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  • Jade Helm, Terrorist Attacks, Surveillance and Other Fairy Tales for a Gullible Nation 

    “Strange how paranoia can link up with reality now and then.” ― Philip K. Dick, A Scanner Darkly
    Once upon a time, there was a nation of people who believed everything they were told by their government.
    When terrorists attacked the country, and government officials claimed to have been caught by surprise, the people believed them. And when the government passed massive laws aimed at locking down the nation and opening the door to total government surveillance, the people believed it was done merely to keep them safe. The few who disagreed were labeled traitors.
    When the government waged costly preemptive wars on foreign countries, insisting it was necessary to protect the nation, the citizens believed it. And when the government brought the weapons and tactics of war home to use against the populace, claiming it was just a way to recycle old equipment, the people believed that too. The few who disagreed were labeled unpatriotic.
    When the government spied on its own citizens, claiming they were looking for terrorists hiding among them, the people believed it. And when the government began tracking the citizenry’s movements, monitoring their spending, snooping on their social media, and surveying their habits—supposedly in an effort to make their lives more efficient—the people believed that, too. The few who disagreed were labeled paranoid. 

    Suddenly, the overall picture seems that much more sinister. Clearly, there’s a larger agenda at work here, and it’s one the American people had better clue into before it’s too late to do anything about it.

    Call me paranoid, but I think we’d better take James Madison’s advice and “take alarm at the first experiment on our liberties.”

Stalking Crickets

  • Texans organize ‘Operation Counter Jade Helm’ to keep an eye on the federal troops  

    When the troops land in Texas for Operation Jade Helm next week, someone will be waiting for them.

    The U.S. Military will bring over a thousand troops as well as aircraft and heavy vehicles to Texas and six other southwestern states for Operation Jade Helm–an unprecedented special operations training exercise. A civilian group has organized to monitor the training, including companies in Texas that plan to post up at each drill site in the Lone Star State.

    Hundreds of people have organized a “Counter Jade Helm” surveillance operation across the Southwestern states and in an effort to keep an eye on the contentious military drill that’s sparked many suspicious of Uncle Sam’s intentions.

    Eric Johnston, a 51-year-old retired firefighter and sheriff’s deputy who lives in Kerrville, is a surveillance team leader in Texas. He’ll coordinate three groups of volunteers, about 20 folks in total, who hope to monitor the SEALs, Green Berets and Air Force Special Ops in Bastrop, Big Spring and Junction when Jade Helm kicks off on July 15. With media prohibited at the drills, the volunteers could be a main source of information for the highly-anticipate seven-state exercise.

    But locations more precise than the towns around which troops will drill remain unknown. For the citizens’ surveillance operation, therein lies the first challenge

Holy Financial Nepotism

  • Guess Who’s Running the BRICS Bank?  

    While examining Eastern press reports of the recent St. Petersburg International Economic Forum for news that went largely unnoticed in the West, I came across a Greek Reporter article titled Greek PM Tsipras Meets with Gazprom Chief, BRICS Delegation in St Petersburg. It contained this telling section…

    >>> Tsipras also met with representatives of the new development bank for BRICS countries, who expressed their intense interest in cooperating with Greece.

    The Greek Prime Minister was accompanied by Productive Reconstruction, Environment and Energy Minister Panagiotis Lafazanis, while the BRICS delegation included its chief, Kundapur Vaman Kamath, IMF’s Executive Director and new Vice President of the BRICS bank Paulo Nogueira Batista, Russia’s Deputy Finance Minister Sergei Storchak and the head of state bank Vnesheconombank (VEB), Vladimir Dmitriev. <<<

    In the Western news reports of the time, I saw it mentioned that Tsipras met with Putin, but I heard nothing about him meeting with the head of the BRICS Bank, K.V. Kamath…
    …who is one of the “Davos boys.” It was an interesting oversight on the part of the Western press.

    Even more interesting than that was the mention that one of the IMF’s Executive Directors is also a Vice President of the BRICS Bank. According to the IMF website

    “The Executive Board (the Board) is responsible for conducting the day-to-day business of the IMF. It is composed of 24 Directors, who are appointed or elected by member countries or by groups of countries, and the Managing Director, who serves as its Chairman. The Board usually meets several times each week. It carries out its work largely on the basis of papers prepared by IMF management and staff.”

    One of those Board members is this man…
    who was selected on June 11 as a Vice President of the BRICS Bank.

