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4 Smart Ways to Recycle Food Waste


The UN Food and the Agriculture Organization claim that each year nearly 1.3 billion tonnes of food is wasted across the globe. Food wastage occurs at the various levels of the food system, namely farming, processing, transporting, retailing, cooking, and consuming.

When this waste food gets to the landfills, the massive layers of organic waste decompose and produce greenhouse gases (GHG) such as methane that is 21 times more potent than carbon dioxide as a heat-trapping gas.

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By diverting food waste away from the landfills we can reduce our carbon footprint, capture the renewable energy, and restore the essential nutrients back to the soil. Food waste is recyclable and hence must be used smartly in order to trim down the greenhouse emissions that come from landfills.

Here are four effective and environment-friendly ways to recycle food waste, reducing the cost and the pollution that is generated when the organic waste is hauled and disposed of.

1. Compost the Kitchen and Garden Scrap

According to the United States Environmental Protection Agency, almost 90 percent of garbage thrown away by households, cafeterias, and supermarkets is composed of recyclable food scrap. Moreover, a typical household generates nearly 474 pounds of food waste each year. When this organic waste is sent to landfills or the oceans, they not only consume space, but also release methane, adding to the greenhouse emissions.

Composting is one of the most undemanding and eco-friendly ways to recycle your food waste. Several cities have regular pickup vehicles that collect waste food, dried leaves, grass clippings, and organic yard waste to the recycling centers.

If your neighborhood or workplace has a common composting facility, diverting your domestic food waste there may be a good choice. Talk to your local waste hauler or recycling coordinator and understand the local composting facility regulations. For instance, composting facilities in Ohio accept food waste that is classified as per the Division of Materials and Waste Management (DMWM).

You may also consider starting your own onsite composting project that uses the following types of wastes.

  1. Greens – Grass clippings, vegetable waste, fruit scraps, weeds, and coffee grounds and filters
  2. Food Leftovers – Eggshells, tea bags, and nut shells
  3. Browns – Dead leaves, wood chips, twigs, and fireplace ash
  4. Recyclable Packaging Material – Shredded newspaper, cardboard, and paper

Place your compost pile or the bin in a dry shady spot in your backyard and make sure it’s close to a source of water. Add the above-mentioned waste materials as and when they are collected and moisten them on a regular basis.

When the mixture decomposes and attains a dry, dark, and crumbly texture, it can be used to feed your kitchen garden vegetables or enrich your flower beds. In order to avoid odors and pests, avoid adding meat or high-fat waste, keep the system adequately aerated, and regularly mix the material in the compost bin.

Worms, namely earthworms and red wigglers can also be used for composting (vermiculture). These worms feed on the organic material and produce high-quality nitrogen-rich compost called castings.

If you live in an apartment and have limited space, you can set up a compost bin indoors, enabling you to convert your food scraps into nutrient-rich compost.

2. Donate Waste for Animal Feed

The United Nations estimates that if farmers and livestock owners fed their animals on the legally-permissible food waste, enough grain would be liberated to feed an extra three billion people worldwide. In fact, diverting leftover food to feed animals is placed in the third tier of the EPA’s Food Recovery Hierarchy, making it a safe and effective strategy for recycling food waste.

Every state has separate regulations with respect to donating food scraps for animals. For instance, a few states in the United States ban meat-and-dairy and high-salt products for animal feed as they can harm animals. Get in touch with your local waste recycler to determine the types of food scrap you can donate to a farm or a zoo.

Look for avid gardeners, farmers, and livestock owners in your neighborhood or at a local market and check if you can donate waste food that they can be used as animal feed or for composting.

Several recycling firms, namely Organix Recycling and Eco Food Recycling are coming up with swift and innovative ways to recycle waste fruits, vegetables, and bakery scrap from grocery stores and households to produce a nutritious animal feed. These recycling firms offer planned food waste collecting services for communities and individual houses based their requirements. Partnering with these firms will divert food waste from landfills, reduce your carbon footprint, and help you stay on the path towards zero waste.

3. Convert Food Scrap into Biogas

Over one-third of the food produced across the globe is either discarded or wasted. This food waste holds a huge untapped potential for generating energy, commonly referred to as waste-to-energy systems (WTE).

Anaerobic digestion uses microorganisms to degrade the organic matter in the food waste to produce methane, that can be used to generate electricity, fuel for transportation, and heat.

Biogas is a renewable and sustainable source of energy developed from organic matter such as waste residues of vegetables and fruits, scrap timber, and forest debris. Researchers have found an innovative way to capture all the energy trapped in the organic food waste, leaving behind very little waste for landfills and oceans. In this process, the waste is incinerated to produce a crude liquid that can be converted into biofuel. The residue is then treated to produce methane, that can be used as a source of electricity and heat.

A new facility in Colorado, namely the Heartland Biogas Project collects scrap food from the state and uses anaerobic digestion to convert waste into energy. Similarly, a French startup Waga Energy recently installed a food waste treatment plant in Saint-Maximin that is capable of converting household waste into biomethane, supplying energy to nearly three thousand households in the French territory.

4. Reuse the Food Packaging Material

Restaurants, grocery stores, and other food-service establishments generate a significant amount of food packaging material that is often wasted. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, food containers alone contribute to more than 23 percent of the total material reaching the landfills in the United States.

Though getting rid of packaging material isn’t feasible for all kinds of food items, reusing or recycling strategies can divert them from the landfills, considerably reducing the toxic emissions.

The food packaging material, namely wrappers, cartons, and containers can be sent to recycling firms in order to produce useful paper products, namely corrugated cardboard, egg trays, magazines, and newspapers.

For instance, egg tray manufacturers recycle the waste cartons and the paper bags for making the paper pulp that is molded into the desired shape. Following the egg tray drying and hot press processes, the egg cartons can be reused for packing high volumes of eggs, cushioning them during transportation.

Similarly, an Italian design company, WhoMade has come up with an innovative solution to tackle food scrap. The firm has introduced biodegradable disposable plates made from food waste such as groundnut shells and carrot peels.

Over the past few decades, the growing concern regarding global warming and resource conservation associated with food wastage has persuaded both public and private organizations to take corrective measures to process waste in an eco-friendly manner. Use the above-mentioned strategies to effectively recycle food waste, diverting organic matter from the landfill and reducing the ensuing the GHG emissions.

