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New York first state to ban natural gas and other fossil fuels in new buildings

The environmentalists are beating down policymakers are they have won a huge battle in New York. On Tuesday, New York became the first state in the country to ban the use of natural gas and other fossil fuels for heating and cooking in most new buildings.

The law does not affect existing buildings, and exempts renovations. “It also includes exceptions for a variety of new buildings, including hospitals, manufacturing facilities, and restaurants. But it does not allow cities or counties to opt out” reports National Review.

As is standard with government oversight, the rules do not apply equally across the board, highlighting its hypocrisy.

The state’s Democratic Governor Kathy Hochul endorsed a ban on natural-gas hookups in new construction during her state-of-the-state address in January. “Her spokeswoman reassured environmental activists earlier this week that the law would not include a loophole allowing localities to exempt themselves from the ban” adds National Review.

“The new law will not have any loopholes that will undermine the intent of this measure,” Katy Zielinski said in a statement provided to the New York Times. “There will not be any option for municipalities to opt out.”

State Republicans, however, oppose the measure, worried that it will raise costs for consumers, stress the electrical grid, and have little environmental benefit. “A first-in-the-nation, unconstitutional ban on natural gas hookups in new construction will drive up utility bills and increase housing costs,” state Senate minority leader Robert  Ortt said in a prepared statement.

Until recently, environmental groups tended to view natural gas positively and as a relatively clean bridge fuel in the transition to a low-carbon environment. The shift from coal to natural gas, which is cheap and abundant, helped the U.S. power industry lower its carbon emissions by a third between 2005 and 2019, according to a Cato Institute report from last year.

National Review writes:

But, over the past decade, many environmental groups have changed their position after research found that a larger fraction of methane in the atmosphere came from industrial sources than had previously been thought.

In 2019, Berkeley became the first U.S. city to ban gas hookups in most new homes or commercial buildings, drawing a lawsuit from the California Restaurant Association. Last month, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals overturned the ban. Gas-industry representatives and New York Republicans have suggested the new legislation could be struck down in court along similar lines.

Other progressive cities and counties have instituted their own bans on new gas hookups. In 2021, New York City passed a ban on natural-gas hookups in new buildings under seven stories, which is set to take effect in December. The law will apply to taller buildings beginning in 2027.

In March, the Bay Area’s air-pollution regulators voted to phase out and eventually ban the sale of new gas furnaces and water heaters in the Northern California region, a move that energy experts and economists say will be costly for residents and will likely have limited environmental impact.

“There is no problem with natural gas appliances,” Ben Lieberman, a senior fellow at the Competitive Enterprise Institute told National Review at the time. “They’re not zero-emitting, but they’re very, very low-emitting. There’s no real problem with the emissions, and they’re economical in use, and consumers prefer them for that reason.”

In New York, most homes rely on natural gas for heating, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, and there will likely be significant legal battles for the new legislation ahead.

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MYSTERY: Texas cows found mutilated with tongues surgically removed

The world just got a little weirder after numerous cattle in Texas were discovered dead in three different counties with their tongues surgically removed.

The cause of death of the six cows discovered is still unknown, according to the Madison County sheriff’s office. The Sheriffs office said that each cattle belonged to a different heard and were found all in different pastures. According to reports, five of the grass grazing beasts were adults and only one was a yearling.

It wasn’t enough to just remove the tongue of two of the cattle for whatever monster committed this act, it also removed the genitalia and anuses with a circular cut. The sheriff’s office noted that the circular cut was made with the “same precision as the cuts noted around the jaw lines of each cow,” according to officials.

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After authorities were alerted of the first deceased beast – a 6 year-old longhorn-cross cow –  investigators soon discovered the other five animals.

If this case wasn’t mysterious enough, there were appeared to be absolutely zero signs of struggle with the cattle, the grass in the area where the cattle was discovered was undisturbed, and there were no footprints or tracks from the tread of a tire at the scene.

Spooky?

“Ranchers also reported that no predators or birds would scavenge the remains of the cow, leaving it to decay untouched for several weeks,” according to the sheriff’s office.

This is not the first time that the United States has had incidents like this occur. Just between April and October of 1975, there were roughly 200 cases of cattle mutilation in just the state of Colorado alone, according to the History Channel. These cases of bovine mutilation were eerily similar to those that just occurred in which the gentle giants were left with their carcasses drained and their ears, eyes, anuses, udders, genitalia, and tongues all removed with precision blade work.

