Gold, silver and lithium mining on federal land doesn’t bring in any royalties to the US Treasury – because of an 1872 law

Gold, silver and lithium mining on federal land doesn’t bring in any royalties to the US Treasury – because of an 1872 law

In 1872 the federal government passed a law that enabled prospectors for gold and silver to claim up to 160 acres of federal land if they worked it. Free. No royalties. A major purpose was to open up Western lands for expansion and settlement. Since then, and by now 152 years later, the law remains in place. Current regulations require permits and environmental standards, but otherwise mine companies pay no royalties, unlike coal, gas, oil on federal lands.See this article for recommendations.

Dire-Low Monarch Butterfly Populations

Dire-Low Monarch Butterfly Populations

Monarch Butterflies are a remarkable species. Both the California populations and the Eastern populations are at severe risk, even of possible extinction in the not too distant future. In the East, Monarchs migrate from overwintering all together on a few acres in Mexico, to travel by successive generations as far north as Canada. The last generation in fall flies all the way back to overwinter in Mexico. Yet climate change-related drought, herbicides and pesticides, and destruction of the milkweed that require, along with illegal logging of their winter grounds, imperils their very existence. The iconic butterfly that children study may… Read More

‘Time is Running Out,’ American Petroleum Institute Chief Said in 1965 Speech on Climate Change

‘Time is Running Out,’ American Petroleum Institute Chief Said in 1965 Speech on Climate Change

The Petroleum Industry scientists knew over 50 years ago that their product would create massive climate change disasters on a global basis. At first the industry was open about the truth. However, facing potential loss of profit if society moved away from oil-related transportation, the industry began to fund fake science and pour on lobbying of Congress to stop climate change dialogue.Read this article written in 2018 from an article in Nature journal.

Africans Rally to Defend Against Big Agribiz

Africans Rally to Defend Against Big Agribiz

Across the continent, organizations representing hundreds of millions of African farmers strongly oppose this Green Revolution model of large-scale, monocrop production reliant on chemical fertilizers. Today, agrochemical companies see Africa as the last expansion market. While an average 135kg of fertilizer is applied per agricultural hectare globally, that figure in sub-Sahara Africa is just 17kg. On the continent, smallholder farmers have been feeding hundreds of millions of people with little need for chemical fertilizers or so-called “improved” seeds. Entrenching a greater reliance on commercial inputs for African farmers is thus seen as a major opportunity for business growth. The Alliance for Food Sovereignty in Africa… Read More