    And who trained this Mr. Batista?…

    The Jesuits…

    …and the London Establishment…

    If we look again at the BRICS Post article that announced Batista’s selection to the BRICS Bank, it offers an additional bit of interesting information…

    “The first meeting of the bank’s board of governors will be in early July during the BRICS summit in Russia, at which it will formally appoint its president and vice-presidents…

    Zhu Xian, vice-president of the World Bank, has been picked by China as one of the four vice-presidents.”

    So who will be running the “fresh, new” BRICS Bank? Guys who hang out at Davos, who help run the “tainted, old” IMF and World Bank, and who are trained by the London Establishment and the Vatican Jesuits.

  • Globalist Agenda Watch 2015: Updates 51-53 – Guess who’s running the new BRICS Bank & Happy ISIS Weekend? (+ a P.S.)  

    [Update 52 – 2 July 2015]

    The BRICS Bank will be ready this month for the Fed’s interest rate hike

    In yet another sign of how carefully the globalists have choreographed the supposed East vs. West conflict, the BRICS Post is reporting that the BRICS Bank’s $100 billion Contingency Fund will be in place at the end of the month. This will give them a good six weeks to work out procedural bugs before the Federal Reserve delivers the New Lehman Shock with an expected September interest rate increase, and it even raises the possibility that the Fed could surprise us with a rate hike this month.

    Originally, the BRICS Bank was scheduled to launch sometime in 2016. But during last November’s G20 Summit, the BRICS’ language changed to an “as quickly as possible” stance. I took note of it at the time in The Globalists are accelerating the rollout of their new financial system. In that entry, I predicted that the Bank would be launched at next week’s BRICS Summit, and I took note of what the Brazilian President said about the Bank…  

    For a more detailed explanation of how all this works, see this entry: Throwing the Game: Why the globalists are exposing their own false-flags.

    (P.S. – 3 July 2015) – Whilst poking about the internet this evening, I came across this LaRouche webpage
    …So Lyndon LaRouche is selling the BRICS Kool Aid, eh? No surprise there.

  • China’s Plunging Markets: Retail Investors Stunned by Rout   

    It has been a tough three weeks for millions of regular Chinese who invested vital savings in the country’s stock markets.

    “I have been trading in the past few years, but this market plunge is unprecedented,” said one retiree, referring to the nearly 30-percent drop since the markets peaked on June 12. By early July, $2.8 trillion in value had been wiped out.

    “Almost all of the folks here have lost money in the last few weeks,” added Wang, who asked to be referred to by his surname, like other investors NBC News spoke to on Monday. “Many of us here are retirees, we invest our pension money in the stock market.” 

    Dissatisfaction with the government attempts to stabilize the markets is palpable among retail investors on the trading floors.

    “The government support measures are mostly useless,” said Yan, a retired public servant.

    Regardless of what measures Beijing takes to help boost investors, experts say it was only a matter of time before the party ended.

    “China’s stock market is like a big casino and the Chinese love gambling,” said Hu Xingdou, professor of economics at the Beijing Institute of Technology. “The stock market valuation is out of line with the economic fundamentals, and this is due to speculation and government policy interventions.”

  • Bewildered Greeks left wondering what happened to referendum ‘No’ vote  

    Less than a week after they triumphantly gave international creditors a bloody nose by rejecting a harsh austerity plan, angry and bewildered Greeks are left wondering how they now find themselves swallowing an even worse deal.

    In a nationwide referendum just last Sunday, nearly 62 per cent of voters rejected an austerity deal that had been offered by the European Commission, International Monetary Fund and European Central Bank.

    There were scenes of wild jubilation across the country.

    In Athens’ Syntagma Square, the Greek answer to Trafalgar Square, thousands of joyous ‘No’ voters hugged and kissed each other, waved Greece’s national flag and swigged cans of beer.

    “It was an expression of the will of the people,” Manos Agelidis, 27, a biomedical engineering PhD student, told The Telegraph as he celebrated with friends.

    Fast forward just a few days, however, and Alexis Tsipras, the prime minister, did the unthinkable.

    On Thursday, with a deadline imposed by the creditors looming, he buckled.

    His radical Left-wing Syriza government, which came to power in January on the unrealistic promise of putting an end to austerity and the country’s six-year long economic nightmare, put forward a plan that promises spending cuts of €12 billion in return for a third international bail-out, this time worth €53.5 billion (£38.4bn).

