By Lois Krafsky-Perry for Citizen Review
Wednesday, June 22, 2016
Sequim, WA – “This is worse than an urban myth…why are we being lied to?” queried Gene Farr, to a group of citizens at a meeting sponsored by Citizens Alliance for Property Rights (CAPR-13) held on June 20th at the local library.
Approximately 38 people gathered to hear the speaker, who showed slides and graphs, which determined proof of the global warming con, circulated by various government entities.
We don’t believe climate change is by human cause or that there is catastrophic happenings, determined the scientist, who has been researching the issue for many years.
Farr showed slides using graphs from the various organizations pushing the agenda, proving from their own research, that global warming is a myth.
Watch the video by Stephanie Noblin for Clallam Public Eye.
Just a year after officials with California’s Point Reyes National Seashore (PRNS) garnered national headlines by shutting down an oyster farm within its borders, three anti-grazing groups have filed suit, contending that the ranchers who graze the property just north of San Francisco should be removed as well.
The suit however, filed against the National Park Service (NPS) earlier this month by the Center for Biological Diversity (CBD), Western Watersheds Project (WWP), and the Resource Renewal Institute (RRI), does not call for an immediate end to grazing. Instead, it criticizes PRNS management of wildlife, including the resident elk herd, and accuses them of favoring ranching interests over environmental concerns. Continue reading
February 26, 2016
An Open Letter to Presidential Candidates from Josephine County, Oregon
By Toni Webb, candidate for Commissioner of Josephine County
TO: Candidates running for President of the United States
This letter is to inform you of the struggles faced by the people of Josephine County, Oregon, due to ongoing problems with the federal government’s control of our public land, including our once-productive forests. Bad policies and misguided management by federal agencies such as the Environmental Protection Agency, U.S. Forest Service and the Bureau of Land Management, have left our rural county economically and socially devastated. I hope that you, as candidates for President of the United States, will seriously consider why the effort to transfer the ownership and control of public lands back to western states, like Oregon, is so critical to our survival. Continue reading
FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 5TH 2016
EUGENE, Ore. – This week, the Lane County Board of Commissioners voted to allocate $84,000 to join a potential multi-county lawsuit against the Bureau of Land Management.
For the past several years, the BLM has been working on a new Resource Management Plan for the O & C timberlands and Commissioner Faye Stewart says the BLM is currently looking at a plan that would violate the O & C Act of 1937.
“There’s a minimum harvest level of 500 million board feet required by law,” Stewart said.
Stewart says the required harvest levels aren’t being met, and counties are missing out on timber dollars needed to provide county services.
“We believe that it’s important for us as counties to stand up and make sure that the law on the books is met by the agency,” Stewart said, “And for Lane County, it’s important because those are resource dollars that come to the county to pay for critical resources we provide.”
If the BLM doesn’t make changes to the plan, the Association of O & C Counties is preparing to take action. They’ve chosen a Portland law firm to represent them in the suit. The $84,000 would cover Lane County’s portion of the legal fees.
Faye says harvests are dwindling, in large part because of the Endangered Species Act, but he says it’s possible to boost harvests and protect endangered species.
“Our experts believe that they can do both, and they can do it at a level that would meet the law,” Stewart said. “It’s just unfortunately, we haven’t been able to see them recognize our comments, and recognize that it can be done.”
The lawsuit isn’t a sure thing. Stewart says the BLM could still make changes to the plan to satisfy the requirements of the O & C Act.
That will be followed by a public comment period, and a final decision is expected by July.
Published 16 October 2015
“Experts must be tested, their biases minimized, their accuracy improved, and their estimates validated with independent evidence. Put simply, experts should be held accountable for their opinions.”
While many governments aspire to evidence-based policy, the researchers say the evidence on experts themselves actually shows that they are highly susceptible to “subjective influences” — from individual values and mood, to WHETHER THEY STAND TO GAIN OR LOSE FROM A DECISION — and, while highly credible, experts often vastly overestimate their objectivity and the reliability of peers.