Author: Rachel Oliver

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Aquaculture: Types, Benefits and Importance


Because seventy percent of the world’s surface is covered in water, humans have realized its importance as a resource. For this reason, one of the areas heavily exploited regarding the use of water as a resource is aquaculture, especially in the production of food as opposed to using the terrestrial land.

Aquaculture is the process of rearing, breading and harvesting of aquatic species, both animals and plants, in controlled aquatic environments like the oceans, lakes, rivers, ponds and streams. It serves different purposes including; food production, restoration of threatened and endangered species populations, wild stock population enhancement, building of aquariums, and fish cultures and habitat restoration. Here are the various types of aquaculture as well as their importance.

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Types of Aquaculture

1. Mariculture

Mariculture is aquaculture that involves the use of sea water. It can either be done next to an ocean, with a sectioned off part of the ocean or in ponds separate from the ocean, but containing sea water all the same. The organisms bred here range from molluscs to sea food options like prawn and other shellfish, and even seaweed.

Growing plants like seaweed are also part of mariculture. These sea plant and animal species find many uses in manufacturing industries such as in cosmetic and jewellery where collagen from seaweed is used to make facial creams. Pearls are picked from mollusc and made into fashion items.

2. Fish farming

Fish farming is the most common type of aquaculture. It involves the selective breeding of fish, either in fresh water or sea water, with the purpose of producing a food source for consumption. Fish farming is highly exploited as it allows for the production of cheap source of protein.

Furthermore, fish farming is easier to do than other kinds of farming as fish are not care intensive, only requiring food and proper water conditions as well temperatures. The process is also less land intensive as the size of ponds required to grow some fish species such as tilapia is much smaller than the space required to grow the same amount of protein from beef cattle.

3. Algaculture

Algaculture is a type of aquaculture involving the cultivation of algae. Algae are microbial organisms that share animal and plant characteristics in that they are motile sometimes like other microbes but they also contain chloroplasts that make them green and allow them to photosynthesise just like green plants. However, for economic feasiblity, they have to be grown and harvested in large numbers. Algae are finding many applications in today’s markets. Exxon mobile has been making strides in developing them as a new source of energy.

4. Intergrated multitrophic aquaculture

IMTA is an advanced system of aquaculture where different trophic levels are mixed into the system to provide different nutritional needs for each other. Notably, it is an efficient system because it tries to emulate the ecological system that exists in the natural habitat.

The IMTA makes use of these intertrophic transfer of resources to ensure maximum resource utilization by using the waste of larger organisms as food sources for the smaller ones. The practice ensures the nutrients are recycled, meaning the process is less wasteful and produces more products.

Benefits of Aquaculture

Economic Benefits

1. Alternative food source

Fish and other seafood are good sources of protein. They also have more nutritional value like the addition of natural oils into the diet such as omega 3 fatty acids. Also since it offers white meat, it is better for the blood in reducing cholesterol levels as opposed to beef’s red meat. Fish is also easier to keep compared to other meat producing animals as they are able to convert more feed into protein. Therefore, its overall conversion of pound of food to pound of protein makes it cheaper to rear fish as they use the food more efficiently.

2. Alternative fuel source

Algae are slowly being developed into alternative fuel sources by having them produce fuels that can replace the contemporary fossil fuels. Algae produce lipids that if harvested can be burn as an alternative fuel source whose only by products would be water when burnt.

Such a breakthrough could ease the dependency of the world on drilled fossil fuels as well as reduce the price of energy by having it grown instead of drilling petroleum. Moreover, algae fuel is cleaner and farmable source of energy, which means it can revolutionize the energy sector and create a more stable economy that avoids the boom-bust nature of oil and replaces it with a more abundant fuel source.

3. Increase Jobs in the market

Aquaculture increases the number of possible jobs in the market as it provides both new products for a market and create job opportunities because of the labor required to maintain the pools and harvest the organisms grown. The increase in jobs is mostly realized in third world countries as aquaculture provides both a food source and an extra source of income to supplement those who live in these regions.

Aquaculture also saves fishermen time as they do not have to spend their days at sea fishing. It allows them free time to pursue other economic activities like engaging in alternative businesses. This increase in entrepreneurship provides more hiring possibilities and more jobs.

4. Reduce Sea Food Trade Deficit

The sea food trade in America is mainly based on trade from Asia and Europe, with most of it being imported. The resultant balance places a trade deficit on the nation. Aquaculture would provide a means for the reduction of this deficit at a lower opportunity cost as local production would mean that the sea food would be fresher. It would also be cheaper due to reduce transport costs.

Environmental Benefits

1. Creates Barrier against pollution with mollusc and sea weed

Molluscs are filter feeders while seaweed acts a lot like the grass of the sea. Both these organisms sift the water that flows through them as brought in by the current and clean the water. This provides a buffer region that protects the rest of the sea from pollution from the land, specifically from activities that disturb the sea bed and raise dust.

Also, the economic benefits of molluscs and sea weed can create more pressure from governments to protect their habitats as they serve an economic importance. The financial benefits realised provides incentive for the government to protect the seas in order to protect sea food revenue.

2. Reduces fishing pressure on wild stock

The practice of aquaculture allow for alternative sources of food instead of fishing the same species in their natural habitats. Population numbers of some wild stocks of some species are in danger of being depleted due to overfishing.

Aquaculture provides an alternative by allowing farmers to breed those same species in captivity and allow the wild populations to revitalize. The incentive of less labor for more gains pushes fishers to convert to fish farmers and make even more profit that before. It also allows them control of the supply of the fish in the market giving them the ability to create surplus stock or reduce their production to reap the best profits available.

Importance of Aquaculture

1. Sustainable use of sea resources

Aquaculture provides alternatives for fishing from the sea. Increase in demand for food sources and increase in globalization has led to increase in fishing. Yet, this has led fishermen to become selfish and overfish the desired or high-demand species. Through aquaculture, it provides both an alternative and opportunity for wild stocks to replenish overtime.

2. Conservation of Biodiversity

Aquacultures also protect biodiversity by reducing the fishing activities on wild stock in their ecosystems. By providing alternatives to fishing, there is reduced attack on the wild populations of the various species in the sea. Reduced action of fishing saves the diversity of the aquatic ecosystem from extinction due to overfishing.

3. Increased Efficiency, more resources for less effort

Fish convert feed into body protein more efficiently than cattle or chicken production. It is much more efficient meaning that the fish companies make more food for less feed. Such an efficiency means that less food and energy is used to produce food, meaning that the production process is cheaper as well. It saves resources and even allows for more food to be produced leading to secure reserves and less stress on the environment.

