Monday, November 27, 2023

Interior Official Bypasses Senate Rejection with Promotion by Biden Admin

 Laura Daniel-Davis received a significant promotion to acting deputy secretary of the Department of the Interior (DOI) from the Biden Administration on October 31, even though the previously nominated career government employee couldn’t pass two Senate confirmation votes to attain the role. GOP senators blocked her because of her past advocacy for far-left climate policies as an operative for the National Wildlife Federation

She replaces Tommy Beaudreau, the outgoing Interior Deputy Secretary, who the Senate confirmed to the position in June 2021 after Daniel-Davis failed two Senate confirmation votes. On January 23, 2023, the White House announced its intention to re-nominate Daniel-Davis for the number two DOI position. However, on March 10, 2023, Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV), chair of the Energy and Natural Resources Committee (ENRC), signaled that he would block her nomination from moving forward because he objected to her history of prioritizing environmental over security policy when making energy-related decisions in the DOI.

Daniel-Davis also faces a House investigation led by Reps. James Comer (R-KY) as chair of the House Oversight Committee and Bruce Westerman (R-AR) as chair of the House Natural Resources Committee regarding energy policy decisions she made in her previous position as Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Land and Minerals Management...MORE


Why would Biden nominate her again knowing she was previously rejected by the Senate? It could be that Senator Manchin has announced his intent to not run for re-election. Put her in now as Acting and send her nomination up to be forced over the objections of the weakened current chairman, who eventually voted for her in committee. Or has some closed door agreement been reached to give Manchin something he wants before leaving the Senate in return for his not killing her nomination again? And how would this fit in with his saying "I will be...traveling the country and speaking out to see if there is an interest in creating a movement to mobilize the middle and bring Americans together.” There is a rumor that he and Senator Romney may just be pursuing that.
Manchin's announcement and Biden's renomination, being so close together raises some red flags for me.
What else does this tell us?
It tells me she must be an intelligent, well organized and highly efficient individual. In other words a person who knows her way aroud Interior and can get things done. If she was a typical, run-of-the-mill appointee, I don't think the pro development types would be in such a tizzy.

Lawsuit filed against Pecos residents for illegal river barriers


It's a place for camping, fishing, and peace of mind. However, the attorney general is filing a lawsuit against certain residents for illegal activity.

Pecos is filled with camping grounds and waterways, but those enjoying the area say there are a number of eye sores popping up near sources of water like the Pecos River.

"Unfortunately, we continue to have a number of landowners across different communities that have erected these barriers," Attorney General Raul Torrez said.

These are barriers he said are illegal to erect. In October, Torrez filed a lawsuit against landowners accused of threatening people trying to enjoy the river in public spaces.

"They have to respect the law," Torrez said. "They have to respect the constitution, and they have to make sure that everyone in our community has access to public waters."

"The barrier that we identified in the lawsuit is probably one of the most egregious examples that we have in the state, but it's certainly not the only one. We have reports of landowners across the state engaging in this," Torrez said.

So what is this? We have a NM public official lecturing private citizens on having respect for the law and for the constitution?

Is this a great example of how we have a bass akwards political system in NM? Does bobcat sign smell bad? Does Dolly Parton sleep on her back? Yes, it is a great example!

US wildlife managers have no immediate plans to capture wandering Mexican gray wolf

It’s been a long journey for one lone Mexican gray wolf — from the forests of southeastern Arizona, across the dusty high desert of central New Mexico to the edge of what is known as the Yellowstone of the Southwest.

Her paws have seen hundreds of miles now over the last five months.

Having reached Valles Caldera National Preserve in northern New Mexico, she has wandered far beyond the boundaries established along the Arizona-New Mexico border for managing the rarest subspecies of gray wolf in North America. The recovery area — spanning tens of thousands of square miles — is home to more than 240 of the endangered predators.

Known to biologists by her formal name of F2754, the wolf is outfitted with a GPS collar. Data collected since her release in June in the Apache National Forest in Arizona shows she has traversed more than 650 miles (1,046 kilometers).

Environmentalists have been pushing federal managers to let the wolf be, suggesting that she’s heading north toward Colorado in search of a mate. They also pointed out that previous efforts to relocate her were unsuccessful following her first attempt to head northward last winter...more

Monday, November 20, 2023

Biden’s Pompous Jet-Setting ‘Climate Envoy’ John Kerry Attacks Farmers…AGAIN (VIDEO)

 Biden’s pompous jet-setting ‘climate envoy’ John Kerry spoke at the 2023 APEC summit.

John Kerry, the yachting, private jet-setting cosmopolitan elitist thinks he’s a farming expert. He hates farmers.

