. Legates

The vaunted “97% consensus” on dangerous manmade global warming is just more malarkey

By now, virtually everyone has heard that “97% of scientists agree: Climate
change is real, manmade and dangerous.” Even if you weren’t one of his 31
million followers who received this tweet from President Obama, you most
assuredly have seen it repeated everywhere as scientific fact.

The correct representation is “yes,” “some,” and “no.” Yes, climate change
is real. There has never been a period in Earth’s history when the climate
has not changed somewhere, in one way or another.

People can and do have some influence on our climate. For example, downtown
areas are warmer than the surrounding countryside, and large-scale human
development can affect air and moisture flow. But humans are by no means the
only source of climate change. The Pleistocene ice ages, Little Ice Age and
monster hurricanes throughout history underscore our trivial influence
compared to natural forces.

As for climate change being dangerous, this is pure hype based on little
fact. Mile-high rivers of ice burying half of North America and Europe were
disastrous for everything in their path, as they would be today. Likewise
for the plummeting global temperatures that accompanied them. An era of more
frequent and intense hurricanes would also be calamitous; but actual weather
records do not show this.

It would be far more deadly to implement restrictive energy policies that
condemn billions to continued life without affordable electricity – or to
lower living standards in developed countries – in a vain attempt to control
the world’s climate. In much of Europe, electricity prices have risen 50% or
more over the past decade, leaving many unable to afford proper wintertime
heat, and causing thousands to die.

Moreover, consensus and votes have no place in science. History is littered
with theories that were long denied by “consensus” science and politics:
plate tectonics, germ theory of disease, a geocentric universe. They all
underscore how wrong consensus can be.

Science is driven by facts, evidence and observations – not by consensus,
especially when it is asserted by deceitful or tyrannical advocates. As
Einstein said, “A single experiment can prove me wrong.”

During this election season, Americans are buffeted by polls suggesting
which candidate might become each party’s nominee or win the general
election. Obviously, only the November “poll” counts.

Similarly, several “polls” have attempted to quantify the supposed climate
change consensus, often by using simplistic bait-and-switch tactics. “Do you
believe in climate change?” they may ask.

Answering yes, as I would, places you in the President’s 97% consensus and,
by illogical extension, implies you agree it is caused by humans and will be
dangerous. Of course, that serves their political goal of gaining more
control over energy use.

The 97% statistic has specific origins. Naomi Oreskes is a Harvard professor
and author of Merchants of Doubt, which claims those who disagree with the
supposed consensus are paid by Big Oil to obscure the truth. In 2004, she
claimed to have examined the abstracts of 928 scientific papers and found a
100% consensus with the claim that the “Earth’s climate is being affected by
human activities.”

Of course, this is probably true, as it is unlikely that any competent
scientist would say humans have no impact on climate. However, she then
played the bait-and-switch game to perfection – asserting that this meant
“most of the observed warming of the last 50 years is likely to have been
due to the increase in greenhouse gas concentrations.”

However, one dissenter is enough to discredit the entire study, and what
journalist would believe any claim of 100% agreement? In addition, anecdotal
evidence suggested that 97% was a better figure. So 97% it was.

Then in 2010, William Anderegg and colleagues concluded that “97-98% of the
climate researchers most actively publishing in the field support . [the
view that] . anthropogenic greenhouse gases have been responsible for most
of the unequivocal warming of the Earth’s average global temperature” over a
recent but unspecified time period. (Emphasis in original.)

To make this extreme assertion, Anderegg et al. compiled a database of 908
climate researchers who published frequently on climate topics, and
identified those who had “signed statements strongly dissenting from the
views” of the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. The 97-98%
figure is achieved by counting those who had not signed such statements.

Silence, in Anderegg’s view, meant those scientists agreed with the extreme
view that most warming was due to humans. However, nothing in their papers
suggests that all those researchers believed humans had caused most of the
planetary warming, or that it was dangerous.

The most recent 97% claim was posited by John Cook and colleagues in 2013.
They evaluated abstracts from nearly 12,000 articles published over a
21-year period and sorted them into seven categories, ranging from
“explicit, quantified endorsement” to “explicit, quantified rejection” of
their alleged consensus: that recent warming was caused by human activity,
not by natural variability. They concluded that “97.1% endorsed the
consensus position.”