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Furthermore a New Mexico state police officer, Gabe Valdez, investigated many cases of cattle mutilation throughout the years until his death in 2011. In one case from 1976, Valdez came upon evidence that a triangular shaped vehicle/object of some sort landed in a field in where, tripod’s exited the the object and followed a cow for nearly 600 feet until the animal dropped dead and the tripods carried onto mutilate the cow. In the case just as the mutilations in Colorado and now Texas, the genitalia and anuses were also removed.

Ufo’s? Maybe a secret government project? Cults? To this day there have been many theories to the mutilations of these animals but none seem to hold strong and no answer has held enough weight to definitively know the cause and purpose for these deaths.

With the increased ufo activity seen across the globe recently, it would be ignorant to leave out the possibility that this might be something much larger then our understanding of the current world.

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Fentanyl, drug overdoses in US surged by 279 percent

The UK’s Independent published a report titled “More American Indians and Black Americans died from a pandemic surge in fentanyl overdoses than any other group.” Specifically, between 2016 and 2021 drug overdose deaths rose by a horrific 279 per cent.

Independent reports “nearly 70,000 people died from fentanyl-linked drug overdoses in 2021 alone, marking a nearly four-fold increase in fentanyl-linked deaths within five years, according to a new report from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.”

Fatal overdoses from drugs reached to over 108,000 in 2021; roughly two-thirds of all overdose deaths now involve fentanyl, according to the CDC.

The Independent reports:

That pandemic-era surge in the number of fentanyl-related drug overdose deaths has disproportionately impacted Black Americans and American Indians and Alaskan Natives, underscoring growing racial disparities in drug treatment, prevention and access to a toxic illicit drug supply.

Between 2016 and 2021, the rate of overdose deaths involving fentanyl spiked from 5.7 deaths per 100,000 people to 21.6 per 100,000, according to the report.

In 2021, the rate of fentanyl overdose deaths among American Indians/Alaska Natives was 33.1 per 100,000, followed by a rate of 31.3 per 100,000 among Black Americans.

r Allison Lin, an addiction psychiatrist at University of Michigan Medical School, told ABC News that while fentanyl-linked deaths have dominated headlines and rocked communities across the US, deadly epidemics from other drugs have not disappeared.

“It doesn’t mean that we’ve ever addressed the crack epidemic, I would say, and we also have a rising meth epidemic in the country as well and everything is just made worse [because] these [is] not just single [a] substance that people are using anymore,” she said. “They’re really oftentimes combined with fentanyl.”

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Durham to testify before House Judiciary Committee

On June 20, Special Counsel John Durham will testify appear before the House Intelligence Committee in a closed-door briefing. The next day, he will testify in front of the Judiciary Committee about his 300-page reportdetailing his investigation into the FBI probe of alleged collusion between the 2016 Trump campaign and Russian officials.

The news broke Friday that Durham will be testifying on the report, which found the Department of Justice and the FBI did not have “any actual evidence of collusion” between Russian officials and Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign.

Instead, the agencies began their Crossfire Hurricane investigation based on “raw, unanalyzed, and uncorroborated intelligence,” the report said. “Based on the review of Crossfire Hurricane and related intelligence activities, we conclude that the Department and the FBI failed to uphold their mission of strict fidelity to the law in connection with certain events and activities described in this report,” Durham wrote.

The report also confirmed that the FBI did not give due consideration to the possibility that the Steele Dossier, which was used to obtain a FISA warrant to surveil Trump campaign aide Carter Page, was Russian disinformation.

FBI leaders displayed “serious lack of analytical rigor,” according to Durham, and they relied significantly on. “investigative leads provided or funded (directly or indirectly) by Trump’s political opponents,” referring to staffers and allies of then-presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, whose campaign funded the Steele dossier through its law firm Perkins Coie.

National Review reminds readers, “The dossier was created by former British intelligence agent Christopher Steele and accused Trump and his campaign aides of collaborating with Kremlin officials.”

Durham released his report nearly four years after then-attorney general Bill Barr tasked him with investigation the origins of the Crossfire Hurricane investigation.

The FBI responded to the report in saying that the “conduct in 2016 and 2017 that Special Counsel Durham examined was the reason that current FBI leadership already implemented dozens of corrective actions, which have now been in place for some time.”

“Had those reforms been in place in 2016, the missteps identified in the report could have been prevented,” the bureau said. “This report reinforces the importance of ensuring the FBI continues to do its work with the rigor, objectivity, and professionalism the American people deserve and rightly expect.”

