Don't confuse smaller government with more efficient government

Environmental Economics

Lawmakers say they are making government more efficient without endangering the environment or public health and emphasize that their changes have nothing to do with the Dan River spill. It seems that they are simply trying to reduce the size of government, cut income taxes and increase private sector profitability

The government controls

Green (Living) Review

by Michael Smith (Veshengro) The government controls our water supply (including, in many places in the USA the rainwater, making rainwater harvesting illegal), our food supply, our medical supply, our media, our armed forces, our police. In short, the government controls everything, including and especially each and every one of us. The fact is that we do not seem to (be able) to control the government, and that is what we should be able to do. We need no government, period!

Government: It's all about control

Green (Living) Review

by Michael Smith (Veshengro) Government is all about control and absolutely nothing else regardless what we are being told. A free people do not need to have anyone lord it over them, no king and not government, however democratic it claims to be. Everywhere government of one kind or another tells the people what they can do and what they cannot do and for most activities the people require a permit – against payment – from said governments.

British government evading green governance

Green (Living) Review

By Michael Smith (Veshengro) Conservative UK Prime Minister David Cameron is failing at his now a little over a year old vow to lead the “greenest government ever,” according to a scathing report released in May 2011 by environmental group Friends of the Earth. Cameron had made the promise days after taking office as head of a coalition government with Britain’s Liberal Democrat party last May, noting that he “cares passionately” about the environment.

Government bought authors?

Green (Living) Review

At the same time, in both cases, the authors stated that wind and solar are dead-end technologies requiring permanent government subsidies without being able to provide for the needs. To make claims that wind and solar are dead-end technologies requiring permanent government subsidies without being able to provide for the needs are not only very spurious and misleading but are, in fact, extremely dangerous for us and the Planet.

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Government as footpads – Denmark

Green (Living) Review

by Michael Smith (Veshengro) The right-conservative government of Denmark is trying to do everything possible to deter refugees and migrants from coming into the country. The Minister for Justice and Immigration, Søren Pind, has this kind of highway robbery defended recently on government television stating that the income from those confiscations shall used as a part contribution to cover the expenses incurred by accommodating and feeding the refugees.

The people shall govern

Green (Living) Review

by Michael Smith (Veshengro) This is often used as an excuse to create a supposedly democratic government that then operates a business as usual with professional politicians. Nowhere can I read in any of those statements that say “the people shall govern” anything of a government and the US Constitution where it, apparently states a government for the people by the people of the people also does not mean that the people govern. People governing themselves.

"Most Americans Support Government Action on Climate Change, Poll Finds"

Environmental Economics

From the inbox: An overwhelming majority of the American public, including nearly half of Republicans, support government action to curb global warming , according to a poll conducted by The New York Times, Stanford University and the nonpartisan environmental research group Resources for the Future.

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UK Government Introduces New Policy for Renewable Energy Producers

Green Prophet

The government of the United Kingdom has announced their new energy policy, which is called Smart Export Guarantee. The new scheme has its critics who say that the UK government should encourage citizens to use renewable energy instead of withdrawing support from it, but others argue that the new policy is to support the UK’s economy. While it was uncertain what the government would do in response to the criticism, they have now introduced the Smart Export Guarantee.

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Children need more brainwashing time, says government

Green (Living) Review

by Michael Smith (Veshengro) The British government wants children “learning” in school from 8am to 6pm or thereabouts and also have less vacation time. Yes, we must; the Minister and the government. And thus the government clamors for a longer school day and shorter and less vacation time. government control brainwashing public school government indoctrination

Is it possible for the federal government to raise taxes?

Environmental Economics

Federal duck stamps are annual permits sold by the federal government to hunt migratory waterfowl. 5069 contains no intergovernmental mandates as defined in the Unfunded Mandates Reform Act (UMRA) and would impose no costs on state, local, or tribal governments. Under this assumption the benefits of a government program is the government revenue and the cost is the government expenditures. Here is one we are watching closely: H.R.

