"Fossil fuels" are made from a complex version of carbon known as "Hydrocarbons" that are expensive and toxic to process into usable raw materials. Plant based renewable natural resources are made from a simple form of carbon know as "Carbohydrates" that can be easily processed into raw materials for industry. Everything fossil fuels do can be done better with hemp. From rope, canvas, paper, and machine oil, to Diesel fuel and organic plastic ten times stronger than steel: hemp is cheaper, stronger, and cleaner.
EPA Data On Water Purity Faulted
By David Nakamura
The Washington Post - 3/12/04
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has overstated the purity of the nation's drinking water in four recent years, potentially leaving millions of people at risk, according to a new report. From 1999 through 2002, the EPA announced that it met its goal that 91 percent of U.S. residents have access to safe tap water. But the data the EPA used to make those conclusions were "flawed and incomplete" because states did not report all violations to the federal agency, stated a report released this week by Kwai Chan, the EPA's assistant inspector general.
ExxonMobil Plays Key Role in Global Warming, Says New Report
By Jim Lobe
OneWorld US - 1/29/04
As a U.S. federal judge in Alaska Wednesday ordered ExxonMobil to pay nearly US$7 billion in damages and interest as compensation for the disastrous 1989 oil spill of the Exxon Valdez, the world's largest grassroots environmental group said the U.S. oil giant should be held liable for many more billions of dollars for its contributions to global warming.
Hemp Research and Market Development in Germany
The cultivation and use of hemp in Germany has a long history (Krber-Grohne 1988). The earliest findings of hemp-based ropes and fabrics in Europe were made in the Stuttgart area and can be dated back to the pre-Roman period (800-400 BC). Fabrics were not yet made from processed hemp fibers, but from the bast stripped from the plant's stem. During the early Middle Ages, retting, a biological process for the separation of plant fibers which had been used for flax, was transferred to hemp. The nutritious hemp seeds have been used as a food staple since the Middle Ages and early descriptions of the plant's medical applications date back to the 16th century. To this day, traditional hemp dishes are prepared in some of the former German provinces, such as the Silesian hemp soup made from hemp seeds and millet (Pelz and Kretschmer 1977).
The Cannabis/Hemp FAQ
By Brian S. Julin
This hypertext paper is packed with important information and the answers to all your Cannabis and Hemp questions.
Modern Uses for Hemp
This handy diagram shows how different parts of the Hemp plant can be used for thousands of items currently produced with expensive and toxic petrochemical materials and processes.
"Dick" Cheney Made Millions Off Oil Deals with Saddam Hussein
By Martin A. Lee - 11/13/00
During former defense secretary Richard Cheney's five-year tenure as chief executive of Halliburton, Inc., his oil services firm raked in big bucks from dubious commercial dealings with Iraq. Cheney left Halliburton with a $34 million retirement package last July when he became the GOP's vice-presidential candidate.
Bush Slashing Aid for E.P.A. Cleanup at 33 Toxic Sites
Enron Memos Show California Power Trading Schemes
By KATHARINE Q. SEELYE, The New York Times - 6/30/02
The Bush administration has designated 33 toxic waste sites in 18 states for cuts in financing under the Superfund cleanup program, according to a new report to Congress by the inspector general of the Environmental Protection Agency. The cuts, imposed because the cleanup fund is hundreds of millions of dollars short of the amount needed to keep the program on schedule, mean that work is likely to grind to a halt on some of the most seriously polluted sites in the country, confronting the surrounding communities with new uncertainty over when the work will resume, how quickly it will proceed and who will pay for it.
By Chris Baltimore, Reuters - 5/6/02
California's two senators called for a criminal probe into Enron Corp.'s trading activities on Monday after Federal energy regulators released documents describing how the bankrupt energy giant used trading strategies with names like "Death Star" and "Fat Boy" to manipulate electricity supplies and boost profits in the state.
'Big Oil' Eyed in Gas Price Blame Game
By Grant McCool - 5/11/02
Is "Big Oil" holding American car owners and businesses over a barrel by boosting gasoline prices every spring and summer for peak driving season? The sudden price increases have become an annual event that consumer groups blame on the industry and companies blame on environmental laws mandating expensive fuels -- but this time, federal regulators say they're taking sharp aim at the problem.
Cosmetics Full of Suspect Chemicals, Group Says
By Maggie Fox, Reuters - 7/10/02
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Cosmetics ranging from perfume to hair gel contain chemicals shown to cause birth defects in animals, a group that lobbies on health issues said on Wednesday.
"The U.S. government in particular seems completely insensitive to some of the consequences of what it is doing," WWF Director-General Claude Martin told a news conference.
Rediscovering Industrial Hemp
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Countries, such as France, Spain. China. India. Korea and satellite nations of the former Soviet Union have been cultivating industrial hemp for years. A 1961 United Nations Single Convention Treaty specifically allows cultivation of cannabis for industrial purposes. and the more recent NAFTA and GATT international trade agreements recognize hemp as a valid agricultural crop. These international agreements form the basis for reintroducing industrial hemp today.
Market Analysis for Hemp Fiber as a Feed Stock for Papermaking
This simplified analysis shows that hemp could profitably be used as a fiber source for the paper industry and that Wisconsin farmers could meet the demand for fiber by the fine paper manufacturers of Wisconsin. In contrast to the past utilization of hemp, it is essential that the whole plant be used to make paper and not just the long bast fibers.