4. Reduced Environmental Disturbance

By increasing aquaculture, fish farming in specific, there is a reduced need for the fishing of the wild stock. As an outcome, it puts less stress on the ecosystem and equally reduces human interference. Actions of motor boats and other human influences such as the removal of viable breeding adult fish are all stresses put on the aquatic ecosystems and their discontinuation allows the ecosystem to flourish and find their natural balance.

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Air Pollution from New and Shutdown Industries, a Big Danger to Public Health


During the time when the Hurricane Harvey hit the coastal part of Texas last year, a lot of industrial companies had to close their operations before the storm reached and resurfaces itself once the rainfall and flooding subsided.

New and shutdown industries, as well as the damages caused by the storm, led to the release of air pollution around the city. Within that period of time, lots of information where gotten from Texas’ Air Emission Event Report Database indicated that about two thousand tons of greenhouse gases were released in these areas.

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However, the emission that came from the new and shutdown industry which are often referred to as “excess” or “upset” emissions are predominant anytime there are natural disasters, and such is the case with the Hurricane Harvey.

Moreover, in a new study that was published recently in the Journal of Environmental Science & Technology, the release of greenhouse gases often occur when these industries perform their activities with their facilities. Even though some of the releases of the gases are often unintended or inevitable, the gases released during these activities are in the violation of the U.S Clean Air Act (CAA).

When the U.S Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) revisited the rules pertaining these air pollutants, a new study shows that these gases are dangerous to public health and how they have not been thoroughly traced across the country or regulated comprehensively is still surprising.

The Increased Emissions in Texas

Texas as a city has been a victim of the increased air pollution which as posed lots of environmental threats to its citizens. Our research study inspects the excess emissions from the industrial facilities in Texas from 2012 to 2016. The reason why Texas is a case study and why we are focused on it is due to the fact that the city has brought lots of comprehensive reports. However, it is important to know that the state has lots of information concerning the release of greenhouses gases such as benzene that has caused detrimental effects on people.

Furthermore, the states are propelled to set limits when it comes to the emissions from industrial facilities based on their State Implementation Plan (SIP), which is a plan to meet the CAA requirements. Also, the EPA itself, readily ensures that every state’s SIP is drafted in accordance with the CIA.

The CAA requires that the facilities from industries need to be checked and maintained in order to limit the emissions of these dangerous gases into the atmosphere. Notwithstanding, excess emissions occur as a result of the decline of some facilities such as scrubbers, baghouses, or flares that help to decrease emissions.

Though we may think that happenings like these are rare, we have found that excess emissions in Texas are occurring very frequently, thus, affecting individuals in areas where the emissions unconstrained.

From the study, it has been discovered that 77,000 tons of excess emissions were released from natural gas liquid industries in 2004 to 2015, thus, signifying about 58% of the industry’s routine emissions for pollutants. Also, refineries released 23,000 tons of excess emissions, while oil and gas fields released 11,000 tons.

Outside of Texas

The reports we have stated in our study exposes the magnitude of the emissions of greenhouses. Although, it is important to also know that the study only captures the situation in Texas. However, when it comes to places beyond Texas, we know very little about the excess emissions at the national level and this is due to the fact that Texas is one of the few states that thoroughly track the progress of the emission of greenhouses.

The Increased Release of Greenhouse Gases are Under-regulated

It is important to note that the EPA made adequate efforts to curtail the problem of emissions during the last days of Obama administration.

Propelled by a lawsuit brought by the Sierra Club, the EPA issued a State Implementation Plan (SIP) call in 2015, requesting every state to limit the way greenhouse gases are emitted into the atmosphere. The agency discovered that some SIP provisions in 36 states were considered insufficient to meet the Clean Air Act (CAA) requirements. This implies that various industrial facilities may have been regularly surpassing the limit of their permitted pollution limits, because of these emissions.

However, the EPA is now taking a look back to its policy as part of the Trump administration’s broader efforts to revert many decisions made in past administration. Due to the magnitude and the adverse effects of the emissions of greenhouse gases, the EPA’s ultimate decision on how states should treat excess emissions is important.

With all of these in mind, there are more things to learn when it comes to the way greenhouses gases are emitted all over the world. However, if an effective regulatory structure is designated to decrease them, then it is vital that every state should begin to track the excess occurrence of the emission of greenhouse gases, by taking Texas as an example.

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7 Things You Need to Know About Sourcing Your Veggies Sustainably


Every day, you make decisions that make a difference for years to come. From cleaning the house with all-natural products to reducing paper usage at the office, you enjoy doing your part for the planet. Pause for just a minute. Take a look at the produce in your pantry and refrigerator.

Do the vegetables on tonight’s dinner menu meet your high standards for sustainability? When you buy fresh produce at a farmer’s market or grocery store, do you consider the source?

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The origins of that broccoli or those romaine hearts play a vital role in keeping both you and the environment healthy. When you stock up on fresh veggies, it’s easier to develop nutritious ideas for meal planning. When you know where and how your produce grows, you’re better positioned to make the best choices for our planet’s sustainability.

It Starts With Responsible Growers

Across the country, responsible produce growers are united by a deep-rooted commitment to sustainable agriculture. That sense of stewardship includes meeting and exceeding the highest industry standards. It involves staying on top of the latest science-based innovations and incorporating proven practices with ever-evolving technology.

From the largest operations to small produce farms, there’s a shared sense of pride in the progress that moves the industry forward. Sustainability has always been a part of farming, but today’s focus on responsible production represents a welcome union of tradition and science. The result is modern-day agroecology.

You may not be familiar with this discipline, but it plays a vital role in developing sustainable crops from lettuce fields to fruit orchards. Its application to agricultural production covers organic, conventional and large-scale operations. Produce growers embrace agroecology because it encourages responsible sustainability that preserves the long-term health of field operations.

Sourcing Sustainable Produce: 7 Ways It Makes a Difference

The next time you pick up Brussels sprouts at the grocery store, ask the produce manager which growers he relies on. Talk to vendors at weekend markets and find out who supplies their fresh vegetables. Use your online research talents to look closely at large and small brands. When you source sustainable produce, you really make a difference.

