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UK: Energy bills ‘could overtake mortgages in five years’ – Could this happen in the U.S.?

Energy bills are rising so steeply that they could overtake mortgage repayments in parts of Britain in just five years’ time, the chief executive of supplier, First Utility, has claimed.

The Telegraph, UK

Posted 5/21/2013

Ian McCaig issued the stark warning as he said energy policies must be reviewed to minimise the impact on bills and said consumers should think about turning down their heating to reduce costs. Critics have said that the Government’s environmental policies on windfarms and energy efficiency schemes, for example, are adding unnecessarily to the cost of bills.

“If things continue as they are, or even get worse, for some consumers in some parts of the country we will see energy bills overtake many other bills we have traditionally thought were the biggest items of non-discretionary spend,” Mr McCaig said. Continue reading

Poultry farmer takes on EPA over Chesapeake Bay enforcement action


Posted 5/7/2013

MORGANTOWN, W.VA. — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is still exerting a permit power that chicken growers contend it doesn’t have, so a federal judge said he won’t dismiss a lawsuit by a West Virginia farmer the agency had accused of polluting the Chesapeake Bay watershed.

The EPA argued Lois Alt’s lawsuit was rendered moot in December, when it withdrew violation notices and proposed fines against her Eight is Enough farm in Hardy County. But Alt, the West Virginia Farm Bureau and the American Farm Bureau want their day in court, claiming the EPA’s actions in her case have implications for farmers throughout the region. Continue reading

California judge dismisses Endangered Species Act ‘Mega’ lawsuit

by Forrest Laws
Southwest Farm Press

Posted 5/6/2013

California – A U.S. District Court judge in California has ruled that two environmental activist groups did not prove the EPA awarded federal registrations for a host of crop protection chemicals that put endangered species at risk in a lawsuit they filed in 2011.

In granting a motion to dismiss the groups’ “Mega” lawsuit, Judge Joseph C. Spero said the plaintiffs — the Center for Biological Diversity and the Pesticide Action Network North America — had not alleged specific government actions sufficient for the lawsuit to proceed. Continue reading

EPA releases more personal information, NCBA says

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has continued to release confidential information about feedlots to environmentalists, according to a cattle industry group.

The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association said the agency has again admitted to sending out personal data about confined animal feeding operations, or CAFOs, to three environmental groups.

“At this point, someone is either incapable or incompetent at their job, or this is being intentionally released,” said Ashley McDonald, deputy environmental counsel for NCBA. Continue reading

Questions raised about grants for WA Wildlife Recreation Program – recreation for ‘wildlife’?

Commentary and information from Pearl Rains-Hewett
Posted 4/20/2013
Public access to WA State Parks 
Perhaps YOUR last public hearing opportunity on the topic of our request legislation and the Discover Pass is set for Monday, April 22 at 9 am before the House $$$$$ Appropriations Committee.
To: Daniel Farber, Director
Policy and Intergovernmental Affairs
Washington State Parks
I am a WA State Park VESTED Stakeholders
This my comment on YOUR Policy and Intergovernmental Affairs Washington State Parks andYOUR  requested $$$$ legislation.  

Washington Wildlife Recreation Program (WWRP)

The Washington Wildlife and Recreation Program provides funding for a broad range of land protection and outdoor recreation, including park acquisition and development, habitat conservation, farmland preservation, and construction of outdoor recreation facilities.

I find the title and description of the , WWRP program DISTURBING? It this WApark broad range of land protection, acquisition, development habitat, conservation program designed to provide outdoor recreation facilities for WILDLIFE?

Capital Budget (Doesn’t include a possible $5 – $10 million infusion forremoval of fish passage blocking culverts)
Governor Inlsee – $46.6 million (plus $8.3 million in WWRP Grants)
House – $56.9 million (plus $7.9 million in WWRP Grants)
Senate – $50.7 million (plus $3.3 million in WWRP Grants)
Commission October Request – $67.8 million (plus $11.5 million in WWRPGrants)
Per Rep. VanDeWege, $20 MILLION SPENT for removal of fish passage blocking culverts this year. Continue reading

EPA won’t appeal – Federal judged ruled EPA overstepped bounds in trying to regulate stormwater

EPA won’t appeal courtroom win for Cuccinelli, Fairfax

Posted 3/17/2013

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will not appeal a January ruling that handed Virginia Attorney General Kenneth T. Cuccinelli II a courtroom victory over a federal agency he has tangled with more than once with since being elected to office in 2009.