However, two-thirds of all those abstracts took no position on anthropogenic
climate change. Of the remaining abstracts (not the papers or scientists),
Cook and colleagues asserted that 97.1% endorsed their hypothesis that
humans are the sole cause of recent global warming.

Again, the bait-and-switch was on full display. Any assertion that humans
play a role was interpreted as meaning humans are the sole cause. But many
of those scientists subsequently said publicly that Cook and colleagues had
misclassified their papers – and Cook never tried to assess whether any of
the scientists who wrote the papers actually thought the observed climate
changes were dangerous.

My own colleagues and I did investigate their analysis more closely. We
found that only 41 abstracts of the 11,944 papers Cook and colleagues
reviewed – a whopping 0.3% – actually endorsed their supposed consensus. It
turns out they had decided that any paper which did not provide an explicit,
quantified rejection of their supposed consensus was in agreement with the
consensus. Moreover, this decision was based solely on Cook and colleagues’
interpretation of just the abstracts, and not the articles themselves. In
other words, the entire exercise was a clever sleight-of-hand trick.

What is the real figure? We may never know. Scientists who disagree with the
supposed consensus – that climate change is manmade and dangerous – find
themselves under constant attack.

Harassment by Greenpeace and other environmental pressure groups, the media,
federal and state government officials, and even universities toward their
employees (myself included) makes it difficult for many scientists to
express honest opinions. Recent reports about Senator Whitehouse and
Attorney-General Lynch using RICO laws to intimidate climate “deniers”
further obscure meaningful discussion.

Numerous government employees have told me privately that they do not agree
with the supposed consensus position – but cannot speak out for fear of
losing their jobs. And just last week, a George Mason University survey
found that nearly one-third of American Meteorological Society members were
willing to admit that at least half of the climate change we have seen can
be attributed to natural variability.

Climate change alarmism has become a $1.5-trillion-a-year industry – which
guarantees it is far safer and more fashionable to pretend a 97% consensus
exists, than to embrace honesty and have one’s global warming or renewable
energy funding go dry.

The real danger is not climate change – it is energy policies imposed in the
name of climate change. It’s time to consider something else Einstein said:
“The important thing is not to stop questioning.” And then go see the
important new documentary film, The Climate Hustle
, coming soon to a theater near you.

David R. Legates, PhD, CCM, is a Professor of Climatology at the University
of Delaware in Newark, Delaware.

The Death Of American Coal Under Obama

Energy: Another coal giant in America, Peabody Energy Corp., declared bankruptcy this week. This bankruptcy filing follows similar actions by Arch Coal Inc., Alpha Natural Resources Inc., and other coal producers that have filed for Ch. 11 protection from creditors.

The ideologues in the White House must be uncorking the champagne. They wanted this to happen. It was the intended result of lawsuits and burdensome regulations by the Obama-era Environmental Protection Agency, which declared war on coal from the day Obama entered office. This was a key component of the anti-carbon agenda of the climate change fanaticism that pervades this White House.

Ideas have consequences. Obama has succeeded in decimating whole towns across America — from Wyoming to Virginia to Pennsylvania — dependent on coal. An estimated 31,000 coal miners, truckers, engineers, construction workers and others have lost their jobs since 2009 as a result of this global warming jihad. Another 5,000 or so could be given pink slips at Peabody. To the left, these lives ruined is acceptable collateral damage for their utopian dream of saving the planet.

The victims here aren’t rich fat cats. They are middle class workers whose lives have been turned upside down by the Big Green Machine.

Investors have gotten crushed too as a result of coal’s demise. The ‎coal industry has lost more than $30 billion in stock value since 2009 — with many of these losses in pension funds and 401(k) plans.

What is maddening about these developments is that coal is much, much cleaner than ever before. EPA statistics show that emissions of sulfur, lead, carbon monoxide, and smog from coal plants have been reduced by more than 50% in the last 40 years. Clean coal is a reality — but that never slowed the greens down. The Natural Resources Defense Council now wants the EPA to slap $700 million in environmental fines on Peabody. These people just never stop.

