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Entries from August 2009

“I’m a Petro-holic …”

August 31st, 2009 · Comments Off on “I’m a Petro-holic …”

This is a a repost of a speech that I wrote for a good friend and publish with permission, with just a few words removed or changed … Sadly, many of us could give speeches like this in terms of challenges. And, hopefully, many of us can speak to affecting change as well. Hello. My […]

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Tags: climate change · Energy

Energy Bookshelf: Farming the City

August 31st, 2009 · 1 Comment

Here is a guest post from the passionate citisven about the potential for urban farming A good friend of mine who is a backyard beekeeper in Oakland invited me to meet his fellow urban farmer Novella Carpenter for a reading of her new book, Farm City: The Education of an Urban Farmer. Novella has taken […]

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Tags: agriculture · energy bookshelf

Is China “the” problem?

August 30th, 2009 · Comments Off on Is China “the” problem?

This is a guest post from Kate Horner, international climate and energy campaigner at Friends of the Earth, taking a look at the oft-used line “China pollutes more than the U.S.” and “if we act, it will give China an advantage” and … Well, go ahead and read it … International negotiators are in Germany […]

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Tags: China · climate change · climate legislation · Energy · Global Warming

Polling Science: taking lessons from doing it wrong

August 29th, 2009 · 2 Comments

Polling seems a national mania, able to get on the front-page of the newspaper, top of the news report, top of the pile for agenda-setting for (at least some) politicians.  Doing polling right is a serious and difficult challenge. All too often, for any number of reasons from shoddiness to intentional deceit, polling is done […]

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Tags: Energy

Experiencing the Rape of the World …

August 28th, 2009 · Comments Off on Experiencing the Rape of the World …

Having watched this awhile ago, listening to Tracy Chapman earlier today reminded me of this … Take the time to watch with me.

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Tags: climate change · Energy · environmental

Libertarian Assault on Obama’s HSR Policy

August 27th, 2009 · Comments Off on Libertarian Assault on Obama’s HSR Policy

Here we have a guest post from BruceMcF who blogs at Burning the Midnight Oil.  BruceMcF has done tremendous work re rail issues and how to move the United States toward a better transportation system.  Here, he lays out what might be called a smear campaign against sensible rail policy. I speculated on what was […]

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Tags: Energy

Mercury in EVERY fish in EVERY stream tested

August 26th, 2009 · 3 Comments

A guest post from mwmwm … Want to talk about “clean coal“? The USGS released a recently released an underreported report  that is quite stunning in its implications. The major findings from USGS Mercury in Stream Ecosystem studies of 291 stream systems across the US are that methymercury (the form easiest for aquatic life to […]

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Tags: coal · emissions

Is it time to ask? 300+ Groups Make Boxer Appeal

August 26th, 2009 · 1 Comment

Virtually with each passing day, the scientific understanding of the depths of our climate change challenge deepens. Just this week, the head of the IPCC, stated (in a private capacity) that the IPCC almost certainly understated the case and has joined an increasing number of scientists calling for a target of 350 ppm of CO2 […]

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Tags: Energy

Batting 0 for 37,000: Why MTR Restoration Fails

August 25th, 2009 · 4 Comments

A Fish Out of Water struggles to survive, finding a path toward a safer environment. FishOutofWater is a thoughtful, engaged scientist, passionately struggling to help us find our way toward a prosperous, climate-friendly future. Here is a guest post focusing on the local, regional, national tragedy that is mountain-top removal. Mountaintop Removal Mining (MTR) at […]

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Tags: coal · Energy

How long can we keep our head in the sand? There will be no “recovery”

August 24th, 2009 · Comments Off on How long can we keep our head in the sand? There will be no “recovery”

This is a guest post from Prof. Don Mikulecky highlighting Richard Heinberg’s alerting us to the seriousness of our situation. In his MuseLetter Richard Heinberg has been trying to get us to wake up and face the music, so to speak.  The August 2009 edition is entitled:Temporary Recession or the End of Growth? In it […]

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Tags: catastrophic climate change