A federal judge had ruled the EPA overstepped its bounds in trying to regulate stormwater in a Northern Virginia watershed — a ruling Mr. Cuccinelli says could have cost the state and Fairfax County upward of $300 million. Continue reading

EPA won’t appeal courtroom win for Cuccinelli, Fairfax – oversteps bounds on stormwater regs

Posted March 4, 2013

The Environmental Protection Agency will not appeal a January ruling that handed Virginia Attorney General Kenneth T. Cuccinelli II a courtroom victory over a federal agency he has tangled with more than once with since being elected to office in 2009.

A federal judge had ruled the EPA overstepped its bounds in trying to regulate stormwater in a Northern Virginia watershed — a ruling Mr. Cuccinelli says could have cost the state and Fairfax County upward of $300 million. Continue reading

Lawsuit against EPA seeks evidence of hidden messages

By Stephen Dinan
The Washington Times

Posted April 1,2013

Top Environmental Protection Agency officials used computer instant messages to try to circumvent open-records laws, according to a lawsuit filed by a researcher who has been hounding the agency to comply with the law.

Christopher C. Horner, the researcher who earlier uncovered that EPA officials were using private email addresses to conduct official business, said that in going over some of those earlier records he discovered that the agency was using instant messages, too.

He is now suing to get a look at those records, which he said the EPA has been stonewalling. Continue reading

Maryland Rain Tax Goes After Residents With Driveways

by Zach Walton
Web News Pro

Posted 4/11/2013

Maryland – A rain tax sounds kind of preposterous, but the state of Maryland will be implementing such a thing very soon.

The Gazette, a local Maryland newspaper, reports that new regulations put into place by the EPA require Maryland to reduce the amount of stormwater that flows into the Chesapeake Bay. The reduction in run off would reportedly drop nitrogen levels by 22 percent and phosphorous levels by 15 percent. It’s a noble endeavor that comes with a $14.8 billion pricetag. Continue reading

Supreme Court gives timber industry victory against environmentalists

by Michal Conger
Washington Examiner

Posted 4/2/2013

The Supreme Court sided with the timber industry against environmentalists today in a ruling that loggers do not need a special Environmental Protection Agency permit because of gravel and dirt that can fall from logging roads into waterways.

The decision overturned a lower-court ruling that the runoff is the same as other industrial pollution and therefore requires a permit under the EPA’s Clean Water Act, according to Fox News. Continue reading

WA: Ecology developing new water standards

Capital Press

SPOKANE VALLEY, Wash. — Washington’s Department of Ecology will pitch new water quality standards this fall.

Surface water quality standards specialist Cheryl Niemi said Ecology is working to formulate two sets of rules — one for human health criteria and for implementation tools.

The human health criteria list includes some pesticides that are currently regulated.

Chemicals can be those used for decades or new ones, like those in pharmaceuticals and personal care products (PPCPs).

The discussions also include DDT, an insecticide banned in 1972. It’s no longer in use, but Niemi said it is still present in some soils and fish. Continue reading

Open letter to City Council: EPA mandates make water costs too high without local input

Posted 2/28/2013

Posted on February 1, 2013 9:58 am by Pearl Rains Hewett Comment


To Port Angeles WA COUNCIL MEMBERS from Pearl Rains-Hewett

Regarding my Feb.2013 utility bill

Why are you charging me water related costs of over $90.00 a month for $1.91 of water usage?

The answer is very simple, as written in this US Senate report. These EPA mandates are sent to the state.

Then WA state passes them on to the city of Port Angeles and in turn, you pass the costs of the EPA mandates on to we the people.