Fallible by definition: adjective. (of persons) liable to err, especially in being deceived or mistaken. 2. liable to be erroneous or false; not accurate: fallible information.
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Washington, D.C. – 10/19/2015 – U. S. Rep. Derek Kilmer has received the “Champion of Nature” award from The Nature Conservancy, an organization well-known for its drive to place millions of acres into wildlands and out of the hands of citizens.
According to a news report in the Peninsula Daily News, the award was presented Oct. 8, 2015 after the state director, Mike Stevens, urged Congress to renew the Land and Water Conservation Fund, which expired Sept. 30.
Kilmer is a Democrat from the 6th Congressional District in Washington State.
Kilmer, along with Denny Heck (D-Olympia) introduced an act, the “Promoting United Government Efforts to Save Our Sound Act”, to “protect tribal treaty rights and bring much-needed resources to restore the Sound.” It would designate the Puget Sound as a “water body of national significance, required that adequate federal resources are allocated to Puget Sound recovery and coordinate and align federal agency efforts with the state-led efforts under the Puget Sound Action Agenda.”
The meeting was called by the Skagit chapter of the Citizens’ Alliance for Property Rights.
About 120 people filled the American Legion Hall on Tuesday night to discuss the water and property rights issues facing Skagit County. Among them were property owners and Alliance members, who took the state’s 2001 instream flow rule to task.
When some at the meeting suggested building on their properties without county permission, one audience member shouted, “To hell with the county!”
July 15, 2015
SACRAMENTO, CA; July 15, 2015: On behalf of a number of landowners and major organizations representing landowners, including the state cattlemen’s associations of California, Washington, and New Mexico, Pacific Legal Foundation (PLF) sued the Obama Administration today over its vast new expansion of Clean Water Act (CWA) jurisdiction — an expansion that could bring virtually all the nation’s water and much of the land under direct federal regulatory control.
WASHINGTON (AP) — New federal rules designed to better protect small streams, tributaries and wetlands — and the drinking water of 117 million Americans — are being criticized by Republicans and farm groups as going too far.
The White House says the rules, issued Wednesday, will provide much-needed clarity for landowners about which waterways must be protected against pollution and development. But House Speaker John Boehner declared they will send “landowners, small businesses, farmers, and manufacturers on the road to a regulatory and economic hell.” Continue reading
Guest Editorial by Susan Shotthafer
The lefties are self-deluding again with another crisis, excuse to spend more of our earnings, and seize more control. Yes, it’s another—you guessed it—environment crisis, this time a Washington state “drought?” Duh! Drought?
Yes, Governor Inslee declared a “drought emergency” because the Olympics lack a snowpack. With that troublesome human habit, never troubling the lefties (bless their hearts) many of us try to make sense of this announcement as we do of all life’s events. Conversely, once more, leftist masterminds hope to convert make-believe into reality. Continue reading
March 11, 2015
In a stinging repudiation of the conduct of a Virginia environmental group once viewed as politically invincible, Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D) March 10 signed into law bipartisan legislation that — for the first time — provides rural landowners the means with which to defend themselves against bullying by land trusts.
An open house to be held on March 19, 2015, will be given by the agencies who plan on moving back the levees (dikes) along the Dungeness River. (See proposed map below)
See the Notice here: levee setback mtg., 3.19.2015
In 1997, the Dungeness River Management Team (DRMT) promoted the “restoration” ideas as set out in the “Recommended Restoration Projects for the Dungeness River” or so-called “Blue Book” developed by the Dungeness River Restoration Work Group. Continue reading
Following in the footsteps of officials in other states, lawmakers in Texas introduced legislation that would prohibit some state and local government participation in the deeply controversial United Nations “sustainability” scheme known as Agenda 21. With bills targeting the UN program introduced in both houses of the legislature and outrage about Agenda 21 still growing across Texas and the nation, activists and lawmakers are hopeful that the state will succeed in protecting property rights, self-government, and economic freedom from the Obama administration-backed UN scheme. However, elements of the establishment media and UN-loving forces in Texas and beyond have already made clear that they intend to fight back. Continue reading
And it might have worked had Republicans not taken back the U.S. House of Representatives in 2010, leaving the senior Dicks unable to dispense favors. But that didn’t stop David Dicks from spending the next three years turning the Puget Sound Partnership as almost a perfect caricature of a corrupt, incompetent government agency. Continue reading
Three centuries ago, the world ran on green power. Wood was used for heating and cooking; charcoal for smelting and smithing; wind or water power for pumps, mills, and ships; and whale oil for lamps. People and soldiers walked or rode horses, and millions of horses and oxen pulled ploughs, wagons, coaches, and artillery.
