In this issue

Jonathan Tobin: Defending the Right to a Jewish State

Heather Hale: Compliment your kids without giving them big heads

Megan Shauri: 10 ways you are ruining your own happiness

Carolyn Bigda: 8 Best Dividend Stocks for 2015

Kiplinger's Personal Finance editors: 7 Things You Didn't Know About Paying Off Student Loans

Samantha Olson: The Crucial Mistake 55% Of Parents Are Making At Their Baby's Bedtime

Densie Well, Ph.D., R.D. Open your eyes to yellow vegetables

The Kosher Gourmet by Megan Gordon With its colorful cache of purples and oranges and reds, COLLARD GREEN SLAW is a marvelous mood booster --- not to mention just downright delish
April 18, 2014

Rabbi Yonason Goldson: Clarifying one of the greatest philosophical conundrums in theology

Caroline B. Glick: The disappearance of US will

Megan Wallgren: 10 things I've learned from my teenagers

Lizette Borreli: Green Tea Boosts Brain Power, May Help Treat Dementia

John Ericson: Trying hard to be 'positive' but never succeeding? Blame Your Brain

The Kosher Gourmet by Julie Rothman Almondy, flourless torta del re (Italian king's cake), has royal roots, is simple to make, . . . but devour it because it's simply delicious

April 14, 2014

Rabbi Dr Naftali Brawer: Passover frees us from the tyranny of time

Greg Crosby: Passing Over Religion

Eric Schulzke: First degree: How America really recovered from a murder epidemic

Georgia Lee: When love is not enough: Teaching your kids about the realities of adult relationships

Cameron Huddleston: Freebies for Your Lawn and Garden

Gordon Pape: How you can tell if your financial adviser is setting you up for potential ruin

Dana Dovey: Up to 500,000 people die each year from hepatitis C-related liver disease. New Treatment Has Over 90% Success Rate

Justin Caba: Eating Watermelon Can Help Control High Blood Pressure

The Kosher Gourmet by Joshua E. London and Lou Marmon Don't dare pass over these Pesach picks for Manischewitz!

April 11, 2014

Rabbi Hillel Goldberg: Silence is much more than golden

Caroline B. Glick: Forgetting freedom at Passover

Susan Swann: How to value a child for who he is, not just what he does

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Financial Tasks You Should Tackle Right Now

Sandra Block and Lisa Gerstner: How to Profit From Your Passion

Susan Scutti: A Simple Blood Test Might Soon Diagnose Cancer

Chris Weller: Have A Slow Metabolism? Let Science Speed It Up For You

The Kosher Gourmet by Diane Rossen Worthington Whitefish Terrine: A French take on gefilte fish

April 9, 2014

Jonathan Tobin: Why Did Kerry Lie About Israeli Blame?

Samuel G. Freedman: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Jessica Ivins: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Kim Giles: Asking for help is not weakness

Kathy Kristof and Barbara Hoch Marcus: 7 Great Growth Israeli Stocks

Matthew Mientka: How Beans, Peas, And Chickpeas Cleanse Bad Cholesterol and Lowers Risk of Heart Disease

Sabrina Bachai: 5 At-Home Treatments For Headaches

The Kosher Gourmet by Daniel Neman Have yourself a matzo ball: The secrets bubby never told you and recipes she could have never imagined

April 8, 2014

Lori Nawyn: At Your Wit's End and Back: Finding Peace

Susan B. Garland and Rachel L. Sheedy: Strategies Married Couples Can Use to Boost Benefits

David Muhlbaum: Smart Tax Deductions Non-Itemizers Can Claim

Jill Weisenberger, M.S., R.D.N., C.D.E : Before You Lose Your Mental Edge

Dana Dovey: Coffee Drinkers Rejoice! Your Cup Of Joe Can Prevent Death From Liver Disease

Chris Weller: Electric 'Thinking Cap' Puts Your Brain Power Into High Gear

The Kosher Gourmet by Marlene Parrish A gift of hazelnuts keeps giving --- for a variety of nutty recipes: Entree, side, soup, dessert

April 4, 2014

Rabbi David Gutterman: The Word for Nothing Means Everything

Charles Krauthammer: Kerry's folly, Chapter 3

Amy Peterson: A life of love: How to build lasting relationships with your children

John Ericson: Older Women: Save Your Heart, Prevent Stroke Don't Drink Diet

John Ericson: Why 50 million Americans will still have spring allergies after taking meds

Cameron Huddleston: Best and Worst Buys of April 2014

Stacy Rapacon: Great Mutual Funds for Young Investors

Sarah Boesveld: Teacher keeps promise to mail thousands of former students letters written by their past selves

The Kosher Gourmet by Sharon Thompson Anyone can make a salad, you say. But can they make a great salad? (SECRETS, TESTED TECHNIQUES + 4 RECIPES, INCLUDING DRESSINGS)

April 2, 2014

Paul Greenberg: Death and joy in the spring

Dan Barry: Should South Carolina Jews be forced to maintain this chimney built by Germans serving the Nazis?