Clouded Waters EPA


Clouded Waters:
A Senate Report Exposing the High Cost of EPA’s Water Regulations and Their Impacts on State and Local Budgets
United States Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works

This new, top down approach to regulating water is imposing huge financial costs without local input or any assurance of water quality improvements. The total cost for states, cities, industry, agriculture, utilities, and rate payers will be tens, if not hundreds, of billions of dollars. These are more expensive programs and unfunded federal mandates at a time when States don’t have the money to comply.
Water quality decisions need to be returned to the States and local governments, like the CWA intended. That is the most effective way “to see a huge leap forward in water quality” for future generations. Continue reading

EPA Ex-boss Jackson Caught Breaking Law, Scamming U.S. Taxpayers

by Alex Newman
The New American

Posted 2/24/2013

The Environmental Protection Agency and its disgraced former boss Lisa Jackson are under fire from lawmakers and activists for, among other reasons, having recently been exposed violating federal law by using bogus identities and e-mail accounts to coordinatepropaganda and policy with media allies, “green” groups, and policymakers to advance the Obama administration’s radical “environmental” agenda. Other EPA corruption is also still in the headlines, too, with the agency being criticized for ripping off U.S. taxpayers and foisting more unconstitutional regulations on the economy by working with extremist pseudo-environmental groups using a controversial scheme dubbed “sue and settle.” Continue reading

Commentary: Deprived Of Our Water

Posted on February 13, 2013

by Pearl Rains Hewett Commentary –
from Behind My


An introduction to a series by Pearl Rains Hewett” – CLOUDED WATERS

This series of on the taking and depravation of our water rights will report, document and expose the many ways we the people are being deprived not only of our water right, but to our right to water.
THE Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
The source point of our deprivation comes from THE TOP via a federally Appointed Agency. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is federally funded by our centralized US Government in DC.

(previously posted Continue reading

Open letter to DOE: Does Ecology exceed EPA requirements?

from Pearl Rains Hewett

Posted 1/30/2013

Clouded Waters: A Senate Report Exposing the High – U.S. Senate

 United States Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works

Minority Staff

Released: June 30, 2011


Matt Dempsey (202) 224-9797

Katie Brown (202) 224-2160

Report Online at


With this additional attached documentation, in its entirety
I am again, requesting the WA State DOE to respond to my questions.


Throughout the development of federal water laws it was the responsibility of states to achieve water quality,4 and many of them have continued to go above and beyond EPA’s minimum federal standards. Instead of acknowledging this progress and empowering it.



These rulemakings are not the result of legislation or the outcome of scientific findings. Instead, these are the result of lawsuits by environmentalists and represent changes in long-held EPA positions, making discretionary duties non-discretionary. Additionally, in a rush to regulate, EPA/DOE  is moving ahead without solid science and with no input from the communities who will shoulder the costs.

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The link between the West Nile virus and ‘wetlands’

Commentary by Pearl Rains-Hewett

Posted 1/29/2013


CDC 2012 West Nile virus final update: November 20The 5,207 cases reported thus far in 2012 is the highest number of West Nile virus disease cases reported to CDC through the third week in November since 2003.

1999-2012 over 30,000 reported cases of West Nile Virus, HOW MANY DEATHS? Continue reading

EPA: Green Gone Wild

IndUS Business Journal
Posted by David John Marotta

Posted 1/16/2013

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency wants to vastly expand its power. Last year, the agency paid nearly $700,000 to the National Academy of Sciences to draft the document “Sustainability and the U.S. EPA.” This manifesto rationalizes why the EPA has the right to regulate every business, community and ecosystem in the country.

The key to the EPA’s regulatory control is “sustainability,” an illusive and ill-defined term even more broadly applicable than the interstate commerce clause. According to the EPA’s website, “Sustainability is based on a simple principle: Everything that we need for our survival and well-being depends, either directly or indirectly, on our natural environment. Sustainability creates and maintains the conditions under which humans and nature can exist in productive harmony, that permit fulfilling the social, economic and other requirements of present and future generations.” Continue reading

EPA chief Lisa Jackson announces resignation

Associated Press
Capital Press

Posted 12/27/2012

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration’s chief environmental watchdog, EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson, is stepping down after a nearly four-year tenure marked by high-profile brawls over global warming pollution, the Keystone XL oil pipeline, new controls on coal-fired plants and several other hot-button issues that affect the nation’s economy and people’s health.


