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EPA Empowers Environmental Extremists To Attack American Farmers

March 26, 2013 by  

EPA Empowers Environmental Extremists To Attack American Farmers
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A number of farmers are worried that Environmental Protection Agency records containing personal information about agricultural producers in more than 30 States will be used maliciously by environmental extremists.

In response to a Freedom of Information Act request by a coalition of environmental groups including Earth Justice, the Pew Charitable Trust and the Natural Resources Defense Council, the EPA handed over records containing personal information about American livestock farmers collected under the authority of the Clean Water Act.

“When we reviewed the information submitted by the states and released by EPA, we were alarmed at the detail of the information provided on hard working family farmers and ranchers, family operations including my own,” said former National Cattlemen’s Beef Association president J.D. Alexander, a cattle farmer in Nebraska.

“It is beyond comprehension to me that with threats to my family from harassment atop bio-security concerns, that EPA would gather this information only to release it to these groups. This information details my family’s home address and geographic coordinates. The only thing it doesn’t do is chauffeur these extremists to my house. For some operations, even telephone numbers and deceased relatives are listed.”

A provision in the Act required large livestock and poultry operations to get Clean Water Act permits under the assumption that they might discharge contaminants into waterways. In order to determine which farms had to comply,  EPA officials gathered data on livestock operations in more than 30 States, including many family farmers who feed less than 1,000 head and are not subject to regulation under the Clean Water Act.

The provision that allowed the EPA to collect the data was later nullified by a Federal appeals court, which ruled that the agency had overstepped its authority in gathering the information on farms that did not directly discharge into waterways. But the EPA continued its data collection efforts by soliciting information from State water agencies.

Representative Rick Crawford (R-Ark.) has spent the past several weeks working to hold the EPA accountable for the collection and release of the information.

“I have serious concerns over the EPA’s release of this information, particularly regarding individual privacy rights and possible bio-security threats to the nation’s food supply,” he said in a recent statement. “Releasing this type of information makes producers potential targets of harassment, or even bio-terrorism. Unfortunately, this release of information is yet another example of the EPA’s overreach into the lives of hardworking individuals in rural America.”

Sam Rolley

Staff writer Sam Rolley began a career in journalism working for a small town newspaper while seeking a B.A. in English. After learning about many of the biases present in most modern newsrooms, Rolley became determined to find a position in journalism that would allow him to combat the unsavory image that the news industry has gained. He is dedicated to seeking the truth and exposing the lies disseminated by the mainstream media at the behest of their corporate masters, special interest groups and information gatekeepers.

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  • RivahMitch

    EPA and enviro-folks could make good fertilizer.

  • cleanwater2

    The EPA must be refunded now. They are lairs about the environment.
    New Discovery: NASA Study Proves Carbon Dioxide Cools Atmosphere

    Written by H. Schreuder & J. O’Sullivan

    A recent NASA report throws the space agency into conflict with climatologists after new NASA measurements prove that carbon dioxide acts as a coolant in Earth’s atmosphere.

    NASA’s Langley Research Center has collated data proving that “greenhouse gases” actually block no less than 95 percent of harmful solar rays from our planet, thus reducing the heating impact of the sun. The data was collected by Sounding of the Atmosphere using Broadband Emission Radiometry, (or SABER). SABER monitors infrared emissions from Earth’s upper atmosphere, in particular from carbon dioxide (CO2) and nitric oxide (NO), two substances thought to be playing a key role in the energy balance of air hundreds of miles above our planet’s surface.

    NASA’s Langley Research Center instruments show that the thermosphere not only received a whopping 26 billion kilowatt hours of energy from the sun during a recent burst of solar activity, but that the upper atmospheric carbon dioxide and nitrous oxide molecules sent as much as 95% of that straight back out into space.

    The shock revelation starkly contradicts the core proposition of the so-called greenhouse gas theory which claims that more CO2 means more warming for our planet. However, this compelling new NASA data more likely serves as the final nail in the junk science global warming coffin and a huge embarrassment for NASA’s chief climatologist, Dr James Hansen over at NASA’s GISS.

    Already, leading international climatologists have been in full retreat after having to concede there has been no global warming for 16 years despite levels of atmopheric CO2 rising almost 40 percent in recent decades. The new SABER data now forms part of a real world double whammy against climatologists’ computer models that have always been programmed to show CO2 as a warming gas.

    As NASA’s SABER team at Langley admits:

    “This is a new frontier in the sun-Earth connection,” says associate principal investigator Martin Mlynczak, “and the data we’re collecting are unprecedented.”