Mayra Bitsko: Save me! An alien took over my child's personality

Frank Clayton: Get happy: 20 scientifically proven happiness activities

Susan Scutti: It's Genetic! Obesity and the 'Carb Breakdown' Gene

Lecia Bushak: Why Hand Sanitizer May Actually Harm Your Health

Stacy Rapacon: Great Funds You Can Own for $500 or Less

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Ways to Save on Home Decor

The Kosher Gourmet by Steve Petusevsky Exploring ingredients as edible-stuffed containers (TWO RECIPES + TIPS & TECHINQUES)

Jewish World Review April 24, 2014 / 24 Nissan, 5774

Some Earth Day boos and cheers

By Jay Ambrose

http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | We're celebrating Earth Day this week, and maybe that's what the White House hoped people would think it was doing when it earlier delayed construction of the job-creating, energy-boosting, science-endorsed, Keystone XL pipeline. It was more nearly a means of bringing in bribes. A real way to celebrate would be to cheer on fracking, an environmental as well as an economic blessing.

An initial government-sponsored study of the proposed pipeline from Canada to Texas took three years during which scientists filled eight volumes with data verifying it was safe. Environmental activists said phooey on that, President Barack Obama agreed, the route was revised, and there was another study saying not to worry. Obama still worried to the point of this recent delay. The issue was that, if the project took off, liberal California billionaire Tom Steyer might not give millions to Democrats in November's congressional elections.

That's not Fox News speculating, but The New York Times, which points out in an analytical piece that it's not just Steyer afraid that Keystone will contribute to global warming through greenhouse carbon emissions from the oil it transports, but still other liberals whose donations are coveted.

The Times, which figures the delay will last at least until the midterm elections have come and gone, points out that the Keystone contribution to greenhouse gases would be a meaningless smidgen. Obama should know that and either (1) has joined the flat-earth society he once said is the home of warming skeptics or (2) is willing to sacrifice the good of unemployed workers and Americans in general for the sake of campaign moola.

My guess is that the latter is more nearly true, as political advantage has been the motive on other issues but not so much on the issue of fracking. Yes, the administration has bent some as activist groups have dished out unsupportable propaganda. But two leaders of the Environmental Protection Agency under Obama have insisted the environmental concerns are minimal. I myself was convinced at a meeting of dozens of geologists that the oil and gas industry is exercising caution as meticulously as meticulously gets.

"Fracking" is a relatively new word in common discourse. It refers to hydraulic fracturing of underground rocks by means of liquids pushing powerfully to create escape routes for natural gas or oil. A vertical version has been around for 60 years, but there's a more recent horizontal version permitting easy access to vast deposits of gas and oil. This means that, in meeting our energy needs and environmental goals, we are relying more on cheap natural gas, a fossil fuel that emits far less carbon dioxide than the others.

Already, owing largely to this gift from the free market, an ever larger percentage of electric generators are using natural gas instead of coal and that's a big reason we're seeing the lowest carbon-dioxide emissions in this country since the mid-1990s. In the European Union, where fracking was frowned on and carbon taxes, cap-and-trade, renewables and the Kyoto global warming treaty were embraced, the 28 member nations are in retreat because of the costs. Continued full enforcement of some of the rules could lead to "deindustrialization" of his country, one German official was quoted as saying, and fracking has come to have increased appeal.

In a way, it is almost incredible there could have been this fracking development meeting environmentalist objectives even as it spurs economic growth to the extent of an emerging, nation-lifting energy boom. As you might expect, some radicals aren't satisfied and are sparing no exaggeration or technique to either shut up or denigrate the other side in an effort to end use of all fossil fuels. It is people of this ideological ilk who also oppose the Keystone pipeline successfully enough to have a president at least temporarily cheat America out of something beneficial.

But happy Earth Day, everyone.


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Jay Ambrose, formerly Washington director of editorial policy for Scripps Howard newspapers and the editor of dailies in El Paso, Texas, and Denver, is a columnist living in Colorado.