Federal Judge Blocks Uranium Mining Near Grand Canyon

Published on April 7th, 2008 | by

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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 […]

Mean Joe Green #4: After All, They Do it to the Native Americans!

Published on April 6th, 2008 | by

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This cartoon popped in my head after reading colleague Tim Hurst’s article “Feds Issue Waiver of Environmental Rules for Border Fence” in Red Green and Blue last week. Other motivation for this cartoon comes from the historical (and current) treatment of native Americans, and this unsourced quote from MAD Magazine: “The suburbs are where they […]

Greening Children in Michigan

Published on April 4th, 2008 | by

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Today NPR News aired a story about a rural Michigan school district that is pursuing green by using wind turbines to power their schools and offices. The Jr. High Principal, Kathy Dickens, took the initiative three years ago by applying for grants to pursue wind harvesting. As a result of her efforts The Lakers School […]

Feds Waive Environmental Rules for New Border Fence

Published on April 3rd, 2008 | by

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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 […]

The Big Oil Company Scam

Published on April 2nd, 2008 | by

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We are all feeling the prices at the pump and the ramifications of increased oil prices throughout our economy, so why are the big oil companies still making record profits? Not only are these big oil companies reaping in record amounts of money while consumers suffer, they are also still receiving federal subsidies. What’s up […]

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

Published on April 1st, 2008 | by

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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 […]

Colorado Lures Cleantech with Smart Policy

Published on March 31st, 2008 | by

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Can you have state envy? I do. Colorado is one of those states really forging ahead with smart clean energy policies that will not only cut global warming pollution and promote local energy sources, but help build a cleantech business sector as well. In fact, it’s already begun. Denmark-based Vestas Wind Systems, one of the […]

Mean Joe Green #3: ‘Clean’ Coal!?

Published on March 29th, 2008 | by

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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 […]

Tangled Up in Green: The Dangers of Using Food for Fuel

Published on March 27th, 2008 | by

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Who knew Stephen King was a prophet? No, I’m not talking about the demon-possessed hot rods (I think we all saw that coming). I’m talking about America’s zombie-like loyalty to a certain cash crop — one that has turned our entire nation into the children of the corn. Lately, of course, you can’t watch, read, […]

Tangled Up In Green: Sobering Effects of Corn Prices

Published on March 27th, 2008 | by

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As I start to stockpile bourbon (it’s made from at least 50% corn) as an investment strategy, I wonder why we are doing this to ourselves. You practically can’t read a newspaper or news magazine without someone condemning the use of corn as an alternative fuel source these days. And who wouldn’t. The ethanol boom […]

Branded Wind Farms: The American Way?

Published on March 24th, 2008 | by

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An eight-turbine wind farm will open in Panhandle, Texas in May. But instead of referring to it as “that Panhandle wind farm,” it will be have a branded, corporate name: “The Wege Wind Energy Farm, provided by Steelcase.” Huh? Steelcase, a large furniture company out of Michigan, has agreed ahead of time to buy all […]

Tangled Up in Green: Green Makes War On Us All

Published on March 24th, 2008 | by

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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 […]

President Albert Gore Jr. (in a parallel universe)

Published on March 24th, 2008 | by

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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” /]