Counter Plunder

  • Greek Citizens Resort To Bartering Because They Are Out Of Cash  

    Banks have been closed in Greece for several days, as the country is now quickly approaching the deadline to make its due payment to the International Monetary Fund (IMF). If the nation misses the payment, it will be the first developed nation in history to do so. Greece is expected to make the payment of €1.6bn to the IMF by 6pm on Tuesday (Washington, D.C. Time). The nation has undergone five years of austerity and its international bailout comes to a close this week. Greece owes the IMF $26bn overall, which according to the Council on Foreign Relations, is four times greater than the total value of all overdue funds in the IMF’s history.

    As a response to the increasing tension and worry surrounding the situation, European markets were hit by a flurry of selling on Monday, and banks maintain that they will stay closed on Tuesday as well. The banks have already been closed for over a week for many, and people are starting to panic and look to other areas for solutions. Some citizens admit that they have even begun bartering with one another. “My neighbors and I have now resorted to a sort of barter system among ourselves because we have no money left,” says one citizen about the worsening situation.

Pope Moral Plunder

  • Pope Francis is pressing his case for a new economic and environmental world order

    Francis’ call comes on his final full day in Ecuador, a Pacific nation that is home to one of the world’s most species-diverse ecosystems but is also an OPEC country heavily dependent on oil extraction.

    The pope issued the challenge at a meeting with business leaders and indigenous groups. The latter have championed his recent encyclical denouncing what he says is a profit-at-all cost mentality of wealthy nations that exploits the poor and destroys the planet. 

    Pope Francis has ended his private visit to the Church of the Society of Jesus in Quito and returned to the Vatican ambassador’s residence for his final night in Ecuador.

    The Jesuit church is a Spanish Baroque gem that is one of the oldest and best known churches in Ecuador. It houses a painting of the Virgin Mary that was said to shed tears in 1906.

  • Jesuit university celebrates gay marriage ruling on social media

    The University of San Francisco (USF), a Jesuit Catholic institution, celebrated the Supreme Court’s opinion on same-sex marriage on Twitter last week.

    The university’s official Twitter and Facebook accounts features a number of postings about the Obergefell v. Hodges decision and the San Francisco Pride Parade, which occurred the same weekend.

    “Supreme Court legalizes gay marriage nationwide in wake of #SFPride-@USF_LTMC #LoveWins,” reads one tweet from USF’s official Twitter account, which features a photo of the California State Capitol lit in rainbow colors.

    Ann-Marie Devine, senior director of media relations said that the “University does not have an official statement on the SCOTUS ruling. It is not customary to issue reactionary statements on Supreme Court decisions.”

  • A Revolutionary Pope Calls for Rethinking the Outdated Criteria That Rule the World

    Pope Francis’ revolutionary encyclical addresses not just climate change but the banking crisis. Interestingly, the solution to that crisis may have been modeled in the Middle Ages by Franciscan monks following the Saint from whom the Pope took his name.

    Pope Francis has been called “the revolutionary Pope.” Before he became Pope Francis, he was a Jesuit Cardinal in Argentina named Jorge Mario Bergoglio, the son of a rail worker. Moments after his election, he made history by taking on the name Francis, after Saint Francis of Assisi, the leader of a rival order known to have shunned wealth to live in poverty.

    Pope Francis’ June 2015 encyclical is called “Praised Be,” a title based on an ancient song attributed to St. Francis. Most papal encyclicals are addressed only to Roman Catholics, but this one is addressed to the world. And while its main focus is considered to be climate change, its 184 pages cover much more than that. Among other sweeping reforms, it calls for a radical overhaul of the banking system. It states in Section IV:

    Today, in view of the common good, there is urgent need for politics and economics to enter into a frank dialogue in the service of life, especially human life. Saving banks at any cost, making the public pay the price, forgoing a firm commitment to reviewing and reforming the entire system, only reaffirms the absolute power of a financial system, a power which has no future and will only give rise to new crises after a slow, costly and only apparent recovery. The financial crisis of 2007-08 provided an opportunity to develop a new economy, more attentive to ethical principles, and new ways of regulating speculative financial practices and virtual wealth. But the response to the crisis did not include rethinking the outdated criteria which continue to rule the world.

    . . . A strategy for real change calls for rethinking processes in their entirety, for it is not enough to include a few superficial ecological considerations while failing to question the logic which underlies present-day culture.