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Your Tax Dollars Are Bankrolling the Border Madness

Pride Month starts today and you will see celebrations of it almost everywhere. Schools, businesses, politicians, celebrities, and many other parts of our society will be enthusiastically cheering along. But many of us have seen where this movement is turning and how our children are now the targets for messages and images that are completely inappropriate, and sowing confusion about sex and their bodies. They even encourage kids and impressionable young adults to choose a different gender and radically and permanently alter their bodies if they feel uncomfortable with their biological sex.

But what can parents do to protect our kids from the cultural tidal wave? And can we still expect to raise our kids with Biblical truth and common sense morality in today’s society? Sara welcomes actor, producer, director and evangelist Kirk Cameron, who is also author of the new book “Pride Comes Before the Fall” to discuss all of this and more.

Sara and Kirk discuss how America got so far off course and what will happen if we don’t return to our Judeo-Christian roots. They also cover how the global ESG movement is driving so much of this incessant messaging, and they examine how Christian humility and a servant’s attitude stand in stark contrast to the celebration of pride. Finally, Kirk explains how the path back to sanity in this nation starts in each of our homes, modeling truth in our own lives, and instilling it in our kids.

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Biden Administration to allow 40,000 asylum-seekers per month into US with mobile app

New York City Mayor Eric Adams has unveiled a new plan to potentially place thousands of asylum seekers in private residences while compensating local homeowners and landlords.

During a City Hall press conference, Mayor Adams expressed his vision to move beyond housing single migrant men in churches and mosques and explore the option of utilizing private dwellings.

Adams emphasized the potential savings that could be achieved by redirecting the estimated $4.3 billion budget for housing the influx of migrants into everyday houses of worship and private residences, rather than corporate entities. The mayor suggested that recycling local dollars would benefit both the city and its residents.

According to reports from the New York Post, Adams said, “It is my vision to take the next step to this faith-based locales and then move to a private residence.”

“We can take that $4.2 billion — $4.3 [billion] maybe now — that we anticipate we have to spend and we can put it back in the pockets of everyday, everyday houses of worship instead of putting it in the pockets of corporations.”

“We should be recycling our own dollars,” he continued.

Acknowledging potential obstacles, Adams alluded to a “30-day rule” that City Hall would need to overcome. However, he did not provide further details on the rule or the aspects of implementing the plan.

With over 72,000 individuals having arrived in New York City since last spring, the mayor stressed the urgency of finding sustainable housing solutions beyond taxpayer-funded emergency shelters and hotels. The current system, which accommodates approximately 45,000 people, is deemed unsustainable given the continuous influx of migrants.

Adams indicated that the city would seek ways to bypass existing government regulations that prohibit housing homeless individuals in private homes. Additionally, City Hall aims to work with the state legislature to facilitate agreements that bring illegal basement apartments up to code, presenting a more affordable and viable housing alternative.

The estimated cost of the ongoing crisis is expected to exceed the current $4.3 billion budget, particularly as daily arrivals continue to increase. Last week alone, the city registered 2,200 new arrivals. To address cost concerns, Adams’ proposal to house asylum seekers in houses of worship is projected to cost approximately $125 per night, significantly less than the current expenditure of $380 per night in converted hotels.

Mayor Adams’ plan to utilize private residences represents a significant development in New York City’s efforts to address the housing needs of asylum seekers. However, the feasibility and implementation of this proposal, including overcoming legal and logistical challenges, remain to be seen.

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2 southern checkpoints in 2 months: Arizona agents seize enough fentanyl to kill over 450 million people

Federal agents at the southern border between ports of entry in Arizona just seized enough fentanyl to kill more than 450 million people. The detrimental amount of deadly drugs were seized in operations which occurred from March 6 to May 8 at four ports of entry and two checkpoints.

The Center Square reports Homeland Security Investigations, U.S. Customs and Border Protection Office of Field Operations-Tucson Field Office agents working through “Operation Blue Lotus,” and Border Patrol Tucson and Yuma Sector agents working through “Operation Four Horsemen” seized substantial amounts of methamphetamine and over a ton of fentanyl.

With two milligrams considered a lethal dose, one ton of fentanyl, or 2,000 pounds, is enough to kill 453,592,400 people. As a result of agents’ efforts, county attorneys are prosecuting alleged offenders and nine cases were referred for federal prosecution.

Chief Patrol Agent of the Yuma Sector Patricia McGurk-Daniel said, “The success of the Four Horsemen operation was due to the collaborative efforts and teamwork of multiple agencies.” She said she was “especially proud of the Yuma Sector Border Patrol agents who worked tirelessly during this operation to take deadly drugs off our streets and out of the communities we proudly serve.”

