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  • Bureaucracy Waivers

    April 2, 2008

    The Bush Administration has decided that the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) is too bureaucratic to follow when it comes to building a fence along the border to keep out illegal immigrants. Accordingly, it will waive NEPA for this one project. NEPA allows environmentalists and others to demand environmental reviews of federal activities that might impact the environment. Reviews can take decades and lead to protracted litigation.

    "Criminal activity at the border does not stop for endless debate or protracted litigation," Secretary of Homeland Security Michael Chertoff is quoted in today's Washington Post. But if the Act is a bureaucratic/litigation nightmare, why don't they consider fixing the law rather than waiving here and there? NEPA is causing lots of problems...

  • Don't Take Away My Bottled Water!

    March 6, 2008
    Environmental activists want to regulate bottled water out of existence because they say that it is a waste of resources because the alternatives--such as filtered tap water placed in refillable containers--are just as good. What they don't consider is where people will be forced to fill those refillable bottles when they are in public places. Most of us don't tote around Britta filters, so when in public places, we are left to consider drinking from a public faucet, like a water fountain and public bathroom tap. No thanks! Even a child can tell you that those places are full of unappetizing germs. One 13 year old conducted a study last year when his school...
  • Careful What You Wish For

    March 5, 2008
    It is ironic that environmentalist hype about global warming and green calls for alternative fuels are undermining some of the greens' very own programs and objectives. A story in Greenwire (3/4/08) details the U.S. Department of Agriculture's proposal to use land in the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) to grow and harvest native grasses to support “cellulosic ethanol energy.”

    Under CRP, farmers are paid by the federal government not to use 34 million acres of land, leaving habitat for wildlife. The greens are complaining that harvesting the grasses will deprive birds of vital habitat. Perhaps they should have thought about such possibilities before they lobbied for federal control of so much of the nation's...
  • Another Reason to Drink Bottled Water

    February 29, 2008
    In recent months, environmentalists have been saying that bottled water is wasteful and no healthier than tap. They are helping advance bottled water taxes, bans on bottled water in government offices and at public events, along with a host of other silly anti-bottled water policies. Their advice for those of us who want water on the go: use refillable containers. What they don't advertise is the fact that those bottles can quickly become breeding grounds for bacteria—which doesn't sound like a healthier alternative to me! Check this story out. It notes that one toxicologist recommends not only washing bottles regularly (remember washing with soap has environmental impacts too!), but swapping them out "as much as possible" to avoid bacterial build up. Sounds like yet another good reason to simply stick with fresh, convenient,...
  • Green Polluters

    January 15, 2008

    If you are not on's, daily email, you might want to sign up. This daily dispatch sends along nuggets of good information and telling news items. Today's email links to a Telegraph article on the greens' carbon footprint. A survey of the travel habits of 25,000 people reveals that environmentalists--particularly those who are most likely to work for environmental organizations--have the worst environmental records and biggest carbon footprints. I can't say I am all that surprised!

  • Economic Planning's Trashy Results

    January 14, 2008
    A recent article on a garbage crisis in Naples Italy confirms what I've always believed—such trash crises all have roots in government planning. Nations around the world plan for waste disposal the way Soviets used to plan economies, and the results are equally disappointing.

    In Naples Italy, government planners failed to ensure the supply of solid waste disposal sites would meet demand, and as a result, trash has been piling up in the city streets since December 20! When have you ever heard of such a catastrophe in a truly free market for a good or service? How often has your supermarket completely run out of food to sell because someone in the marketplace miscalculated supply and demand?

    Markets may have their own glitches—which are followed by automatic corrections from time to time. But when governments decide to provide “...
  • Dimming Consumer Choice

    January 14, 2008
    I never knew there were so many shades to a light bulb! But since Congress has basically banned incandescent light bulbs in favor of "energy-efficient" alternatives--i.e., fluorescents--there's a great deal of talk about the quality of light fluorescents produce. A New York Times home section article on the topic details the many shades of light produced by fluorescents bulbs and why so many people are unhappy with them. Frankly, I don't notice much difference. I am more concerned about how they look in my traditional home and the fact that few work well on dimmer switches. Will I be able to find attractive flame-tip bulbs for my chandeliers that work on my dimmers?

    In any case, this situation underscores...
  • NYC Addresses “Environmental Anxiety”

    January 13, 2008
    A recent New York Times article reads:  “If you're one of the many New Yorkers who worry about throwing away plastic bags but seem only to acquire more and more, then help is on the way.”

    Yes! It's New York City bureaucracy to the rescue! A city whose budget has already been drained by expensive—and not necessarily energy efficient—attempts to collect, sort, and recycle glass bottles to save sand now wants to tackle the terrible guilt New Yorkers suffer from using plastic bags. But rather than collect the bags themselves, the city council voted to force retailers to do the job. So this time, the cost will come as higher prices rather than higher taxes. What will New Yorkers...
  • China Reds Go Green

    January 10, 2008
    The Chinese have allegedly decided to "clean up their act" environmentally speaking. Their solution: ban plastic bags at supermarkets and make shopping less convenient. You can get away with such silly regulation in a communist country ... or places like San Francisco, which banned the bags in 2007. Ironically, while such bans might sound like no-brainer green policies, the environmental benefits are questionable. A study conducted well over a decade past clearly demonstrated that plastic bags have lots of virtues, such as being far more energy efficient than paper. They take up less space in a landfill and are much easier to carry! Of course, you don't have to switch to paper, you can move to reusable cloth. However, cloth bags are much more expensive for a reason—they...
  • The Greening of Death

    January 3, 2008

    I really hate to be morbid—but I can't help but comment on a few news items that I came across on the "greening" of death. These items show the depths of green insanity that seems to have enveloped the world. One reports on regulators in one Colorado community that want crematories pull teeth out of corpses to prevent cremation of bodies with mercury fillings or install very expensive filters to prevent the mercury emissions. The underlying idea for such a crazy mandate—that such low levels of mercury poses any public health risk—is absurd. But the proposed "alternative" to the filters is beyond grotesque and downright disrespectful to the dead. I was going to hold my tongue and not comment until I came...


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