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Supreme Court vindicates Sackett's in case vs. EPA

Back almost a year ago I about the Sackett family and their fight against the EPA. Hot Air reports the Supreme Court has . The EPA is sad panda :(

It’s possible to overstate the impact of  yesterday onSackett v EPA, which reversed an EPA compliance order that kept an Idaho couple from building a home on land expressly zoned for that purpose.  As  notes, the court never took up the question of the Fifth Amendment, but rather limited its scope to the Administrative Procedure Act, which means that a Congressional repeal of the APA could undo Sackett, at least temporarily.  As things stand now, however, the Supreme Court has changed the manner in which agencies have to act when issuing compliance orders, which now — despite the Obama administration’s best legal efforts — have to be subject to judicial review before the EPA can start levying massive fines as an extortive device to keep from having their orders challenged.

How much oil now?

The first quote below stuck in my brain for a while because it just doesn't make sense. At first I didn't know why it was bothering me, but then I had this thought. Even if we did have just 2% of the world's oil reserves, and we do consume 20% of the world's oil, that doesn't mean we could not produce enough to greatly enhance what is available to us from our own resources.

For example, if the U.S. consumes 20 million barrels per day and there is 22 billion barrels of oil we could harvest, that equal 3 years of complete independence from foreign imports. We could also use that to better supplement the imports we do get.

Or, if more is available as the , we could be looking at 315 years of complete independence. That doesn't even touch on the possibility that hydrocarbons might be a .

The President has been traveling on Campaign Tourapalooza 2012 this month and seeking to explain rising oil and gas prices. One of his favorite tag lines has been to say that you “can’t just drill your way to lower gas prices.” (And he’s partly correct there, but more on that later.) But he’s also tossing out another figure when he makes these remarks.

Science Fair Victory!

Who is 9 years old and just got 1st place in his school science fair? This guy:

Congratulations Connor! His aquaponics exhibit was selected to go to the Discovery Museum to display alongside other winning entries. w00t!

An Ape of a hoax

David Rives is known for his presentation "The Heavens Declare the Glory of God" and his national lectures on Creation and biblical astronomy. His work has been featured internationally through Faith TV, SkyAngel, Vision Forum, WND, The History Channel and more. His GPS observatory-class telescope allows David to share his passion for the heavens with others through astro-photography and astronomical events.


Quantum levitation demonstration

Way cool quantum levitation. Floats like it's on invisible rails, but not like other magnets. The structure makes it so it can be positioned and "stuck" above the magnet in orientations that I haven't seen before.


National Science Foundation: "less probability of extreme climatic change than previously thought"

It appears the the NSF is letting down Al Gore a bit here. says,

This won’t come as much of a surprise — :

According to a recent study funded by the National Science Foundation’s Paleoclimate Program, climate change may be far less sensitive to carbon dioxide fluctuations than previously predicted.

The most notable predictions of CO2-based climate change came from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report in 2007. The report suggested that should the CO2 in the Earth’s atmosphere double from pre-Industrial standards (pre-1850), it could result in a global 2 to 4.5 degree Celsius (3.6 – 8.1 degrees Fahrenheit) temperature increase worldwide. The mean level in this finding was 3 degrees Celsius (5 degrees Fahrenheit). This, of course, would be catastrophic, leading to the melting of polar ice, as well as significant sea temperature increases and global flooding due to rising ocean levels.

Maybe; however,

It appears that that these dire numbers might not be accurate according to a the lead author of the new report, Oregon State University researcher Andreas Schmittner.

Time lapse view of Earth from the ISS

sent this to me the other day. It's a pretty hypnotic video taken from the space station.  Hypnotized

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