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  • Gore brings his global warming fight to Aspen ("It is a moral issue")

    02/21/2011 12:43:31 PM PST · by maggief · 49 replies
    Vail Daily ^ | February 21, 2011 | Andre Salvail
    ASPEN — He may have been preaching to the choir, but former Vice President Al Gore stirred an Aspen audience Friday with a passionate speech about the effects of global warming, at one point pounding his fist on the podium and declaring it “a moral issue.” (snip) It didn't help, Gore said, that the scientific community committed some “self-inflicted wounds.” That was a reference to mistakes and misstatements in an IPCC report four years ago that led to a large amount of political debate and media attention. “I think the mistakes were blown way way out of proportion,” Gore said....
  • Northwest's Largest Coal-Fired Power Plant In Political Cross Hairs

    02/16/2011 12:31:49 PM PST · by FreeAtlanta · 30 replies
    Oregon Public Broadcasting ^ | 02/16/2011 | Tom Banse
    Earlier this winter, Oregon regulators sealed a deal to shut down the coal-fired power plant in Boardman by 2020.  Now the one other large coal-fired power plant in the Northwest is in the political cross hairs....posted using frpa
  • Ferrioli to European wolf advocates: Go away, morons!

    02/16/2011 10:13:47 AM PST · by epithermal · 10 replies
    Oregonian ^ | February 09, 2011 | Jeff Mapes
    Oregon Senate Minority Leader Ted Ferrioli doesn't cotton to foreigners offering legislative advice. When Louise du Toit, a singer from South Africa living in Greece, wrote the John Day Republican asking him to oppose a bill sponsored by Sen. Doug Whitsett, R-Klamath Falls, that would remove wolves from Oregon's endangered species list, Ferrioli whipped out this reply: "Are you kidding? Why do you expect that input from [European Union] residents make any difference at all to me? I'll be supporting Dr. Whitsett's bill (he is a VETERINARIAN). By the way, perhaps I should be writing to EU ministers to stop...
  • IPCC Green Doctor Prescribes End to Democracy to Solve Global Warming

    01/05/2011 9:01:36 AM PST · by Signalman · 25 replies
    IceCap ^ | 1/5/2011 | hauntingthelibrary
    -snip- Professor David Shearman, MD, is Emeritus Professor of Medicine, University of Adelaide, and a Visiting Research Fellow at the University’s Department of Geography and Environmental Sciences and Law School. Professor Shearman was an Assessor for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Third Assessment Report and the Fourth Assessment Report. (1) Shearman has penned several books on global warming, such as ‘Climate Change as a Crisis in World Civilization: Why We Must Totally Transform How We Live’ and ‘The Climate Change Challenge and the Failure of Democracy’. His argument is that overpopulation and industrialization are causing an ecological disaster which...
  • Battle Heats Up Over Alaskan Petroleum Reserve

    01/04/2011 10:18:43 AM PST · by epithermal · 3 replies
    NPR ^ | January 3, 2011 | Jeff Brady
    The battle over whether oil companies should be allowed to drill in Alaska's Arctic National Wildlife Refuge is nothing new — but the fight over nearby public land called the National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska is. The NPRA is huge — about the size of Indiana. Originally, it was set aside for the military, then in the 1970s it was reserved for domestic oil production. Today, there are a few native villages in the NPRA, and about 30 wells have been drilled there — but it is mostly undisturbed. The federal government is working on a plan to guide future drilling there,...
  • Some Scientists Skeptical Of Report On Chromium In Drinking Water

    12/22/2010 1:13:29 PM PST · by epithermal · 19 replies
    NPR ^ | December 22, 2010 | Eliza Barclay
    Putting the words "hexavalent chromium" and "drinking water" in the same sentence sounds like a recipe for people to worry. And a report released Monday by the Environmental Working Group sounded the alarm on chromium lurking in the taps of 31 U.S. cities got people fired up. The group figured some 74 million Americans drink water containing a cancer-causing form metal. But how concerned should we be about the findings from the study? We asked Dr. Robert Baratz, an expert on metal exposure who teaches at the Boston University and Tufts University Schools of Medicine, to give us some context....
  • Princeton Scientist Tells Earth Researchers: Speak Out

