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Senate Dems Meet on Climate Bills, Accomplish Nada

The US Senate, the world’s greatest high school debate squad, continues to fiddle on the climate and energy bills. And while oil gushes into the Gulf, and we enjoy the warmest spring in recorded history, and prepare for a heavy hurricane season, our esteemed Senators are concerned that we’re moving… too fast. Jay Rockefeller (D-Coal Country), actually wants to roll back what little HAS been done.

June 18th

Expert: Sand Berms Aren’t Enough to Keep Oil off La. Coast

The pressure is on to deal with the problems associated with the biggest US oil spill in history. While President Obama pressures BP and dispatches the National Guard, Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal (R) has been pushing – hard – for a plan to construct 45 miles of sand berms off the coast to block oil from hitting his shores. The plan was finally approved May 27, but scientists are questioning whether it’s going to work.

June 16th

Obama Spells out Battle Plan for the Gulf Disaster

President Obama made his first Oval Office address to the nation tonight, an 18-minute talk aimed at addressing critics and moving the country forward in the wake of the Gulf Oil Disaster.

This speech laid out President Obama’s battle plan to clean up the mess, help those affected, and make sure it will never happen again.

Here’s a quick outline of the rest of what he said…

June 15th

Bill Maher on Offshore Drilling: “F*ck Your Jobs!”

Wow. Bill Maher weighs in on the debate over offshore drilling, and specifically the issue of whether or not a deepwater offshore drilling ban will be a job-killer.

“You know, maybe your job needs to go when it starts killing things. Maybe this whole mess is a sign that people who work in the oil industry should look into producing something else that’s less immediately harmful… Yes, the oil industry creates jobs. So does the kiddie porn industry.”

June 14th

Ronald Reagan, Environmentalist

Although not generally credited with a strong environmental record, Reagan signed 43 wilderness bills into law designating a net total of 10.6 million acres, and was instrumental in U.S. ratification of the Montreal Protocol — which has dramatically reduced emissions of gases that deplete the upper atmosphere’s protective ozone layer.
This is the first in a series of articles that demonstrate that Conservatism and Conservation really do go hand in hand.
“What is a conservative after all but one who conserves, one who is committed to protecting and holding close the things by which we live…And we want to protect and conserve the land on which we live — our countryside, our rivers and mountains, our plains and meadows and forests. This is our patrimony. This is what we leave to our children. And our great moral responsibility is to leave it to them either as we found it or better than we found it.”

June 14th

Support for Offshore Drilling is Tanking, Post-Gulf Spill

While Republicans continue their mantra of “Drill, Baby, Drill,” support for offshore drilling appears to be tanking.
Only 25 percent of Americans now support increased offshore drilling, a new CBS News/Washington Post poll reports. 31 percent want to see it decreased, with 41 percent saying “keep it the same.”
Those numbers have been in free-fall since drilling support peaked earlier in the year.
But so far, Democrats have failed to capitalize on the public anger.

June 11th

Senate Takes up Murkowski Bid to Block EPA

The EPA has found, based on the scientific evidence (everyone from academics to strategic planners at the Pentagon agrees on this), that CO2 output is hazardous and needs to be regulated. Senator Murkowski wants to strip the EPA of authority to do that, saying it’s SOOO important that Congress needs to handle it. But is that really what’s going on? We take a look at the reality behind the hype.

June 10th

Graham Won’t Vote for his Own Climate Bill

The Washington Independent reports that Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) won’t support his own climate bill, that he’s spent months developing with John Kerry (D-MA) and Joe Lieberman (?-CT).
Why not? He says it’s because it’s too restrictive on drilling.
Will his opposition break the Climate Bill? Or light a fire under Democrats who have delayed moving on the bill for months?

June 8th

Beef is the Worst – Why Put Oil on Your BBQ?

It’s a glorious summer weekend, and folks all over are firing up their grills. But before you shop – today is World Environment Day, so maybe you should think twice about what you’re putting on the BBQ, especially after the devastation of the BP Gulf oil disaster.

Beef is, simply, the worst thing you can eat – especially mainstream store-bought beef that comes straight off a factory farm feedlot. Read on to learn why…

June 5th

Today, We All Hate BP

How many of us now hate the world’s klutziest big oil company? Pollster Rasmussen tells us just how badly BP is doing in the court of public opinion…

June 3rd

Sugar Wars

[social_buttons] While a candidate for the Senate, Barak Obama famously and presciently described the invasion of Iraq as a “dumb war.”  That would also be a good descriptor for the five “Sugar Wars” that have been fought in the US sweetener industry over the past several decades.  The combatants include the US Sugar beet industry, […]

May 5th

“Food Politics:” A New Book Well Worth Reading

[social_buttons] The Political Scientist, Robert Paarlberg (Wellsley, Harvard – Weatherhead Center for International Affairs) has just published a new book (Oxford University Press) titled, “Food Politics: What Everyone Needs to Know.”  I would recommend it highly to anyone who cares about international food issues, sustainability and the like.  It is a succinct, easy to read, but well-documented […]

April 27th