This week’s wrap-up has six stories that were passed over by the "liberal" media
Federal Bureau of Investigation Has "War Crime File"
WASHINGTON (May 21, 2008) – Federal Bureau of Investigation agents in 2002 created a “war crimes file” to document accusations against American military personnel stationed at Guantánamo Bay Naval Base. The Justice Department inspector general issued a 438-page report reviews the F.B.I.’s "war crimes file" and discusses the conflict between the F.B.I. and the C.I.A. over interrogation techniques.
Tufts University Researchers released a report estimating that doing nothing about global warming will cost the U.S. $3.8 trillion annually or 3.6 percent GNP
WASHINGTON (May 22, 2008) – A report released today by researchers at Tufts University, commissioned by the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), presents two ways of estimating the costs of inaction on climate change, both leading to staggering bottom lines. A comprehensive estimate, based on state-of-the-art computer modeling, finds that doing nothing on global warming will cost the United States economy more than 3.6 percent of GDP – or $3.8 trillion annually (in today’s dollars) – by 2100. On the other hand, a detailed, bottom-up analysis finds that just four categories of global warming impacts — hurricane damage ($422 billion), real estate losses ($360 billion), increased energy costs ($141 billion) and water costs ($950 billion) — will add up to a price tag of 1.8 percent of U.S. GDP, or almost $1.9 trillion annually (in today’s dollars) by 2100.
The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals rules against the conservative Republican Bush administration and rules that the oil and gas industry must comply with the requirements of the Clean Water Act
SAN FRANCISCO (May 23, 2008) – A federal court struck down a rule exempting oil and gas development projects from pollution-prevention requirements of the Clean Water Act. The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled against the Environmental Protection Agency in a case brought by the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC). The decision will help protect thousands of streams throughout the West from sediment contamination caused by energy exploration and development, according to NRDC.
New Department of Energy Report Says Drilling in ANWR Would Reduce Crude Oil Price Only 75 Cents Per Barrel
WASHINGTON (May 23, 2008) – In a report requested by Senator Ted Stevens (R – Alaska) last December, the Department of Energy’s Energy Information Administration indicated that drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) would only reduce the price of crude oil about 75 cents per barrel. Even if ANWR were opened today, the first oil would take about 10 years to hit the market.
USDA plans do to away the annual survey of national pesticide use
WASHINGTON (May 28, 2008) – USDA plans do to away with tracking national pesticide use. Without the survey, farmers and consumers will have to use less reliable and incomplete privately collected data.
"If you don’t know what’s being used, then you don’t know what to look for," said Charles Benbrook, chief scientist at The Organic Center, a nonprofit in Enterprise, Ore. "In the absence of information, people can be lulled into thinking that there are no problems with the use of pesticides on food in this country."
Eliminating the program "will mean farmers will be subjected to conjecture and allegations about their use of chemicals and fertilizer," said Don Lipton, a spokesman for the American Farm Bureau. "Given the historic concern about chemical use by consumers, regulators, activist groups and farmers, it’s probably not an area where lack of data is a good idea."
Pesticide companies also rely on the program when they’re looking to reregister agricultural chemicals, said Beth Carroll, a senior stewardship manager with Syngenta Crop Protection, Inc.
U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service acting administrator, Joe Reilly said the agency didn’t have the funds to run the $8 million the survey requires.
This is part of the conservative Republican program to reduce the size of the Federal government by starving it of funds to operate.
Are Cell Phones Safe?
LONDON (April 19, 2008) – Science studies done so far have produced contradictorily results. A recent study published in New Scientist links cell phone use and cancer. When cell phones were invented, manufacturers received an exemption from the U.S. Congress relieving them of the duty to prove the safety of cell phones.