Environment

Mountain of Government Waste at Yucca

Since the 1970s, the U.S. has been searching for a long-term site to store its nuclear waste. The nation’s spent nuclear fuel, which can remain radioactive for thousands of years, is currently sitting in more than 100 temporary facilities scattered across the country, often within close proximity to highly-populated metropolitan areas. In 2008, after decades of examination and dozens of lawsuits, the Department of Energy (DOE) submitted a license application to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) to complete construction and make operational the repository under Yucca Mountain, located in the heart of the Nevada desert, 90 miles north of Las Vegas. After approximately $15 billion has been spent on the project and federal courts across the country have reiterated the federal government’s obligation to store the waste, President Obama is intent on killing the Yucca Mountain repository.

CAGW Issues Spending Cut Alert: Interior-Environment Appropriations



For Immediate Release:

July 18, 2011
Contact: Leslie K. Paige (202) 467-5334

Luke Gelber (202) 467-5318
   

CAGW ISSUES SPENDING CUT OF THE WEEK: USMC’s V-22 OSPREY


For Immediate Release:

April 7, 2011
Contact::Leslie Paige 202.467.5334

Luke Gelber 202.467.5305

 


A-Maize-ing Waste: Why Ethanol Subsidies Must Be Repealed

“I once was lost but now am found; Was blind, but now I see” the amazing waste in the ethanol subsidy program, admitted Vice President Al Gore. A November 27, 2010, Wall Street Journal article confirmed that the ethanol cheerleader and environmental eminence of the climate change movement had backtracked on his support for the program, saying it was a “mistake,” and that he only supported it because he had a “certain fondness for the farmers in the state of Iowa” during his presidential run.

Weatherization--More Money, Blowin' in the Wind

February 17, 2011 marked the two-year anniversary of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), the so-called stimulus package. Needless to say, the contrived celebratory fanfare that characterized the one-year anniversary last year has now given way to the dull realization that the $862 billion program has been an abject failure. The oft-repeated promise that the stimulus money would be tracked to the very last dime has become the butt of late-night talk shows and taxpayers are left to wonder where all the money went.

Cash for…Caulkers?

“Cash for Caulkers” sounds like a comical spin-off of the notorious “Cash for Clunkers” program.  But on May 6, 2010, the House of Representatives made sure this was no joke, voting 246-161 in favor of H.R. 5019, the Home Star Energy Retrofit Act of 2010.  The legislation authorizes a $5.7 billion program that will offer rebates to homeowners for renovations made using energy-efficient “green” materials, including better insulation and energy-saving windows and doors.

Pulling the Plug on Yucca Mountain – A New Mountain of Waste

The 27-year saga of the nation’s permanent underground nuclear waste repository at Yucca Mountain, Nevada continues.  After taking office in January, 2009, President Obama made good on his rash campaign promise to shutter the site, located 100 miles northwest of Las Vegas.

Amidst the Healthcare Hubbub, Cap-and-Trade Moves Ahead

While Congress and the American public remain fixated on the contentious healthcare debate, little attention has been paid to S. 1733, the Clean Energy Jobs and American Power Act, better known as the Kerry-Boxer cap-and-trade bill.  Democrats have used this distraction to their advantage, steadily pushing the onerous climate change legislation forward.

Pork Alert: Senate Interior and Environment

For Immediate Release
July 24, 2009
Contacts: Leslie K. Paige (202) 467-5334

 

Fahrenheit 451 Redux at the EPA

In legendary science fiction writer Ray Bradbury’s classic novel Fahrenheit 451, the government suppressed independent thought and analysis for the good of the people.  It was better to keep the populace ignorant of differing opinions than to challenge the status quo in the society described in that book.

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CAGW Names Sen. Kamala Harris August 2018 Porker of the Month

Sen. Harris is CAGW's Porker of the Month for for proposing an expensive and impractical taxpayer-funded rent subsidy.