Earlier this year, John Kerry targeted family farms. Kerry said farms produce too much greenhouse gases. He wants that to stop in order to combat the climate “crisis.”

Farms also happen to produce food. Kerry is not worried about that. The global elites are not worried about that.

“A lot of people have no clue that agriculture contributes about 33% of all the emissions of the world,” Kerry said earlier this year during his keynote address. “We can’t get to net-zero, we don’t get this job done unless agriculture is front and center as part of the solution. So all of us understand here the depths of this mission.”...more

US Coast Guard seeks source of some 1.1 million gallons of crude oil in Gulf of Mexico



The U.S. Coast Guard on Monday said it was still looking for the source of a leak from an underwater pipeline off the Louisiana coast in the Gulf of Mexico that it estimated had released more than a million gallons of crude oil.

The 67-mile long pipeline was closed by Main Pass Oil Gathering Co (MPOG) on Thursday morning, after crude oil was spotted around 19 miles offshore of the Mississippi River Delta, near Plaquemines Parish, southeast of New Orleans.

"Overflight teams observed visible oil Friday moving southwest away from the Louisiana shore," the Coast Guard said, as oil recovery efforts continued and underwater devices surveyed the pipeline to find the leak's source.

While the exact volume of discharged oil was not known, the Coast Guard, which was leading the clean-up, said initial engineering calculations placed the volume of the leak at 1.1 million gallons, or 26,190 barrels...more


ESSAY: State Legislatures Have the Power to Resist Federal Tyranny

J. Christopher alexander

America’s Founders fought a bloody revolution in order to escape the “absolute despotism” to which they had been reduced under the hereditary monarchy of the British government, a system that Thomas Paine said “laid the world in blood and ashes.” After that revolution was won, the Founders’ singular focus was to create a republic that would safeguard individual freedom and state sovereignty by vesting only limited, specifically enumerated powers in a federal government. The Constitution’s first ten amendments (the Bill of Rights), Article I, Section 8 of the Constitution, as well as the Ninth and Tenth Amendments establish clear limitations on the power of the federal government and make clear that all power not specifically delegated to the federal government remains with the people, and the individual states.

Under our constitutional system, federal power is the exception, not the rule. As James Madison, the “Father of the Constitution”, wrote in Federalist Number 45, “The powers delegated by the proposed Constitution to the Federal government are few and defined. Those which are to remain in the State governments are numerous and indefinite.” An observer of the massive, often unchallenged federal overreach occurring in 2023 America who knew nothing about our Constitution or history would be surprised to learn this fact.

Our Founders were jealous guardians of state sovereignty and individual freedom, because they knew too well the dangers of an unrestrained government. The Constitution, the writings of the Founders, and the notes from the ratification conventions establish that every State that ratified the Constitution knew it was doing so with the assurance that it was retaining the vast bulk of its sovereignty, with full authority to nullify any federal law the State believed was outside the scope of its delegated authority. Without this assurance, the Constitution would never have been ratified.


Biden Admin Approved Huge Loan To Green Company As It Was Allegedly Defrauding Investors. Now Its Stock Is Tanking


The Biden administration authorized a battery recycling company to receive a massive taxpayer-funded loan for a New York facility in February 2023, months after the company had allegedly started to defraud investors.

The Department of Energy’s (DOE) Loan Programs Office (LPO) and its director, Jigar Shah, pushed Li-Cycle, a company now in dire financial condition, to apply for a LPO loan to help build its Rochester, New York, facility as early as September 2022, according to The Wall Street Journal. The DOE announced its conditional commitment to loaning $375 million to the company in February 2023, just months after Shah’s meeting.

However, in a class-action lawsuit, investors are now accusing the firm of making false statements or withholding key information about the status of the Rochester facility starting as early as June 2022, months before the reported discussions about the loan or the announcement of conditional approval. The company announced on Oct. 23 that it had paused construction on the Rochester facility.

Li-Cycle now finds itself in poor financial shape; its stock, down more than 88% year-to-date...more

Sunday, November 19, 2023

After death of 3 cows, the CDC warns of an invasive tick species spreading across the US


Asian longhorned ticks have been spotted in 19 US states, CDC says

A tick species that arrived in the Western Hemisphere in 2017 can reproduce quickly. And researchers from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control & Prevention are now sounding the alarm that Asian longhorned ticks are spreading across the United States.

The CDC warning comes after three cows in Ohio died after being bitten tens of thousands of times.

An analysis published in the Journal of Medical Entomology reveals that scientists gathered nearly 10,000 ticks in around 90 minutes at the cow pasture.

According to researchers, the ticks can reproduce quickly, hide in tall grass and survive harsh conditions...more