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Government council cuts are punishing the most vulnerable

Green (Living) Review

by Michael Smith (Veshengro) Mass scale cuts to council budgets will lead to the death of local government and heap punishment on the most vulnerable, as ministers announce a further 2.9 Local government workers, who have already suffered a £3,544 cut in pay since 2010, will be pushed deeper into poverty as they are forced into a jobs versus wages tussle. austerity Austerity Britain Britain British government government UK UK government

Government advice for winter

Green (Living) Review

by Michael Smith (Veshengro) Now that British Summer Time has ended, and winter is seriously knocking at the door, the government says that now is a good time to think about what winter weather preparations you, your family and community may need to make.

"Should Governments Use a Declining Discount Rate in Project Analysis?"

Environmental Economics

Weitzman: Should governments use a discount rate that declines over time when evaluating the future benefits and costs of public projects? Kenneth J. Arrow, Maureen L. Cropper, Christian Gollier, Ben Groom, Geoffrey M. Heal, Richard G. Newell, William D. Nordhaus, Robert S. Pindyck, William A. Pizer, Paul R. Portney, Thomas Sterner, Richard S. Tol, and Martin L.

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Yes, the federal government does close stuff down

Environmental Economics

Surrounded by three university labs, it’s one of a handful of oceanography hubs in the nation and the only government research center between New Jersey and Miami studying Atlantic fish populations. So it came as a surprise when the federal government proposed doing away with the ocean science laboratory, which opened in 1899. What will happen to the lab’s 31 government contractors is less clear. 

2014 139

UK government plans for ancient woodlands get the axe

Green (Living) Review

by Michael Smith (Veshengro) It is a great relief to learn from the Independent that Ex-Environment Secretary Owen Paterson''s proposed biodiversity offsetting scheme has been dropped by the Government. This was the selfsame Minister of the Environment who also stated that there was no problem with the HS2 high-speed train line cutting through ancient woodlands as the government would simply move those woods to elsewhere. Britain UK UK government woodlands

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Keith Taylor MEP: Tory manifesto scraps 'greenest government' pledge for 'energy extremist government'

Green (Living) Review

Theresa May is abandoning the Tory promise to be the 'greenest government' and instead pledging to be an 'energy extremist government'. PRESS RELEASE Keith Taylor, Green Party MEP for the South East, has slammed the Conservative Party's manifesto pledge to weaken oil and gas drilling regulations in a bid to fast-track fracking across the UK [1].

2017 101

NOAA created a URL for the government shutdown

Environmental Economics

I'm actually trying to write something up and I need to figure out how my precipitation data is measured. So I go try to go to the source [link] and I'm redirected here:  [link]. Nice touch NOAA! Curse you Congress

Government attack on wind power

Green (Living) Review

London, UK, June 6, 2013: Commenting on Government plans to make it harder for onshore wind turbines to get the go-ahead, Friends of the Earth''s Head of Campaigns Andrew Pendleton said: "Another day, another Government attack on efforts to tackle climate change. "Carbon-intensive developments such as fracking, airport expansion and new roads will also impact on local people – so is the Government planning to give communities a greater say on these too?

How U.S. government procurement can lead the clean economy


government procurement can lead the clean economy Cynthia Vallina Tue, 02/02/2021 – 01:00 After 50 years of incremental progress in making its purchasing more sustainable, the federal government still faces tremendous challenges to making acquisitions value sustainability, reduce carbon and halt climate changes to our environment. Every decision the government makes with its $600 billion of annual purchasing power has an impact — it could and should be a positive one.


Green (Living) Review

The UK government''s ''zero waste'' economy objective is highly desirable but unrealistic. In its latest report, CIWEM challenges government to ensure that everyone takes responsibility for waste – not just the waste management sector. Advocating that this is not solely an issue for the waste management industry, the report encourages to Government to ask more from businesses, who currently have full authority to supply products with no environmental responsibility for their impact.

Trash selfies to shame Tunisia’s government

Green Prophet

Social media has again proved to be a powerful tool in Tunisia , where a group of people started a Facebook page that turns the ubiquitous ‘selfie’ into an opportunity to express disgust with the country’s stinking trash problem. Everywhere you go in this otherwise beautiful Mediterranean country, and I really do mean just about anywhere, you are bound to come across big piles of trash. In the cities, on train tracks, on the middle of a street, on the beach.