Jackson, the agency’s first black administrator, constantly found herself caught between administration pledges to solve controversial environmental problems and steady resistance from Republicans and industrial groups who complained that the agency’s rules destroyed jobs and made it harder for American companies to compete internationally. Continue reading

Bring on the “wetlands” – West Nile virus continues to rise

2012 West Nile virus update: November 20

Pearl Rains-Hewett

Posted 11/27/2012

As of November 20, 2012, 48 states have reported West Nile virus infections in people, birds, or mosquitoes. A total of 5,207 cases of West Nile virus disease in people, including 234 deaths, have been reported to CDC. Of these, 2,643 (51%) were classified as neuroinvasive disease (such as meningitis or encephalitis) and 2,564 (49%) were classified as non-neuroinvasive disease. Continue reading

Two counties – same problem – water and land use regulations

from Pearl Rains-Hewett
Posted 11/18/2012

How Water and Land Use Regulations and Litigation Are Destroying Us

“The hand writing on the wall” is an idiom for “imminent doom or misfortune” and for “the future is predetermined”.

Timber harvesting is the dominant land use in the County with 285,842 acres in large commercial timber holdings. Widespread timber harvesting in the area began in the 1920’s and continued intensively through the 1980’s, when the rate slowed significantly due in part to federal listings of the northern spotted owl and marbled murrelet.
At one time, it was the largest timber production area in the state.
However, our forest industries have been devastated by Federal and State regulations.
How many sawmills and wood processing facilities are gone?
There is no doubt that the restrictions on timber harvest from public lands under the Northwest Forest Plan have played a significant role in this decline.
Eighty- one % (81%) of the land base in Clallam County proper is in Federal (or state) ownership.
Olympic National Forest Is over 1 millions acres.
There are more than ? miles of wild and scenic rivers in Clallam County.
What is the unemployment rate? 9.1% of the labor force Sep 2012
One aspect of this is land conversion from private to Federal lands.
acquisition or conservation easements Continue reading

WA farmers block federal drones and Agenda 21

by Mikael Thalen

Posted Nov. 17, 2012

The Washington State Farm Bureau just convened its 93rd annual convention.

Started in 1920, The WSFB is a voluntary, grassroots advocacy organization representing the social and economic interests of local farm and ranch families.

Every year the WSFB’s volunteer leaders from across the state get together to discuss issues and adopt new policy. The WSFB is unique in that its members, delegates from each of the 25 county Farm Bureaus, adopt the policies, ranging from land use to fiscal issues.

This year’s convention was especially exciting due to the passage of new policy, set to put a barrier against the overreach of the federal government and even foreign ones. Continue reading

6000 farmers and rural landowners DENIED WATER in the CLOSED Skagit River watershed

From Pearl Rains-Hewett

Posted 11/6/2012


This video is about the atrocities happening to the 6000 farmers and rural landowners DENIED WATER in the CLOSED Skagit River watershed.

One couple on this “JUST WATER Alliance Video has owned and paid taxes on their retirement property in Skagit County for 25 years.

They were DENIED a building permit because they were DENIED WATER.

Pearl Rains Hewett Continue reading

More grants to restrict shorelines, bring owners “into compliance”

Commentary by Pearl Rains Hewett – an SMP [Shoreline Management Plan] comment
Over one and a half YEAR VOLUNTEER member
Clallam County SMP Update Committee.
Posted 11/5/2012

Clallam County, WA – If you are a concerned shoreline private property owner? Please open and read the following preliminary information packet for the meeting about the Shoreline Management Plan (SMP) Additional Funding: BOCC 11.6.2012


ESA ADOLFSON’S Shore line Update, consultant/compliancy experts, contract has been extended to Dec. 31, 2013. The NEW $69,940.00 cost is covered by GRANTS from the EPA and WA State Dept of Ecology.