    “Rethinking the outdated criteria which continue to rule the world” is a call to revolution, one that is necessary if the planet and its people are to survive and thrive. Beyond a change in our thinking, we need a strategy for eliminating the financial parasite that is keeping us trapped in a prison of scarcity and debt.

    Interestingly, the model for that strategy may have been created by the Order of the Saint from whom the Pope took his name. Medieval Franciscan monks, defying their conservative rival orders, evolved an alternative public banking model to serve the poor at a time when they were being exploited with exorbitant interest rates.

Judicial Repentance

  • Federal Judge of 17 Years Repents – Compares Damage Done by “War on Drugs” to Destruction of World War II 

    The “war on drugs” is one of the most irrational, idiotic and destructive public policy failures in American history, and that’s saying a lot. I’ve covered this topic many times at Liberty Blitzkrieg, but nothing spells it out like the repentant words of a former federal judge, who admittedly ruined countless lives for no reason.

    From the Atlantic:

    ASPEN, Colo.—Former Federal Judge Nancy Gertner was appointed to the federal bench by Bill Clinton in 1994. She presided over trials for 17 years. And Sunday, she stood before a crowd at The Aspen Ideas Festival to denounce most punishments that she imposed.

    Among 500 sanctions that she handed down, “80 percent I believe were unfair and disproportionate,” she said. “I left the bench in 2011 to join the Harvard faculty to write about those stories––to write about how it came to pass that I was obliged to sentence people to terms that, frankly, made no sense under any philosophy.”

    She went on to savage the War on Drugs at greater length. “This is a war that I saw destroy lives,” she said. “It eliminated a generation of African American men, covered our racism in ostensibly neutral guidelines and mandatory minimums… and created an intergenerational problem––although I wasn’t on the bench long enough to see this, we know that the sons and daughters of the people we sentenced are in trouble, and are in trouble with the criminal justice system.”

    She added that the War on Drugs eliminated the political participation of its casualties. “We were not leveling cities as we did in WWII with bombs, but with prosecution, prison, and punishment,” she said, explaining that her life’s work is now focused on trying to reconstruct the lives that she undermined––as a general matter, by advocating for reform, and as a specific project: she is trying to go through the list of all the people she sentenced to see who deserves executive clemency.

    Enough is enough. Let’s end this stupidity once and for all.

  • Judge identifies 12 huge lies about justice in America  

    Judge Alex Kozinski, one of America’s most prominent jurists, has a new article out that attacks many assumptions about criminal justice in the US.

    “Much of the so-called wisdom that has been handed down to us about the workings of the legal system, and the criminal process in particular, has been undermined by experience, legal scholarship and common sense,” Kozinski writes in the Georgetown Law Journal

    In his article, Kozinski calls much of the law “guesswork” and points out 12 widely held but largely false beliefs about criminal prosecution in America.  [Read them at link above]

Or Not

  • Three Supreme Court Justices have been Ruling on Cases Involving Companies Whose Stock they Own  

    The Supreme Court’s top justice and two associate justices have repeatedly ruled in cases involving companies in which they owned stock, according to a court watchdog group.

    The organization Fix the Court says in a report (pdf) that Chief Justice John Roberts and Associate Justices Stephen Breyer and Samuel Alito have created potential conflicts of interest by participating in decisions that potentially affected their stock portfolio.

    Fix the Court reviewed cases heard by the court between 2009 and 2013, and focused on 19 cases in which the three justices owned stock in companies that filed “friend of the court” or amicus curiae briefs. The report says that, in those cases, 68% of the time Roberts, Breyer and Alito sided with the companies in which they owned stock.

Holy Crickets: Deny The Sun

  • EPA Boss: ‘Climate Deniers’ Not Normal Humans  
    EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy said Monday during a White House summit on global warming that “climate deniers” are not normal humans.

    According to The Daily Caller, McCarthy addressed a group of doctors, health professionals, and others about why the EPA feels climate change is a public health issue.

    “I am doing that not to push back on climate deniers,” McCarthy said, reports The Daily Caller, alluding to the EPA’s practice of releasing reports to inform the public about climate change. “You can have fun doing that if you want, but I’ve batted my head against the wall too many times and if the science already hasn’t changed their mind it never will.

    “But in any democracy, it’s not them that carries the day. It is normal human beings that haven’t put their stake into politics above science. It’s normal human beings that want us to do the right thing, and we will if you help us.”