Former NSA contractor develops font designed to combat government snooping

Green (Living) Review

Mun created the font as a response to increasing government incursions on privacy. “I If you really want to avoid government snooping it would appear that we need to develop codes, like the spies of old did, using numbers derived from books that the sender and the recipient use as base, that is to say the book cypher. email security fonts GCHQ government surveillance mail security NSA security spying by Michael Smith (Veshengro) Sang Mun is a former contractor for the NSA.

Stranded at sea: 2000 cattle face culling by Spanish government


The managers of two vessels have accused the Spanish government of ignoring their calls for help. Further, they say that they are unable to dock since the Spanish government threatens to kill the cattle on board. “We are crying out for help but the Spanish government is not helping us. The sailors are now calling on the Spanish government to allow the animals to be tested before further action is taken.

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Seattle Government, Meet Democracy Vouchers

Sightline Daily

Monopoly by Mark Strozier used under CC BY 2.0 The board game Monopoly is simple enough for most nine-year-olds to master quickly. The rules of the game, however, run to eight pages , and you’d never hand them to your third grader and expect her to grasp how the play unfolds. It’s better to sit her down with some friends and walk through the steps, referring to the rules when questions arise.

There will be negative economic effects if the government burns carbon tax revenue

Environmental Economics

From the inbox: Thought you would get a kick out of the rather significant government finance "limitation" expressed on this poster I saw at a recent professional meeting.    I'm sure that had a little to do with the dramatic impacts predicted for GSP and employment. The poster was analyzing the effect of a $15/ton carbon tax on Indiana's economy. Source: HH

2016 126

Getting to Effective Climate Change Governance

Green (Living) Review

The Worldwatch Institute discusses the characteristics of governance that can be most effective in facing the converging environmental crises of the future Washington, D.C. When a crisis develops, what sort of governance is best? contributing authors deliberate over what qualities of governance will be the most effective as we endure the planet''s long future struggle with environmental crises.

German Internet users will HAVE to buy government approved modem

Green (Living) Review

The German government apparently, as the Deutsche Telekom is a government agency, hopes for a huge income this way and the total control of the Internet via a state business. It would appear that, aside from wanting to get extra income, the Germany government with this move is intent on controlling the in formation that citizens can access on the Web. Internet control government control Internet freedom All other modems will no longer be legal to be used.

Government Shutdown: Can Nature Be a Part of the Solution?

Cool Green Science

The federal government shutdown is having a very real impact on the nation’s lands and waters — perhaps most visibly through the closure of the 400-plus national parks. The sad truth is that the impact of the government shutdown goes deeper than park closures. How has the government shutdown affected you and your ability to enjoy the outdoors? Government Relations. Kameran Onley is the Director of U.S. Marine Policy at The Nature Conservancy.

Australian Government set to seize money from citizens bank accounts

Green (Living) Review

The 'Australian Government' is now set to 'legally' seize money from citizens bank accounts without their knowledge or approval by Michael Smith (Veshengro) After legislation was rushed through parliament, the government will from May 31 be able to transfer all money from accounts that have not been used for three years into their own revenues. The banking industry believes the Government's changes to inactive bank accounts legislation is just revenue raising.

Fracking – Oil’s downside: Should governments invest in it?

Green Prophet

Oil and natural gas, as investment opportunities, have certainly had their share of publicity; both good and bad. This includes market analysis data to entice potential investors to consider investing or speculating in either oil and gas futures or in stocks and investment funds that include energy companies specializing in the exploration and production of oil and natural.

2019 59

Would the NRA support this government funded field experiment?

Environmental Economics

From the InDecision blog ("the new blog set up by and for younger researchers in the field of judgment and decision-making psychology"): This week in our interview series is Richard H. Thaler, Ralph and Dorothy Keller Distinguished Service Professor of Behavioural Science and Economics at The University of Chicago Booth School of Business. A research project I wish I had done…  My phd thesis was on the value of saving a life.