1. Sustainability Puts Healthy Produce on Your Plate

Vegetables grown with eco-friendly farming methods come to market in peak condition. You know you’re bringing home produce with top-tier nutritional profiles and the freshest flavors. Healthy field vegetables also deliver an extended shelf life, and that reduces kitchen waste.

2. You Help Support Good Stewardship

When you source produce from sustainable growers, you’re supporting their good stewardship of the land. Many produce companies are multi-family operations that trace their roots back over many generations. Responsible growers are deeply committed to taking the best possible care of their fields.

3. Sustainable Farm Practices Preserve the Land

Agroecology has become an important factor in developing new farming practices. This innovative field explores the balance between advancing industry technologies and addressing critical ecological concerns. When you choose a responsible produce source, you help both the hard science and the social movement behind sustainable agriculture.

4. You’re a Part of Soil and Water Conservation

Something as simple as knowing where your vegetables come from can keep top soil healthier and water supplies cleaner. Sustainable produce growers practice soil conservation by rotating crops and planting crop covers. Field packing helps maintain water tables, and drip irrigation conserves water. Smart sourcing supports these vital operations.

5. Increased Yields Hold Down Prices

The goal of every farming business is to maximize production. The goal of sustainability is to increase yields with minimum environmental impact. The industry’s ongoing investment in research and development advances techniques that accomplish both. The result brings quantity and quality to the table while holding down consumer prices.

6. It Make a Difference in Your Community

Responsible sourcing is good for the local economy. Large and small growers tap surrounding communities for their workforce. Many contribute to area food banks on a regular basis. You help make it happen with a commitment to sourcing from sustainable produce operations.

7. You Enjoy Long-Term Peace of Mind

It only takes a little time to identify produce companies in your area that practice sustainability. Your decision to source veggies from these growers has a long-term impact on our environment. That simple choice puts fresh, nutritious food on the table today and ensures its availability and affordability for generations to come.

Keeping the Industry Healthy

Green living is all about lifestyle choices that work for both you and the environment. Responsible produce growers share your commitment to doing the very best for our planet. Eco-friendly operations help keep the industry healthy and maintain the viability of sustainable sources for fresh produce.

As you make daily decisions that make a positive difference, you stand shoulder to shoulder with so many others who share your strong sense of responsibility. Know that large and small produce companies are doing their part too. They appreciate your support for businesses across the country that join you in caring about our environment and shaping our future.

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Rinkesh is passionate about clean and green energy. He is running this site since 2009 and writes on various environmental and renewable energy related topics. He lives a green lifestyle and is often looking for ways to improve the environment around him.

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Disinformation Campaign on Climate Change Is Still on, ExxonMobil Says


Due to a recent statement made on a blog, the executive of ExxonMobil, Suzanne McCarron have restated the claims made by her company that it is fully mindful of climate change and she has also stated the company has plans to do something on protecting the environment against climate change.

McCarron has said: “I would want to use this chance to be 100 percent clear on where we stand on climate change. We believe that the risk of climate change is detrimental and we want to be part of the solution and not the problem”.  However, one question that comes to the mind is that, if this company is devoted to fighting against climate change, then, why is a still part of the problem.

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Due to a conversation and a hearing between Oklahoma Sen. James Inhofe and the administrator of the U.S EPA (Environmental Protection Agency), Scott Pruitt, which provides an exposure to how ExxonMobil’s undue influence remains the obstruction to the actions on climate change.

In the time of this hearing which took place on Jan 30 and was held by the Senate Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee, Sen Cory Booker unconsciously aggravated Inhofe by bringing up the issue of environmental justice. Booker also made reference to the threats of climate change such as flooding which poses a three dozen Superfund sites in his state and he has pleaded with Pruitt if he has “considered the environmental problems directly impacts people of different communities and of low-income communities”.

During this hearing, Inhofe took the opportunity to refute Brooker saying that lots of low-income communities are excessively harmed by environmental protections, thus, citing that the last government which was headed by Obama through the Clean Power Plan, which would have actively reduced carbon emissions drastically if Pruitt hadn’t abolished it.

Inhofe also concluded that Brook was suggesting that Pruitt was trying to put lots of American citizens at risk by punishing them. Furthermore, Inhofe also made some confession on the effects of the Clean Power Plan and made reference to the Harry Alford, the president of the National Black Chamber of Commerce who provided that the Clean Power Plan and some other regulations would aggravate the cost of living and increase the level of black and Hispanic poverty, in addition, to increasing loss of job and energy costs. Inhofe also wonder if the last government forgot that lots of Americans do pay the price just to keep their house warm and to feed themselves.

In addition to this, Inhofe concluded his statement by using the testimony made by Harry Alford who is the president of the National Black Chamber of Commerce (NBCC) as a point of reference which was unremorseful when it comes to benefiting from the fossil fuel industry. “No doubts, we do and it is only natural that way,” Alford stated on NBCC’S website. “The history of fossil fuels have long helped the legacy of the black people, however, the fossil fuel has been our economic pal”.

However, one of NBCC’s closest economic is ExxonMobil, and it is important to note that this company has offered more than $1.14 million to NBCC since 2001.

In 2015, NBCC officiated a report that appealed that the Clean Power Plan would impose severe poverty and impoverishment especially the low-income families”.

Despite all of these, it is important to also note that unchecked climate change would more than likely affect those communities most and also investments in energy efficiency under this program would ultimately decrease electricity bill all over the country.

In addition, it has been noted that ExxonMobil has tried to finance lots of facts and studies to derail the Clean Power Plan. Also, ExxonMobil is a major supporter of lots of Senate EPW Committee members with Inhofe included. These set of people are obstinate climate science deniers.

Moreover, Inhofe has tied communication with the oil and gas industry, which has donated $1.85 million to his campaign more than twice, furthermore, there other oil and gas industries among the top 10 that have also contributed to Inhofe campaign, some of them include the Koch Industries, Devon Energy, etc.

Nevertheless, 6 of other 10 Republicans on the EPW Committee are also on the list of ExxonMobil’s donation list and this also includes Wyoming Sen. John Barrasso, who is the current committee chairman. Almost half of $119,500 ExxonMobil contributed to the seven senators in the past few years went to Barrasso and Inhofe.

In some weeks when the company made a donation last 2 years of a sum of $50,000, Pruitt and also RAGA Chairman, Luther Strange, who was Alabama’s attorney at that time, co-authored a National Review column confronting a coalition of state attorney general inspecting ExxonMobil and other fossil fuel industry about not be truthful to investors and the citizens about climate change.