America is the Saudi Arabia of coal. We have an estimated 500 years supply of that energy source. Our coal is cleaner and our environmental laws are much stricter than in other nations. So for economic and ecological reasons, we should want American coal to dominate the world market.

The demise of coal could lead to major disruptions in America’s electric power supply. Before Obama entered office in 2009, America got half its electric power from coal. Coal still supplies more than one-third of our electricity, because it is cheap and highly reliable, but that percentage continues to shrink.

Cheap shale gas can take up some of the slack — but the greens have learned to hate natural gas, too, and this is their next target. The left delusionally believes that America can power our $18 trillion industrial economy with windmills and solar power — pre-industrial-era energy sources. Perhaps the millennials will wake up to the dangers of an unreliable electric grid system when they won’t be able to power up their Play Station 4s, their I phones, and their lap tops.

The shutdown of American coal won’t make any difference in global greenhouse gas emissions. As we close down our plants, China and India are building 500. For every plant we shutdown, they build 5 or 10. As Donald Trump might say, the rest of the world is laughing at us.

Republicans in Congress aren’t blameless here. They have controlled the House for five years and both chambers since 2015. But they have sat idly by while the EPA destroys an iconic American industry. Why has Congress not overruled EPA rules on carbon — which is not a pollutant? Why have they not defunded the White House/EPA radical climate change agenda? Every poll shows Americans care most about jobs and the economy — and almost not at all about climate change. Yet, they are chicken to take on Obama and take the side of the workers put in the unemployment lines.

We still hope coal can make a big comeback. The industry’s sad demise under the Obama presidency only raises the stakes in the presidential elections. Hillary and Bernie want to double down on the war on coal, and “keep it in the ground” forever. Republicans should campaign on American energy and reviving the fossil fuel industry as a way to restoring 4 percent growth in America.

This country was built on coal and American prosperity may depend on using more, not less, of it in the years and decades ahead.

Source: IBD Editorials

SideBear: No coal, no oil, no natural gas, no fracking = no jobs= no economy!

My work is done

The Big Green job-killing machine Environmentalists wield powerful Endangered Species Act to kill jobs, impoverish families by Ron Arnold

Another one gone,” began the Lost Coast Outpost’s report in late January. A.A. “Red” Emmerson, chairman of Sierra Pacific Industries, announced the permanent closure of its sawmill on Samoa Peninsula in Arcata, California – with the loss of 123 crew member jobs (and over 100 secondary jobs that depended on sawmill employment).

Regulatory burdens and reduced allowable harvests from federal forests are the primary reasons for the closure, Emmerson said.

The shutdown of the last mill on once-bustling Humboldt Bay this year was just the latest loss in the timber industry’s long and steady decline under relentless environmentalist pressure and U.S. Forest Service complicity.

A year earlier the North Coast Journal had sadly bid “Goodnight, Korbel” when Arcata’s neighbor lost its 131-year-old sawmill, its 106 direct jobs, and numerous local indirect positions. The Pulp & Paperworkers’ Resource Council had previously released its 119-page “Mill Curtailments & Closures From 1990,” counting more than 1,700 nationwide timber-related casualties from 1990 through 2012.

All this damage was launched by the ionic 1991 Spotted Owl court ruling won by a local bird group, Seattle Audubon Society – initially with separate plaintiff Portland (Oregon) Audubon Society – against logging in Washington, Oregon, and California.

The owl ruling has been so devastating because Judge William L. Dwyer, of Washington State’s federal district court, granted and dwyerstretched Seattle Audubon’s demands to the impossible.

Using the “regional biogeography” principle from a federal “Spotted Owl Task Force” decision, Dywer ruled, “The duty to maintain viable populations of existing vertebrate species requires planning for the entire biological community – not for one species alone. It is distinct from the duty, under the Endangered Species Act, to save a listed species from extinction.”

But even wildlife specialists did not know and could not explain what the “entire biological community” of the three-state area was.

Industry analyst Paul Ehinger & Associates of Eugene, Oregon, found that, after just 5 years, Dwyer’s Seattle Audubon ruling had shut down 187 mills and wiped out 22,654 jobs throughout the three states.

