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Entries in wind turbines (4)

Tuesday
Jul012014

With Closure of Smelter, Future for Lead Fishing Tackle Uncertain

Late last year, the last primary lead smelter in this country closed, forced out of business by oppressive regulations from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Owned by the Doe Run Company, it had operated in Herculaneum, Mo., since 1892.

In a nutshell, what that means is lead ammunition and lead fishing tackle no longer can be entirely manufactured domestically from raw ore to finished products. That’s because the ore will be shipped to other countries for smelting. As a consequence, prices likely will be higher for many of these items.

That will be the case, that is, unless another company decides to open a new smelter that can meet the more stringent air quality standards imposed by the EPA.

“Whatever the EPA’s motivation when creating the new lead air quality standard, increasingly restrictive regulation of lead is likely to affect the production and cost of traditional ammunition,” said AmmoLand in explaining the consequences.

Cost of sinkers, jig heads, and other lead fishing tackle also will go up if companies must buy lead bullion from foreign smelters. Some companies, including TTI Blakemore Fishing Group, won’t be impacted--- yet.

Since most Road Runners are tied in Haiti, Dominican Republic, and the Philippines, our lead is foreign sourced. We are okay, for now,” said T.J. Stallings, director of marketing for the company.”

“ As more states decide what’s best for the environment based on lies, we may have to offer a lead-free alternative, at nearly double the cost,” he added.

That’s because the regulations that forced Doe Run to close its smelter are  part of an ongoing and coordinated campaign to demonize and ban lead fishing tackle. Never mind that no evidence exists that sinkers, jig heads, and other items pose a significant threat to fish and wildlife.

Lead is a natural substance. It is inert,” Stallings added.

“I’ve poured and tied thousands of jigs. I’ve crimped split shot with my teeth since I was eight. I’m still here.

“Meanwhile the environmentalists are screaming that we are killing birds with our lead fishing tackle. I guess that is the difference between environmentalists and conservationists.

“You only need to do a little fact checking to see what the conservationists at Ducks Unlimited and the National Wild Turkey Federation have done the last 40 years. The results of their work are astounding.”

By contrast, just one “green energy” wind turbine kills more birds annually than lead tackle ever has, he added.

Meanwhile, here’s the Second Amendment angle to the closure of the Doe Run Smelter:

Without ammunition, a gun is just a club,” said New American.

“The government knows this, and in light of the ongoing project of arming federal agencies to the teeth with millions of rounds of ammunition and military-grade weapons and vehicles, the EPA’s closing of the Doe Run plant, although not a direct assault on the right to keep and bear arms, can be seen as another step toward civilian disarmament. 

“While a few other media outlets have reported on the closure, none has connected this dot to a couple of others in the overall plan to leave Americans without weapons and ammunition.”

Go here to read more.

And here’s a more in-depth look at the lead issue from Activist Angler.

Friday
Jun292012

Former Global Warming Supporter Refutes Preservationist Ideology

Yeah, I know. Polar bears and penguins live thousands of miles apart. That’s what you have trouble with about this picture?

Not long ago, James Lovelock, the godfather of the manmade global warming movement, acknowledged that he had been unduly “alarmist.”

As do I, he still believes that we are contributing to climate change, but he admitted that his doomsday predictions --- and those by Al Gore --- were incorrect.

And now he’s followed up with an interview that is going to make those in the preservationist wing of the environmental movement gnash their teeth and pull out their hair.

For example, Lovelock supports natural gas fracking.

“Gas is almost a give-away in the U.S. at the moment. They’ve gone for fracking in a big way. This is what makes me very cross with the greens for trying to knock it. Let’s be pragmatic and sensible . . .”

By the way, the administrator for the Environmental Protection Agency, Lisa Jackson, said unequivocally that no evidence exists that groundwater has been polluted by the hydraulic fracturing procedure. That doesn’t sit well with the preservationists either.

Lovelock also mocks the idea that economies can be powered by solar panels and wind turbines.

“We rushed into renewable energy without any thought,” he said. “The schemes are largely, hopelessly inefficient and unpleasant. I personally can’t stand windmills at any price.”

And he flatly denies the idea that “the science is settled” regarding manmade global warming.

“One thing that being a scientist has taught me is that you can never be certain about anything. You never know the truth. You can only approach it and hope to get a bit nearer to it each time. You iterate towards the truth. You don’t know it.”

Read the full story here.

Thursday
Feb162012

EPA Sides With Anglers in War Against Fishing

Wind turbines are far more dangerous to birds than is lead fishing tackle.

On the freshwater front, anglers have won another battle in the war against fishing. For the second time in little more than a year, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has denied a petition to ban lead fishing tackle nationally.

But the Center for Biological Diversity and its anti-angling allies won’t stop. Right now, they’re challenging EPA’s denial of their first petition and, in New Hampshire, they’re trying to expand restrictions already in place for state waters.

Most common argument for a ban is that populations of loons and other waterfowl are being diminished because the birds ingest the lead. But no scientific study supports that assertion.  Fatalities occur, but they are infrequent.

By contrast, wind mills kill hundreds of thousands of birds, including eagles and other raptors, annually --- a fact that some green groups choose to ignore as they wage war against sport fishing.

From the Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation:

Science has prevailed. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has denied a petition by the Center for Biological Diversity (CBD)—an anti-sportsmen group—that would have precipitated significant restrictions on lead fishing tackle all over the United States.

The CBD wanted the EPA to use the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) to heavily regulate anglers from using tackle they have long used even though science doesn’t support such a measure. The Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation (CSF) has been, and will continue to, fight such unscientific lead bans and restrictions at the state and federal level.

And Keep America Fishing added this:

Listening to the voices of thousands of activist anglers, on February 14, 2012, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) once again rejected the most recent petition to federally ban lead fishing tackle under the Toxic Substances Control Act. KeepAmericaFishing™ thanks everyone who took action on this important issue.

Thursday
Dec152011

Green Groups Want Unnecessary Ban on Lead, But Okay with Slicing and Dicing Birds, Bats 

“It is obvious that wind power turbines kill more birds in a day than lead fishing tackle could possibly kill in decades.”

My friend T.J. Stallings at TTI-Blakemore Fishing Group made this astute observation recently, in the wake of another attempt by the Center for Biological Diversity and other preservationist groups to force a national ban on lead fishing tackle. He did so after reading this article in the Wall Street Journal.

In pushing for a ban, these organizations claim that loons and other waterfowl must be protected from ingesting lead fishing weights, even though no evidence exists that their populations are harmed.

By contrast, plenty of evidence exists that wind turbines --- green energy --- are killing hundreds of thousands of birds annually, including eagles. And now there’s evidence that endangered bats could be decimated as well.

Yet where is the outrage from the green groups over this very real threat to wildlife? I did a search for “wind turbines” at The Nature Conservancy website and found these and other similar listings: “Wildlife Friendly Wind Energy” and “Wind Power that Keeps Wildlife in Mind.”

In truth, the No. 1 priority is not to protect wildlife, but to stop us from fishing. And if you don’t believe that, you aren’t paying attention to the facts.

In case you missed it, here’s a repeat of a post from August, with a little updating:

The next time that you are maxing out your credit card to buy fuel for your boat and tow vehicle, here’s something to think about.

The same administration that is driving up gasoline prices with its refusal to allow drilling domestically, blocking extension of the Keystone XL Pipeline, and wants us all to drive Chevy Volts is giving a free pass to “green” power farms that are killing more than 400,000 birds --- including eagles --- annually.

By contrast, ExxonMobil paid $600,000 in fees and fines in 2009 for killing 85 birds that came into contact with crude oil or pollutants in uncovered tanks and waste-water facilities on its properties.

Finally, though, public outrage is forcing federal officials to investigate the deaths of six golden eagles at a wind farm near Los Angeles.

"Wind farms have been killing birds for decades and law enforcement has done nothing about it, so this investigation is long overdue," said Shawn Smallwood, an expert on raptor ecology and wind farms. "It's going to ruffle wind industry feathers across the country."

Read the full story in the Los Angeles Times. And check out this opinion piece on the issue at The American Thinker.

This is one American thinker who is fed up with the consummate hypocrisy of this administration and the environmental left. Obama’s energy policy is not about developing energy; it’s about demonizing the oil industry and rewarding a green agenda that is inefficient, ineffective, could not survive in a free market --- Solyndra is a prime example --- and is killing hundreds of thousands of birds with impunity.

Where is PETA, where is the World Wildlife Fund, where is the Audubon Society, where are all of the environmental groups? They have been standing by, purposefully ignoring this tragedy, because to do otherwise would be to shine one more brilliant spotlight on a failed energy policy and a failed administration that they still blindly support.