But smoke from open fires choked cities, forests were stripped of trees, most of the crops went to feed draft animals, and streets were littered with horse manure. For many people, life was “nasty, brutish and short.” Continue reading
An organization formed to oppose Washington Gov. Jay Inslee’s carbon-cutting proposal includes several agriculture groups.
The governor’s cap-and-trade plan would apply to at least 130 plants, including one fertilizer manufacturer and eight food processors, according to the state Department of Ecology. Continue reading
Parkland and wilderness provisions added to a defense policy measure have outraged friends of the military, who call the move both a “land grab” and a slap at men and women serving in the armed forces.
Considered must-pass legislation, the 2015 National Defense Authorization Act details Republicans’ and Democrats’ military policy priorities. It ranks high on the priority list of outgoing Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., for the current lame-duck session.
But this year the annual defense authorization includes a multitude of non-defense provisions such as new parks, wilderness areas and a national museum celebrating women. The move irks conservatives and other proponents of a “clean” bill. Continue reading
Congress has returned from the mid-term elections and members are hammering out the details of the National Defense Authorization Act.
NDAA, which has passed for more than 50 years consecutively, provides policy guidance for the U.S. defense budget.
The importance of the NDAA to the defense budgeting process and its traditional status as a “must-pass” piece of legislation makes it an inviting target for pet projects and wasteful spending.
Does Congress really need to add to the federal estate when the feds already own 640 million acres of land, approaching one-third the total area of the United States?
Written by Alex Newman
The New American
A team of environmental “scientists” published a new study in a U.S. government-linked journal claiming that even a planetary Communist Chinese-style one-child policy would not be enough to stop alleged “overpopulation” from ravishing the Earth and making humanity “unsustainable.” In fact, according to the Australian researchers, even combined with massive reductions in population via another world war, a global one-child policy would still not be enough to save the planet and the environment from the supposed scourge of mankind. To deal with their reputed “crisis,” the authors propose encouraging — read brainwashing or perhaps even coercing — women to have fewer children while rationing resources for those humans fortunate enough to escape their population-control regime. But even that will not be enough, according to the paper.
At a meeting this week in Pasco, the governor’s policy director, Matt Steuerwalt, briefed the Energy, Environment and Telecommunications Committee on the possible consequences of taxing greenhouse gases.
He said lawmakers can expect a specific proposal in mid-December when Inslee rolls out his two-year budget proposal. Continue reading
Five years ago at a UN Conference on Climate Change, Al Gore predicted that, global warming having reached such an unbridled pitch, the North Pole might be completely ice-free during the summer of 2014. This climate change crusader had made the same claim when he accepted the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize. Was he right? Let’s take a look.
The Danish Meteorological Institute’s (DMI) Centre for Ocean and Ice closely monitors Arctic sea ice extent and publishes a monthly plot on its website. According to DMI, 2014 is the second summer in a row that the ice cap has expanded. Data from the U.S. National Snow & Ice Data Center (NSIDC) agrees, showing 2014’s summer ice well within the average range for the years 1961-2010. In fact, NSIDC’s website points out an ice extent decline rate of “slightly less than the average” for the month of August. Continue reading
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) is seeking to protect the dusky gopher frog on the Endangered Species List by designating over 1,500 acres of private property in St. Tammany Parish, Louisiana as a “critical habitat” for the embattled amphibian.