The toll expanded like the Big Bang, and running totals are no longer tracked. A few well-off Seattle industry-haters and a liberal judge who paid little attention to the human toll set in motion a curse without end, the “progressive” destruction of the jobs, incomes, hopes and dreams of thousands.

sucklingThe Center for Biological Diversity in Tucson, Arizona, is a legal action environmental group that sues to block human action and doesn’t care who gets hurt. The leader of its three co-founders, Kieran Suckling, had been an activist in the 1980s’ vandalism and sabotage group, Earth First! (The exclamation point was a mandatory identifier.)

Hatred of industry – and the people who ran it – prompted the founders to seek ways to permanently stop natural resource use and led them to form the CBD in 1994. With the help of environmental attorneys, CBD “weaponized” the Endangered Species Act against ranchers, loggers, miners, and human activity in general. That law now trumps virtually everything else.

In fact, about the only time the act doesn’t seem to apply is when gigantic wind turbines slaughter hundreds of thousands of eagles, hawks, falcons, other birds and bats, year after year, nearly eradicating them and “entire biological communities” across vast areas in California, Oregon, and elsewhere.

The organization’s self-description says, “As the country’s leading endangered species advocates, the Center for Biological Diversity works through science, law, and creative media to secure a future for all species, great or small, hovering on the brink of extinction.”

Extremism is a mild term to describe CBD’s blanket enmity to human action. It has even crossed the traditional environmentalist line that protected and revered Native Americans as “people of nature.”

The group joined a federal lawsuit last year to block essential expansion of The Navajo Mine, south of Farmington, New Mexico. The navajominemine sits on a Navajo reservation and is owned by the Navajo Transitional Energy Company (NTEC), a wholly owned subsidiary of the Navajo Nation’s sprawling tribal government.

The mine was established for the sole purpose of delivering all its coal to the nearby Four Corners Power Plants: five coal-fired power plants, majority-owned andoperated by the Arizona Public Service Company, to provide electricity to California, Arizona, New Mexico, and Texas.

In the process, it generated 800 mine and power plant jobs, many of them Navajos, and $40 million in annual revenue to the Navajo Nation. NTEC was granted a federal permit to expand the mine.

However, the CBD was determined to stop the expansion and shut down the mine via a huge lawsuit. It helped organize a coalition of co-plaintiffs including little local groups such as Amigos Bravos, San Juan Citizens Alliance, and Dine [Navajo] Citizens Against Ruining Our Environment, as well as the $100-million-a-year Sierra Club and the powerful Western Environmental Law Center.

The attack by CBD. et al.. won a Colorado federal judge’s order nullifying the expansion permit. The order was confirmed by the Tenth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals when NTEC lost an appeal for a stay on the lower court’s ruling. Even with that victory, the CBD gang insisted that ongoing mining must also halt, pending a new environmental review of alleged public health and environmental risks from the mine expansion: from pollutants that are actually a minor problem at these technologically advanced and well-run Navajo facilities.

navajoOnly the Navajo Nation’s sovereignty, an environmental review, and agreements with the EPA to fight regional haze by closing three of the plant’s five units and installing emission controls on the remaining two plants saved some of the jobs and revenue – for now. Of course, all that could change as the CBD gang fights on, threatening to sue the federal permitting agency.

Lost jobs of course mean seriously impaired living standards, health, and welfare for unemployed workers and their families. But for the CBD and judges, those concerns are irrelevant.

In January, the Farmington Daily Times reported that the town’s San Juan College received a $1.4 million federal grant to help retrain displaced coal miners and workers in other industries, including oil and gas. But oil and gas operations are also under assault by the CBD gang and various federal agencies, which are using climate change, the EPA’s Clean Power Plan and other regulations to restrict or eliminate leasing, drilling and other resource extraction on western lands.

Clearly, even the sovereignty that comes with being a federally recognized Indian tribe on an established reservation provides no protection against a weaponized Endangered Species Act. Other communities, industries, workers, and families are even more powerless.

Once again, poor, minority and working class families are at the mercy of wealthy ruling elites, for whom exaggerated and even fabricated environmental concerns are paramount. It’s wrong, and it has to end.

Ron is a free enterprise activist, author, and newspaper columnist. He pioneered methods to expose the money and power of Big Green in nine books and hundreds of magazine and newspaper articles. He mentors promising activists and writers as a civic duty.