Consumer-First Energy Act of 2008 Lacks Support

Published on May 8th, 2008 | by

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Six Democratic Senators joined together on Wednesday to announce a comprehensive energy bill that would tax windfall profits and “force” investment in renewable energy. Among other things, the Consumer-First Energy Act of 2008 would roll back tax breaks for oil companies and invest the money in renewable energy development and energy efficiency technology. It also […]

US Drug War Policies Spur Sales of Afghan Child Brides

Published on May 7th, 2008 | by

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The US Government’s Drug War has spurred many social and environmental consequences throughout the world. Widespread aerial herbicide spraying aimed at eradication has caused environmental damage from Central America to Central Asia. Recently, I learned you can add the sale of child brides in Afghanistan to the list of social ills caused by the Drug […]

Peripheral Canal Bill a No Go – Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta Canal Shot Down by California State Assembly

Published on May 6th, 2008 | by

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A California State Assembly committee last week declined to entertain a controversial bill set to build a canal around the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta and shelved it until next year. Senator Joe Simitian, D-Palo Alto, has worked on gaining approval from various parties for Senate Bill 27 for two years. Ultimately, farmers, environmentalists and Delta locals […]

MMS Receives 40,000+ Comments On Cape Wind

Published on May 6th, 2008 | by

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Agency permanently extends comment period for alt. energy leases In the fall of 2001, Jim Gordon of Energy Management Inc. (EMI) announced his intentions to build a 420 megawatt wind farm off the coast of Massachusetts – the nation’s first. Now, the long permitting process that was made even longer by powerful opposition groups, is […]

Politically Free Environmental Science

Published on May 2nd, 2008 | by

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A recent report by NPR news tells of a teacher at Lewis County High School in Weston, West Virginia who is determined to teach Environmental Science and keep politics out of her classroom at the same time. Tiffany Litton holds an undergraduate degree in Environmental Science. She decided to forgo pursuing a career in law […]

Obama’s New Carolina Ad Rejects Gas Tax Break

Published on April 30th, 2008 | by

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[social_buttons]In a recent post, my colleague Jennifer Lance asked whether Hillary Clinton can take on big oil. Among other things, Jennifer concluded that despite the good intentions of Senator Clinton,”A gas tax holiday will not solve the problem of peak oil.” And that is exactly the same message the Obama campaign wants to deliver in […]

Can Hillary Clinton Take on Big Oil?

Published on April 30th, 2008 | by

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Americans are feeling the pain of high gas prices; I just paid $4.20 a gallon at the pump in northern California. Needless to say, the presidential candidates are scrambling to be the savior of the gas guzzling voter. Both McCain and Clinton support suspending federal excise tax on gasoline and diesel fuel over the summer, […]

Friedman Video Blocked on YouTube – ‘Greenwash Guerillas’ Respond

Published on April 28th, 2008 | by

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As we previously reported, New York Times columnist and author Thomas Friedman was officially “pied” last week, while giving an Earth Day Lecture at Brown University. Friedman was ambushed just as he began his talk, entitled “Green is the new Red, White & Blue.” The group that claimed responsibility call themselves “The Greenwash Guerillas.” In […]

Why Is the EPA Reaching Out?

Published on April 28th, 2008 | by

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The Environmental Protection Agency has begun a “National Dialogue” about what information the public needs from the agency and how the agency can better provide that information. Interested parties can now let the agency know what they think on EPA’s new interactive Web page (I’d love to a fly on that digital wall). Additionally, agency […]

Mean Joe Green #7: The Polar Bears are Finding out the Hard Way.

Published on April 25th, 2008 | by

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Melting ice makes life difficult for those who live on it. Just ask the Polar Bear. There are endless signs of the reality of climate change (global warming). Few more definitive than the plight of the polar bear. There’s great info in this Treehugger article by our very own Jeff McIntire-Strasburg, and the NRDC has […]

You’re Either with Us, or You’re with the CFLs

Published on April 24th, 2008 | by

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So, what’s the bigger danger to the American public: Al-Qaeda, or compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs)? If you follow the conservative punditry, online or off, it’s a tough call. Today’s (April 24) “Mallard Fillmore” comic strip is just the latest example of conservatives taking aim at these energy-saving bulbs, focusing primarily on the fact that […]

Opposition for Opposition’s Sake? Thomas Friedman Gets a Pie in the Face (w/video)

Published on April 24th, 2008 | by

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[social_buttons]As if on cue, the kind of oppositional tactics used by radical environmentalists at a few Earth Day 1970 events that I just wrote about, emerged on Earth Day 2008 when Thomas Friedman took a pie in the face at Brown University [jump to video]. Friedman, of the New York Times and author of the […]