As fire season starts to heat up and dramatic images of damage from fires in the West blanket the news…
States find that they are out of luck if they are looking for military fire-fighting equipment to help fight fires.
Why? Because military trucks don’t meet EPA standards. WTF?.. Smoke that.
The issue is that the Department of Defense froze two programs that supply communities with trucks, pumps, generators and engine parts.
The reason behind the freeze appears to be an agreement made between the DOD and the EPA that prohibits the transfer and use of federal vehicles that don’t meet emission reduction targets.
…”Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) standards are to blame for a freeze in a Pentagon program that provides military equipment to fire departments for fighting wildfires, according to a group of bipartisan senators.”..
SYDNEY — Jul 16, 2014, 9:52 PM ET
…”Australia’s government repealed a much-maligned carbon tax on the nation’s worst greenhouse gas polluters on Thursday, ending years of contention over a measure that became political poison for the lawmakers who imposed it.”…
The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), a federal agency tasked with enforcing workplace discrimination laws, is suing a private American business for firing a group of Hispanic and Asian employees over their inability to speak English at work, claiming that the English-language requirement in a U.S. business constitutes “discrimination.”
From CSN News Reports:
“Judicial Watch reported Tuesday that the government is accusing Wisconsin Plastics, Inc. of violating Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which prohibits discrimination based on “national origin.” The government argues this includes the “linguistic characteristics of a national origin group.”
Tired of waiting for the U.S. to make a decision, the Canadian Government has decided to build a pipeline that will carry oil to its own ports so that the oil can be shipped to Asia.
OUT WITH KEYSTONE XL, IN WITH ENBRIDGE NORTHERN GATEWAY
Claiming it could no longer abide the Obama administration’s five-year refusal to approve construction of the Keystone XL pipeline designed to bring 830,000 barrels a day of much-needed Alberta shale oil to U.S. refineries, the Canadian government recently approved plans for a huge new pipeline and port project to ship that oil to Asia instead.
When completed, the $7.9 billion Enbridge Northern Gateway Project, approved by Canada’s federal government on June 17, will consist of an environmentally safe, 730-mile oil pipeline. It will be capable of moving 600,000 barrels a day of Alberta oil to the pacific coast town of Kitimat, British Columbia, where a new state-of-the-art super tanker port facility will be built to ship the oil to thirsty Asian ports.