    Over at Principia Scientific International (PSI) greenhouse gas effect (GHE) critic, Alan Siddons is hailing the findings. Siddons and his colleagues have been winning support from hundreds of independent scientists for their GHE studies carried out over the last seven years. PSI has proved that the numbers fed into computer models by Hansen and others were based on a faulty interpretation of the laws of thermodynamics. PSI also recently uncovered long overlooked evidence from the American Meteorological Society (AMS) that shows it was widely known the GHE was discredited prior to 1951. [1]

    ***

    As the SABER research report states:

    A recent flurry of eruptions on the sun did more than spark pretty auroras around the poles. NASA-funded researchers say the solar storms of March 8th through 10th dumped enough energy in Earth’s upper atmosphere to power every residence in New York City for two years.

    “This was the biggest dose of heat we’ve received from a solar storm since 2005,” says Martin Mlynczak of NASA Langley Research Center. “It was a big event, and shows how solar activity can directly affect our planet.”

    As PSI’s own space scientists have confirmed, as solar energy penetrates deeper into our atmosphere, even more of its energy will end up being sent straight back out to space, thus preventing it heating up the surface of our earth. The NASA Langley Research Center report agrees with PSI by admitting:

    “Carbon dioxide and nitric oxide are natural thermostats,” explains James Russell of Hampton University, SABER’s principal investigator. “When the upper atmosphere (or ‘thermosphere’) heats up, these molecules try as hard as they can to shed that heat back into space.”

    part of article removed to fit on page . Full article will be posted later.

    • Right Brain Thinker

      cleanwater2 arrives on the scene to throw AGW denier horsepucky against the wall in hopes that some of it will stick. He says “part of article removed to fit on page . Full article will be posted later”. PLEASE spare us!—-the portion here is full of enough lies and distortion—-we don’t need the rest of it.

      Any mention of Principia and O’Sullivan immediately destroys the credibility of whatever follows. An early suopporter and member of Principia is PLD’s own resident crackpot scientist—-oliver manuel—-which further destroys its credibility. Principia is so far out on the denier scale that it borders on “wacko”.
      The mention of SABER and the findings from it are totally distorted, as in:

      “New Discovery: NASA Study Proves Carbon Dioxide Cools Atmosphere”—-greatly distorted—-the SABER study was looking only at a limited portion of the atmosphere during limited events—-this is a massive overreach.

      “A recent NASA report throws the space agency into conflict with climatologists after new NASA measurements prove that carbon dioxide acts as a coolant in Earth’s atmosphere” Simply untrue beyond the limited relevance mentioned above..

      “NASA’s Langley Research Center has collated data proving that “greenhouse gases” actually block no less than 95 percent of harmful solar rays from our planet, thus reducing the heating impact of the sun. The data was collected by Sounding of the Atmosphere using Broadband Emission Radiometry, (or SABER). SABER monitors infrared emissions from Earth’s upper atmosphere, in particular from carbon dioxide (CO2) and nitric oxide (NO), two substances thought to be playing a key role in the energy balance of air hundreds of miles above our planet’s surface”. Another misrepresentation of fact. AGW is accelerated by those same gases reflecting back to the surface the rays that DO reach the Earth’s surface as they are reradiated—that is what produces the “warming” and it is irrelevant to talk about what doesn’t get through in the first place..

      “NASA’s Langley Research Center instruments show that the thermosphere not only received a whopping 26 billion kilowatt hours of energy from the sun during a recent burst of solar activity, but that the upper atmospheric carbon dioxide and nitrous oxide molecules sent as much as 95% of that straight back out into space” True but irrelevant as above. The “recent burst of solar activity” referred to lasted only two days and was mostly the normal amount of radiation, with the “burst” being merely “icing on the cake”.

      “The shock revelation starkly contradicts the core proposition of the so-called greenhouse gas theory which claims that more CO2 means more warming for our planet. However, this compelling new NASA data more likely serves as the final nail in the junk science global warming coffin and a huge embarrassment for NASA’s chief climatologist, Dr James Hansen over at NASA’s GISS”
      This approaches the status of an outright lie—-there is no “shock” and nothing is “compelling” in the data except the lengths the deniers are willing to go to to confuse the issue. In actuality, over the last few years, more and more nails have been hammered INTO the “junk science” coffin of the DENIERS, in spite of protestations such as these..

      “Already, leading international climatologists have been in full retreat after having to concede there has been no global warming for 16 years despite levels of atmospheric CO2 rising almost 40 percent in recent decades. The new SABER data now forms part of a real world double whammy against climatologists’ computer models that have always been programmed to show CO2 as a warming gas”.
      We are now in the world of absolute untruths—-at least three in this paragraph.

