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Category Archive: Environment

Aug 15 2013

Dumbass Quote of the Day

Today’s dumbass quote of the day comes from Rush Limbaugh. I know, I could give him an award for this pretty much every day. But this one is particularly idiotic, even for him. He claims that no one who believes in God could possibly believe in global warming.

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Jul 17 2013

What Happens After an Oil Spill

In the wake of any large oil spill, the companies responsible often spend large amounts of money on TV commercials and other ads assuring local residents that they will take full responsibility and make sure that everything possible is done to clean them up. Let’s see how that works out in the long run.

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Jun 29 2013

No, Obama is Not Going to Block Keystone XL

President Obama gave a major address on climate change on Tuesday, outlining some important steps to reduce our production of greenhouse gases that make the planet warmer. But far too many people are being terribly naive about one particular passage:

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Jun 25 2013

From the Talking Out Your Ass Department

Residents of Maury County, Tennessee have been complaining to the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation for months about poor water quality in the area. They went to a meeting to raise the issue and a deputy director of one of the agency’s divisions told them that they might be committing terrorism. Seriously.

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Jun 15 2013

Dumbass Quote of the Day

Rep. Jim Bridenstine of Oklahoma is staking a strong claim to join the Republican Crazy Caucus with this utterly moronic and hypocritical declaration on the House floor, falsely claiming that the federal government spends 30 times more on climate change research than on weather prediction — and that Obama should apologize for that.

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Jun 14 2013

TransCanada Has a Whistleblower

Edward Snowden isn’t the only whistleblower getting attention at the moment. TransCanada, the company that owns the Keystone pipeline and wants to expand it all the way to the gulf coast, has a whistleblower named Evan Vokes who is making life difficult for them.

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May 04 2013

Some Conservatives Turned Off by Helping Environment

Mother Jones reports on a remarkable new study that shows that some conservatives are actually less likely to choose a product if they are told that it will use less energy and thus be better for the environment. Here’s how the study actually worked:

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Apr 07 2013

Look, an Environmentalist Billionaire

In a political system controlled by big money, environmentalists have long had a problem: They simply cannot match the spending of corporations and wealthy individuals with a vested interest in killing their agenda. But now they’ve got a billionaire on their side — and it’s got the Democrats sweating a bit, as Politico points out.

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Mar 22 2013

Utah Celebrates Mining on Earth Day

April 22 is Earth Day and the state of Utah is celebrating…fossil fuels and the wonders of mining. The Utah Division of Oil, Gas and Mining is having a poster contest with the theme “Where would WE be without oil, gas and mining?” The goal is to “highlight how modern mining and petroleum extraction techniques …

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Mar 20 2013

The Solar Energy Future

Glen Hiemstra has an article about what I think is a likely future development in the use of solar energy, which is solar roads that generate electricity. Combined with the ability to transfer electricity wirelessly to vehicles, I think this may ultimately replace our current system of inert roads and gas-guzzling cars.

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Mar 05 2013

Obama Moves Closer to Approving Keystone XL Pipeline

In a move that should surprise absolutely no one, the State Department has issued its Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement for the Keystone XL pipeline and concluded that the project is environmentally sound. Thus begins the official restart of the inevitable approval of the project.

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Jan 14 2013

15 Year Old Gives Amazing Speech About His Mothers

This is an amazing speech by a 15 year old boy who has two mothers. You need to watch the whole thing. These kinds of stories are what change perception and help people see the humanity in others.

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Jan 07 2013

The Importance of Lead Abatement

Kevin Drum has an article in Mother Jones arguing that the use of leaded gasoline is the real explanation for high crime rates from the 60s through the early 90s and that ending its use explains why crime began dropping thereafter. I’ve long argued that this was at least one factor in the trends in …

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Dec 19 2012

40% of Americans Think Weather Caused by ‘End Times’

Here’s a perfect illustration of how the influence of religion can distort public policy and foster utter irrationality. A new survey from the Public Religion Research Institute finds that almost 40% of Americans believe that extreme weather events are a sign of the “end times” rather than having a natural cause.

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Dec 13 2012

McKibben Still Naive on Keystone Pipeline

Environmentalist Bill McKibben, probably the most outspoken opponent of the Keystone XL pipeline and the use of tar sands oil in general, has an article at the Daily Beast taking Hillary Clinton to task for her support of that project. And it seems he still thinks Obama might decide not to approve it:

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