But here’s the kicker: The frog hasn’t been seen on the land in question for over 50 years. Continue reading
The country’s largest business lobby warned Wednesday that the Obama administration’s proposal to impose new limits on greenhouse gas emissions from power plants could eclipse $50 billion in annual costs through 2030.
HB 2807, the Oklahoma Community Protection Act (OCPA), has been passed in order to shield Oklahoman’s rights to private property and due process within state borders.
Of course, there were President Bill Clinton’s establishment of the President’s Council on Sustainable Development by executive order in 1993 and President Obama’s “Federal Leadership in Environmental, Energy, and Economic Performance” executive order in 2009. And, many federal agencies have been incorporating sustainability into various aspects of their organizations. Still, virtually all Stop Agenda 21 grassroots activity has been focused on the local and state levels.
The establishment of Clinton’s President’s Council on Sustainable Development (PCSD) started a pattern of denial by federal government agencies regarding any connection with the United Nations Agenda 21. Even though the PCSD was clearly established in 1993 in support of the UN’s Agenda 21 and its Sustainable Development proposals from the UN’s ’92 Earth Summit in Rio, the PCSD’s statements and documents never referred to the UN and Agenda 21. We have evidence that federal officials were taking pains to make the PCSD appear to be completely separate from the UN’s Agenda 21 because J. Gary Lawrence, an advisor to the PCSD, said the following in 1998: Continue reading
Last Thursday, thanks largely to Senator Pam Roach (R-Auburn), the Washington State Senate provided an opportunity to discuss the Growth Management Act (GMA) in a public work session. Last year,I wrote about a less formal work session held by Representative Dean Takko (D-Longview). However, the recent Senate work session demonstrated notable willingness to look at Washington State’s GMA in a comprehensive manner without constraining the comments of those who testified. The complete video from the hearing is here (starting at about 37 minutes). Continue reading
The Water Rule Implementation Forum met at John Wayne Marina on Jan. 15, 2014, starting at 12:30 p.m.
(Editor’s Note: This rule essentially covers Clallam County East of Morse Creek and has significant and costly impacts for property owners needing a new well or those owners who would like a change of use for their existing well.
Those who will be affected include those owning property in WRIA 18 West (up to West of the Elwha River), where the WRIA 18 East rule will likely serve as a template when a similar rule is imposed there in the near future, and those who own property not directly affected by the rule whose property taxes will increase to make up for the decrease in assessed value and property taxes of “water have not” properties affected by the rule.)
The following report from the forum is by Marguerite Glover:
There were only had two members of the “public,” in the audience. Both of them arrived an hour or more after the start of the meeting–Bob Forde and Mark Couhig. I did tell the group that Pam Cameron (local farmer/landowner) said that the Water Exchange should be providing mitigation certificates for stock watering, from a well. Mike Gallagher said that Amanda Cronin (Washington Water Trust) was working on that–and, it should become available, in the near future. 22 mitigation certificates have been issued, with about 3 or 4 of those being for outside watering. Continue reading
Already facing “pariah” status worldwide due to onerous IRS requirements, millions of Americans living and working abroad are preparing to deal with a deluge of even bigger problems in 2014, when a byzantine new tax regime starts going into effect. Known as the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act, or FATCA, the deeply controversial and incredibly complex scheme is supposedly aimed at preventing tax evasion and gathering extra funds for the federal government. In reality, it will prove to be devastating, experts say — especially for middle-class Americans overseas and the U.S. economy.
Opposition to the draconian scheme, however, is mounting quickly even before FATCA has been fully implemented. Among the growing chorus of critics: the business community, bankers, Americans abroad, some members of Congress, investors, and even the Republican National Committee. More than a few trade associations and voluntary organizations are now either urging lawmakers to repeal FATCA entirely, or at least calling on the Obama administration to delay implementation and enforcement until the fiasco can be sorted out. Continue reading
Citizens are banding together to resist and try to push back “Sustainable Thurston” A video of their “Task Force” submitting their HUD financed “Plan” (which is Agenda 21 on a local level) being submitted and accepted by the Thurston Planning Committee on Friday December 6th, and all the resistance to it, is shown on the following youtube videos.