The operations’ success was “attributed to the federal, state and local partners that spent countless hours not just by responding to port calls but assisting HSI with seizures throughout Arizona,” Department of Homeland Security Investigations Arizona Special Agent in Charge Scott Brown said when announcing the bust. “Drugs, but especially fentanyl, are decimating communities. But together and with education, we all can make a significant impact in curbing the senseless deaths associated with the sale of these deadly drugs,” he said.

As law enforcement agents have explained to The Center Square, people and drugs are smuggled north into the U.S.; weapons, cash and other contraband are smuggled south.

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Kirk Cameron: ‘Pride Comes Before the Fall’

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Are we truly alone in the vast expanse of the universe? Can the technology we’re creating revolutionize our lives while simultaneously spiraling out of control? Join Sara Carter, Fox News contributor, as she delves into these profound questions on her captivating podcast, The Sara Carter Show.

Prepare to embark on an extraordinary journey as our federal government invests significant time and resources in investigating the enigmatic phenomena known as unidentified aerial phenomena (UAP’s).

Witnessed near nuclear sites and reported by military personnel, these UAPs exhibit baffling behaviors that defy earthly explanation. Uncover the truth behind these mysterious encounters and explore the profound implications of intelligent life existing beyond our planet.

Brace yourself as Sara uncovers the astonishing claims of a Stanford University professor who believes that extraterrestrial beings are already among us, shaping our world in unimaginable ways.

Prepare to have your perspectives challenged and your mind opened to extraordinary possibilities. Sara dives deep into the incredible potential of artificial intelligence, an ever-evolving force poised to reshape our future. Discover the relentless surge of AI’s capabilities and its promises, but also delve into the unsettling realization that our very own Pentagon might be turning a blind eye to the grave implications of adversaries leveraging AI to enhance their military might.

Join Sara in exploring the frontiers of knowledge, as she fearlessly investigates the mysteries of the universe and the technological revolutions that both captivate and unsettle us. Stay tuned for thought-provoking discussions and enlightening insights that will leave you pondering the immense possibilities that lie ahead.

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Beyond the Border: Migration Is Being Weaponized to Control Us

You know the Biden administration is refusing to protect our border and that several million illegal aliens have poured into our nation since Biden took office. But why? Is this about importing people who will likely vote for Democrats or inexpensive labor? It is, in part, but there is so much more to the story.

Sara brings in independent journalist and longtime war correspondent Michael Yon to discuss the weaponization of migration from Latin America to the United States. Yon tells us why the real number of people illegally entering our nation is at least 300,000 per month and probably much higher.

He also slams Texas Gov. Greg Abbott for doing virtually nothing about the invasion of the U.S.. Despite Abbott’s statements and shipping of migrants to sanctuary cities, Yon says Abbott is basically doing the bidding of the World Economic Forum, which envisions a borderless, global society.

This is the first episode in a three-part series with Sara and Michael Yon. The other portions of the conversation will follow in the coming weeks and will focus on how the weaponization of migration is just one element of a major threat to our nation. In the next section of the conversation, they’ll examine how the international effort to run farmers off their land in the Netherlands and elsewhere directly impacts you and your family.

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The Sara Carter Show: UFOs May Be Probes Controlled by AI

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Are we truly alone in the vast expanse of the universe? Can the technology we’re creating revolutionize our lives while simultaneously spiraling out of control? Join Sara Carter, Fox News contributor, as she delves into these profound questions on her captivating podcast, The Sara Carter Show.

Prepare to embark on an extraordinary journey as our federal government invests significant time and resources in investigating the enigmatic phenomena known as unidentified aerial phenomena (UAP’s).

Witnessed near nuclear sites and reported by military personnel, these UAPs exhibit baffling behaviors that defy earthly explanation. Uncover the truth behind these mysterious encounters and explore the profound implications of intelligent life existing beyond our planet.

Brace yourself as Sara uncovers the astonishing claims of a Stanford University professor who believes that extraterrestrial beings are already among us, shaping our world in unimaginable ways.

Prepare to have your perspectives challenged and your mind opened to extraordinary possibilities. Sara dives deep into the incredible potential of artificial intelligence, an ever-evolving force poised to reshape our future. Discover the relentless surge of AI’s capabilities and its promises, but also delve into the unsettling realization that our very own Pentagon might be turning a blind eye to the grave implications of adversaries leveraging AI to enhance their military might.

Join Sara in exploring the frontiers of knowledge, as she fearlessly investigates the mysteries of the universe and the technological revolutions that both captivate and unsettle us. Stay tuned for thought-provoking discussions and enlightening insights that will leave you pondering the immense possibilities that lie ahead.

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