Saturday, October 26, 2013

From the American Policy Center Newswire

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Tom DeWeese, President
Kathleen Marquardt, Editor


This article is written by Mark Fitzgibbons. He is an attorney and has been heavily involved in the fight to help Martha Boneta. and the county government's assault against her small farm. In fact, Mark helped author and lead the fight for the bill in the Virginia Legislature that became known as the Boneta Bill. The bad guys, including the Piedmont Environmental Council, the Virginia Association of Counties and the State Farm Bureau - groups which say they defend the small farmer - rushed to stop the Boneta Bill. In the process they exposed themselves as enemies of small farmers. The Farm Bureau, which fought against the bill - to the shock of many, actually lost membership over it. These powerful forces, which thought they safely controlled everything in the Virginia state legislature, are furious that Martha has caused them so much pain, calling her "That Woman!"

This battle is a model that other property rights defenders across the nation should work to copy. - Tom DeWeese

Virginia Farmer Starts Property Rights Legal Revolution
Long and growing is the list of property rights abuses by federal agencies such as the Environmental Protection Agency. Even at the state level, wetlands and other laws are being used to invade and destroy private property rights.

Last term, the United States Supreme Court in Koontz v. St. Johns River Water Management District brushed back the government on its bullying treatment of private property owners, but the case was remanded for further litigation.

Private property owners can go bankrupt litigating to defend and protect their property rights, and government bureaucrats and lawyers rely on that as part of their strategy to push their extortive agendas. Property owners have skin in the game; government bureaucrats and lawyers do not...
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How Fracking Helps Meet America’s Energy Needs
Crude oil prices are hovering around $100 per barrel, and the United States is producing oil at a rate not seen since the Alaska pipeline began flowing in the 1970s. At the same time, the growth of natural gas reserves is unprecedented. Just a few short years ago, many analysts argued that oil was nearly tapped out, and that America needed to plan for a post-petroleum future. Now, however, natural gas has taken the stage.

Hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, has created a revolution in U.S. oil and natural gas production. Fracking is the injection of a fluid mixture of water, sand and a small amount of other additives injected deep in the ground to fracture rock formations. This process releases isolated pockets of oil and gas trapped in the surrounding shale rock that are otherwise inaccessible. Fracking has been used since 1949, but recent high prices drove the development of new technologies to open up shale formations. Advancements, such as horizontal drilling, coupled with increasing global demand for oil and domestic demand for natural gas, have turned shale drilling into a bright spot for the U.S. economy.

Fracking and Natural Gas. Natural gas has become the fuel of choice for generating base load electricity - the minimum amount of power needed 24 hours a day. Gas is still the preferred fuel for peaking power dispatched to the electric grid during times of peak demand. In addition, many bus and commercial truck companies are converting their fleets to natural gas...
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Private-Public Water Partnership, UN Agenda 21 Private-Public Water Partnership, UN Agenda 21
Canada Free Press | “The UN report also recommended that water should be rationed for sustainable food production in agriculture. We know what happened in San Joaquin Valley, California, a few years ago when the fate of a tiny fish (the smelt) overrode the survival of thousands of acres of farms and orchards. Hundreds of farmers who had raised fruits and vegetables for generations were bankrupted when water for irrigation was withheld in spite of national protests.

Nicknamed “The Food Basket of the World” for its 12.8% contribution to the U.S. food production that comes from California, the eight county San Joaquin Valley has another unique problem. Because of environmental opposition to urban sprawl, the eight counties adopted another UN Agenda 21 pet project, the “regional blueprint planning process” that will result in denser high-rise developments and more public transportation. Would the land thus saved be designated for agriculture? Not necessarily because UN Agenda 21 proponents are fond of re-wilding...
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Government Forced Kid Cages
The Cal Report | “In parts of New Mexico children have no choice but to wait for their school bus inside of cages. These “kid cages” are the result of government agencies abuse of the Endangered Species Act. The United States Fish & Wildlife Service has placed wolves in populated areas where they have become an economic burden for small business owners, infringed upon private property rights, burdened taxpayers with management costs, and placed fear in the hearts of those who have to deal with them on a daily basis.” What you are seeing is the Wildlands coming to fruition. What I would like to see is people’s eyes opening. When are the average Joe and Jane going to wake up? Probably never... [Click here to read the full article]

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