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Everyone seems to agree about one thing concerning Vice President Cheney’s senior aide, F. Chase Hutto III. He never met an environmental regulation he didn’t just hate and oppose on principle. According to the Washington Post he has been instrumental in keeping our air and water dirtier than it needs to be. Just another day…

Our post on what is behind the Right Wing attack on science drew a lot of attention and numerous comments. I’d like to emphasize some key points that may have gotten lost in the details (for the details, please see the original post). We’ll use climate change skepticism as an example, but the principles hold…

California bound (and tied)

Stephen Johnson is a career professional, now the administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency. He is reported to be very religious and to hold prayer meetings with select staff at the start of the day. Apparently he also takes “render unto Caesar that which is Caesar’s” seriously. Too bad he doesn’t take the US law…

Better than roadkill

It’s kind of strange when suddenly there are a lot of articles on growing meat in a vat (it’s probably because there was a recent conference in Norway on the topic). Even we posted on it last week and today the New York Times tells us that PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals…

EPA takes the Fifth

Recently we posted on the EPA highly unusual (as in unprecedented) decision to reject Californian’s new greenhouse gas regulations. Why did they do it? Good question and one the California Congressional delegation wanted an answer to. To whom did EPA talk about the regulations? Who advised them to reject it? Sorry. Mum’s the word. Actually…

Energy’s pot and kettle

China’s insatiable energy needs have made headlines. One of its worst consequences is an increase in the burning of dirty coal. (This is not to imply there is clean coal; there isn’t. Clean coal is just a coal industry marketing term.). Coal is said to supply 70% of China’s energy needs compared to 25% in…

Particulate air pollution is local

Air pollution exists in two physical forms: as a gas (molecules) and as particles (usually heterogeneous agglomerations of huge numbers of molecules stuck together). Particles in the air are also called aerosols. Depending upon their size (really their aerodynamic behavior), their abundance and their composition, they can affect our lungs, vegetation or visibility. They can…

One of the gross abuses that triggered the Reformation was the corrupt practice of Catholic priests of selling “indulgences,” get-out-of-jail free cards for your sins in this world. Since the Bush administration is always willing to learn from history where corruption is the prize, they have come up with a new idea to sell climate…

I’d rather have a governor that said the right things about the environment, even if he acted to undercut his self-proclaimed goals, than one who said the most reactionary, retrograde and ignorant things. But why should I have to choose? Take Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger of California who has gotten brownie points for bucking the Bush…

Texas: good for global warming

Tomorrow we will be “treated” to the annual State of the Union lie-fest, with Liar-in-Chief George W. Bush reportedly to tell us we need a massive commitment to ethanol to break our oil addiction. Ethanol is the oil man’s methadone, it seems. It doesn’t sound like we’ll be hearing about conservation, mass transit or other…