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Eco-Friendly Approaches to Interior Design to Conserve Energy


When it comes to refreshing, remodelling and redesigning the interiors of our homes we often only consider aesthetics. After all, this is a chance to express ourselves and create an environment that really makes our families feel comfortable. But shouldn’t we also think about the world around us?

In this article we’re going to show that it’s possible to have great looking interiors that are also kind to the planet. You might even find that a green approach saves you money in terms of materials and heating bills as well as saving and expending less energy.

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Rely on Sunlight

One of the biggest mistakes many of us make, when it comes to the environment, is to rely too heavily on artificial or man-made lighting. The way to rectify this is to make as much use of the sun as possible. Choose curtains that aren’t intrusive or heavy. Or, you could install natural and sustainable wooden blinds that can be folded almost completely to the side during the day. If you’re remodelling extensively, you might even consider installing a skylight. This way your home will be flooded with natural light and will save money and converse much less energy.

Change Your Bulbs

The truth is that we can’t always rely on the sun, which is why we also need to consider the type of artificial lighting we use. Switching to LED light bulbs is highly recommended and has been found in a recent study to save the average home up to $1,000 over a 10-year period. These bulbs may cost more initially but they are long-lasting and of a high quality, so they represent an investment worth making.

You could also try and use Energy efficient bulbs these are similar to old incandescent bulbs that respond well to a dimer and emit just as good quality of light however, you can save up to 80% on your electricity bills and waste a lot less energy as they can typically use about 25-80% less energy.

Improve Your Insultation

Another way you can save money in the long run and be kind to the environment, is to improve the insulation in your home. With better insulation, made from natural materials, your home will require less heating. This could be loft insulation, cavity wall insulation, plasterboard and even floor insulation.

Unlike many conventional insulations, natural insulations made from materials such as sheep’s wool, Earth wool, Thermal fleece, Warmcel etc. have low embodied energy and are all fully recyclable and disposable at the end of their natural use. In winter you will be able to really feel the difference, even if this is eco-friendly improvement isn’t always immediately noticeable.

Make Your Own Furniture

Creating your own furniture can be a fun way to give your home an eco-friendly makeover. A good suggestion is to use reclaimed wood for any DIY projects, so that even your materials are kind to the environment. Once again, this is a great way to save money. Plus, reclaimed wood can add a sense of authentic, earthy style to your home. Just be sure to remove any nails or other potentially dangerous pieces of metal from the wood.

Add Plants and Grow Your Own Food

When it comes to your decorations, it can be a good idea to go green – literally. Plants can soften spaces and really add life to your interiors. They can also provide stunning focus points. What’s more, they can help to improve the air quality of rooms and to filter out harmful chemicals. Along with traditional decorative greenery, you could also opt for potted herbs and even vegetables. You can planet seeds and grow your own fruit and vegetables. This way you will have an eco-friendly stock of ingredients for your kitchen.

Pay Attention to Labels

If you need to paint your interior spaces, you might want to carefully read the labels on paint tins or any associated products to make sure that you’re making eco-friendly choices. Products with low VOC (volatile organic compounds) ratings are the ones to look for, as these will contain smaller amounts of harmful air pollutants. VOC ratings can also often be found on furniture, carpets and other household items.

Some product brands such as AFM Safe coat, Benjamin Moore aura and Natura, Yolo Colorhouse, The old fashioned Milk paint company and Sherwin Williams even emit no VOC, making these ideal for eco-friendly redecoration.

Update Your Flooring

It’s also possible to choose eco-friendly options when it comes to the surface beneath your feet. Wooden, stone or marble flooring are all choices that are both natural and beautiful. This type of flooring may be expensive, but in the long-run it could pay for itself in that it might add value to your home. Plus, these materials are usually hard-wearing, which means that they will last longer.

Another advantage is that they are easy to clean, making them a good choice for families with children. Some other options you could consider for eco flooring are Cork (renewable material), reclaimed wool rugs, Bamboo flooring, reclaimed and sustainable hardwood, Linoleum flooring and recycled metal, glass and rubber tiles are all good options for an eco-friendly, durable nontoxic floor.

Maximise Your Space

Our final tip is to make the best use you can of the space in your home. This way you won’t be tempted to buy a bigger home, which won’t be as kind to the environment in terms of its carbon footprint. One way of doing this is to use multi-purpose furniture, such as fold-down couches, to get the most out of living areas. Another approach is to convert your garage, if you have one, into an office or additional living space.

There are many other ways of transforming your home into an eco-friendly haven, and you should consider this list to be a starting point. If you are considering the change to greener, kinder living, then good luck and may your redecoration and remodelling be a success.

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25+ Outstanding Benefits of Living a Minimalist Lifestyle


A minimalism lifestyle is the change in one’s need or desire to own very few material possessions. A minimalist targets to own, on average, about 50-100 things on a quest to own less stuff but most importantly, only those items that are of great value and highly essential. In other words, clutter is eliminated by all means necessary.

Minimalists prefer to survive on fewer things, for instance: not owning a car but instead walk or bike to work; not feeling the need to own big and expensive homes, but instead build a small comfortable home; not owning the newest technology but instead have the functional day-to-day appliances. Minimalism is thus a tool for helping humanity rid themselves of life’s excess in favor of focusing on what is really important in a bid to find happiness, fulfillment, and freedom. In this sense, here are 25+ outstanding benefits of living a minimalist lifestyle.

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1. It is an intentional rewarding lifestyle

Minimalism is a self-driven intention that comes from an individual and is not forced down on anyone. It comes from within a person, and that is, it is inspired by an internal decision and not by external forces. Therefore, it rewards by making us place value on only the rewarding things and avoid those that distracts us.

2. Freedom from the passion to possess – consumerism

“See it, buy it!” – This is the number one social disease most of us battle with in day to day life. With a minimalist lifestyle, however, it gives you the power to avoid the passion for material possession. Minimalist lifestyle advocates for minimal material possession and by adopting it, one is freed from the desire to buy things because others are doing it. Minimalism will help you avoid the influence and in the long-run, you get to save your hard earned money and spend it on more meaning things.

3. Freedom from modern mania

The comparison game and the race to own is the in thing in the contemporary era. Regardless, minimalist lifestyle assures that what one owns should not be dictated by advertisements. Therefore, it gives us the freedom to make decisions solely on the basis of needs and not dictated by greed. For this reason, minimalism gives one the freedom from modern mania by helping us purchase only the things that will last and of value.

