In his latest move to force the United States to shift away from using fossil fuels, President Barack Obama is calling on Congress to designate the coastal plain of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge as wilderness, making it off-limits to oil and gas production.
The president announced his proposal via YouTube on January 25. He called ANWR an “incredible place, pristine, undisturbed. I’m going to be calling on Congress to make sure they take it one step further, designating it as a wilderness so we can make sure that this amazing wonder is preserved for future generations.”
Administration’s Plan B
Under the Wilderness Act of 1964, only Congress can designate areas as wilderness, and there is little support in the Republican-controlled Congress to do so for the 12.3 million acres of ANWR. The administration could circumvent Congress by having the Interior Department issue restrictions limiting access to, the use of and transit in ANWR making it de facto wilderness.
The prospect of...
[Editor’s Note: Arkansas State Rep. Nate Bell (R-District 2) is in his third term in the Arkansas House of Representatives, serving the citizens of Polk County and part of Montgomery County. Bell serves on the committee for Education and the State Agencies and Governmental Affairs Committee.]
Burnett: At a recent American Legislative Exchange Council meeting, you sponsored a model resolution based on Heartland Institute Science Director Jay Lehr’s plan to replace the U.S. Environmental...
An article in the journal Science Bulletin, “Why Models Run Hot: Results from an Irreducibly Simple Climate Model,” has introduced a new, simple model of the climate’s response to adding carbon-dioxide to the atmosphere.
The new model tracks temperatures and temperature trends more closely than the complex climate models used by the United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).
Climate ‘Complexity’ Mistakes
The authors note each of the complex climate models used by the IPCC...
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