      “As NASA’s SABER team at Langley admits”—-the word “admits” is misused—NASA admits nothing that supports the horsepucky here—-they merely STATE observations.

      “This is a new frontier in the sun-Earth connection,” says associate principal investigator Martin Mlynczak, “and the data we’re collecting are unprecedented.”
      Dr. Mlynczak woiuld likely be quite upset to find his words being misused in this way.

      As far as “Over at Principia Scientific International…..” goes, the only “support of independent scientists” they have won is from the deniers, most of whom are NOT climate scientists, hence the need for the “independent” tag.

      “As the SABER research report states:”

      “A recent flurry of eruptions on the sun did more than spark pretty auroras around the poles. NASA-funded researchers say the solar storms of March 8th through 10th dumped enough energy in Earth’s upper atmosphere to power every residence in New York City for two years”

      Guess what, folks? The average amount of radiation back from the entire surface is of the earth is enough to power NYC for 200,000 years (100,000 times as much), and DO remember that much of this this little “burst” never got through to the surface anyway.

      “This was the biggest dose of heat we’ve received from a solar storm since 2005,” says Martin Mlynczak of NASA Langley Research Center. “It was a big event, and shows how solar activity can directly affect our planet.” Again, Dr. M’s words are being badly misused.

      “As PSI’s own space scientists have confirmed, as solar energy penetrates deeper into our atmosphere, even more of its energy will end up being sent straight back out to space, thus preventing it heating up the surface of our earth”

      “The NASA Langley Research Center report agrees with PSI by admitting”: (Again, there is no ADMISSION of anything thaty supports the PSI horsepucky—-the statements from NASA are being misused to support untruths.

      “Carbon dioxide and nitric oxide are natural thermostats,” explains James Russell of Hampton University, SABER’s principal investigator. “When the upper atmosphere (or ‘thermosphere’) heats up, these molecules try as hard as they can to shed that heat back into space.” Also misused and largely Irrelevant anyway. It’s the radiation that makes it through to the earth’s surface that is contributing to AGW, not what is reflected back.

  • irish1025

    Look’s like more of the same from “our dear leader”.They want control of the food supply because they know control the food supply control the population. I’m really beginning to wonder that movie called The Hunger Games is it supposed to be based on future reality or doe’s hollywood know something we don’t? I personally have never bought into that line of BS about global warming it is funny to see these so-called experts proven wrong though! also this EPA need’s to be disbanded and defunded our constitution doe’s not provide for an EPA anyway those associated with that agency are nothing more than eco-terrorist’s,I wouldn’t want them on my farm if I had one either.

  • Hedgehog

    I GOT IT!, I GOT IT, A REVELATION! For years doctors have been telling us that health is a matter of diet. They are so right! EAT MORE GREENS, they say, right on! How could we have missed the message? Save the animals, EAT MORE GREENS! Protect the ecosphere, EAT MORE GREENS! PETA pie, spaghetti ALFredo, wild ELF steaks, EPAcurian feasts, GREEN PIECE SALAD, the list is endless! We could start with frogs legs (sorry Kermit) and work up to full blown homophagia. No food shortage, Atkins type or Ketogenic diet, population reduction. Many GREENS are criminals, so we’d be reducing crime and recycling an undesirable element. What’s even better, the food is practically organic, if somewhat deficient in taste. Where do we get the names and addresses? My tongue is firmly in my cheek just thinking of it!

    • Vicki

      Soylent GREEN.

  • ToughGuy1

    Obama and his extremists going put Farmers out of business. Put Obama, and his extremists out of business. Impeach Obama!

  • JUKEBOX

    Some 20 years ago, I joked about the EPA requiring farmers to place a device on every animal of theirs to collect their flatulence. A few months ago, I heard that the EPA was actually studying the effect of animal flatulence on the atmosphere. I never realized that my joke would come to fruitition under our whacko government.

    • bxarmybrat

      When a federal agency gets billions of dollars a year to spend they have to find something to spend it on. It is definitely past time to disband this agency and let the states enforce their own rules within existing federal standards.

    • TheTruthHurts

      …its not a joke, its science; methane is one of the largest producers of the greenhouse effect. Cows, buildings & roads top producers of greenhouse emissions. Why would people neglect scientific findings to push their own personal & selfish agenda?

      If one of the tenets of conservatism is to make life sustainable over a prolonged period of time (as opposed to short term improvements which may be deleterious to our ability to thrive in the long term), why would we accept some things yet reject others?

