Martha Boneta never dreamed that she would be at the center of a battle in Virginia that will have implications for every small farmer in America. I met her last year and wrote two articles about her battle with the board of supervisors in Fauquier County. I have featured Martha in my book, “U.N. Agenda 21: Environmental Piracy.”Delegate Scott Lingamfelter R-Woodbridge introduced HB 1430, the Boneta Bill, an amendment to the Right to Farm Act of July 1, 1981. HB 1430 will expand the definition of agricultural operations to include commerce of farm-to-business and farm-to-consumer sales, including art, literature, artifacts, furniture, food, beverage, and other items incidental to agricultural operations. Items which “constitute less than a majority amount of production or sales, or less than a majority of annual revenues from such sales, are defined as part of the agricultural operation.“The bill gives persons engaged in agricultural operations a cause of action against the county or any official or employee of the county for violations of the Right to Farm Act.” Two provisions of HB 1430 are retroactive to the Right to Farm Act of 1981: expansion of the definition of agricultural operation any ordinance directed at persons, property, or activity on land that is zoned agricultural or silvicultural that seeks to restrict free speech or the right to assembly, among other rights, is null and voidThe Boneta Bill will be heard on Monday, January 28, 2013 at 5 p.m. by the Virginia House Agricultural Committee at the Virginia State Capitol – “The Pitchfork Protest Comes to Richmond.”
via The Boneta Bill in Virginia to Protect the Right to Farm.
Having spent most of my life in the deserts of Arizona I’m all too familiar with the Army Corps of Engineers.
A number of years ago the Army Corps of Engineers convinced the Apache Indians on the San Carlos Indian Reservation to remove all the large cottonwood trees along a major section of the San Carlos River. They told the Indians that it would give them more land to farm. A number of range experts told the Army Corps of Engineers that removing the cottonwood trees would make the land subject to more flooding and erosion and advised against the project.
But the Army Corps of Engineers thought they knew best and proceeded to remove the cottonwood trees from several miles of river bed. Several years later every spring rain and snowmelt in the mountains ran down through the San Carlos River bed, destroying all of the farmland in its path. The same amount of water had run years previously and then did little damage because of the natural barriers and ground protection the large cottonwood trees and other shrub presented.
via Army Corp of Engineers Deem Dry Desert Wash to be ‘Water of the United States’.
Aug 31 (Reuters Point Carbon) – President Barack Obama issued an executive order on Thursday that would increase the number of cogeneration plants in the U.S. by 50 percent by 2020, a move that would boost U.S. industrial energy efficiency and slash carbon emissions by 150 million tons per year.
The order is the administration’s latest effort to deploy cleaner and more efficient energy production in the country by working around political resistance to climate change and “green” energy legislation on Capitol Hill.
The measure aims to accelerate investments to help manufacturers expand their use of combined heat and power (CHP) facilities, which generate thermal and generating power in a single process.
The White House said increased investments in the industrial sector, which accounts for over 30 percent of energy consumed in the U.S., would improve its competitiveness, lower energy costs and reduce heat trapping emissions.
via Obama order targets industrial efficiency, emissions | Reuters.
The Obama administration proposed on Tuesday the first ever
- The administrative regions of the United States Environmental Protection Agency. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
standards to cut carbon dioxide emissions from new power plants, a move likely to be hotly contested by Republicans and industry in an election year. The Environmental Protection Agency proposed the long-delayed rules that limit emissions from all new U.S. power stations, which would effectively bar the building of any new coal plants. While the rules do not dictate which fuels a plant can burn, they would require any new coal plants essentially to halve carbon dioxide emissions to match those of efficient gas plants.
EPA Proposes Contentious Carbon Limits on Power Plants.
Thank you Mr. President: Brownouts – Blackouts – Huge increases in electric bills.
GLEN LYN, Va. — The reality of snuffing out several antiquated coal-fired power plants moved a step closer to reality on Thursday with American Electric Power issuing formal notification of the plan to retire 4,600 megawatts of power to comply with Environmental Protection Agency regulations.
“We continue to have serious concerns about the potential impact these plant retirements — and retirements of generation announced by other utilities — will have on the reliability of the electricity grid,” Nicholas K. Akins, AEP president and chief executive officer was quoted in an AEP press release as stating. “Our retiring units were required to run to meet peak demand last summer and little new generation is scheduled to come on line prior to the retirement dates to replace the lost generating capacity.”
AEP needed to retire more than 4,600 megawatts of coal-fired power to comply with EPA regulations. In addition, AEP was required to announce the plant retirements before PJM Interconnection’s auction in May that will set electric generation capacity prices from June 2015 through May 2016.
AEP’s Glen Lyn plant is among a group of several power plants scheduled to be retired on June 1, 2015, but AEP will start retiring coal-fired plants as early as Dec. 31, when it retires the Conesville 3, plant in Conesville, Ohio. AEP has already retired the 450-megawatt Sporn Plant in February.
AEP notifies organizations about plans to retire power plants » Local News » Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV.