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Pity the BeeKeeper

Of the 100 crops that account for 90% of the food eaten by people; 71% are pollinated by bees…So notes the NY Times in its recent article on beekeepers. But, as I have noted before, bees are having a very hard time of it lately…and as noted before, many are dying each year. Indeed, the article notes that 44% died as of April 2016 compared to 17% on a bad year in the past.

beekeeperWhat does that mean? Well, besides the cost of food rising, it means that something is killing the very creatures that our food supply relies upon. And more importantly, no one really knows why this is happening.

There is strong evidence that pesticides are the culprit, but other causes are also possible.

Now, let me say that the thrust of this article is that the largest beekeepers have a good deal of work to help them financially. However, it is not always about the money (the President’s personal views notwithstanding).

We need to carefully examine the issues around bee death.

More importantly, each of us should do something that helps bees do well. That means that we can improve our own backyards to enhance bee habitat. Look into this if you will and do your small part.

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A Bee Mogul Confronts the Crisis in His Field
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Water, a Terrible Thing To Waste

In a series of articles with part one just being issued by the New York Times, we see what happens when people build in a manner that works against natural systems rather than working with natural systems. It is painfully obvious that Mexico City is a city on the verge of collapse, both figuratively and physically because of water; or should I say a lack of water.

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The City was built on and over ancient wetlands and acquires. But rather than learn from those who built the city, The Aztecs, who, in their wisdom built their city in such a way so as to work with the water in the area, the Mexican government allowed and is still allowing for the destruction of acquires, paving of recharge areas, the overuse of water and the pollution of that same water.

Here we have a major city that still emits raw sewerage into open air canals.

This article is a good lesson on what happens when development is allowed to proceed unchecked, with no or ineffectual government regulation.

So, new Administration…and you know who I mean, do you really want to dismantle our environmental regulations? Well, you probably do, but may I just opine…that is dumb…

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Climate change is threatening to push a crowded capital toward a breaking point.
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Representative Lance votes to allow allow coal companies to expose people to pollution

Stream Protection RuleAs noted earlier this month, Congress voted to repeal the Stream Protection Rule that would require coal companies to prevent pollution from their activities from entering drinking water. This vote, supported by Mr. Lance, effectively moves to kill a rule making that the CRS (Congressional Research Service) noted would “reduce human exposure to contaminants in drinking water, and the probability of adverse health effects.”

The CRS also pointed out that there would be a cost of $52 million to the coal industry and that up to 590 people might lose mining jobs. Of course, it is also noted that coal worker jobs would be decreasing by more than 15,000 workers due to lower demand without the rule.

I think that on balance, Ms. Rois of West Virginia said it best…”orange is not the color of water.”

Nice going Mr. Lance. Another vote to help people get sick.

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Republicans Move to Block Rule on Coal Mining Near Streams
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Representative Leonard Lance Wrong on His Pipeline Statements

Recently, among a rash of actions by the President, Mr. Lance stated that the President was right to move both the Keystone XXL and Dakota Access Pipelines to be built.

Leonard LanceI have commented on both projects before, but Mr. Lance’s comments deserve to be criticized as what they are; pandering and ignorant.

His support is based on two claims. One that the pipelines will help to reduce the price of oil and two that they have been deemed environmental safe and endorsed by labor unions and business organizations alike.

Well, on the first point, what is his evidence? Oil has remained fairly stable as a result of conservation activities as much as new sources of energy. Also, the Alaskan pipeline was built with many of the same promises. Guess what, the oil from that pipeline rarely made it to the U.S. Market.

As to environmental safety. The number of spills from oil pipelines is not exactly reassuring. As to labor unions and business endorsing the pipelines, well, that makes sense. They benefit from the work.

No Mr. Lance, the President’s action on these pipelines is not well thought out and your support is poorly thought out as well.

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Lance Statement on President Trump’s Executive Action on Pipelines

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