4. A reliable, dependable and consistent life

A simple life is one that is consistent and dependable, which is very much realizable by living a minimalist lifestyle. With a simple life, it is easy to predict the future by noticing past failures in life and makes us more prepared for them. In the consumerism world, no one purchases a product again after the cons outweigh the pros. Based on this analogy, a minimalist lifestyle will always ensures the need to take responsibility and inculcate the trait of dependability.

5. Individual growth

With a minimalist lifestyle, one tends to appreciate the very little things which eventually address our deepest heart desires and only the ones that impact our lives positively for individual growth. Minimalist lifestyle significantly helps one to focus on his/her troubles. In most cases, we are always in the habit of focusing on the things that distract us instead of focusing on the little good things in our lives, which prevents us from addressing what is wrong.

A good example is dreaming for expensive vacations instead of having a simple nature/adventure tour within our localities. Besides, even personality development experts say that the little things we do like just taking an evening walk promotes well-being and productivity.

6. Minimalism offers dynamism on how we approach life

The approach to minimalist lifestyle differs from one person to another, but with the overriding principle of avoiding wastage and being content. In this sense, it is unique to anyone who adopts the lifestyle and makes it easy to be flexible so as to fit into relationships and other day to day life requirements. This benefit makes it easy for anyone to adopt an approach in life that specifically caters for their needs, without wanting to own the entire universe to prove how important or valuable we are.

7. It gives life meaning

A minimalist lifestyle gives meaning to the things that actually matter in our lives, ultimately providing direction for our entire life. The lifestyle teaches us to principally focus on the things that directly affect our lives and avoid those that are minor and do not directly affect us. This leads to living a life with purpose. For example, people attach too much importance to succeed instead of focusing on why they want to succeed.

8. Time saving and increased efficiency

A minimalist lifestyle is not time consuming. It fills our environment with less emotional and material needs or clutter in general, which makes decision making easier thus reducing time wastage and enhances efficiency. Further, it makes us only make time for what is important and not to waste time on things that do not matter.

9. It effects change

If you need to make change in your life, try a minimalist lifestyle. As discussed in the previous point of ‘time saving,’ minimalist lifestyle makes one more effective and efficient. It involves small changes in running our daily lives right from breaking away from the way we do things. Furthermore, the lifestyle requires minimalism and for this reason, it inculcates the same habit in our daily endeavors thereby changing how we perceive and do things.

10. Can help build better relationships

With the minimalist lifestyle, you’ll tend to spend more time with people that lift you up while you equally lift them up. The lifestyle also makes us contribute beyond our selfish desires and believing in greater purpose other than individual needs. As a result, it helps in building relationships with the people around us, our families, and friends.

11. Enjoy life- live in the moment

The lifestyle makes us focus on our hobbies and creating time to do only the rewarding and enjoyable things, especially the things we never seem to have time for. With all the extra time and less burden that comes with a minimalist lifestyle, it allows one to take risks and do the enjoyable things.

12. It rids you of baggage

In simple terms, the lifestyle makes you throw away what you don’t need in order to focus on what you need. The outcome is less stress and worry; and more peace of mind.

13. Enhances creativity

By consuming less and getting rid of excess clutter, both material and emotional, it gives the power and freedom to be creative. Moreover, minimalist lifestyle champions for creativity in looking for ways to reduce the amount of stuff consumed.

14. Organization benefits

A more organized house hold is easier to clean with less stuff and clutter. Have more space to arrange what you need. A minimalist lifestyle has a more aesthetic value.

15. Reduces fear

We accumulate stuff and give them meaning making us always terrified of losing our stuff. Gain confidence because you don’t have anything to lose by adopting a minimalist lifestyle. Taking back control of your life, for example, one can’t take a leap from a job they find draining and unrewarding to start their own business because most of their finances are tied up in maintaining a lifestyle that does not allow for that kind of risk.

16. Live a comfortable life

A minimalist lifestyle is packaged with a life full of comfort and freedom from stress as well as debt. It creates a calm and peaceful life.

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17. It makes you become self-reliant

Minimalist lifestyle helps you to become less reliant on material things and be more reliant on yourself. Your mood, should not be dictated by what you have, own or what you wish to own. You therefore get things done, and your ability to achieve is not dependent on possessions but on knowledge.

18. Better health

Minimalist lifestyle makes one to appreciate their health and take care of it. It also gives more opportunity for rest by decluttering your schedule to enhance your health, make your food, sleep or even spend time with family. It makes you take time to laugh, smile, and enjoy personal time, and even have time for a small polite conversation with a friend or a stranger. These things might seem trivial but eventually build up to one’s better health and well-being. It also preserves mental health.

19. Extra money

Buying and doing less leads to not spending so much money and eventually saving money and having extra money. You can use the money for emergencies or on things that matter.

20. Quality over quantity

Minimalism advocates for having less crappy stuff. Having crappy stuff means more spending on valuable resources. The lifestyle makes one spend money and time on only the really great stuff!

21. Owning investments instead of liabilities

Owning some things is more of a liability to growth than assets which boost your worth. You can only achieve this through a minimalist lifestyle because it assists you to get rid of the things holding you back from living life at your own terms. An example is owning a car when you are not financially flexible to deal with the expenses of owning a car like regular fuel and maintenance costs, which makes you spend more money on a non-rewarding item. A minimalist lifestyle doesn’t allow this by all means.

22. No Anxiety

Financial security is a huge anxiety relief. De-cluttering your life can help you let go of stress and clear space for the peace of mind. Instead of living with anxiety, a lifestyle of simple living offers happiness.

23. Lets you keep in touch nature and be part of its conservation

Not only is the minimalist lifestyle based on the concept of owning less things but it also reduces resource use which eventually helps the environment.

24. Freedom and feeling liberated

Freedom from stuff is liberating. The sense of freedom that comes from minimalism is truly amazing. A prime example is the freedom to do what you want with your time.

25. Charitable

The passage right to a minimalist lifestyle is getting rid of excess stuff that you don’t need. Nonetheless, because you don’t need it does not mean it is not helpful to someone else. Donating clothes to the homeless or books to library is not only a way to get rid of stuff but it is also a way to give to those people who need it most.

