Celebrating Earth Day Texas Style

When looking for environmental success stories coming out of the Lone Star State, a couple really stand out. One is the amazing growth of wind energy. Texas is the king of wind energy, producing about 20 percent of the wind power generated in the United States. The other is an event that has become the nation’s most important and impressive environmental education effort, Earth Day Texas. Earth Day Texas, which is coming up this weekend (April 24-26) in Dallas, is the brainchild of Trammell S. Crow. It started out in 2010 as a local Dallas-centric Earth Day event, but has grown into a truly Texas-sized undertaking with state, national and global impact. Earth Day Texas attracts local and national political leaders, business leaders, conservation leaders and over 50,000 attendees. It provides each of them with an opportunity to learn about our most pressing environmental problems, discuss solutions, witness what others are doing to safeguard our planet, discover the latest green technologies, and learn how to do their part. This year’s event will feature presentations on topics, ranging from water conservation and wildlife protection, to renewable energy and environmental politics. There will be a showing of the powerful new film Racing Extinction, where an innovative team of artists and activists expose a hidden world of corruption and extinction that is truly shocking. Bat Conservation International will be there with live bats giving presentations on why bats are one of the most ecologically and economically important wildlife species, and yet one of the most threatened. That’s just the tip of the iceberg, Earth Day Texas has more exhibits, entertainment and presentations...

Freeloading Rancher is Anti-America and Anti-Conservative

Cliven Bundy, the Nevada rancher who orchestrated an armed standoff with federal officials last year over his refusal to pay two decades worth of grazing fees and fines, is back in the news. Late last month, he and his followers rallied in Carson City to support AB408, a radical (and unconstitutional) bill in the Nevada State Assembly, the purpose of which was to seize all U.S. owned lands, mineral rights and water rights in the state, and to block enforcement of federal law. That bill has since been gutted of those provisions, but Bundy is staying in the news. This weekend he plans a “Bundy Ranch Freedom Reunion” at his ranch. Bundy, who says he does not recognize the United States as “even existing, owes the government more than $1 million and has ignored  countless court orders. That Bundy is still running around free and not behind bars is almost as perplexing as his crazy beliefs are. Bundy somehow believes that Nevada is a sovereign entity that is not bound by the U.S. constitution and not subject to federal law. He has apparently even went so far as to order the Clark County sheriff to disarm federal officials and tear down National Park entrance fee booths. His wacky views are more or less in line with those of the Sovereign Citizen Movement, which the FBI has expressed growing concern about. Check out recent CRS op-eds in the Las Vegas Review Journal  and the Salt Lake Tribune, linked below, to read why Bundy and his followers are anti-America and anti-conservative. Las Vegas Review Journal: Bundy’s stance not in line with...