The USDA Is Taking On Agriculture’s Huge Contribution To Climate Change

The Unit­ed States Depart­ment of Agri­cul­ture plans to announce a set of vol­un­tary ini­tia­tives aimed at help­ing farm­ers, ranch­ers, and for­est land own­ers respond to cli­mate change by increas­ing car­bon stor­age, reduc­ing car­bon emis­sions, and sup­port­ing resilience in the face of extreme weath­er. Sec­re­tary of Agri­cul­ture Tom Vil­sack is expect­ed to make the announce­ment Thurs­day […]

House Bill Would Give Land Trusts Power Over Private Forestlands

Unsus­pect­ing prop­er­ty own­ers may find them­selves on the out­side look­ing in A seem­ing­ly innocu­ous, bipar­ti­san House bill intro­duced in late March could sub­ject unsus­pect­ing landown­ers to the whims of pow­er-hun­­gry envi­ron­men­tal groups, eager to usurp the prop­er­ty rights of those who fall into their clutch­es. At risk are own­ers of pri­vate forest­lands, who may soon […]

Shakeup at Virginia Land Trust Makes Waves

Now the fox is in charge of the hen­house! The abrupt depar­ture of a high-rank­ing offi­cial from the Pied­mont Envi­ron­men­tal Coun­cil (PEC) is fuel­ing spec­u­la­tion that the con­tro­ver­sial land trust is feel­ing the heat from rev­e­la­tions of its trans­gres­sions against a Vir­ginia farmer. Heather Richards joined the PEC in Sep­tem­ber 2006, ini­tial­ly serv­ing as direc­tor […]

Contract Extension Could Leave Landowners Flapping in the Breeze

Crit­ics say a pro­posed leg­isla­tive fix vio­lates the spir­it of the law against spe­cial leg­is­la­tion for cor­po­ra­tions and under­cuts options for landown­ers who may rethink their involve­ment with wind devel­op­ers. The con­tro­ver­sy focus­es on the 82-megawatt Black Oak wind farm — on the draw­ing board in Stearns Coun­ty since 2008. State law requires that wind ener­gy projects […]

Vermont House Approves Forced Consolidation of School Districts

MONTPELIER, Vt. — Despite one lawmaker’s valiant effort to pre­serve local con­trol over schools in Ver­mont, the state House on Wednes­day vot­ed 88–55 to force dis­tricts to merge into 1,100-student pre-K-12 edu­ca­tion sys­tems, or to have the Agency of Edu­ca­tion do it for them. As rep­re­sen­ta­tives dis­cussed H.361 — the House Edu­ca­tion Com­mit­tee bill to reor­ga­nize 270-plus school dis­tricts […]

Grassroots Response to Marc Tucker

No way, ESEA!   FOR THOSE AMERICANS WHO HAVE BEEN LIVING ON MARS: THE MORE BILLIONS THE GOVERNMENT SPENDS ON EDUCATION THE MORE THE DECLINE IN TRADITIONAL ACADEMIC TEST SCORES $ee the ear­li­er post about MARC TUCKER of the CARNEGIE CORPORATION titled “Gov­er­nance” — Erad­i­ca­tion of Rep­re­sen­ta­tive Gov­ern­ment: Marc Tucker’s Good­bye to Your Rights and […]

Wrong, Wrong, Wrong on H.R. 5

An Alert by Ani­ta Hoge Nation­al Review Online and Thomas B. Ford­ham Insti­tute are wrong, wrong, wrong on HR 5. Nation­al Review Online and Ford­ham Insti­tute are total­ly wrong on HR 5. They are call­ing HR 5 as “take back our schools” leg­is­la­tion and that “fed­er­al over­reach in edu­ca­tion might final­ly be com­ing to a […]

Rising Enemy Within: Private Police Fits New World Order Script

First I want to say that many cor­po­rate (secu­ri­ty) sym­pa­thiz­ers tend to defend pri­vate polic­ing, but this arti­cle will debunk all their argu­ments and show how pri­vate polic­ing is the end-all end-game ulti­mate threat to free­dom in Amer­i­ca and human­i­ty as a whole, all in the name of pro­tect­ing cor­po­rate prof­its $ while work­ing hand […]