Abnormal Heretics

  • Nobel Prize-winning scientist says Obama is ‘dead wrong’ on global warming   

    In 2008, Dr. Ivar Giaever joined over 70 Nobel Science Laureates in endorsing Barack Obama for president, but seven years later the Nobel Prize winner now stands against the president on global warming.

    “I would say that basically global warming is a non-problem,” Giaever, who won the Nobel for physics in 1973, told an audience at the Lindau Nobel Laureate meeting earlier this month.

    Giaever ridiculed Obama for stating that “no challenge poses a greater threat to future generations than climate change.” The physicist called it a “ridiculous statement” and that Obama “gets bad advice” when it comes to global warming.

    “I say this to Obama: Excuse me, Mr. President, but you’re wrong. Dead wrong,” Giaever said.

    Giaever was a professor at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute’s School of Engineering and School of Science and received the Nobel Prize for physics for his work on quantum tunneling. Giaever said he was “horrified” about the science surrounding global warming when he conducted research on the subject in 2012.

    Ironically, just four years earlier he signed a letter with more than 70 other Nobel winners saying the “country urgently needs a visionary leader” and that “Senator Barack Obama is such a leader, and we urge you to join us in supporting him.”

    But by 2011,  Giaever left the American Physical Society because it officially stated that “the evidence is incontrovertible … [g]lobal warming is occurring.” The Society also pushed for reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

    “Global warming really has become a new religion,” Giaever said. “Because you cannot discuss it. It’s not proper. It is like the Catholic Church.”

Blame Everything, But The Sun

  • Curbing EPA abuses   

    As Kimberly Strassel documents in May 14 and May 21 articles, EPA emails and other documents reveal that the agency had already decided in 2010 to veto the proposed Pebble Mine in Alaska on ideological grounds, “well before it did any science” on the project’s potential environmental impacts. Meanwhile, an EPA biologist was working with eco-activists to recruit Native Americans to oppose the mine. “It’s not much of a leap,” Strassel writes, “to suggest that the EPA encouraged [petitions against the mine] so that it would have an excuse to intervene, run its science as cover, and block a project it already opposed.”

    At the same time the biologist was aiding the petition drive, he was also helping to write EPA’s “options paper” for the mine – and lobbying his co-authors and report contributors to veto the mine, Strassel notes. Now, contrary to newly discovered agency emails, EPA bosses are pretending they never saw the options paper and trying to put the blame on low-level functionaries, when they were deep in cahoots all the way.

    This represents incredible collusion, deception, fraud and abuse of power – to impose agency edicts and appease environmental ideologues in and out of EPA. Moreover, it is just the latest in a long line of abuses and usurpations by this Obama agency, under a culture of corruption and secretive, manipulated science used to justify regulatory overkill that imposes extensive damages for few or no benefits.

    On climate, EPA relies on computer models and discredited IPCC reports to predict global catastrophes that it insists can be prevented if the United States slashes its fossil fuel use, carbon dioxide emissions and living standards, even if China, India and other developing countries do nothing. Meanwhile, real-world temperatures, hurricanes, tornadoes, polar ice and sea levels continue to defy the fear-mongering. So now the rhetoric has shifted yet again, to alleged national security and asthma threats from climate change.

    Meanwhile, as Charles Murray (author of By the People: Rebuilding liberty without permission) and others have suggested, states, communities, companies and individuals should engage in a new form of “systemic” civil disobedience: refusing to bow to harmful, nonsensical, tyrannical EPA regulations.

    In short, we should take Dylan Thomas’s advice – and rage, rage against the dying of the light – due to regulations that are dimming the lights in our homes and the light of liberty and American exceptionalism.

The Unholy Evidence


    In a scathing decision, a U.S. Department of Labor judge has ruled that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency improperly sought to conceal exonerating evidence and illegally retaliated against a whistleblower. In the ruling posted today by Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER), a U.S. Department of Labor administrative law judge catalogued a trove of misconduct by EPA lawyers covering years of litigation.

    The April 15, 2015 ruling by Administrative Law Judge Linda Chapman involved EPA senior chemist Cate Jenkins, who had reported fraudulent agency limits on corrosive dust and improper testing and cover-up of the toxic properties of the dust emanating from the World Trade Center (WTC) disaster which contributed to deaths and illnesses of First Responders. Judge Chapman found that EPA had “failed to produce literally thousands of documents” in a campaign of concealment. Emptying the lexicon of opprobrium, using terms such as blatant, extreme, and willful, she concluded that EPA had—

    • “Failed, and failed miserably, over an extended course of time in complying with its discovery obligations and…Court discovery orders”;
    • Worked a “fraud on the Court” through numerous “false claims” and inaccurate claims of privilege which upon examination applied to “none of the documents provided” (Emphasis in original); and
    • Deliberately and illegally destroyed an unknown number of documents which should have been under a litigation hold.