Part 1 http://youtu.be/ffSozxDGyDU
Part 2 http://youtu.be/05GV2pFJRbs
Part 3 http://youtu.be/3PVINL8KAyQ
Anyone wishing to join in and help us please contact: email@example.com
Submitted by investigative journalist: Wally Brown, 16717 Vail Loop SE, Rainier, WA 98576 360-446-1015
It’s not over yet, although it seemed like National Park Service Director Jonathan B. Jarvis was off the hook for attempting to sabotage energy production and hydraulic fracturing on federal land — until Tuesday.
Rep. Rob Bishop, R-Utah, chairman of the House Natural Resources Subcommittee on Public Lands and Environmental Regulation, was performing normal oversight monitoring of a proposed energy production and hydraulic fracturing rule on federal and Indian lands when he spotted a problem. In early September, he had noticed that the Park Service had submitted alarming comments about the proposed rule to the Bureau of Land Management.
The Park Service’s comments wove a false narrative that hydraulic fracturing is not regulated and is unsafe. In fact, hydraulic fracturing and well stimulation have an impeccable decades-long safety and efficiency record on private, state, and federal lands. We’ve seen that state-by-state regulations, tailored to the exact geology of well sites, are the best regulation to protect the environment. Why were the Park Service’s comments so false? Continue reading
Poor countries pulled out of the United Nations climate talks during a fight over transferring wealth from richer countries to fight global warming.
The G77 and China bloc led 132 poor countries in a walk out during talks about “loss and damage” compensation for the consequences of global warming that countries cannot adapt to, like Typhoon Haiyan. The countries that left claim to have the support of other coalitions of poor nations, including the Least Developed Countries, the Alliance of Small Island States and the Africa Group. Continue reading
The president is committed to the idea of anthropogenic global warming. Man-made carbon emissions, he believes (or pretends to believe), cause global temperatures to rise, and this temperature increase is destructive. By reducing man-made carbon emissions, temperatures can be made to fall.
Every part of this logic is flawed, if not utterly false. Do carbon emissions cause global warming? The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change is largely composed of climate researchers with what would seem a strong vested interest in promoting the global warming agenda. Yet even the IPCC has a 5% doubt that human activities affect the climate.
Do man-made emissions cause temperatures to rise more than natural carbon emissions do? With regard to the last 15 years, the IPCC states flatly that natural factors have influenced the climate as much or more than human ones. Is global warming destructive? Large areas of the northern hemisphere that were once nothing but ice-covered wastelands have now been opened up for agriculture, mining, energy exploration, and shipping. Millions of human beings stand to gain. For many, it is a matter of life and death, as marginally lower food costs will be just enough to keep them alive. Continue reading
Editor’s Note: Is your town or county experiencing a move toward “regional” rather than “local” government? The following is from the New Hampshire Tea Party, in an attempt to educate folks about the problems involved with regional government.
Help fight the coming “regional governance” in your NH town.
Powerful non-governmental influences such as the National Governor’s Association, are promoting Common Core Curriculum in our schools; and insidious programs such as the UN’s International Baccalaureate Programme have been instituted with help from agents of the World Bank.
It has become apparent that our local, state, and federal governments are being manipulated by a gaggle of NGOs and corporate foundations (such as the Carsey Institute) who are associated with public universities such as UNH. These groups, with their very special interests, are attempting to override the wishes of the local community.
Today we start another Trojan Heron series called “Pure Imagination” about the environmental-ish ideas we confront daily in the San Juans. The series title comes from a famous song in Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, and one of the stanzas could be the motto for the Friends and their friends.
