Climate Change

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The War on Global Warming

The US government likes to declare war on issues in which there are no clear enemies, while physically fighting undeclared wars against foreign people. President Lyndon Johnson declared war on poverty. President Richard Nixon declared war on cancer and recreational drugs. Will George W. Bush declare war on climate change? Tim Hurst wrote, “I would […]

April 16th

Could Action on Climate Really Be Bush Legacy?

For Teddy Roosevelt it was the creation of our system of National Parks. For Richard Nixon it was the passage of landmark environmental reforms found in the Clean Air Act, the Clean Water Act, and the National Environmental Policy Act. For Bill Clinton it was an eleventh-hour preservation of millions of acres of public lands. […]

April 15th

Video: Obama on Climate and Energy

If you ask me, one of the best things about this election season thus far, is that voters who never thought their state’s caucus or primary would actually matter in deciding a presidential nominee, are finding out that they do matter – quite considerably. Our friends over at EnviroWonk did an excellent job of covering […]

April 11th

Federal Judge Blocks Uranium Mining Near Grand Canyon

A federal judge has blocked a mining company from exploring for any further uranium near the grand Canyon. Several groups had sued the U.S. Forest Service for backing the plan without full environmental reviews. U.S. District Court Judge Mary Murguia of the U.S. [social_buttons]District Court in Arizona issued a temporary restraining order and preliminary injunction […]

April 7th

Feds Waive Environmental Rules for New Border Fence

Ecosystem will be severely fragmented by fence The Bush administration has announced it will wave more than thirty federal laws to finish building a wall along the Mexican border by the end of this year. The Washington Post calls the move the most sweeping use of the administration’s waiver authority during the wall’s construction. The […]

April 3rd

Bush Administration Seeks Endangered Species Status for the Elusive ‘Climate Skeptic’

In a stunning reversal of direction, the Bush administration has officially requested a new addition to the Endangered Species list. What threatened species could elicit this drastic change of course for the Bush Administration? It is, of course, the elusive Climate Change Skeptic (dubium mundus fervesco), whose habitat is being threatened by rational thinking, increased […]

April 1st

Mean Joe Green #3: ‘Clean’ Coal!?

Both of our “green” democratic candidates were recently heard stumping for “clean” coal technologies! I have two big problems with this: 1. There is no such thing as “clean” coal (see #2), And, 2. We are decades away from clean “coal” technology being widely deployed anyway. In the same amount of time we could deploy […]

March 29th

Tangled Up in Green: Green Makes War On Us All

Five years have gone by. The U.S. casualty toll is now 4,000. It is estimated that some 80,000 plus Iraqi civilians have lost their lives in the war. Photo Courtesy of Luke Plunkett @ Kotaku.com There isn’t a body count for wildlife, native plants, or eco-systems that have been killed in the struggle. War takes […]

March 24th

President Albert Gore Jr. (in a parallel universe)

Very funny video clip from Saturday Night Live showing Al Gore giving a Presidential address. One of the best lines is when he says that there is no need to worry about hurricanes and tornadoes because of the “anti-hurricane and tornado machine I was instrumental in helping to develop.” [kml_flashembed movie=”http://widgets.nbc.com/o/4727a250e66f9723/47e2b9c54a470e96″ width=”384″ height=”316″ wmode=”transparent” /]

March 24th

Mean Joe Green#2: Things Can ALWAYS Get Worse!

This cartoon was inspired by Bush’s recent intervention to weaken limits of smog-forming ozone in our air. John Walke, the Clean Air director for the National Resources Defense Council, called the intervention an “unprecedented and unlawful act of political interference”. With all due respect Mr. Walke, after the past 7 years unprecedented and unlawful moves […]

March 22nd

U.S. Law Complicates Canadian Oilsands

When the U.S. Congress passed the Energy Independence and Security Act last December, the bill included a passage that could effect Canada’s oilsands, and that has the Canadian government nervous. The law prohibits federal procurement of fuels that produce more global warming emissions than conventional sources. Canada is concerned because the fuel taken from the […]

March 20th

Thank You Bush for Weakening Smog Limits

Will we survive George W. Bush’s presidency? Not if you think clean air is necessary for your life and the life of the planet. Last week, Bush overruled the EPA’s efforts to set lower smog-forming ozone limits. Bush actually ordered the agency to increase the limit! According to the Grist, “the EPA set both the […]

March 19th

Wyoming Passes Carbon Capture & Sequestration Legislation

Law Helps Smooth Way For “Clean Coal” Last week, Wyoming Gov. Dave Freudenthal signed a bill that recognizes that surface owners control the underground pore spaces where carbon dioxide could be stored or sequestered. A companion bill, gives the Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality the authority to regulate the long-term storage of carbon dioxide. “With […]

March 18th

A Green Light in a Red Home…

She was very young, 3 or 4, when our green light started to blink. As we drove through the streets of suburbia, the extensive urban sprawl was evident everywhere. Orange trees and grapefruit trees were plowed down quickly and furiously by developers. From her car seat she would become enraged about the trees and animals. […]

March 10th