      It is analogous to smoking cigarettes & the huge battle thats been fought with big tobacco saying that nicotine isnt addictive, or that cigs do not contribute to certain types of cancer.

      Even if it was plausible that either of these events (smoking cigs:cancer as methane:greenhouse effect) could be harmful, why take the risk? Additionally, eating animal meat is very unproductive for the environment & requires significantly more resources, absolutely not sustainable (I’m speaking of large ranches as in the documentaries Frankensteer, Forks over Knives, Veducated etc…)

    • Ted Crawford

      Their newest attempt is to create a devise for accurately monitering our breathing. Once it’s prefected, they plan to levy a tax (consumption tax) when we inhale, with a different tax (pollution tax) levied upon exhaling!

  • http://eyebooger.wordpress.com glitterbug143

    Monsanto is causing the largest bio-security threat to our nation’s food supply. I think it is pretty rash to jump to the conclusion that groups like Earth Justice are environmental extremists. I think those bioengineering companies putting farmers out of business should be more of a threat. Considering former employees of Monsanto are in the EPA, I wouldn’t be surprised if this was somehow their idea to collect their data. In any event, shouldn’t we all want to prevent toxicity from animal waste? Is that such a bad thing?

  • Doc Sarvis

    Animal Rights groups may go after big corporate operations but family farms are not their focus. Most of this very information is public record. Anyone could find a property with livestock on a map, go to the courthouse, and find out information about the owner of the land (lots of that information is available on county websites now).

  • FreedomFighter

    Agenda 21 in action — to steal all farmland, move you into citys, make you dependent.

    Behind The Green Mask: U.N. Agenda 21
    http://www.infowarsshop.com/-Books_c_22.html

    Read it and weep.

    Laus Deo
    Semper FI

  • dan

    Mississippi seems to have found a solution to the Agenda 21/EPA minions….

  • Robert Smith

    The fear: “This information details my family’s home address and geographic coordinates. ”

    Ummmm, how hard is it to look at a farm and see the house?

    Have any farmers ACTUALLY had any difficulty from anyone if they are compliant with the laws?

    Looks to me like more fear mongering from the right.

    Rob

  • Robert Smith

    Looks to me like the corporate right wing extremists want to be able to put animal poop anywhere they want to. But, look at the bright side. If they can keep their guns they can shoot the flies.

    Rob

  • ra

    you are so right. These “American farmers” that have the confinement hog operations and massive dairy farms are foreigners and doing their dirty work here because their home country does not allow this type of operation.

  • czman75

    This is the correct answer. Our new socialist regime wants to move everyone into the cities for control purposes. Food will come from overseas, mostly china.

  • Right Brain Thinker

    Yep, just more fear-mongering and pandering to the paranoid. I am a member of the NRDC and calling it an “extremist” group is laughable, although not as laughable as concern over “possible bio-security threats to the nation’s food supply”. Lord love a duck!—–do the right wing nuts not know the meaning of “excess”?

  • LAW 14

    My parents, who raised cattle and hay, no feedlot, were vandalized by ELF and Earth First. You might not think vandalizing machinery is a big deal, but a line of haying equipment can run nearly a quarter of a million dollars to replace. You would be ticked off it was yours.

  • alpha-lemming

    Yep…. right-wing fear mongering… triggered by left-wing encroachment. Obeying the law is irrelevant to the ALF/ELF PETA types, and I do know farmers who’ve been the recipients of their very special brand of commie “concern” for the planet. Algae and tofu are the only acceptable foods and people SHOULD spend $60/3pk of t-shirts…. hand-knit (0 carbon foot-print y’know) and harvested only from free-range, humane treatment cotton plants….

  • JUKEBOX

    Do you have any concept of corporate farmers like Archer Daniels Midland controlling all farm crops with their GENETICALLY MODIFIED foods that produce sterile seeds. In this way, they are depriving the average citizen of raising a crop or a garden.

  • FreedomFighter

    Behind The Green Mask: U.N. Agenda 21
    http://www.infowarsshop.com/-Books_c_22.html

    Read it and weep

    Laus Deo
    Semper FI

  • alpha-lemming

    Just out of curiosity….. if a “natural resource” (i.e. occuring in nature… having use, value and public benefit) needs “defending”…. doesn’t that put it off-limits??? which means it isn’t a resource?? which means.. what.. we have no natural resources???… but we need a NRDC????……… Progressive logic gives me a headache.

  • http://gillysrooms.blogspot.com Gilly from Australia

    In my opinion private information should remain private and the consequences of releasing of the private information will add to the already suspicious minds of the farming community and when confidence is lost, the information collected becomes less truthful, thereby corrupting the process and basis upon which decisions are made up the food chain of command back down to farmers.