Bringing the GRANT TOTAL to ESA ADOLFSON up to $669,870.00. Continue reading

Federal agencies disagree on buffers

Capital Press

Posted 10/30/2012

Regulatory “buffers” that restrict spraying of certain pesticides near waterways are in limbo due to disagreements between federal agencies about the chemicals’ impact on fish.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, which regulates pesticides, appears to be withholding action on the buffers until legal controversies are resolved by the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, experts say. Continue reading

EPA Ponders Expanded Regulatory Power In Name of ‘Sustainable Development’


Originally published on Published December 19, 2011


The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency wants to change how it analyzes problems and makes decisions, in a way that would give it vastly expanded power to regulate businesses, communities and ecosystems in the name of “sustainable development,” the centerpiece of a global United Nations conference slated for Rio de Janeiro next June.

The major focus of the EPA thinking is a weighty study the agency commissioned last year from the National Academies of Science. Published in August, the study, entitled “Sustainability and the U.S. EPA,” cost nearly $700,000 and involved a team of a dozen outside experts and about half as many National Academies staff. Continue reading

Malaria and other mosquito-vectored diseases are a brutal form of population control

from Pearl Rains-Hewett

Other viruses present elsewhere in the world could similarly be introduced into the United States, as well as new species of mosquitoes. In the mid-1980s Aedes albopictus arrived; in the late 1990s Ochlerotatus japonicus.


One report, these infected mosquito can only fly two miles? They did not report how many miles a bird infected with West Nile Virus can fly?


Our Federal Government mandates “no net loss” of wetlands? Restore or create wetlands?


Save the WETLANDS? And sicken and KILL the People of the world?


Malaria and other mosquito-vectored diseases are a brutal form of population control.




Pearl Rains Hewett

Read on if you are interested

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EPA power grab to regulate ditches, gullies on private property

EPA power grab unleashes bipartisan backlash

By: Audrey Hudson
Human Events

6/11/2012 08:05 A

Lawmakers are working to block an unprecedented power grab by the Environmental Protection Agency to use the Clean Water Act (CWA) and control land alongside ditches, gullies and other ephemeral spots by claiming the sources are part of navigable waterways.

These temporary water sources are often created by rain or snowmelt, and would make it harder for private property owners to build in their own backyards, grow crops, raise livestock and conduct other activities on their own land, lawmakers say. Continue reading

EPA out of control? No, they are in (totalitarian-centralized) control

Posted 7/6/2012
from Pearl Rains-Hewett

I like the control of fugitive dust on roadways, control of food scraps, control of dead zones, the great American woodstove exchange, endangered species act and global warming just to name a few.

From the EPA’s own website –

Changing the Way We Govern Ourselves

Posted 5/30/2012
From Property Rights Foundation of America
Speech from Proceedings of the Seventh Annual New York Conference
on Private Property Rights
Opening Address-Grassroots Action — Changing the Way We Govern Ourselves
Don Parmeter
International Falls, Minnesota

Thank you. My name is Don, and I am a recovering environmentalist. I thank you for that introduction. Carol and I have talked over the phone, like she said, for years, but it’s nice to be back in New York. I have to tell you something though. I don’t know who designed your freeway system. I was thinking about that as I was coming out of New York City last night trying to figure out how to get to Albany. It looked easy on the map. You know, I did take some map reading courses at West Point, so it’s not that I don’t know how to read a map, but, anyway, the only thing I could think of was the Department of Tourism once they get people in New York they don’t want them to leave, so they create this system. I have to tell you, you’ve a ways to go to keep up with Pennsylvania, though. I think I have been living in rural America for too long. You get in a metropolitan area and you kind of panic. So that’s why, after 25 years in Northern Minnesota, I am moving to St. Paul, which is kind of a frightening prospect. What are you going to do driving in that traffic? Well, you know what? I found a place to live that’s seven miles walking distance to the Capitol, so I am looking forward to that, actually.