    12/18/2010 7:39:52 AM PST · by epithermal · 8 replies · 1+ views
    Science ^ | 16 December 2010 | Eli Kintisch
    SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA—Geoscientists want everyone, including policymakers, to understand their work and its possible ramifications for society. But on Wednesday, an overflow crowd of 400 at the American Geophysical Union (AGU) meeting here received some practical advice about getting the message out. "Communication with the public is not a monologue, it's a dialogue," said Princeton University climatologist Michael Oppenheimer. "We should get used to being public people." Climate scientist Jay Gulledge of the Pew Center on Global Climate Change in Arlington, Virginia, said, "There used to be arguments in sessions like this between those who said, 'Keep your nose clean,'...
  • EPA regulations could make it difficult for Americans to stay warm this winter

    12/14/2010 7:10:19 AM PST · by EBH · 57 replies
    With reports predicting brutally-cold weather to envelop much of the U.S. in the coming weeks, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulations could make it harder for Americans to stay warm. According to the National Center for Public Policy, the EPA’s regulatory war on greenhouse gas emissions will drastically increase costs for the majority of Americans who get their heat generated from coal. Coal happens to be the chief emitter of carbon dioxide and other pollutants, making it the EPA’s public enemy number one. And in absence of a comprehensive energy bill, the agency’s strategy has instead been to regulate and cap...
  • A Novel Tactic in Climate Fight Gains Some Traction

    11/09/2010 10:14:24 PM PST · by neverdem · 29 replies
    NY Times ^ | November 8, 2010 | JOHN M. BRODER
    WASHINGTON — With energy legislation shelved in the United States and little hope for a global climate change agreement this year, some policy experts are proposing a novel approach to curbing global warming: including greenhouse gases under an existing and highly successful international treaty ratified more than 20 years ago. The treaty, the Montreal Protocol, was adopted in 1987 for a completely different purpose, to eliminate aerosols and other chemicals that were blowing a hole in the Earth’s protective ozone layer. But as the signers of the protocol convened the 22nd annual meeting in Bangkok on Monday, negotiators are considering...
  • Oregon’s First Environmental Literacy Plan Completed

    10/29/2010 8:39:12 AM PDT · by epithermal · 10 replies
    BusinessWire ^ | Oct 7, 2010 | Unknown
    The plan articulates that environmentally literate students, upon graduation, will demonstrate proficiency in each of the following areas: * Understand the physical and biological world and our interdependent relationship with it * Understand and apply systems thinking concepts and tools * Understand one’s relationship to the local, regional, national and global community * Investigate options for, plan and create a sustainable future * Understand and achieve personal and civic responsibility Oregon’s Environmental Literacy Plan will be submitted to the Oregon legislature and considered for full adoption by the State Board of Education later this year. To implement the plan, Oregon...
  • Wind Energy's Ghosts

    10/24/2010 10:12:38 AM PDT · by epithermal · 42 replies
    American Thinker ^ | February 15, 2010 | Andrew Walden
    European wind developers are fleeing the EU's expiring wind subsidies, shuttering factories, laying off workers, and leaving billions of Euros of sovereign debt and a continent-wide financial crisis in their wake. But their game is not over. Already they are tapping a new vein of lucre from the taxpayers and ratepayers of the United States. -snip- In the best wind spots on earth, over 14,000 turbines were simply abandoned. Spinning, post-industrial junk which generates nothing but bird kills.
  • High Battery Cost Curbs Electric Cars

    10/19/2010 7:12:38 AM PDT · by SmokingJoe · 54 replies
    WSJ ^ | OCTOBER 17, 2010 | MIKE RAMSEY
    Unlike Other Devices, Power Packs May Not Enjoy Major Economies of Scale The push to get electric cars on the road is backed by governments and auto makers around the world, but they face a big hurdle: the stubbornly high cost of the giant battery packs, which can account for more than half the cost of an electric vehicle. Both the industry and government are betting that a quick takeoff in electric-car sales will drive down the battery prices. But a number of scientists and automotive engineers believe cost reductions will be hard to come by. Unlike with tires or...
  • Oct. 10: Most Widespread Day of Environmental Action in History

    10/10/2010 4:33:08 PM PDT · by epithermal · 35 replies
    PRNewswire ^ | 10/8/2010 | SOURCE 350.org
    WASHINGTON, Oct. 8 /PRNewswire/ -- Over 7,000 events are planned in 188 countries for this Sunday's Global Work Party, a day of action coordinated by 350.org to push politicians to take action on climate change. There are more than 400 work parties planned across California, a broad show of support for clean energy solutions in advance of a contentious election. "Politicians may still be debating climate change, but citizens are getting to work solving it," said Bill McKibben, renowned environmental author and founder of 350.org "I'm tired of sitting around and watching politicians argue," said Actress Ellen Page, who sent...
  • Enviro-Freaks Advocate Murdering Child Dissidents

