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Ending the year on a charitable note …

December 30th, 2011 · 1 Comment

This is a tough time for many in this nation and around the globe. And, our local, national, and global challenges are hard to overstate. My household, due to luck and good fortune with some hard work and effort thrown into the mix is not as troubled as too many others when it comes to […]

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Tags: environmental

The curious case of Fred Upton

February 7th, 2011 · Comments Off on The curious case of Fred Upton

This guest post comes from Erich Pica, President of Friends of the Earth. Erich layouts the painful case of a Republican politician sacrificing knowledge for ideological pandering. Sadly, pandering to Koch Brother backed anti-science attitudes isn’t limited to Upton. We all know a Fred Upton. He’s the coworker who was your friend until he got […]

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Tags: Congress · Energy · environmental · Global Warming · global warming deniers · government energy policy · politics · republican party

Did you chant “Drill, Baby, Drill”?

May 5th, 2010 · 1 Comment

The choice is rather stark … Do we follow the voices chanting in the below or do we listen to The Bear and pay attention to the Friends of the Earth? This Friends of the Earth ad should strike us all hard in the face.

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How can one be “President” of the friends of the earth

September 17th, 2009 · Comments Off on How can one be “President” of the friends of the earth

Well, while one might not be able to be President of the earth’s “friends” (which we would hope would encompass essentially all humanity), there is Friends of the Earth, which is truly a top-notch environmental group, often carrying substance into the policy discussion far beyond the weight of its budget. (Perhaps the motto could be, […]

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Tags: environmental

Offsetting problems …

September 10th, 2009 · 3 Comments

Carbon offsets should trouble anyone concerned about climate change.  Whether on a personal, business, or community/nation level, even when they work, they act almost as a form of indulgence: paying someone else resources as a means to make up for your own failures and problem creation.  As we consider climate change challenges, this sort of […]

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Tags: climate change · environmental · Global Warming

Some Green leaders raises question on big green issue …

September 23rd, 2008 · Comments Off on Some Green leaders raises question on big green issue …

News of the week, of course, is Secretary Paulson’s and the Bush Administration’s blackmail efforts for a rushed $700 billion bailout subsidy to Wall Street. If done poorly, this could sabotage any efforts to tackle energy and global warming issues. So far, at least two leaders of “Green” organizations have spoken out strongly on this […]

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Tags: environmental · environmental justice

BLW: Disastrous Legislation or simply Disastrous Politics?

May 28th, 2008 · Comments Off on BLW: Disastrous Legislation or simply Disastrous Politics?

With each read, with each detailed understood, the Boxer-Lieberman-Warner Climate InSecurity Act (BLW CiSA) seems ever more questionable on climate policy terms and, in addition, on basic politics.  Last fall, Friends of the Earth (FOE) launched their Fix It or Ditch It campaign, seeking to develop momentum for the Lieberman-Warner Climate Security Act to be transformed […]

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Tags: climate change · Energy · environmental · Global Warming · government energy policy · lieberman-warner · politics · pollution

Clinton’s FOE

May 3rd, 2008 · Comments Off on Clinton’s FOE

Until quite recently, those who focused primarily on energy and global warming issues could see reasons to be supporting Hillary Clinton and/or Barack Obama. In this arena, both have plans and records with strengths … and weaknesses. Both could learn from each other and strengthen their own programs. Thus, with real legitimacy, an “environmentalist”, those […]

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Tags: barack obama · Energy · environmental · Global Warming · Hillary Clinton · politics

Fix or Ditch Lieberman-Warner: Reason 327: It’s smart politics!

February 16th, 2008 · 5 Comments

Barbara Boxer has been a real leader on Global Warming issues in the US Senate. A leader who suffered for far too long under the ‘tutelage’ of Senator James Inhofe (R-Exxon).  Sadly, for whichever set of reasons, Senator Boxer has being working hard to corral votes in support of the fatally flawed Lieberman-Warner Coal Subsidy Act […]

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Tags: Global Warming · government energy policy · lieberman-warner · politics

Politico covers blogs and Lieberman-Warner

February 13th, 2008 · Comments Off on Politico covers blogs and Lieberman-Warner

The Politico has a front-page article today entitled Friends of the Earth Kicks Up Dirt.  This article covers FoE ad buy (Fix-or-Ditch the Lieberman-Warner Global Warming Bill) in the blogosphere about the Lieberman-Warner Coal-Subsidy Act and the ads’ impact.  The impact seems strong. Daily Kos founder Markos Moulitsas Zuniga says he wouldn’t have known about the bill […]

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Tags: Congress · environmental · Global Warming · lieberman-warner · politics