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This lobbyist (I forget his name) used to be a big honkin’ deal in Greenpeace before he sold out to the chemical pollution industry: Bookmark It

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Remember when I compared the Fukushima situation to that old joke about “the cat’s on the roof”? Yes, I remember all the reasonable, rational, technically-employed menfolks (not here, over at the other site) explaining to me how irresponsible and crazy I was for saying this was what happened. But it did: The Tokyo Electric Power […]

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Wind energy accounts for less than 5 percent of America’s electricity usage, but other than hydroelectric dams, it’s the biggest source of renewable energy, accounting for 23 percent of new power production from last year. From Mother Jones: Some experts think wind could provide a fifth of the world’s energy by 2030. But wind in […]

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Yeah, I’d love to know how they made this happen: Bill Nye, the bow-tied erstwhile kids’ TV host, onetime dancer with the stars, and tireless champion of evolution and climate science, was never a virulent or wild-eyed critic of genetically modified crops. Back in 2005, he did a pretty nuanced episode of his TV show […]

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Another oil train crash

We need a better way to run the world than oil: GALENA, Ill. (AP) — A BNSF Railway freight train containing 103 cars loaded with crude oil has derailed near the northern Illinois city of Galena. According to railroad officials, the train derailed around 1:20 p.m. Thursday in a rural area where the Galena River […]

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Not to piss on your enthusiasm or anything, but political insiders have told me they believe Obama will use the Keystone XL later in an attempt to bargain. I hope it’s not true, but look at how he justifies the veto: Because Congress tried to circumvent his authority. We’ll see: The Keystone bill cleared the […]

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Cyclone Marcia, a Category 5 storm, hit the coast of Queensland, Australia yesterday. Nary a mention in U.S. media, and certainly no talk of all these RECORD-BREAKING WEATHER EVENTS we’re having lately. Hmm. Authorities say it’s now too late for the 30,000 Queenslanders in the direct path of this category-five storm to evacuate, AAP reports. […]

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Yeah, like Brian Williams lying is the biggest problem with the media! And it’s not as if they’d mention this, either: A senior US scientist has expressed concern that the intelligence services are funding climate change research to learn if new technologies could be used as potential weapons. Alan Robock, a climate scientist at Rutgers […]

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So this is the second crude-oil train crash in 72 hours (there was one this weekend in Ontario). Yay, deregulation! Yay, petroleum-based economy! Two West Virginia towns are being evacuated after a train carrying crude oil derailed nearby, local media report. Emergency officials said that people from towns of Adena Village and Boomer Bottom are […]

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You’d almost think the oil industry ruled the world, since they get away so easily with despoiling it: TORONTO — Seven rail cars were on fire in northern Ontario after a train carrying crude oil derailed late on Saturday night, Canadian National Railway said on Sunday. The train, heading from Alberta to eastern Canada, derailed […]

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