Traveling by Jeep, boat and foot, Tribune-Review investigative reporter Carl Prine and photojournalist Justin Merriman covered nearly 2,000 miles over two months along the border with Mexico to report on coyotes — the human traffickers who bring illegal immigrants into the United States. Most are Americans working for money and/or drugs. This series reports how their operations have a major impact on life for residents and the environment along the border — and beyond.
The seeds for a new, legally binding United Nations agreement to supposedly fight "climate change" will invariably produce the same rotten fruit as the preposterous pact it replaces.
The so-called "Durban Platform," being hailed as a "hard-fought" agreement, is nothing more than a reconfigured wealth-transferring scheme in the troubling tradition of the Kyoto Protocol, whose commitments expire next year. Various bodies would redistribute billions upon billions of dollars each year from wealthy nations on the pretext of helping poor countries adapt to changing climate conditions.
The supposed "breakthrough" under the new accord is that China, India and other "developing" nations, which were granted exemptions under Kyoto, have agreed to accept some form of legal commitment come 2015 -- so long as it isn't too punishing.
But this latest push to save the planet -- and thoroughly fleece the U.S. -- is premised on climate "conclusions" that are challenged by dissenting scientists and hamstrung by allegations of improprieties. To wit, leaked e-mails from the University of East Anglia's climate researchers reveal "conspiracy, exaggerated warming data (and) possibly illegal destruction and manipulation of data," writes Heritage Foundation analyst Nick Loris.
The illegitimate son of Kyoto is no more acceptable than his pocket-picking parent.
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