Category Archives: Science

Welcoming Zika to the United States

ZikaVirusThe Zika virus has arrived in a trendy area in North Miami, Florida. The numbers are so far few, but unlike the more than 1,600 other Zika-infected patients in the U.S., these patients had no history of travel to outbreak areas or known contact with people who had such a history.

So, how did it get here, and how do we stop it?

It did not get here because of “global warming” or “climate change.” That dreaded apocalypse has been taking a break for at least 18 years.

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Inhofe praises delist of Lesser Prairie Chicken

Lesser Prairie Chicken

Lesser Prairie Chicken

WASHINGTON – U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), chairman of the Senate Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee, released the following statement today praising the final step to delist the Lesser Prairie Chicken (LPC) has been made by publishing the final rule in the federal register:

“I am pleased the day has come for the Lesser Prairie Chicken to be officially delisted. The agency’s original listing was rushed and failed to properly take into consideration the facts on the ground.”

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Tuberculosis threat in refugees and illegals

Historic New York health poster

Historic New York public health warning poster

Americans are concerned about rising threats of terrorism as presumptive GOP nominee, Donald Trump has outlined clearly for the past year. National security concerns are real: there is a dramatic rise in illegal border crossers coming into the US via both our southern and northern borders. Border Patrol sources estimate that more than 75% of illegals continue to come from countries other than Mexico, including countries with state-sponsored terror groups. More than 85% are males aged 18-45, in contrast to past patterns including women and children.

Yet there is another serious threat to Americans not being adequately disclosed to the public by government agencies and most media outlets:  the invisible invaders traveling with humans that carry bacterial, viral, and fungal diseases both rare and previously eradicated in the US.

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Europa’s ocean may have earthlike balance

Europa

Europa

A new NASA study modeling conditions in the ocean of Jupiter’s moon Europa suggests that the necessary balance of chemical energy for life could exist there, even if the moon lacks volcanic hydrothermal activity.

Europa is strongly believed to hide a deep ocean of salty liquid water beneath its icy shell. Whether the Jovian moon has the raw materials and chemical energy in the right proportions to support biology is a topic of intense scientific interest. The answer may hinge on whether Europa has environments where chemicals are matched in the right proportions to power biological processes. Life on Earth exploits such niches.

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Sen. Inhofe on access to energy, opportunity

Oklahoma Senator Jim Inhofe

Oklahoma Senator Jim Inhofe

WASHINGTON – U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), chairman of the U.S. Senate Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee, delivered the following opening statement today at the hearing, Examining the Role of Environmental Policies on Access to Energy and Economic Opportunity.

Witnesses include Father Robert A. Sirico, president of the Acton Institute; Major General (Ret.) Robert Scales, senior military analyst; Alex Epstein, president for the Center for Industrial Progress; Rev. Dr. J. Herbert Nelson II, director for the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Office of Public Witness; and Michael Breen, president & CEO of the Truman National Security Project.

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