environment


Presidential hopeful (and extreeeeme longshot) McCain announced that Al Gore and Gov. Schwarzenegger are planning a bipartisan forum on energy and climate in NH, in December.

The announcement comes a day before the “bipartisan”  Global Warming and America’s Energy Future forum in CA, featuring Hillary, Obama and Edwards. There is a slight possibility that this forum will not happen, but stay tuned and it will be available via. webcast. Check their website for time, and other info.


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From the Wall Street Journal, “A Consumer’s Guide to Growing Green,” Nov. 12, 2007.
The WSJ is only available with a subscription, but here is an excerpt I really liked:

We’ve become such a throw-away society. How do you fight it?

The EPA says solid waste, per person, has nearly doubled to 4.4 pounds a day from 2.7 pounds in the past 35 years — filling up landfill sites and wasting materials that could be reused to save natural resources and energy.

Although recycling is important, it isn’t as effective as reducing the use of materials from the get-go. One way to do this is to buy goods in concentrated, dry or bulk form to reduce transportation and packaging costs. Favor refillable or reusable items. Pick flexible packaging materials instead of rigid packaging, since flexible packaging typically takes less energy to make and transport. Pick goods with the highest ratio of product weight to packaging weight, when possible. Example: tuna in a foil pouch rather than in metal cans.


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Grist, in coalition with a few other groups, will host the first ever “Global Warming and America’s Energy Future” forum with three confirmed presidential candidates: Hillary, Dennis Kucinich, and John Edwards. Check Grist’s website for info. on how to watch online, and post-coverage. The other candidates seem to be MIA from this discussion…

Who’s missing, you ask?

All of the Republicans, and Barack O’Bama (among other Dem. hopefuls…)!!

Check out grist’s info on how “green” each candidate is.

There are hundreds, if not thousands, of blogs that focus on environmental issues. I just want to highlight this particular one, because it will be authored by Andy Revkin, a science writer at the New York Times whose work I really enjoy!

The introduction:

Andy C. Revkin

By 2050 or so, the world population is expected to reach nine billion, essentially adding two Chinas to the number of people alive today. Those billions will be seeking food, water and other resources on a planet where, scientists say, humans are already shaping climate and the web of life. In Dot Earth, reporter Andrew C. Revkin examines efforts to balance human affairs with the planet’s limits. Supported in part by a John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship, Mr. Revkin tracks relevant news from suburbia to Siberia, and conducts an interactive exploration of trends and ideas with readers and experts.

The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner is a traditionally conservative media voice in Alaska, however it has publicly defended the testimony of college student and Alaska Youth Environment Action leader Cheryl Lockwood in the face of ignorant ridicule from (unsurprisingly) Rush Limbaugh.

Further, Republican Senator Lisa Murkowski of Alaska has written a letter to the editor about this issue, and Limbaugh’s poor conduct; it is reassuring that the Senators representing this courageous young person do have comments now.

Rush Limbaugh appeared on his show in a “blue funk” the other day, and ranted about NBC’s Green is Universal campaign, as well as the Powershift 2007 conference. What was Power Shift you ask? More than 5,500 young people descended upon The University of Maryland to participate in a global warming conference this past weekend. Then, 3,000 students traveled to Capitol Hill on Monday and lobbied their Congressmen and women about the single greatest issue our planet is facing: global warming. These students came on their own accord and their swift action signals a return of college activism!

Limbaugh, however, chose to mock the testimony of a Yu’pik Inuit college student, Cheryl Lockwood, and falsely claimed that she was a little girl being used by the Democratic party. He further ridiculed her for becoming overwhelmed with emotion upon discussing the loss of her heritage and wild places. Read the insulting and ignorant transcript of the show. But, don’t stop there. Do something — how are the Congressmen that represent Cheryl Lockwood going to respond? They need to stand up and get this fool off of the air… so far they’ve had no comment……

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People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) , the Humane Society and other groups, are pointing fingers at what we’re eating. They argue that the meat industry is more detrimental to our environment than any other practice we engage in – including burning fossil fuels.

Meat is killing our planet?

In late November, the U.N Food and Agriculture Organization issued a report stating that the livestock business generates more greenhouse gas emissions than all forms of transportation combined.

The problem I have with this argument is that the U.N.’s findings do not take into account greenhouse gases generated from power plants, and other forms of electricity generation. I also do not think people will sacrifice eating meat on a large scale – and our energy, no real pun intended, should not be spent trying to change this. Rather, changing our modes of transportation seems like a much better way to spend our time, and the prospects for progress are very good. On that note, as Congress reconvenes in September they will be conferencing the energy bill…

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