    10/02/2010 6:25:26 PM PDT · by Tribune7 · 24 replies
    Proving that some things are impossible to satirize, the British environmentalist group 10:10 has produced a short propaganda film that at first glance appears to be something that Rush Limbaugh would've created to mock environmental extremism. Oh, but it's not. 10:10, which gets its name from the goal of cutting carbon dioxide emissions by 10 percent annually starting in 2010, means it for real. The four-minute commercial, which can be found here , is called "No Pressure" and is divided into three main segments: a teacher with her class of middle schoolers, a corporate pep-talk in an office building lobby,...
  • API, NPRA file motions in oil sands lawsuit (envirowackos vs DOD)

    10/02/2010 8:57:15 AM PDT · by epithermal · 11 replies
    Oil and Gas Journal ^ | Sep 30, 2010 | Nick Snow
    WASHINGTON, DC, Sept. 30 -- The American Petroleum Institute, National Petrochemical & Refiners Association, and US Chamber of Commerce moved on Sept. 29 to intervene in two environmental organizations’ lawsuit seeking to keep the US Department of Defense from using fuel produced from Canadian oil sands. The Sierra Club and the Knoxville, Tenn.-based Southern Alliance for Clean Energy sued DOD, its energy support center, and its logistics agency on June 18 in US District Court for Northern California. Their suit also named US Defense Sec. Robert M. Gates and the two divisions’ leaders as defendants. The action alleged that the...
  • The 10:10 Project and 9-11, or, No Pressure

    10/01/2010 11:35:19 PM PDT · by grey_whiskers · 36 replies · 1+ views
    grey_whiskers ^ | 10-2-2010 | grey_whiskers
    Today, a group called the 10.10 project came out with a pro-environmental video which has gathered a LOT of negative publicity. The group has since issued the canonical retrenchment-couched-as-an-apology "to those who really deserve this, but who are clueless enough to have admitted their guilt by being offended, we are sorry you're stupid". But, uncharacteristically, the group has ONLY pulled the video from its own website, and is making no effort to scrub it from the web at large. (Which is probably a good thing, as the video has gone viral within twelve hours). What is the video? You can...
  • FWS to study coastal plain, ANWR areas for wilderness status

    09/29/2010 12:50:17 PM PDT · by epithermal · 4 replies
    Oil and Gas Journal ^ | Sep 28, 2010 | Nick Snow
    WASHINGTON, DC, Sept. 28 -- Reviews of the coastal plain and two other study areas within the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge for possible federal wilderness designation will begin now that initial public comments have been gathered for updating ANWR’s 1988 comprehensive conservation plan, the US Fish and Wildlife Service said on Sept. 27. The three areas comprise almost all of ANWR’s acreage that is not already wilderness, according to FWS’s Region 7 office in Anchorage. The coastal plain is believed to have substantial petroleum resources but is presently off-limits for leasing, development, or any other oil and gas activity. FWS...
  • 40 groups write Northwest lawmakers on wide loads

    09/24/2010 9:10:22 AM PDT · by epithermal · 12 replies
    Seattle Times ^ | September 23, 2010 | AP
    BOISE, Idaho — Forty environmental groups told Northwest lawmakers they want a "full project assessment" of oil equipment transports through Idaho and Montana to tar sands in Alberta, Canada. Exxon Mobil has proposed more than 200 oversized shipments weighing up to 300 tons starting this winter from the inland port city of Lewiston along a narrow mountain highway on their way to the Kearl Oil Sands.
  • Enviros erupt at copper/gold/moly/silver project prospect near Mt St Helens

    09/06/2010 8:20:54 AM PDT · by epithermal · 16 replies · 2+ views
    Mineweb ^ | 2 Sep 2010 | Dorothy Kosich
    The prospect of even a small exploration drilling program near the site of one of the worst U.S. natural disasters in modern memory has environmentalists blowing their tops. As Ascot Resources announced they have begun exploration drilling on the Mt. Margaret property , a former Duval Corp. property located in the St. Helens Mining District of Skamania County in Washington State, Oregon-based environmentalists say even Ascot's small drilling program has no business disturbing the Mount St. Helens National Monument.
  • beach access news at obx

    09/04/2010 6:16:41 PM PDT · by VaRepublican · 56 replies
    Screw you NC government.