Editorial Rants

Integrity in the Carbon Offset Market is the Goal and Why It’s a “Sticky Wicket”

I admit it leaves me a bit uneasy when I hear people that pursue a carbon-rich lifestyle (that’s you and me) proclaim their erstwhile carbon-spewing ways neutralized through the simple and convenient purchase of a few carbon credits. Don’t get me wrong, I do believe that the concept of carbon offsetting is a useful one, though only as a first step or “mitigator” of our carbon …

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A Vision for America’s Future and Our Relationship to the Environment

“We have it in our power to begin the world over again”-Thomas Paine This is not necessarily an endorsement of Dennis Kucinich’s candidacy for president. But it is certainly refreshing to hear someone, no matter how slim his chances may be of getting elected, express a visionary outlook for our future and our relationship to the environment. Go ahead, listen to what he has …

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Global Warming and Mark Twain’s Simple Insight

“It is your human environment that makes your climate”-Mark Twain, Following the Equator It is true that climate change is a natural phenomenon. Therefore, for us to completely divorce ourselves from the very nature of which we derive is the height of arrogance and of folly – never a good combination. There are consequences, good or bad, to every action taken. Human society has an impact on, …

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Denialist Rhetoric Needs to Keep Up – Global Warming isn’t Waiting

In preparation for the United Nations Climate Change Conference next month in Bali, scientists from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change IPCC) are meeting this week in Valencia, Spain to hammer out their fourth assessment report. The meeting in Bali has excited the disbelievers and denialists with the usual ad hominem arguments with a selective and usually scant understanding of the underlying science; a thin cover for a political dogma: The …

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Global Warming and Energy: The Focus on Alaska

Two news reports today seemed juxtaposed in a sort of sad irony, both focusing on Alaska. At a news conference this morning from House GOP members complaining they wanted Democrats to present an “energy bill with energy in it”, complaining that things like liquid coal and oil shale are “off the table” and once again stating their intention to continue pursuit of drilling in the Arctic …

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Global Warming Psuedo-Science “Test”: Teach Your Children Well, It’s Their Future You’re Dealing With

I recently came upon a global warming “test” purporting to put forth the “real science” on the issue. My first warning that this quiz was far from an objective reading on the science of climate change was right there on page one with this warning:“Caution: This section contains sound science, not media hype, and may therefore contain material not suitable for young people trying to …

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