26. Happiness

True happiness is the ultimate benefit of living a minimalist lifestyle. Moreover, it is the best fruits of life that anyone can hope for. It adds a deeper sense of meaning to life and attaches purpose and fruitfulness of life itself.

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Paris Make Plans to Sue the Fossil Fuel Industry


The effects of climate change in most parts of the world are becoming drastic and thus, affecting lives and properties. Due to the present change in the climate, Paris has been experiencing its detrimental effects and on Tuesday, the city has said it is making out plans to sue the fossil industry. As a result of damages from climate change, Paris has also responded to these destructions, including immense recent floods, and it has decided to take this action to follow suit in the footsteps of New York and other cities in the United States.

It is necessary to know that 3 years ago, Paris had made plans to dissociate itself from assisting the fossil industry in the build-up to COP21, where the city itself agreed to sign the Paris Agreement. However, the Paris council has aims to use its power, together with the authority of President Anne Hidalgo within the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group to persuade other big cities to join in the campaign.

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Earlier this month, Paris was a victim of a major disaster pertaining to floods, which according to Anne Hidalgo, poses “a clear question of the city’s adaptation to climate change”. With the advent of the downpours that flooded Paris in May 2016, various research has indicated that climate change doubled the advent of the floods. However, it is important to know that during the course of these floods in 2016, various lives and properties were lost.

Following the announcement on Tuesday by the city, it was also indicated that other cities that have been affected by climate change are following the same action as Paris. However, Clemence Dubois, of 350.org France stated: “it is a welcomed news that other cities such as New York and Paris are mobilizing to shield their residents from climate change and hold various fossil fuel industries accountable for their actions. This major action for the movement against fossil fuel companies and the support of thousands of people all over the world against climate change is a good one in order to protect the planet from being destroyed completely”.

We need to know that big fossil fuel companies like Total, Shell, BP, and Exxon are imposing a big threat to the world by causing floods and increasing the number of heat waves which are intensifying not only in Paris but other areas of the planet. Other detrimental effects caused by these big fossil fuel companies include droughts, forest fires, rising sea levels, etc. The movement will not only help France but other areas of the world.

In addition, on Jan. 10, the mayor of New York, Bill de Blasio, declared that New York would dissociate from investing on the fossil fuel pension funds of $ 191 billion and he also stepped further to state that the city is making plans to sue BP, Shell, ExxonMobil, Chevron, and ConocoPhillips.

Bill de Blasio has also made this known: “We want to commence the fight against climate change by tackling big fossil fuel companies that know how dangerous their activities are but go ahead to mislead the public to protect their personal interests. As climate change tends to aggravate, it is left for these fossil fuel companies whose interest in their profits puts us in this situation to take it upon themselves to make New York a safer place to be”.

Various court documents have stated that New York has also suffered from flooding and erosion as a result of climate changes. As a result of future threats, it has also sought to protect its residents from the effects of climate change back on the companies that have done lots of activities in creating changes on our climate – the fossil fuel companies.

Paris and New York are collaborating in the fight against fossil fuel giants due to Tuesday’s statement. Other major cities like Sydney, Cape Town, Berlin, Oslo, Copenhagen, and Stockholm are not left out in their support and they have also stated their commitment to the divestment of fossil fuels. Could this be the beginning of the movement against big fossil fuel giants by major cities in the world?

Nevertheless, 33 major local authorities in France have stated their support in the divestment; such authorities include, Bordeaux, Lille, La Rochelle, and Dijon.

Clemence Dubois said: “we will persuade our local authorities to ask other cities to follow our movement. We all know that our local communities have more authority in the resistance against these big fossil fuel companies, comprising through their links with the “Caisse des Depots et Consignation” who manages the pension of the employees. We also request that this public financial institution joins this movement that is happening all over the country.”

With all of these actions, the pressure on the fossil fuel industry is increasing every day. Right now, over 800 institutions including religious and medical groups have given their support to this movements. In order to increase the chances of victory, the Fossil Fuel movement is also making out plans for local action all over the world to increase the change to renewable energy. To be part of this movement- find out how you can take action anywhere you are.

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Greenhouses: The Ultimate Solar Energy Technology


The technology to capture solar energy and use it in a variety of ways is rapidly developing. It is an exciting time in the industry with large scale, efficient solar farms generating power from the sun on a massive scale. Whilst most of these large-scale developments focus on converting the suns energy into electricity, other solar devices are also being designed like the solar powered cooking grill a solar device that generates diesel from the air. In a domestic setting the capture of solar power is still limited but we can expect to see some exciting development in the future.

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It is worth remembering that plants capture the suns energy all the time and convert it into food in a process called photosynthesis. Our vegetable patches and gardens are therefore one big solar panel. We can capture more of this energy to extend our growing seasons and produce more food by the use of cold frames and greenhouses.

A greenhouse does not increase the suns energy or concentrate the incoming light. A patch of ground under a greenhouse does not receive more light than a neighbouring patch outside the greenhouse. So how does a greenhouse work then? Sunlight is not just light – it also carries heat energy too. When light passes through an object, like glass, some of it becomes heat. The panes of a greenhouse capture this heat energy and hold it inside the structure heating the plants and the soil around the plants roots. It is this increase in temperature that makes the plants inside a greenhouse grow earlier and faster than plants outside.

To maximise the capture of this heat energy a greenhouse needs to have tight joints and glazing so the heat and warm air inside can’t leak out. Glass is not a good insulator but modern thickened glass is more effective at retaining heat when there is no direct sunlight, for example, when there is cloud cover and during the night.

Quality greenhouse manufacturers like Cultivar use gaskets in their frames which allow the greenhouse glazing to expand when it is hot but when the glass cools and shrinks the gaskets also ensure a snug fit with no air gaps. If you have a layer of brick or stone at the base of your greenhouse this will act as a heat store – it will take longer for the greenhouse to heat up but overnight these dense materials will release their heat.

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The further you are away from the equator the less light you will experience in the Winter. For many of us there is not enough sunlight in the Winter to allow us to grow a crop. Of course, you can artificially heat your greenhouse – however this is not very efficient.

A Walipini greenhouse design comes from Bolivia and it has a unique design. It is a large hole (6-8 feet deep) with glazed top level and roof. This design has much less surface area of glass to capture sunlight through so how can it be warmer during the Winter? It uses a secondary source of heat – the Earths crust! The Earths crust is molten metal and magma and it’s very hot. You only have to dig down about 1.2m to benefit from this heat. At this depth the soil temperature is fairly constant at 10 – 16 °C. This steady temperature is found in most places across the globe and it even has it’s own name – The Thermal Constant.