    EPA’s obstruction of Dr. Jenkin’s attempts at discovery were further complicated by the agency’s belated disclosure of “shadow email accounts” (such as a pseudonym account used by then-Administrator Lisa Jackson) maintained by agency employees subject to discovery.

    “The extreme efforts by EPA lawyers to conceal evidence had the exact opposite effect from what EPA intended,” stated PEER Senior Counsel Paula Dinerstein, noting that Dr. Jenkins had already been restored to her job after another court, the U.S. Merit Systems Protection Board, had ruled that EPA had violated her due process rights in its attempt to remove her. “This ruling also illustrates the central role that the Office of General Counsel plays in sustaining a sick culture of reprisal inside EPA.”

    The ruling came in response to a motion for sanctions filed by Dr. Jenkins’ legal team against EPA for repeatedly withholding or destroying evidence. Judge Chapman applied adverse inferences on issues affected by EPA discovery misdeeds but also ruled on the substance of the case, finding that the actions the agency accused Dr. Jenkins of committing “did not occur” and concluding –

    “Dr. Jenkins, Complainant, has established that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the respondent, has retaliated against her for her reports to Congress and the FBI, and to the public through the media, about her allegations of violations of environmental laws and regulations by the EPA in connection with the rescue and cleanup operations at the WTC, in violation of the whistleblower provisions of [several federal environmental laws].”

    “This ruling is as much a condemnation of EPA as it is vindication of Dr. Cate Jenkins,” Dinerstein added. “The only remaining question is whether EPA will learn from and atone for its actions.”

  • EPA Takes First Steps to Address Greenhouse Gas Emissions from Aircraft

    The EPA proposed to find that greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from certain classes of engines used in aircraft contribute to the air pollution that causes climate change endangering public health and welfare under section 231(a) of the Clean Air Act. At the same time, EPA issued an Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking that provides information on the process for setting international CO2 emissions standards for aircraft at the International Civil Aviation Organization, and describes and seeks input on issues related to setting an international CO2 standard for aircraft, and the potential use of section 231 of the Clean Air Act to adopt a corresponding aircraft engine standard domestically. 

  • EPA Cracks Down On Airline Emissions  

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) plans to regulate the greenhouse gas emissions of the nation’s airplanes, calling them dangerous to Americans, presenting the airline industry with what one representative called an expensive “administrative nightmare.”

    On June 10 the EPA said draft “endangerment finding” that emissions from airlines represent a threat to public health, justifying federal regulation to rein them in. Emissions from airlines make up about 2 percent of global greenhouse-gas emissions, and 3 percent within the United States. In terms of just emissions from aviation, U.S aircraft make up nearly a third of worldwide airline emissions.

    This report allows the EPA to impose a domestic standard on carbon dioxide emissions in cooperation with the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO). That worldwide agency plans to open its own emissions target to public comment in February 2016, to be finalized later that year.

  • The EPA Wants to Ground Soaring Airplane Emissions 

    The regulations come amid international action on airline emissions from the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), which has been slowly looking at a global emissions strategy. ICAO is scheduled to release its own CO2 standard for aircraft in February 2016 for public comment, with adoption later that year.

    An airline industry official told Reuters that ICAO is weighing either a market-based system that would allow airlines to buy carbon offsets to balance emissions, or a global emission standard for aircraft.

    Given the global nature of the industry, airlines say they’d like to see one international standard rather than individual standards for each country.

    They’d like to avoid, for example, further action by the European Union, which put a fee on greenhouse-gas emissions for flights in and out of Europe. That system faced opposition from companies and countries who bristled at paying into a scheme they didn’t participate in (the U.S. passed a law exempting domestic airlines), and the E.U. backtracked to confine the regulations only to flights within the European Economic Area until ICAO takes further action.

    In a statement, EPA said it was working with ICAO and that the agency’s action would “lay the necessary foundation for the development and implementation of a domestic aircraft standard, in accordance with U.S. law and the ICAO process.”

    Environmentalists say that ICAO is moving far too slowly to check airline emissions and that the standards being considered by the body just aren’t sufficient.

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