German government wants more cargo bikes

Green (Living) Review

Besides spending 80 million euros annually on bike infrastructure, ABC news reports that the German government is putting its weight behind a cargo bike renaissance too : Transport ministry spokeswoman Birgitta Worringen says more than three-quarters of all journeys in Germany are less than 10 kilometres and cargo bikes can deliver all sorts of uses. To that end the government supported a 100,000-strong conference in Hamburg last year using cargo bikes for promotion and catering.

US government its tyrannical behavior

Green (Living) Review

by Michael Smith (Veshengro) The government of the United States of America, always ranting and raving against tyrants, unless they suit its aims, uses tyrannical tactics itself as regards to WikiLeaks supporters, for instance. Recently the US government subpoenaed Twitter to obtain the data of all WikiLeaks supporters, that is to say, followers, on Twitter.

Government cannot grant you a thing

Green (Living) Review

by Michael Smith (Veshengro) Government cannot grant you a thing. What has been done, however, by governments, with all those bills of rights, basic laws and constitutions is limiting your rights that are yours by right to what they decide you can have and what not. Governments create an illusion for the people by creating documents such as bills of rights, etc., that those rights are for the governments to give. We don't need a new government, we need a new system.

The greenest government ever, Cameron said

Green (Living) Review

This definitely is not the greenest British government ever. While it is true that the Con-Dem coalition government has inherited the biggest deficit in government finance ever, nigh on, from the previous Labor (and all the old Labor men and women are rotating in their graves) administration that ran Britain for well over ten years and ran everything into the ground. What happened to it now?

"I am out of the office for the duration of the government shutdown"

Environmental Economics

From the inbox: I am out of the office for the duration of the government shutdown. I will not be checking messages, but will return your email upon my. return to the office

2013 131

UK government supports solar for Africa, slashes subsidies at home

Green (Living) Review

The second, from UK solar installer Solarcentury, not so much: Government’s proposed £7m budget for solar equivalent to subsidising Hinkley Point for just two days (Hinkley Point refers to a new, massively subsidized and Chinese-built nuclear reactor in the works for South West England ). What government could possibly want to be left behind? I received two interesting press releases over the weekend.

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Green (Living) Review

A full revision of the National Air Quality Strategy is required to reflect the current evidence of the harm being done to human health and ecological systems, and the policies and priorities of the Government over the medium term, to 2030. Government should use the National Air Quality Strategy to lay the policy framework for achieving healthy air.” Anthropogenic particulate matter in the air contributes to the death of nearly 29,000 people every year, and harms the environment.

NUCLEAR NIGHTMARES: Government Still in Denial

Green (Living) Review

Prime Minister to make £50 billion bet Ed Davey will soon sign a long term investment contract to buy electricity for 30-40 years at twice today’s price from an EDF nuclear power station that will not produce any electricity in this decade. This decision is a £50 billion bet that DECC knows what the wholesale price of electricity will be in 2050. That would be like having asked Tony Benn, Harold Wilson’s Energy Minister, in 1976 if he knew what the wholesale price of electricity would be in 2013.

UK government pledges bold ambition for electric cars

Green (Living) Review

Government reaffirms UK’s commitment for almost all cars and vans to be zero emission by 2050 at Paris COP21 conference. by Michael Smith (Veshengro) On December 3, 2015, the UK government has continued to lead global efforts to cut vehicle emissions at the international climate conference in Paris. However, maybe I must spell it out for the government agencies and NGOs.

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Australian government stumbles in climate crisis response


The Australian government appears conflicted in its efforts to adopt environmentally progressive policies following the country’s recent bushfires and record temperatures. While the Australian government slowly finds its way to green energy, the public sector and individual states are keen to lead the way. Morrison’s government has already announced a gas -based economic recovery plan post-COVID-19.

The greenest government ever; methinks not

Green (Living) Review

by Michael Smith (Veshengro) The Con-Dem coalition of Cameron and Clegg claimed that it was (going to be) the greenest British government ever, but nothing could be further from the truth than that. Let's have a look at the sorry tale of the 'greenest' government to-date: 1. We do not need a new government, we need a new system.