So by digging down into the Thermal Constant layer you ensuring that your plants roots always experience a safe temperature making Winter growing a possibility. It also prevents root temperatures becoming too high in the Summer.

If you want to try this type of greenhouse you need to make sure that it’s base is a good 5 feet above your local water table. This will prevent flooding and root waterlogging.

Sunrooms

You can use the suns energy to heat your home directly. Large panes of glass, sunrooms and skylights can be added to your home to capture the suns heat and reduce or eliminate your need to use artificial heating. If you want to make sure the heat captured during the day does not escape as soon as the sun sets you will need to use quality double glazing, in freezing countries triple glazing is the best option. Without quality glazing the sun room will not be comfortable in the evenings and overnight.

You should pay close attention to the glasses Solar Heat Gain Coefficient (SHGC). This measures how well the glass converts the sunlight that falls onto it into heat. The scale runs from 0 to 1. The closer the SHGC is to 1 the better it is at generating heat from sunlight.

Fit a ceiling fan which pushes air down towards the floor. Because warm air rises the hottest temperatures will be up near the roof, a ceiling fan will make the air circulate pushing the heat down towards the furniture and people and below.

Of course you can use some clever design to combine the benefits of a sun room with a greenhouse. Several eco communities as well as research institutions are incorporating large glazed sections onto the side of living quarters to provide heat as well as a large area for year round food production. The image below is of the Sirius Community greenhouse.

Domestic Solar Power Adoption

Having solar panels fitted individually to your home can still be expensive and complicated. Some governments have helped the industry by providing grants and incentivising power companies to use domestic solar power. Other countries have done the opposite by levying taxes and imposing restrictive legislation. These two extremes are illustrated by the UK and Spain.

Despite Spain being bathed in constant sunshine, using solar power for anything other than water heating is difficult and expensive. In the UK solar panels are literally everywhere even though there is little strong sunshine for much of the year. In 2016 the UK was in 6th place globally in terms of solar capacity and was generating 12,300 MW of solar power, about 3.5% of the country’s electricity need. In comparison Spain is in 10th place in the world with a capacity of only 5,500 MW.

If you want to find out more about solar power production and usage on a country by country basis you can start here. If you can’t fit solar panels to home don’t despair there are still ways to use the suns energy.

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Famous Climate Skeptic Withdrew From Top Environmental Job by White House


In yet another famous hindrance for the President of the United States, Donald Trump, the white house recently withdrew the appointment of a top climate skeptic to become the chair of the Influential Council on Environmental Quality.

However, it is important to know that the appointment of this top skeptic by name, Kathleen Hartnett White has been delayed due to some of her controversial statements on climate change and other environmental issues in the past. Nevertheless, Kathleen Hartnett has been finding it difficult to get the support of most Republicans in the Senate. The appointment of Kathleen Hartnett had been delayed for over a year now.

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Just like other nominees from the president of the United States, she doesn’t support environmentalism and she’s also in support of the Texas Public Policy Foundation which was a conservative think tank that got huge funds from Koch Industries, ExxonMobil, Chevron, and other big fossil-fuel industries.

Kathleen Hartnett White was declared last October by President Trump to be the chairperson of the Influential Council on Environmental Quality. It is also necessary to know that Kathleen has worked with the former Texas Governor, Rick Perry, who is now Trump’s energy secretary for 6 years to oversee the state environmental agency.

Furthermore, the nomination of White was flagged in the Senate and she is among the group of nominees that have been rejected by the Senate from the White House when the Congress concluded its activities for last year. Nevertheless, President Trump submitted White’s nomination at the beginning of this year again.

Kathleen Harnett White who has never been a researcher linked the work of environmentalists to “the rigid claims of ideologues and clerics”. When called for a Senate hearing last year November, she shielded and stood by her past comments, that environmental pollution which is caused by burning fuels does not cause any detrimental effect on the environment.

White’s opponents were against the nomination of her heading the council and they referred to her past comments on the support of fossil fuels to help improve the standard of living of people. White has often referred to carbon dioxide as not being a polluting agent but a necessity for plant nutrition and sustenance.

In the time when Perry was still the governor of Texas, White had often tagged the past American government headed by Obama as “imperial EPA (Environmental Protection Agency)” and she had constantly opposed several programs and measures on air and water pollution.

However, White has asked for her nomination to be withdrawn, according to a Washington Post. Also, she has also said in a statement: “I would love to thank President Donald Trump for his immense confidence in me. I will always support his policies and leadership on environment and energy issues and make them of critical importance in order to make our nation great, prosperous, and safe once more”.

The present U.S Senator, Tom Carper who is the top Democrat on the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee said that, “it is totally clear that being the head of the Council on Environmental Quality is not the right job for White” Carper had said that the withdrawal of White’s nomination from the office was the best measure that has been taken; he has advised the government of the United States to choose a considerate environmental and public health personnel to lead this sophisticated position.

Kathleen Hartnett White has said lots of provocative statements in the past, in which she affirmed that “there are no environmental crises anywhere and that there are no major problems concerning the environment in the US”.

Also, White’s statement was also recorded saying that “renewable energy can’t be achieved, rather, it is a fabricated hope” and she called the findings made by researchers “dogmatic claims of ideologies and clerics”.

In addition to all of White’s statements, it is important also to note that September last year, she also stated that believing in “global warming” is a sort of paganism.

White’s opinions concerning global warming were also aired live in a show in November during her appointment hearing at the Senate committee on environment and public works, where she had problems trying to answer vital questions about carbon dioxide and climate. She said, “Carbon dioxide is not a characteristic air pollutant that you know to contaminate the atmosphere, thus, carbon dioxide has a direct impact on human health”. White was asked if she was concerned on the increase in the amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, well, she stated that “carbon dioxide is an important gas that adds essential nutrients to plants”.

When she was asked if she knew of any issue on the oceans as a result of the discharges of fossil fuels, she answered: “there are lots of them”. When requested to name a few of them, she stated that she had only a shallow knowledge of these problems. White couldn’t give a good answer to the questions that were asked by Senator Sheldon Whitehouse on the effects of carbon dioxide on oceans.

However, the news of White’s withdrawal was welcomed by lots of Democrats in the U.S and it is also a cheered one for every thoughtful environmentalist all over the world today.

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