    Farmers are already aware of the effects contaminants can have on the value of their produce and your not telling them anything new that they need to dispose of contaminants in a responsible manner otherwise they will be contributing to the devaluation of their own landholdings. Now instead of trying to bash the farmers why not get your acts together and chase up the chemical companies who are selling soil destroying chemicals.

    In Australia there are already pockets of still fertile farmlands which can not be used for vegetable growing due to the Dieldren fiasco some 40 years ago….the rich chocolate volcanic soils can only be used to grow non edible flowers and meat animal grazing is prohibited for who knows how long, due to chemical companies not being held to account for what they were then selling and doubt whether much has changed.

    Food lot buyers are increasingly getting soil tests before they invest their money in any large or small landholdings, so the incentive in already self evident by current farmers who will suffer serious financial loss if their land is found to be contaminated by nasty chemicals, and dont need to be harrassed by the EPA trying to justify themselves by becoming a land god.

    If your government want farmers to keep growing food then dont try the Russian solution by socialising land use. It did not work in Russia or China so dont start it in USA or Australia where people are starting to realise the Greens Party infested EPA are red russian socialists or communists would be a better truer name. The Greens have been infiltrated by the commos who are doing their upmost to distrupt our food production in the west and the lazy politicians on both sides are letting it happen. Reality is no paranoia.

  • Nan

    Well, yes, we DO know the meaning of ‘excess’ & the EPA provides the perfect example of the term. Their over reach has given us EXCESSIVE fuel prices, EXCESSIVE utility bills, EXCESSIVE prices for cars, EXCESSIVE costs for light bulbs, EXCESSIVE & idiotic laws that prohibit growth, deny rights, push the middle class further down the road to oblivion, EXCESSIVE interference in industry–just ask some former loggers–EXCESSIVE & murderous actions that have caused the deaths of millions, the majority children, from malaria when a few cents of DDT would prevent them, more costly AND dangerous inhalers for asthma sufferers, dishwashing detergent that’s been deleted of the one ingredient that makes it work better & last longer, thus it costs more since you need MORE, then you have more empty plasltic containers to dispose of. EXCESSIVE regulations that curb the use of coal, cost miners jobs, & the public higher bills. So, yeah, I certainly know the meaning of EXCESS & can’t think of any better example of it than the horrific, Nazi-like EPA. The demolition of the EPA would do the entire world a huge favor!

  • Ted Crawford

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  • old hillbilly

    vandals & thieves too

  • STEVE E.

    and liberals too.

  • Right Brain Thinker

    Actually, a-lem, it would appear that “just plain” logic is what is giving you the headache.
    Man, as well as all living things, exploits “natural resources”—-that’s “nature’s way”.

    The problem has been that certain humans (the “greedy rich”) seek to exploit certain natural resources for excess private gain while doing much damage to them and others.

    That’s why there needs to be some ‘defending” going on. That’s “just plain logic”—-you ought to flush out those right wing “talking points” so that there’s more room in your brain for real thinking.

  • alpha-lemming

    Thanx for clearing that up…… the “Commune Solution”. So to eliminate greed, and make sure evrything’s fair, kindly suggest an earnings cap for all Americans. They can obviously earn more, but it’d be at a 100% tax rate… so what’s enough for everyone in your estimation?? 30K?? 40K?? It’d do wonders to cut down un-neccessary travel… the air would be cleaner… we could get rid of those “excess” companies like Rolls, Mercedes, Lear jets,, Cigarette boats…. just give everyone a Smart Car…. no more steaks or 5-star restaurants… self-esteem will EXPLODE ‘cuz they won’t have to look at all those “rich” things that were???…. I guess stolen according to you…. You REALLY need to run for President… I think this plan would sell to the citizenry…. don’t you??

  • Right Brain Thinker

    Alpha-lem obviously hasn’t flushed out all the right wing “talking points”, so he is just parroting them here rather than trying to think logically about what I said. The “commune” is the entire biosphere—-all life on the planet—–and defending it is NOT a political issue but one of science and morality. Too bad a-lem just wants to talk politics when we have a serious issue before us.

  • dan

    EPA would do well to get an ENVIRONMENtAL IMPACT STATEMENT from the clowns spraying Boron ,Aluminium and Strontium for weather modification in the states…I wonder if it’s practiced in OZ or other parts of the world ?
    http://truthmediaproductions.blogspot.com/

  • Betty FROM TEXAS

    EPA people need to get out and find a job and let God handle the World.

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