We’ll beginWith a spinTraveling inThe world of my creationWhat we’ll seeWill defyExplanation
Books like Fast Food Nation exposed the dark side of the All-American Meal, and there is a dark side to environmental-ish ideas too … and oddly the two dark sides are linked. Like McDonalds, environmental-ish organizations spew images of wholesome goodness … but there is an underlying profit motive distorting the truth. The truth about environmental-ish organizations is that their “wilderness loving” policies and actions actually promote urbanism … by being against rural living. They even support and promote factory farming … by demanding Conditional Use Permits (CUPs) for new family farming and suing to shut down family-run aquaculture. Continue reading
Jewell Announces Over $40 Million for State and Local land acquisition; reiterates call for full funding of LWCF
Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell today announced that $40.03 million is being made available in allocations from the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) and will be distributed to all 50 States, the Territories, and the District of Columbia for state-identified outdoor recreation projects. LWCF state grant funds are awarded through Federal matching grants that leverage public and private investment in America’s state and local public outdoor recreation projects.
Secretary Jewell also underscored the importance of President Obama’s proposal to require mandatory, full funding of the program by 2015. Continue reading
For small farmers, some seeds of change are being sown, as the 10-month comment period for a rule that would change the way farmers grow, harvest and store produce winds down over the next couple months.
The Food Safety Modernization Act, called a “sweeping reform of our food safety laws” by the FDA, was signed into law by President Obama in January, 2011. FDA Deputy Commissioner Michael Taylor says the law aims to prevent the introduction of biohazards and protect consumers from the threat of food-borne illnesses. But more than two years later, the proposed rule specifically governing the way farmers produce fruits and vegetables is still being hammered out—and many local and organic farmers are more than a little wary. Continue reading
Defending ALL CITIZENS RIGHTS to WATER in WA State?
OPPOSING AND LEGALLY CHALLENGING THE DUNGENESS WATER RULE?
Failure to use or comply with EPA’s best Available science for American Family water usage?
A DOE RULE THAT RESTRICTS FAMILY WATER USAGE TO ONLY 150 GALLONS INDOOR A DAY?
Clallam County REPRESENTATIVES complete disregard of EPA family and individual WATER USAGE DOCUMENTATION?
EPA The average American family uses more than 300 gallons of water per day at home.
EPA Each American uses an average of 100 gallons of water a day at home. Continue reading
Citing the potential for recreational conflicts with sheep, the Ketchum Ranger District is making plans to cut more grazing on the Sawtooth National Forest.
It’s a disturbing trend. Every year it seems there is some new obtuse reason to cut grazing on public land. In this case, the Forest Service is concerned about fishermen, hikers, bikers and others out recreating coming into conflicts with the guard dogs sheep herders keep with their flocks to protect them from wolves. They’re also concerned that wolves might kill sheep and that will lead to government trappers and others, killing wolves. Continue reading
THE PEOPLE OF THIS STATE DO NOT YIELD THEIR SOVEREIGNTY TO THE AGENCIES THAT SERVE THEM.
BY DEFINITION PUBLIC SERVANT – someone who holds a government position (either by ELECTION or APPOINTMENT)
WA STATE RCW 42.56.030
THE PEOPLE OF THIS STATE DO NOT YIELD THEIR SOVEREIGNTY TO THE AGENCIES THAT SERVE THEM.
THE PEOPLE, IN DELEGATING AUTHORITY, DO NOT GIVE THEIR PUBLIC SERVANTS THE RIGHT TO DECIDE WHAT IS GOOD FOR THE PEOPLE TO KNOW AND WHAT IS NOT GOOD FOR THEM TO KNOW.
THE PEOPLE INSIST ON REMAINING INFORMED SO THAT THEY MAY MAINTAIN CONTROL OVER THE INSTRUMENTS THAT THEY HAVE CREATED.
THIS CHAPTER SHALL BE LIBERALLY CONSTRUED AND ITS EXEMPTIONS NARROWLY CONSTRUED TO PROMOTE THIS PUBLIC POLICY AND TO ASSURE THAT THE PUBLIC INTEREST WILL BE FULLY PROTECTED.
IN THE EVENT OF CONFLICT BETWEEN THE PROVISIONS OF THIS CHAPTER AND ANY OTHER ACT, THE PROVISIONS OF THIS CHAPTER SHALL GOVERN.
[2007 c 197 § 2; 2005 c 274 § 283; 1992 c 139 § 2. Formerly RCW 42.17.251.] Continue reading
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