Politics

Outcrazy the crazy

More Thanksgiving lazyblogging. First up, Al Gore on Saturday Night Live, promising to outcrazy the crazy: The main problem with this clip is that it's not particularly funny. Not hugely unfunny, but nothing too spectacular. This one from 30 Rock is better: Al Gore pulls this stuff off surprisingly well. More green-themed 30 Rock clips here. read more →

Kyoto works

It seems like it should be bigger news that the Kyoto Protocol is working: > According to new data from the European Environment Agency (EEA), all of the EU-15 members except Austria are now on track to exceed their Kyoto obligations. In fact, the group as a whole will likely slash emissions more than 13 percent below 1990 levels by… read more →

Hunters, fishers press for climate change bill

This isn't exactly a new trend -- I remember writing about it several years ago -- but it seems to be picking up some steam: > More than 13,000 hunters and anglers from across the country joined a “virtual town hall” teleconference on Tuesday to hear a discussion of the impact of climate change on fish and wildlife populations, and… read more →

Bashing environmentalists always pays

I generally don't indulge in blog rants, mostly because I'm just not very good at them. David Roberts, on the other hand, is good at them, and he puts to words some of the deep disgust I've been feeling over the foofaraw kicked up by the new book *Superfreakonomics*, the sequel to the fairly awful and inexplicably bestselling *Freakonomics*. I'm… read more →

Another trivially easy thing you can do to end climate change

Last week I wrote about how writing a letter is this easiest and most important thing you can do to protect the environment. This week, I have a follow-up suggestion: actually write the letter. Some handful of you did so last week. Good job! But the majority of you managed not to get around to it. The printer is out… read more →

Prospects brighten for climate bill in Senate

Optimism is growing in Washington that the U.S. Senate could pass comprehensive climate and energy legislation by early next year. A series of developments, including a recent New York Times op-ed by Sen. John Kerry (D-MA) and Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC), show a path to the 60 votes needed in the Senate to overcome a likely filibuster. In a piece… read more →

Blog Action Day: How you, personally, can end climate change

The topic of this year's Blog Action Day is climate change, which is convenient for me. In keeping with the spirit of the event, I thought it might be useful to let people know how they can save the world. Personal conservation is great, but it's not nearly as great as political activism. Climate change is a global commons problem,… read more →

EPA prepares to regulate greenhouse gases

Last week, the EPA made a minor rule change with potentially large repercussions. Under the Clean Air Act, the EPA is required to regulate polluters who emit more than 250 tons of pollutants per year. For greenhouse gases, the EPA just raised that floor to 25,000 tons. This is a good thing. in 2007, the Supreme Court effectively ruled that… read more →

Saving the planet over lunch

Reaching a climate agreement among the 190 countries expected at the UN talks in Copenhagen in December remains a daunting task. The political and economic differences between industrialized and developing nations may prove intractable. But in Los Angeles last week, three climate policy stars – Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, former British Prime Minister Tony Blair, and UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate… read more →

Capitalism to the rescue

Capitalism has gotten a pretty bad rap over the past couple years, and even the most bloodthirsty plutocrat might begrudgingly admit that some of the knocks are deserved. The avarice of recent years underscores one of the main shortcomings of capitalism in America -- too much focus on short-term profits at the expense of the longer-term future. The popular response… read more →
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