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atmospheric and pollution control, global climate protection, hazardous substances, lead based paint, low level radioactive waste,
marine mammal protection, medical waste, mining and mineral resources, coastal monitoring, contaminated sediment, invasive
species, noise control, ocean dumping, refuses, renewable energy, rivers and harbors, solid waste disposal, surface mining, toxic
substances, and wood residues.
In other words, we are controlled in all aspects of our lives by the environmental laws.
It is probable that our environment is healthier and that our whole country is cleaner and a nicer place to live. However, there must
have been some cost for all of that. Maybe we have even given up something of value for that. Or maybe what has been accomplished
could have been achieved at lower costs and without depriving ourselves of something that we really need.
These environmental laws have been used to stop our building of nuclear power plants and to reduce our oil refinery capacity. They
have prevented our drilling for oil and increased the costs to us of our gasoline. They have forced us to purchase oil from foreign
countries in spite of our supply in Alaska, off of our coasts and in shale located in the Rocky Mountains.
They have led to clean-ups in unnecessary locations, have actually led to the mistaken destruction of a whole community, have forced
dam construction to be postponed until supposed errors have been fixed, have forced the movement of a hospital to protect some bug,
have prevented the clearing of fire-breaks which have led to the fires destroying the property involved, have stopped logging in
forests, have stopped farmers from receiving water leading to loss of billions of dollars in lost production and have led to the loss of
40, 000 jobs, have led to the destruction of millions of acres of forest lands by obstructing cleanup in those forests, have had millions
of acres of private property placed under the control of the government , have increased the costs of doing business to many
companies, have forced us to drive less-safe, less-comfortable and more expensive cars and have enriched thousands of lawyers and
law firms in that process.
These laws have been written in a manner that makes it possible for environmentalists to sue at little or no cost to them and has
promoted actions which are detrimental to our country. When you examine what has been done it makes you wonder if the purpose
was to improve our environment or to harm our nation. The environment in many cases has been improved but in other cases has
actually been harmed. Many of the actions taken against businesses has interfered and added to their costs and has deprived us of the
use of our own resources.
An excellent example of a law which has harmed us and not helped is the requirement for ?environmental impact studies? that is
necessary for every project. The study is expensive for it tries to examine all aspects of a project and it also takes a lot of time. Then,
some bureaucrat or bureaucrats have to review and approve it and that takes more time and money. When that process is completed
nothing has been accomplished. Money has been spent and time wasted but there has been no production of anything. When the
project has been finished and completed then tests are done to see if there are violations. If so, then the company is responsible to fix
The company was always responsible to meet the requirements of the law and the impact study is ridiculous, expensive and time
consuming and does not prevent pollution or anything. It is either an excellent example of bureaucratic stupidity from our government
or an actual attempt to interfere with our progress or some form of insanity and should be repealed.
Having a clean environment is obviously good but being deprived of our resources is bad (disastrous?) and anything which
substantially increases our costs of doing business is harmful to us. The government is like an octopus strangling us and controlling
our economy and the environmentalists have tentacles into every aspect of our lives.
It is time to examine this whole movement and evaluate the results from the environmental laws and their application and what has
been done to our ability to produce energy.
Chapter 2
The Global Warming Scam
Global Warming was not identified as a problem until the mid 80‘s and we have not always had accurate measurement devices to
define the problem. Naturally, over the past there have been periods of cold weather and periods of warm weather. Around 1000 AD
there was the Medieval Warm Period which was very beneficial for everyone but it was followed by a cooler period. One of our
sources for this information is The Little Ice Age,: How Climate Made History 1300 – 1850 by Brian Fagan.
After that period the weather cooled until the late 1840‘s and after 1850 there has generally been a warming trend. There was cooling
in the 1920‘s, heating in the 1930‘s and 1940‘s, cooling in the 1950‘s, 1960‘s and 1970‘s , warming in the 1980‘s and 1990‘s and
cooling the last decade. There is nothing that has happened to justify the alarms of today.
Today, we have weather scientists and instruments and computers and all sorts of stuff that should enable us to record and analyze and
predict the weather. ( except what will take place tomorrow ). Just 35 years ago – in the 70‘s- those weather experts presented the