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!


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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.

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.

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.

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.

Freedom and government are opposites

Green (Living) Review

by Michael Smith (Veshengro) Peace and freedom comes about when nation states and governments are abolished and when people are allowed and empowered to be their own masters, their own sovereigns. You cannot be free while being governed at the same time. Freedom and being governed just does not compute as the two, government and freedom, are in direct opposition to each other. If you are free then you have all the rights under the sun but no government.

"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.

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

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.

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

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].

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.

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

"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.

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?

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.

Government Approves Wind Farm Off Ocean City

Wind Power Ninja

Government / Industry maryland wind farm ocean city wind farmThe Obama administration opened Maryland’s coast to offshore wind farms Monday and is seeking bidders to erect more than 300 turbines in a 206-square-mile area off the coast of Ocean City. The move makes Maryland the second state in the nation, after Delaware, to have reached this stage in off-shore wind development. The closest turbines to the coast will be roughly 10 nautical miles from Ocean City.

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. 


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.

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.

What You Really Need to Know about the Government.

Elephant Journal

They are the government, and local government is the public sector entity that holds the greatest impact over the. Animal Rights (Vegan, Pets, Wildlife) Denver Enlightened Society (Politics, Active Citizenship, Social Good) Z ADMIN Enlightened Society Featured Today animals compassion government Public Service right livelihood serviceThey are not glamorous or well paid.

List Of Solar Energy Government Tax Breaks

Solar Power Ninja

Green Power Purchasing/Aggregation: Federal Government – Green Power Purchasing Goal. For Canadian residents, the C anadian Solar Energy Industry Association provides a list of government incentives. Government / Industry list of taz breaks for energy efficiency solar energy tax breaks state tax breaks for solarAmerican solar energy incentive programs are increasing every year.

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.

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

Saddest Photo from the Government Shutdown.

Elephant Journal

Homepages (Gold Tabs)* Enlightened Society (Politics, Active Citizenship, Social Good) Non-New-Agey Spirituality (Religion, Philosophy) child government shutdown photo zoo “I can accept anything, except what seems to be the easiest for most people: the half-way, the almost, the just-about, the in-between.”~ Ayn Rand.

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.

U.S. Government Steps Up to Protect Bees


government is joining the United Nations to pass legislation protecting this vulnerable species. Government Steps Up to Protect Bees appeared first on Ecorazzi. After the loss of 10 million beehives to Colony Collapse Disorder and numerous studies linking bee deaths to neonicotinoid pesticides, the U.S. Read More The post U.S. Animals Causes Environment News Science Top News

The Grave Impact of Money Ruling our Government. {Podcast}

Elephant Journal

Enlightened Society (Politics, Active Citizenship, Social Good) Z ADMIN Enlightened Society Featured Today economy government marianne williamson money In her intimate interview with us on the SoulFeed podcast, NY Times Best Selling Author Marianne Williamson shares how all political movements have started as a spiritual movement.

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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Canadian Government Downgrades The Humpback Whale


The Canadian government has removed the North Pacific humpback whale from the “threatened” species list. Despite opposition from several groups, Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper downgraded the humpback whales classification to a Read More The post Canadian Government Downgrades The Humpback Whale appeared first on Ecorazzi.

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

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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.

UK solar growth stalls following government subsidy cuts

Green (Living) Review

Large solar power farm development largely stopped following April cuts, new figures show, and smaller farms will be hit next The amount of solar power being installed in the UK has largely flatlined since the closure by the government of a subsidy scheme in April, even before a new round of subsidy cuts has taken effect.

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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.

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.

Our Government Did Something Right:

Elephant Journal

Photo: President Obama thanks redditors for their help on net neutrality with a handwritten note. Enlightened Society (Politics, Active Citizenship, Social Good) WAYLON: Editor''s Picks break the internet cable company FCC freedom internet monopoly net neutrality

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.


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.

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.

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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.

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.

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.