Frankly, that’s one of the problems we have in the rural parts of America. Our capitols are so far away. I was trying to get things done living five hours from the Capitol and, I tell you what, those folks that live in the St. Paul area have an advantage. The problem is, us folks that are passionate about what happens in the rural parts of the country, we don’t want to live in the city, and we tried for years to try to get the Capitol moved up north. It’s a lost cause. I get involved in a lot of battles, but that one we’re going to lose.

But I really appreciate the invitation. It’s nice to be back here. I want to congratulate Carol for organizing this conference. I am not a conference organizer, but I got stuck with one, and I tell you it’s a lot of work and a lot of headaches, but forums like this are really important to bring a lot of people together. So thank you for doing that, Carol. Continue reading

Climategate 2.0 exposes climate science hypocrisy on eve of UN’s Durban Conference

News release from The Committee For A Constructive Tomorrow

November 23, 2011

A second batch of leaked emails from scientists working on board and alongside the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change have come to light. They contain shocking revelations which show an insular cadre of climate scientists coordinating efforts to place advocacy ahead of science, stifle dissent, and conceal information which detracts from a preconceived, ideologically driven, global warming narrative.

This shockingly candid look at the machinations of the high priests of global warming has given rise to renewed demands that the EPA, EU and global community cancel existing plans and programs designed to radically lower or cap and tax carbon emissions. These misguided policies already have created economic havoc in Europe, cost hundreds of thousands of jobs in the U.S. and pose a major threat to the world economy. Continue reading

EPA power grab to regulate ditches, gullies on private property

EPA power grab unleashes bipartisan backlash


By: Audrey Hudson
Human Events

6/11/2012 08:05 A

Lawmakers are working to block an unprecedented power grab by the Environmental Protection Agency to use the Clean Water Act (CWA) and control land alongside ditches, gullies and other ephemeral spots by claiming the sources are part of navigable waterways.

These temporary water sources are often created by rain or snowmelt, and would make it harder for private property owners to build in their own backyards, grow crops, raise livestock and conduct other activities on their own land, lawmakers say.

“Never in the history of the CWA has federal regulation defined ditches and other upland features as ‘waters of the United States,’” said Rep. John Mica (R-Fla.), chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, Rep. Nick Rahall (D-W.Va.), the ranking committee member, and Rep. Bob Gibbs (R-Ohio), chairman of the Subcommittee on Water Resources and Environment. Continue reading

Sharply Higher Electric Bills Coming To Your Home Soon

Posted By Tim George On May 25, 2012 @ 10:19 am In Today’s Off The Grid News | No Comments

WASHINGTON, DC – Perhaps one reason President Obama faced stiff opposition in the West Virginia and Kentucky Democratic primaries is because of his war effort – his war on coal. And unfortunately to many, this is one effort in which he is showing great success.

The U.S. Energy Information Administration reported a dramatic drop last week in power sector coal consumption for the first quarter of 2012. Coal-fired power plants now generate only 36 percent of U.S. electricity. Considering that figure stood at almost 45 percent just a year ago, the drop in coal-fired power is shocking to say the least.

PJM Interconnection, the company that operates the electric grid for thirteen states, say the drop is due to an unprecedented increase in stifling regulations. PJM operates the electric grid in Delaware, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Maryland, Michigan, New Jersey, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia, and the District of Columbia. Continue reading

Oversight panel gets tough, moves to slam brakes on Obama’s runaway EPA


by Ron Arnold

Posted May 25, 2012

In a scorching showdown letter dated May 10, House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa and Subcommittee Chairman Jim Jordan demanded that Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Lisa Jackson surrender documents she doesn’t want made public.

The seething but civil congressmen requested all the documentation that went into the EPA’s unprecedented and legally questionable attempt to preemptively block the permit of Alaska’s multi-billion dollar Pebble copper mine even before the permitting process begins.

This novel, front-end attack on jobs and economic development hinges on the convoluted Clean Water Act (CWA) and clever gimmicks lurking in its litigation-prone Section 404(c). Water is the regulator’s perfect power grab target; nearly every development needs water. Continue reading

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